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Bricklink but for North America?

asherkobinasherkobin Member Posts: 103
edited July 13 in Marketplace
It seems that 95+% of Bricklink sellers are from Europe.  Shipping is very expensive.  Is there a different place that NA sellers list their stuff?  Thanks.

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=60197-1#T=P

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  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,657
    edited July 12
    I assume you meant BrickLink not Brickset, anyhow not sure what you mean, US+Canada account for about 40% of the Bricklink stores. https://www.bricklink.com/browse.asp

    In the link you gave, 4 of the 5 stores are in NA.
    madforLEGOstluxSumoLego
  • asherkobinasherkobin Member Posts: 103
    Yes thanks for the correction.  I guess I'm frustrated that for that particular set 60197, there is one US seller vs the rest in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.  Since I am shopping for the new power unit stuff for the Crocodile Engine, they're selling a complete train set for the same price as the power parts.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,711
    Yes thanks for the correction.  I guess I'm frustrated that for that particular set 60197, there is one US seller vs the rest in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.  Since I am shopping for the new power unit stuff for the Crocodile Engine, they're selling a complete train set for the same price as the power parts.

    Still not sure what you mean. There are three US sellers selling new copies of the set (unless two just appeared) on BL. As its a 'new' in production set, quite frankly Im surprised that LEGO (now owners of Bricklink) even allow new sets to be sold via the site from those that are clearly not buying their product from LEGO as a certified LEGO seller.
    Im not seeing the people selling a complete train for the cost of the power parts. I see people selling a part of the set for the cost of those parts.
    Also, the power function parts (bat pack/hub, Control, and engine) appear to be had for about 50 dollars (before shipping) from US sellers, unless I am misunderstanding what you are saying. Even with shipping costs the items probably would still cost you less than the people overseas selling just the loco, judging by the prices on BL.
    The power functions parts are not going to be cheap. Not when they come only in larger sets, and LEGO selling the same components brand new for a hefty price at their site. Most BL sellers now see LEGO's prices and try to sell around the same cost as they know they can get it. Will people occasionally put up parts for cheap? Sure, but it is rare these days.


  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,710
    As for shipping is expensive to USA, blame your government / USPS for increased prices. The USA is now defined as its own region for the UK's Royal Mail services, as USPS recently put up prices for the "last mile" delivery that it charges for international mail delivered in the US. I believe most European postal services have had similar increases in prices for parcels going to the USA.
    SumoLego
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,361
    Yeah shipping Intl. in or out of the US is hardly ever worth it.

    If the set you want is a current production product why wouldn't you just buy it from Lego or Amazon or Target or something? You get free shipping, better customer service. Bricklink shines brightest for sets no longer in production (or parts and figures)
    FizyxKungFuKennygmonkey76SumoLego
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,462
    Yes thanks for the correction.
    Post corrected to avoid confusion!
    drdavewatford560HeliportSumoLego
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,318
    As pointed out by others, there's plenty of US/CA sellers on BL. That does however not always mean there's an equal distribution of availability of all sets/parts.

    In case of this train, several EU countries had great promotions on this set at the end of last year. Even though I don't collect trains, I did buy the set as a parts pack myself: it was basically the price of the motors + free parts.
    FizyxSumoLego
  • asherkobinasherkobin Member Posts: 103
    Thanks for all the comments.  I understand the situation as simple as this.   EU and not the US had a great promotion on this particular set, and shipping to the US erases any savings.
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