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Pick a Brick: Quantities per cup/box

I'm currently working on a large MOC (for me at least) and it's got me interested in finding out just how many of a given element a cup can hold or even a box, and is there a difference in economics between the two especially with the bump in prices this year? I've done some measuring and felt I might not be the only one interested in the results, so here they are! I'd love to hear from you if you have additional data points that I've missed. I mainly focused on the basic parts that I had sufficient quantity on hand to measure.

First, the methodology: I used the large cups. For filling, I'm aware there are all kinds of great strategies to maximize part count. The quantities arrived at here are simply based on enough shaking to get the parts to settle and nothing more. When shopping for 2000 2x4 bricks, I'm probably not going to spend any more time than that anyway. Just be advised, you can do better than this if you have the time or inclination.
If you've never bought a box, these are pre-filled. I'm not guaranteeing these counts to be accurate, but they are representative of what I've received in the past, which is almost, but not quite, filled to the top. That is, I'm pretty sure LEGO doesn't shake these to maximize part count, so there is some settling during shipping. The 2x4 brick count should be pretty close since it was recently purchased, but the others I just filled to the same level. I'd love to know if you've picked up a box recently and have a more accurate count.

As of this year, the price for a large cup in the US is $15.99 while a box will set you back $100. Interestingly, except for the 2x8 brick, these prices appear to work out to roughly the same price per piece. In the case of 2x8 bricks, there appears to be about a 10% savings purchasing by the cup (which makes me wonder if my count is off for the box quantity). If you're good at optimizing part count in a cup, it appears the cup will always save you money over a box regardless of the piece and if you're getting a cup refill you'll save a little more.

Bricks
Size: Cup qt, Box qt (- where quantity is unknown)
2x8: 45, 250
2x6: 55, 350
2x4: 95, 630
2x3: 140, -
2x2: 210, -
1x4: 200, -
1x2: 450, 2700
1x1: 990, -

Plates
Size: Cup qt
1x2: 1150
1x2 with 1 stud: 1270
1x1: 2380

Tiles
Size: Cup qt
2x2: 750
1x4: 670
1x2 1550

Comments

  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,220
    I did a similar exercise for the UK prices earlier this year (check my discussions - I'm on my phone so can't link to it easily). Basically, if you want lots of something, buy a box of it if you can. Unfortunately, boxes are no longer available to buy here in the UK.
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038
    Just a few days ago I read somewhere (unfortunately I can't remember where) that with the new pricing the cups are in fact the same price as the boxes, or even better. So you are not the only one who noticed that.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,271


    Bricks
    Size: Cup qt, Box qt (- where quantity is unknown)
    2x8: 45, 250
    2x6: 55, 350
    2x4: 95, 630
    2x3: 140, - 950
    2x2: 210, - 1400
    1x4: 200, - 1300
    1x2: 450, 2700
    1x1: 990, - 6150

    Plates
    Size: Cup qt
    1x2: 1150 7000
    1x2 with 1 stud: 1270 7000
    1x1: 2380 8000

    Tiles
    Size: Cup qt
    2x2: 750 4600
    1x4: 670 4000
    1x2 1550 9700

    box quantities for your unknowns filled out
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,478
    Boxes would be nice, if you really NEED that many (for LUGS, or layouts and what not) and you are not looking to flip them on eBay or BL which I am seeing more and more of.. Well they are trying to anyway, I think most people realize that if they can get to a LEGO store they can simply go fill up a cup of whatever is being sold.
    Would I like a box of 1x2 brick with masonry design? Sure, especially since all the LEGO store by me got was the light bley, wanted the earth orange and sand yellow versions too, but that also means taking it out of the hands of many others that want that brick as well. Luckily the LEGO store I frequent did not allow for a purchase of a box because that was all they got sometimes. Now they have not had them again, so I'm grateful they restricted it to cups.

    interesting stats though.
  • petersc7540petersc7540 Member Posts: 12
    graphite said:


    box quantities for your unknowns filled out

    Thanks graphite!
  • hleonffuhleonffu USAMember Posts: 244
    Plate 2x12 - 386 for a box.
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