I wrote this for my new column in Build Magazine of the Brick Builders Club. The problem is, the text is way too long and it is unfortunately preachy. So now it will only ever appear here. Let me know what you think and if you get the concept I am going for. -Clutch
Welcome to the first session of ConSpyrius Theory with Clutch! The good people at #BrickSwag saw fit to let me fill a page of the great Build Magazine with whatever it is I want to talk about each month.
You may not know, but when I am not folding the #BrickSwag boxes that you receive in the mail every month, (you see that box right there? Yup, I folded it.) I sell LEGO pieces on BrickLink.com. BrickLink is a marketplace where, with your parents’ assistance, you can purchase any LEGO parts or Minifigures that you could ever want. Have you ever wondered how we build such awesome creations for our Brick Fest Live events? Like an endless Pick-A-Brick Wall! BrickLink is an extremely helpful tool in acquiring all of the parts that you need for any build. This month, I want to tell you about a LEGO set’s “Part-out Value;” what it means, and why it should be important to you.
A LEGO set that you may purchase from a store or online contains a certain number of LEGO elements. At the back of your LEGO set’s instruction book, there is a list of all the pieces that are in that set. Not only are all of these pieces individually available from places like BrickLink, but they all have established monetary values which are created when buyers and sellers agree on fair exchanges of LEGO all across the world. A Part-out Value is the sum of all the values from all of the parts in a LEGO set. You might find it surprising that for the majority of LEGO sets, the Part-out Value is about two times the price which that set sells for in a store.
How can this be? Because unlike buying a particular LEGO set which contains the same pieces no matter how many copies you shake in the store, the same price on BrickLink can get you any pieces you want from any LEGO set. Just as different LEGO sets contain different pieces, the combined values of all the pieces in different LEGO sets will vary. Believe it or not, some LEGO sets have a Part-out Value LOWER than the price of the set on the shelf. That is something you should definitely take into consideration when purchasing a new LEGO set.
The Part-out Value of a LEGO set is not just a handy guide for sellers to know how much a LEGO set is worth when split up. It should be used as a value guide for anyone who purchases any LEGO set. If you have to choose between two different $10 LEGO sets where one of them has a $12 Part-out Value and the other one has a $22 Part-out Value, which one would you choose? Part-out Value is a gauge of how much worth the LEGO fan community has placed in the parts that make up a certain LEGO set. If the builders of the world have placed a high value or a low value on the parts that make up a LEGO set, you should want to know the facts before expanding your LEGO collection.