There’s an age-old discussion on the Lego forums and it all comes down to one simple question. New or Used Lego?
You’ll find some people sceptical of fakes, and unwilling to purchase used, and therefore pay an additional cost to purchase new. However, you’ll find the bargain hunters or those looking for more unique, no longer available parts that simply have to purchase used.
As Lego resellers, what we need to assess is what condition Lego we should sell…
Selling New Lego
The benefits to selling new Lego parts are you can acquire new Lego quite easily and quickly. You can buy Lego sets within toys shops, supermarkets and online and have them in your hands the very same day. Another benefit to working with new Lego parts is that they will not require cleaning, taking away an extra step so you can get the parts sorted and put into the inventory quickly.
When buying new Lego sets you can often get a large quantity, meaning you have more of the same part, which is useful for those who are wanting to buy in bulk to complete a build. Buying new can often mean you can build your store and add diversity quicker and with half the sorting than used would take.
Selling Used Lego
There are many benefits to selling used Lego parts, you may not think it right now but once you have had a good haul with used you will always want to buy it. You can buy used Lego from charity shops, eBay and at car boots and auctions. The best benefit to selling used parts is that you can often find parts that are rare or uncommon which make them more valuable and can often be in high demand.
The rare parts will come from sets that were released years prior and had a particular part in them. You can also get the parts much cheaper if you find a bundle that is listed for a low price, this can make the parts cheaper and worth buying to sell for profit over new parts.
Unfortunatly, a drawback to buying used Lego is fakes. Something we’re seeing more and more of as the popularity, and price of Lego continues to grow. However, don’t let this put you off. I’ve an entire post dedicated to educating people on how to spot fake Lego to ensure you don’t fall pray to the knock-offs.
Another drawback to used Lego has to be the cleaning process. I’ve encountered everything you should and shouldn’t see in a box of Lego so be prepared for anything (cigarette butts – yep!). Not only does cleaning Lego cost money in materials, it also takes up valuable time. I’ve a post dedicated to sharing some of my greatest Lego cleaning secrets, although this certainly isn’t going to be for everyone.
Ultimately, the decision as to whether to sell new or used Lego is yours. An while you can go about selling both new and used Lego you’re likely to quickly find that one type of Lego suits your needs better than another. That said, I hope this post has highlighted that there’s A LOT to think about when selling Lego regardless of it’s condition.
If you have any comments or questions about selling new or used Lego or Lego in general feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.