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Brick Link Remorse?

TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 678
Hi all,

What follows is a bit of a call for advice... to help me make my mind up.

I am a long time Brick Link buyer who has recently opened their own Brick Link Store (currently on my second order, most minifigs so far).

Currently I am collecting parts for the below:

1) UCS Bwing #10227 - circa 200 parts to go.
2) Red 5 Xwing #10240 - 6 parts to go including the canopy
3) UCS AT ST #10174 - 3 parts to go
4) Nebulon B Frigate - circa 500 parts to go
5) Panama Canal - circa 200 parts to go
6) Arvo Alien Chestburster - circa 50 parts to go
7) A few other small sets....

Today I suddenly had the realisation that to continue to Brick Link the above will actually cost me an arm and a leg and I started to think about giving up on all of the above apart from numbers 6 & 7 and instead listing all of the parts accumulated to date for sale in my store (and perhaps also listing the 50kg plus of loose Lego that I have).

I have already parted out a lot of my low value, not essential sets in my store...

So they question is, do other people suffer from these bouts of doubt when trying to BL too many things at once and do you think I am teetering on verge of a mini dark age?

What would you do?

Thanks

Comments

  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,640
    I'd concentrate on finishing one at a time. You're trying to do far too many builds at once.
    madforLEGOgmonkey76Bumblepantssnowhitie
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 678
    The wife's view is finish 2 and 3 and then crack on with the rest.

    But i am tempted to call it a day on the B-Wing and the Nebulon. I do have form in that regard. I got 70% through a UCS MF before giving up. I may just be one of those people that likes starting a new project more than finishing the job at hand.
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 312
    In regard to the B-wing and the Escort Frigate, I say go mini. That's a lot easier.


    See? Ta da! Wallet saved!, and BL orders cut to the minimum (actually, I didn't do any orders when building this) 



    gmonkey76TheFewomniumMegtheCat
  • koshkakoshka UK/SwedenMember Posts: 183
    I think I can relate to this. 3-4 years ago I started on one modular and one MOC and within months it had become 3 modulars, 4 MOCs and the Taj Mahal. I'd setup a spreadsheet by this point and convinced myself that it was quicker and cheaper to do lots at the same time. I'm now down to two MOCs to go but it's not been much fun at times. Starting to build too early was probably my biggest mistake.

    I don't think that I'd sell the parts but I would definitely focus on 2-3 so that it feels like you're making progress. 

    Bricklink - I now have 60,000 parts in my store but the time and effort to list and pack compared to bulk sales on auction sites does have me wondering whether I should have tried to grow the store to this size. I was getting a few decent sales when I specialised and had less than 5,000 parts. It feels like a lot of parts may never sell. On the plus side I can see a day when the auction sales combined with the BL sales will cover the cost of the sets that I Bricklinked myself. Now I just need to find space / funds for Ninjago City, Saturn V and the Old Fishing Store.


    LuLego
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross UKMember Posts: 139
    I'd finish the AT-ST and the X-Wing, as you're so close. The AT-ST is a nice build from what I remember. Maybe put the Nebulon "on the backburner" or even "in mothballs" as you have a significant proportion still to go. Then, although it's not to my tastes, I'd finish the chestburster or do some of the small sets that could be a bit more rewarding in the short-term.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,853
    Are you talking about Mortesv's Nebulon? That project cost me about 1K and took about  6 months to complete. You are trying to do waaaaaaaay too much at once. Pick a project and enjoy it until it's end. You're suffering from partlistitis.
    Yodalicious
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 724
    I've been doing #3724 and #4000001 for a year and neither are 100% done (I think around 2 bricks each are still needed :/).

    Pondering starting GG, CC and MS now, but you make a good point about too much. :-)
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 7,746
    edited August 29
    If you finish all of your projects, it means you've died.  (I'm planning on living forever, so I'm pacing myself on projects...)
    eggshenTheFewgmonkey76LuLegosid3windrdatsunrobbiecatwrangler
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 640
    More an additional question rather than advice and obviously YMMV dependent upon location but, surely it would be WAY cheaper to buy #10227 and #10240 complete rather than bricklinking them?
     One piece of advice - keep plugging away on the Chestburster (especially if you've already got the instructions and rares), it's truly a magnificent beast!
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 473
    I am really bad at the whole 'start and don't finish' gig, but generally what I do is I fill do all the easy parts in a big order, and then anything expensive I find a replacement color or substitute some other part that can hold its place until I get it.
    TheFew
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 678
    ecmo47 said:
    Are you talking about Mortesv's Nebulon? That project cost me about 1K and took about  6 months to complete. You are trying to do waaaaaaaay too much at once. Pick a project and enjoy it until it's end. You're suffering from partlistitis.
    Yep Mortesv's Nebulon.. only 172 different part types still to go. But it is things like the 100+ LBG 1×4 tiles that is now putting me off..
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 678
    More an additional question rather than advice and obviously YMMV dependent upon location but, surely it would be WAY cheaper to buy #10227 and #10240 complete rather than bricklinking them?
     One piece of advice - keep plugging away on the Chestburster (especially if you've already got the instructions and rares), it's truly a magnificent beast!
    You are probably correct re those two sets. But i have almost completed them now!

    The chestburster is one i will try to keep going with. Its uniqueness is amazing.
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 678
    sid3windr said:
    I've been doing #3724 and #4000001 for a year and neither are 100% done (I think around 2 bricks each are still needed :/).

    Pondering starting GG, CC and MS now, but you make a good point about too much. :-)
    Thanks for showing me #3724... i am now thinking that it looks simple to bricklink.... gah :-)
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 540
    SumoLego said:
    If you finish all of your projects, it means you've died.  (I'm planning on living forever, so I'm pacing myself on projects...)
    If I could double like this, I would!

    I find a MOC project is never finished... Every time I think it's nearly complete, I change my original design. I know this is poor planning and I'm sure I'll get better. 

    Ive been creating my own Santa's Workshop (it's never too early), which was initially based on 3 x #10245 but it keeps growing, which inevitably means a new BrickLink order just as one BrickLink order arrives in the post. 

    I also find that just as I've made an order I suddenly remember that I forgot to add a piece on that I need elsewhere... 

    ericb
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 724
    TheFew said:
    Thanks for showing me #3724... i am now thinking that it looks simple to bricklink.... gah :-)
    That's what I thought as well. But it ended up costing me quite a bit, and I actually have 0 (out of 48) 2x8 green bricks. Replaced most by 2x4, and a few by 2x 1x8. 1x2 technic bricks are also quite rare it seems... but at least they're available.
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 678
    sid3windr said:
    TheFew said:
    Thanks for showing me #3724... i am now thinking that it looks simple to bricklink.... gah :-)
    That's what I thought as well. But it ended up costing me quite a bit, and I actually have 0 (out of 48) 2x8 green bricks. Replaced most by 2x4, and a few by 2x 1x8. 1x2 technic bricks are also quite rare it seems... but at least they're available.
    My green supplies are low. So i will head butt my desk and try to get it out of my mind...
    sid3windrstlux
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 1,344
    That looks really nice @bandit778!

    Depends I guess whether you want to hang out with the Legoland mascot, or are happy to hang out with his brother instead? ;)
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,436
    @stlux
    It was halloween, It's just the regular Dragon in costume. ;p
    stluxYodaliciousLobotM_Bosssnowhitie
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 724
    edited August 29
    On @drdavewatford 's blog (which inspired me to get this one) someone linked a whole family of various colours. I liked the yellow one too, but man, I'm not going to start that collection.... I think. :P

    I also was very anal about using all green bricks (even though I'm not using the correct ones, doh) but on the inside any random one would work...
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,580

    Not being very helpful but I am the opposite. I use bricklink way more than buying actual Lego. As there are fewer items I want to buy I am using it to plug gaps in my wanted list but slowly via parts lists. So I can control the amount and how much I get. I am in no hurry to complete it. Also if I miss something I can just add it to the list. Especially if I just want the figures.

    FowlerBricks
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