I've bought at least a half dozen Lego sets on AWD. The absolute worst had some damage to the box and replacement tape. I have yet to assemble one that is missing a single piece. Unless you care about box condition, I don't see a downside to AWD for Lego.
Damn... I was looking into what sets to buy on Yoyo, and now the Hulk set is no longer listed! And Hulk himself is $20+ on Bricklink!
I think I might go that route, or wait a bit. It's not like Hulk isn't going to be in the next film. Maybe next time he'll be in a set I can use.
Call me crazy but frankly the whole second-hand Lego market is crazy. I just wanted the set at a decent discount and figured might as well grab it than risk extended lunacy.
I don't blame you. I kept waiting to get a good deal on the HP Castle, and then all of a sudden it was out of stock everywhere. Suddenly MSRP was a bargain
and I had no good options.
I think Jabba will continue to be in stock for this year, but $70 was lucky. There's no guarantee there will be an AWD option when the item is on sale. For a long time, the AWD price hovered at $90-100. I think I paid $88 myself in January, since that was the best non-clearance price at the time. I don't regret this purchase because I really wanted that set and the minifigures.
You can only make the best choice for you at the time. I finally decided to sit the Yoyo sale out, because none of the options were worth the cost to me, and I'm willing to see if I can do better later on.
Now playing: Some Game I Last Played Months Ago (DS), Ancient Game I Tried Once (PS3), Why Do I Never Update My Signature? (360), Backlog Assassins (iPad)