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Bricklink Seller Review - bricksy - up to 80% OFF

Are flat one size fits all prices a good idea? Sometimes my kids ponder if everything was $1. "Great, I'll have a couple of houses and cars!". So then the price goes to everything being $100. "Wot, even a loaf of bread? I'd starve!" Hmm, so maybe flat rate (or flat tax?) isn't always a good idea. We'll work on the whole supply and demand model.



Profile
Seller: bricksy - up to 80% OFF
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=bricksy
Feedback (at time of writing): 21225
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive
Location: Germany, Sachsen
Prices: Above average

My Order
Order Size: 355 items, 24 lots
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Flat rate (one each for Germany, Europe, World)
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.26 (yikes!)

Timeline
Order Date: Oct 22
Invoice Date: Oct 23
Payment Date: Oct 24
Shipping Date: Oct 26
Delivery Date: Oct 28

Order Details
Why this store: Wanted list email for a needed part and LOTS of them
Packaging: An oversized double wall cardboard box with large baggies of mixed parts
Part condition: Decent, some smudges or greasiness visible (from detergent?)
Communication: Great!
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: Some extra pieces (store policy is apparently an extra 3% on each lot) plus two lots in the wrong color.

Recommendation
Prices are a bit high and shipping only makes sense if you make a large order. My price per piece was a bit high partly due to a spending spree on more expensive parts to make up for the higher shipping charge. I could have made an initial order of about $60 and typical shipping would have been 3,50 . But with the flat rate of 10,50  I felt like I had to pad the order a little more. So I added another $20 worth while I was there. It was easy to do as the inventory is deep and wide. Lots of great bits for bobs for every occasion. Sadly I had to cut it short since my Paypal account only had so much.

When my order arrived I was surprised to see it in a 6x6x11" box. Upon opening it I was greeted with a whole lot of empty space. The entire boxed order weighed 13oz (365g) but a label was purchased for 2kg (4.4lbs)! When I put it into a more appropriately sized bubble mailer it was under 7oz (195g). This could have easily shipped for much cheaper. Given the oversized box, baggies, and four single sided full size sheet print out of the order I could only make one guess. The seller got tired of stocking different sizes of baggies and boxes and now keeps a one size fits all policy. The expense of this waste of resources is passed on to the buyer. I cannot in good conscience shop here again unless their policy changes. If you decide to order from this store, make it weigh at least 2kg. However the order errors were corrected quickly so high marks on customer service.

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