kyphur wrote:It seems that the people upset by the problem of supply & demand are the ones who seem to think owning the sets they want is their right.
No it's not. You have the same chance as everyone else to get the sets while they're in production. We know about them months before they're released so stop buying cola for 3 months and save your change for the new sets.
There is no solution because the problem is fictious.
Hilarious! You bring up a great point. I know this is slightly off the base of the conversation. I think Americans think that they are entitled to these things. Simple fact of the matter is not everyone gets to own every set that comes out. Some people simply can't afford it. I remember as a kid drooling after the larger sets that cost $100 today. I remember wanting the guarded inn from phone order which wasn't that expensive. Unfortunately, I was one of three children and couldn't get everything I wanted. You have to make choices, either food on the table or the hoth base. Which is a priority in your life? There are always going to be haves and have nots.
I want a Lexus but I can't have one because I can't afford it, even with my "huge" profits from Lego "scalping". I probably could afford it if I diverted my Lego income but I also had to put a new roof on my house that cost $5000 and had to cut a tree down for $900. I've got two step kids to contend with too. I do VERY well with my Lego investing and it has covered some unforeseen expenses. I brought in $10000 in revenue from October to January and sold about 70-85 items. My typical profit margin averages out to 1000%. I have to spend a lot of time and money to acquire sets, not always finding anything after driving around all day. This is why I buy everything I see when I find a great price, or pick up a discontinued set at retail price. I'm maximizing my investment there. Most of the time, I'm the only one buying this stuff as it hits 75% off. I haven't impeded anyone's ability to get these sets because they had their chance at normal retail pricing.
In fact, not everyone gets to own their own house or car. People seem to think they're entitled but these are luxuries! You can easily rent a house and use public transportation. I have zero debt and I scrutinize every purchase I make, whether at the supermarket, clothing or Lego store. I don't buy sets for retail unless they are discontinued and I won't have the opportunity later. I missed out on the tank cause I wanted a discount and the 6 that I found at a target made their way out on a day I couldn't stop by and went for $35. I'm patient and always buy on clearance. That means I never get the brand spanking new sets that come out. I've learned to be patient. This year, I found two AT-TE's for 10, droid gunships for $17. I can't get a gunship though as they're just too much, best I found was 100 and I simply wasn't willing to make that kind of purchase.
Now that I'm an adult, and continue to have my love for Lego, I can get whatever I want now that I can afford it. I recognized an opportunity 9 years ago that buying sets and holding onto them could fund my collecting. What I didn't know was that I would have so many opportunities to buy from store closings (Kmart, Service Merchandise, KB) that my normal clearance shopping looked small scale. I now have a huge inventory of sets that goes back to 1997! I don't know any scalper that has sets that old =).
I'll end this post with an investor's tip =). I'm actually going to tell you what sets are going to be worth a lot of money and you should buy everyone of them if you get a chance. I can do this because no matter what you do, you won't affect me in the long run whether locally or on ebay.
*Tuesday Morning may have some Batman sets still. They typically get some new Lego stock around this time and you should take advantage of this and look for what they're going to be refreshed with.
*Go to TRU and buy the hoth base, republic cruiser, star destroyer and MTT. I still see them on shelves in rural towns for retail. Maybe you'll get lucky and get a discount but either way, these will skyrocket in value when they disappear from stores. The 6212 XWing will be next, keep an eye on it at shop@home as they're cheaper than getting them from TRU.
*Check your walmarts and targets for the IJ Jungle Duel, Droid Gunship and IJ Chase for Stolen Treasure, these will increase in value and are cheap to acquire.
*If you see a Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive, get it. They're disappearing now and will be hard to find soon enough. The Kit Fisto figure makes this very valuable. In fact, anytime a set has a mini figure you can't get anywhere else, you can bank on that set skyrocketing! Look at Greedo, White dress Leia, Slave Leia, Lando, need I go on?
*Use forums to find deals on sets! Not just FBTB but fatwallet and slickdeals are great sites. Check them daily if you can as deals can come and go in a matter of hours. I missed out on amazon deals for the gunship =(. I did however get 5 UCS Falcons half off because of the boards.
*Don't underestimate the <10 dollar sets. I have dozens of speeder bike, droid escape, vader transformation, scout walkers etc. When you get the opportunity for clearance, buy in quantity. I get $50 bucks a pop for speeder bikes, just sold one the other day! I'm sorry I didn't buy IJ Jungle Duels for 7.50, I just wanted them for 5.00 =)
Hopefully I've given you tips. I usually charge for this info but it's pro bono! Enjoy.