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Bricklink Seller Review - Constructibles LLC

Have you ever heard of a Honda Insight? I'll give you a hint, it's not a motorcycle or lawnmower. It's a long standing competition to the Prius. So why haven't you heard if it? Probably marketing. Is it worse than a Prius? Not at all! Was it late to the market? No, in fact the Prius FOLLOWED the Insight into the market. The issue came mostly from reviews that were likely worse than they should have been. But apparently if you're 90% of the benchmark, you're nothing.



Profile
Seller: Constructibles LLC, formerly Dad's AFOL
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=DadsAFOL
Feedback (at time of writing): 20076
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive
Location: USA, California
Prices: Above average

My Order
Order Size: 1348 items, 5 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Seems to be exact. Bonus points for their own shipping estimator and checkout!
Extra Fees: 99c for orders under $5, 49c for orders under $10.
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.12

Timeline
Order Date: Sep 24
Invoice Date: Sep 25
Payment Date: Sep 25
Shipping Date: Sep 26
Delivery Date: Sep 28

Order Details
Why this store: Mentioned a 20% off sale in the forum AND had two lots that I desperately needed.
Packaging: All lots in their own baggies, loose in a bubble mailer.
Part condition: Perfect
Communication: Great!
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: One lot shorted

Recommendation
For the longest time I avoided shopping at Dad's AFOL. I'd browse the store occasionally but never commit to buying. One of the biggest issues was the multiple lots of the same item. It seems like Jason has finally figured a way to consolidate his lots and still keep his accounting correct. Another issue has been the partial attention paid to part variants. Since his policy and mine don't agree, I'm not willing to take a chance and buy parts when I'm not guaranteed a variant that I need. Third has been the price. It seems like store prices have increased since I've kept an eye on the store. Even at 20% off, several lots were still priced above average. Yet he must be doing something right to have gotten to 20,000 feedback, have employees, and pay for his own backend programming. Maybe it's the backend programmer that paved the way for the other benchmarks.

I could take or leave this store. The prices are high ("But we offer outstanding customer service!"). The customer service and packaging were fabulous but no better than dozens of other stores I've shopped at. In fact, I've even gotten little bits of candy, stickers, and surprise parts from other sellers. I thought it humorous too that my first order was missing pieces. Not that that should have any overall bearing but it certainly didn't ice whatever cake there was. If you like them you like them. But do your own diligence on whether or not this should be your go to shop.