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Considering selling my entire collection
Let me say first off that I realize there is a Marketplace forum for posting items for sale. I am not quite ready for that yet, however.
What I am very interested in right now is feedback from anyone who has either bought an entire collection before or - although I suppose they'd be significantly less likely to remain readers of the forum - anyone who has sold an entire collection before. Of course, feedback from any other member is also welcome.
My collection has grown quite large (more than 1000 sets) over the course of twenty-plus years. For example, I am nearly fully complete in Technic, nearly retail-complete in Star Wars, and and I believe I am retail-complete in Creator. I should clarify that all those are through 2016 - I am not up to date on 2017 sets. I am also nearly retail complete in Bionicle (not including the reboot). For those curious, my Brickset user name is the same as my Brickset Forum user name and I believe my collection is public. I have the original boxes and instructions for all sets.
I understand that I could get more money by selling individual sets. However, due to circumstances which include both the available free time I have and the fact that most sets are disassembled and the bricks sorted (or worse, mixed together in large unsorted bins), that is not necessarily practical. It would perhaps be practical for a fellow collector who might purchase the collection however - they could assemble and resell some sets at a profit, no doubt.
Since it is natural for folks to ask "Why?", I'll answer that up front. A big factor in my wanting to sell is that I do not use my collection to build nor do I have many pieces on display. Furthermore, these days, I mostly buy new sets to honor my nearly complete themes that I've worked diligently on over the years. I still enjoy a good build, and, as it always has, the hobby provides me with joy, stress relief, and perhaps helps keep my mind sharp too. However, my interests have changed significantly over the past five years, and after thinking on it for a few months now, I am getting serious about letting go. As a matter of full disclosure, I will also add that other recent personal events in my life have only made the possibility seem more and more practical.
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.