On occasion, someone asks us if we buy used LEGO® . We do, though its not something that will reap much profit for the child who played with it. If you want to make money off your LEGO® , you gotta keep the box unopened and unplayed with for the next 30 years. But who wants to do that?!?
So, LEGO you played with? You’ve got a few options to you. These are in no particular order.
6 Options for Played-with LEGO
- Donate to a thrift store. This is easy and its quick. You bag or box it up and drop it off. It’s likely they will turn around and sell it as a bulk lot on EBay, but if you wanted to make some money on this you’d do that, right?
- Set up a bulk lot on EBay. This is fairly easy. Spread it all out, take some nice, high res pictures of the parts, and post. Bulk used LEGO® goes for somewhere between $2 and $10 a lb (sometimes more). More minifigures means more money per pound.
- Open your own bricklink.com or brickowl.com store. I know several stores that started this way. Ours did! You’ll have to part the stuff out and list it, but it might be worth it to you. This is a decent option for the teen who has outgrown the play-factor of LEGO® , and has an entrepreneurial spirit. If the entrepreneur is a minor, he or she will need an adult to set up and help with the payment aspect, but I know of at least one teen who runs his own brickowl store. And I bet he is learning a lot about customer service and business in general!
- Send your used LEGO® to LEGO®. LEGO® has a program set up such that you send your “much-loved LEGO bricks to kids who will love them too”. Go to https://www.lego.com/en-us/campaigns/replay to get a shipping label and further instructions. Click on “explore” if you find yourself at a page where you must choose to “explore” or “play”.
- There are other options, too, for “recycling LEGO®”. If you search for “what to do with used LEGO” you’ll get a slew of options.
- We do buy used LEGO® also! Yes, how much we will pay for your played-with LEGO will depend on several factors, including how good of shape the LEGO elements are in (chewed on? discolored? beat up? good shape?) and what type of pieces you have. A slew of minifigures with all their parts are worth more up front as compared to a collection of just bricks. If this interests you, contact us and be ready to send pictures of what you have and where you are at. Honestly, if we can’t meet you personally, it isn’t feasible for us, but we could can at least help you figure out what you want to do with all that LEGO nobody plays with anymore.*
*nobody plays with it until you pull out it to snap pictures of it so you can see about getting rid of all of it. THEN they all want to play with it.