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 Author: TheBrickGuys View Messages Posted By TheBrickGuys
 Posted: Sep 4, 2019 18:35
 Subject: Re: Fear of selling white
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 Topic: Selling
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Location:  USA, California
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In Selling, nologolego writes:
  I have a lot of older parts from sets I parted out many years ago and stored
away. I had originally intended to use them for my own creations, but am now
more inclined to sell them. They have never been played with and are in great
condition. However, some of the whites have yellowed a bit with age. I am having
a dilemma as to what to do with these white parts. Do I list them as new, since
they have never been played with? Do I sort through them and pick out the whitest
ones, and only list those as new? And if so how do I determine how white is
white enough? Do I list the yellowed ones as used and make note of the yellowing?
Do I just keep all white parts out of my inventory to avoid potential unhappy
customers? Any advice is appreciated.

We have had a bit over 12,000 orders in our store since opening and we have had
zero complaints of any color variations of any of our stock in all colors that
we have sold and more then 95% of our sales are of parts. So as long as the color
differences are not too much then I think most buyers are understanding of the
fact that there are going to be slight variations of certain colors.

Jim.
 Author: TheBrickGuys View Messages Posted By TheBrickGuys
 Posted: Sep 1, 2019 14:35
 Subject: Re: Unpopular colours
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 Topic: General
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In General, Miro78 writes:
  In General, Stuart9 writes:
  The bright colours from these sets do seem slower and used sets seem to be unpopular
too.

What we need is some amazing Moc's by someone using these colours so that
everyone wants to copy them.


In General, Pippyblocks writes:
  Most of the colours in Friends sets I reckon

  Any opinions on poor selling colours ?

Here you go, how about Grinch. I built this Grinch after I went to go see the
movie. I am working on instructions for it.

Miro

I love the simple design of the snow covered trees and snow patches. As usual,
another cool MOC.

Jim
 Author: TheBrickGuys View Messages Posted By TheBrickGuys
 Posted: Sep 1, 2019 13:05
 Subject: Re: Is Bricklink in decline ?
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 Topic: Problem
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In Problem, calsbricks writes:
  In Problem, legoman77 writes:
  In Problem, calsbricks writes:
  In Problem, Yogi_007 writes:
  In Problem, calsbricks writes:
  As most of you are aware we keep track of the number of orders that are received
by a group of 13 UK stores. We are in our third year of monitoring this and for
the quarter June to August things are not looking very positive.


Lots of competition, lots of sets for sale on other sites and lots of Lego that
isn't needed by lots of people.

I think that you can say that the bubble has burst (or is about to).

Lego themselves found this recently based on articles about Lego as a company.

The other auction site is flooded with the same sort of sets and its a race to
the bottom.

Locally, the Aussie dollar has dropped to almost half against the US in about
6 years and about 75% to the euro making sales from those places looking less
attractive than local sellers. Couple this with huge increases in postage fees
(from US especially) to overseas destinations and you get the reduction in affordability.

My two cents (from a buyer who has long contemplated opening a store but has
never done so....hmm)

Yogi

Yes, all interesting comments. You might also want to throw in the reputation
tarnish from the AFOL program. The sets were probably very good (We didn't
investigate) but that is where the ball dropped - I think BL hasn't helped
either themselves or others. It also looked like it didn't meet its target
of more funding for development as the roadmap has virtually nothing but Xp on
it - and that has a lot of stores very concerned. Its impact is unknown as is
much about the product but it has been delayed since March for release and no
one is making any comments about it.

I wonder how Brickowl is doing ? Are they seeing the same drop (therefore meaning
it is an overall change of climate, or are they moving along ?

Lots of factors and discussion points. Shame BL don't comment and present
some data which would help to understand this.

Can anything be gleaned from the number of invoices? Does that give an indication
of anything?
John P

We do not believe so as there are plenty of stores who do not use the Bricklink
invoicing feature. I am sure Niek can show that the order numbers are in line
with where they should be. Overall store numbers are up but the change in the
order profile is very concerning to us, as well as a few others we have been
in comms with.



We believe, like others, that if BL were more communicative then things like
this would get comments and possibly even explanations, but that is asking for
a winning lottery ticket really as it isn't going to happen based on past
performance.

One thing I noticed about your store is that your prices on average are above
the 6 months sales average and in our I know in our store when we have our prices
at the 6 month sales average our sales decline dramatically and with all the
competition we now all have Most stores just can't expect increased sales
with prices at or above the 6 month sales average.

Also, one other thing I noticed about your store is that your prices on your
used verses new parts are a bit inconsistent with your used prices quite often
higher than your new prices. This inconsistency may also be hurting your sales.

Just a couple of thoughts.

Jim
 Author: TheBrickGuys View Messages Posted By TheBrickGuys
 Posted: Aug 23, 2019 17:34
 Subject: Re: Cardboard sleeves in inventories
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 Topic: Inventories
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Folks, if anything is going to improve in the catalog, we need to give some freedom
and grace to our admins so they can try things out. I can understand if people
get frustrated when they find something has changed and it no longer works for
them, but please understand that we have the long-term interests of the site
in mind, and also that we can adjust and/or reverse any decision that is made.

Regarding these sleeves, we have needed to add them to the catalog for quite
a while now, because of the need to search by the number printed on the sleeve.
Strictly speaking, this is not a PCC, but it's still a number people can
use for reference. Specifically, we want to give the ability to sellers to sell
the parts in the sleeves without having to open the sleeves. The only way they
can do this is to have a reference database showing the contents of every sleeve.

Because our partout system is not yet capable of handling subparts, we're
probably not going to be able to add these sleeves to the regular section of
inventories. Maybe if we change the image and description we can do it, but right
now sellers will end up listing things in their store that buyers cannot identify.

Please have patience as we make some adjustments.

+1

I think this is a long time coming and a darn good add to the catalog. I hate
having to open the cardboard packages to know what is inside them.

Thank you for adding them and the hard work you guys are doing in regards to
things like this! Whenever changes are made there will always be a good number
of people who will hate the changes which I can respect to a degree for there
has been changes that took me a while to get used to but as mentioned, we need
to give some latitude to the people in charge of making these changes to see
what works and what does not and give constructive criticism and not just criticism.

Jim
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 Posted: Aug 23, 2019 12:57
 Subject: Re: How much does your pet mean to you?
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 Topic: Suggestions
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A little late but here is my dog Skragle. I wanted to give him a name that would
be based on something Lego related so I took kragle, from The Lego Movie and
just added an S and I think it fits him perfectly.
 






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