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Hope you find something. If you see something you want that doesn't follow that system, let me know. I probably just didn't get to updating it as quantity changed.
Only have bag 6's (mostly blue) left in sorting and listing 40161. Made surprisingly good progress on that last night but then it got way way late. Hopefully I can finish tonight and get back to 10704's.
My pupils make Lego name tags hence the basic bricks.
Much of my sorting has been of sets I already listed rather than my new inventory.
A few unpaid orders in a row, perhaps they didn't expect me to invoice so fast and plan to pay after holidays.
It seems like diminishing returns to keep looking for a small quantity of a small part, but may be worth it for the order as a whole. I'm detailed, but sometimes too much so - maybe I should more quickly contact the buyer and issue refund/replacement if that's okay rather than keep looking. Since I also value fast shipment, sometimes I go ahead and mail rather than wait on a cheap part in a large order.
This month, sales are a bit higher than usual, but profit is way up because I'm mostly done buying inventory for the near future unless 2018 brings killer clearances on 2017 sets.
I decided to use Featured Lots for some of my more valuable items, rather than the selection BrickLink put there.
USPS 2018 rate increase takes effect on the 21st, not 1st
@KingAlanI I’ve also had several good sales this month.
just over 80K parts priced over $11,000 myself,.. a lot of good sales here too - post have been simple and/or high value
On the 31st I worked on my store almost until the ball drop and got right back to it. Used my 2017 spreadsheet as a template for 2018 and recorded start/end of year data, worked on a couple orders from the tail end of 2017
Big Target run
From after Xmas clearance - 3 #41231, 2 #41184, 3 #70324 50% off
Storage bins on sale plus 10% off Cartwheel - neon orange lid color I hadn't seen before, I use lids to help color code my inventory
Listed the 41231, wanted to see what the prices were, didn't physically sort first, seems more manageable on a small set
https://store.bricklink.com/vsimovic 20% off all bricks :)
On another topic I wish BL could process new set inventories faster, I bought some of the new Star Wars sets almost a month ago. At least they have the set entry up now, but I'm still waiting on the inventory so I can upload the figs.
@TheFew and @MiniBricks1
1500 pieces is quite a bit, yet the bigger issue is how many lots. Granted, large quantities of tiny pieces can be a pain, similiar lots are easier to find, and higher value makes it feel less difficult. I just got an order for many 1x1 tiles and made sure to count them before invoicing - I had the right amount, but if not, I would've caught it early.
Of my 1158 orders, only 4 were above $150, and another 10 between $100 and $150. Average is $14.26; this is revenue, with set and part sales as separate entries. Also, over half my orders are under $10, getting another PayPal account for micropayments would be worthwhile. Fees are 5c+5% rather than 30c+2.9%, optimal for payments under $11.90. I would continue to use my exisiting account for larger payments. BrickLink does support this - https://www.bricklink.com/help.asp?helpID=18
I also wish new set inventories were done faster. I have done a few myself, but sometimes another user is already working on it. Beware, value of exclusive figs/parts in new sets often goes down
Thanks for the infor re PayPal micro payments. As most of my order are in the £5 to £10 range I need investigate that fast!
@KingAlanI I haven’t even had 100 orders yet. The average for me seems to be about $10 but I haven’t calculated it.
@TheFew @MiniBricks1 Micropayments is for Business accounts (I'm still on Personal - Premier) and the fees apply to all payments, thus a second account.
@Basta most sets are worth it at 50% off, but some aren't, and I've been burned on lower discounts that looked good because of high item prices early
Helped that I have a day off with weather and bike condition bad enough that I didn't want to go out.
A marathon sorting session, I'll work on a smaller amount of a smaller set next
As for my plan of less intense sorting jobs, when I've been working on my store, mainly I've been sorting sets I've already listed. While this isn't as much dollar value, they're taking up proportionally more space than the bags from 10704.
I've had a lot of orders this month as well. It's looking like it's going to break the monthly record.
Been doing Bricklink since the end of October, and been selling in person at Pendeen Car Boot near Bude in Cornwall through 2017, and will be again this year from April onwards. Currently got a large range of sets, in the process of expanding my parts inventory.
November and December were far busier than I expected as a brand new seller, as was the start of January. This week has died off considerably, I'm wondering if people are saving their money for the 60th Anniversary GWP later in the month?
My store has been pretty slow lately, but that has helped me sort parts or do non-LEGO things
USPS rate increase takes effect tomorrow. I had mentioned the general concept of a rate increase, fortunately no orders came in before the 21st that couldn't be mailed til afterwards, as that could have caused confusion. I edited shipping methods with new rates, a good opportunity to update generally and start familiarizing myself with the new prices. BL now allows sellers to set handling price my method, I used to have to apply my separate domestic and international handling fees manually.
Ordered more Priority Mail padded flatrate envelopes, figured I may as well get more than one pack of 15 at a time.
Was about to reorder from Sunuku, running low on size 0, but they only ship to the western US now. The largest size they had was 6, many other sites have 7. RoyalMailers, compared to MailersUSA, is much cheaper on 000, slightly cheaper on 00/0/4, slightly more expensive on 1/5/6/7, and for 2/3 it depends on quantity. PackagingSuppliesByMail is much cheaper on 000 and somewhat cheaper for larger sizes but isn't as flexible on quantity. upaknship has slightly cheaper for all but 4/5 and has multiple-case discounts.
I checked out those retailers, and just wanted to point out that there is an eBay listing I saw that had 500 #000 mailers for $30 (free shipping). Seems like that's a pretty good deal
Finally opened red 10704 bags and dumped into bin for sorting but don't have time to actually sort before my regular job
Got a few small simple orders lately - and a huge simple one, all of my dark bley 16x16 plates.
Added 2 #30478 Santa poly. Put my large-quantity polys in sterilite tubs as I have plenty spare and the grocery bags were getting disorganized.
Got a bunch of BrickHeadz on clearance at WalMart. Listed 3 #41590 Iron Man to go with the 3 I already parted out and fully sorted all 6. That's much more prompt and productive than I sometimes am.
WalMart had some 12 qt tubs, don't see that size at Target, got a few for when 6qt isn't enough and 16qt is overkill.
I have visited 5 different Walmart’s in the past few days, and in every one I found multiple sets at at least 75% off. Have gotten a ton of new inventory. Got 15 Brickheadz for $2.5 apiece earlier today.
I parted out several more sets today... I’ve added $1000 worth of inventory from Walmart sales so far and still have a bunch left to list. It’ll be over $2000 by the time I’m done, which is about 4x what I spent. Happy about that, hopefully it’ll help bring in more buyers.
@MiniBricks1 I'm reminded of being tapped out after Thanksgiving week
Sorted and listed all the red/dark red/trans red from 10704. Marathon session, glad that's done. Maybe BrickHeadz next will be more manageable.
You're right, BrickHeadz are easy to handle. However, the main difference is scale. I have 3 to 9 of each character versus 48 10704's. 10704 has 8 bags and I'm doing one at a time, so about the same piececount per copy. Just started on 8 #41594 Captain Armando Salazar but was busy with the bubblemailer shopping.
Parting out massive quantities makes it harder to find all copies of a piece. It's unlikely anything is missing, but I may keep finding more when I thought I was done or put them in the wrong bag (especially similar pieces)
Listed 41594 after I finished sorting.
Got my case of number 7 mailers already. rearranged my cases of bubblemailers into a more stable pile.
Working on sorting 84 #70372
Mostly I'm happy keeping them, but, for example, I managed to get a few Old Fishing Stores cheap with a view to building a whole harbourfront. Obviously I don't want them all to be clad in the sand green tile, but would like a similar number of tiles in a different, or ideally two different colours. This means I have at least 200 1x2 tiles, 70 1x3 and 180 or so 1x4 spare brand new in this colour.
If I wanted to swop them for the same tiles in a different colour is there any way of doing this that members are aware of? I realise that the sand green are likely to be more expensive than the colour I swap them for, but even I lose out on paper it's better for me than trying to sell them all piecemeal and buying again.
Any advice appreciated
@TheFew question is, does the buyer understand it will take a few days to pack such a large order? have you messaged them about that?
@Aleydita - how many lots? A few large lots can be easier even without bulk buying or precounted bags. I do have some precounted bags though I let buyers order in any quantity. Did the buyer get all of a lot? That helps too.
@milamber - that's a problem with barter, finding someone who has what you want and wants what you have. since you're in another country, afraid I can't help much personally.