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Parts Vs. Pieces

JukEboXJukEboX Member Posts: 3
So I am confused. 

In my Collection it says I have certain number of pieces that is 20K more than in the Parts section. In the part section it says this

"Note that the inventories we use, from LEGO Customer Services, are often incomplete so the number of parts shown below may be different to that shown in the Sets box above." 

So what is more accurate? And why are they different?
Astrobricks

Comments

  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 2,802
    The number in the Collection section comes from the number of pieces each set contains. The number in the Parts section comes from the parts that are available from Customer Sevices, where parts no longer in production won't show up. Check a set from, say, 30 years ago- the numbers can vary a lot. So the number from your Collection should be accurate.
    Astrobricks
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 2,802
    My own part counts differ by about 15%; I have sets going back to 1973.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,959
    edited January 4
    Yes that pretty much sums it up.

    The number in the sets owned box uses the piece count recorded in the database for each set.

    The number in the parts box is the sum of the parts in the inventories that LEGO has published for the sets you own. 

    If you only own sets from, say, 2010 onwards, the numbers will be closer than if you have a lot of older ones.
    560Heliport
  • JukEboXJukEboX Member Posts: 3
    Sorry I am still ab it confused. So the number in the database is not the same was the number published by LEGO? So which number is more accurate? I have sets going back to the 80s.
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 109
    @JukEboX
    say you had a set with 100 bricks from 1989 and Lego has 80 of those bricks still in production and/ or available (in sets, or as replacement bricks, customer service etc).  The parts section will show 80 and the database will show 100.  The more recent the set the more likely the two numbers will match, the older the set the more likely some bricks, plates etc will be out of production and the numbers won’t match.
    560HeliportpxchrisSwitchfoot55
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