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Here's a question for you...

Want to talk about how the LEGO company is doing, your recent visit to LEGOland, your local LEGO club, other resources in the online LEGO community, or about LEGO software and games? Come in here and join us!

What is your opinion of unlicensed Lego resellers?

XD I love them!
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:| neutral
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>:( I hate them!
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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby UOldPirate » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:36 pm

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby onions » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:03 pm

i know what you mean. it surprises me sometimes the lengths people go to to resell toys. i used to be a pretty avid action figure collector. and seeing some of the practices resellers go through now with LEGO is really surprising to me.
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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby UOldPirate » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:27 pm

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby GrayMattR » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:52 pm

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby jonutah » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:26 pm

What is interesting to me is that in our society people tend to give all the power away to the "man" whether he/she be the corporation, the government or the seller/scalper. For example, people are upset because the secondary market prices get jacked up, but (a) you don't have to buy and (b) if people didn't have this need to have everything, the prices would come down. The buyers have the power, not the sellers.

The other thing is that companies are hoarders and resellers. They get a lot of product at a discounted price and then resell at a markup. They are making profit. Why do we not have a problem with a company like Target doing this, but with individuals doing this?

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby Darth's Daddy » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:11 am

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby onions » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:13 am

thats still one and the same thing isn't it? whether it be the last 2 or last 20 of whatever limited exclusive it is. and it goes back to my original question: what's the magic number where buying out the remaining limited stock is acceptable and unacceptable?
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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby BrickSith206 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:46 am

To further muddy the water....what if that exclusive set is on sale/clearance?
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Re: Here's a question for you...

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby fredjh » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:45 pm

...or simply trying to prevent others from getting a set in order to profit later on.

I disagree (to date, I haven't sold a gorram thing, and I haven't bought 90, or even 20 or 10 of anything), but if I were buying 90 Chrome Stormtroopers, I wouldn't be doing it to prevent others from getting them, I'd be doing it because I know, in the future, they will probably be worth something.

Again, it comes down to the stupidity of making these special sets that gets people at each others throats instead of just making products generally available to everybody. The way you look at it, no matter how FEW I buy, I'm still "preventing" someone else from buying it.

If LEGO is going to treat products like Beanie Babies, people are going to treat them that way.
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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby Andi » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:02 pm

Maybe people should just stopping to brag about how many they buy. Especially when it is well-known that they are ebay or Bricklink seller.
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Re: Here's a question for you...

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby Voice of Reason » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:58 pm

It is better to have access to retired sets/parts/figures than none at all. Therefore I see aftermarket resellers as a positive factor to LEGO collecting.

For kids there is what is now on the toy shelves. Many kids are satisfied with that outside wanting a few older figures or sets.

For an adult seeking a complete collection, aftermarket sellers are their collection's lifeline.
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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby Darth's Daddy » Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:38 pm

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby Nannan » Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:42 pm

Resellers give more options to the buyer, thus they are favorable to me as long as they don't clean house before I do :)
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Am I the only one that sees the parallel to the housing mark

Postby JPCJedi » Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:05 pm

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Re: Am I the only one that sees the parallel to the housing mark

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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby ThinkingImpaired » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:06 pm

I didn't read the 4 pages of responses but I think everyone is confusing two very different things.

Reselling is simply buying something and selling it again later. What people are confusing this with is people who go to black friday sales and limited promotions and buy out everything before anyone behind them has a chance to grab anything. This is entirely different. It doesn't matter if they plan on reselling them later or giving them all to homeless kids on christmas....this is considered selfish because people waiting behind them wanted one too and this person bought them all up. I think 99% of the people here can agree that going to some promotion like this (black friday, the recent TRU chrome storm trooper event, etc) and buying everything up is selfish and morally wrong.This is not reselling.


Reselling is simply buying and then selling later. Everyone against reselling is either confusing it with the mode of buying things up like previously stated (which may or may not lead to reselling....it's independent of it. Reselling can and does exist without this) or isn't old enough to even know what the word economics means. It's not even worth debating this part......common sense says that low supply and high demand (which usually occurs whenever a set production is over) equals high price. If everyone who blames this on resellers had their way and there were no more resellers....well, price just went up another 10 fold because you just eliminated the entire supply. (I'm assuming the only ones who blamed prices on resellers are around the age of 13....hopefully no one older)

The whole reason this is even an issue is because people confuse two very different things.
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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby bigkid24 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:47 pm

Regarding the original poll topic, I'm neutral. I don't give the guys a second thought...actually sometimes I just laugh at the prices they try charging because they are ridiculous especially when the sets are still available at retail.

As for people that scalp, hoard, whatever...I don't care what they do either. Living in Southern California I deal with a large population of collectors and resellers so there's plenty of competition but also a fairly large number of stores that I can go to find something. If someone beats me to a stash of something and buys out the store...fine. Just like no one can tell me how to spend my money or how to collect, I don't think I'm in the right to tell someone else how to do that stuff either. If I see a full cart of exclusives being driven by someone then yeah I'm a little bummed if I don't have one yet but he has the right to do that especially if the store doesn't have any kind of limiting how many he buys. To be realistic, whether one guy buys 10 of them or 10 different people buy 1 it's all the same to the store.
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Re: Here's a question for you...

Postby twentythree » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:18 pm

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