Your Buying Strategy of the Day: Wednesday January 15th, 2014

Today let’s talk about a very over priced Star Wars set. Can you guess which one it is? It’s almost entirely one color. How about how? It comes with 4 unique minifigures that you’ve never heard of. Still stumped?

It’s 75018 Jek-14’s Stealth Starfighter, of course!
This set has an MSRP of $69.99 and only contains 550 pieces. It’s nearly as bad as the Sith Fury-class Interceptor at full price!
But what it does have is a good part out value and retailers who are trying to get rid of it at a fair price.
Amazon has them for $54.99 with free shipping. There are 11 left at press time, but even if those are depleted,|pdp|14560023|RecentHistoricalItems|cart_page.view_cart_2&lnk=Rec|pdp|RecentHistoricalItems|cart_page.view_cart_2
Target has many, many more. As usual, they stick to the 8 copies per order rule and you get free shipping with as few as 1 copy from either site.
Target’s price is $55.99, and while you get the RedCard discount, you must also pay sales tax. It’s a little bit more expensive to buy from Target, but maybe you have your preferences.

The part out value is $111.06 or 2.02x the Amazon price (2.09x the Target price before applicable sales tax) So it’s not a phenomenal value, but you can count of a quick return of the minifigs. The minifigs account for 35% of the total part out value and two of them are over $10 each.

Have I sold you on this set? I’m not sure I sold myself, but I do have 2 of them waiting to get parted out. I’m pretty tempted to stock up now so I can part out a bunch of them. Not sure how much cheaper this set will get anytime soon. It only came out in August so it is still relatively new, but if the Yoda Chronicles does poorly, we might see this set disappear quicker. It already seems pretty stale on the shelf to me.

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