What: A box of LEGO will progress through our list of participants, one stop at a time. The box will be a mixed assortment of elements and presumably the more variety we have in there, the better, as it will better suit the diversity of our members and the various applications of our LEGO hobby.
How: I'll start the box and fill to about 800g or so. I'll mail it to the next person on the list. From that point forward, the process should be:
1. Take receipt of the box (do happy dance)
2. Inform the group the box has been received.
3. PM the next person for their address if you haven't already (I'll also have the addresses, but make sure they're available to take the box and pass it on quickly)
4. Withdraw desired parts. At this point there is no hard-fast rule how much this is. Let's just say "If there's a lot of good stuff, don't take it all" and see if a practical guideline springs forth. Don't take all new parts and put in all used.
5. Photograph your haul. Share it with the group. - optional.
6. Choose parts from your inventory that you are adding to the box. It should be roughly equivalent to what you withdraw. Some instances should be easy to match, i.e. polybag for polybag, minifig for minifig.
7. Photograph what you are adding. Keep this to yourself so you don't ruin the surprise, but I think keeping a record of this will keep things on the up and up.
8. Send the box to the next person on the list.
Questions, comments, any glaring omissions? Let me know...
Why: The idea of the exchange is similar to a parts draft in that one person's trash is another person's treasure. While I wouldn't go so far as to say any LEGO is trash, hopefully it will transpire that our bricks find their ways into the hands of appreciative owners. At the end of the day, the shipping costs probably don't justify the parts that one comes away with, so ultimately, this is about having fun, getting to know other members, and strengthening our community.
I'm not sure it's that complicated. It's gonna be a box of lego going round britain. It's not gonna cost me much to put together. It'll be about £3 to post, and if people don't want anything from the box, they won't take anything. It'll cost them £3, I think people are willing to gamble!
So far I've put in a bunch of new parts (mostly from PAB and games I've parted out, it's not gonna be the best selection, but someone might want them) And a separate bag of (very) random used parts, which if you haven't bought any second hand older lego before might be interesting, or might be seen as trash. I've not put very worn bricks in. But some of the clear windscreens are a bit scratched, but since they're not current parts, again they might interest people. We could if people like have a rule about used replacing used etc... but it doesn't need to be strict (and really it should be don't take all new and put in all heavily used, but I think adding all new/looks new bricks is fine).
Gonna part some more sets out tonight and add to the box. Will take pics when done.
Will start the UK thread with this info too. :)
Looking forward to this, should be fun!
Don't forget the pink shrimps, won't be pick-n-mix without the pink shrimps ;)
The order is in no particular order really, but obviously Sav is first and I've put myself last as I'm happy to ship States-side.
Have I missed anybody? Everybody still happy to take part and any more takers??
@Matthew, could you put your editing powers to good use and add @legirl somewhere in the list? Ta muchly.
^ Sure, I can send/pass to Sav, no probs. Or she can be penultimate and then I can still take care of shipping to the US.
Like I said, there was no real reasoning to the order. I'm sure it can be tweaked if people want to be switched. I'll leave those decisions up to our Team Leader Sav :D
If everyone PMs me their address I'll sort out running order as some cross overs can be in person. I know I'll see @bluemoose next week. I'm sure my part list won't excite him that much, but someone has to be first (or second!)
As @johnsbricks said, are we going recorded on this?
@savage_steel I think you have my address in an old PM?
@andhe (and anyone else) please send it again so I don't have to go wading through for everyone's address. ta
I posted to you on the other thread, not realising we had this one running. Oops! My apologies, but I was looking for 'UK round robin', or a 'UK' version of rocao's US title.
P.S. I agree that photo's should be compulsory, i.e. what a person adds, and what is taken away. This makes everything both transparent, and is part of the fun (seeing what other people swap over).
If anybody doesn't want to spoil the surprise of what gets put in, they simply don't visit the photos.
Im happy where i am. But if someone desperatly wants to be before me thats fine
Think I have about 10 addresses so far. Will close the list on Friday.
Couldn't we just add our list to the end of the US box list (which i thought was the original idea - but then, i'm a bit behind recent events), and when the UK leg completes, the last person/people on our list return it to the US box start person.
PLUS, if the UK list does have a group who plan to meet up when the box arrives (assuming the timing was right), they could bring up the UK list rear (so to speak), and thereby share out the return US post cost (in lieu of having to post inland) amongst themselves. Fair, yes? no?
(I mean, only if we're struggling to fill the starting box over here).
OR do we have any particularly generous benefactors amongst the UK ranks, who plan on dropping all manner of stuff into the box to start it off - in which case it makes sense for those persons to be the Start/End space of the sending list, rather than half way down.
Just a few thoughts...
If there are unique things in each, or otherwise still reflect the personalities of the people involved, it may be fun to send. But if it's just a box of regular bricks -- some of which will likely be the most unwanted -- it might not be worth the postage.
Thanks Matt for your message though, it was appreciated.
Thanks everyone else for your addy's, still missing some I think. Sorry I haven't replied to each individually, but I'll start a big PM message or a list on here to confirm who's included. Just to reiterate, even if you've traded with me before, please send again, so I don't have to track them down. And that means YOU!
If everyone is comfortable with their address being shared with the whole group, then it might be sensible to include them all on the PM so they're in one place. But each person needs to confirm with the next that they're around and ready for the parcel (and not on holiday or sick or in labour etc, so they can be moved down the list).
If we feel like sending it to the states, we will. If not, we won't. We'll see whether the adventure has been worthwhile. :-)
Still waiting for a replacement brick delivery from LEGO that might contain some treats, or might not...wasn't really sure what I was getting in the end!
As for requests, I make customs, so if anyone has spare arms, print worn torsos, black hands, then I can probably make use of them, especially if they're languishing in the bottom of your minifig box, and hopefully they'll make it back to me. Ta!
@Savage_Steel yeah I have spent today scratching my head about what to put in now have some ideas. Wont make me popular though.
There's no obiligation to do the same, but I thought it would be interesting to see what parts go full circle. I know some don't want to do pics, and that's fine, but I'll be happy to nosey at what's happening to it out in the wild, so I hope some people do.
I'll put the mailing list together asap, but frankly I'm shattered. Awesome weekend at Brickish, plus some model trains with my dad and a bunch of bricklink and minifig orders to sort, and I'm done. Hopefully will mail you all collectively tomorrow.
The box is about 20cmx20cmx20cm, though I suspect @bluemoose might package it up in something stronger. The box itself I'm sure will get replaced as it does the rounds.
If you've not had a PM from me, then you haven't sent me your address. You have a small amount of grace period and can be added to the gang if you send it to me asap! ;-)
Have fun guys. My baby is due in 20 weeks, lets hope it can make it back to me before then! (Primo is acceptable to me, but maybe not everyone else!)
On a more serious note, theres not much difference to packages of this size. Below 750g its come down, I assume above that its a little more now, but we should try to stay below 1000g because then its 1st class only and £5.60.
0–750g £2.70 £2.20
751–1000g £4.30 £3.5
If it goes over 1kg might be worth using parcel force then. but i had this in mind when I made it 800g, gives some room for leeway.
^^ Collect+ looks great!
I've used myhermes before for parcels, they've collected and delivered to me fine, no trekking anywhere for them.
@andhe Congratulations, enjoy your day, sure it will be amazing :)