Lego is one of the most expensive toys on the market today, it’s hard to believe that a small box can cost circa £10 / $15 however, there are places where you can buy Lego cheap!
An today, that’s what we’re going to cover.
If you don’t already know, I’ve previously owned a Lego retail business and bought and sold new and used Lego for over five years.
The Lego company are very specific about who they sell directly too, so I was certainly not able to buy directly from them.
Instead, I had to venture online and to traditional retail stores just like you do if you’re only planning on buying a set or a bag of bricks.
Which means I quickly learnt how to buy Lego CHEAP!
Set Up Alerts!
I can not emphasise this enough.
If you’re looking to get anything cheap then setting up alerts on deal sites.
If you’re looking for cheap Lego in the UK then I suggest the deal site Hot UK Deals.
If you’re looking for cheap Lego deals in the USA then I suggest setting up alerts on SlickDeals.net
For the best deals in the UK and the USA from Amazon on Lego, I suggest checking out Brickset.
Use A Cashback Website
When you’re planning on buying products then you might as well get some cash back. It’s totally free money back on the things you’d be only buying anyway!
In the USA I suggest Rakuten, formerly eBates.
Simply sign up to the programme and then find the store you’re looking to buy Lego from.
Click the link, and you’ll get up to 10% back on the money you spend in the selected stores.
Buy Second Hand
One way to buy Lego cheap is to buy it second hand. This will require you to clean it, so be sure to check out our guide to cleaning Lego in advance.
You can buy second hand Lego from;
Baby & Kids Sales
Honestly, the list is endless…
I suggest buying from a person selling a kids Lego collection, this is where you’re going to get the hidden treasure and the best value for money.
Buying pre-bagged weighted bags will have been done by a collector who has likely removed anything of value.
Used completed sets are great if you’re wanting a specific set, however, again these often sell for more than just a bundle of used bricks with a couple of instruction manuals from the sets included.
Check The Clearance & Outlets
Don’t forget to check the clearance sections in major retailers and outlet locations for discounted Lego sets.
These Lego sets might be old stock, have damaged boxes, have been wrongly delivered to a store that doesn’t stock that product or simply overstocked/don’t sell very well.
These circumstances are great for getting up to an 80% discount on Lego compared to the RRP.
Sign Up For The Lego VIP Programme
The Lego Store is somewhere I’d only recommend purchasing exclusive Lego sets not sold elsewhere.
Sadly, the majority of the sets sold at Lego are more expensive than from other retailers and grocery stores.
Sales are few and far between and are often minimal compared to the other retailers and are simply on products that the Lego company are unable to sell.
However, the Lego VIP programme is still worth signing up for. You get invited to special events, personalised deals and cashback on purchases you do make online and in-store at Lego.com
Buy Brick Boxes & City Sets Instead Of Brands
Lego has branched out into the world of branded sets and has partnered with the likes of Disney, Star Wars, Friends, Adventure Time, Batman and more to create incredible Lego sets from some of your favourite TV shows and movies.
However, the licence of using brand alongside the already expensive Lego product results in a set that’s terrible value for money – despite it possibly being super cool!
Take for example the Stranger Things 75810 Lego set. This is an exclusive set to Lego stores which means it’s very rarely discounted as the only place you can buy it is directly from Lego.
The set retails for £179.99 / $199.99 and has 2287 pieces.
That makes the price per brick £0.078 / $0.087
Now, let’s compare this with a non-licenced Lego set such as the Lego Bricks and Animals Creator set 11011.
This set retails for £54.99 / $59.99 and has 1500 pieces.
That makes the price per brick £0.036 / $0.039
However, that doesn’t have any Minifigures when compared to the 8 included in the stranger things set.
So, let’s take a look at another non-branded Lego set such as the 10270 Creator Bookstore.
This set contains 5 Minifigures and retails for £149.99 / $179.99. It’s made up of 2504 pieces.
This means each piece on average costs £0.059 / $0.071.
Which is more than the basic brick creator box, but less than the branded Stranger Things Lego set.
If yourself or your kids aren’t specific on the bricks or Minifigures received and simply want to be creative and build then certainly there’s money to be saved on Lego when deciding on the sets to purchase.