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couldnt quite pull the trigger on those 5 antman sets my local toy store still has, well... i will get 20% on them on dec 8th. already looking forward to also list them in my store!
I'd love to support some Bricksetter stores- Anyone have a vast abundance of parts in these colors? Any bone you can throw me is also appreciated ;)
A couple of times a year, I always look out for a seller with 20+ of them for about 5p each. They are great for party bags for a kid's party. And if I'm placing an order anyway, I normally supplement the order with way more bricks I need too.
Parts, not points. I need to order roughly 10,000 parts.
I want to refer back to the master list, but it's rather large and cumbersome to get through to find stores that have large amounts of pieces. So I was hoping to narrow it down a bit.
wont name his store here!
I have about 35 thousand items
As for sets - I cut prices on #30279 (Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle polybag), CMF S15 Shark, CMF S16 Banana and Penguin
10%-25% off most sets. Just shoot me a message if you see anything that interests you, and we can work something out.
I am currently selling a few complete sets of collectible minifgures along with other items. The sets contains all 16 Minifigures (18 for the Disney series). All Minifigures include original packaging, all accessories, stand and character sheet. Each Minifigure has been opened to verify packaged contents and immediately packed into Ziploc's. I have the following series available:
If you are outside the US, feel free to pm me for my shipping bypass password to allow you to place the order.
Shipping is simply charged at cost. If anyone is interested in multiple sets I would definitely offer shipping discounts.
* without minidolls
4 S16 Babysitter
3 Batman - Calculator, Eraser, March Harriet
I have a lot of cheap CMF left
10 Babysitter, 7 Penguin, 5 Shark 5.99
24 Banana, 1 Stitch 4.49
4 Arabian Knight, 1 Cyborg, 4 Kickboxer, 2 Spooky Boy, 2 Spy 3.99
Jewel Thief, Prospector 3.49
I list sticker sheets but they don't sell well. I wonder if I've ever sold any. Maybe I'll try price cuts. It reminds me of trouble with instruction books.
I guess that's what you're going to have to do: sit on them for a long time.
Applying stickers and selling parts seems too difficult - I only do that when I'm breaking up the sticker sheet to build some of the set myself.
It's a volume thing, big sellers can afford to give away a bit of their margin in exchange for more volume.
Maybe there aren't any sellers in the UK that are big enough to be able to lower the prices to compete with the biggest sellers worldwide.
As a small store I'm subjected to that reality. Even at 5% below average there are a whole lot of other stores that are cheaper for any given part.
The solution might be trying to compete in variety, although that brings its own set of problems.
Running a BrickLink store can be quite tricky...
But that's fine, because they're easy to store.
Now, instructions and boxes go right into the recycling bin, or used as packaging (bunched up sheets torn from instruction manuals work well as padding).
I've screened all my used parts for teeth marks and obvious damage, but I still get complaints on occasion about abrasions, scratches, etc. When I buy used, I always buy extra to compensate for the parts I won't use, and I rarely say anything to the seller...even in regards to teeth marks. The used parts I've listed in the past were for variety and rarity. Maybe I should just remove the common items and colors.
Recently, I had somebody even question scratches on new parts and demanded a refund. Only way I can figure those scratches happen is in the sorting and picking process. I should probably just refund and move on, but this one is really bothering me for some reason.
I know dealing with buyers is rough, even more so responding calmly.
For First Class, I use Aviditi 7x5x2 (like the one I sent you recently) and 5x4x2 both can have a printed label. I also use the 3x3x1 for expensive minifigs and that goes into a mailer.
Those are small, convenient but a tad expensive. Pratt 9x6x3 are much cheaper, but larger and heavier.
As for bubble mailers, I'm going to try out sunuku which I saw mentioned here.
At 5% off I would not sell enough to make it worth my while, I am usually nearer 20% below six month average - which is too cheap medium to long term but I will live with it while I build the store and increase stock, should be at the quarter million mark this month, but hopefully will make the million in the next year or so. When you start to get to that size and have a greater variety of parts and parts in greater quantities I believe you can charge higher prices.
Running a bricklink store is a lot harder work for less return than a lot of people think!
I do use crumpled paper for packaging sometimes, but hadn't thought of instruction books as a source thereof. It can be annoying to crumple and adds a relatively large amount of weight. I saved styrofoam pellets (packing peanuts) I got from something else.
I haven't had any complaints about part condition, but I'm cautious in descriptions. My splash page includes "New parts are fresh from various sets, but might have minimal handling wear." but unreasonable buyers might ignore or not read that.
Sometimes I've had to suck it up about refunds for a few parts reported missing (which could actually happen); yours sounds like a similar problem.
I almost always use bubblemailers or USPS flatrate boxes. Otherwise, it can be hard to find boxes small enough that are durable enough for mailing. Sometimes I have to buy those or other rarely used supplies in small quantities at retail.
I got 250 #0 from Sunuku last June and still have a few dozen left. I'll reorder and get some other sizes once I have spare money and post-holiday LEGO clearance is done.
Reorganized my CMF inventory. Lowered Penguin from $5.99 to $5.49. Got rid of packaging, opened sealed, bagged multiple quantities together like I was already doing for other items. Saves space
Did a lot of part sorting in addition to what was needed to fill current orders; I often fall behind on that.
been meaning to branch out more into DUPLO. not as much sales volume, so not as easy to gauge prices but more room in the market. and I sometimes see deals on that too.
3 #41113, 2 #41115 sans minidoll
4 more Banana Guy
have 33 more S16 bags to look at and a #75825 to list
As a buyer from the UK / Sweden I learnt to look overseas fairly early on. Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic have all been good for postage for larger orders. Even the US was relatively cheap for one order as it was for several of a very lightweight, expensive piece.
The 33 other CMF's are:
4 Ice Queen - one was missing the tiara, couldn't find it with the packaging, so I listed some of the other parts. Also listed some Wilflife phtographer parts I got elsewhere.
Bald Pirate ($3.49), 3 Wildlife Photographer ($3.99), 2 Mariachi ($3.99), 2 Dog Show Winner ($3.49), 3 Imp ($3.99), Hiker ($3.99)
Already had some in inventory and reduced from 3.99 to 3.49 - 6 Arabian Knight, 6 Spooky Boy, 2 Kickboxer, 2 Cyborg, Spy
@the1whitetiger I do part out sets where I'm keeping some of the pieces, but only because I'm running a store anyway, for me sets I want some of wouldn't be enough volume in and of itself.