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  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,194
    Anybody here parted out technic before? Is it worth it?
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    Anybody here parted out technic before? Is it worth it?
    I've noticed that technic sets have low part out values, but it could theoretically work. I do well enough with technic parts from regular sets. Constraction parts can be harder to move.

  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 994
    i got deep se exploration vessel in my shop now. MISB

    couldnt quite pull the trigger on those 5 antman sets my local toy store still has, well... i will get 20% on them on dec 8th. already looking forward to also list them in my store!
  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 320
    Anybody here parted out technic before? Is it worth it?
    I do, I find the newer sets have parts that sell very well, but you will have millions of connectors etc that may sit around for years. Easy to part out as they have relatively less lots / set for the size and no minifigures to worry about. 
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 3,785
    I need to order roughly 10,000 points- Mostly bland colors: Light bluish and dark bluish grays and white (no yellowing!).

    I'd love to support some Bricksetter stores- Anyone have a vast abundance of parts in these colors? Any bone you can throw me is also appreciated ;)
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    @samiam391 What kind of part do you mean by points?
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,047

    When I get a large enough stock of Brick Separators or Rubber Band holders, I think I'm going to advertise "Free Brick with every order!" ;)
    Don't give the separators away. Sell them. Price them low enough and if you have decent quantity people will purchase them and may also add to the order with other items.

    A couple of times a year, I always look out for a seller with 20+ of them for about 5p each. They are great for party bags for a kid's party. And if I'm placing an order anyway, I normally supplement the order with way more bricks I need too.

  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 3,785
    KingAlanI said:
    @samiam391 What kind of part do you mean by points?
    @KingAlanI - Whoops... I was posting too late.

    Parts, not points. I need to order roughly 10,000 parts.
    KingAlanI
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,194
    samiam391 said:
    I need to order roughly 10,000 points- Mostly bland colors: Light bluish and dark bluish grays and white (no yellowing!).

    I'd love to support some Bricksetter stores- Anyone have a vast abundance of parts in these colors? Any bone you can throw me is also appreciated ;)
    What style? Bricks? Slopes? Plates?
    KingAlanIMeadle
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 3,785
    @SprinkleOtter - Not to be vague, but pretty much everything.

    I want to refer back to the master list, but it's rather large and cumbersome to get through to find stores that have large amounts of pieces. So I was hoping to narrow it down a bit.
    KingAlanI
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,713
    (Sam's building a 1:10 scale Harrier Jet.)
    SprinkleOtterkiki180703KingAlanI
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,556
    @Brumey what's your store? As I am looking to get one of the Antman sets and cannot find it local.
  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 994
    edited December 2016
    @Redbullgivesuwind i did come too late! some other dude from my town got them all and also opened a bricklink store where he lists the antman sets.

    http://bricksetforum.com/discussion/comment/486790/#Comment_486790

    wont name his store here!
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,556
    Damn! No problem Brumey - thanks for letting me know.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    I parted out 2 #41112 and 3 #70593 tonight.
    As for sets - I cut prices on #30279 (Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle polybag), CMF S15 Shark, CMF S16 Banana and Penguin
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    Added a few parts from #41180 I didn't wish to build with, lowered some prices while I was organizing inventory.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    Extras from 3 #31042 as well as the parts not used in the other 2 alternate builds
  • bricks_on_bricksbricks_on_bricks CaliforniaMember Posts: 22
    Hello there!

    Please check out the Star Wars minifigures that I have in my store, I'm currently updating the store with around different 100 minifigures! 

    Mention the code below at check out and get a 5% on your order!!! 

      GIVEMESTARWARS13


    Help me to pay for my college tutition by purchasing from my store! :) 


  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 767
    edited December 2016
    samiam391 said:
    KingAlanI said:
    @samiam391 What kind of part do you mean by points?
    @KingAlanI - Whoops... I was posting too late.

    Parts, not points. I need to order roughly 10,000 parts.
    Just about finished adding loads of inventory in time for store opening up again at midnight tonight. Send a message with your order for 5% off Sam. Also, will want to see pics of the jumpjet when it's done!
    Http://www.jenzbricks.com
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,194
    Yoo-hoo! Big winter blowout sale!
    10%-25% off most sets. Just shoot me a message if you see anything that interests you, and we can work something out.
    Store here:
  • kclebakkclebak Member Posts: 9

    Hello everyone

    I am currently selling a few complete sets of collectible minifgures along with other items.  The sets contains all 16 Minifigures (18 for the Disney series).  All Minifigures include original packaging, all accessories, stand and character sheet. Each Minifigure has been opened to verify packaged contents and immediately packed into Ziploc's.  I have the following series available:

    • Series 13 ($72 US)
    • Series 14 ($72 US)
    • Series 15 ($72 US)
    • Disney ($81 US)
    • Simpsons Series 2 ($72 US)

    If you are outside the US, feel free to pm me for my shipping bypass password to allow you to place the order.

    Shipping is simply charged at cost.  If anyone is interested in multiple sets I would definitely offer shipping discounts.

    https://www.bricklink.com/store/home.page?p=kclego#/shop?o=

    Thanks

    Ken

  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,169
    Adzbadboy said:
    Why would it be?  People do it all the time.
  • AdzbadboyAdzbadboy London, UKMember Posts: 2,152
    I don't think I've ever seen people sell LDD files. It's normally kits or PDF instructions.
  • GremerGremer The Commonwealth of VirginiaMember Posts: 67
    edited January 7
    I'm looking for a 7964 Republic Frigate for my birthday in two months. I would like for it to be around MSRP (+- $20). Would anyone happen to have one for sale?
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,047
    Adzbadboy said:
    I don't think I've ever seen people sell LDD files. It's normally kits or PDF instructions.
    That's as it is fairy easy to amend a LDD then sell it on (as a PDF) elsewhere.
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,770
    edited January 7
    As a trend, I am noticing I very rarely find any UK sellers anywhere near the most competitive on just about any item. Nearly always USA or continental Europe have several cheaper listings before I come to a UK seller. I have now taken to almost always importing stuff as it's simply cheaper even with postage.
    AllBrickkiki180703
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    Recent part outs - 3 #30396 * , 21 #30399 * , #41111, 12 #41112 , #41120 * , 4 #41140 , 4 #41141, #70792 , #70793 , #76047
    * without minidolls

    Opened CMF
    4 S16 Babysitter
    3 Batman - Calculator, Eraser, March Harriet

    I have a lot of cheap CMF left
    10 Babysitter, 7 Penguin, 5 Shark 5.99
    24 Banana, 1 Stitch 4.49
    4 Arabian Knight, 1 Cyborg, 4 Kickboxer, 2 Spooky Boy, 2 Spy 3.99
    Jewel Thief, Prospector 3.49

    I list sticker sheets but they don't sell well. I wonder if I've ever sold any. Maybe I'll try price cuts. It reminds me of trouble with instruction books.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the WestMember Posts: 1,666
    KingAlanI said:
    Recent part outs - 3 #30396 * , 21 #30399 * , #41111, 12 #41112 , #41120 * , 4 #41140 , 4 #41141, #70792 , #70793 , #76047
    * without minidolls

    Opened CMF
    4 S16 Babysitter
    3 Batman - Calculator, Eraser, March Harriet

    I have a lot of cheap CMF left
    10 Babysitter, 7 Penguin, 5 Shark 5.99
    24 Banana, 1 Stitch 4.49
    4 Arabian Knight, 1 Cyborg, 4 Kickboxer, 2 Spooky Boy, 2 Spy 3.99
    Jewel Thief, Prospector 3.49

    I list sticker sheets but they don't sell well. I wonder if I've ever sold any. Maybe I'll try price cuts. It reminds me of trouble with instruction books.
    From my experience, whenever I buy sticker sheets they're from much older sets.

    I guess that's what you're going to have to do: sit on them for a long time.
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    KingAlanI said:
    I list sticker sheets but they don't sell well. I wonder if I've ever sold any. Maybe I'll try price cuts. It reminds me of trouble with instruction books.
    From my experience, whenever I buy sticker sheets they're from much older sets.

    I guess that's what you're going to have to do: sit on them for a long time.
    Interesting point. At least they're easier to ship/store than instructions and boxes, eventually I decided to just recycle those.

    PS
    Applying stickers and selling parts seems too difficult - I only do that when I'm breaking up the sticker sheet to build some of the set myself.


  • asrfarinhaasrfarinha Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 91
    richo said:
    As a trend, I am noticing I very rarely find any UK sellers anywhere near the most competitive on just about any item. Nearly always USA or continental Europe have several cheaper listings before I come to a UK seller. I have now taken to almost always importing stuff as it's simply cheaper even with postage.
    Would you say that UK sellers are pricing things too high (above average) or that other sellers are selling stuff cheap?

    It's a volume thing, big sellers can afford to give away a bit of their margin in exchange for more volume.
    Maybe there aren't any sellers in the UK that are big enough to be able to lower the prices to compete with the biggest sellers worldwide.

    As a small store I'm subjected to that reality. Even at 5% below average there are a whole lot of other stores that are cheaper for any given part.
    The solution might be trying to compete in variety, although that brings its own set of problems.

    Running a BrickLink store can be quite tricky...
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • asrfarinhaasrfarinha Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 91
    KingAlanI said:
    KingAlanI said:
    I list sticker sheets but they don't sell well. I wonder if I've ever sold any. Maybe I'll try price cuts. It reminds me of trouble with instruction books.
    From my experience, whenever I buy sticker sheets they're from much older sets.

    I guess that's what you're going to have to do: sit on them for a long time.
    Interesting point. At least they're easier to ship/store than instructions and boxes, eventually I decided to just recycle those.

    PS
    Applying stickers and selling parts seems too difficult - I only do that when I'm breaking up the sticker sheet to build some of the set myself.


    After about 7 months of BrickLink I've sold a total of 2 sticker sheets.
    But that's fine, because they're easy to store.

    Now, instructions and boxes go right into the recycling bin, or used as packaging (bunched up sheets torn from instruction manuals work well as padding).
  • elspankdogelspankdog TexasMember Posts: 114
    Hey all, I'm new to Brickset, but I've been selling on Bricklink for years.  How do you guys go about customers complaining about the quality of used parts?  I'm almost ready to give up selling used because of dealing with the headaches.

    I've screened all my used parts for teeth marks and obvious damage, but I still get complaints on occasion about abrasions, scratches, etc.  When I buy used, I always buy extra to compensate for the parts I won't use, and I rarely say anything to the seller...even in regards to teeth marks.  The used parts I've listed in the past were for variety and rarity.  Maybe I should just remove the common items and colors.

    Recently, I had somebody even question scratches on new parts and demanded a refund.  Only way I can figure those scratches happen is in the sorting and picking process.  I should probably just refund and move on, but this one is really bothering me for some reason.
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,047
    richo said:
    As a trend, I am noticing I very rarely find any UK sellers anywhere near the most competitive on just about any item. Nearly always USA or continental Europe have several cheaper listings before I come to a UK seller. I have now taken to almost always importing stuff as it's simply cheaper even with postage.
    Would you say that UK sellers are pricing things too high (above average) or that other sellers are selling stuff cheap?

    It's a volume thing, big sellers can afford to give away a bit of their margin in exchange for more volume.
    Maybe there aren't any sellers in the UK that are big enough to be able to lower the prices to compete with the biggest sellers worldwide.

    As a small store I'm subjected to that reality. Even at 5% below average there are a whole lot of other stores that are cheaper for any given part.
    The solution might be trying to compete in variety, although that brings its own set of problems.

    Running a BrickLink store can be quite tricky...
    There are plenty of big UK stores. They don't reduce prices to compete with German or US stores because often they don't need to. Some UK buyers sometimes find it cheaper to import from Germany (me included), but that doesn't mean the UK seller won't sell at their price.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,194
    Hey all, I'm new to Brickset, but I've been selling on Bricklink for years.  How do you guys go about customers complaining about the quality of used parts?  I'm almost ready to give up selling used because of dealing with the headaches.

    I've screened all my used parts for teeth marks and obvious damage, but I still get complaints on occasion about abrasions, scratches, etc.  When I buy used, I always buy extra to compensate for the parts I won't use, and I rarely say anything to the seller...even in regards to teeth marks.  The used parts I've listed in the past were for variety and rarity.  Maybe I should just remove the common items and colors.

    Recently, I had somebody even question scratches on new parts and demanded a refund.  Only way I can figure those scratches happen is in the sorting and picking process.  I should probably just refund and move on, but this one is really bothering me for some reason.
    What do I do with jerks like that? Try to avoid them. If not, and they complain, respond cheerfully. Nothing to gain by being rude. Tell them that these parts have traveled hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to get to him, while rubbing/bouncing off each other that whole time. If he persists, tell him to send you a picture of the damage.

    I know dealing with buyers is rough, even more so responding calmly.
  • elspankdogelspankdog TexasMember Posts: 114
    Yeah, that's what I always do.  Take the high road and assume I screwed up somewhere.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,569
    I don't remember what set I was parting out, but I remembered a couple parts were too scratched to be listed.. and I was parting out a new set that I have just opened...

    SprinkleOtterkiki180703
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,194
    I have a question for other sellers. What do you use for shipping boxes, specifically small ones. I mainly reuse boxes that are send to me, but sometimes those run low.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,569
    @SprinkleOtter you just got one of mine :)

    For First Class, I use Aviditi 7x5x2 (like the one I sent you recently) and 5x4x2 both can have a printed label. I also use the 3x3x1 for expensive minifigs and that goes into a mailer.

    Those are small, convenient but a tad expensive. Pratt 9x6x3 are much cheaper, but larger and heavier.

    SprinkleOttertwoninerkenkiki180703
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,169
    I reuse as many boxes as I can, but for bigger boxes (20x16x4 and 24x20x6) I buy Uline boxes, for smaller boxes I usually get them from Staples when they have a good sale on shipping supplies which is usually a couple times a year and I think like 40% or more off.  I buy a couple sizes one of which is 6x6x6.  I also try to use the free USPS priority boxes as much as possible since for me most orders USPS Priority is the cheapest option and the materials are free.
  • elspankdogelspankdog TexasMember Posts: 114
    I pretty much use bubble mailers unless a box is the only option.  In that case, i reuse something I have or go the free USPS priority route.  USPS priority bubble mailers are also free but you have to order them to ship free to your address.

    As for bubble mailers, I'm going to try out sunuku which I saw mentioned here.
    KingAlanIkiki180703
  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 320
    richo said:
    As a trend, I am noticing I very rarely find any UK sellers anywhere near the most competitive on just about any item. Nearly always USA or continental Europe have several cheaper listings before I come to a UK seller. I have now taken to almost always importing stuff as it's simply cheaper even with postage.
    Would you say that UK sellers are pricing things too high (above average) or that other sellers are selling stuff cheap?

    It's a volume thing, big sellers can afford to give away a bit of their margin in exchange for more volume.
    Maybe there aren't any sellers in the UK that are big enough to be able to lower the prices to compete with the biggest sellers worldwide.

    As a small store I'm subjected to that reality. Even at 5% below average there are a whole lot of other stores that are cheaper for any given part.
    The solution might be trying to compete in variety, although that brings its own set of problems.

    Running a BrickLink store can be quite tricky...
    Tricky is right, based on the fairly poor data on sales available on BL you could still spent quite a lot of time trying to price "right" and still get nowhere. 

    At 5% off I would not sell enough to make it worth my while, I am usually nearer 20% below six month average - which is too cheap medium to long term but I will live with it while I build the store and increase stock, should be at the quarter million mark this month, but hopefully will make the million in the next year or so. When you start to get to that size and have a greater variety of parts and parts in greater quantities I believe you can charge higher prices. 

    Running a bricklink store is a lot harder work for less return than a lot of people think! 


    KingAlanIasrfarinhakiki180703
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    After about 7 months of BrickLink I've sold a total of 2 sticker sheets.
    But that's fine, because they're easy to store.

    Now, instructions and boxes go right into the recycling bin, or used as packaging (bunched up sheets torn from instruction manuals work well as padding).
    Exactly.
    I do use crumpled paper for packaging sometimes, but hadn't thought of instruction books as a source thereof. It can be annoying to crumple and adds a relatively large amount of weight. I saved styrofoam pellets (packing peanuts) I got from something else.
    How do you guys go about customers complaining about the quality of used parts?
    I haven't had any complaints about part condition, but I'm cautious in descriptions. My splash page includes "New parts are fresh from various sets, but might have minimal handling wear." but unreasonable buyers might ignore or not read that.

    Sometimes I've had to suck it up about refunds for a few parts reported missing (which could actually happen); yours sounds like a similar problem.

    I have a question for other sellers. What do you use for shipping boxes, specifically small ones. I mainly reuse boxes that are send to me, but sometimes those run low.
    I almost always use bubblemailers or USPS flatrate boxes. Otherwise, it can be hard to find boxes small enough that are durable enough for mailing. Sometimes I have to buy those or other rarely used supplies in small quantities at retail.

    I got 250 #0 from Sunuku last June and still have a few dozen left. I'll reorder and get some other sizes once I have spare money and post-holiday LEGO clearance is done.


  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,770
    I have come to the conclusion that a lot of bricklink stores are actually quite unprofessional and poorly run. I suspect this is the case as they are often hobby side endeavours, not actual businesses. I have written to a good few stores this week as I chase a couple of sets, and honestly you are lucky if people respond inside 48 hours. 
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    Recently added minifigs and extra parts from #75149, another #10722, 4 Penguin and 2 Babysitter.
    Reorganized my CMF inventory. Lowered Penguin from $5.99 to $5.49. Got rid of packaging, opened sealed, bagged multiple quantities together like I was already doing for other items. Saves space

    Did a lot of part sorting in addition to what was needed to fill current orders; I often fall behind on that.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    3 #10808, 5 #10819, 3 #10824
    been meaning to branch out more into DUPLO. not as much sales volume, so not as easy to gauge prices but more room in the market. and I sometimes see deals on that too.

    3 #41113, 2 #41115 sans minidoll
    4 more Banana Guy

    have 33 more S16 bags to look at and a #75825 to list
  • the1whitetigerthe1whitetiger in a pile of LegoMember Posts: 18
    We have a little store ourselves: http://www.bricklink.com/store/home.page?p=the1whitetiger&utm_content=globalnav#/splash We mostly part out a lot of exclusives but also parted out all of the Elves and Angry Birds Sets plus a lot of other sets I like for the parts. We keep the yellow Minifigures to give them away to kids (birthdays...) and we also keep green plants and other "cool" parts. We are up to 60.000 parts now and my goal this year ist to get it up to 100.000 parts and stay there. Sorting Lego is something I enjoy and I cannot just sit infront of the TV and watch, I always have Lego somewhere nearby. And opening the store was perfect to get rid of all the sorted bricks :-)
  • koshkakoshka UK/SwedenMember Posts: 170
    richo said:
    As a trend, I am noticing I very rarely find any UK sellers anywhere near the most competitive on just about any item. Nearly always USA or continental Europe have several cheaper listings before I come to a UK seller. I have now taken to almost always importing stuff as it's simply cheaper even with postage.
    Would you say that UK sellers are pricing things too high (above average) or that other sellers are selling stuff cheap?

    It's a volume thing, big sellers can afford to give away a bit of their margin in exchange for more volume.
    Maybe there aren't any sellers in the UK that are big enough to be able to lower the prices to compete with the biggest sellers worldwide.

    As a small store I'm subjected to that reality. Even at 5% below average there are a whole lot of other stores that are cheaper for any given part.
    The solution might be trying to compete in variety, although that brings its own set of problems.

    Running a BrickLink store can be quite tricky...
    I think variety and volume are key although feedback may also help. In the past four months I've gone from around 8000 to 25000 parts. I'm going on the store views / sales ratio as a judge of whether it's working. For a long time I had one sale per forty views but this has changed to one in thirty over the past two months (feedback has risen from about 25 to 80 in the same period). I'm tempted to stop bothering with many used items as basic bricks rarely seem to sell unless they're new (and they take up space). I'm not sure about pricing to the average. When I looked at this in more detail I thought that 20% below the average was needed to achieve decent visibility in the price guide. That said I've had some of the best sales prices in Sweden for certain parts since my variety/volume increased so I'm starting to worry less about being the cheapest.

    As a buyer from the UK / Sweden I learnt to look overseas fairly early on. Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic have all been good for postage for larger orders. Even the US was relatively cheap for one order as it was for several of a very lightweight, expensive piece.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,136
    I recently passed 40,000 pieces worth $7,000.

    The 33 other CMF's are:
    4 Ice Queen - one was missing the tiara, couldn't find it with the packaging, so I listed some of the other parts. Also listed some Wilflife phtographer parts I got elsewhere.
    Bald Pirate ($3.49), 3 Wildlife Photographer ($3.99), 2 Mariachi ($3.99), 2 Dog Show Winner ($3.49), 3 Imp ($3.99), Hiker ($3.99)
    Already had some in inventory and reduced from 3.99 to 3.49 - 6 Arabian Knight, 6 Spooky Boy, 2 Kickboxer, 2 Cyborg, Spy

    @the1whitetiger I do part out sets where I'm keeping some of the pieces, but only because I'm running a store anyway, for me sets I want some of wouldn't be enough volume in and of itself.

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