Cheapest way to nab a compete set of figures?

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Looking to dive into vintage SW collecting. I collected modern figures the last 25 years.

Wondering the most cost-effective way to nab a compete set of vintage SW figures, with original weapons? (doesn't have to include POTF, Droid/Ewoks figures)
Buying a bunch of lots on eBay? Buying compete or near compete lot on kijiji or here?

Not really interested in a lot of work tracking many individual figures down. Been there, done that. Looking for good dollar value with the least amount of work, and hopefully not duped with fakes.
 
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Buying large lots of collections is always going to be cheaper and less work than hunting down individual figures. The work will be reselling the figures that you get doubles of. You’ll make more selling them separately but selling them as a whole collection is less effort. Either way there’s no “cheap “ way with vintage figures now. Another option is to have a look at what Stan Solo has to offer as far as getting some replica figures.
 
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Buying large lots of collections is always going to be cheaper and less work than hunting down individual figures. The work will be reselling the figures that you get doubles of. You’ll make more selling them separately but selling them as a whole collection is less effort. Either way there’s no “cheap “ way with vintage figures now. Another option is to have a look at what Stan Solo has to offer as far as getting some replica figures.
Thank you for your reply. I did see Stan Solo, that's a possibility for some of the rarer figures, but i'd also like to buy these figures as a longterm investment. Keeping money in the bank for retirement isn't as fun as having vintage SW toys lol. Unfortunately its a hot market right now for virtually all collectibles.

Do you know generally where the best place to buy large lots would be? Ebay can be expensive but you also get seller reputation to help reduce chance of fraud/fakes. Kijiji etc are probably cheaper, but reputation can be an issue. I don't have the knowledge to spot a fake.
 

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Don't support thieves like Stan Solo or any of the other repro makers. They cause untold damage to the collecting community and are not altruistic, they know their items cause harm and continue to work toward making them more likely to be mistaken for genuine. They are a blight on collecting.

As for the original intent, buy from trusted groups on Facebook or established sellers on forum sites like this. There are several large groups that are staunchly anti-repro so you'll be buying items and accessories that are authentic which is good. If you're patient you can occasionally find a collector that is selling a near complete collection which would be the most economical way to achieve your goal.

Be very careful buying from Ebay. Lots of fake items there and a lot of dodgy sellers. There are a bunch of great people too but you really need to know the details and be very aware of what to look for.
 
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definitely have a game plan before you dive in. do the research so you know you are spending money the most efficient way. be patient...this will be a marathon if you are doing it bit by bit instead of all in at once.

1- know what type of conditions you are shooting for? do you just want a set of loose figures in any condition or do you want the best shape possible? do you care about all weapons or some weapons?

this will all determine what lots of figures you are eyeballing to buy. i think everyone agrees, you will get the best deals buying lots so knowing what conditions help you pass on lots in poorer conditions.

2-have a re-selling game plan. if you a buying lots, you will certainly have doubles the more lots you buy. buying lots gets tougher to stomach the closer you get to your goals. it's fairly easy to own the first 77 figure give or take a couple conditions or upgrades but if you have a great re-sell plan, getting the last 17 in a lot is much more cost effective than purchasing each single.

being able to flip all the extras will give you more confidence to make the purchase.

3- know value and know math. when you look at a lot of figures and the buy it now price or bidding price as an auction ends, you have to count up all the items in the lot and divide the total asking price to see what each figure would be. you'd be surprised. it helps you know if you are paying $3 or $10 each for a bunch figures and if you can move the ones you don't need at that price. don't forget about all the other "junk" that in the lot. cardbacks, parts from vehicles, weapons that don't belong to a figure, etc. that has re-sell value also and can help you sway the amount paid into a profit.

4-know when to walk away. you walk away when there is no re-sell value in the extra items.

5-know when to spend. sometimes you will pay $500 for a lot of 20 figures but the lot will have blue snaggletooth and 19 randoms. blue snaggleooth could be a $400 figure down the road so spending $500 to save $400 might be your best option because the other 19 can possible take $150 off your total if you re-sell correctly

6-ebay isn't always the search option. facebook marketplace sometimes always presents a good lot and sometimes into right around the corner. you gotta keep checking and know when to make a move because others are also searching.

7-be aware of whats in the lot you are looking to buy. some ebay auctions run into bidding wars and the lot goes much higher than what you were willing to pay. the reason is, the lot might have something in it you were unaware of that someone else was willing to pay plenty for. it helps to be educated because the person who outbid you is probably a re-sell expert.

8-the auctions that are unorganized usually offer the best values. look for these type of auctions...poor titles, single photos of a pile of figures with weapons. some buyers don't want to be bothered with these but if you have a good eye, it can work great for you.
 
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Local auctions and/or estate sales. Of course you can run into a live bidding war at an auction (which can be rather entertaining). But you can also luck out and run into someone who is just trying to liquidate a household and is willing to deal. I have found that a 'professional' liquidator is much more likely to deal, and doesn't have any sentimental attachment to the things they're selling.

Vendor malls and toy shows can be a good spot too. Speaking from experience on the selling side, it takes up time and effort to pop up even a few tables of goods, and you can quickly tell the ones who want to show off a collection vs the ones who don't want to pack up and bring everything back home. Have gotten some good deals because a seller didn't have much traffic and had to recoup some of his costs for renting a booth. Also picked up some things at a steep discount because as the guy said 'these are the only things I have in this line, and it doesn't match the rest of what I'm selling.'
 
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It's about the Journey. Take your time and nab bargains where they can be had. All of the above are great ideas. But the hunt is a huge part of the fun. The small victories as well as the almost had them fisherman stories. Just enjoy it. 😉
 
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