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Where do you draw the line on an incomplete bricklink order?

TitusTitus Member Posts: 79
edited March 2013 in Buying & Selling Topics
Hello all,

I really don't like bricklink. It's not just that the interface antiquated and clumsy, but also because I think fewer than half of my purchases there have been 100% successful.

I understand that mistakes can be made while counting out hundreds and hundreds of small pieces but, seriously, I feel like any order of more than 50 pieces is just destined to be screwed up. I have bought from bricklink fewer than 8 times since I signed up in 2009 but when I order now, I actually order more of each item than I really want, just to make sure that I get the quantity I actually need.

Anyway, I'm just curious about how others deal with this. If you order 10 items that are only 3-cents/item and you only get 8 of them, do you make the seller swallow the additional postage so they can send you the other two? What if it's 50-cents worth of missing parts rather than 6-cents? Any difference? A dollar? Is there a line somewhere?

I feel like it would be wrong to try and force a seller cover postage for 6-cents worth of lego pieces, so I've never done that but, frankly, I feel like I should get the items I actually ordered and paid for, whether it's 6 cents, 51 cents or a dollar.

Argh! Frustrated am I.

Comments

  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    The above is why I don't do parts on Bricklink. :)

    To answer your question, I'm of the opinion that you should get what you paid for. What it comes down to for me is, "do I care enough to type an e-mail and complain, and if so, what do I want?"

    Sometimes I complain, sometimes I let it go, depends on if I care enough. For 3 cents of parts, it might not be the 3 cents, it might be that I physically needed those parts and without them I'm stuck. Or they might have been extras that I added to pad the order to make it worth the postage, in which case I don't care.

    If you need the parts and were expecting them, then ask for them. If you don't need them and they were extras, ask yourself what your time is worth to complain over 3 cents, or 51 cents, or a dollar?
    Titus
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,462
    I would at least let them know that the order was not 100% and tell them not to worry about it if it is just a few cents worth of parts. But give them a chance to make it right or at least be aware of their mistake.
    Titus
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,762
    If you need them then ask for them - they might only be a few cents/pennies, but if you have to order again from elsewhere, you'll be paying postage on them yourself for no good reason.
    Titus
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 870
    ^ seconded - if you need them, and after all you paid for them, then I think It's only fair to ask and to expect the seller to help.

    My experience across a good number of orders (some very large, some small) has been that upwards of 95% are correct. Where I have been missing parts or - actually a more frequent error - sent the wrong colour part, I've applied a similar sort of judgement as to how much value i placed on the part. where i asked the sellers they have I think without fail responded to resend the correct or missing parts.
    Titus
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195
    edited March 2013
    Definitely let the seller know. If only so that they know that their picking strategy is not working properly. Especially if someone is ordering 50+ parts that are cheap, I normally count them out and then chuck in an extra one too, just to make sure.
    Titus
  • DwarfSleepyDwarfSleepy Member Posts: 20
    Fortunately I've only had a problem with about 10% of my orders. In all cases the sellers have immediatley sent the replacement parts. The fact that it's a 50 cent postage for a 10 cent piece is their problem.

    What I do not do is check-count if I order cheap pieces in bulk, like 200 1x1 tiles. I usually don't need them right then, and I don't mind if there's one missing.
    tedward
  • KanohiKanohi Member Posts: 41
    Definitely send them a message letting then know. @CCC is spot on - even the value is small and the pieces not so important, the seller should be informed of mistakes in her picking technique. If it's a common problem for the seller, she can only improve if she's aware that she's doing something wrong.

    I probably am missing a piece in 5% off my orders Recieved. I've been selling parts for the better part of a decade now and honestly I feel that mistakes are just part of the business. That's not an excuse, just an admission of imperfection.

    And don't worry about the seller having to eat the additional shipping charges. They made the mistake and the "punishment" is an extra shipping charge. Look at it as a lesson in paying for your mistakes (or a $2.00 motivation not to do it again)

    --Gary

    Titus
  • prof1515prof1515 EarthMember Posts: 1,561
    With a full two-thirds of my Bricklink orders being unsatisfactory, I simply do not deal on that site any more. Incorrect pieces, color substitutions, unavailable pieces...I saw it all. Simply put, the problems were unacceptable and avoidable if the sellers had paid more attention to their stock. 3 black pieces and 1 gray piece is not an acceptable substitution for 4 black pieces. The figure variant from a $20 set is not an acceptable substitute for a variant from a $80 set. "Turns out I only had 23, not 24 but it's just a six-cent piece" is not a minor detail. "New" means new, not scratched from obvious use. MISB does not mean the box has been opened even if the bags inside were not.

    I have zero tolerance for this crap. Same goes for eBay though that only applied to sets there, not pieces.
    Titus
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    In nearly 400 transactions on BL I have not had an unpleasant experience yet, buying or selling. I have had missing parts sent to me with no fuss whatsoever, I have sent (or purchased parts to be sent) to buyers who were shorted either through miscounting or an inventory anomaly. If more buyers were also sellers I think much of the outrage over mistakes would be sympathetically mitigated. Doesn't exonerate a seller in the least from completely filling every order, however.
    TitusdougtsMathBuilder
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,024
    edited March 2013
    I had over 400 transactions as a buyer on Bricklink and I can count on one hand how many times I had missing parts or other issues. There are some practices tough that I follow to make sure orders are right. I have been a buyer on eBay for many years before starting to buy on Bricklink, so had some experience.

    1. ALWAYS CHECK THE SELLER'S FEEDBACK - if I see negative or neutral comments that says parts were missing, I'm not going to place a $100 order with 500 different parts from them. I may still place smaller orders though from that seller. In general, larger sellers with over 1000 seller feedback and no negatives and neutrals are the safest bet for complicated large orders. They have a tested and proven system in place to pull orders accurately.

    2. DILIGENTLY WEED & RATE SELLERS - I favorite all sellers I have good experiences with and make detailed notes. I also put sellers on the least favorite list for various reasons and also make detailed notes. This may be about expensive shipping or dumping all parts into one big bag, or used being more used then I like. It doesn't mean I won't buy from them in the future, but I will consider my notes when placing an order with them. When I have a complicated order this list is invaluable to find the seller who will most likely fulfill my order with no faults.

    3. KEEP THE NUMBERS SIMPLE - If I place large orders with many small parts I keep the numbers differentiation to no more than 3. In otherwords I will order either 2, 4 or 10 of all of the parts (or whatever other number I find common), even if I need less. I will not add 5 of this and 27 of that in the same order. So if I buy 50 different parts they will all be either 2, 4, or 10. Yes, I may end up with more parts than I really need, but it is only on a few items and I can usually always use them for the same project or another project. Adding a few cents of parts more to make it easier on the seller is really not a big deal.

    4. COMMUNICATE - If I have a large complicated order and I'm considering buying from a seller I never dealt with before, I send them a quick email and ask them if they could handle a $50 order with 500 small parts. Most Bricklink sellers are hobbyists. They don't have the time, resources or experience to deal with thousands of small parts. Usually they figure this out after some time and will put policies in place like minimum orders, lot limits, etc., but at the beginning they often have no idea how much time it takes to pull such an order. It can take hours.

    5. SHOW APPRECIATION - With my order I always send a note thanking the seller for carrying the pieces I need. If I dealt with them before I also thank them for the always excellent service. This is a small thing, but it can motive a seller to be particularly careful with my order. Again; Bricklink is not some impersonal mega-shop. It is made of people who may have to sit for hours pulling my order. Showing some appreciation is... well... appreciated.

    That's pretty much it. I have met incredible people through Bricklink who have gone above and beyond to help me out in a crunch. There are also some insanely good sellers who's service is beyond unbelivable. Remembering that I'm dealing with people and appreciating the community spirit of Bricklink, while also taking smart and proactive steps from my end to ensure an order will go well goes a long way. Bricklink is the best thing ever for LEGO fans. Trust me on that...(c;
    tedwardZathrasTitusKanohidougtsBrickarmorMathBuilderlegoprodsMarkey
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,024
    Gosh, I had the above all nicely typed up with spaces and paragraphs, but when I hit submit it got all merged together and won't let me edit. I don't know if that's a glitch or what, but sorry about that...)c:
  • TitusTitus Member Posts: 79
    edited March 2013
    Thanks for all the replies. Even before posting here, I had let the seller know. I was very nice about it, I told them the rest of the order was great, thanked them, and didn't demand anything. The seller replied with "Would a refund work for you?", and I said yes.

    Frankly, I would have appreciated a "I'm sorry" or "Oh, I must have made a mistake" or "I re-checked my inventory and you're right" but whatever. I presume I'll get my 51-cent paypal refund. Whipppeee! I really would have rather had the pieces but I did order extras (working under the assumption that the seller would screw something up) so when I got 10 of one item instead of 15, I had just enough.

    I just think it sucks that I have to order extra of everything because the seller won't send me what I ordered. The first time it happened, I never expected it and didn't notice until weeks later when I was building and was short on pieces. The second time it happened to me, I was prepared and checked the pieces as soon as they were delivered and, sure enough, something was wrong. The third time it happened, I had ordered extras and was covered when the order was short. The fourth time (this time) is actually the only time I've bothered to complain to the seller. Usually I just give up because it's less than a dollar worth of parts. It's just freaking annoying to feel pretty confident that something is going to be wrong with every order I place. If bricklink were a restaurant, I'd never eat there again.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Titus said:

    If bricklink were a restaurant, I'd never eat there again.

    ^ This... Bricklink serves a purpose, but it is rather wild-west, reminds me of the early days of PayPal when you'd send off your money order and hope something would show up.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195
    edited March 2013
    ^^ It is not like one restaurant though. It is a collection of restaurants in the same neighbourhood. You'd avoid the whole neighbourhood because of bad service in a few places that you walked in (probably randomly, rather than researched?). So where else are you going to eat?

    If you are buying parts, there are not many other places to go. You'll go hungry for parts.

    You could easily well say you got a couple of bad items at amazon marketplace or ebay and so avoid the entire site again.
    MathBuilder
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,239
    For the orders I've made that had missing parts I always email the seller and see what they offer. Most of the time I get a refund, but some sellers offer coupons for mistakes and those sellers go on my Blacklist. Everyone is different on how they prefer to do business and you're best off just not ordering from those that you don't like they way they do business. I recently had an order from Europe to US that was like 1700 parts and there were about 25 or so missing and the seller actually mailed me out the missing parts that he had and refunded me for the couple he couldn't find.

    As a seller I always correct my my mistakes at whatever cost it is to me. I had one order where someone ordered the bunny man CMF and another poly bag and I hadn't been printing the order list with images and I was tired and misread it and sent them one of the bunny poly bags. I corrected it by sending out the CMF and changed my order process to print from Brickstore and I modified the print formatting to my liking so that the I always have the image along with the other information about the order.
    Titus
  • bluedragonbluedragon United StatesMember Posts: 477
    edited March 2013
    Dissatisfied customers should leave negative feedback to help others better choose where to buy. And a seller that makes a mistake should always offer to:

    a) refund the amount
    b) send the missing parts at no cost to the buyer or
    c) issue a coupon (preferably larger than the missing items' value)

    Of course, the customer should be the one choosing which option better suits them and not the buyer.
    Titus
  • TitusTitus Member Posts: 79
    CCC said:

    If you are buying parts, there are not many other places to go. You'll go hungry for parts.

    I know. That's why I keep going back despite the problems. And I'm sure I'll continue.
    CCC said:

    You could easily well say you got a couple of bad items at amazon marketplace or ebay and so avoid the entire site again.

    I've ordered a bunch of stuff from amazon market place and never had a problem.

    I've made hundreds and hundreds of purchases from ebay and had exactly 2 problem orders.

    My track record with Bricklink is much much much worse. But yeah, if 50%+ of my orders at ebay or Amazon marketplace were screwed up, I *would* stop using them. Bricklink actually gets more of a pass on the mistakes because it provides something I can't get elsewhere.
  • TitusTitus Member Posts: 79
    edited March 2013
    CCC said:

    You'd avoid the whole neighbourhood because of bad service in a few places that you walked in (probably randomly, rather than researched?).

    FYI, this most recent problem at Bricklink was from a seller that has been on bricklink for years and years with over 2000 positive feedback and ZERO negative feedback. ZERO negative. NONE. I'm not sure why you feel the need to assume that I was the person who made the mistake here.
  • bluedragonbluedragon United StatesMember Posts: 477
    Does anyone think the feedback system is not working in Bricklink? Are people generally too lenient? Do they choose to not leave feedback instead of leaving negative feedback?

    Perhaps detailed seller ratings a la Ebay would be more informative and help customers better choose based on accuracy but also shipping time, communication, etc.

    Note: since @graphite posted above and assuming he is the owner of Graphite Industries, I highly recommend the way he handles mistakes. I ordered several sealed CMFs from his store. When I realized there was one mistake and contacted him, the correct one was sent the following day!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195
    edited March 2013
    Titus said:

    CCC said:

    You'd avoid the whole neighbourhood because of bad service in a few places that you walked in (probably randomly, rather than researched?).

    FYI, this most recent problem at Bricklink was from a seller that has been on bricklink for years and years with over 2000 positive feedback and ZERO negative feedback. ZERO negative. NONE. I'm not sure why you feel the need to assume that I was the person who made the mistake here.
    So do they now have one negative feedback?

    How many orders is 50% of cases? 2? 500? That number as a percentage is very high, it suggests you are not researching sellers before buying.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195

    And a seller that makes a mistake should always offer to:

    a) refund the amount
    b) send the missing parts at no cost to the buyer or
    c) issue a coupon (preferably larger than the missing items' value)

    I'd prefer they did A or B, definitely not C. C is rubbing it in. It is saying I've made a mistake this time but you can have money off next time.

    My view is that if you haven't made it right this time, there isn't going to be a next time.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    The difference with eBay and Amazon is that the venue will backstop the sellers in case of a problem.

    In thousands of orders from Amazon over the years, I have had to use the AtoZ claim process three times. Every time Amazon refunded my money without hassle because the sellers were being hard to work with.

    eBay isn't quite as good, but more than once they have stepped in with a problem seller. In fact, their lack of an iron clad guarantee is why I buy more at Amazon, I like worry free buying.
  • bluedragonbluedragon United StatesMember Posts: 477
    edited March 2013
    ^^you're right! Maybe if the seller really wants to keep a customer it should be A+C or B+C!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195

    The difference with eBay and Amazon is that the venue will backstop the sellers in case of a problem.

    That is true, but it doesn't mean the purchase was successful. If marketplace sellers don't send the items then you will get your money back though amazon. But if that happened at the same rate - so five times out of your first ten purchases - would you continue buying there?

    Of course, you are less likely to have problems at ebay and amazon simply because orders rarely consist of hundreds or thousands of custom picked parts.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,372
    I've just started ordering stuff from Bricklink. I've ordered parts from about 8 different sellers so far. All were good (some just good, some absolutely excellent) apart from one.

    That one, the parts arrived all together in a sealed envelope. I opened it expecting to find little inner bags with all the pieces in, but no, they were just loose in the envelope (and consequently fell all over the floor). Not impressed.

    So I picked them all up, sorted them and found that I was 4 pieces short. Large pieces, so I'd not missed them when picking them up. I sent the seller a message (nicely) through bricklink about the missing pieces.

    I waited about 3 days and emailed him.

    2 days later I got a reply saying he'd send them out ASAP.

    A week later I emailed again.

    4 days later they turned up, loose in a sealed envelope.

    Needless to say I won't be using him again. He's not left me feedback yet, so I don't want to leave negative (for the rubbish packing and communication, not for the missing bits as mistakes can happen) in case he then gives me a negative back.

    Ebay stopped sellers being able to give buyers negative feedback years ago to counter that 'unwilling to risk getting a negative' issue.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195
    edited March 2013
    ^ Different sellers do it in different ways. For me, it depends on the size of the order - mainly number of parts per lot. If you order one of each of 20 different parts, I'll put them in one bag. If you order 10 of this and 10 of that and 10 of something else and so on, then the individual lots will be sorted and bagged.

    Remember also that lego PAB online will put all parts in one bag, no matter what you order.

    But as you say feedback is a problem there. Sellers want to be able to leave negative feedback for problem buyers. It is just a shame that a problem seller nearly always automatically means that the buyer is a problem too in the seller's eyes.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,239
    ^ he didn't say all the parts were dumped in one bag. They were just in the envelope, no bag. To me that would be an automatic blacklist. Especially if you're not using good quality mailing envelopes that won't rip easily. If the parts are just dumped in the envelope and the envelope gets punctured you'll lose parts. Having at least a single inner bag is minimum for me.

    I usually bag new parts separately by item and then if there is a bigger item that isn't using the full amount of a larger bag then I put all the smaller bags in with it. Used parts I usually group a few lots together if only a few parts of each lot.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    I must be lucky that from about 50 bricklink orders ive never had a bad experience. I was once sent 50 or so light grey slopes instead of dark. The seller sent the replacement at their cost, and told me to keep the originals even though I offered to post them back. Im sure there might be one or two other cases but if so the seller sorted it or id remember. I certainly dont normally have missing pieces, and I always check.

    It's odd because,I also never have missing pieces in new lego sets either. Like I say, must be lucky!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195
    graphite said:

    ^ he didn't say all the parts were dumped in one bag. They were just in the envelope, no bag.

    Yes, I missed that. Just putting them in an envelope is wrong.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195
    I very rarely get a problem these days - but then I gave up buying used parts. Since I only buy new (unless it is a part I cannot get new), I have had no serious problems apart from the odd missing part, which I always get replaced or refunded.

    And the ones that refund get a note on file saying they cannot fulfill orders, so I tend to avoid them in future.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,874
    BL sellers are all over the place with parts quality, accuracy of order and shipping. I order A LOT through BL, packages almost daily, so I have a lot of data to go by.

    In general, only 10-15% have problems, and I'm ok with that.

    Top 5 Biggest Beefs:
    #1 - Wrong color. Get a UV light and get it right.
    #2 - MegaBlok's in place of Lego (especially with 1x1 round bricks)
    #3 - Parts throw in package with no care. This isn't that big a deal, but if I order 50 of this, and 75 of that, I would appreciate not having to re-sort a 500-piece order.
    #4 - Making an order based on one specific rare part, then getting emailed that he/she doesn't have the part.
    #5 - No mention of high discoloration, "heavy playwear" parts in description, yet here they are. So I have to go re-order the part from somewhere else.





  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,239
    ^ #4 is one that would definitely bug me. So far when I know I'm ordering from a store for a particular part and the rest is just filling in holes in my long term wanted lists I put that in the order comments and send another email. I tell them if they don't have X part I'm not interested in the order.

    I also offer the same thing my buyers when for some reason I don't have a part they ordered. I tell them they I can remove the part from the order or cancel the whole order and leave it up to them.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,112
    ^ exactly
  • legoprodslegoprods SpainMember Posts: 434
    As a BL seller, I truly love when buyers email me nicely about a mistake I made. I'll give them a big coupon, a refund, or offer him the option to send the missing parts, and to let him add anything he wants to the package for free shipping.

    Fortunately, many times there is no problem, and they just wanted to give a heads up (I send them a coupon, anyways). I really appreciate when they do it. Communication (your love) is king.

    Also, I stopped completely sending used parts, since I didn't want to deal with the problems it has. It's just not worth it. Also, I'm terribly picky about condition, and I would throw away many used parts (well, not list them) just because I would feel a bit ashamed sending them.

    I just can't stand how some sellers don't take a little time to sort this kind of problems out. Just like big stores have customer service, this is exactly the same.
  • SirBenSirBen In the Hall of the Mountain KingMember Posts: 544
    Having just read this thread, I opened an order that I recently placed with a newer BrickLink seller and found four issues with the order: No bag/packaging inside the bubble mailer (loose pieces), dirty pieces, non-LEGO pieces, and missing pieces. At least I didn't find animal hair or smokey pieces.

    In this case, the total of non-LEGO and missing pieces totaled 2% the overall cost of the order, but a few of the pieces are needed for a MOC I'm putting together. When I placed my order the seller had two positive feedback, and is now down to a rating of 0 with 4 praises and 4 complaints. For now, I've emailed the seller with constructive feedback outlining my issues, noting how the issues can be addressed for future orders, and asked what remedy they can provide. If I don't hear back within a week, I expect to leave negative feedback and file with PayPal for the cost to re-order the pieces I need.

    Having placed over 50 orders of pieces, I've had issues with at least five of them, but in no case have I yet had to go to PayPal with my issue. The sellers have always been able to offer a remedy to make things right with me; whether that be sending the missing pieces or providing an appropriate refund. Communication is the key to helping sellers run better stores, and making sure that buyers are satisfied with their purchases.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195
    How on earth can a lego fan put non-lego pieces in an order?

    I don't think I'd even bother telling them, I'd just leave a negative. They cannot be lego fans if they make that mistake and others should definitely know that.

    Again, it's unlikely with new parts since they tend to come from sets or PAB, but even so. If you cannot tell the difference between lego and clones when the piece is in your hand, you shouldn't be on BL.
    legoprods
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,239
    ^ who said they're a Lego fan? There are probably plenty of people probably see the business side of Lego without being a fan.
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,066
    I´m running a small BL-store and order from time to time globally, from my last 10 orders i´ve placed i´ve had 3 i´m not really happy with!
    Two send me wrong pieces (cone WITH Groove when they should come without; and the other send Bricks with solid studs when they´re supposed to be hollow!) i know these sound a little nitpicking but since these parts are for BL´ed versions of the UCS MF and the Eiffeltower i want these to be 100% accurate. Well the other order i wasn´t happy about took almost 3 weeks to ship (seller said he´s ill) put all pieces in one bag (ok, no big deal) and also sent the Bricks with solid studs (which are supposed to be hollow), ah yeah and i´ve paid more for shipping then for the items themselves (i know not the customers fault, but makes it even worse)!
    Well i won´t leave negative/neutral Feedback cause i´m sure the seller will do the same and i don´t wanna spoil my flawless feedback-rating over these thing, but it´s kinda frustrating!

    Another thing is that i (as a seller) usually take high care that the items get packed individually (or with alike pieces) and get shipped in small boxes to protect the bricks from being crushed or some, i only ship in Bubble-Envelopes for pretty small orders, and somehow i expect the same when beeing a buyer...well 3 times out of 10 i get dissappointed!
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,874
    ^I personally have no problem with some of the minor part modifications like cone with or w/o grove, 1x1 headlight bricks with or w/o slot, etc. There are so many newer variations on parts that have no change in performance, it's difficult to ID those if you're sorting 10,000 parts.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,239
    ^^ If you've had problems with variance parts in the past then start adding to your order for them to make sure they are in fact a certain type or contact them in advance. I made a large order from someone once purely on the fact that they had the 1x2x2 black windows I needed that had the correct hole patters for the glass pieces and since I had problems getting the wrong parts from other sellers I specified that if those parts weren't the correct one then I didn't want the order at all. But they were correct, but took me 3 or 4 sellers to get the correct ones.
  • DadsAFOLDadsAFOL USAMember Posts: 604
    We support and understand all of the concerns in this thread. We try really hard to not make mistakes, but inevitably they happen. We always take care of the customer with a reship, or refund if we can't reship. We'll also order from other sellers to ship to us (for international buyers) or direct to the customer (domestic) if its a critical part for an order.

    BL sellers will frequently complain of "gremlins" in the inventory system. We've seen our fair share (things we know we sold in the past magically reappearing and being resold). But we consider it one of the costs of doing business there, and will always do what we can to make it right for the buyer.

    Bottom line is that if you communicate any concerns with us, we'll take care of you. If you don't tell us about a problem, we'll never know.
  • Canuck26Canuck26 Member Posts: 55
    I can vouch for DadsAFOL. Whenever I need to make a purchase I always check that store first. Why? It's because errors are rarely made and parts have always been in excellent condition. I have purchased several individual pieces and several sets from Brick Link stores. The large majority of my purchases have been great. If I happen to get something that I am not 100% satisfied with I just don't use that store again. Let me say though - Dads is awesome (and no I don't know him and I have not been paid to say this).
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    @prevere Only in the past week did I learn why the cones with or without groove can be a critical variation: the common sized rods or wands (antennas, light sabers, etc) can get intractably stuck or even crack cones with grooves. And the cones without grooves do not stack as well as the groovy ones. Some variations are trivial, but many serve some specific (if obscure) purpose.
  • SilentModeSilentMode UKMember Posts: 541
    Where would I draw the line? There was one particular experience that sums it up, which occurred not long after I started using BrickLink.
    I placed an order for some useful parts from a UK-based seller, who turned out to be not-so-polite, and there was at least one lot missing as well as the dreaded smoky smell. After contacting the seller, they said it would be easier for them if I placed another order for more parts so they could send the missing parts.
    Silly me did, and not only did I not get the full amount of missing parts, but there were parts missing from the second order, and if I remember correctly some incorrect parts.

    Needless to say, that seller had my lifelong patronage.
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,066
    @prevere sure a lot of pieces come with variants,but here it's also the question of where to draw the line? Some of the older variants of a piece (for example the white panel used in cafe corner w/o side support) fetch premium prices on BL co pared to their variant counterparts,so if i order a piece i want exactly THAT piece and not a newer variant! If i would maybe use it for a MOC i wouldn't care that much but since the cones were for a 100% accurate #10179 (that i've sold actually) i jeeded of course the exact ones!
    I've learned from this and will always ask before ordering those "special"parts,but this is kinda annoying!
  • StormsworderStormsworder Member Posts: 107
    I've never had problems with bricklink. Certainly I've found they're more reliable than some websites. Like the dreadful ioffer, for example.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,195
    graphite said:

    ^ who said they're a Lego fan? There are probably plenty of people probably see the business side of Lego without being a fan.

    You're right. If it is their line of business rather than a hobby store, then they should be even more careful. Selling clones as lego on a lego site is not on, and they deserve a negative to warn others that they do not care enough about what they are doing.


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