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Best way to buy lots of specific pieces to complete many sets?
I'm winding down the exhausting process of sorting ~60lbs of unsorted Lego (without manuals) into the sets they came from. (Sets ranging from 2002 - 2013.)
Unfortunately, and not unexpectedly, I am missing quite a few pieces. Some sets need just a few common parts, others need a lot of less common fidgety parts.
Between Bricklink and Pick a Brick online store, I'm sure all the parts are available somewhere. That said, 20 different purchases to find everything I need will ruin me with shipping charges.
Has anyone written a tool that takes a list of missing bricks and calculates the cheapest way to acquire them all? If not, does anyone have any tactics to tackle the problem efficiently? What about a simple tool to calculate which parts are most rare, so I can look for stores that sell the rare parts as they likely sell a lot of the common ones too?