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Showing posts with label Poland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Poland. Show all posts

Brick Owl Seller Review - A Handful of Bricks

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



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

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

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

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

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

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.