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Buying plates most cost effective?

NatebwNatebw Tampa BayMember Posts: 339
Generally speaking, if you want to cover a large area with plates, is there a particular size that is most cost effective? Meaning what plate covers the most studs per dollar? Disregarding color.  

My guess would be large, but not too large.  Like maybe 6 x 8. 


  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,240
    It's going to depend on color for what is available but I was curious so here is Black sorted cheapest per stud to most expensive.  Used 6 month average sales on new parts from Bricklink.  But in something like this you'd also have to consider bulk quantities available.  You can probably get a crap ton of 2x2 or 2x4 plates from one seller but for some of the bigger plates you might not find high quantities in one store.

    size         Avg PPP      Price per stud
    4x6          0.155        0.00646
    4x4          0.109        0.00681
    6x6          0.262        0.00728
    4x10         0.311        0.00778
    2x6          0.094        0.00783
    2x12         0.19         0.00792
    2x8          0.138        0.00863
    4x8          0.276        0.00863
    2x4          0.083        0.01038
    6x10         0.641        0.01068
    6x8          0.524        0.01092
    4x12         0.531        0.01106
    2x10         0.227        0.01135
    2x16         0.399        0.01247
    2x3          0.078        0.01300
    2x14         0.37         0.01321
    6x12         0.973        0.01351
    2x2          0.06         0.01500
    6x16         1.476        0.01538
    8x16         2.647        0.02068
    8x8          1.434        0.02241
    6x14         2.074        0.02469
    6x24         4.95         0.03438

  • NatebwNatebw Tampa BayMember Posts: 339
    Wow, man. That is fast work.  Not as much variance as I expected. And my guess was waaaaay off! Thanks! 
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    Interesting experiment. I would have guessed 4x6 -6x8, but it looks like 4x6 is decent and lots of 2x added up would work. 
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