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Showing posts with label Brick Owl seller review. Show all posts

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.

Brick Owl Seller Review - A Handful of Bricks

Irony. It's like steely and goldy but it's made of iron. Right? If you want a truckload of bricks where are you going to go? Well certainly not anywhere where they're selling a handful. Or a thumblefull. Maybe I want a mountain of bricks. Can I have that? Sure but the shipping will kill you.



Profile
Seller: A Handful of Bricks
Store: http://ahfb.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 227
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: Poland
Prices: About 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 2655 pieces, 12 lots (freaking huge)
Condition: 99% New
Shipping Charge: Registered mail seemed VERY reasonable
Extra Fees: none
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.05

Timeline
Order Date: Nov 7
Invoice Date: Nov 7 (Instant Checkout)
Payment Date: Nov 7
Shipping Date: Nov 10
Delivery Date: Nov 30

Order Details
Why this store: Needed 550 Med Azure 2x2 tiles. Really only needed 430 but at least I wasn't short.
Packaging: Small lots combined in a baggie and placed in a large lot bag. Large lots in their own baggies. All in a Tyvek bubble mailer
Part condition: Very good
Communication: none
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: None

Recommendation
Nailed it. Great selection prices and shipping charges. Time in transit was pretty slow and the registered mail tracking number never tracked. But I expect that from Eastern Europe. If you're not in a hurry and can wait for first class mail this is a great place to stock up on parts.

Brickowl Seller Review - ALLEGORY

I had almost forgotten about the quote until years later I saw shirt with a Raptor and the words "Clever Girl". Now it's stuck in my head like a meme. As you may know, The LEGO Company is very protective of the use of their name in any product but their own. Even unintended uses like palegoats.com will raise their suspicions. While it's not a URL (that I know of) ALLEGORY plays the clever girl card with the use of the name inside another common word, using all caps nonetheless. Of course the caps make sense because the proprietor uses the letter tiles from the Business Card set to create his logo. A step too far, IMO, is further using extraneous characters and fonts on the shipping label as seen below. Yes, the point is still taken, but is your service good enough?


Profile
Seller: ALLEGORY
Store: http://allegory.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 2248
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, North Carolina
Prices: Higher than 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 305 pieces, 19 lots (freaking huge)
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: USPS e- rates + $0.20
Extra Fees: none
Other: $4.95 minimum lot average
Final Cost per Part: $0.11

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 26
Invoice Date: Feb 26 (Instant Checkout)
Payment Date: Feb 26
Shipping Date: Feb 27
Delivery Date: Mar 2

Order Details
Why this store: Needed a few more parts for a commission. Had most of them.
Packaging: All lots in their own baggie, packed extremely well into a larger baggie, then in a bubble mailer. I'm guessing seller was used to meeting RoyalPost dimensional limits when he lived in the UK.
Part condition: Very good
Communication: Very good
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Font style happy. :-)
Issues: None

Recommendation
The prices are a touch high and the shipping has only a base fee added but the service and communication are phenomenal. Phenomenal! Graham is very customer oriented and doesn't skimp. When I ordered and cleared out an entire lot, I got an extra part on one or two of those lots.

Brick Owl Seller Review - Brick Takeover

Sometimes you are left shaking your head at how some people can run their businesses.  I'll try not to make this an inflammatory post.  I had (keyword, *had*) an amazing large creation planned.  I couldn't get all the parts I wanted off the secondary markets so I went straight to LEGO.  They completely boffed the numbers, timing, and other factors such that they eliminated themselves.  Off to the secondary markets it was!  So I finally found a German seller who had a good portion of the parts I needed!  Joyous day!  The price was a little more but I was willing to bite.  Then I got bitten.

Profile
Seller: Brick Takeover
Store: Not linking to them
Feedback (at time of writing): 15928
Feedback Ratio: 99.68% positive on Bricklink
Location: Germany, Bayern
Prices: Higher than 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 6912 pieces, 9 lots (freaking huge)
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: DHL rates
Extra Fees: Per Bricklink charges Paypal fees plus 5.99Euro to fill out a customs form!
Other: $2.03 minimum lot average
Final Cost per Part: $0.22.  Yes, I was prepared to drop over $1500.

Timeline
Order Date: Dec 31
Invoice Date: Dec 31 (Instant Checkout)
Payment Date: Dec 31
Shipping Date:
Delivery Date:
Cancelled Date: Jan 1 - Why would I note this and still review the non-order?

Order Details
Why this store: Had all the parts I needed.  Verified inventories with the seller beforehand.
Packaging: n/a
Part condition: n/a
Communication: Very good
Feedback left: n/a
Odd telltale signs: n/a
Issues: Yes.  Despite verifying with the seller that his inventory was correct, there was a problem.  Apparently his inventory WASN'T correct.  He cancelled my order and refunded.  I told him it would have been highly preferential to cancel just the items he didn't have instead of the whole order.  But I saw why he acted the way he did.  Once he got his inventory corrected he let me know.  I went to rebuild it only to find that he had DOUBLED the price on the huge quantity item I wanted.

Recommendation
To be sure, Brick Takeover has a high positive transaction count.  I've seen way worse.  But the terms page is a huge blockade of regulations with fees buried in the text.  Other German sellers have much cleaner terms.  Also, given the cancel/price-hike/relist scam, I can say that I find this seller to be less than honorable.

There, I said it.

BrickOwl Seller Review - Angry Bricks

Back to school time!  Here at Dag's Bricks we're happy to kick off the festival of learning with a Brick Owl review.  These don't come around as often as we'd like but here we are.  Let's get Angry!  Is that really the image that you want to be portrayed as?  "Hey, do you have any of these pieces perhaps?" "NO!"  Or maybe this is an attempt to align with a popular property having something to do with cross avians.  In any event, the name could probably be better but the service is far from lacking.



Profile
Seller: Angry Bricks
Store: http://angrybricks.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 31 (chose not to take the boost)
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: Canada, Quebec
Prices: A touch higher than 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 208 pieces, 9 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Canada Post rates
Extra Fees: BrickOwl sellers include all fees in one shipping charge
Other: $5 minimum order
Final Cost per Part: $0.12

Timeline
Order Date: Jul 31
Invoice Date: Jul 31 (Instant Checkout)
Payment Date: Jul 31
Shipping Date: Aug 4
Delivery Date: Aug 8

Order Details
Why this store: To be honest, offered me a coupon.  Wasn't a bribe, no review needed. :-D  Well of COURSE I'm going to review the order.
Packaging: All lots separately baggied then taped to the inside of a bubble mailer.  This was a method to get the light packet rate though it looks like it ended up going small packet.
Part condition: New
Communication: Very good
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: Missing one crucial 6c brick.  Thankfully I still had just enough since I bought out the lot.  Wasn't worth pursuing.  Besides, how could I argue 6c when I had already been given a nice little discount?

Recommendation
Don't get Angry, get Bricks!  The proprietor is an active and helpful member on BrickOwl.  This activeness and helpfulness is just a taste of what's in his store.  Definitely go and check him out.  The only ones angry will be his competitors.

BrickOwl Seller Review - Great Bricks

Is it human nature or just me?  When someone declares themselves to be the best this or the most that you want to test them out and see if you can take them down a notch.  Not in a spiteful in your face sort of way but more like constructive criticism.  There are certainly a fair share of sellers who name their stores with optimal adjectives.  Some even go to extremes.  When someone names themselves "Best Bricks", I'm going to take that challenge.  On a scale of 1-10, I don't believe in 10.  And I see the rest of the scale more logarithmically than linear.  Ask me to rate these in order from best to worst?  Okay, this one's a 6, these two are 8's- "No, two can't be the same."  Yes they can because neither one is worth the 9, and I don't have to use every number.  In fact I'm going to leave 7 blank because I'm sure there's an item you're not telling me about that would qualify for that spot.  It's complicated, my head.


Profile
Seller: Great Bricks
Store: http://greatbricks.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 1375 (includes 1300 boost from other marketplaces)
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, Arizona
Prices: A touch higher than 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 259 pieces, 22 lots
Condition: 99.6% New
Shipping Charge: Something around electronic rate plus $0.45
Extra Fees: BrickOwl sellers include all fees in one shipping charge
Other: $7 minimum order
Final Cost per Part: $0.10

Timeline
Order Date: May 5
Invoice Date: May 5 (Instant Checkout)
Payment Date: May 5
Shipping Date: May 9 (though marked as such on May 24th :-) )
Delivery Date: May 12

Order Details
Why this store: Seller had a good quantity of reddish brown 1x1 brick plus other good variety.
Packaging: Every lot individually baggied (including the 3 individual lots of 1x1 tiles, total 7), then gathered into a piece of bubble wrap, then placed in a plastic bubble mailer, then wrapped up well.
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: None needed
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Paypal shipping label said 9oz.  Total package weighed 7.4oz.  ???
Issues: None.

Recommendation
Shipping times are stated as slow.  And the larger your order, the slower it will be especially at 20 lots or over.  I bought out 3 lots of 1x1 black tiles.  Each lot had 2 or 3 pieces in it.  There were a few other lots like this.  I could have technically had 18 lots but the seller's messy inventory may have pushed my order picking time out.  Given the need for lot consolidation and the label that the seller could have saved money on, I'm a little dubious that this is a tight ship.  Accurate, sure, but it has a lot of potential.  If you're not in a hurry and you're low on little baggies, this store would be a good choice.

BrickOwl Seller Review - Plastic Paradise

You should always look before you leap.  At least that's how the adage goes.  Sometimes you might get lucky and land on a pile of, say, mattresses or perhaps lemon custard.  Other times it might be a pile of razor wire.  Most of the time it's somewhere in the middle like the roof of a car or maybe a river.  There is the occasion where the pile of mattresses has a sharp pokey stick but there's also the times where the river has a rubber raft that just happens to be floating by, followed by coolers, oars, and... well, I'd rather not think about it.


Profile
Seller: Plastic Paradise
Store: http://garystoys.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 1955 (includes 1800 boost from other marketplaces)
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, Missouri
Prices: Around 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 226 pieces, 28 lots
Condition: 73% Used
Shipping Charge: Something around electronic rate plus $1.25
Extra Fees: BrickOwl sellers include all fees in one shipping charge
Other: $5 minimum order
Final Cost per Part: $0.10

Timeline
Order Date: Apr 27
Invoice Date: Apr 27 (Instant Checkout)
Payment Date: Apr 27
Shipping Date: Apr 29
Delivery Date: May 2

Order Details
Why this store: Trying to give the Owl some love, needed 2 dark red 30414
Packaging: Lots conservatively combined in baggies, packed in larger baggies.  Then wrapped in bubble wrap and further placed inside a bubble mailer.
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: None needed
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None.

Recommendation
I bought out most lots and still I wanted more.  It seems like there is lots of spread and little depth.  But even then I found very little in white that I was looking for.  I placed a couple dozen things in my cart and then noticed the shipping charge on the right.  Egads, my cart value and the shipping charge were equal!  I felt like I needed to keep adding to justify the shipping charge.  In retrospect, I should have used a different store altogether.  I completely neglected to look at the "Price + Shipping" feature for that key part.  Granted, there's no telling how much the other parts would have been in other stores but at least I got down to 10c per part.

BrickOwl Seller Review - Hoosier Brick and Toy

Not to be confused with the Daddy from the same state.  I still get them mixed up.  Then again I sometimes mix up General Motors and General Mills as well.  Whatever, right?  Sometimes that can get you in trouble though.  At the Canadian border my dad once said he was bringing a bunch of coke across.  That was a narrow miss with a rubber glove.



Profile
Seller: Hoosier Brick and Toy, LLC
Store: http://hoosierbrick.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 1619 (includes 1500 boost from other marketplaces)
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, Indiana
Prices: Above 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 282 pieces, 21 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Something around electronic rate plus 50c rounded to the next highest 20c increment minus 3 pennies ($2.37, $2.57, $2.77...)
Extra Fees: BrickOwl sellers include all fees in one shipping charge
Other: $1 minimum order
Final Cost per Part: $0.105

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 23
Invoice Date: Feb 23 (Instant Checkout rocks... except when I forget to add a part)
Payment Date: Feb 23
Shipping Date: Feb 24
Delivery Date: Feb 26

Order Details
Why this store: Specifically hitting BrickOwl for some Wishlist items
Packaging: Every lot in it's own baggie, all baggies loose in a bubble mailer.  Packing slip included.
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: None needed
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None, perfect.

Recommendation
This is almost how an order should be.  The quality of it is platform irrelevant.  A little lot mixing would reduce the bulk of baggies and the packing slip is unnecessary.  But at least the baggies are obviously brand new and not one piece was missing.  That's the best part, when you don't have to contact your seller with an "Um, by the way" sort of email.  I'm adding this place to favorites and maybe a note about some mixing OK.

Brick Owl Seller Review - Brickmonger

I love the word monger.  It's got a bit of rustic vulgar class to it.  You may hear it often as in fishmonger or maybe rumormonger.  How about a shoemonger, a meatmonger, or a cowmonger?  Sounds like endless fun.  I'm all about LEGOmongering.  But if you're going to LEGOmonger then you need to respect the brand name and call yourself, say, a Brickmonger.  Sounds legit.


Profile
Seller: Brickmonger
Store: http://brickmonger.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 419 (400 credit from other marketplaces)
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: United States, Missouri
Prices: At or below 6 month average

My Order
Order Size: 21 lots, 154 pieces
Condition: 56% New
Shipping Charge: Brick Owl has seller determined bands for instant checkout.
Extra Fees: Appears to be $1 over USPS online prices.
Other: $5 minimum
Final Cost per Part: $0.11.  Included one of these Belville gems in transparent medium blue.

Timeline
Order Date: Jan 30
Invoice Date: Jan 30 (Brick Owl uses instant checkout)
Payment Date: Jan 30
Shipping Date: Feb 3
Delivery Date: Feb 5

Order Details
Why this store: Needed that roof.
Packaging: Lots separated only by new and used.  Otherwise mixed.
Part condition: Good.  A little dust on the a couple used parts, otherwise fine.  The big trans roof piece looked very nice.
Communication: None
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None

Recommendation
Loremonger claims that his dispatch times can be rather long due to his packing and shipping being only on the weekend.  I was lucky in placing my order on a Thursday and felt that I got it in a reasonable amount of time.  With 25,000 items there is a decent selection for smaller builders.  There are a few dozen lots of useable pieces in 100+ quantities and a few lots of basic bricks and technic pieces in 200+ quantities.  The lots are roughly 50/50 for new and used.  What he lacks in high quantity lots he makes up for well in widespread variety.  Worth visiting.

Brick Owl Seller Review - Budget Kids

A while ago I tried Brick Owl for buying.  While it was a marvelous experience, there is one drawback.  Wanted Lists from Bricklink need to be manually recreated to use on Brick Owl.  I've been slow to do so but finally decided I should make more effort as a buyer on that site.

Dem Baggies!
Dem Parts!

Profile
Seller: Budget Kids
Store: http://budgetkids.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 110 (100 credit from other marketplaces)
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: United States, Minnesota
Prices: Below 6 month average

My Order
Order Size: 14 lots, 45 pieces
Condition: 62% New
Shipping Charge: Brick Owl has seller determined bands for instant checkout.
Extra Fees: Appears to be $1 over USPS counter prices.
Other: None
Final Cost per Part: $0.09 interpolated.  I also ordered 7 McDonald's Racers sets.

Timeline
Order Date: Jan 14
Invoice Date: Jan 14 (Brick Owl uses instant checkout)
Payment Date: Jan 14
Shipping Date: Jan 16
Delivery Date: Jan 18

Order Details
Why this store: Seven of the eight McDonald's racers were available.  All eight were there a few months ago but I was a little gun shy.  Chris also improved his shipping bands so the cost to ship them was much more in line with reality.
Packaging: Almost every lot in its own Ziploc sandwich bag, all in a bubble mailer.  All but one of the lots were 4 pieces and under (not my fault, I emptied out lots).  Plus a packing slip.  The whole package weighed 10.4oz.  The 12 baggies plus the packing slip weighed 1.5oz.  This means total package weight could have snuck in just under 9oz for a savings of 34c.
Part condition: Fabulous
Communication: Fun and cordial.  I really feel like family!
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Full size sandwich baggies for two 1x2 tiles.
Issues: None

Recommendation
Budget Kids is an active part of both Brick Owl and Bricklink forums.  He doesn't waste bandwidth either.  He claims you will be treated like family and has a loyalty program as well.  Part selection is fairly good and communication is excellent.  Other than getting a wad of baggies with your order I couldn't find a single thing to complain about.  In conversation he mentioned he was getting a slew of smaller baggies so you may not experience that anyway.

*Edit: I just heard from Chris that he has several sizes of smaller baggies in hand.

LEGO Selling Tips - Packaging a Multi Lot Order

Some orders are pretty cut and dry.  You've got 100 pieces of one part and 100 of another.  Drop two little ziploc baggies into your bubble mailer and you're done.  Other orders are a bit more complex.  Such as those where (pieces / lots) approaches 1.00.  On smaller orders it's not a big deal.  Drop 12 different pieces into a single zip baggie and send it off.  But when the order is over 100 pieces you've got some customer service oriented thinking to do.

I've seen both sides of the issue.  One the one hand you have sellers who separate every single lot even if it's one piece each.  On the other hand are sellers who dump everything into one large baggie and walk away.  Given the choice I prefer the overzealous packer.  At least I get a bunch of extra baggies out of the deal.  But surely there's some middle ground!

I've tried to strike a balance between the two and offer decent separation without eating up my cache of baggies.  If a lot fits in a baggie like my 2 year old in my coat, I will add one or maybe two more similar lots so that the baggie is comfortably full.  I have a theory that comfortably filling a bag allows for less moving and therefore less scratching.  Less baggies also shaves off weight.  Fill the baggie too full though and you risk gouging due to the tight quarters.

Big items in the big Ziploc, little baggies to follow.

When mixing lots, I try to keep things similar enough.  Bricks would go together, or slopes with the bricks.  But I suppose it would make more sense to put two very distinct lots together.  A handful of blue technic pins with a handful of yellow modified bricks.  But be careful.

There are a few parts that should always be kept protected.  Those with large faces such as 1x6x5 panels and bricks, and transparent pieces can easily scratch.  I keep these separate, even bagging individually if I feel it is warranted.

I try to separate colors as best I can so that a pile of black 1x1 plates is not mixed in with a pile of black 1x2 plates.  If there's only 3 pieces per lot though, I'm sorry, you're probably getting all of your reddish brown 1x plates in the same baggie.

Lot mixing examples

It used to be that I'd throw all the loose baggies in the mailer and call it good.  However more and more I'll stuff smaller baggies into bigger ones to use up space.  If there a lot of baggies then everything goes into one bigger zip baggie before the mailer.

One other option I've offered to buyers is to stack or otherwise connect some of the bricks.  Sometimes I can get a smaller package and a cheaper rate this way, especially internationally.  Or in the case of the 28 large tires and matching rims, allowed me to pack a small flat rate priority box just perfectly.

Every order is different.  Think creatively and you can pack well, pack safe, and ship cheap.

Seller Review - Nobody

No, not some clever store name.  My LEGO budget has only recently returned to the black so I'll be making some purchases soon.  In the meantime, feel free to entice me to your store.  Throwing coupons at me usually won't do it.  I may look, but the guarantee of a purchase is driven by other factors.  Surprise me!

Seller Review - Bricks and Pieces

About 6 months ago I threw a little curveball to these reviews by adding The LEGO Company's online Pick a Brick to the mix.  The review was OK but it's not my first choice.  Sometime afterwards I learned about Bricks and Pieces which is the formal name given to the missing parts service.  If you receive a new set and the headlight brick is cracked or the print on a wedge is smeared or a 1x1 light bluish gray plate is just plain missing, Bricks and Pieces can help you replace it.  What you won't be able to purchase are any pieces that are considered licensed, such as Super Heroes weapons, Star Wars torsos, or Krusty Krab menus.  Many pieces that are currently in production can be found here.  The prices are not set per part in 5c increments like PaB either.  I recently purchased some pieces that were 16c each while an acquaintance spent 67c on another particular piece.  So far all reports are that shipping is a flat $2.95.  And this coming from Denmark.

Profile
Seller: Bricks and Pieces
Store: https://service.lego.com/en-us/replacementparts
Feedback (at time of writing): n/a
Feedback Ratio: n/a
Location: Denmark
Prices: Vary.  Can be higher or lower than 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 1 lots, 200 pieces.
Condition: 100% New.
Shipping Charge: 1 part or 1000 appears to be $2.95
Extra Fees: None
Other:
Final Cost per Part: $0.17

Timeline
Order Date: Sep 20
Invoice Date: n/a
Payment Date: Sep 20
Shipping Date: Sep 20
Delivery Date: Sep 28

Order Details
Why this store: Needed a bunch of some rarer parts.  Wanted to give this service a try.
Packaging: Much like online PaB, all dumped into one big baggie and shipped in a bubble mailer.  A packing slip was included.
Part condition: Like new
Communication: Quick and professional
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: Three extra pieces.  Must be using a slightly buyer-favored counting scale.

Recommendation
Using this service is a little bit hands on.  You choose your parts online and then receive an invoice via email.  You then have 2 weeks to call in and pay for the order.  If you decide you don't like the prices, ignore it and you'll have no further obligation (as I did on another order).  Otherwise you give your payment info over the phone and voila, parts on their way.  The online system will allow you to select up to 200 copies of any given element.  Not sure how to get around this other than asking the customer service rep to increase it.  I see no reason why you couldn't.  In fact the email I received encouraged me to add to my order over the phone if I couldn't find what I wanted.  So I guess I could have ordered 400 or 10,000 of the same pieces if I had the need (and thick enough billfold).  Shipping time was way better than expected for a postal package from Denmark to the US, only about a week.  And WAY better than an online PaB order which goes via DHL.  While I could ignore PaB and not miss it, I think the replacement parts service is a much better way to get what you need with fairer prices and faster service.  Be warned though, when talking to the rep it helps to know your 6 and 7 digit codes.  Pull up Brickset to have on hand if needed.

Bricklink Seller Review - Dag's Bricks

With vacation time around me and less time than usual to build, I've not been buying much lately.  That and I'm trying to save my funds for my LUGBulk order which should be here any day.  In the meantime I'd like to give what I hope will be an objective look at my own store to decide if it's the right place for you to shop.  Since I didn't make an order from myself some fields will obviously be blank.  Obviously.

Profile
Seller: Dag's Bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=DagsBricks
Store: http://dagsbricks.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 407 on BL
Feedback Ratio: 100%.  No doozies yet.
Location: United States, Oregon
Prices: Strives for 80-90% of 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size:
Condition:
Shipping Charge: Commercial rate at cost
Extra Fees: None
Other: $1 minimum buy.
Final Cost per Part:


Order Details
Why this store:
Packaging: Lots reasonably combined in baggies in a bubble mailer.
Part condition: New
Communication: Within hours.
Feedback left:
Odd telltale signs:
Issues: Parts usually sent immediately or refund sent, buyer's choice.

Recommendation
I could tell you to just shop at my store but that would be biased.  The reasons to shop at Dag's Bricks includes no extra fees, at cost shipping and almost all new parts.  I try to ship same day as payment which is helped by the fact that my postman shows up between 5p-6p.  In some cases if I feel that your shipping is too high I'll look for a cheaper option not listed or suggest how much more weight you could add without increasing the shipping charge.  I feel that I'm pretty easy to work with and generally aim to fulfill your order in such a way that you can't help but come back.

Brick Owl Seller Review - Builder's Passion

There's a new game in town and the paradigm has shifted.  Long have complaints about broken parts of Bricklink gone unheeded.  As a whole the site still works fine but there have been some hurt feelings and disenchantment along the way.  So when Brick Owl showed up on the scene HUNDREDS of AFOL sellers gave it a try.  The layout is fresh and new, improvements are being made almost immediately, and several sellers are offering sales in order to give the new interface a try.  And try I did.

Profile
Seller: Builder's Passion
Store: http://builderspassion.brickowl.com/
Feedback (at time of writing): 500 credit from other marketplaces
Feedback Ratio: 99.6% positive (1 neutral on Bricklink from someone who didn't read store terms)
Location: United States, Iowa
Prices: On par with 6 month average

My Order
Order Size: 16 lots, 136 pieces
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Brick Owl has seller determined bands for instant checkout.
Extra Fees: None (According to Bricklink, $0.50 per order.  Could be worked into the shipping bands)
Other: None
Final Cost per Part: $0.09

Timeline
Order Date: Jul 3
Invoice Date: Jul 3 (Brick Owl uses instant checkout)
Payment Date: Jul 3
Shipping Date: Jul 5 (I am certain it would have been the 3rd had I ordered earlier in the day and the 4th wasn't a holiday)
Delivery Date: Jul 8

Order Details
Why this store: I've been dinking around on Brick Owl to see if it can be a worthy competitor.  Rebrude posted a sale in the forum (likely to encourage a sale and go through the process).  There was enough stuff to make an order worthwhile.
Packaging: Every last lot (even the single items) in its own baggie, all in a bubble mailer.  At least I've got some extra baggies for a while. :)
Part condition: These were used?  Oh yeah, I guess they were.  Thought they were new.
Communication: Easy
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None

Recommendation
Give Brick Owl a try.  The interface is different and like Bricklink takes some getting used to but is as good as it is unique.  Very much a marketplace feel.  Oh wait, yeah, go shop at Builder's Passion too.  The proprietor is friendly, the parts are good and the selection is ample.  Service is excellent and this seller can both count and tell her greys apart.  I'll be happy to return here in the near future.