I recently decided to complete my Modular Main Street by Bricklinking 2x Market Street. I will keep one and attempt to sell the other. Here are my notes on the event to help you through the process should you choose to do the same.
-Total Bricklink orders: 21
-Counties orders came from: USA, Germany (x2), Poland, Netherlands, Norway, Croatia,
-Time it took to find and order all parts: 8-10 hours (at least!)
-Most expensive parts: 73435c01 (LBG Door 1x4x5 Right): $24.00 (x2), 73436c01 (LBG Door 1x4x5 Left): $10.00 (x2), 73590c02a (White hose, flexible): $12.84 (x4). These 8 parts are 25% of the cost.
-Total Price: $457.98 (x2) (This is just parts, no instructions or box)
-Other rare(ish) parts: 2039 (White), 3297B (Black), 3455 (Tan), 3666 (Med Blue), 3794 (Tan), 3854 (White), 3861 (White), 4095 (White), 6187 (LBG), 6556 (white), 30179 (Black), 30363 (Blue), 40232 (Black), 53982 (Bright Green), 3626b (Trans), 4085c (LBG), 4150ps4 (LBG), 78c02 (Black), x39c02 (Black)
-All of the windows and doors are hard to find.
-A few bricks had significant quantities that made them hard to source: 2877x44 (LBG), 3004x38(Earth Blue), 3004x65 (Md Blue), 3010x79 (Earth Blue), 3010x82 (Med Blue).
-PAB had many of the parts but often the price was higher than Bricklink.
-Parts ordered from PAB: 3010x160 (Med Blue), 3008x20 (DBG)
The price turned out to be a little more expensive than I thought. Comparing it to the Brickpicker used price of $689.47, I may have “saved” about $230.00 although that would be about the price for a set of original nstructions.
The orders are still arriving so I have not got to building yet. If anyone has questions or would like my parts Excel spread sheet, PM me.
The reappearance of the Earth Blue (or BL Dark Blue) bricks on PAB is a real bonus - these are normally pretty expensive on BL, particularly the 1x4s.
In the last 2 two days, I had orders in my store that were parts obviously for a #10179 and then a #10189... long and exiting journey ahead for those builders.
All in all it was definitely a lot of fun and exhilarating getting home from work to see what pieces have arrived on a particular day.
I just did the math and my cost averaged out to be $.37 a piece. I should see how much I paid on shipping costs for the 21 orders. I'll bet it approches at least 25% of the total cost.
I think it's better doing it this way, as you can do it when you have the money, time and it gives you something to do.
With that said, I have found issues with Bricklinking sets myself. Molds change over the years as well as the color palettes. I found that the "Sand Green" in the Green Grocer is not the same shade as the "Sand Green" in the Haunted House. I really don't know what I'm getting when I order from a store. If I'm going to complete a set from 1978, I can't/won't use bricks from 2014. If you are just doing an MOC and don't care about that, it is ok, but if you Bricklink a set from 1978 with new bricks and decide to sell it as a particular set, it better be era specific bricks.
I guess what I'm trying to say is if I ever MOC a set then I just build it using the correct bricks and as close to the colours as I can get. I'm not a perfectionist so it doesn't have to be colour shade perfect. It's only for me, and that's all I'm doing it for, no one else.
I am a perfectionist and will make sure all my bricks are era specific. I have boxes of bricks separated by year/molds. I'm a little OCD for sure, but I'm sure many if us are in some way :)
As someone who has never Bricklinked anything before, are there any tips on getting started? Things to avoid? I'll do a search and see what I can find but any help is appreciated.
I left it and threw the spares into the kids' box.
First, start using BrickStore great tool for handling with large part lists.
Second, if your finances permit it, you should do them all at once as many vendors will pieces of more than 1 set and it will save you a lot of shipping cost in the end.
Third unless you want exact copies, looks for cheaper substitutions on some parts and it will make a huge difference in cost in the end.
@ecmo47 did you write the post "Building the perfect beast" on Gimmie Lego? Reading that currently. It's very detailed. I ask only because I can't figure that many people have Bricklinked that beast. It's huge and truly fantastic!
I think I discovered an error in the instructions. The stairs on the 1st level don’t seem to line up as they should. They are one space off the pedestal and one brick too high. I went back over the instructions and I'm pretty sure I didn’t make a mistake.
Kinda makes me wish I had if come back to LEGO sooner than I did as Bricklinking it cost a bomb