Showing posts with label Bricklink seller review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bricklink seller review. Show all posts

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

Bricklink Seller Review - Recycled Brick

The final push. Full steam ahead and damn the torpedoes! Ain't nothing gonna stop me, not even a piece priced out of my comfort zone. When it gets close to go time, nothing else matters. Git 'er dun at all costs. I suppose that's the benefit of being the last seller to a convention builder who is frantically finishing. Twice the price? Whatever, I gotta have it and this one's got it! Hmm, might need these and these and these. Not enough of those, I'll buy something similar and see which I like best. Yeah. Poor timing is one buyer's loss and another seller's gain. Not that I'm bitter at all. Hey, it was me who got lazy until the end. I'm just glad someone had my back.

Profile
Seller: Recycled Brick
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=RecycledBrick
Feedback (at time of writing): 2684
Feedback Ratio: 99.92% positive (two neutrals ever)
Location: United States, California
Prices: Average

My Order
Order Size: 115 items, 35 lot
Condition: 76% Used
Shipping Charge: Actual which is pretty amazing for a California seller.
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.21

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 16
Invoice Date: Feb 17
Payment Date: Feb 17
Shipping Date: Feb 17
Delivery Date: Feb 22

Order Details
Why this store: This was the second frantic final order before Bricks Cascade. Plus there were a lot of neat parts to finish some older sets.
Packaging: Parts cordoned smartly into zip baggies then gathered and mummified in bubble wrap, then in a bubble mailer. Business card included.
Communication: polite
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: missing one Modulex brick which was inconsequential. Seller chose to refund plus send a variant in its place.

Recommendation
Notable because of the exact shipping and no fees for a California seller. Something about sellers from that state results in a large percentage of them putting a fat thumb on the shipping scale. This seller also has Modulex which is a fun addition to any order and rare for a US seller. Great communication, selection and speed puts this on my favorites list.

Bricklink Seller Review - Plastic Packrats Palace

Tell it like it is. Call it what it is. Some of us pomp it up, others downplay. If it's a spade, call it a spade. Wait, is that gardening or cards? Because if we're talking cards, I'm not telling you anything. But if it's gardening, that's easy. Spade, shovel, wheelbarrow. Seeds down, plants up. I like to make my gardening as easy as possible. Drop the seeds, let nature water, eat what comes up. If anything else tries to eat it before I get to, exclude that beastie. If it wins, dispatch it. I'm not about to let my not so hard earned lettuce get eaten by a little dirt dweller.

Profile
Seller: Plastic Packrats Palace
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Plastic_Packrat
Feedback (at time of writing): 1274
Feedback Ratio: 99.92% positive (one neutral ever)
Location: United States, Minnesota
Prices: Average or less

My Order
Order Size: 341 items, 38 lot
Condition: 94% Used
Shipping Charge: Minimum $3.50. So up to $1 surcharge for smaller orders.
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.24

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 16
Invoice Date: Feb 18
Payment Date: Feb 18
Shipping Date: Feb 20
Delivery Date: Feb 24

Order Details
Why this store: I don't remember now but this was a frantic final order before Bricks Cascade. Plus there were a lot of neat parts to finish some older sets.
Packaging: Tall ziplocs sealed as lots were put in, nestled in large bubble wrap, all in a box. Packing slip included.
Communication: none
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: none

Recommendation
Yep, it's another Bricklink store. Ordered pieces, paid some money, got my parts. Timeframe took a little longer than most other stores with a 2 day response time after ordering and paying. Don't go here if you're in a hurry. Otherwise it's decently stocked with newerish stuff.

Bricklink Seller Review - technix4u

Sometimes I like to pit sellers against each other. Without their knowledge of course. Kind of like when you're surreptitiously racing another customer at a self-checkout to see who can bag their own groceries the fastest. I always win. Easy to do with one LEGO set. A for the Bricklink sellers, one ends up a joy and the other ends up being an eventual joy. As long as LEGO keeps getting into my house I'm pleased.

Profile
Seller: technix4u
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=gertt67
Feedback (at time of writing): 1582
Feedback Ratio: 99.87% positive (two neutrals ever)
Location: Netherlands, Gelderland
Prices: Average or less

My Order
Order Size: 178 items, 32 lot
Condition: 62% New
Shipping Charge: Typical at cost Dutch rate
Other: adds 1 for orders under 25, requires more expensive track and trace for orders over 25. Pro-tip, make your order exactly 25.
Final Cost per Part: $0.20

Timeline
Order Date: Jan 29
Invoice Date: Jan 31
Payment Date: Jan 31
Shipping Date: Feb 1
Delivery Date: Feb 14

Order Details
Why this store: Lots of pieces to complete some well cared for older sets.
Packaging: Packed very intentionally with baggies taped together to avoid shifting in transit all in a bubble mailer
Communication: helpful
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: none

Recommendation
Surprisingly I bought no Technic from this self styled store. Despite the fact that nearly a quarter of the parts are in the Technic category. Bricks, plates, and slopes also make up another gargantuan chunk. The shipping is not as fast as other stores and the extra Euro charge or T&T on overseas orders is not as friendly as other stores but it all worked out.

Bricklink Seller Review - Groenehollander Brick's

Finally back to writing again. Been riding on the fame of my LEGO Dress and coming off of the exhaustion that is post convention. But as I've started ordering again I need to get a little backlog taken care of. Does anybody ever care about the logs in front? Those can jam too, can't they? I guess those have no chance of finally breaking free and kicking you in the posterior.

Profile
Seller: Groenehollander Brick's
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=groenehollander
Feedback (at time of writing): 6296
Feedback Ratio: 99.98% positive (one neutral ever)
Location: Netherlands, Zeeland
Prices: Average or less

My Order
Order Size: 65 items, 32 lot
Condition: 92% Used
Shipping Charge: Typical at cost Dutch rate
Other: adds Paypal fees
Final Cost per Part: $0.24

Timeline
Order Date: Jan 30
Invoice Date: Jan 31
Payment Date: Jan 31
Shipping Date: Jan 31
Delivery Date: Feb 11

Order Details
Why this store: Lots of pieces to complete some well cared for older sets.
Packaging: Some items stacked in a bizarre fashion, no real rhyme or reason or continuity in packing materials put in a perfectly good bubble mailer then edges taped with brown packing tape.
Communication: none
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: none

Recommendation
As I am learning Spanish I try to see the humor in others' foreign language spelling and grammar goofs. But don't let that fool you. This is a well stocked, well run store. Great for completing older sets and bulking up your builder's booty. Pity that I rarely revisit stores on account of my mission to review so many different ones.

Bricklink Seller Review - Everything But the Kragle

Cover your assets. What do you do when you screw up? Hide your head in the sand? Look the other way? Find a rug? Owning up is hard because of the cost. But how do you measure that cost? There's the monetary cost. Then the return customer cost. Social equity and confidence also play in. One mistake could end up costing not just 100% of the cost, but 10,000% if you play your cards wrong. You can always improve your game. And when you do you can reap 10,000% of the investment.

Profile
Seller: Everything But the Kragle
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=paulkremer
Feedback (at time of writing): 291
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, North Dakota
Prices: About average

My Order
Order Size: 113 items, 18 lot
Condition: 94% New
Shipping Charge: States no handling fees but I was charged an extra 40c above postage.
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.15

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 6
Invoice Date: Feb 6
Payment Date: Feb 6
Shipping Date: Feb 8
Delivery Date: Feb 14

Order Details
Why this store: Specific printed tiles for a specific project
Packaging: Almost every lot separated, used parts baggies labeled, all in a Bubble mailer
Part condition: Very Good
Communication: Polite
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: Shorted me the ONE part I came in for. Irony? Sorted it all out with pleasant and humorous communication to boot. See, it can be done!

Recommendation
The extended shipping time has to do with when the initial package was sent compared to when I received the missing parts. Since they were tiny tiles I suggested how they could send it via letter post instead of spending another $2.60 for three tiny parts. They were pleased to do so. Well sure, wouldn't you save over 75% on a mistake if you could? Just one of my many tips on this blog and in my ebook. As for the store itself, sure, I'd have no problem going back.

Bricklink Seller Review - Kaye's Creations

The secret menu. Ever been to In-n-Out? Yeah, what's the deal with the sparse menu? Is this all there is? I don't see what all the fuss is. Ah, sounds like you don't know about the (not so) secret menu. Here you can find choices galore that you've never heard of before. I'll bet you can even mix it up some more off of the top of your head. The point, my friend, is that the answer to an unasked question is always "no".

Profile
Seller: Kaye's Creations
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Kaye
Feedback (at time of writing): 660
Feedback Ratio: 98% positive
Location: USA, California
Prices: About average

My Order
Order Size: 4 items, 1 lot
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Simplified as stated, will also honor reasonable requests
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.50

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 1
Invoice Date: Feb 1
Payment Date: Feb 1
Shipping Date: Feb 3
Delivery Date: Feb 6

Order Details
Why this store: A small bulk amount of sticker sheets from 76039 to dress up my Dag Bricks.
Packaging: Inside a folded piece of paper, then an envelope with a first class stamp
Part condition: Very Good
Communication: Polite
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: none

Recommendation
Without any other parts that I needed at the moment, I asked about first class envelopes for a few sticker sheets. Since I'm writing this post, you can be sure that the communication was positive and agreeable. Great service without the upcharges that many other California stores seem to apply, I highly recommend.

Bricklink Seller Review - A Lot of Bricks

I've talked about store names that have to do with the inventory itself. Or with quantifying their inventory. Some of these are very clever while others are straightforward. But how obscure could you get? Maybe call your store Sundry? Plethora? Overkill? As long as it's true. But those sound way better than Marginal, Limited and Sparse. I suppose in marketing that there are some things that matter. Would you rather buy from "Crapload of Bricks" or "Highly Curated Supply"? Hmm...



Profile
Seller: A Lot of Bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=pdx1rdr
Feedback (at time of writing): 30084 (One of only EIGHT members with a dark tan feedback brick!)
Feedback Ratio: 99.95% positive
Location: USA, Oregon
Prices: About average

My Order
Order Size: 354 items, 39 lots
Condition: 70% Used
Shipping Charge: Listed in table, approximately electronic postage plus $1. International fees seem to be off.
Other: $6 order minimum
Final Cost per Part: $0.12

Timeline
Order Date: Jan 12
Invoice Date: Jan 13
Payment Date: Jan 13
Shipping Date: Jan 13
Delivery Date: Jan 15

Order Details
Why this store: Good selection of various deco tiles. Also some other parts in long sought after quantities.
Packaging: Lots mixed into baggies with a little separation. Bubble mailer.
Part condition: Very Good
Communication: Polite
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: User name has 'pdx' but they're not in Portland. Bugger, oh well.

Recommendation
With a huge selection, decent prices and lots of experience this is definitely a keystone seller on Bricklink. I prefer stores that have unique little parts stashed away in corners looking to be found. There's not a ton of that here but there are plenty of used and older parts in the mix. Thought the transaction was fairly unmemorable it's worth another visit.

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.

Bricklink Seller Review - C & N BUILDERS SUPPLY

Do you know your TLAs? Even harder and less sexy are 2LAs. Seems I've run into a small string of them. I wonder if anyone has ever tried to figure out which ones aren't used? I bet you'd have some great ones out there that could be real money makers. But they should be relevant both in long hand and short hand. My mother tries to make TLAs out of everything. "You're the WGD!" she'll say. "What?" "A BLB!" Is that a sandwich? "TD" "OK mom, stop!"



Profile
Seller: C & N BUILDERS SUPPLY
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=cjoh73852
Feedback (at time of writing): 553
Feedback Ratio: 99.6% positive
Location: United States, Michigan
Prices: About average

My Order
Order Size: 359 items, 53 lots
Condition: 74% New
Shipping Charge: Stated as actual
Other: $1 fee for orders under $25, $2 for orders under $10. Also, lot limits.
Final Cost per Part: $0.08

Timeline
Order Date: Dec 17
Invoice Date: Dec 17
Payment Date: Dec 17
Shipping Date: Dec 21
Delivery Date: Dec 24

Order Details
Why this store: I don't even remember anymore. Some part seeded a buying spree.
Packaging: Random bagging of parts and lots. All secured in a large ziploc, wrapped in bubble wrap then placed in a Tyvek mailer.
Part condition: Very Good
Communication: Prompt and respectful
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Made their own bubble mailer. Typical?
Issues: none

Recommendation
Lot limits are in place of $1 per lot or risk unilateral cancellation. I had a bunch of stuff in my cart when I saw this and so mentioned to the seller that I would like to purchase a large lot order but wasn't hitting the $1/lot limit. I emptied out lots when it was feasible but still couldn't attain their standard. Theey weren't too worried about it and mostly just wanted to avoid large orders with one item from as many lots. Communication is key! My order was processed without a hitch. On top of that, shipping was free due to a promo that was being run. Otherwise they appear to charge actual ELECTRONIC rate. Amazing.

Bricklink Seller Review - PJ'S BRICK EMPORIUM

One nice thing about being known as the AFOL geek amongst your friends is the advice (solicited and un) that you can offer. I had a friend who wanted a retired set. He only knew to check Ebay and Amazon but wasn't willing to spend the $30+ there. Using my LEGO Ninja skills I checked around the LEGOwebs and found a nice complete used set for a nice price. Extra finder's fees were offered but of course I refused. How could you charge your friends for stuff like this?



Profile
Seller: PJ'S BRICK EMPORIUM
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=pjwladybug
Feedback (at time of writing): 1150
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive (1 neutral ever)
Location: United States, Connecticut
Prices: About average

My Order
Order Size: 25 items, 7 lots
Condition: 84% Used
Shipping Charge: Stated as actual plus 75c packaging fee. I was charged a flat priority rate with no excess.
Other: $1 minimum order
Final Cost per Part: $0.05

Timeline
Order Date: Dec 17
Invoice Date: Dec 17
Payment Date: Dec 17
Shipping Date: Dec 18
Delivery Date: Dec 21

Order Details
Why this store: Used set in complete condition.
Packaging: Set well packed with pieces separated into brnad new baggies by color.
Part condition: Very Good
Communication: Prompt and respectful
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: none

Recommendation
Store terms are brief and straightforward. Seller was very polite and helpful when I inquired. No surprises. After getting a quote by physically bringing items to the post office, I was told I would only be charged a certain amount and seller would cover extra. Nice touch. :-) Everything arrived beautifully and in good time. While part selection was low on what I would usually order, I would not hesitate to shop here again!

Bricklink Seller Review - Heart Bricker

As a child of the 80's there are certain phrases that trigger certain memories. Of course my fellow 30-40 year old AFOL's may also be thinking of Dream Makers and Love Takers right now. Hit me with your best shot, what's your store's name inspired from? Business can be a battlefield but come fire or ice we're all looking for a stranger to treat us right. At least we can be a temporary hero to someone who has anxiety over their next order. (I worked in seven the hard way, can you find the bonus?)


Profile
Seller: Heart Bricker
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Heartbricker
Feedback (at time of writing): 7245
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive (1 neutral ever)
Location: United States, New Jersey
Prices: About average

My Order
Order Size: 586 items, 145 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Stated as exact. Charges counter rate and then prints cheaper online label. A nice built in ~90c handling fee!
Other: $1 for orders under $10, $2 for orders under $5. Extra $2 for overseas orders.
Final Cost per Part: $0.05

Timeline
Order Date: Dec 8
Invoice Date: Dec 8
Payment Date: Dec 8
Shipping Date: Dec 9
Delivery Date: Dec 12

Order Details
Why this store: Good assortment of several needed parts at decent prices. Decent shipping.
Packaging: Small lots packed together, larger lots packed by themselves. All in a larger Tyvek bag and Tyvek mailer
Part condition: Very Good
Communication: Prompt and respectful
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none (but uses gloves and washes hands frequently when packing orders...)
Issues: Charged 13oz rate for a 12oz package

Recommendation
Parts and prices are very good. Selection is phenomenol at over 1 million parts. I actually had to put some stuff back before checking out since I didn't have the money. And it wasn't frivolous stuff either! That's the minor inconvenience of running a debt free hobby on my end. When I asked the seller about the discrepancy in the postage rates they were quick and friendly in their response. They explained that payment via mobile does not always allow them to take advantage of the electronic rate. They were happy to refund the $1.10 difference between the invoiced and actual shipping. I unveiled paypal.com/shipnow to them to get the electronic rate on every order and they were all fired up. It's a starfish thing.

Bricklink Seller Review - Timeless Toy Bricks

It's a trifecta! All three of these words nail the essence of what this about. Popular Toy Bricks wouldn't have the same ring. It may even give the impression of being temporal. Timeless Plastic Bricks would feel sort of industrial or impersonal. Timeless Toy Blocks would make me think of wood. When avoiding the trade name for legal purposes, we tend to land more in the 'plastic' and 'brick' category. So lots of you have stores with names like "So-and-so's Plastic Bricks" or just "Somebody's Bricks" (guilty here). But it's true. What would you rather call them?


Profile
Seller: Timeless Toy Bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=edk
Feedback (at time of writing): 7245
Feedback Ratio: 99.8% positive (somewhat snarky responses to the 11 non-positives)
Location: United States, Michigan
Prices: Above average

My Order
Order Size: 63 items, 15 lots
Condition: 86% Used
Shipping Charge: Stated as exact plus $1 domestic, $2.50 int'l. Priority higher.
Other: $1 for orders under $10
Final Cost per Part: $0.18

Timeline
Order Date: Nov 29 (third and final batch put through)
Invoice Date: Nov 29
Payment Date: Nov 29
Shipping Date: Nov 30
Delivery Date: Dec 2

Order Details
Why this store: Announced a blowout of old General Mills racers in the forum. One bulk lot.
Packaging: Small lots packed together, larger lots packed by themselves. All in a larger bag and Tyvek mailer
Part condition: Good
Communication: Quick and brief
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: None

Recommendation
The proprietor was very gracious in letting me remove some items that I had ordered and adding a total of two more batches to my original grab. The removal is not something I test often but most sellers have beeen amenable. A few state in their store terms that they won't allow it. The premium on Priority shipping seems a little high so I curated my order to come in at 13oz and stay within the first class range. Overall selection is very good even if the prices feel a touch high.

Bricklink Seller Review - BrickFever PartWorks-Sale!

How many illnesses can you use in marketing? Not many I'll wager. "It's a mattress cancer!" Sounds like a B-grade horror film. "We've got so many cars, we're having a diarrhea sale!" Ew, no. "This is it, the migraine of shopping days." True, but that copy won't get me out of the house. "Dance Fever". Now there's something everyone knows. Somehow 'fever' came to be synonymous with 'passion'. Too bad for the rest of the ailments. Maybe someday we'll be talking excitedly about our Fashion Leprosy.



Profile
Seller: BrickFever PartWorks-Sale!
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=BrickFeverParts
Feedback (at time of writing): 6369
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive (touchy responses to the 8 non-positives)
Location: Netherlands, Zuid-Holland
Prices: Average

My Order
Order Size: 495 items, 12 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Minimum PostNL rates
Other: 1 for orders under 10
Final Cost per Part: $0.05

Timeline
Order Date: Nov 8
Invoice Date: Nov 9
Payment Date: Nov 9
Shipping Date: Nov 10
Delivery Date: Nov 28

Order Details
Why this store: Needed 50 dark blue 2x2 tiles.
Packaging: Very well packed in little baggies, in a Tyvek bubble mailer.
Part condition: Good
Communication: Quick
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: None

Recommendation
This store boasts over 1 million items. The selection is very good but all very new. Not many little treasures hiding out in corners. I always get a little rush going into a European store due to the hope of finding a neat old element at a decent price. Nothing like that here. They did however have some brand new stuff that I bought for a future Techniques post.

Bricklink Seller Review - Derek & Sons Brick

I love family companies. When the progeny cares enough about their heritage to be a part and be groomed to take over someday, this is truly a legacy. Gives you the warm fuzzies, eh? Of course let's not analyze it too closely lest we are reminded of the North Korean Kim dynasty or indeed, many other dynasties. Back on track though, I am rather proud that my children are interested in working with me on whatever I do whether it be drawing house plans or running a museum. Derek must be proud too.



Profile
Seller: Derek & Sons Brick
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=DEREKFST
Feedback (at time of writing): 4920
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive (mature responses to the 5 non-positives)
Location: Australia, Victoria
Prices: Average

My Order
Order Size: 57 items, 30 lots
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Minimum stated in terms
Other: $1 for orders under $10
Final Cost per Part: $0.17

Timeline
Order Date: Oct 13
Invoice Date: Oct 14
Payment Date: Oct 15
Shipping Date: Oct 16
Delivery Date: Oct 28

Order Details
Why this store: Bulk selection of a rare part
Packaging: Very well packed in little baggies, taped to paperboard, then inserted into a Tyvek bubble mailer.
Part condition: Good
Communication: Good
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: None

Recommendation
Top notch, that. Selection of neat older used parts is pretty good. I have an odd wanted list (don't we all) and Derek met many of my needs. Depth was light though. Seller made a complaint in his terms about receiving so many high lot low count orders. Well, part of it has to do with his inventory. I bought out many lots and still couldn't get the part:lot count any better. But if you can get over $10 it's a no-brainer.

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.

Bricklink Seller Review - Cleator's Bricks

If you're a seller, what sort of market factors determine your longevity? Obviously determination and mental stamina to maintain a position for a long time. But other things as well. If you have employees you want them to be stress free. You want to make wise business decisions and try not to spend more than you make. Your pricing structure plays into this. Besides supply and demand you've also got acquisition. Then there's cost of processing. Of course, it's always wise to turn a profit. But it's also wise to stay near the market average unless you can justify a different bracket and sustain that level. How long can you sustain it? I'm always jealous of long time sellers with great feedback who can continually turn a profit with low prices. In the case of this business model, 2 out of 3 IS bad.



Profile
Seller: Cleator's Bricks
Store: https://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=thecleator
Feedback (at time of writing): 685
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive (one neutral for slow shipping back in 2013)
Location: USA, Georgia
Prices: Below average

My Order
Order Size: 435 items, 8 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Exact electronic rate plus $0.50. Very sound.
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.04

Timeline
Order Date: Oct 1
Invoice Date: Oct 2
Payment Date: Oct 2
Shipping Date: Oct 3
Delivery Date: Oct 5

Order Details
Why this store: Searching for a needed part in large quantity, seller had it for a lower than average price. Another needed lot in large quantity as well.
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: none

Recommendation
Initially I got a fairly high shipping quote so I inquired the reason. Box instead of bubble mailer? Apparently the seller accidentally confused me with another one of his buyer's and corrected the problem in short order. He reissued a new invoice and I had my package within 3 days. Just for kicks I audited the order and found all weights and shipping prices to be right on the new invoice. I see no reason why this seller shouldn't become an anchor store and reach 20,000 feedback at some point. The only question is how soon?

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.