Where to Sell Lego
Peer-to-peer selling platformsPeer-to-peer selling platforms facilitate the sale of Lego directly to collectors. Pros
- Often knowledgeable buyers who understand Lego values
- Convenient – everything is online
- Tend to pay the most money
- Seller fees are typically applied
- No guarantee of sale, or sales might take a long time
- Potential for disputes
- No expert assistance (you must conduct the research on your own)
BrickLinkOne of the most popular Lego selling sites boasting more than 747,000 community members, BrickLink lets you create a store and list your Lego bricks, minifigures, and sets for free. Any items that sell are charged a commission based on your total monthly sales:
- Up to $500: 3%
- Up to $1,000: 3% of the initial $500, then 2% of the remainder
- More than $1,000: 3% of the initial $500, 2% from $500 to $1,000, and 1% of the remainder
- Sell items one at a time
- Bulk XML upload
- Part out a set (you indicate which set you have, then select which parts you have to sell)
Brick OwlWith nearly 3,000 seller stores, there’s no question Brick Owl is a popular place to sell Lego: bricks and parts, minifigures, and complete sets. Like BrickLink, Brick Owl lets you create a store free-of-charge. Brick Owl charges a 2.5 percent commission on any sold items, due at the beginning of the month. You can accept payments directly from buyers via PayPal, money order, and cash, among other methods; and you set shipping methods in your store settings.
EbayEbay’s auction format makes it a popular place to sell Lego online – especially for highly-desired Lego that spark bidding wars. You can set your reserve and optionally select a “Buy It Now” price for immediate sales. Your first 50 listings each month are free, though Ebay does charge a 10 percent seller’s fee on any sold items. Payments are submitted via PayPal. If there is a dispute, Ebay tends to side with the buyer.
AmazonAmazon probably isn’t the place to go if you only have a few sets or parts, but if you have a massive collection to unload it might be worth paying Amazon’s fees to get it in front of a broader audience. That said, a broader audience might not be the best thing, especially if you have popular Lego to sell: the collectibles crowd found on other sites will better understand what you have, its significance, and its value. If you do decide to try the Amazon route, professional accounts cost $40 per month plus variable selling fees; while individual accounts – good if you have fewer than 40 items to sell – cost 99 cents per sale plus variable selling fees. Amazon pays via direct bank deposit.
EtsyEtsy presents another opportunity to sell your Lego; however, like Amazon, it’s not as popular among collectors. It costs 20 cents to make a listing on Etsy. If your item sells, you’ll pay a 3.5 percent transaction fee plus 3.25 percent payment processing fee, for a total of 6.75 percent. Etsy pays via direct bank deposit.
Online Lego buyback companiesMany online companies buy Lego with the intent to resell them for profit. Even though buyback companies represent a middleman, they offer unique benefits like guaranteed sales, fast payment, and eliminating the need to conduct your own research (however, you should conduct due diligence to ensure you’re not letting a very valuable Lego go for next to nothing). Pros
- Guaranteed sales (typically)
- Quick payments
- No need to research
- Easy, convenient process
- Free shipping (in many cases)
- No disputes to deal with
- Pays less than other markets
- Though payments are quick, they are not instant
The Plastic BrickThe Plastic Brick is the largest retailer of used and out-of-production Lego. They buy Lego sets in new or used condition. Fill out their online form to get a quote for your Lego sets. If you have mixed sets or a mixed collection of parts, the total weight should be at least 25 pounds to receive a bulk price quote. Payments are sent via PayPal, but other methods can be negotiated. “The Plastic Brick will gladly quote individuals that are looking to sell their Lego sets,” says Hafer. “I believe we are a good fit if that person is looking for less hassle and one single transaction. We understand that we aren’t buying from Lego experts, and walking people through the process and try to make it as simple as possible.
Toy Brick BrigadeToy Brick Brigade buys collections of Lego pieces from 25 to over 500 pounds. Contact them via email with your information, including pictures, weight of the lot, and part information, if you know it. Lego do not need to be sorted and sets do not need to be complete. Toy Brick Brigade will make an offer; if you accept, they’ll send a prepaid FedEx shipping label. Payment is made via PayPal.
DecluttrDecluttr buys Lego by weight. Place your Lego in a plastic bag, weigh it, and get an instant price quote. If you accept, you can get a prepaid shipping label (if the value exceeds $5) and ship it for free. Decluttr pays via PayPal, check, or direct deposit.
Replay BricksFill out an online form and Replay Bricks will instantly send you an estimated offer by email, plus a link to print a free shipping label. Once your collection is received and evaluated, payment will be issued via PayPal (Replay Bricks pays PayPal fees) or check.
Rogue ToysRogue Toys buys new or old, loose or packaged Lego. They prefer 70s and 80s items but will consider others. Send them an email, call, or visit one of their brick and mortar stores to get a quote. Rogue Toys covers shipping fees and pays via check.
Brian’s ToysBrian’s Toys buys unopened, retired Lego sets. Submit a list of your items and get an offer. You can submit your list by:
- Price My Toys app – download app and scan barcodes
- Online Web app – use search to find items and create a list
- Excel form – download and add items
- PDF – Print a form and add items manually
Dallas Vintage ToysDallas Vintage Toys has a four-step process for selling Lego:
- Fill out an online form and send pictures of what you want to sell
- Receive a quote in 1-3 days
- Ship your items
- Get payment via PayPal or check
BB NoveltiesBB Novelties lists over 1,000 Lego products that they are currently buying, including sealed sets, bricks, minifigures, and accessories. Once you search and find items that BB Novelties is interested in buying, you place them in a shopping basket, go to checkout, and place your sell order. You’ll receive an order number, then you’ll wait for confirmation and further instructions to send in your items. If your sell order is over $25, BB Novelties pays shipping costs by sending a prepaid UPS label by email. If your sell order is under $25, you are responsible for the shipping charge. Once your items have been evaluated and accepted, payment will be made within one week via PayPal or store credit.
Brick and mortar storesBrick and mortar stores buy Lego locally. Payment is typically made via cash or store credit. Like online buyback companies, brick and mortar stores need to resell for a profit. Many brick and mortar stores will also buy online; conversely, many online stores also have brick and mortar locations. Pros
- Instant payment
- No shipping hassles
- You might not have a local store that buys Lego
- Tend to pay less than other options
Online Lego forums and communitiesIn addition to the communities that can be found on sites like BrickLink and BrickOwl, many Lego-centric forums offer buy and sell threads. Policies, payments, and fees vary according to forum rules. Pros
- Peer-to-peer formats offer more money
- Most do not charge any fees
- Exposure to a targeted audience
- No moderation, so the potential exists for unresolved disputes
- No guarantee of sale, or it could take a long time to sell
BrickpickerBrickpicker is a free online Lego community site that offers information to Lego enthusiasts., including a Lego price guide that gives values for Lego sets and minifigures. The site’s forum includes a classifieds section for buying and selling Lego.
EurobricksEurobricks states its mission is uniting fans around the world. You can sell Lego in the forums; however, you must have at least 100 posts under your belt before you can do so. Eurobricks takes no responsibility for transactions made between members.
Brickset ForumThis forum is dedicated to everything Lego. You can try to sell yours in the Marketplace section. Like other forums, transactions are completed entirely between you and the buyer. However, there is a buyer feedback thread.
Reddit Lego MarketReddit’s Lego Market is for Redditors who wish to buy, sell, or trade Lego. There are few rules outside of post formatting guidelines, and transactions are conducted between buyers and sellers without moderation.
Facebook GroupsThere are several Facebook groups devoted to Lego, including Lego Biggest Fans, Lego Star Wars Collectors, and Lego Minifigure and Set Collectors Swap and Sale. You can search for Lego groups on Facebook, send a request to join, then post your Lego for sale in those that allow it.
Non-Lego forumsYou might be able to find buyers on non-Lego forums that share themes with specific types of Lego sets. For example, members of a Star Wars forum might be interested in Star Wars Lego sets and minifigures. Search online for forums that might be relevant to the sets you have to see if they include threads for selling.
Local classifiedsClassifieds websites and apps make it easy to get your Lego in front of a local audience. Though you can get quick cash, sales typically aren’t moderated and the likelihood of finding the “right” buyer is far less than it is on established online Lego communities. “A person can list their Lego on the common peer-to-peer sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or Ebay, but it can be riskier and more expensive than you might think,” says Hafer. “Understandably, many people selling Lego are not collectors so their expectations for a Lego set or collection is different than the person that is buying it. I think, in general, the peer-to-peer markets suffer in resale price because of that gap of expertise and expectation that makes buyers less willing to spend.” Pros
- Potential for quick cash
- No selling fees
- No guarantee of sale, or could take a long time to sell
- Sales typically aren’t moderated
- Potential for hassles like no-shows and scams
Facebook MarketplaceYou can post Lego for sale in the Facebook Marketplace. Your audience might not be as targeted as Facebook’s Lego group communities, but if a local buyer can be found you can make a quick cash sale.
CraigslistProbably the best-known classifieds site, Craigslist is another local outlet you can leverage to sell your Lego. Like other local options, your success is dependent on whether there are any serious Lego collectors nearby who want what you’re selling – and who will buy from Craigslist sellers.
OfferUpOfferUp is a local classifieds mobile app that’s similar to Craigslist in that it offers free listings. However, OfferUp strives to be more secure by keeping contact information anonymous and incorporating a buyer rating system. In addition, OfferUp users can set up a TruYou profile to verify their identities and foster trust.
LetGoSimilar to OfferUp, except LetGo lets you post Lego for sale on both its website and its mobile app. You can research buyer profiles and ratings to vet buyers before selling. It’s free to post, but you can pay to have your listing featured.
Lego eventsIn addition to general flea markets, toy trade shows, and collectors’ conventions, you can attend Lego-specific events to try to sell your Lego. Local and regional Lego clubs might also hold their own, less-publicized, events. Pros
- Direct access to a large pool of potential buyers
- Potential for quick cash sales
- Fun events, if you’re a Lego enthusiast
- No guarantee of sale
- Lots of time involved
- Travel expenses
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