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  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 291
    @KingAlanI, safest to do that without logging in, especially if you are using US$ for your store as you will get the same figures whether logged in or not. What you don't get that I find very handy is how many new lots the set will add to your store. 
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,162
    If you just want the total part out value the easier way is to go to the price guide link and put the set number in on the right box.  Then it doesn't go through all the parts list and verify etc. 

    http://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp

    And if you accidentally add it to inventory, just go to the page to part out another one and on the first page you can set the quantity of the sets you are parting out.  Set it to -1 instead of 1 and go through the rest.  It should then just subtract the parts that were added.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    edited September 2016
    Daragh said:
    @KingAlanI, safest to do that without logging in, especially if you are using US$ for your store as you will get the same figures whether logged in or not. What you don't get that I find very handy is how many new lots the set will add to your store. 
    I hadn't thought of that. Still, when I try to go directly to that page ( http://www.bricklink.com/invSet.asp ) I get redirected to login. Are you following another link?
     
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    Target had sterilite tubs on sale recently; I got a lot of my inventory into those.

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    @brumey I leave feedback ASAP after payment and some buyers don't do so after they receive. My feedback score is 149 now, but this is sitll frustrating.

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    Daragh said:
    that's gonna save me a lot of trouble even besides preventing an accidental upload. :)

    Daraghkiki180703
  • DroneDrone U.KMember Posts: 169
    Just received my order from @Lobot , many thanks for a great service!!!
    Lobotkiki180703
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,065
    Hey, everybody. I just found a real jerk of a buyer who I advise you block.
    His order was delayed slightly (which my splash page says). Then he left neutral feedback, and when I offered him a partial refund to change it, he wants a 50% refund.
  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 291
    edited September 2016
    Hey, everybody. I just found a real jerk of a buyer who I advise you block.
    His order was delayed slightly (which my splash page says). Then he left neutral feedback, and when I offered him a partial refund to change it, he wants a 50% refund.
    Sounds like someone to avoid ok.
    SprinkleOtterkiki180703VorpalRyu
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,065
    Blarg.
    His username is 70merc
  • LobotLobot UKMember Posts: 571
    Drone said:
    Just received my order from @Lobot , many thanks for a great service!!!

    Thanks @Drone - I'm glad that your order arrived safely, it's always good to be able to help a fellow Bricksetter! :-)
    Dronekiki180703
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,065
    I have a question for other BL sellers- what do you use for international insurance?
    I usually use insurepost, but it turns out they don't cover shipments to India.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,548
    I use insurepost and limit countries I ship to to those covered by insurepost. If I make an exception and ship to countries not covered by insurepost I ship UPS or Fedex (or USPS Priority Mail Express).
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    I just don't offer insurance.

    I've added a lot of CMF S16 lately - especially Penguin Boy, Banana Guy and Babysitter. Also 14 #75132 First Order Battle Pack (have at it, Syar Wars army builders) and a few other things.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,162
    I use u-pic.com when international insurance is requested.  I've never had to file a claim so no idea on how good their service is, but it looks like they do India.
  • RakulRakul USAMember Posts: 130
    Question for other sellers.  I have a buyer who paid via PayPal without a shipping address but just put it in the comments.  It looks to be one of those aggregator type businesses that gives foreign buyers a US address.

    For now I've refunded the buyer and asked him or her to resubmit with a verified PayPal address.  My question is am I being overly harsh you think?  It is a relatively large (for me) order so I don't want to be out since I would not be covered under seller protection.  Plus since there is no shipping address I would lose any PayPal shipping discount and have to pay full retail when I already gave the buyer free shipping.

    Thanks for the feedback all.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,162
    It isn't unreasonable to want a verified shipping address.  Personally I've never had trouble with the freight forwarding addresses, but the person should be able to put that in paypal as their address, or at least all of the ones I've shipped to have had it as a verified address.

    On the paypal shipping issue: you can ship using paypal without having a payment to click the "create label" through by using this link

    https://www.paypal.com/shiplabel/create/

    Not sure how you get to it from the menus.  It might be intentionally hidden, but I've shipped that way a lot.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,548
    If your buyer paid with PayPal On Site, they can not put a new address when checking out, only "regular" PayPal allows it.

    I shipped multiple order to forwarding companies, but all of them were to the PayPal address. I also allow Canadian buyers to use an non confirmed US address if they have good feedback and never had an issue.

    The link I have for PayPal labels without payment is https://www.paypal.com/shipnow,  We each have our own sets of tricks :) I use it for all money orders and Stripe payments.
    KingAlanI
  • RakulRakul USAMember Posts: 130
    Thanks guys I was not aware of this method until now for shipping.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    I had one order where the buyer used a freight forwarder, but they did officially use the US address with PayPal.

    Thanks @ColoradoBricks for the https://www.paypal.com/shipnow link. The one downside to no PP fee was not getting the discount and convenience of printing a label. It was still worth it, but this gives me the best of both worlds.
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 758
    Http://www.jenzbricks.com

    Streamlined the store, removed all fees, simplified shipping inc. much cheaper international rates and added thousands more elements! (Still not quite caught up with adding to inventory though!)

    Have a look and let me know what you think and take a 5% discount for any order placed before the end of the month as a thank you! (Mention brickset in the order comments)
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,065
    I have two ARK-170s for sale all year, with no interest. Now I'ev sold both in two days. Why the sudden interest?
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    Heh, 2 #75072 (the ARC-170 microfighter) was one of my first BrickLink sales. Sometimes it takes awhile to get a bite. I don't want to scare off people with high prices, but I don't want to undercut myself rushing to get a sale. It can take a long time to build up enough inventory to interest people in your store in general.
    SprinkleOtterkiki180703
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,162
    I get things like that sometimes that makes me wonder.  I parted out like 5 or 6 of the Star Wars Desert Skiff sets like 3 years ago and sold most of the major figs but still had 3 or 4 Kithaba's left.  Had 3 orders within a couple days recently that each bought one.  Just thought it was really odd after a couple years selling them that close to each other.
    SprinkleOtterkiki180703KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    In general, I've sold a lot of parts, but not very many minifigures.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    I might stop selling instruction booklets. They rarely ever sell, and when they do, the weight and size increases what I have to charge for shipping. They're getting to be annoying to store. The plan is to keep them until next recycling pickup and hold into 1 of each personally.
  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 291
    I agree, I only keep the very large ones e.g. modulars and the technic ones and haven't sold any. I hate throwing out the others but the reality is there is no point keeping them, they take up too move room, weigh a ton and are a fire hazard (I imagine). Same with boxes. 

    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,162
    I definitely don't keep boxes.  I occasionally sell instructions but it is a pain when someone orders a larger format instruction and a handful of parts together.  The instructions are so cheap but expensive to ship.  For now I'm not going to get rid of them as I have a double wide 4 drawer filing cabinet that has supplies in the top drawer and instructions in the lower ones.  If it ever starts to fill up I'll probably purge all of the < ~$50 set instructions and anything in kids themes as I don't think I've ever sold any of those.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    @Daragh
    Okay, so it's not just me.
    I already stopped keeping boxes, except ones that are useful for storage. Heck, I have smaller booklets in a #10692 box, and freeing that up is part of the idea here.
    I just started getting rid of booklets.
  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 291
    @KingAlanI luckily from the start I didn't keep the booklets, if you have a load I can imagine it's hard to just dump them, but the right thing to do. I keep the smaller boxes as they are great for large parts orders. The cardboard is nice and sturdy and I think it looks good getting an order in a Lego box, wrapped of course. 

    KingAlanI
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,350
    You could always tear the pages out and crumple them up as packaging.
    KingAlanIkiki180703Kevin_Hyatt
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,256
    I'd recycle the pages for wrapping small gifts - I did the same with the facsimilie editions of old comics that a British newspaper gave away a few years, and people tend to really like stuff like that even if they're not an AFOL or comics collector. Actually that reminds me that I've been meaning to do the same with the 1/3-of-the-instructions for a Star Wars set that I found in a bulk lot...
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    @Daragh
    I figured LEGO boxes would be too flimsy for mailing. I have used regular notebook paper before. I saved some stryofoam peanuts and air filled bags. They're lighter like how bubblemailers are lighter than boxes.
    Getting rid of my accumulated booklets shouldn't be too hard, it's just that I was in the middle of other things when I got the idea.
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 416
    I finally made my first Bricklink order! eBay was just far too expensive for pieces now I'm a 'real' AFOL!
    DaraghLobotBumblepantsricecakekiki180703TheMaker37Kevin_Hyattsid3windr
  • asrfarinhaasrfarinha Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 76
    I too have a Bricklink store, and it's Brick Repository.
    Only been at it for a few months, getting close to 50k parts which is the short term goal for the store size.
    Send me a message over on Bricklink before placing an order and I'll send you a 10% coupon.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,065
    Has anyone else noticed that BL buyers seem to be getting exceptionally... whiny... lately?
    I mean, neutral feedback because I didn't respond to a message I never got? Come on...
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 416
    I used Bricklink for the very first time and gave nothing but praise for my experience. I even separately emailed the seller to thank them as I was so impressed.
    Ill never be using eBay again as I'm converted!
    LobotSprinkleOtterasrfarinhakiki180703
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    https://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=KingAlanI
    Parting out assorted recent sets like usual.
    Also cut prices on a lot of minifigures were I was already around average.
  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 992
    i might start my bionicle parts selling soon...  only 1 weekend of sorting left!
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 758
    Store updated with nearly 60 shiny new star wars figs including some rare jedis! All at lowest UK price.
    http://www.jenzbricks.com
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,065
    Interesting discovery made today... A complete Cafe Corner fits quite nicely in a medium flat rate box.

    Also, do you all think this is enough packing noodles?

    catwranglerkiki180703KingAlanITheMaker37
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    edited October 2016
    Business seems slow. Even 22K items feels like a small store. I want to add more and drop prices. Sales could be put towards more inventory.

    I have 3 sealed #30350. Recent part outs include a bunch of nexo ultimates, 2 #70600, another #70324 and #75132, most non-minidoll parts of #41172 and #41124, extra parts from #41122.

    I edit prices manually for more control and to avoid partial cent prices. When changing prices, I'm focusing on relatively expensive items and/or large quantities since that's more worth the trobule.

    @SprinkleOtter I decided to keep lots of packing peanuts and a few cardboard boxes even though I rarely use those.
  • asrfarinhaasrfarinha Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 76
    Business is very slow. With nearly 50k parts in the store I only had 3 sales so far this month :O
    KingAlanI
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,065
    Business is very slow. With nearly 50k parts in the store I only had 3 sales so far this month :O
    It all depends on your selection and pricing. I have a few hundred parts in my store, and I've gotten 5-6 parts orders this month.
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    My orders often come in bunches; I suppose I'm inbetween those.
  • RakulRakul USAMember Posts: 130
    Same here,I go a week or so with nothing then get 3 or 4 orders in a day.
    KingAlanI
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,065
    @KingAlanI I would suggest saving the packing materials from everything you get. If you're just a parts store, then maybe saving bigger stuff won't help you, but I've saved everything I get, and never had to buy packing materials (besides tape and small bubble mailers).
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 960
    @SprinkleOtter ;Priority Mail medium flatrate boxes are often good for orders weighing a few pounds. I do save bubblemailers I get though I also need to buy a lot more of those. I often use large bubblemailers instead of small boxes.
  • asrfarinhaasrfarinha Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 76
    KingAlanI said:
    My orders often come in bunches; I suppose I'm inbetween those.
    Rakul said:
    Same here,I go a week or so with nothing then get 3 or 4 orders in a day.
    Yeah, I'm kind of the same. All 3 orders this month were in the first couple of days, and nothing since then. It's a waiting game.
    KingAlanI
  • gobias1234gobias1234 IowaMember Posts: 8
    Hi! Idk if this is ok....let me know if it isn't!

    I'm looking for 2x4 duplo bricks in any color.  My library is using them for a project.  I have purchased duplos on Brick link but would like to minimize shipping costs and buy from one store instead of multiple and haven't found a store with a larger amount.  Do any of your stores carry a larger inventory of these bricks? I would like to donate to this neat reading incentive program! Thanks!
    KingAlanI
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 909
    edited October 2016
    @gobias1234 Have you tried entering a minimum quantity to your BL search? You can also sort your search results by Lowest/Highest Quantity.

    A quick search seems to indicate one seller in the Czech Republic has 1500+ of these bricks in stock. Their shipping rates for large parcels, including to the US, also seem reasonable-ish.
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