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#1 Vaders_son

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 12:23 PM

Hey there fellow Eurobrick members,

after a longer absence I'm back  *classic* .

What didn't change is my opinion on TLCs Europe-pricing - that's crap and most of all expensive  *hmpf_bad*

Now that I'm thinking about buying some Star Wars sets in the spring/early summer time I wonder about how to get it at least somewhat cheaper.

Ebay isn't too good in prices, at least in Germany I believe, and Bricklink isn't that much better.

As I'm following the USpricing, too, I came to think that it might be a good idea to import the sets from the United States.

Unfortunately I have no idea where to order or if it is possible that someone here can buy the sets in the States and send them to me or however...

I would be happy if you could help me with my little problem or maybe everyone could just post how and where he or she gets his or her sets  *classic*

Best Regards, Benny

PS: Sorry if I start an old topic again, but I couldn't find a topic that deals with the problem anywhere  *classic*

#2 AFOL SF

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:39 PM

I'm with you, brother, when it comes to the high price of some (or all) sets... even in the US! So what I do is wait for some sets to go on sale (usually at 25-33% off retail) or eventually, a coupon or out-of-the-blue discounting in one (or more) of the local stores I frequent. There is a catch though, one has to be early to take advantage of such as there are other collectors waiting, just like myself. Or, the store may not have enough stock for everyone.

The bottomline is - are you trusting enough to send money to that someone to get you the set(s) and then mail it out to you in Germany (I suppose where you live)? I'm not saying people here in the forum are not to be trusted with such an endevour but as we all know, there are always a few bad apples in any club or organization. What I'm saying is, just be careful with whom you are going to ask a favor/deal with, so you won't come out empty handed. It would be nice if everyone is trustworthy and willing to help fellow AFOLs...

No offense, people... just my personal thoughts.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:49 PM

I´ve got news for you: *click*

Imports are getting an interesting alternative in Germany, because the amount of what can be declared as a "gift" is going to be risen in december.
From that point on you may have sent a parcel that is worth 150€.

Sorry, I don´t know if this is relevant for anyone outside Germany...
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 05:52 PM

I'm with you! Legos are overpriced!
For example, one battle pack with taxes in Canada is 15$ ! And the republic gunship will be something like 165$ !

I already sent two emails to Lego and the two times they answered me the same thing :

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#5 AFOL SF

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 06:01 PM

View PostHolodoc, on Apr 10 2008, 08:49 AM, said:

I´ve got news for you: *click*

Imports are getting an interesting alternative in Germany, because the amount of what can be declared as a "gift" is going to be risen in december.
From that point on you may have sent a parcel that is worth 150€.

Sorry, I don´t know if this is relevant for anyone outside Germany...

Just to add to this information... as of May 2007, all packages going international from the US are being sent Airmail (the US Postal Service has discontinued Surface Mail). Please take into consideration the cost of postage if ever any of you want to go this route. For larger boxes like the Green Grocer (for example), might tack in extra cost for 'oversized package' on top of the regular postage.

#6 swan45

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 06:01 PM

Legos are to expensive in Europe!!
Especaly in Croatia!!
Like the Clone battle pack i bought costed me 120
(24USD)!!!!
If lego keeps on like this,I maybe even stop buying SW sets.

#7 Vaders_son

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 06:24 PM

Thanks you for your answers so far, I am looking forward to some more opinions on that topic  *classic*

View PostAFOL SF, on Apr 10 2008, 06:39 PM, said:

I'm with you, brother, when it comes to the high price of some (or all) sets... even in the US! So what I do is wait for some sets to go on sale (usually at 25-33% off retail) or eventually, a coupon or out-of-the-blue discounting in one (or more) of the local stores I frequent. There is a catch though, one has to be early to take advantage of such as there are other collectors waiting, just like myself. Or, the store may not have enough stock for everyone.

The bottomline is - are you trusting enough to send money to that someone to get you the set(s) and then mail it out to you in Germany (I suppose where you live)? I'm not saying people here in the forum are not to be trusted with such an endevour but as we all know, there are always a few bad apples in any club or organization. What I'm saying is, just be careful with whom you are going to ask a favor/deal with, so you won't come out empty handed. It would be nice if everyone is trustworthy and willing to help fellow AFOLs...

No offense, people... just my personal thoughts.

Yes you're perfectly right - finding good sales might be the best option there is. Unfortunately there aren't to many shops that sell LEGO near my place (around Kaiserslauter /K'Town) and I'm mostly limited to Internet sellers so far.

Trust is of course a very important thing in my idea of having some kind fellow sending LEGO to me.

I have found the EB trusted seller list in the meantime and I believe I had read in some topic last time I was here (that's more than a year ago I think *I'm ashamed, yes  *sadnew*
) where some members wrote just about this shipping from fellow to fellow. Obviously at least some members do or have done it in the past. Maybe they could post how they worked it out...

View PostHolodoc, on Apr 10 2008, 06:49 PM, said:

I´ve got news for you: *click*

Imports are getting an interesting alternative in Germany, because the amount of what can be declared as a "gift" is going to be risen in december.
From that point on you may have sent a parcel that is worth 150€.

Sorry, I don´t know if this is relevant for anyone outside Germany...

Hey thanks for the news that's quite interesting. Some 150 Euro is about 240 dollars at the moment!! But not before december  *cry_sad*
Anyway - that's going to be an awesome christmas *devil*

View Postswan45, on Apr 10 2008, 08:01 PM, said:

Legos are to expensive in Europe!!
Especaly in Croatia!!
Like the Clone battle pack i bought costed me 120
(24USD)!!!!
If lego keeps on like this,I maybe even stop buying SW sets.

Yes indeed!!

I think the pricing on the battle packs is the worst thing about it. I'd love to start some army-building but it's so expensive over here  *thumbdown*

A battle pack for 10-12 $ would be nice though  *thumbup* *thumbup* *thumbup*

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:51 PM

well, do you have any relatives in the US? i think thats the least expensive way to get it, and if not, maybe you could get some sets if you ever come to america for whatever reason. but a warning: after christmas, no more shipments come in for  the year, so once their gone, thats it (not sure if thats the case everywhere, and im not sure if BPs still come in) hope i helped!  *blush*

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#9 Holodoc

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:55 PM

View PostVaders_son, on Apr 10 2008, 06:24 PM, said:

Anyway - that's going to be an awesome christmas *devil*
Yes, you´re absolutely right - I´ve got relatives (around 4 corners) in the US. *grin*
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#10 commandosevy

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 11:38 PM

I'm glad I live in CUS of CA  (US of A) it's ok in CUSCA,,,, but Europe is,,,,,,,, *hmpf_bad* . In CUSCA prices are like sometimes OK but its expensive sometimes. *sadnew*

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#11 Vaders_son

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 11:43 PM

That's great that you live there - but how dare you complain about US- LEGO prices?!  *hmpf_bad*   *tongue*


But you're right Europe-pricing is  *sick*

Where do you get your sets from?


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Posted 10 April 2008 - 11:47 PM

Alot of the time I get my sets at Wal mart or Lego Shop and only sometimes the prices aren't good and Europe prices are  *hmpf_bad*
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Posted 11 April 2008 - 12:15 AM

LEGO shop = S@H or do you have a local LEGO shop near you?

Do you just order for normal price or especially when there are any good deals to make?

Benny

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 02:29 AM

I get my LEGO from shops here (UK), eBay.co.uk eBay.com and BrickLink (US sellers). On BrickLink, The Nerd Shop has great prices  *cry_happy*  *thumbup*

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 11:16 AM

Australia also has some excruciatingly high prices on sets, so much so that I've had to skip the majority of which, and cannot become a collector.

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 11:37 AM

View Postchris_austin, on Apr 11 2008, 04:29 AM, said:

I get my LEGO from shops here (UK), eBay.co.uk eBay.com and BrickLink (US sellers). On BrickLink, The Nerd Shop has great prices  *cry_happy*  *thumbup*

Hey chris_austin, that's another good idea you mention here - buying from US-ebay-sellers.

But I wonder about the shipping...Do you save your money and then order a whole bunch of sets from one seller? Or is shipping not that expensive that even buying 2 oder 3 sets (say up to 100$) is a good deal?

Anyone else going that way?


Best regards, Benny

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 12:24 AM

View PostVaders_son, on Apr 11 2008, 12:37 PM, said:

Hey chris_austin, that's another good idea you mention here - buying from US-ebay-sellers.

But I wonder about the shipping...Do you save your money and then order a whole bunch of sets from one seller? Or is shipping not that expensive that even buying 2 oder 3 sets (say up to 100$) is a good deal?

Anyone else going that way?


Best regards, Benny

Sorry for the very late reply to this!

When I buy from eBay US (auctions, not buy-it-now) I don't usually get the option to combine shipping costs but all purchases work out to be cheaper. I won't get into a bidding war for anything  :thumbdown:  

When buying from bricklink, the sellers are usually experienced enough to work out the cheapest shipping. Above a certain weight the costs go up steeply so splitting the order is actually cheaper :wink:


One bargain I got in February was a 6759 Imperial Landing Craft for about $16 (not new)
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 12:30 AM

Better late then never  :wink:

Thanks for the heads up chris_austin!



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