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Cheapest Place To Buy Lego Sets

While the AliExpress lego sets look nearly identical to brand name sets, there will be small (mostly unnoticeable) differences. The overall product will look the same, but small changes do have to be made to them to avoid breaking intellectual property laws.

cheapest place to buy lego sets

We researched the prices of eight popular LEGO sets in marketplaces across roughly 200 countries where new LEGO sets are sold and totaled up the average price for each territory. Then we converted our findings to US dollars and ranked the final figures to uncover the countries that pay more for their LEGO.

Turkey is the cheapest country ($85) to buy the LEGO Architecture Taj Mahal 210561 set, according to our research. The data we gathered from marketplaces across 200 countries shows that Argentina is the most expensive ($1,144), followed by Morocco, with a price of $330. Still, these figures are a far cry from the cost of actually recreating the famous landmark entirely from LEGO.

But to be in with a chance of owning a collectible down the line, you need to get your hands on the set in the first place. To find out where LEGO sets are the most and least expensive, explore the full results in the interactive below.

We only reviewed products in national marketplaces with the country code top-level domain of each respective country. We then converted local prices to US dollars using currency exchange rates as of October 9th, 2022. Converted prices were averaged across the eight LEGO sets to produce an average LEGO price for each country. Countries were then ranked based on the average price of LEGO sets. Only the 71 countries with data for all eight LEGO sets were included in our analysis.

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We've also rolled in some of the Lego sets from shows like Bad Batch, which technically take place after the Clone Wars here too. You can grab the awesome new Bad Batch Attack Shuttle to go alongside other classic ships like Anakin's Jedi Interceptor.

I would be very interested if a team of AFOLs (maybe brickset fans?!) could be set the task of buying these sets in each country and report back their realistic results, rather than data scraping which could pick up anomalies as @sirventricle said - some could be picking up artificially cheap prices (eg marketplace w/o shipping) as well as inflated.

Something is not right here, Denmark is definitely not the cheapest place, the prices in their list is not anywhere near the official list prices, either they have forgotten about VAT or they have been looking at obscure webshops that claim to sell to Denmark but are in reality in a different country and does not as the correct VAT to the price. Another possibility can be that they have taken price from a shop that has been running a special offer.

UK RRPs from Brickset for the sets which feature in the study:10698 Large Creative Brick Box (40) 17101 Boost Creative Toolbox (150)21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay (180)21319 Central Perk (65)75954 Hogwarts Great Hall (90)41167 Arendelle Castle (75)10265 Ford Mustang (120)75257 Millennium Falcon (150)Note none of these RRPs are below 40, so it could be argued that the price brackets which represent the majority of single purchases to the majority of customers have been completely omitted, and that a lot of these sets are totally out of reach for many people, meaning for most buyers the results won't represent their own actual experience of pricing.Having said all that, I really applaud anyone embarking on a study like this, it's at least a great debate starter. Plus it's always worth remembering how much easier it is to pick holes in the work of others than to do the work in the first place :)Also, now that the processes/software have already been used for this study, it may be possible to 'plug in' different sets and see how that effects the findings.

Well, I can consider the data is trustworthy at all. We don't have LEGO brand stores in Russia. And the certified store here gives much higher prices than Europe does. Say, take any set like $50 and we have it around $65-70 due to exchange rates. But to tell the truth, there are lots of other shops selling LEGO sets and very often they give us up to 50-60% discount, average 20% a month so LEGO is cheaper here but not for everything but new sets. Retired LEGO is at least double priced here compare to Europe. And the cheapest retired sets I always used to buy in the USA though shipping price is too pricey. Anyway it occurs to be cheaper than purchasing off the local secondary market. Also we have more pricey BAM minifigures here and all of the exclusive items. As fir Europe I guess Germany is the cheapest to buy LEGO. And Scandinavian region along with Denmark is the most expensive as well as postage is highly consider from these countries.

Australia v America example - 75318 The Child. RRP in America is $80USD, in Australia RRP is $120AUD. Current currency exchange has one AUD valued at .69 USD (which is up at the moment, usually the AUD is valued lower). Cost of the set converting either way makes it around $4AUD more expensiveA more expensive example is 75978 Diagon Alley which goes for $399USD or $599AUD, which works out about $20AUD more expensive.So the map above that seems to indicate Lego is cheaper in Australia then America is very very wrong. That's just for sets, getting loose Lego in Australia is extremely expensive, there are few places that will have any and ordering from Bricklink is not very friendly, at least on picking the auto choose function. We are getting more LCS opening here now, I think there are 6-8 and they have PAB walls. but they are all in state capitals and I'm not willing the spend 3+ hours driving round trip to visit the nearest!I appreciate that shipping to Australia is more costly, but why send sets from Europe when they could send them cheaper from Mexico? And is it fair to make countries more isolated from Lego's distribution hubs pay more? We have Mexico and now China factories on hand but still ship from Europe. There is a local Australian warehouse now so they send bulk more and when they do have stock we get it within a week usually instead of the two plus it used to take for our orders to come from Europe.

@merman:They can't...but that never stops it from happening. Legally, Lepin couldn't just straight up copy LEGO set designs either, but they did anyways. Part of the problem they were running into was that what's illegal, and what's enforceable in China are two different things. Until they opened their own factory in China, they were effectively barred from suing counterfeiters. Oh, sure, they were allowed to file lawsuits (which probably involved paying fees), but the lawsuits were always dismissed because they weren't a "recognizable brand". They could also get counterfeiters kicked out of the Chinese version of Toy Fair, but by the time they did so those companies had already taken enough orders a year's worth of orders. @Classique:I thought you were called Danes? Anyways, local MSRP is usually determined more by the retailers than the manufacturers. They tell the manufacturer how much they want to sell it for, including their own markup, and the manufacturer slaps an MSRP of that amount on the product. What goes into that MSRP is very complex, including local labor costs, utility costs, rent (or the equivalent), transportation (Australia gets shafted on this), and wholesale prices.Wholesale gets really weird. A major chain like Walmart can negotiate a highly favorable wholesale price based on the sheer volume of orders they place. They then turn that wholesale price around to request a low MSRP. That MSRP restricts the prices charged by LEGO Brand Retail, but also makes it hard for mom-and-pop stores to compete when they're paying full wholesale prices and barely have any markup if they sell at MSRP. Some raise the prices and make a go of it. Others just give up carrying LEGO product. Larger chains can match the MSRP and still be profitable, even if they can't negotiate rates that are as low as the big dog. @lynels:That's...actually pretty standard in the US, too. The only LEGO Store in my state is located in a mall that has an Apple Store, and (at least at one time) a Harley Davidson storefront where I believe you could actually purchase a motorcycle. In order to actually be profitable with an exclusively LEGO inventory, you really have to be located in a place where people don't care about bargain-shopping so much. @legoavenger14:You can't accurately compare prices between LEGO Bricks & Pieces or online with parts sold on the secondary market through Bricklink or Brickowl. Technic pins cost money to produce, so if you buy them direct from TLC, it'll cost you money. If you buy them on the secondary market, they're chaff, like packing peanuts. Sellers who deal in Technic parts can't give them away fast enough to keep their inventory from growing. Most are priced at a penny because I think that's as low as the price can be set without putting them on sale.

Dane here.. The Denmark data is majorly faulty.Google Shopping is really bad for Denmark. It often includes sketchy/scammy websites.We use PriceRunner ( for comparing prices.The best way to determing prices, would be to go to PriceRunner and find the cheapest store with the item in stock (some shops lowers the price when it's out of stock).But if you hit something like a major weekend sale, it would skew the data.PriceRunner has logs the pricing history, but that includes out of stock prices, which again can skew the data.Denmark is typically among the most expensive when it comes to MSRP.All physical store follows the MSRP, but have sales.Webshops are typically a bit lower, but AFOL sets have very small discounts compared to MSRP.Personally I rarely buy at MSRP, but wait for and take advantage of sales.I track my purchases and discounts in the following docs (all prices are in DKK): =sharing 041b061a72


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