Cheap LEGO: Where and How

Written by dad - 5 Comments

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.

Click here to see current LEGO auctions. Bulk lots can be found here.

Published on March 13th, 2006 - 5 Comments
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  1. I am sorry for the delay in getting this released. Your submission has been included in this week’s Festival of Frugality at the following URL:

    http://neos-nest-egg.blogspot......ty-14.html

    Neo

    Comment by Neo's Nest Egg — Mar 14th 2006 @ 2:36 pm
  2. Wow, this is a great idea.

    We bought a big bin of Legos at Xmas time, but haven’t given them to him yet because the number of Xmas gifts was so overwhelming. He does have a few legos already, but mostly uses them for building fire stations and train stations. If the obsession ever shifts from fire trucks and trains to legos, I’ll remember this tip!

    Comment by claire — Mar 14th 2006 @ 6:47 pm
  3. Thank you for the info. I’m looking to also buy directions to making or building the legos, ours were tossed during a cleaning the room day in error. I don’t know how I can replace the instructions booklets. We had at least 30 books.

    Comment by sue — Feb 4th 2009 @ 11:44 am
  4. Most lego instructions can be downloaded at Lego.com.

    Comment by Roy — Mar 22nd 2009 @ 11:09 pm
  5. Lego prices have got so high… 🙁

    Comment by Lego Geek — Jul 6th 2009 @ 11:02 am

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