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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 - 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.

Bricklink Seller Review - brickapolis

Cliche and tired perhaps, but still Everything is Awesome.  And every once in a while, everything is spectacular.  I'll let the picture speak for itself.


Profile
Seller: Brickapolis
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=tyjgibby
Feedback (at time of writing): 33
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, Indiana
Prices: Right at 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 665 pieces, 19 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Counter rate, simplified into 3oz increments
Extra Fees: None
Other: $2 minimum order
Final Cost per Part: $0.095

Timeline
Order Date: May 24
Invoice Date: May 24
Payment Date: May 25
Shipping Date: May 27
Delivery Date: May 29

Order Details
Why this store: I had purchased 3 Parisian Restaurants to harvest for some particular parts.  This seller made a forum announcement that they had parted out 2 such sets.  I took advantage of this to get more of the parts I needed.
Packaging: Every lot individually baggied (including lots in batches that were otherwise identical to the same lots in other batches).  Then bundled in two larger Ziplocs and then in a bubble mailer.
Part condition: Very nice
Communication: Easy and prompt
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: Included pick sheet with LEGO Movie stickers on them as well as a free gift of a Captain Metal Beard sticker.  Awesome!
Issues: None.

Recommendation
Tyler makes it awesome.  No, really.  Great prices, great terms, great communication, parts, packing and extra swag.  It's like he's running his own LEGO Movie convention and nailed it.  I'd be back here in a heartbeat, even if he didn't have everything I needed.

BrickOwl Seller Review - Great Bricks

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


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

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

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

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

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

BrickOwl Seller Review - Plastic Paradise

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


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

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

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

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

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

Bricklink Seller Review - Builder's Universe

How big is big?  I mean, in the heirarchy of things a Universe is much bigger than even a Planet.  Planets are within Solar Systems and Solar Systems are within Galaxies.  The Great Wiki tells me that the Universe contains Ev-ar-thing.  One could reasonably expect that the Bricklink, Brickset, and BrickOwl catalogs are a record of the LEGO Universe.  But how could a store be a Builder's Universe?  You'd have to have at least one of of everything that LEGO ever created, from Apples to Znap.


Profile
Seller: Builder's Universe
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=EM100
Feedback (at time of writing): 4586
Feedback Ratio: 99.95% positive.  A couple of old neutrals.
Location: USA, Missouri
Prices: Slightly above average

My Order
Order Size: 208 pieces, 6 lots
Condition: 99.5% New
Shipping Charge: Stated as actual.  I was charged $2.25 for a $2.42 label.
Extra Fees: none
Other: $2.50 minimum
Final Cost per Part: $0.10

Timeline
Order Date: Apr 21
Invoice Date: Apr 21
Payment Date: Apr 21
Shipping Date: Apr 23
Delivery Date: Apr 25

Order Details
Why this store: Needed some specific bricks in bulk
Packaging: All lots separately bagged, then in a large baggie with a business card, then in a bubble mailer.
Part condition: Very good
Communication: None
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs: None
Issues: None

Recommendation:
This order was fairly unnotable which is a good thing.  It was easy in, easy out.  There were no surprises, no complications.  Also no gimmicks, no BS and no worries.  Not quite everything I needed but that certainly wasn't a sticking point.

Bricklink Seller Review - Soonerfan Toys

Things that make you go "hmm..."  Like LEGO pieces with no logo.  Or stores with no terms.  Or stores with vague terms.  I'm not sure which I prefer; no terms listed, or a gigantic wall of text listing every case and every solution.  Paragraph breaks are a good thing.  So is clarity.  So when the terms state one thing and another happens, what to do?  What if this was the only seller who could fulfill your needs?


Profile
Seller: Soonerfan Toys
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=soonerfan
Feedback (at time of writing): 4494
Feedback Ratio: 99.4% positive.  Some older neuts and negs.  Some neuts seem very positive.
Location: USA, Oklahoma
Prices: About average

My Order
Order Size: 76 pieces, 10 lots
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Starts at $2.75.  My 2oz $11 order was assessed at $3.40.
Extra Fees: none
Other: Minimum buy $1.50
Final Cost per Part: $0.19

Timeline
Order Date: Apr 17
Invoice Date: Apr 17
Payment Date: Apr 18
Shipping Date: Apr 19
Delivery Date: Apr 21

Order Details
Why this store: Lowest price on a very specific part
Packaging: All thrown together in one Ziploc baggie, then into a bubble mailer.
Part condition: Good enough
Communication: Less than helpful
Feedback left: Neutral for a lack of communication on the high shipping and why the price skyrocketed.  They replied with a retaliatory neutral about me declining a refund offer.  I wasn't really interested in repurchasing everything from another store.  I just wanted an explanation on their shipping disparity.
Odd telltale signs: none
Issues: Two pieces with notable damage, not worth fighting over.

Recommendation:
Invoicing was quick and I paid right away.  THEN I noticed the shipping charge.  How could the base postage go up so quickly on such a small order?  When I inquired I was offered the opportunity to cancel.  I said no, I had already paid and I needed the parts.  But when I asked why the shipping charge went so high so quick, especially compared to the store terms, I was met with just a bunch of crickets.

So of course a severe audit was in store for when the package arrived.  It was a Paypal label that stated 2ozs right on the front.  As I seller myself I immediately know that this seller paid $1.93 for the label which included tracking.  The Scotch bubble mailer he used are $8.88 for a 25 pack at Wally World; 36c each.  Ziploc baggies are about 3c each at most.  My order will cost the seller 32c in Bricklink fees.  The Paypal fee calculates out to 71c.  In total, the cost for shipping and handling and the cost of business would be $1.93 + 36c + 3c + 32c + 71c = $3.35.  So if he's going to be so nitpicky about costs, give me back my damn nickel.  Of course those Paypal fees are technically not to be passed along.  I'll take three quarters and we'll call it even.

Buyer beware.  The advertised $2.75 shipping charge must be for a single sticker sheet in a #6 envelope.  Consider it actual shipping plus ~$1.50 "handling" fee.

Bricklink Seller Review - Queen Creek Bricks

Got cable?  Got 827 channels and nothing to watch?  Got 8,000+ stores and nothing to buy?  Not here.  With over a million parts there's quite a bit to be had.  But is that 1,000,000 parts in 500,000 lots or 5 lots?  Spread is just as important as volume.  If 819 of your channels were sports networks, would that still be a good thing?


Profile
Seller: Queen Creek Bricks
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=QCBricks
Feedback (at time of writing): 5775
Feedback Ratio: 99.8% positive.  Some neuts and negs from a few years back.  Rather sarcastic replies but perhaps the seller has grown in those few years.
Location: USA, Arizona
Prices: A touch above average

My Order
Order Size: 178 pieces, 14 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: A few simplified upcharged bands.  Offers free shipping on orders $30 or more, $1 off orders $15-$30
Extra Fees: none
Other:
Final Cost per Part: $0.13

Timeline
Order Date: Apr 15
Invoice Date: Apr 16
Payment Date: Apr 16
Shipping Date: Apr 16
Delivery Date: Apr 19

Order Details
Why this store: Had a coupon, mostly a few remaining lots for a commission
Packaging: Larger lots separately bagged, smaller lots combined except for things such as a 2x4 tile which was kept cloistered for his protection.  Also included a pick sheet (immediately tossed) and a business card (admired then immediately tossed).  All in an oversized bubble mailer.  Shipping was a flat rate for me, but the seller could have saved some money.  By using a smaller mailer and excluding the pick sheet they could have saved 16c.
Part condition: Very good
Communication: None
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs:
Issues: None

Recommendation:
Maybe it was the time of year but many basic pieces I needed were not present.  I checked for light bley 1x1 bricks, black 2x2 plates, and tan 1x8 and 2x2 tiles.  None of these were available.  I realize these are popular pieces so maybe they had JUST sold out.  Or maybe they were using them for one of their own projects.  I could have spent a bunch more money here if they had more of those types of pieces.  What is available is a bunch of new parts that can be had by parting out sets.  And many lots are high quantity.  No used treasures sitting in the corner, no little bits if this and handfuls of that.  You want 500?  Done.  But it's amazing that an anchor store with over one MILLion parts can still not have everything you need.  The LEGO Universe must be truly big indeed.

Bricklink Seller Review - C. Todd Brick

Truth, justice, and the Bricklink way.  I've found it, right here in a growing seller.  Would that everyone was naturally this way.  No thumbs on the scale, no smoke and mirrors, no passing the buck.  No NEED to pass the buck.  Rather than over complicating things, why not try simplicity?

C. Todd Brick?  C. Todd Sell?  C. Todd tell the truth?  Todd is a good seller.  Good, good, good.


Profile
Seller: C. Todd Brick
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=ctoddlight
Feedback (at time of writing): 90
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, Pennsylvania
Prices: Pretty much average

My Order
Order Size: 73 pieces, 14 lots
Condition: 63% Used
Shipping Charge: Actual charges, minimum $2.50
Extra Fees: varies from 25c to $1
Other:
Final Cost per Part: $0.15

Timeline
Order Date: Apr 8
Invoice Date: Apr 8
Payment Date: Apr 8
Shipping Date: Apr 10
Delivery Date: Apr 11

Order Details
Why this store: Had a few remaining bits for a commission I was working on
Packaging: Lots separated or mixed into baggies.  All used lots in one Ziploc bag, all new lots in another.  Then stuffed into a bubble pouch and then a bubble mailer folded over itself.  There was like triple the bubbles involved.
Part condition: Very good.
Communication: Very good
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs:
Issues: None

Recommendation:
Mr. Todd is very transparent in his transactions.  He charged me the actual shipping plus an 18c fee.  I asked why he just didn't put it into the shipping.
"I am just showing the actual costs that I am passing along to you. The $.18 is a percentage of what my packaging costs me. I like to keep it separate from the shipping cost so that shipping is just actual cost of postage. Really, I just want it to be a transparent process that reflects that I am not profiting from the shipping fees."
Totally.  Awesome.

Bricklink Seller Review - BargainBricks4All

Biggest.... order... evar.  My orders usually average around the $20 mark, sometimes as high as $30ish.  But that's when I'm spending my own money.  When someone else gives me lots of digits and says "build this", it's easier to spend more money.  So I've been enjoying that and reproducing a
1/132 scale replica of an old 1892 building.  And wouldn't you know for all the parts they make, TLG is still lacking in so many dark red ones.  At least some sellers stock quite a few.



Profile
Seller:BargainBricks4All
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=ijkim
Feedback (at time of writing): 318
Feedback Ratio: 99% positive.  Some recent neutrals about poor service.
Location: USA, Arizona
Prices: Some stuff above and some stuff below 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 610 pieces, 19 lots
Condition: 100% New
Shipping Charge: Not stated above 13oz but actual shipping cost used
Extra Fees: $1
Other: $10 minimum buy
Final Cost per Part: $0.16

Timeline
Order Date: Apr 1
Invoice Date: Apr 1
Payment Date: Apr 2
Shipping Date: Apr 4
Delivery Date: Apr 7

Order Details
Why this store: Had a lot of parts for a commission I was working on
Packaging: Large lots in their own ziploc bags, several smaller lots tossed together into one bag including some trans pieces.  All in a padded priority mailer.  Then packed inside another poly mailer... then packed inside a third poly mailer.  Why the padded marked one wasn't on the outside I don't know.
Part condition: Very good.
Communication: Responsive
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs:
Issues: None

Recommendation:
The shipping prices are vague for 13oz and over orders but the proprietor was good about responding to emails.  His quote is what he charged me.  However looking back, I have to wonder why the flat rate padded priority mailer was INSIDE the other mailers.  Had he made this the main mailer, shipping charges would have dropped by over $2.50.  I alerted the seller to this benefit and hopefully he will take advantage of this on future orders.

Bricklink Seller Review - Parker Pieces

Is that Peter Parker?  No one really knows.  Maybe I'm buying stuff from Spiderman.  Now I'm wondering how many other super heroes I may have purchased stuff from.  Would Hulk only sell green?  Would Superman avoid trans-green or trans-neon green?  Would packages from Wolverine come pre-shredded?  Makes me wonder what REALLY happens to some of my orders...


Profile
Seller: Parker Pieces
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=ParkerS98
Feedback (at time of writing): 18
Feedback Ratio: 100% positive
Location: USA, North Carolina
Prices: At 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 135 pieces, 27 lots
Condition: 100% Used
Shipping Charge: Not stated but starts at $3 for small orders.  Charged $3.75
Extra Fees: Worked into shipping charge
Other: $2 minimum buy
Final Cost per Part: $0.11

Timeline
Order Date: Mar 21 (third and final batch)
Invoice Date: Mar 22
Payment Date: Mar 22
Shipping Date: Mar 24
Delivery Date: Mar 26

Order Details
Why this store: Wanted list ping.
Packaging: Each batch in its own half size baggie, all wrapped into a bigger baggie, then in a bubble mailer.  Included a nice signed letter from Spiderman himself.
Part condition: Very good.  One or two teeth marks.
Communication: Very friendly
Feedback left: Positive
Odd telltale signs:
Issues: a few teethmarks on unimportant pieces.  I alerted the seller and he thanked me.

Recommendation:
Parker is heavy on the help and communication.  His service is top notch even if shipping prices are a bit ambiguous.  I found it to be a bit high but I suppose that's how it goes on smaller orders, eh?  The selection is light unless you need some basic colors.  But he was also in the middle of a huge upload as I purchased.  He even looked through his yet to be added pieces to see if he had any of my requests.  I would recommend to keep your eye on this store as he has the potential to become a future powerhouse.

Bricklink Seller Review - BAYLIT

This store received a visit from me way back in the past so I felt comfortable paying it a visit for some last minute bits and bobs for my Bricks Cascade displays.  Plus, I had just made an order from another store that accepts cash.  This one offered the same service with a 5% discount.  Sounds good, right?

Profile
Seller: BAYLIT (Bricks As You LIke Them)
Store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=baylit
Feedback (at time of writing): 2592
Feedback Ratio: 99% positive (some older neggies about quality and service)
Location: USA, Colorado
Prices: Above 6 month average.

My Order
Order Size: 318 pieces, 46 lots
Condition: 74% Used
Shipping Charge: Minimum $3, unlisted otherwise
Extra Fees: Worked into the high shipping charge (charged $4.25 for a $3.04 stamp)
Other: 5% discount to NOT use Paypal
Final Cost per Part: $0.09

Timeline
Order Date: Feb 28
Invoice Date: Feb 28
Payment Date: Feb 28
Shipping Date: Mar 01 (very generous to ship before cash payment actually received)
Delivery Date: Mar 03

Order Details
Why this store: Wanted list ping, some other interesting pieces, discount for cash.
Packaging: All parts mixed in a repurposed LEGO inner perf baggie, with a few pieces of bubble wrap taped over, all in a single wall poly shipping bag.  New and used, all mixed.
Part condition: Decent.  Some marks here and there.
Communication: To the point
Feedback left: Positive for super quick shipping
Odd telltale signs:
Issues: Missing one 8c piece, swapped another green one for trans green.

Recommendation:
This is a great store if you're rebuilding an older set.  There are lots and lots of pieces in the old greys.  All the basic colors are here in near 20,000 piece quantities.  Lots of Belville types of colors too.  Light or missing are the new greys, reddish brown, and most darks.  There is definitely a theme here and the seller charges a small premium for what he has.  Avoid the Paypal and enjoy a 5% drop in price.  I was a little put off by the small fortune for shipping.  Had I been in less of a hurry, I probably would have found a store with a similar list of items.  I was also informed twice that a piece I had bought was not available.  One was crucial.  I then had to buy one new at a bit of an upcharge.  My credit showed up on my shipping charge.  I pointed the seller to the check box to show the credit field on the invoice and that helped a bit.  If a shipping table were to be added and an inventory audit done, I think this store could sail on to even higher levels.  It's a shame that high feedback long time sellers can be rather laissez faire about the customer service.  I just didn't get the warm fuzzies like at other stores.

BrickOwl Seller Review - Hoosier Brick and Toy

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



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

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

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

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

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