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  1. 1. Are you a polybag collector?

    • I am a serious polybag collector and must have at least one for my personal collection.
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    • I am a casual polybag collector and only buy what I like.
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    • I do not collect polybags.
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  2. 2. Do you invest in polybags?

    • Yes
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    • No
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    • Depends
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Anyone here tried bag building?

You mean where someone actually builds the model while it is still inside the bag? I haven't tried that venture yet although the challenge lures my mind with an oddly fun sense of accomplishment should I partake in such an endeavor. Wow, I got wordy with that last sentence. Anyway, that's a nice collection, Brianl3.

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You mean where someone actually builds the model while it is still inside the bag? I haven't tried that venture yet although the challenge lures my mind with an oddly fun sense of accomplishment should I partake in such an endeavor. Wow, I got wordy with that last sentence. Anyway, that's a nice collection, Brianl3.

Yes. It would be where you build a set without opening the bag. There was a Brickset or Eurobricks topic on it, I can't quite remember where though. It only works with the smaller polybags that have all the pieces loose inside though. I haven't tried it, but I might give it a go today.

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Yes. It would be where you build a set without opening the bag. There was a Brickset or Eurobricks topic on it, I can't quite remember where though. It only works with the smaller polybags that have all the pieces loose inside though. I haven't tried it, but I might give it a go today.

I have tried that before. It didn't work out for me, so out of frustration I opened the polybag and built the set.

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there is a target about 40 miles from me that is sitting on a boatload of batmobile polybags. I haven't seen them anywhere else in my region, and I do not collect polys or study them much. they are $4/each, which I think is still retail. if they were around $2 or less I probably would have bought them. any thoughts on this? did I possibly pass up a good opportunity?

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there is a target about 40 miles from me that is sitting on a boatload of batmobile polybags. I haven't seen them anywhere else in my region, and I do not collect polys or study them much. they are $4/each, which I think is still retail. if they were around $2 or less I probably would have bought them. any thoughts on this? did I possibly pass up a good opportunity?

Those were first a Target exclusive polybag which ended up a couple months later at Walmart for some reason. $3.99 is regular retail for them and I agree closer to $2 would be a good price to snag a bunch of them up. A huge amount of these have been sold on eBay and BrickLink both on average for $5-$6 right now. It could take a while before they fully mature but I have seen a few listings reach around $10 in the past. I know for myself these polybags took some time before completely selling out of the store.
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Those were first a Target exclusive polybag which ended up a couple months later at Walmart for some reason. $3.99 is regular retail for them and I agree closer to $2 would be a good price to snag a bunch of them up. A huge amount of these have been sold on eBay and BrickLink both on average for $5-$6 right now. It could take a while before they fully mature but I have seen a few listings reach around $10 in the past. I know for myself these polybags took some time before completely selling out of the store.

thanks, orcking. my gut told me to pass on them so I am glad I went with it. one of these days I will upgrade to a smart phone so I will have access to brickpicker when these situations arise far from home.  

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thanks, orcking. my gut told me to pass on them so I am glad I went with it. one of these days I will upgrade to a smart phone so I will have access to brickpicker when these situations arise far from home.  

This happens to me a lot! - 

 

i wish on the app, they would have something where you could scan a barcode and it will take you to the info page on that set!

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Polybags, is it worth just buying as many as possible from a range of different themes, or is it worth doing the research first? Sometimes I get a bit, ooo a polybag, i'll have that. This if from an investment point of view. Also is there a 'best time' to sell the polybags or do they go up in value year by year, anyway?

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I have several polybags, I tend to pick them up at the store generally around the checkout lines...I use the rule of thumb, if they look cool I'll buy.  All of mine are in bins, in a couple of years I'll start looking at the value, if they do well then I will look at the option of either moving them or dare I say "opening them" lol

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I'm mostly interested in Star Wars sets so really, there haven't been many polybags I've cared about.  I usually only get the ones that Lego gives away with a purchase, like the ARF trooper, while Boba, etc...  Actually I wish they would do more small set SW polybags that are not minis, like that one Stormtrooper mini speeder thing.

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I'm not a collector or a serious fan of any theme, but was wondering why people 'over pay' for some polybags when they could get the same minifigure in a set?  I would understand if the minifig was exclusive.  Or if you just want the minifig without the higher cost of buying a set.  I sold a Robin red cycle polybag for $60 cash locally but the buyer could easily get the Fun House for cheaper and get more minfigs!!  I'm not complaining for sure.  The Robin is not unique...so my only guess is that he really likes the bike, is a major fan so has to have it, could re-sell it on ebay but he seemed like he wanted it for himself. 

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I'm not a collector or a serious fan of any theme, but was wondering why people 'over pay' for some polybags when they could get the same minifigure in a set?  I would understand if the minifig was exclusive.  Or if you just want the minifig without the higher cost of buying a set.  I sold a Robin red cycle polybag for $60 cash locally but the buyer could easily get the Fun House for cheaper and get more minfigs!!  I'm not complaining for sure.  The Robin is not unique...so my only guess is that he really likes the bike, is a major fan so has to have it, could re-sell it on ebay but he seemed like he wanted it for himself. 

 

My son really really wants Robin's bike, but I'm still waiting for the polybag to get a wider distribution, or having it show up in a different set.

 

Some folks collect polybags, so they'll pay a premium.  Collecting polybags would be almost as annoying as collecting minifigs.

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I`m thinking that I will regret not selling mine now. Maybe I`ll get $50 out of it, but after it gets distributed again, no chance of that. As far as over paying goes, people overpay/buy things they don`t need or want all the time. Just because you or I think it`s crazy doesn`t mean they do. People who are able to get money from them by providing one of these "impulse" items are all the better for it  :laugh:

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