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 Author: stecre View Messages Posted By stecre
 Posted: Feb 10, 2019 12:41
 Subject: Minifigure, Utensil Tool Screwdriver - Narrow
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stecre (1178)

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Why is this part so expensive in DBG??
 
Part No: 6246a  Name: Minifigure, Utensil Tool Screwdriver - Narrow Head
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6246a Minifigure, Utensil Tool Screwdriver - Narrow Head
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 Author: Killermike View Messages Posted By Killermike
 Posted: Feb 10, 2019 13:01
 Subject: Re: Minifigure, Utensil Tool Screwdriver - Narrow
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Only available in 3 sets, of which one is an exclusive.

Basic Supply and Demand, I should think
 Author: Brickitty View Messages Posted By Brickitty
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In Catalog, stecre writes:
  Why is this part so expensive in DBG??
 
Part No: 6246a  Name: Minifigure, Utensil Tool Screwdriver - Narrow Head
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6246a Minifigure, Utensil Tool Screwdriver - Narrow Head
Parts: Minifigure, Utensil

The long answer:

It only came out in 2005, and for all intents and purposes, the only fully-distributed
set it was in was 7251 Darth Vader Transformation. Until Lego released an updated
version of that in 2017, it was a fairly high-demand set because that scene in
Revenge of the Sith is iconic. But sets released in 2004-2005 typically had short
shelf lives because of Lego's color transformation and changes in the company.
So higher demand + lower supply = a fairly expensive set -- it still averages
$28 for 53 pieces, or $0.53/piece, and I remember seeing it go for $35-$40
a few years back. Since there are very few exclusive parts in the set besides
the figs, the few exclusive/rare parts get priced up extremely high, likely because
of people trying to Bricklink the set.