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  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    This weekend I got my first order of the year, double-digit quantity of one lot
    New USPS rate increase took effect Sunday, which de facto applies to a order taken late Saturday afternoon
    https://pe.usps.com/resources/PriceChange/January 2022 - Notice123.pdf

    I got a deal on 6 #71031 and didn't find any i wanted personally so I listed all 6

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    Ran into another BrickLinker in the LEGO aisle at Walmart a few days ago (he's local, he recognized me from coming to do a pickup). We commiserated about the locked cases being a pain (hard to see the product, can't examine CMFs, trouble and time waiting for someone to unlock them

    I also pointed out it's easy to invoice from my phone having a copy of the zone chart and USPS price list Notice123 (waited til after my regular job to not cross the streams)

    "hopefully they pay them right away" he said (and they usually do, barring understandable minor delays). he also seemed to understand getting paid promptly after an NPB when it comes to that
    Bumblepants
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,254
    KingAlanI said:
    Ran into another BrickLinker in the LEGO aisle at Walmart a few days ago (he's local, he recognized me from coming to do a pickup). We commiserated about the locked cases being a pain (hard to see the product, can't examine CMFs, trouble and time waiting for someone to unlock them

    I also pointed out it's easy to invoice from my phone having a copy of the zone chart and USPS price list Notice123 (waited til after my regular job to not cross the streams)

    "hopefully they pay them right away" he said (and they usually do, barring understandable minor delays). he also seemed to understand getting paid promptly after an NPB when it comes to that
    Back in my day we would fight to the death over clearance while Little Timmy looked on in horror. LegoFanTexas once hit me with a Friends shelf display but as I got up off the floor I saw a fire extinguisher on the roof support pole and blasted him in the face. Those were the days.
    messyMr_Crossbandit778MarshallmarioKingAlanI560HeliportprevereeMJeeNL
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    Got #43111 for my own collection but didn't want the Vidiyo gimmick decorated 2x2 tiles. I just got around to listing those. Average sale price was around 35c, but I went with 19.9c for all - I wanted these to move quickly and often specialized decorated pieces don't actually sell for me near the BL average anyway. also listed some spare parts from that and the similarly themed #41393. adjusted a lot of prices and even added a few other things from my to be listed pile while I was at it. the most productive I've been with my store in awhile besides filling orders as they come in
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    KingAlanI said:
    Ran into another BrickLinker in the LEGO aisle at Walmart ...
    Back in my day we would fight to the death over clearance while Little Timmy looked on in horror. LegoFanTexas once hit me with a Friends shelf display but as I got up off the floor I saw a fire extinguisher on the roof support pole and blasted him in the face. Those were the days.
    That would require clearance to fight over, we also commiserated about how LEGO deals ain't what they used to be (probably because of you know what, supply chain issues decrease availability and more people at home increase demand, so LEGO doesn't need deep discounts to move product)
    560Heliport
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    listed some Marvel CMF extra parts - including a satin trans blue 1x1 plate from Captain Carter - my first of that color

    inspired me updated my copy of the color list ( https://www.bricklink.com/catalogColors.asp?utm_content=subnav ) - I cut out the stats, and make it sortable by both ID, color name, and color type (for example, the latter shows both light bley and dark bley under gray) - https://www.mediafire.com/file/345gdrxxkcahud8/Color_List_%5Bv2%5D.xlsx/file

    besides the new colors
    #91 once Dark Nougat is now medium brown and Dark Nougat is now #225

    the IDs are useful to fill in filenames, for example for black 1x2 brick listings you can put in part ID 3004 and color ID 11 to go right to the relevant catalog entry




  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    Neighbor died relatively recently, relative cleaning out their house gave me a shoebox full of old LEGO, late 1960's or so. Listed some of the goodies already - waffle bottom plates, oldstyle wheels. some old logo and newer logo pat pend bricks to go through as well

    Another person in the neighborhood gave me a big plastic bag with a lot of stuff from recent sets

    giving some of it to my friend for his kids, one problem with listing used is sorting out small quantities of cheap parts
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,205
    Sell it as mixed by the pound.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    edited February 20
    CCC said:
    Sell it as mixed by the pound.

    I might at least do that next time I get a bulk lot or if I don't want to give away all of this.

    I see BL has an Unsorted Lots section, asking a few bucks a pound totally unsorted, a few bucks a half pound sorted by color
    ebay bulk prices are higher, but eBay fees are also higher and many ebay prices are including shipping

    I'm almost done listing the old stuff individually.
    Lobot
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    Finished listing the old parts
    Most were red, I needed a separate tub for used red again (6 qt, already had 6qt bins for used white and black and 1qt tubs for used light bley and dark bley, with the rest in a repurposed #6166 container)
    some light gray, also a bit of black,blue,yellow,clear

    Listed some highlights from the bag of newer parts - 2 dark brown boat hull 2560, cty1136 female crook minifig, 65209c01 and 65217c01 magnets, a police motorcycle body, 12609pb01 (turtle shell minifig accessory), the white and yellow microfigures from #3838 (maybe the blue or red ones are in the pile, but I haven't found them)

    also, I found a box of parts at the curb ages ago, and this reminded me to sort through that, highlight there was most of a couple Chima figs which I listed as fig parts rather than incomplete figs
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    listed a few more things from that large used lot - the Han Solo in carbonite block and a bunch of large dark bley or black plates (small plates/bricks of common colors are going in the pile for my friend's kids)
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    edited March 2
    added 12 Marvel CMFs, the last batch I got all sold quickly, and prices are still fairly high

    the last few days, I haven't added much by way of used pieces
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    Marvel CMFs still selling pretty well
    listed a few bucks' worth of the used pile today, mainly common color 4x6 plates, but also some other parts in orange, and some printed/stickered
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    Listed some extra parts
    With the used pile I was giving small quantities of cheap parts to my friend's kids. I extended this to new parts. I'm also delisting such items I already had in inventory.
    Besides something for the gift pile, hopefully this makes my inventory management a bit simpler and cuts down on high lot count low value orders that are a pain in the butt to pack.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    Last Saturday, I wasn't planning to make a late afternoon trip to a mailbox, but then I got a order for nearly $60 that was only a few lots

    A bus most of the way from the post office to my house comes soon after the mail pickup, which makes the trip back easier (the schedule doesn't work to take it *to* the post office last minute)

    Only one small order since then
    ericb
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    Last weekend, I filled out my income tax forms (due this weekend but didn't want a late rush). I already had my store revenue and expenses in a spreadsheet so it was easy to copy those numbers over, just made sure they added the same to check that I entered them right.

    I wasn't feeling well the last few days, so I had less energy and didn't want to get germs on my inventory. So I had an excuse this time rather than procrastination etc. :)
    I still filled a few small orders that came in.

    got a random #71032 CMF s22 for $2.99, was Space Creature, listed it
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,272
    got 4 more 71032's, all Wheelchair Racer
    so I suspect someone sorted that stack already and didn't want that figure so they left them. It is one of the lower-value ones, though still above the breakeven point at that purchase price

    Business has been slow, only 9 orders in April after 20 in March, 12 in February and only 9 for January as well
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