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  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 837
    KingAlanI said:
    Fizyx said:
    Personally, I like the brick-built figures, BUT I will also admit that the only one that I really would like multiples of are the royal guard from the Space Palace set.

    Guessing you mean #70838 - I have 5 of those to sort but going to finish 70828 before working on a different set
    Yup, that's the one.  Absolutely fantastic brick built figure imo.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    Was surprisingly productive tonight, started on 70828 bag 2's and got through the vast majority of the large parts before I felt like a break, and doing some sorting before a break is also a good sign
    Fizyx
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    This morning, finished bag 2

    Put the dark turquoise in a separate bin (what I little I'd listed already was with the yellowish green and olive green), only time I've needed another tub in my recent sorting. I don't need the space yet but the set inventory tells me there's more coming (similarly, I get out a larger ziplock if there's more of a lot in other bags)
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    got to bag 3 fairly quick, and started bag 4 but took awhile to get around to finishing it

    running low on 2x3 bags and number 0 size bubblemailers. have enough for now but will need to order more soon. have plenty of other sizes, amongst other things could use larger or smaller ones to stretch supply

    found a set of small plastic drawers a few days ago. 15 2 3/4" by 5 7/8" (7x15 cm) with adjustable dividers
    starting to use that to store small lots that would otherwise be buried amongst large lots in my regular bins, or colors I have little enough of to not warrant a larger bin at all
    the fronts are a perfect fit for the 1" by 2 5/8" (2.5x6.7cm) label stickers I use
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75
    Recently parted out 5 Unikitty Cloud Car sets for all you Unikitty fans.  

    Thanks,
    Bozbricks
    https://store.bricklink.com/Bozbricks&utm_content=globalnav#/shop
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    opened 70828 bag 5 Wednesday night so the empty bags could go out with the garbage pickup Thursday morning. not the first time garbage day has motivated me.
    finished sorting them Thursday night. was pleased with myself for not putting the pieces away to sort later.

    but moving on to a non LEGO project for now

    hoping to bring some semblance of control to my backlog by Thanksgiving to make room and generate cashflow for Black Friday deals. my favorite NFL team is playing on Thanksgiving for the first time in ages so I'll be late getting to the stores but at WalMart toys don't seem to be as big a rush as electronics.
    Fizyx
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    still haven't finished 70828, want to do that before I list any of it
    made some progress on sorting stuff I already listed. one of my recent orders required digging through that pile and I did more of it while I had the pile out, often how that works.

    another recent order was 38 lots which got a bit of a groan. but it was mostly nexo shields, so I only had to look in a few area of my transparent color storage rather than all over my inventory, and nexo shields aren't just a few cents
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 865
    Had an order last week that was 845 items in 149 lots. Took about an hour to pick. I don't mind orders like that because they usually include more than enough profit to justify the time spent, but also they tend to include items that would otherwise sit for quite a while.
    KungFuKennyFizyxKingAlanIizx
  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 247
    Having a store wide sale this week only.

    20% off all sets, instructions, books, catalogs and gear.

    10% off all parts and minifigures.

    https://store.bricklink.com/DB361&utm_content=globalnav#/splash

    Ends Friday 25th October at 2000 BST.
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75
    Small or large orders are always a pleasure to pick for me.  Having a Bricklink store for me is about staying in tune with the hobby.  

    [email protected]
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75
    Just stocked some of the new Halloween minifig parts in my store.  Enjoy and thank you.

    [email protected]
  • Sadler_BricksSadler_Bricks SeattleMember Posts: 2
    Sadler_Bricks having a continued sale We are having a 10% off sale on select parts and mini figs new parts added so come visit us at our growing store

    No hidden fees
    Simple shipping
    Below average prices
    Fast service

    So please do have a look around in our store Hope to fill any brick and mini
    figs needs in the near future

    Sadler_Bricks
    https://store.bricklink.com/Sadler_Bricks#/shop
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    no orders for several days. not usually this quiet.
    Did a bit more 70828 sorting, but even that's more than I've done with my store in awhile. got the Unikitty Disco Kitty tlm140 fig listed
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75

    Just listed Original Cloud City Boba Fett and Dark Chrome Vader Polybag in my store.

    https://store.bricklink.com/Bozbricks

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    listed a few CMF s19 and some parts from them.
    none were full retail and even so I was picky about which ones I got
    3 already sold.
    maybe this is a good sign for not getting stuck with a bunch of CMF inventory which has often happened before



    LittleLori
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    Another 4 of those sold on the 17th - profited $14.11 on those 2 sales, with $28.26 spent on the 9 that haven't sold yet, so I'd break even even if I got only half cost for those which would be pessimistic

    I've profited about $60 on TLM2 fig sales (harder to tell because those sales also included other items) with $101.52 spent on those that haven't sold, so I'd need to get at least 41% cost for those

    Still sold only a few #41175 Unikitty figs. Yet those are listed for over twice what I paid, so there's plenty of room to cut price. There's another Unikitty in TLM2 which I avoided getting because it's low price (probably thanks to the 41175 supply) and easy to feel for.

    Made about $40 on Harry Potter CMFs with $110 spent on unsold inventory

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    got up well before I needed to get ready and leave for my regular job
    decided to work on finally finishing sorting 5 70828's rather than screw around
    still have 2 bags to go but finally finished the one I opened ages ago

    very low on 2x3 bags and number 0 bubblemailers, will finally take the money and time to order more this weekend
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 865
    Had 10 orders between 17th and 19th, probably a 3-day record for me.
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75
    Aleydita said:
    Had 10 orders between 17th and 19th, probably a 3-day record for me.


    I've had fairly good business during this timeframe as well.  Hopefully, it continues through next year.


    [email protected]

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    sorted all of the large pieces from 70828 bag 8 in one session and started bag 7 later that evening
    not seeing enoguh black 1x6 plate, and I'm confident I've checked all the bags in the set. since BL inventories are usually right and TLG rarely makes such goofs, my guess is there were some in a bag I already sorted and I misplaced those

    Just checked part out value on #11005, box of bricks for $20 at WalMart on Thanksgiving. $61.58 for the LEGO, about 3x isn't bad but increased supply and later discounts could drive that down. I have tons of inventory and not so much cashflow so I'm thinking twice about getting these

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    I don't know what this will mean yet either so I'm going to keep doing what I was doing
    I don't buy or sell chromed or custom parts so TLG killing that would be a moot point for me.


  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    WalMart's Thanksgiving deal is solid but I decided I did not need any more inventory given my massive backlog, including much of the Thanksgiving deal from last year

    sold 3 more S19 CMFs - continuing to do very well on those
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    simple high value order, including a couple polybags I bought back in 2017. a recent pricecut apparently worked. unloaded them for around cost, hard to do exact accounting on orders that include other items

    then a 30 lot $3.71 order
    several of the lots were used which are easier for me to pick since I have less to did through, and used/new is one way to divide an order into more manageable chunks
    one lot I had trouble finding, one I couldn't find, but during the search I updated a lot of quantity/pricing and even listed a few other things I saw.
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75

    Almost all parts in my store are 20% below the 6 month average sale price.  New parts added weekly.  Many polybags and other sets as well.  Thank You.

    [email protected]

    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    rbozarth said:

    Almost all parts in my store are 20% below the 6 month average sale price.

    I go at least 5% below average, and often lower by a varying amount (I want my listing to appear on the first page of results for new condition from US sellers). I often have to adjust prices later on as sale price goes down and/or there are more cheap listings.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    Sunday I have nothing in particular to go out and do, nothing I really want to watch on TV til evening. The plan was to use that time to sort my backlog and I did finally finished 70828, some small bags that had been sitting on my pile for weeks
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75

    Just parted out into my store 2X Avengers Hulk Helicopter Rescue (76144) sets into my store last night.  Red gauntlet and infinity stones if you're looking.  Thank You.

    [email protected] 

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    Today I actually listed the parts from those 5 #70828. I had updated pricing for many lots as I was sorting but it was still a process and I still didn't spend as much time updating prices as I would like.
    Some lots were missing or lower quantity. There was a bag I'd forgotten to sort and I don't have time to do that til tonight but since I already started listing I feel I'm close enough to list everything now.

    My original estimate for part out value was $147.99, ratio 4.57 when paying $32.40. $116.85 is still a very good ratio of 3.61 (some parts went down and/or I listed new colors/molds below the averages the initial estimate was based on)
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 865
    Just added a load of Lego Spike parts to my inventory if anyone's interested, much cheaper than existing sellers:

    https://ras.brickowl.com/
  • LobotLobot UKMember Posts: 971

    A bit of a milestone today.... I've just received my 1000th order!

    Many thanks to all Bricksetters who've ordered from me - I've really appreciated your custom :-)

    bandit778BumblepantsAleyditadrdavewatfordM1J0EKungFuKennyasrfarinhaMr_CrossMrGudz
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75
    Lobot said:

    A bit of a milestone today.... I've just received my 1000th order!

    Many thanks to all Bricksetters who've ordered from me - I've really appreciated your custom :-)


    Congrats!  I am steadily approaching 500 myself.

    [email protected]

    Lobot
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75
    Just hit 50,000 parts in my Bricklink store.  Thanks for all the support over the past year.

    [email protected]
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 865
    edited December 2019
    11 orders since Boxing Day including 4 today, average value €34.91 excluding postage. I'll never understand this lark :)

    https://ras.brickowl.com/
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    first sale of 2020 - a polybag I bought in 2018 which I got rid of basically at cost, and a couple bucks in parts which i got more recently. that polybag was in a storage bin near the bottom of a pile, grr.

    profit was not quite a thousand dollars last year, versus nearly two and a half thousand for 2018. new years resolutions include actually listing some of my backlog to have less tied up in inventory
    Bumblepants
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 865
    KingAlanI said:
    first sale of 2020 - a polybag I bought in 2018 which I got rid of basically at cost, and a couple bucks in parts which i got more recently. that polybag was in a storage bin near the bottom of a pile, grr.

    profit was not quite a thousand dollars last year, versus nearly two and a half thousand for 2018. new years resolutions include actually listing some of my backlog to have less tied up in inventory
    You can't sell what you haven't listed :)
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    Aleydita said:
    KingAlanI said:
    profit was not quite a thousand dollars last year, versus nearly two and a half thousand for 2018. new years resolutions include actually listing some of my backlog to have less tied up in inventory
    You can't sell what you haven't listed :)
    Funny how that works. :)

    I'll be more careful about buying new inventory but I'm not going to stop. Won't buy lower value CMFs even on an okay sale. Looking for better part out ratios than I used to including a more cautious estimate of part values. For instance for sets I'm considering I'm checking prices on parts already in inventory to see if a price cut is in order, which isn't the worst idea anyway.

    A supermarket has #71024 Disney s2 CMF on clearance, finally put together an ID guide. Huey, Dewey and Louie are the only ones with significant value, though Sally and Jack Skellington also go for above MSRP. Thought Anna, Elsa and Jasmine might've been more popular as minifigure versions of characters usually seen as minidolls.

    Another of their locations had 2019 advent calendars on sale.


  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    Listed 5 Star Wars polybags and 12 Disney s2 CMF (3 Louie, 4 Sally, 5 Jack Skellington)
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75
    18 Captain Marvel Polybags added to my store tonight.  

    Thanks,
    [email protected]
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75

    Part out report - 1/12/2020 Parted out 3 X 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase Sets.  As always, my prices are at or below the 6 month sales average.

    Thank You,

    [email protected]

  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75

    New Pink Elephant Costume heads stocked in store.  I have 15 for sale.

    Thank You,

    [email protected]

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    keeping up with the few current orders
    listing stuff I picked up still on the back burner

    one buyer didn't pay after several reminders and repeating the instructions and neutral'ed me
    another said he did but then dropped the issue and asked to cancel
    I cooperated with the latter but NPB'ed the former

    got a 45 lot $9 order, i don't mind that guy not paying.
    I don't want to set a value per lot limit in case that rules out orders I wouldn't mind.

    ironically, a lot of difficult orders are low value and many of the highest value ones go very smoothly.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    USPS rate increase effective today

    the current Notice 123 (comprehensive price list) PDF is a very good thing to have saved on my computer and phone since I'm referencing it so often.

    (all prices below are commercial base, the rate used when printing labels through PayPal)
    domestic 1st class mail package under 4 oz now $2.74 to $3.18 depending on zone, had been $2.66 to $3.09. 13-16oz now $5.04 to $5.70 instead of $4.94 to $5.53

    Priority flatrate - padded envelope now $7.75, small box $7.65, medium box $13.20, large box $18.30

    some international 1st class rates up slightly, some up several percent, most noticeable for Canada. priority international regularly up a few percent.

    Edited my shipping information accordingly, added what ZIPs are in Zones 1/2 and what states are all or mostly in Zones 8/9.
  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 247
    After a pretty downbeat December, January has been manic to say the least! 82 orders so far this month, and counting (one even coming in as I'm typing this out!). Touch wood no issues so far with any of the orders other than one sent out to Canada where the tracking has been inactive for nearly 2 weeks, but it is fully tracked and insured so I'll be chasing it up with the Royal Mail later in the week.

    I've also been parting out the winter sales pickups like crazy to try and keep the inventory topped up. Sets parted out this month alone include;

    10x #70418
    4x #70837
    15x #10766
    5x #60234
    18x #70824
    6x #41379
    5x #76129
    5x #75934
    6x #75970
    5x #853744
    5x #853865
    72x #71025
    11x #41346
    10x #70822
    5x #75927
    6x #41385
    30x #70847

    With still more to do! Expecting it to quieten down a little as we head into the Spring, which will give me chance to catch up.

    https://store.bricklink.com/DB361&utm_content=globalnav#/splash
    KingAlanI
  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 247
    KingAlanI said:
    one buyer didn't pay after several reminders and repeating the instructions and neutral'ed me
    another said he did but then dropped the issue and asked to cancel
    I cooperated with the latter but NPB'ed the former

    got a 45 lot $9 order, i don't mind that guy not paying.
    I don't want to set a value per lot limit in case that rules out orders I wouldn't mind.
    With the NPB I'd hope that Bricklink have removed their feedback? Certainly they have for me in the past (only ever had two NPB's so it's not something I'm overly familiar with) - I never even found out what their feedback for me was as it just shows up with the "Feedback Removed" message!

    As for smaller orders, if I set a lot limit I'd lose probably 90% of my orders. I find the time lost in picking one or two bits here and there is made up in the order pretty much always being extremely easy to pack. Plus orders that I put in myself as a buyer on Bricklink are almost always odd pieces here and there! So not providing that service as a seller would be somewhat hypocritical of me. Just always remember that a buyer has placed an order in your store for a very good reason, and not because they want to be a pain.

    What I do have on my store, and find works really well, is a minimum order of £5. This still allows smaller orders to come in, still offers full flexibility for the customer, whilst still being very much worthwhile in terms of time spent on the order and covering the costs of time, packaging supplies etc. The key thing is it means I have no hidden fees on my store to cover those costs, which makes life as a buyer and seller so much easier.
    KingAlanI
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    Finished with a non-LEGO-hobby project, hopefully that means more free time for parting out sets

    @DB361 I just submitted the NPB (even when nothing odd happens, sometimes takes me well over a week to submit or well over a week (over 2 if they comment) to finalize it)

    Order minimums are one way to do it but I don't mind low value orders if they're simple and I wonder if a minimum would backfire by causing people to order a ton of small pieces. I charge a $1 handling fee on all domestic orders ($1.50 foreign) so I don't lose out on tiny ones. I don't have any fees beyond that.
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,008
    sorting 6 #41348 for part out. lately it's been slow, but steady versus sitting on top of a pile of storage bins untouched for weeks

    Listed extras from 10 #30383 - a simple matter but felt good about a small specific positive step
  • rbozarthrbozarth TexasMember Posts: 75

    Inventory update - Parted out 4 Metalbeard Trike Sets.  Motorcycle wheels and Welder Benny ready to go!

    Bozbricks

    https://store.bricklink.com/Bozbricks&utm_content=globalnav#/shop

  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,595
    KingAlanI said:

    Order minimums are one way to do it but I don't mind low value orders if they're simple and I wonder if a minimum would backfire by causing people to order a ton of small pieces. I charge a $1 handling fee on all domestic orders ($1.50 foreign) so I don't lose out on tiny ones. I don't have any fees beyond that.
    Why not just set an average lot value too? They cannot checkout if the order total divided by the number of lots is below the threshold. If you set an average lot value of 50c, and someone wants a minifigure worth $2 and a couple of cheap parts, they can checkout fine. You could go to 20c as the average lot value, and they could still buy the same minifigure and 9 other different cheap parts. But they could not buy a minifigure and 200 different 1c parts.

    It is when someone hits you with a "one of this and one of that" type order, when you spend a couple of hours picking a few hundred parts and the whole order comes to $5 that you realise that average lot values are a good thing.

    KingAlanI
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 865
    CCC said:
    KingAlanI said:

    Order minimums are one way to do it but I don't mind low value orders if they're simple and I wonder if a minimum would backfire by causing people to order a ton of small pieces. I charge a $1 handling fee on all domestic orders ($1.50 foreign) so I don't lose out on tiny ones. I don't have any fees beyond that.
    ... snip

    It is when someone hits you with a "one of this and one of that" type order, when you spend a couple of hours picking a few hundred parts and the whole order comes to $5 that you realise that average lot values are a good thing.

    But those orders usually relieve you of the parts that might otherwise sit there a while, at least that's my experience. Besides, so long as you're also getting the small but high value orders too, those that take a couple of minutes, then it should be fine - your average earnings per hour should be justifiable.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,595
    Aleydita said:
    CCC said:
    KingAlanI said:

    Order minimums are one way to do it but I don't mind low value orders if they're simple and I wonder if a minimum would backfire by causing people to order a ton of small pieces. I charge a $1 handling fee on all domestic orders ($1.50 foreign) so I don't lose out on tiny ones. I don't have any fees beyond that.
    ... snip

    It is when someone hits you with a "one of this and one of that" type order, when you spend a couple of hours picking a few hundred parts and the whole order comes to $5 that you realise that average lot values are a good thing.

    But those orders usually relieve you of the parts that might otherwise sit there a while, at least that's my experience. Besides, so long as you're also getting the small but high value orders too, those that take a couple of minutes, then it should be fine - your average earnings per hour should be justifiable.
    I find my cheaper parts often sell well with minifigure / expensive parts orders, so don't really have a problem there. If I have parts that sit for too long, I tend to bag them up and stick them on ebay as a job lot and usually still get roughly what I would have got on BL. Although I tend not to list anything on BL under 2-3 pence unless i have a lot of them, and even then I sell them as a bag of 20 or 50. Otherwise they go straight in the ebay bag. I don't really see the point of listing or selling single penny parts, but I know it works for others if they don't mind the picking time.
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