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How many bricks can you fit in a pick-your-own large pot?

OrmskirkBricksOrmskirkBricks England, UKMember Posts: 265
edited August 2015 in Buying & Selling Topics
Just curious, my son does this frequently, and our VIP points often mean he gets a £10 voucher to spend, so in effect a pick-your-own pot full for £1.99 (RRP in the UK is £11.99)

However, today I saw something today that amazed me...a chap building a structure that was perfect to fit inside the large pot (UK Milton Keynes Store) and I wondered if this is truly more efficient than just cramming bricks in!

thoughts? Is this a known technique for getting the most value?

Comments

  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    There has been published articles on how to stack bricks into a Lego cup to get the best possible value. I'll post a link if I can find them again but it may have been in an old issue of Brick Journal.
  • brownbricks720brownbricks720 Cleveland, OhioMember Posts: 47
    Some stuff in this first link is not up to date. Like Lego now sells a box for 100$ instead of 70$

    http://www.1000steine.com/brickset/miscellaneous/Documents/PABCostComparisonAnalysis.pdf

    This article on brick picker may be a help. 

    http://community.brickpicker.com/blog/brickvesting/pick-a-brick-cups-can-you-pack-an-investing-punch/

    All in all it all depends on piece. If I know I have a huge project coming up I'll stack the pieces. Best of luck stacking and getting the best bang for your buck. 
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 984
    Now there's a competition!!!
    who can fill their cup the most?
    OrmskirkBricks
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 565
    Back in my poor, college student days, when money for Lego was tight, I was definitely a brick counter and stacker when I hit up the PAB walls. I used to write on the side of the cups how much I managed to cram in there once I got home. Even in the small cups, I could get a few hundred pieces in, and no, they weren't all transparent 1x1 studs. The bigger cups I tried to get 1000 pieces in there, but I think I capped out at 732.
  • TheLoneSumoCCCTheLoneSumoCCC NoMember Posts: 12
    It's kind of embarrassing being an adult at a PaB wall trying to get as many pieces as possible into one container while little kids pick out what is pretty or cool looking. That's why I don't use the PaB wall because in all honesty if I saw an adult doing it while my kid was nearby I would be creeped out. Plus I feel those trying to get every piece possible are being kind of stingy. I understand get the most for your money but really if you have to use tape to close it then stop.
    OrmskirkBricks
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    I always stack and get the best bang for my buck. LEGO is too expensive otherwise. Plus, why would I want to buy "air" instead of filling it with LEGO pieces which is the sole purpose for using the PAB wall.

    People can be freaked out by adults doing it, but that's their problem. I know I'm not luring kids to do anything, in fact I want nothing to do with any kid unless I'm helping my own. I don't pay attention to other people, so if they want to throw stuff in or stack it perfectly, it doesn't change how I do things.
    SumoLego1265madforLEGOgmonkey76lego007rdflego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,057
    Lego is not cheap, and I don't blame anyone for stacking, compressing or squishing pieces into the cup.

    I've got a bin full of light green smooth 1x2 tiles that I was happy to have stocked up on that the PaB wall.
  • mr.pigglesmr.piggles Snow FortMember Posts: 326
    edited August 2015
    I know I'm an anxious person anyway, and I don't know why I'm telling strangers this, but I'm nervous about using the PAB wall because I'm worried of either not knowing how it all works (I don't understand how you can reach the stuff at the top!) or people judging me for being an adult by myself trying to find some useful bits. I've never set foot in an actual Lego Store, but I really want to... I just think I need to do it while playing hooky and my students are assuredly in school. (I've got students who practically live at our local store.) :blush: 

    That said, my competitive spirit wants to see how much stuff I can get in a cup!
    BACbrix
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,520
    edited August 2015
    The very top draws are often not filled, just have pictures to look full from a distance.

    You just get what you want and put it into a cup, nothing to be scared about.
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    I was anxious at first and then I realized what the hell do I have to be scared of? Being judged? Lol so many adults do it in fact more adults almost than children are at the wall when I go. It's my hard earned money so if I want to buy plastic and be happy then I will. 
    mr.pigglesKevin_HyattSumoLegolego007
  • mr.pigglesmr.piggles Snow FortMember Posts: 326
    The very top draws are often not filled, just have pictures to look full from a distance.

    You just get what you want and put it into a cup, nothing to be scared about.
    That makes so much more sense. I really couldn't figure out how a child was supposed to reach the top or if you'd have employees breathing down your neck making sure everything's just so and asking every five seconds if you need help.
  • dragon114dragon114 United StatesMember Posts: 635
    edited August 2015
    never had to stack bricks because what i get dose not need to be stacked
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,774
    Sethro3 said:
    I always stack and get the best bang for my buck. LEGO is too expensive otherwise. Plus, why would I want to buy "air" instead of filling it with LEGO pieces which is the sole purpose for using the PAB wall.

    People can be freaked out by adults doing it, but that's their problem. I know I'm not luring kids to do anything, in fact I want nothing to do with any kid unless I'm helping my own. I don't pay attention to other people, so if they want to throw stuff in or stack it perfectly, it doesn't change how I do things.
    Agreed, heck half of the time an adult with their kid sees how I am doing it and then tells their kid to do the same to get as much into the cup as they can. If I do not carefully stack it is only because I decided not to hang around for the extra 10-15 minutes to perfectly stack, but if I'm getting larger pieces like large plates, or door frames or the like Ill stack the brick and door frames to fit brick into them to maximize the space.
    I know I'm an anxious person anyway, and I don't know why I'm telling strangers this, but I'm nervous about using the PAB wall because I'm worried of either not knowing how it all works (I don't understand how you can reach the stuff at the top!) or people judging me for being an adult by myself trying to find some useful bits. I've never set foot in an actual Lego Store, but I really want to... I just think I need to do it while playing hooky and my students are assuredly in school. (I've got students who practically live at our local store.) :blush: 

    That said, my competitive spirit wants to see how much stuff I can get in a cup!
    I will say never be anxious about stacking at a PaB wall. :smile: I can think of at least 5 other things to have anxiety doing besides filling up a PaB cup. Heck the store employees will also give you hints/tips on how best to do it. This is not like at a blackjack table in a casino where people give you dirty looks if you do not know how to 'play', it is a toy store.
    Heck the store I frequent has a step ladder to get to the somewhat higher bins if you cannot reach. But the really high row, like others have noted, are there for decoration only and are usually 2x4 brick if I recall. Also do not be afraid to ask the store employees if they have any parts in back that are not displayed as sometimes they have more parts in back (though due to recent change in employee selection policies for the PaB it is not as likely as in the past).
    Finally, you would be very surprised how many adults fill up cups. I saw a guy who had about 4 cups by himself and his kid had two. Plenty of adults fill up cups at the stores. You will also likely see people from other countries doing it as well. I cannot tell you how many different languages I have heard when filling up a PaB cup.
    ReesesPiecesSethro3
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    I guess if someone asks you and you are still a closet Lego lover and don't want to admit your fondness of the bricks then just say they are for your kid. And if they ask for a picture of your kid quickly knock the Lego sets out or their hands and run away.
    SumoLegomr.pigglesBrickDancerSethro3Kevin_HyattOrmskirkBricksricecake
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,057
    ^  That's how I handle all forms of adversity.
  • mr.pigglesmr.piggles Snow FortMember Posts: 326
    I figured I could stand there and rattle off lines about how it's for play therapy sessions at my place of work until they got bored. Or just run. I like to run. This week I have a date with the wall.
    BACbrix
  • ReesesPiecesReesesPieces Member Posts: 931
    Ah... Can't stand some of these blackjack players...
  • ReesesPiecesReesesPieces Member Posts: 931
    I know I'm an anxious person anyway, and I don't know why I'm telling strangers this, but I'm nervous about using the PAB wall because I'm worried of either not knowing how it all works (I don't understand how you can reach the stuff at the top!) or people judging me for being an adult by myself trying to find some useful bits. I've never set foot in an actual Lego Store, but I really want to... I just think I need to do it while playing hooky and my students are assuredly in school. (I've got students who practically live at our local store.) :blush: 

    That said, my competitive spirit wants to see how much stuff I can get in a cup!
    I don't frequent the Lego stores but I have run into a couple of my former students.  It was actually good because I have something to talk to them about.
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