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Bricksetters' Bricklink stores

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  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Thank you @KingAlanI, i'll have a poke around your store today!

    Hope you find something. If you see something you want that doesn't follow that system, let me know. I probably just didn't get to updating it as quantity changed.

    -

    Only have bag 6's (mostly blue) left in sorting and listing 40161. Made surprisingly good progress on that last night but then it got way way late. Hopefully I can finish tonight and get back to 10704's.


  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 778
    I sell most items in lots of 10, 25 or 50 items. Helps me process orders much more quickly and thus offer lower prices. Rare and/or very large and/or expensive items are sold in 1s. ras.brickowl.com.
    KingAlanI
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,434
    KingAlanI said:
    @KingAlanI I'll check your store out. Thanks!
    Thank you, though I have general low price rather than special sales/discounts, I an in general open to negotiation.
    so far tonight been packing orders rather than sorting
    Mostly looking for 1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 1x6 (open to adding 1x8) bricks.

    My pupils make Lego name tags hence the basic bricks.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    This week has been a mess, particularly busy at my regular job and with non-LEGO personal things. I did get several small orders taken care of, and for two larger orders, buyers have replied that they could wait.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Added 10699, 21312, 40178, 40220, #5004395
    Much of my sorting has been of sets I already listed rather than my new inventory.
    A few unpaid orders in a row, perhaps they didn't expect me to invoice so fast and plan to pay after holidays.

    It seems like diminishing returns to keep looking for a small quantity of a small part, but may be worth it for the order as a whole. I'm detailed, but sometimes too much so - maybe I should more quickly contact the buyer and issue refund/replacement if that's okay rather than keep looking. Since I also value fast shipment, sometimes I go ahead and mail rather than wait on a cheap part in a large order.

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Finally finished sorting and listing my 40161's!

    This month, sales are a bit higher than usual, but profit is way up because I'm mostly done buying inventory for the near future unless 2018 brings killer clearances on 2017 sets.

    I decided to use Featured Lots for some of my more valuable items, rather than the selection BrickLink put there.

    USPS 2018 rate increase takes effect on the 21st, not 1st
  • MiniBricks1MiniBricks1 USMember Posts: 98
    I am now over 20k parts, valued at over $2200. I still have quite a bit of parts to list, hoping to get that done soon.

    @KingAlanI I’ve also had several good sales this month.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    will see how much sorting I'll get done the last couple days of the year
     @Minibricks1
    just over 80K parts priced over $11,000 myself,.. a lot of good sales here too - post have been simple and/or high value

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Here's to a productive year
    On the 31st I worked on my store almost until the ball drop and got right back to it. Used my 2017 spreadsheet as a template for 2018 and recorded start/end of year data, worked on a couple orders from the tail end of 2017

    Big Target run

    From after Xmas clearance - 3 #41231, 2 #41184, 3 #70324 50% off
    Storage bins on sale plus 10% off Cartwheel - neon orange lid color I hadn't seen before, I use lids to help color code my inventory

    Listed the 41231, wanted to see what the prices were, didn't physically sort first, seems more manageable on a small set
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,409
    I had my biggest order to date today. £110 for around 1500 parts. Took a while to sort out!
    DaraghMiniBricks1kiki180703KingAlanI
  • MiniBricks1MiniBricks1 USMember Posts: 98
    TheFew said:
    I had my biggest order to date today. £110 for around 1500 parts. Took a while to sort out!
    Nice! I had my largest a few weeks back, $99 for a similar amount of pieces. While it did take a bit to pick it, I didn't mind due to the size haha.
    TheFewKingAlanI
  • urieluriel CroatiaMember Posts: 186
    https://darthdanko.brickowl.com/  opened a store on brickowl :)

    https://store.bricklink.com/vsimovic  20% off all bricks :)
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    BL was very quiet for me in November & into early December, quietest it had been since I opened my store at the end of November 2016. Things seem to be back on track now though, which is nice. I almost got my store inventory to 140k items, that has since dropped back to 132k but I am working on a 10k part out at the moment. 

    On another topic I wish BL could process new set inventories faster, I bought some of the new Star Wars sets almost a month ago. At least they have the set entry up now, but I'm still waiting on the inventory so I can upload the figs. 

    KingAlanI
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,239
    It used to be faster before BL was bought.  I think a lot of the people that did the free work on that type of stuff stopped doing it once it was bought.  I think it left a sour taste in peoples mouths when the catalog and database that were a collection of a ton of peoples works over the years became "property of" the new owners.  They likely make enough money that they could just buy one of each set as they come out and pay someone to inventory everything, but they'd rather get that work free.
    Bastagmonkey76KingAlanIMr_Crossstluxkiki180703
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Got an order from a Nathan Sawaya. I think it's him, not a common name and address is the same city as his studio. He has to get his pieces somehow.

    @TheFew and @MiniBricks1
    1500 pieces is quite a bit, yet the bigger issue is how many lots. Granted, large quantities of tiny pieces can be a pain, similiar lots are easier to find, and higher value makes it feel less difficult. I just got an order for many 1x1 tiles and made sure to count them before invoicing - I had the right amount, but if not, I would've caught it early.

    Of my 1158 orders, only 4 were above $150, and another 10 between $100 and $150. Average is $14.26; this is revenue, with set and part sales as separate entries. Also, over half my orders are under $10, getting another PayPal account for micropayments would be worthwhile. Fees are 5c+5% rather than 30c+2.9%, optimal for payments under $11.90. I would continue to use my exisiting account for larger payments. BrickLink does support this - https://www.bricklink.com/help.asp?helpID=18

    @Basta
    I also wish new set inventories were done faster. I have done a few myself, but sometimes another user is already working on it. Beware, value of exclusive figs/parts in new sets often goes down
    ricecakeMiniBricks1
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,409
    @KingAlanI the order was about 30 lots, so not too horrendous.

    Thanks for the infor re PayPal micro payments. As most of my order are in the £5 to £10 range I need investigate that fast!
    KingAlanI
  • MiniBricks1MiniBricks1 USMember Posts: 98
    I actually called PayPal and they were able to add micropayment capabilities to my existing account. So, any payments I receive under $12 I pay 5% + 5c and anything over $12 I pay 3% + 30c. Works great

    @KingAlanI I haven’t even had 100 orders yet. The average for me seems to be about $10 but I haven’t calculated it.
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,409
    I actually called PayPal and they were able to add micropayment capabilities to my existing account. So, any payments I receive under $12 I pay 5% + 5c and anything over $12 I pay 3% + 30c. Works great

    @KingAlanI I haven’t even had 100 orders yet. The average for me seems to be about $10 but I haven’t calculated it.
    Is that a personal or a business account? 
  • elspankdogelspankdog TexasMember Posts: 403
    Had an order of mine shipped to another buyer a couple of states away this week.  I was offered my shipping refunded (not the handling fees though) along with a 5% off coupon that expires in 2 months...ugh.  I know it sucks when you screw up like this, but why is always when you need something yesterday that this happens?
  • MiniBricks1MiniBricks1 USMember Posts: 98
    TheFew said:
    I actually called PayPal and they were able to add micropayment capabilities to my existing account. So, any payments I receive under $12 I pay 5% + 5c and anything over $12 I pay 3% + 30c. Works great

    @KingAlanI I haven’t even had 100 orders yet. The average for me seems to be about $10 but I haven’t calculated it.
    Is that a personal or a business account? 
    It is a business account. Not sure if that would change things
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,409
    TheFew said:
    I actually called PayPal and they were able to add micropayment capabilities to my existing account. So, any payments I receive under $12 I pay 5% + 5c and anything over $12 I pay 3% + 30c. Works great

    @KingAlanI I haven’t even had 100 orders yet. The average for me seems to be about $10 but I haven’t calculated it.
    Is that a personal or a business account? 
    It is a business account. Not sure if that would change things
    Just checking as i think it has to be a business account before they do micro payments. Will have to have a read to understand what the difference is for the user between a business and personal account.
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    KingAlanI said:
    @Basta
    I also wish new set inventories were done faster. I have done a few myself, but sometimes another user is already working on it. Beware, value of exclusive figs/parts in new sets often goes down
    Yes, prices will definitely drop. Picked up the sets for 50% off, so I should be ok :) And the main set I have has been inventoried now, so figs added to store.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Parted out 2 #41231 Snow Resort Off-Roader and 3 #41590 Iron Man [BrickHeadz]

    @TheFew @MiniBricks1 Micropayments is for Business accounts (I'm still on Personal - Premier) and the fees apply to all payments, thus a second account.

    @Basta most sets are worth it at 50% off, but some aren't, and I've been burned on lower discounts that looked good because of high item prices early
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Sorted/listed oranges/yellows from 47 #10704 weeks ago. Finally did the 48th, and all 48 blue bags, including price cuts on lots that still hadn't sold yet.
    Helped that I have a day off with weather and bike condition bad enough that I didn't want to go out.
    A marathon sorting session, I'll work on a smaller amount of a smaller set next


  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    KingAlanI said:
    Parted out 2 #41231 Snow Resort Off-Roader
    Actual set number is #41321. 41231 is Harley Quinn to the Rescue, and I've parted out 3 of those.
    As for my plan of less intense sorting jobs, when I've been working on my store, mainly I've been sorting sets I've already listed. While this isn't as much dollar value, they're taking up proportionally more space than the bags from 10704.
  • MiniBricks1MiniBricks1 USMember Posts: 98
    TheFew said:
    TheFew said:
    I actually called PayPal and they were able to add micropayment capabilities to my existing account. So, any payments I receive under $12 I pay 5% + 5c and anything over $12 I pay 3% + 30c. Works great

    @KingAlanI I haven’t even had 100 orders yet. The average for me seems to be about $10 but I haven’t calculated it.
    Is that a personal or a business account? 
    It is a business account. Not sure if that would change things
    Just checking as i think it has to be a business account before they do micro payments. Will have to have a read to understand what the difference is for the user between a business and personal account.
    Well guys, I just realized my account is actually solely micro payments. Could have sworn the rep I talked to said it would function as both, but I never checked it until now. Sorry for recommending that... guess I need to make a second account now. Of course I realized it the day I made two of my largest sales yet- $150 & $95... not much of a loss but it still stings
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Was keeping empty #40161 boxes, but wasn't actually using for storage, so recycled them. I have some plastic bins I haven't used yet, but those can nest inside each other, so aren't taking up as much space, and they don't get crushed so easily. Also focused tonight's sorting on emptying boxes that could then be recycled
  • urieluriel CroatiaMember Posts: 186
    25 orders so far this month. 20 on BL! :) I guess its because I'm finally over 100 feedback? :)
  • asrfarinhaasrfarinha Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 133
    uriel said:
    25 orders so far this month. 20 on BL! :) I guess its because I'm finally over 100 feedback? :)
    I think it's a seasonal thing. Not as many outdoors activities going on, so people have more time to mess around with LEGO.

    I've had a lot of orders this month as well. It's looking like it's going to break the monthly record.
  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 194
    Now that things have quietened down after Christmas and the New Year, I may as well plug my store now!

    DB Bricks
    https://store.bricklink.com/DB361#/splash

    Been doing Bricklink since the end of October, and been selling in person at Pendeen Car Boot near Bude in Cornwall through 2017, and will be again this year from April onwards. Currently got a large range of sets, in the process of expanding my parts inventory.

    November and December were far busier than I expected as a brand new seller, as was the start of January. This week has died off considerably, I'm wondering if people are saving their money for the 60th Anniversary GWP later in the month?
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    I haven't noticed any particular pattern to when orders come.
    My store has been pretty slow lately, but that has helped me sort parts or do non-LEGO things

    USPS rate increase takes effect tomorrow. I had mentioned the general concept of a rate increase, fortunately no orders came in before the 21st that couldn't be mailed til afterwards, as that could have caused confusion. I edited shipping methods with new rates, a good opportunity to update generally and start familiarizing myself with the new prices. BL now allows sellers to set handling price my method, I used to have to apply my separate domestic and international handling fees manually.
    Ordered more Priority Mail padded flatrate envelopes, figured I may as well get more than one pack of 15 at a time.
    Was about to reorder from Sunuku, running low on size 0, but they only ship to the western US now. The largest size they had was 6, many other sites have 7. RoyalMailers, compared to MailersUSA, is much cheaper on 000, slightly cheaper on 00/0/4, slightly more expensive on 1/5/6/7, and for 2/3 it depends on quantity. PackagingSuppliesByMail is much cheaper on 000 and somewhat cheaper for larger sizes but isn't as flexible on quantity. upaknship has slightly cheaper for all but 4/5 and has multiple-case discounts.

    MiniBricks1
  • MiniBricks1MiniBricks1 USMember Posts: 98
    KingAlanI said:
    I haven't noticed any particular pattern to when orders come.
    My store has been pretty slow lately, but that has helped me sort parts or do non-LEGO things

    USPS rate increase takes effect tomorrow. I had mentioned the general concept of a rate increase, fortunately no orders came in before the 21st that couldn't be mailed til afterwards, as that could have caused confusion. I edited shipping methods with new rates, a good opportunity to update generally and start familiarizing myself with the new prices. BL now allows sellers to set handling price my method, I used to have to apply my separate domestic and international handling fees manually.
    Ordered more Priority Mail padded flatrate envelopes, figured I may as well get more than one pack of 15 at a time.
    Was about to reorder from Sunuku, running low on size 0, but they only ship to the western US now. The largest size they had was 6, many other sites have 7. RoyalMailers, compared to MailersUSA, is much cheaper on 000, slightly cheaper on 00/0/4, slightly more expensive on 1/5/6/7, and for 2/3 it depends on quantity. PackagingSuppliesByMail is much cheaper on 000 and somewhat cheaper for larger sizes but isn't as flexible on quantity. upaknship has slightly cheaper for all but 4/5 and has multiple-case discounts.

    After having two of my three largest sales in one day, it has been pretty slow for me as well.

    I checked out those retailers, and just wanted to point out that there is an eBay listing I saw that had 500 #000 mailers for $30 (free shipping). Seems like that's a pretty good deal

     
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    @MiniBricks1 good tip, I'll check out eBay when I'm ready to actually order.

    Finally opened red 10704 bags and dumped into bin for sorting but don't have time to actually sort before my regular job
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Started actually sorting the red bags this morning, but much of that was labeling the bins and bags I'd need rather than actual part handling.
  • All_That_RocksAll_That_Rocks UKMember Posts: 628
    If anyone is interested, I just posted a video tour of my modest bricklink store on youtube. https://youtu.be/s-sia7LGvGM
    SumoLegoasrfarinha
  • MiniBricks1MiniBricks1 USMember Posts: 98
    edited January 2018
    I’m currently in the process of listing 17 #41231 that I got for $7 apiece (normally $30). This is the first time I’ve done a bulk part out, I’m enjoying it.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    @MiniBricks1 I was all excited to get 3 41231 @ $14.98, so congrats. Half off is usually very good, 75% off is nearly always a steal. It happens that I did a lot of work on sorting those tonight - needed a part for an order, sorted more while I had the bags out, that's often how I finally get to stuff. Large quantity is more efficient on average but the total can be overwhelming.

    Got a few small simple orders lately - and a huge simple one, all of my dark bley 16x16 plates.

    Added 2 #30478 Santa poly. Put my large-quantity polys in sterilite tubs as I have plenty spare and the grocery bags were getting disorganized.

    Got a bunch of BrickHeadz on clearance at WalMart. Listed 3 #41590 Iron Man to go with the 3 I already parted out and fully sorted all 6. That's much more prompt and productive than I sometimes am.

    WalMart had some 12 qt tubs, don't see that size at Target, got a few for when 6qt isn't enough and 16qt is overkill.
  • MiniBricks1MiniBricks1 USMember Posts: 98
    @KingAlanI Yeah, I was excited to see what the part out value was after I got it for just $7.

    I have visited 5 different Walmart’s in the past few days, and in every one I found multiple sets at at least 75% off. Have gotten a ton of new inventory. Got 15 Brickheadz for $2.5 apiece earlier today.

    I parted out several more sets today... I’ve added $1000 worth of inventory from Walmart sales so far and still have a bunch left to list. It’ll be over $2000 by the time I’m done, which is about 4x what I spent. Happy about that, hopefully it’ll help bring in more buyers.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    No more BrickHeadz from the 2nd WalMart

    @MiniBricks1 I'm reminded of being tapped out after Thanksgiving week

    Sorted and listed all the red/dark red/trans red from 10704. Marathon session, glad that's done. Maybe BrickHeadz next will be more manageable.


    MiniBricks1
  • elspankdogelspankdog TexasMember Posts: 403
    Brickheadz are really easy part outs.  All my local Wal-Marts pulled all clearance stock with the toy resets over the weekend
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Thanks again to @MiniBricks1 for suggesting eBay for bubblemailers, I found 0 and 7 slightly cheaper, and 0000 (hadn't heard of that size before). I still have plenty 000 2 and 6 left from Sunuku and don't feel the need to stock intermediate sizes (especially since Priority Mail padded flatrate is close to 4 and thus 3 and 5).

    @elspankdog
    You're right, BrickHeadz are easy to handle. However, the main difference is scale. I have 3 to 9 of each character versus 48 10704's. 10704 has 8 bags and I'm doing one at a time, so about the same piececount per copy. Just started on 8 #41594 Captain Armando Salazar but was busy with the bubblemailer shopping.
    MiniBricks1
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Themes often share parts/colors, making it easier to handle different sets of the theme, especially true with BrickHeadz.

    Parting out massive quantities makes it harder to find all copies of a piece. It's unlikely anything is missing, but I may keep finding more when I thought I was done or put them in the wrong bag (especially similar pieces)

    Listed 41594 after I finished sorting.
  • lkliment2lkliment2 ChicagoMember Posts: 67
    edited February 2018
    Would anyone happen to have 2 of 32439apb02 from #7259 available at a reasonable deal?
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    @lkliment2 Nope, sorry - it's exclusive to that set and I don't handle sets that old

    Got my case of number 7 mailers already. rearranged my cases of bubblemailers into a more stable pile.

    Working on sorting 84 #70372
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,409
    After 6 x £5 orders this week i now have a £100 order  (my second of this size since last August). It's going to be a long few nights finding the 1400 parts!
    KlintanKingAlanI
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 778
    Received an order for 3,505 parts the other day, took about 10 minutes to pull and pack! It helps selling only bulk lots of 10/25/50 :)
    TheFewKlintanKingAlanI
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 391
    Apologies for hijacking the thread a little, but just wanted to ask advice about maybe swapping medium/large numbers of specific parts. I don't have anywhere near enough parts to open a Bricklink store, even if I wanted to, but sometimes find myself with fairly large numbers of a specific part after getting a few sets cheap for parts.

    Mostly I'm happy keeping them, but, for example, I managed to get a few Old Fishing Stores cheap with a view to building a whole harbourfront. Obviously I don't want them all to be clad in the sand green tile, but would like a similar number of tiles in a different, or ideally two different colours. This means I have at least 200 1x2 tiles, 70 1x3 and 180 or so 1x4 spare brand new in this colour.

    If I wanted to swop them for the same tiles in a different colour is there any way of doing this that members are aware of? I realise that the sand green are likely to be more expensive than the colour I swap them for, but even I lose out on paper it's better for me than trying to sell them all piecemeal and buying again.

    Any advice appreciated
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 1,825
    Opened all the 70372 bags, separated and listed one of the nonrandom parts.

    @TheFew question is, does the buyer understand it will take a few days to pack such a large order? have you messaged them about that?

    @Aleydita - how many lots? A few large lots can be easier even without bulk buying or precounted bags. I do have some precounted bags though I let buyers order in any quantity. Did the buyer get all of a lot? That helps too.

    @milamber - that's a problem with barter, finding someone who has what you want and wants what you have. since you're in another country, afraid I can't help much personally.
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,409
    @KingAlanI No ideas,  have not mentioned and they have not asked!
    KingAlanI
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 778
    KingAlanI said:
    @Aleydita - how many lots? A few large lots can be easier even without bulk buying or precounted bags. I do have some precounted bags though I let buyers order in any quantity. Did the buyer get all of a lot? That helps too. 
    42 lots. 40 of them cleared me out but it doesn't matter, with a few exceptions, I only sell pre-counted lots nowadays so I just print the picking list ordered by location, open the trays and pull out the tub from that tray that contains the right colour (only one of each colour is in each tray). As I pack I double check I got the right items and not just the right colour. I never really minded spending hours picking orders when I sold individual pieces, it was almost therapeutic in a way, but this is so much quicker. Narrows my customer base quite a bit though :)
    KingAlanI
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