Wednesday, May 23, 2012

LEGO MOOCHER


We are huge Lego people.

There are stacking hopper bins and six five drawer plastic storage towers filled with Lego people, blocks of every color, axles, snaps, connectors, pegs, electric motors, trains, cars, wheels and anything else you care to mention. Sometimes I think we need a bigger house. How do others manage the Lego addiction?

We do not buy a lot of full sets anymore because we have so many parts and prefer to make our own things with what we have. We also download manuals and purchase DK books that offer lots of creative ideas.

We are always  on the hunt for  hand-me down bricks. I used to purchase bulk bricks on-line but the cost of shipping and the custom borkers put an end to that.

Speaking of purchasing bricks on-line. It can be a pretty lucrative business for folks in larger cities where there is enough critical mass to make it worth while. They buy used bricks, clean them and offer them for sale on eBay or one of the brick sites.

One California man sold 2,100 items in just over a year on eBay, and made $30,000. It was a part time-job for the Silicon Valley executive who operated his side businesses out of his $2 million home. Like many other pirates of the silicon valley, he used his high tech skills to further himself.

Thomas Langenbach allegedly created his own bar codes, then made the rounds of local Target stores buying boxes of Legos at his own cut-rate prices. It was liquidation prices across the board. Of course he would sell them on eBay for a great profit.

The "larcenous Lego mega-moocher." was not as smart as he thought. Target employees discovered his alleged fraud. When police came knocking at his mansion they found hundreds of boxes of unopened Lego sets.







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