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Bricklink Seller Review - fred brick

Cognitive dissonance is fun. It's kind of like an oxymoron but still makes sense on both ends. Or maybe it occurs when someone creates a really bad oxymoron. Things like a cat named Spot. Or a Donald Trump sticker on a Prius. Of course the expectation applies to culture as well. Watching a Malaysian eat a taco is a little bizarre for me. Or a Romanian making origami. When I think French I always think of names like Pierre and Francois and the trills and draws that the sounds of the names inspire. I do not however, think of... Fred.



Profile
Seller: fred brick -Free delivery*
Store: https://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=drumbug
Feedback (at time of writing): 987
Feedback Ratio: 98.7% positive
Location: Limousin, France
Prices: Below average

My Order
Order Size: 71 items, 36 lots
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Seems to be exact per LaPoste. Free for orders that are $9+ AND under 60grams
Extra Fees: $1 for orders under $2. $0.40 extra for packaging.
Other: none
Final Cost per Part: $0.12

Timeline
Order Date: Sep 9
Invoice Date: Sep 9
Payment Date: Sep 9
Shipping Date: Sep 10
Delivery Date: Sep 21

Order Details
Why this store: Looking for a specific chromed part for a MOC
Packaging: Everything in one clouded non sealable bag, wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in a paperboard box. Then mummified in packing tape.
Part condition: Mixed
Communication: Quick
Feedback left:
Odd telltale signs:
Issues: Part condition undisclosed

Recommendation
Very quick with communication and fixing invoices. Seller ended up not having 1 of the 2 key parts for entering the store. Also was missing at least half a dozen other pieces. Plus I got 2 of something when I had only ordered a single part. I think inventory maintenance is not a strong point. Condition of the chrome was not disclosed but a few of the 8 pieces were dinged and one badly scratched. Another piece was completely mislisted (Technic fig helmet was actually a minifig helmet). A piece of track had some undisclosed traction tape on it. Luckily it came off clean. There were some neat gems at low prices here but the inventory is small and quality is a B minus. Caveat Emptor.

Bricklink Seller Review - Quarky Bricks LLC

What's your favorite flavor, strange or charm? Does your strange go up or your charm go down? That might make your quarks quirky. I don't necessarily like the fact that the color of quarky bricks can be arbitrary. Although it would make for a dynamic build, especially with a color like anti-green. There's some beauty in that truth.



Profile
Seller: Quarky Bricks LLC
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=QuarkyLLC
Feedback (at time of writing): 203
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, Virginia
Prices: Below average

My Order
Order Size: 729 items, 11 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Exact counter rate postage
Extra Fees: $1.50 for orders under $10. $2.50 extra for international orders under $10.
Other: 6% sales tax charged to fellow Virginians
Final Cost per Part: $0.03

Timeline
Order Date: Jul 15
Invoice Date: Jul 15
Payment Date: Jul 15
Shipping Date: Jul 15
Delivery Date: Jul 18

Order Details
Why this store: Made a sale announcement in the forum and had enough 3L Technic pins at a penny to make an order worthwhile.
Packaging: All lots in their own baggies
Part condition: Perfect
Communication: Quick
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None

Recommendation
Invoicing happened in less than 30 minutes. That tells me that the seller is like me, has learned to accurately estimate based on the weights of his packing materials. While he does have his store scale turned off, he was quick to reply when I asked what my total order weight was. He told me about 10.3oz. But like other sellers, he charges retail rates and then makes profit from the postage by purchasing it online. Still not pleased with that practice. Might as well add a 50c packing charge and be more upfront about it.  When I received it it came in at 9.5oz. At least the label said 11oz and I wasn't taken for another 20-ish cents. Maybe the ol' estimator is off a bit. All in all a good store with some room for better shipping efficiency.

Bricklink Seller Review - Eye for Bricks

Have you ever considered your own world view? I don't mean regarding politics or religion or economics. I mean things like a cup of coffee. How many different countries have you had a cup of coffee in? It can be quite different around the world. I think too many people in the LEGO world have a very limited world view. Shipping is how much? Where's my order, is the seller a scammer? Why's this piece so expensive. Like many things, LEGO can be a great gateway to expanding your world view... if you let it.


Profile
Seller: Eye for Bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=EyeForBricks
Feedback (at time of writing): 6157
Feedback Ratio: 98% positive (several old negs and neutrals)
Location: Netherlands, Noord Holland
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 93 items, 15 lots
Condition: 75% Used
Shipping Charge: Exact postage
Extra Fees: €1.25 for packaging under €25, paypal fees
Other: Mandatory Track&Trace for orders over €25
Final Cost per Part: $0.20

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 23
Invoice Date: Feb 24
Payment Date: Feb 24
Shipping Date: Feb 25
Delivery Date: Apr 11 (whoa, what?)

Order Details
Why this store: Had some parts for a commission that I had forgotten to order the first time around.
Packaging: All combined into 2 baggies, then in a thin cardboard box.
Part condition: Fine, had to remove a mark from one expensive piece. +1 for pink eraser!
Communication: Light
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None

Recommendation
Through no fault of the seller's, shipping time took over 6 weeks. I was pretty non-chalant about it, despite the fact that I had to borrow pieces from other projects and friends. The seller never bothered to check in though and was sure to let me know at one point that since I had chosen the non-trace method that he was not responsible. I would like to know what his reaction is when his orders take 6 weeks to arrive. Seller has left no less than 34 negs and 157 neutrals for other members. I guess I'm glad I didn't complain lest I would have received a neutral. Maybe the seller needs to be less reactive and more proactive?

Bricklink Seller Review - Melissas New and Used Bricks

Buying has been very low lately. Mostly I'm getting to be able to pull from my own stuff, but I'm also having fewer incoming orders which means less money to but other people's stuff. I think it's the time of year. I HOPE it's the time of the year. My inventory has never been higher and I'm even running a 10-15% sale on most parts. But some sellers run their stores a bit differently.



Profile
Seller: Melissas New and Used Bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Melissa
Feedback (at time of writing): 1217
Feedback Ratio: 98.9% positive (a few old negs and neutrals)
Location: USA, Washington
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 18 items, 12 lots
Condition: 89% Used
Shipping Charge: Exact over the counter postage. Actually goes to the PO.
Extra Fees: $1 for packaging, +$1 for rush orders
Other: $5 min buy
Final Cost per Part: $0.66

Timeline
Order Date: Mar 28
Invoice Date: Apr 3
Payment Date: Apr 3
Shipping Date: Apr 3
Delivery Date: Apr 6

Order Details
Why this store: Mentioned in the forum that all inventory was 50% off. Clearing out inventory for a fresh start. Another buyer had beaten me there but left a few little pieces including a trans-blue Emporer Palpatine microfig for only $3.60!
Packaging: Duplo mostly stacked, 11 tiny parts in a big plastic Wal-mart shopping bag.
Part condition: Fine
Communication: Speeling erros.
Feedback left: None, not worth the negative, not worth the positive.
Odd telltale signs: Large Wal-mart bag for a handful of tiny parts, mediocre penmanship on the label (Wot, no printing?) Seller is quite concerned to note that her pieces do not get to see light.
Issues: *sigh* none, technically. I got one extra Duplo piece, another marketed as plain actually has a spider (printed) on it.

Recommendation
Don't bother. I can't help but wonder if the inefficiencies make this harder fort he seller than it needs to be. First, seller sent via priority instead of first class because the Duplo pieces were "bulky". Hmm. I loaded my order into an 8x10 envelope just fine and it weighed in under 7oz. Since the seller charges exact shipping (and goes to the PO) this charge should have been around $2.80 (plus I'll assume an extra $0.90 for buying a tracking number plus the assumed $2 for buying a bubble mailer at Wal-mart). Maybe it came out a wash. But having to buy a bubble mailer for every order and physically going to the post office do not give a store a competitive edge. The only thing that made it worthwhile was the 50% sale. Could definitely benefit from my upcoming book,"Insider's Secrets to Funding Your LEGO® Hobby". Pro-tip: Get a $40 printer and buy your bubble mailers in bulk.

Bricklink Seller Review - abrew's e-bricks

Brain chemicals are a lot of fun to play with. I'm talking naturally, of course. You can accidentally or even purposely increase your levels of serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine. While you can obviously use other chemicals to do this (such as ethanol, cannibas, or caffeine), you can change your circumstances, or have them changed to accomplish similar results. Push down harder on the accelerator and watch your adrenaline rise.  Beat your previous high score in Galaga and watch your serotonin rise. Dopamine, well, I don't know how it works. Anyway, the point is that I was so excited to build that I forgot to take a picture of my order.

[I'm so embarrassed. I was in such a thrill]
[to get building that I never took a snapshot]
[of the envelope and packing. Sorry abrew!]

Profile
Seller: abrew's e-bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=ricka
Feedback (at time of writing): 13111
Feedback Ratio: 99.92% positive (a few old neutrals)
Location: USA, Colorado
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 236 items, 19 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: States exact postage. I was charged $3.22 (exact counter rate) for 8oz of commercial base rate postage ($2.59). Deceptive.
Extra Fees: None except for the postage racket
Other: $3 min buy
Final Cost per Part: $0.11

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 9
Invoice Date: Feb 9
Payment Date: Feb 9
Shipping Date: Feb 11
Delivery Date: Feb 13

Order Details
Why this store: Something about arches and bricks and a few loose ends.
Packaging: All packed well in baggies, then in a bubble mailer.
Part condition: As stated
Communication: Professional
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: none

Recommendation
Even though the order was packed well and all parts were present and nice, the postage thing really gets me. To say that exact postage is charged but then mean two different things by it is not appropriate. Did I agree to the postage? Yes. Should I be done with it and move on? Yes. I just like to be a little more holistic and not encourage sleight of hand. While I won't avoid this store in the future, I won't purposely seek it out either.

Bricklink Seller Review - More Than Bricks

Sometimes a name is so obvious that it stands out to you. And sometimes those names can encompass a huge spectrum, depending on how you interpret that meaning. At a base level, bricks would imply the square blocks that are the basis of The LEGO Company. To say you have more than these might mean you have plates too! Joy! Or perhaps you take bricks to mean LEGO pieces themselves. Yeah, minifigs! Perhaps it even is used as a colloquialism to encompass everything that the LEGO company has ever produced. Cool, Brickarms? Or maybe take it a step further. Since the term itself is generic, perhaps we could also buy a pie? Or an Audi?



Profile
Seller: MoreThanBricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=tiger24
Feedback (at time of writing): 5515
Feedback Ratio: 99.94% positive (a few old neutrals)
Location: Germany
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 421 items, 46 lots
Condition: 81% New
Shipping Charge: Great table on terms page
Extra Fees: None for US buyers, Paypal for German buyers
Other: Insurance required for all int'l buyers
Final Cost per Part: $0.23

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 3
Invoice Date: Feb 3
Payment Date: Feb 4
Shipping Date: Feb 5
Delivery Date: Feb 12

Order Details
Why this store: Part 6037 in tan. Plus other tan pieces for a commission.
Packaging: All packed well in baggies, then in a thin box.
Part condition: Very
Communication: Very friendly and prompt
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Fun extras: HERE'S where this store is more than bricks. I received a MoreThanBricks branded notepad as well as a small package of Tagungs Tiger gummy candies. With orangen, apfel, tropic, pfirisch, and cassis flavors. Mmm, cassis...?
Issues: One end of the box was torn open. I couldn't tell if this was from customs or not. More likely it was crushed by another box. This is a good example of why to use bubble mailers as much as possible. Boxes get sorted into one area, regardless of size. They are then subject to other boxes crushing them. Bubble mailers get bundled and thrown into a large bag. Rarely do they get crushed by other bubble mailers.

Recommendation
Tiger24 may not be the best English speaker but his communication is very good and understandable. As quick as he seemed able he would answer my questions about how much more room I had in my package (or not). When he sent an incorrect tracking code, I informed him and received the correct one in a few hours. I'm not sure what German time I was actually emailing at, but the replies were very quick. The little extras were nice but they are nothing without good service. Both and more were found here. I heartily (gummily?) recommend Tiger and his MoreThanBricks.

Bricklink Seller Review - The Mitten Brick Company

So I'm guessing parts aren't packed by clad hand.  Maybe it's really cold there?  Maybe there's a custom design that looks like handwear?  Or maybe there's a geographical feature at play here.  And if you know that much, you'll probably know about da U.P. and da trolls.  Obviously this guy's a troll.  Because he lives below the bridge.  Ah well, if you think I just insulted him, you're obviously not a Michigander or a Cheesehead, or know anything about your FIBs.  Thankfully, I have a buddy that's kept me informed about all of those.  Me, I'm just a hippie tree huggin' buffalo huntin' Oregonian.



Profile
Seller: The Mitten Brick Company
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/memberInfo.asp?u=mittenbricks
Feedback (at time of writing): 262
Feedback Ratio: 99.6% positive (one neutral from someone using it is a communication portal)
Location: USA, Michigan
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 576 items, 33 lots
Condition: 99% New
Shipping Charge: Three tiers for domestic shipping, plus good (still unstated) priority rates
Extra Fees: None, worked into reasonable shipping tiers
Other: Min buy $5
Final Cost per Part: $0.08

Timeline
Order Date: Jan 16
Invoice Date: Jan 16
Payment Date: Jan 16
Shipping Date: Jan 20
Delivery Date: Jan 22

Order Details
Why this store: Large light bley plates drew me in, good prices kept me
Packaging: Lots separated or combined well, all in a Tyvek bubble mailer.  Awesome logo sticker on the outside.  Also included a little card and some LEGO stickers.
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: Very friendly and prompt
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: Might have been an extra tiny piece.  I lost count.

Recommendation
The Mitten Brick Company combines old-fashioned service with fresh new pieces.  That and they have nice business bling. The stickers are a nice touch.  Only two other sellers have done this and I almost remember who they were. :-)  This is definitely someone to come back to.

Bricklink Seller Review - The Brickshop

It's been a while but I'm buying again.  And of course I should!  Bricks Cascade 2015 is right around the corner.  What better time to build then at the last minute!  This year I have upped my participation factor by volunteering as the Micro scale theme coordinator.  Last year there was one measly trophy.  This year it's going to ROCK!  I'm especially thrilled with having a Modulex category for the first time.  It would have been more exciting had LEGO Juris not bought out and shut down the up and coming re-release of the Modulex Bricks.  Regardless, the category stands and the trophy will obviously be made out of Modulex pieces.  Naturally, I had to find a seller with a large selection of the tiny brick.



Profile
Seller: The Brickshop
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/memberInfo.asp?u=legoworld.nl
Feedback (at time of writing): 1639
Feedback Ratio: 99.7% positive (decent to be sure)
Location: Netherlands
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 430 items, 75 lots
Condition: 82% Used
Shipping Charge: Well stated in store terms
Extra Fees: Charges for Paypal
Other: Min buy 10EUR
Final Cost per Part: $0.14

Timeline
Order Date: Jan 8
Invoice Date: Jan 9
Payment Date: Jan 9
Shipping Date: Jan 10
Delivery Date: Jan 16

Order Details
Why this store: Wide enough selection of Modulex
Packaging: Lots smartly combined into smaller baggies, packed into a larger baggie, taped to a cardboard backer, and shipped in a Tyvek mailer
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: Very friendly and prompt
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: One tiny missing part, one extra part, a wash.

Recommendation
The Brickshop is an amazing resource for all sorts of little bits and bobs.  I scored Scala flower plates, odd colors, Clikits, Modulex, old 1x technic plates and all sorts of clever little pieces.  The proprietor is very communicative and the shipping and prices are reasonable.

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.

Bricklick Seller Review - ZOLCIASZEKPLUS

Does judgement come in grades?  Sometimes we are told to use our better judgement.  "Yeah, sorry, I only used my good judgement.  But good call, this situation is not worth my best judgement.  I'll reserve that for something like college selection, spouse selection, or fantasy football selection.  This car purchase should only use my good judgement."  Hmm...  Well, anyway, against my better judgement, I made a purchase.  Why?  I'll tell you why!  Usually I hand select sellers that have already proven themselves fabulous to buy from.  Occasionally I'll select someone who I would normally not.  When Zolcia posted a good quantity of wanted list items, I took a look.  It had been a few hours and the price had gone up 50%(!) from the original wanted list ping.  I immediately made a frowny face and walked away.  But then the seller relisted the lot a week later at the original price and it stayed there.  Now, business practices are one thing, but feedback adds another.  Let's see how it all pans out.


Profile
Seller: ZOLCIASZEKPLUS
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=ZOLCIASZEKPLUS
Feedback (at time of writing): 2672
Feedback Ratio: 99.48% positive (decent to be sure)
Location: Poland
Prices: Around average, maybe higher

My Order
Order Size: 199 items, 8 lots
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Well stated in store terms
Extra Fees: 5%
Other: Min buy $25; Lot limits, 3EUR value per lot.
Final Cost per Part: $0.21

Timeline
Order Date: Oct 17
Invoice Date: Oct 18
Payment Date: Oct 18
Shipping Date: Oct 22 (Marked as shipped on 21, postmark was 22)
Delivery Date: Oct 30

Order Details
Why this store: Wanted list (re)ping.  Had a few other amazing treasures too.
Packaging: Each lot wrapped in a thin plastic shopping type baggie, all placed in another larger bag, then a Tyvek bubble mailer.
Part condition: Overall good.  A few bite marks here and there.
Communication: None
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: Minor wear.  Not worth complaining about.

Recommendation
This was an order with good parts, reasonable prices, decent scheduling, and little issues.  I'm still in the 80's when it comes to world politics.  The iron curtain and the East Bloc are long gone and those countries east of Germany are every bit as modern as most of the rest of Europe.  Pretty much.  I've always had some concerns about Eastern Europe but this being my second or third order from there, I'm becoming convinced that it's a fine place to order from.  Every seller should stand on their own merit.  And while this transaction wasn't remarkable (and extra fees always turn me off) I can't say that there is any major reason not to shop here again.

Bricklink Seller Review - DALLASBRICKS

I've posited before on the potential problem of proferring capitals in the name of your store.  I've also ranted about the use of multiples of a single letter, namely 'A'.  Now for another anomoly.  What about the use of e x t r a  s p a c e s .  I  s u p p o s e  t h e  i d e a  i s  t o  m a k e  i t  l o o k  l i k e  y o u  a r e  t a k i n g  m o r e  s p a c e .  N o t  s u r e  w h a t  h a p p e n e d  h e r e  b u t  a t  l e a s t  i t  m a k e s  m y  p o s t s  l o o k  l o n g e r .


Profile
Seller: D A L L A S B R I C K S
Store: http://www.bricklink.com//store.asp?p=TheHawkins
Feedback (at time of writing): 2765
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive (two funny little neutrals)
Location: United States, Texas
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 272 items, 41 lots (sorry man)
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: USPS counter rates
Extra Fees: $0.50
Other: Min buy $2
Final Cost per Part: $0.10

Timeline
Order Date: Sep 21
Invoice Date: Sep 22
Payment Date: Sep 22
Shipping Date: Sep 23
Delivery Date: Sep 22

Order Details
Why this store: Created a fresh wanted list for a project, had the most lots.
Packaging: Lots mixed into four baggies based on part type.  Seemed appropriate
Part condition: Very good
Communication: None
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Quite oversized bubble mailer.  Maybe ran out of regular size?
Issues: None

Recommendation
I suppose when you watch a magician, it's not called deception, it's called sleight of hand.  So I'm at a bit of a loss when I am quoted one rate and charged another.  This seller is one of many who makes a practice of double-dipping.  First, USPS counter rates are quoted but then Commercial Base rates are used through Paypal.  Right there is a 65c savings for the seller.  But on top of that is a further added packaging fee of 50c.  It's akin to an extra 2.9% + 30c charge.  This same practice is used on international sales but with a packaging rate of $1.50.  The postage switch has an even larger differential for side profit on top of the heftier fee.  I suppose with a magician, one is entertained.  Here, it's a grey area that I am not fond of.

Bricklink Seller Review - Bricks on the Plate

I have a few pet parts that I would like in vast quantities.  The problem is, many of them have not been produced in years.  For instance, you would think that a 2x2 round tile in blue should be easy enough to source, right?  Au contraire!  A single piece was in three sets, one each from the years 1995, 1996, and 1997.  Two of these sets were castle, one was an airport.  Given the expense of creating blue in medieval times, I have to wonder at the decision to include it in such sets.  It makes more sense as a barrel lid in the airport set.  Due to this single piece, the price of a blue Dag Brick gets rather pricey.  Thanks to the magic of Wanted List notifications, I was alerted when a boat load appeared on BL for under the average price.  I have to wonder if a Model Shop was involved.


Profile
Seller: Bricks on the Plate
Store: http://www.bricklink.com//store.asp?p=tanman
Feedback (at time of writing): 2444
Feedback Ratio: 99.8% positive.
Location: Denmark
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 102 items, 4 lots.
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Rate table per Dansk Post.
Extra Fees: None
Other: Min buy $2
Final Cost per Part: $0.21, only rare stuff here

Timeline
Order Date: Sep 12
Invoice Date: Sep 13
Payment Date: Sep 13
Shipping Date: Sep 14
Delivery Date: Sep 22

Order Details
Why this store: Wanted List ping.  Also had a small but deep selection of Modulex.
Packaging: Lots separated into baggies.  With about 30 pieces per lot, this was very nice.
Part condition: Very good
Communication: Prompt
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: I've noticed more and more European sellers are putting a simple X through the return address.  While still legible, this is smart quick way to show where to send the package to.
Issues: None

Recommendation
Shipping from Denmark is not exactly cheap.  But sometimes you pay a premium for sourcing from TLG's dumpster.  50g of goods starts right off at $3 which means 51g becomes $6.  I tried to keep the parcel light and the store owner was very good about letting me know how much weight I had left.  There was nothing phenomenal about the service but it hit all the right spots; price, communication, quick shipping to name a few.  No wonder they call them Great Danes.

Bricklink Seller Review - Need a brick or 2

Why yes I do, as a matter of fact.  Actually, I need something so elusive that you've got dozens of them.  And while I'm here, I'll take some of this, some of that, and some of the other.  Oh you've got those?  Yeah I need those.  Or wait.  There's no punctuation on there.  Are you asking me if _I_ need a brick or 2, or are you requesting a brick or 2 yourself?  Maybe both.  But I got mine, thanks.



Profile
Seller: Need a brick or 2
Store: http://www.bricklink.com//store.asp?p=eracine
Feedback (at time of writing): 1140
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive.  Woo-hoo!
Location: United States, Massachusetts
Prices: A touch below average

My Order
Order Size: 124 items, 9 lots.
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Flat $2.07 any first class order in the US.  Now we're talking.
Extra Fees: None
Other: None
Final Cost per Part: $0.10

Timeline
Order Date: Jul 30
Invoice Date: Jul 31
Payment Date: Jul 31
Shipping Date: Aug 1
Delivery Date: Aug 4

Order Details
Why this store: Tan 1x1 clip plates are so hard to find.  This guy had several at a good price.
Packaging: Lots reasonably combined in several baggies, all within a bubble mailer.
Part condition: Very good
Communication: None
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None

Recommendation
The flat rate shipping is a great idea.  As a seller myself I know that most orders are going to cost $1.93 to ship, a few at $2.01 and maybe some $2.09.  But most orders tend to be small (due to a small minimum) and this flat rate is very close to what I've averaged for domestic postage per order in a given year.  For the seller, it all evens out.  For the buyer, it encourages you to order more since your postage won't go up.  In my case, the 3oz of parts plus the packaging would have been a $2.01 charge.  Perhaps I could have ordered more but I needed to get what I ordered on its way quick.  And it was certainly quick enough.  I aim to return here someday soon.

Bricklink Seller Review - L and M Brick

Sometimes I'm left speechless.  Is that deal too good to be true?  Did that really happen?  Where did that stain come from?  I figure sometimes there are mysteries that I'll never get answers to.  Right Amelia?



Profile
Seller: L and M Brick
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=landmbrick
Feedback (at time of writing): 100
Feedback Ratio: 99% positive.  Somebody left a neutral because that somebody couldn't figure out how to pay.  Or use the feedback system.
Location: United States, Maryland
Prices: A touch below average

My Order
Order Size: 247 items, 52 lots.  Really 13 lots but more about that later.
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Starts at $2.50.  Charged $3.50 for a 7oz order.
Extra Fees: None
Other: Minimum order stated as $3 in the Splash but not set in the terms.
Final Cost per Part: $0.08

Timeline
Order Date: Jul 7
Invoice Date: Jul 7
Payment Date: Jul 7
Shipping Date: Jul 9
Delivery Date: Jul 11

Order Details
Why this store: Targeting 4x light bley 4x12 plates.  Good price.
Packaging: Ugh.  All those tiny lots were in their own baggies, some big, some small.  Some small lots in big bags.  Even some unrelated lots mixed in bags.  All in a bubble mailer.
Part condition: Good
Communication: No replies
Feedback left:
Odd telltale signs: Paid for a 9oz label.  I weighed the order at 7.5oz.  After appropriately consolidating all the lots into a single baggie per element and using a smaller mailer, I got the order down to 6.6oz.
Issues: Sent too many of one part.

Recommendation
Store terms are very vague.  Shipping was a little higher than necessary.  Electronic rate would have been $2.42 so I feel like there is a $1+ hidden fee.  As of this writing, store has about 63,000 items in about 11,000 lots.  This might make you think that there is no depth to the store.  In fact there is a lot of depth.  But a MAJOR lot consolidation endeavor would be hugely appreciated.  I had to buy an average of 4 lots for each part I wanted.  One part had 15 lots!  This was hugely frustrating and is the main reason I avoid one particular larger seller.  But I wanted to give it a go.  Given the lot problem and the vague terms (and the deluge of baggies), I likely won't return.  Unless I'm running low on baggies... What?

Bricklick Seller Review - Just Brick It!

When is it right to take advantage of a good situation?  When the price is right?  Even if it's a brand new UCS Millennium Falcon in the box for $500?  What if the seller had no idea?  I suppose you could always buy the item (thereby making it unavailable) but tell the seller that they could have listed it for way higher and you are happy to cancel for them to do so.  Likely, this will not be the case with a retired UCS set, but it could be for an old piece that's been given a caffeine/steroid injection of new life.  So perhaps I took the low road.


Profile
Seller: Just Brick It!
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=sdben
Feedback (at time of writing): 104
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive.
Location: United States, North Carolina
Prices: A touch below average

My Order
Order Size: 47 items, 16 lots
Condition: 85% New
Shipping Charge: Exact + 75c
Extra Fees:
Other: $1 minimum buy
Final Cost per Part: $0.10 though that's hard to parse out when a set is involved

Timeline
Order Date: Jul 5
Invoice Date: Jul 5
Payment Date: Jul 5
Shipping Date: Jul 7
Delivery Date: Jul 9

Order Details
Why this store: Small set came up on a wanted list ping.
Packaging: All parts in one baggie (tiny lots, makes sense) plus set in a baggie, all in a box.  Picking list included.  Post office counter label, not online.
Part condition: New parts might be new but some small nicks and scratches.  Storage issues?
Communication: Simple straightforward responses.
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None

Recommendation
Shipping (per store terms) takes 5 business days.  Every day I logged in to watch progress.  Every day I read the status as Ready.  Imagine my surprise then when the order showed up 4 days after I paid.  The box was probably wise due to the set involved.  Otherwise a bubble mailer and no picking list could have shaved 2 oz off of the order.  I had no issue with the order other than the lack of updates to the order status.

Bricklink Seller Review - Buddysbricks.com

Sometimes two related things can throw you for a complete curve.  And sometimes those related things have such a thread thin connection that you can't help but see other unintended connections.  The fact that this store proprietor uses his name as a handle but a much different store name give me that scenario.  I am immediately reminded of Eddie Bauer when looking at the store link (and by extension the limited edition Ford Explorer et. al.).  But the store name itself makes me think of a golden retriever.  This might have to do with having small children and watching a series of dog movies with a similar name.  In any event, just think of a golden retriever seated in a blue Explorer with tan pinstripes... built out of LEGO, and you've got the best mnemonic ever for a store.


Profile
Seller: BUDDYSBRICKS.com
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Mark_L_Bauer
Feedback (at time of writing): 8392
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive.
Location: United States, Minnesota
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 844 pieces, 32 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Min $3.25 domestic, $7 int'l.
Extra Fees: Worked into shipping
Other: $5 minimum buy
Final Cost per Part: $0.098

Timeline
Order Date: Jun 28
Invoice Date: Jun 30
Payment Date: Jun 30
Shipping Date: Jul 1
Delivery Date: Jul 3

Order Details
Why this store: Blue 1x1 plates.  Why are these so hard to find in any quantity?
Packaging: Lots mixed together by 3's and 4's.  Were they small quantity lots I would understand.  When lots have quantities of 40 or more, separation is very helpful.  Bonus points would have been given for separately bagging the 1x4x3 trans-clear panels. o_O
Part condition: Very nice
Communication:  Friendly and quick
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs:
Issues: 1x2 jumper plates of the wrong variety.  A 1x4 plate confused for a 1x4 tile.

Recommendation
Mark is very attentive to emails and will answer questions promptly.  His inventory and prices are good as is his timeframe.  When I brought up the mislisted jumper plates, he was quick to process a refund.  I would certainly not hesitate to come back here if my Wanted List beckoned.

Bricklink Seller Review - Mistress Melanie's Dungeon

About Me pages are a great but overlooked way to let people know who you are.  You can also discover a lot about a person by reading their page.  Sometimes, a little blip on that page can trigger an email conversation where you learn even more about a person.  I won't give away all the details here but I'll let you discover it for yourself.  Mystery and intrigue!


Profile
Seller: Mistress Melanie's Dungeon
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Melanie01
Feedback (at time of writing): 12714
Feedback Ratio: 99.9% positive.
Location: United States, Virginia
Prices: Around average

My Order
Order Size: 579 pieces, 11 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Min $3.25 domestic, $7 int'l.
Extra Fees:
Other: $5 minimum buy
Final Cost per Part: $0.098

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

Order Details
Why this store: Needed a variety of white 1x tiles at reasonable prices.  The variety is harder to find than you think.
Packaging: Lots separated into baggies by 10's or 20's, beautifully arranged in a small flat rate box and garnished with a wrapped bubble gum. :-)  Overlaid with purple tissue paper and then put into a flat rate padded envelope.  Very nice presentation!
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: Very friendly
Feedback left: Positive.  Two if I could.
Odd telltale signs: Almost all the baggies had a staple near the edge of the zipper.  Inventorying method?
Issues: None.

Recommendation
Melanie is friendly, quick, and her prices are very reasonable.  Her priority shipping charges are VERY reasonable, almost at cost.  But best of all is her service.  There's not much more to say.  But you should definitely visit her dungeon, 'cuz she's got candy.

Bricklink Seller Review - Just What You Need

What is your passion?  If you are a Bricklink seller, I would hope it is LEGO brand bricks.  However I hope that is not your only passion.  But I also hope your passions do not interfere.  I am also passionate about maps and designing houses.  Often, all of my passions have a way of colliding.  But I do have to be careful that my love of the brick does not hinder my paychecks.


Profile
Seller: Just What You Need
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=gonecrabbing
Feedback (at time of writing): 358
Feedback Ratio: 99.4% positive.  One old neg.
Location: United States, Washington
Prices: Below average

My Order
Order Size: 75 pieces, 4 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: States actual USPS counter prices
Extra Fees: $1 packaging fee
Other: None
Final Cost per Part: $0.06.  That oughta offset my previous order.

Timeline
Order Date: Jun 24
Invoice Date: Jun 26
Payment Date: Jun 26
Shipping Date: Jun 21
Delivery Date: Jun 23

Order Details
Why this store: Needed 40 some LBG 6x12 plates.  Had 80 at a great price and reasonable store terms.
Packaging: Lots separated into sandwich baggies (including the 2 1x1 plate with tooth), packed into a LEGO set box, filled with plastic bags, taped shut, and wrapped in some plain paper then nearly laminated with packing tape.  Plates were loosely stacked.
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: Fine.
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Addresses written in pink pen and very nice handwriting.  Perhaps his wife wrote it.
Issues: Marked order as complete after shipping it.  Had to change it back to shipped.

Recommendation
Your invoice may take some time to process as the seller will physically pack your order and take it to the PO to get an estimate.  Then he will come back home and give you your invoice.  After you pay he will return to the PO to ship the parcel.  Perhaps a $10 investment in a kitchen scale would speed up that process.  After discussing shipping options with him I was given the impression that I would get an invoice with $5.80 (USPS counter rate for a 2# Priority package) plus a $1 fee.  The invoice came in at $6.73 + $1.  I contacted the seller for clarification though dreaded that he might have to go back to the PO to be sure.  He conceded my price which was nice.

But then the bizarre happened.  It took almost a week to arrive and was stamped with Standard Post and a shipping charge of almost $4 more.  I don't get it, priority would have been cheaper and faster.  The seller said something about his slightly odd post office and he was glad that the parts had arrived.  Okey-doke.

Bricklink Seller Review - Brick_Chick

In Oregon we have a couple of neat phenomenon.  One is called Lake Abert.  It is an interior brackish lake that is 57 square miles large but no more than 11 feet deep.  It hosts shrimp and birds that feed on the shrimp, though the water's edge has been receding rapidly lately.  The other is Crater Lake, a national park that made it onto the back side of the quarter.  This lake is only about 20 square miles but plummets to near 2000 feet in depth.  Bricklink sellers can be like this.  Lots of unique parts but no real quantity of them.  Or little in the way of lots but tons of it.


Profile
Seller: Brick_Chick
Store: http://www.bricklink.com//store.asp?p=Legos_For_All
Feedback (at time of writing): 2743
Feedback Ratio: 99.4% positive.  Appears to regularly incur a few negs and neutrals per year.
Location: United States, California
Prices: Below average

My Order
Order Size: 1040 pieces, 4 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Starts at $2.75.  I was charged $3.75 for 11 oz, very reasonable.
Extra Fees: Worked into shipping charge
Other: +8% tax to California residents
Final Cost per Part: $0.06.  That oughta offset my previous order.

Timeline
Order Date: Jun 21
Invoice Date: Jun 21
Payment Date: Jun 21
Shipping Date: Jun 21
Delivery Date: Jun 23

Order Details
Why this store: I was looking for 600 white 1x2 tiles.  Seller had 16,000 at cheap prices.
Packaging: Lots separated into baggies, packed into a bubble mailer.
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: None
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: The business names Brick_Chick, Legos_For_All, and FiveStarBricks are all used in various places.  Return address is the seller's personal name.  Hard to keep it straight.
Issues: None.

Recommendation
This seller doesn't have much in the way of variety but they seem to have an average of 10,000 pieces of each lot.  If you need a few things and a lot of them, Five Star LEGO Brick Chicks for All can get them to you inexpensively and more than quickly.

Bricklink Seller Review - AAA Brick Emporium

What would you do to be first?  Since directories generally alphabetize listings (makes sense, right?) then having a name that starts with 'A' is good.  But then what.  Second letter B?  No, no, no, take a lesson from the humble Aardvark.  You can double up your 'A's.  The Aardvark is so wiley that he even one-upped the lowly Aardwolf.  Bet you don't hear about him too often.  Could you possibly use more 'A's?  Why sure!  AAA has become synonymous with classic standardness, maybe as much as Acme.  But why stop there?  How about AAAAA.  I once saw a plumbing company with this name.  This borders on plain silliness.  Heck, if it really mattered, why not 26 'A's?  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Big Deal Company.  That looks legit, no?  Except in the interwebs, a 'space' comes alphabetically before 'A'.



Profile
Seller: AAA Brick Emporium
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=aaabrick
Feedback (at time of writing): 1197
Feedback Ratio: 99.8% positive
Location: United States, New York (terms state that pickup is available at his home in Ontario)
Prices: Average.  Some higher, some lower.

My Order
Order Size: 193 pieces, 11 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Broken into simple upcharged bands.
Extra Fees: Worked into simple fee structure
Other: None
Final Cost per Part: 43c.  Lots of BIG plates.

Timeline
Order Date: Jun 20
Invoice Date: Jun 20
Payment Date: Jun 20
Shipping Date: Jun 22
Delivery Date: Jun 25

Order Details
Why this store: Needed BIG plates; store had the right selection and good prices
Packaging: Lots of large (sandwich size) ziploc bags for smaller parts.  Some lots mixed.  One little baggie overstuffed and didn't seal well.  Parts were falling out.  Some baggies kind of used looking, no crumbs though.  All in a bubble mailer.  A feedback reminder slip was included as well.
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: Easy and prompt
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None.
Issues: One 6x12 plate a little warped.  Not the seller's fault except for possibly noting it.

Recommendation
AAA seller by aaany other name would probably sell the same.  This seller was technically correct on every aaaspect.  Charged per his posted fee structure, no extra hidden fees.  Packaging was aaa bit careless but everything aaarrived fine.  If I had to use this seller aaagain, I would probably not have aaany qualms aaabout it.