Although you should certainly be able to find plenty of LEGO deals locally, you might also want to check out LEGO available online.
I believe that you will appreciate this opportunity more and more as you venture deeper into the world of LEGO.
But for now let’s just say that the benefit of online shopping is that you will have a much greater selection than at any local store.
The drawback is that you will have to wait some days until your LEGO arrives, and in most cases you will also have to pay for shipping. However if you really-really want a set that is not available locally, you probably wouldn’t mind to pay a bit extra. Also, around major holidays, many of the online shops offer free shipping and excellent LEGO deals!
BUYING NEW LEGO:
- Lego.com: this is LEGO’s own website! You can find pretty much everything they currently have in production as well as web-exclusives. You can also find out about new releases, new store openings, sales, etc. Around holidays they usually offer free shipping. I also highly recommend requesting their paper catalog. You will receive it about 5 times a year. It is a great way to see all the new themes, sets, etc. You can call LEGO at 1-800-453-4652 to request the latest copy.
- Amazon.com: Amazon is one of the largest online retailers. Although they started out with books years ago, now they sell pretty much everything under the sun – including a great selection of LEGO items. And, they offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25! You can’t really beat that!
- If you are looking for LEGO sets that your local stores ran out of don’t forget that most of them have an online shopping option as well. Toys’R'Us, Target and Wal-Mart all have robust websites with great LEGO deals. In fact they often carry web-exclusives.
BUYING USED LEGO:
Just like in the real world, you also have options to buy used LEGO online. This is a great way to find discontinued sets and parts.
- eBay.com: eBay is like a giant, international garage-sale. It is a place for individuals to sell items they no longer want or need. It is also a great place for shoppers to find both common and extremely rare items at bargain prices. There are some caveats shopping there, but I will say that it is a great place to find LEGO items! To learn more read Shopping for LEGO on eBay.
- Craigslist.com: this is a huge classified ads site. You can select your state and city and look for ads in your area. I personally haven’t had luck with this site finding LEGO, but other people report great LEGO deals. I believe it very much depends on where you live.
- BrickLink.com: this is the largest website for LEGO trading. It is a place for individuals and businesses from all around the world to buy and sell used and new LEGO sets, parts, instructions, and everything else related to LEGO. To learn more you can read Shopping for LEGO on Bricklink. But I would say that if LEGO becomes a serious hobby for you, you will be hanging out here a lot!
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