Bricklink Seller Review - Real Bricks

Have you ever dealt with buying a big box of used LEGO pieces? I had the thrill of receiving a donation to use for LEGO classes. The donor was a proud tried and true LEGO fan and swore they only played with LEGO brick. I got 35# worth of contents. Once I pulled out a Mega Blocks jet fighter, some still unknown brand of Humvee, Tente, GI*Joe, doll accessories, K'nex, gum and crayon wrappers, etc., I was left with a nice 28# of real LEGO bricks remaining.

Profile
Seller: Real Bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Drareg
Feedback (at time of writing): 340
Feedback Ratio: 99.7% (one neutral from a buyer using the feedback system as a comms device.)
Location: Netherlands, Noord-Brabant
Prices: Average

My Order
Order Size: 12 items in 3 lots
Condition: 67% Used
Shipping Charge: Actual
Other: 0,50 charge for orders under 2,50 when paying via Paypal.
Final Cost per Part: $1.40

Timeline
Order Date: Jun 20
Invoice Date: Jun 21
Payment Date: Jun 21
Shipping Date: Jun 22
Delivery Date: Jun 30

Order Details
Why this store: Wanted list ping for a rare item at a reasonable price.
Packaging: Each lot in individual baggies, one with a cardboard insert, all in a bubble mailer.
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: itemized all 3 lots on the customs form and used the word "LEGO". C'mon, "Used Toys" is more than sufficient and doesn't raise any eyebrows for any reasons.

Recommendation
I only ordered the 3 lots because there was really nothing else I needed. I had a few other filler items but they barely bumped me into the next shipping bracket. It was too far to go to fill that next bracket and nothing more I wanted to fill it with so I backed off. Prices seem reasonable, shipping is at cost and the proprietor is very responsive to questions and to ship. I would have no problem shopping here again.

Bonus points! Can you identify the pieces I bought?

Bricklink Seller Review - Britton's Brickhouse

It took me a while to ketchup but I finally mustard the strength to finish. I mayo may not continue at this pace but I don't relish the idea much anymore. I've been in a bit of a pickle and the Mrs. wants to lettuce rest. I concur.

Profile
Seller: Britton's Brickhouse
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=rbritton31
Feedback (at time of writing): 2752
Feedback Ratio: 99.9%
Location: United States, West Virginia
Prices: Average

My Order
Order Size: 340 items in 15 lots
Condition: 60% New
Shipping Charge: Actual which includes tracking
Other: no extra charges
Final Cost per Part: $0.06

Timeline
Order Date: Apr 4
Invoice Date: Apr 4
Payment Date: Apr 4
Shipping Date: Apr 6
Delivery Date: Apr 10

Order Details
Why this store: Needed about 100 of a specific part. Seller was one of very few who had it at a good price with reasonable terms and other things I needed as well.
Packaging: All lots individually baggied then placed in a Duncan Hines cake mix box. Brilliant!
Communication: none
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: none

Recommendation
Some fun tidbits sitting in the corners. I got some of the single piece molded Bionicle minifigs because why not. They were less than a quarter each and just helps build my collection of interesting LEGO bits.

Bricklink Seller Review - Playstones - Always Cheap

I like the colloquial translation of 'bricks' into other languages. In Spanish it's 'ladrillos' which means small bricks, the kind you'd build a chimney with. German comes back as 'stones' with the Dutch 'steen' sounding similar. Serbs and such call them 'cubes'. Indonesia's 'bata/batu' encompasses the same brick/stone/rock idea. Turkish 'tuğla' is a brick or tile. Funny to the English ear? In Danish they're 'klods'.

Incidentally that little anecdote about the Greek word lego (λέγω) meaning 'I built it' is a little far-fetched. The ancient root is more like 'I speak/choose/mean' with the closest idea being "I bring together". More commonly, this word has become the root in many languages of the verb "to read".

Profile
Seller: Playstones - Always Cheap
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=playstones
Feedback (at time of writing): 320
Feedback Ratio: 98.8%
Location: Germany, Schleswig-Holstein
Prices: Below average

My Order
Order Size: 43 items in 24 lots
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Actual which includes tracking
Other: no extra charges, not even Paypal! Minimum buy 5
Final Cost per Part: $0.85 (Fabuland figures anyone?)

Timeline
Order Date: Mar 26
Invoice Date: Mar 29
Payment Date: Mar 29
Shipping Date: (Being so far behind in my updates, I've lost that info...)
Delivery Date: Apr 15

Order Details
Why this store: A challenge was issued and I needed parts. Plus I needed someone who could continue helping me complete older sets.
Packaging: Baggied and placed in a thin cardboard box that was amazingly not one bit crushed in transit.
Communication: none
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: none

Recommendation
The prices are reasonable and it's refreshing to see a European store who knows how to work their Paypal fees into their cost of business, not as a separate line item on the invoice. Selection is very interesting for older stuff. Response and transit times were a little slower than other stores