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Selling LEGOs for Cash (A Free Guide)

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If you have any LEGOs lying around the house, then let it be known that you have some cash on your hand.

While a lot of toys often lose value over time, LEGOs are the exception as they seem to hold value, no matter what kind you have.

Whether you have a complete set and/or a random bin of pieces, it’s worth something.  I can promise you that.

In today’s post, I wanted to talk about the many ways you can sell your LEGOs as well as what they could be worth.  Also, if you’re interested in flipping LEGOs, you could use this guide as guidance as well.

If you need cash today or you landed here because you want to know how to successfully sell your LEGOs, then strap in, because I’m about to show you how it’s done.

As always, all of my guides are honest, ethical, and I only recommend things I would personally use.

Let’s begin!

Before You Sell

Before you even consider selling your LEGOs, I wanted to share some tips from the experts online to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.

As all LEGOs are not created equally, you will want to make sure you’re getting the most money for what you have.  With that being said, here are some things to keep in mind…

Decide What You Want to Sell

Looking at the Lego marketplaces online, there are a variety of ways to sell.  It’s up to you to determine how you want to sell your Lego collection as this will make it easier to list on the marketplaces I mention later on.   Keep in mind there’s no right or wrong, but one way can yield a lot more cash if you’re willing to put in the effort.

By the pound – This is self-explanatory as you will throw the LEGOs in a bag and sell by the pound.  I would recommend this route if you have a ton of random bricks that don’t belong to a set.

As a set – If you have a complete set, you can sell it, even if you don’t have the instruction booklet and/or box.  Just make sure you know which set you have and ensure that you have every piece available.  If it’s in brand new condition, that’s even better as you can command top dollar, especially if it’s a collectible. The buyer can always find the instruction booklet online if need be.

Just the bricks – This kind of similar to selling the bricks by the pound, only that you will sell bricks ONLY.  It could be red ones only, etc.

Minifigures – Minifigures always sell good on their own, so if you have any, you can either sell each one individually if part of a set or in bulk.

Accessories – These can include any accessory outside of bricks and the minifigures.  This could include a bush, tire, animal, for example.  If it isn’t a brick and/or minifigure, then you could sell these in bulk or individually.

Again, there’s no right or wrong way, but each option as its pros and cons.

For instance, selling by the pound is, by far, the easiest option, but it will yield the least amount of money.  But, if you were to sort your minifigures, sell a complete set and/or find bricks/accessories that command a high price tag in your research, then you could make more money.  This option, however, could a lot more time.



How Much Are My LEGOs Worth?

Before I go into detail as to where you can sell your LEGOs, I want to talk about how to find the value of your LEGOs .

For starters, if you have a bunch of pieces that don’t belong to a set, then you will usually want to sell them in bulk, usually by the pound as I mentioned prior.  As a general rule of thumb, you should expect anywhere from $6 to $12 per pound, either selling locally or on eBay.  If you use a company that offers you an offer on the spot, then you could expect a lot less, maybe $1 to $2 a pound at most.  I don’t recommend the instant quotes, only if you don’t want to mess with the public.  It’s better than nothing, I guess.

As for sets or figurines, I highly recommend you sell them individually or as a set.  To see what these items are worth, the Bricklink.com catalog is a fantastic resource to see what just about any set, figurine or even instruction booklet is worth.  Depending on what you have, it could be worth anywhere from $1 to $5+ each.  It greatly varies.

In using these resources, you can at least get an idea as to what to expect if you were to sell on your own.  If you do plan on selling minifigures, sets and/or accessories individually, it will take some work, but you can make a lot more money.

Lastly, Prepare Your Bricks

You want to make sure your LEGOs sell, so here are some tips to keep in mind before you sell.

Assess the condition – If you see any perfections, it’s okay to sell your LEGOs still, but I would recommend you at least set them aside.  If you do decide to include any pieces that aren’t in good condition, it’s best to be honest in your description to save a hassle in the future.  Common imperfections include discoloration, cracks, loose hinges, scratches, etc.

Clean them up – Gather up everything you want to sell and at least clean your bricks before shipping them out.  If they have been sitting around and/or you have kids, there’s a good chance they need a good bath.  Refer to YouTube as they have a ton of videos as to how to successfully clean your LEGOs.

Take good photos – Next, take photos of everything you want to sell individually and be sure to include any imperfections if there are any.  If you want to sell by the pound, then lay out the LEGOs to showcase everything that’s inside.  If it’s a minifigure, make sure you get a nice closeup.  You don’t need to be a professional photographer, but there are so many great, low-cost courses you can take on Udemy or Amazon to help you succeed as a novice photographer.  Pictures are the key to success!

Know what you have – If you plan on selling individual sets, minifigures, accessories or basically anything not in bulk, it’s important that you know what you have.  This includes the exact Lego model number as well as the title.  The more detailed you can be, the fewer questions you will receive from buyers.  Generally, to find out what you have, it can usually be done searching that Bricklink.com catalog I cited earlier.

Finalize a price – Using the tips mentioned prior, determine how much you want to sell each item/set for.  In being prepared, it will be much easier to start listing what you have on the sites I mention below.  Research can take time, but in doing so, you can often make the most money, hopefully compensating for your time.

Selling LEGOs

Now that you know what your LEGOs are worth and what needs to be done in order to sell, it’s now time to decide where you should sell your LEGOs.

As there are a lot of resources online, I broke down the very popular options as of today below.  In each section, I explain how each service works as well as what it can offer you.  Keep in mind that some options aren’t ideal for everyone, so be sure to read the section in its entirety to make sure it makes sense for you.

Decluttr

I have mentioned Decluttr so many times, such as in my ways to make money as a kid and how to make money via PayPal posts, to name a few.

In short, this website will buy electronics, books and even LEGOs on the spot.  Yes, that’s right.  You don’t need to find a buyer nor do you have to post your LEGOs.  You just tell them what you have and they will offer you a quote right away.

If you’re interested in this service, here’s how it works.

First, you will have to place all of the LEGOs you want to sell inside of a bag and then weigh it.  Take this number as the website will ask you how many pounds you have.  Based on the weight, they will offer you a quote, usually around $1~ per pound.

Granted, it won’t be much, but you will be paying more for the convenience and will always make more selling on your own.  I only recommend this route if you don’t want the hassle of selling your LEGOs on your own.

BrickLink

BrickLink, the website I cited earlier, is similar to that of eBay, only that it focuses on LEGOs .  It’s the world’s largest online marketplace for Lego parts, sets, mini figures and anything LEGOs .  Even if you want to part out of a specific Lego set, you can do so as well.  If it’s Lego, it can sell.

To start selling, you will need to add items to your inventory, all of which can be found through this link.  Picture it as on your own online store.   You will have to select the type, the item, verify the item being sold and then confirm the addition.  When an item sells, just like eBay, you will ship out the item after receiving payment.

BrickLink will take up to 6% of the final sale, depending on the final value, but it’s a great way to target those looking for specific Lego items.

If you want to sell on your own, I would highly recommend putting this website at the top of your list.  Just add your items and wait for it to sell.  As long as the price is aggressive and the items are in demand, there’s no reason it can’t sell.

eBay

eBay is a fantastic way to not only sell your LEGOs, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to see what the current value could be.

If you have a specific set and/or you’re looking to sell in bulk, be sure to check out the most recent sold listings to see what they are going for at the time of selling.  In doing so, it should at least give you an idea as to what you could get.

I would recommend eBay if you want to sell your LEGOs in bulk and/or if you have a common set that you see selling online.  It’s recommended you sell something that someone has sold before so that you know you’re getting a fair market value.

The Plastic Brick

I don’t know much about this company, but I did find them in a search while I was doing research for this article.

According to the company, they will offer a fair offer based on current values as well as a fast turnaround.

To consider selling to this company online, they do ask for your contact information as well as a quick description as to what you have to offer.  If you have a set, you can add the set number as well.  In doing so, the company will contact you with a quote if they are interested in your collection.



Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace

So many people are focused on the online marketplaces, but don’t forget about selling locally.

Two of my favorites, Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace, will usually have the most buyers and could make for a great option if you want to make money fast.  There are also a ton of Craigslist alternatives that I wrote about in the past as well if you want to expand your horizons.

Selling locally is great in that it’s free to list your items and you don’t have to pay for shipping.  This could come in handy if you have a ton of LEGOs to sell as shipping could add up.

The downside, however, is that you have to meet people in person, so if you don’t like the idea of doing so, it may be a turnoff.  In selling anything face-to-face, I always recommend you at least meet in a public space, such as a police department or well-trafficked parking lot with security cameras.

Put your LEGOs up for sale on both and see if you get any bites.

Donate

I know it isn’t a selling option, per se, but if you feel like giving to a charity in need and don’t care about the cash, then consider donating.

Aside from the most obvious, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army, there are a few charities that will accept your LEGO donation, no matter what the condition is.  These charities include The Giving Brick and BrickRecycler.

In donating, these charities will repurpose your LEGOs and make sure they are put to use.

Now, the only downfall to these charities is that you do need to mail them in, so if you want to save on shipping, your next best bet is a local charity dropoff, such as Goodwill.

Final Thoughts

LEGOs have been around for years and they are not going away.   The same can be said about the value.  LEGOs do a fantastic job holding its value.

Whether you have a set, a few minifigures and/or a big box of random pieces, then you may want to think about selling them as there is some value, even if you get a few dollars a pound.

In using the tips, I can only hope you get the best bang for your dollar if you plan on selling any pieces.  As long as you invest some of your time, you may be surprised as to what you can make.

As always, if you want to share some tips and/or comment on what I already mentioned, then you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below.

In the meantime, if you want to sell your Lego collection, I wish you the best of luck!  There are a ton of buyers out there.  It’s just up to you to find them.

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