If your kids are anything like ours, then they love to play with LEGO. Unfortunately, if you stop by just about any toy store, you’ll find that LEGO prices are incredibly high (with a street value like that, they might as well sell ’em by the kilo). This makes it virtually impossible to build a respectable collection without dropping hundreds of dollars. Sure, you can hunt around garage sales hoping to pick some up here and there, but there’s an easier way…
Buying cheap LEGO on eBay
As it turns out, you can buy bulk LEGO on eBay for just a fraction of what you’d pay in a store. While you can get them sorted by color, size, shape, etc., the best deals are when they’re being sold in multi-pound lots of miscellaneous pieces. While you’re taking a bit of a chance when it comes to the specific pieces that you’ll get, it’s well worth it when you consider that you’re getting hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of LEGO for just a fraction of the price.
There are, however, a couple of things to watch out for… First, make sure that the blocks that you’re getting are actually LEGO, and not MegaBlocks, or some other imitation that may or may not work as well (or may be incompatible with LEGO). Most auctions will specify this but, if they don’t ask the seller. The other issue is shipping. The cost of shipping thirty pounds of anything across the country can be quite high depending on the carrier, desired time in transit, etc. Make sure you factor this in when bidding, and keep in mind that shipping costs can vary widely across auctions.