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So I got a deal on 10 #30205
on BrickLink. I decided to only build one and use some parts from another, leaving me with eight. I worried that the seller would take it badly if I just relisted them. So I opened them for pieces, and added a few #41104
parts that I didn't use in my build. I also did 4 #10692
, which was tedious because of scale and because it was already late.
I checked prices on most parts and aimed to be equal to or slightly under the lowest price for that color in new condition.
I want more rare color bricks and plates for myself, so I kept those. I have plenty of common colors and special pieces, which is why I sold. The total list price minus would-be fees is about my purchase cost, so I'm basically taking my profit in the rare colors.
Is there a better way to list individual pieces? Is it tedious to fill orders for a bit of this and bit of that?
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However, I do believe you can do orders for a piece by a set number of pieces needing to be ordered. For example, if someone wants a 1x1 brick then they must buy 50 of them at a time.
But you can part out sets, setting the quantity of the parts you are keeping to 0. That's the quickest way.
But, if you always keep the rare parts your store will struggle. The bits that are desirable to you are the bits that other people will probably bother to shop at your store for, over all the other stores. Which also highlights the price being a factor - pricing as the cheapest is not always the way forward. For example, you need 6x#92222 to build a bat pod. If I have 6 in my store I can charge more than if I have 1 and still get customers. Knowing the uses of these key parts is important to getting the prices right, as is having these rarer parts in your store so people start their orders with you.
I was aware of that feature but don't seem to have enough of a particular kind of piece to call for it. Maybe I'll try that with small high quantity parts like 1x1 round plates.
I was afraid of that. I see this as a middle ground between selling or keeping it all. I did consider quantity available - I don't need to worry about price matching someone with 1 or 2 and I do need to be concerned with someone who has dozens or hundreds. More inventory would help to spread out shipping charges, one reason i added as much as I did and am looking for me.
Using the part set option makes it hard to see the price of each part being charged by others, but you can set it to quantity average to give yourself a chance.
Finally, setting the price of all the parts you are selling at break even means you are almost certain to make a loss (you'll never sell every brick from a set). Even with keeping the bricks you want you might want to try to set them a little higher to get closer to break even.
Maybe I should've asked about the etiquette of reselling what I just bought before I actually opened the bags.
I wasn't setting prices to break even, I was doing that piece by piece and it happened to end up that way. I probably would be a decent amount above that.
I'm debating how much of my existing spare parts to sell. Most is Used anyway. Maybe some of my huge red, white and blue surplus can go.