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Showing posts with label Denmark. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Denmark. Show all posts

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 - DK Bricks

Not to be confused with the publishing company.  Familiar with your European vehicle letter codes?  Better get up to snuff.  Some are primary like I, F, and P.  Others take a little more thinking, such as D, E, and IS.  Still others are a complete mystery to all but those in the know.  Such take the form of CH, FL, and HR.  Biggest disappointment?  I would have hoped for HE or EL but no, it's GR.


Profile
Seller: DK Bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com//store.asp?p=Tilde
Feedback (at time of writing): 1280
Feedback Ratio: 99.4% positive (some slow shipping comments pop up)
Location: Denmark
Prices: High but these parts are rare

My Order
Order Size: 15 pieces, 1 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Bands that appear to be the national postal rate
Extra Fees: Tracking mandatory on particular orders
Other: ~$4.57 (DKK 25) minimum order
Final Cost per Part: $2.  Yes, two dollars.

Timeline
Order Date: Jun 5
Invoice Date: Jun 5
Payment Date: Jun 5
Shipping Date: Jun 6
Delivery Date: Jun 13

Order Details
Why this store: Wanted list ping for a very special part that another seller denied me service over.
Packaging: Typical baggie in a bubble mailer
Part condition: Beautiful
Communication: Easy and prompt
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Wrote 'LEGO' on the customs form with too low of a customs value.
Issues: None.

Recommendation
I had previously inquired of a British seller if they make an exception to ship a small order to the US.  I got a flat no.  I then took to the forum asking if anyone would be willing to order the pieces I needed and forward them to me.  Said British seller must have been stalking the forums as they raised the price on their piece more than 5 fold.  I immediately called the plan off and decided to hold out for a much nicer seller.  Lo and behold, DK Bricks came along with an offer I couldn't refuse.

Though if you are from the US, you get sort of locked into one choice.  You can pay via IBAN (not really) cash (really?) or Paypal (that's a gimme).  But with the Paypal payment you are required to add DKK 76 ($13.80) on TOP of the shipping price.  That was the deal killer.  I made an offer to the seller that sidestepped the need for tracking and he accepted.  The key is that I was willing to lose that amount of money in order to save what would have been almost a 50% increase to the cost of the order.

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.