Bricklink Seller Review - A Brick World

I'm sure you've got a friend on Facebook who posts nothing but clickbait and memes on their wall, maybe even tags you in them. I don't, I've unfriended all those people. For instance, did you know that if you watch the Original Trilogy you can swap out "the force" for "the pants" with hilarious results! May the pants be with you! Ha! lulz! I was reminded of this when I started subconciously doing another swap out and realizing eerie similarities. It starts out. "I'm a bricky girl, in a bricky wo-o-orld..."



Profile
Seller: A Brick World
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=abrickworld
Feedback (at time of writing): 11283
Feedback Ratio: 99.96% positive (1 negative ever)
Location: USA, Georgia (peachy)
Prices: Above average

My Order
Order Size: 331 items, 18 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Actual plus 50c to 90c
Other: $6 order minimum
Final Cost per Part: $0.12

Timeline
Order Date: Dec 31
Invoice Date: Dec 31
Payment Date: Dec 31
Shipping Date: Dec 31
Delivery Date: Jan 4

Order Details
Why this store: Who else has (had) mass amounts of dark pink wedges?
Packaging: Lots mixed into three baggies, all in cardboard box. Apparently they didn't have a bubble mailer big enough. I checked and a 6x9" just didn't quite make it. The box increased the shipping by 2 more ounces.
Part condition: Very Good
Communication: Polite
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Uses the term "legos" in their Drive Thru notice and "Lego's" on their business card. :-)
Issues: none

Recommendation
Prices were a bit high. Even with a 25% discount. At regular price I don't think I'd shop here. But the selection was good and the discount made prices reasonable. Mostly. There were some things I wanted that even at 25% were higher than average. So I passed. Coupled with the handling/packaging/whatevering charge and liberal lot mixing I'll likely not be back. Sorry Terminator.

LEGO Finds - 2016 Week 6

Back at it. I've missed sharing a few things like the 30+lbs of free LEGO I was given. But that has a backstory for another article. This week I found these small gemlets. Half a Spider-trike, a bald Friend and a book with a LEGO logo on it. Turns out it was official Bionicle fan-fic. I'm about halfway through reading it. I have... no idea what I'm reading. Sometimes I think it's a cookbook but then there's fight scenes. So it's more like The Mafia Cookbook. I'm not sure. Maybe it's a motorcycle manual.


Brick Owl Seller Review - Genteel Frog

Words that sound like other words and maybe even came from those words and almost mean the same thing but don't. Shouldn't it be "Gentle"? Like Gentlefrog? I guess it depends on the subtletly you want to convey. Or how discrete you are. Or is that discreet? Do you supply material or materiel? One might get you a government contract. But you'll have to be both discrete and discreet. Being gentle may not get you very far, being genteel will get you further and being a Gentile is most likely irrelevant.



Profile
Seller: Genteel Frog
Store: http://genteelfrog.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 203
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, California
Prices: About 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 147 pieces, 14 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: High. Starts at $3.50 for first class, quickly goes to $4.50. That includes a $1.50 handling on top of electronic rate postage
Extra Fees: none
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.16

Timeline
Order Date: Dec 31
Invoice Date: Dec 31 (Instant Checkout)
Payment Date: Dec 31
Shipping Date: Jan 2
Delivery Date: Jan 5

Order Details
Why this store: Started with a seed part, was the last remaining store who could continue providing items I wanted.
Packaging: Lots combined in 3 larger baggies, wrapped in bubbles then in a Tyvek bubble mailer (double bubbles)
Part condition: Very good
Communication: polite and responsive
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: None

Recommendation
Shipping charges differed by a bit between BrickOwl and Bricklink. When I asked they stated laziness at updating the Bricklink prices in light of the upcoming USPS changes. I could have rebuilt my cart at Bricklink to save a little in shipping. Instead I reduced a few items from my cart until I got back down to the lowest shipping amount and called it good. Prices are reasonable, selection is reasonable, service is reasonable, shipping is excessive. Sure, maybe I'll try again for some other items but only if I can get the shipping to be within 15% of the order value.