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 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 6, 2019 09:30
 Subject: Re: about Buyer Privileges Revoked
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 Topic: Help
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In Help, Miley0226 writes:
  thank you so much

How do I recover my account? I want to recover my first account, but no one responds
to my email, what should I do?

please help me

BL Help Desk isn’t very responsive. (Understatement.)

Trying to create account upon account won’t help your case.

I believe some people managed to get their priviledges back by convincing sellers
to remove their NPBs: gently get the sellers to agree, tell that to BL admins,
and once your (total) NPB count falls under 3, you should be able to buy again.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 6, 2019 08:30
 Subject: Re: Mega expensive stores
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 Topic: General
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In General, Heartbricker writes:
  […]
WOW! Some of the answers here surprised me, specially from some of the more seasoned
sellers.

Before you put an item for sale you should know exactly how much that item cost
you (not just the price of the set that you parted divided by the number of pieces
equals your price per piece) - but all your expanses like gas, employees, storage
etc. If you bought a $100 set and everyone else has the parts worth $150 then
by the time you have the parts ready to sale at the prices everyone else is selling
for- you lost money and time.

When you price an item to sale, the last thing you need to price it according
to is ‘how others are pricing it’; I’m always amazed to see people surprised
at the fact that selling pieces at a loss is not a profitable business model.
The bigger stores with high feedback ratings and larger inventory and higher
prices are not pricing the pieces high just because (I paraphrase many answers)
“a lazy sucker buyer is born every minute and I’m going to get ‘em”;
They price it according to their cost basis; larger stores have employees and
storage and maybe even a store that isn’t in their home (rent) - their cost to
sell a larger amount of inventory -IS HIGHER!

Someone working out of their apartment part time as a hobby may not have as high
of a price because their cost of operating is lower BUT they might not be able
to offer as large/diverse inventory or able to ship promptly.

Larger stores are typically more disciplined and are not spooked by a low sales
month and won’t panic into lowering prices to the point of losing money. They
will wait out a cyclical downturn without ‘giving away’ their inventory for free/loss.

Typically, when you buy from a seller that is losing money you also get service
that you’d expect to get from a person who works for little to no money.

To sum up,
1- You should know exactly how much each piece cost you before you put it for
sale- otherwise you have no idea if you’re making a profit.
2- Larger stores have higher overhead cost and prices but they are not selling
at a loss which makes them more dependable for the long run.
3- Look at feedback- a store that is trying to ‘catch a sucker’ (as was stated
in this thread) will not be getting repeat customers or a high feedback %

I hope this clears some of the mystery

Sorry but this explains how sellers should rationally set the minimum for their
prices. It doesn’t say how high they can set them, or, IOW, it doesn’t explain
why buyers still buy from them.

There are many other big, long-time, and high-feedback sellers with lower prices
(not rock-bottom prices but not more than 2x average either).
And I doubt the 20x-the-prices sellers’ services are worth (neither cost nor
value) 20 times what those other big sellers charge.

“Because you have to” sets the minimum healthy price.
“Because you can”/“because you’ll find enough buyers” sets the maximum price
(hoping it’s healthy too / higher than the minimum).
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 5, 2019 18:24
 Subject: Re: Mega expensive stores
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In General, celloguy writes:
  I’ve always wondered what the business model is for stores who charge 10 to 30
times market value for items (you can always find them at the end of the price
guide lists).

These stores often have thousands of feedback points. The only thing I can think
of is that they put on sales when they actually want to sell and put it back
up when they don’t. But us this the right story? It also occurs to me that at
those rates you only need one sucker to buy it and it’s the same as 20 normal
sales. But where are they finding their customers? Anyone have any idea?

No, they just have breadth of inventory: many many types and colours. Or at
least the ones people want most.

It seems some buyers don’t want to spend time shopping in more than one store
and go for the ones that have all the parts they want, even at ten times the
average.

Plus, there’s the “cheap is suspicious” or “dearer must mean better” prejudices.

I often say that but it’s still true: if you sell the same items for two different
prices, you’ll find buyers for both. Even without adding “deluxe” or anything
in the descrption.

People aren’t rational, they are people.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 5, 2019 12:41
 Subject: Re: Cancelling order
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In Help, tonnic writes:
  […]
  
  In your post the buyer asks for an OCR after the seller already did quite some
work. The buyer can ask for an OCR but isn’t allowed to leave any feedback unless
positive fb for the seller. The seller can leave whatever fb they think suits
this case. And, of course, all steps leading to an NPB can always be taken too.

So, a buyer asks for an OCR, the seller grants it, then files an NPB.
Nice.

If you really read well you would have seen that I did not meant this.
I could say it is because you are French but that wouldn’t be polite and I know
your English is fine.
Only of the other option would not work.

  
On the other hand, a seller asks for an OCR (which is a little bit better than
now where sellers can cancel whenever they want), and the buyer can only grant
it, and then cannot file an NSS.

If you, again, really would have read this well, you saw 1) (yes) I did not mention
this 2) I did also choose side for the buyer so a buyer has options too.
I did mention a buyer should be protected too if a seller messed up an order
and EU law protects buyers when they are ‘buying on distance’. Maybe not in those
words but it is written in these posts.

  
Why the imbalance?

There is NON, only in your mind, you should have read it better, no offence made
I know you are a valued member in this forum but in this case all the things
you mentioned are written in this forumpost.

The part I emphasized in bold above led me to believe you meant an NPB would
still be possible after a cancellation simply because it was just after you explained
a buyer-triggered cancellation, without any kind of separation.
That’s why I answered to this post and not the first one. I thought it was an
addition.
I can only know what you write and assume what you mean.

So, I may be biased, or rather, I’m surely biased: Most of the suggestions are
about pro-sellers changes. Which’s logical as there are many more suggestions
made by sellers than by buyers. Which’s also logical because sellers have many
more transactions (by individual) and are more present on the site. And sellers
always want to fix problems with buyers. They tend to see the rules as pro-buyers,
which migt be true, so they want to push the pendulum the other way.
On the other hand, buyers want to fix problems with sellers and tend to see rules
as pro-sellers, which may be true.
And, actually, maybe both are right because there isn’t only one big pendulum
that we can push one way or another, there are many little pendula leaning every
which way.

Anyway, as I was saying, I’m biased because I mainly see pro-seller suggestions,
and I took what you wrote as the worst case. My fault. Sorry for that.
But again, I’m no mind-reader. If people don’t write everything they mean, or
in an ambigous ways, interpretations are always possible.

And there’s no need to bring nationalities, origins, or locations into the mix.
If you meant “non-native English speaker,” just say “non-native English speaker,”
otherwise people might think it’s some kind of xenophobic slur.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 5, 2019 08:59
 Subject: Re: Cancelling order
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 Topic: Help
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In Help, tonnic writes:
  […]
I thought I covered this by mentioning that the one that asks for an OCR cannot
give feedback and the other member can. The seller, or the one that did not asked
for an OCR, can flag the order by leaving appropiate feedback and warn others.
I hope I made clear that the one that did not asked for the OCR can be unhappy,
specially if they did pack the order.
In your post the buyer asks for an OCR after the seller already did quite some
work. The buyer can ask for an OCR but isn’t allowed to leave any feedback unless
positive fb for the seller. The seller can leave whatever fb they think suits
this case. And, of course, all steps leading to an NPB can always be taken too.

So, a buyer asks for an OCR, the seller grants it, then files an NPB.
Nice.

On the other hand, a seller asks for an OCR (which is a little bit better than
now where sellers can cancel whenever they want), and the buyer can only grant
it, and then cannot file an NSS.

Why the imbalance?
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 5, 2019 06:46
 Subject: Re: Narcotic checks
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 Topic: Shipping
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In Shipping, yorbrick writes:
  In Shipping, SylvainLS writes:
  In Shipping, jonwil writes:
  
  Lego would show up in exactly the same way that drugs would as they are both organic materials.

LEGO is not organic, its plastic.

Chemically speaking, it’s an organic compound.
As in, it’s not mineral, it’s not a metal.
It shows roughly the same as a potato on X-Ray scans.

You must have weird shaped potatoes. I imagine most LEGO bricks look more like
chips than a potato.

I’m a potato sculptor in my spare time.
Easier than sculpting rice grains
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 4, 2019 15:30
 Subject: Re: A Message from the LEGO Group
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 Topic: LEGO
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In LEGO, jonwil writes:
  In LEGO, bwes writes:
  There is a reason for us to be on Bricklink. It's because Lego cannot offer
this.
Of course the transaction fees will go up!

Why do people keep saying the fees will go up when LEGO and BrickLink have explicitly
said they wont?

Because they are very rational people like all humans are, not.

Doom is on us!
Run for the hills!
… Er, oh no belay that, it’s just the microwave that beeped.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 4, 2019 15:03
 Subject: Re: Narcotic checks
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In Shipping, jonwil writes:
  
  Lego would show up in exactly the same way that drugs would as they are both organic materials.

LEGO is not organic, its plastic.

Chemically speaking, it’s an organic compound.
As in, it’s not mineral, it’s not a metal.
It shows roughly the same as a potato on X-Ray scans.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 3, 2019 16:32
 Subject: Re: BrickLink will join the LEGO Group
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 Topic: Announce
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In Announce, StormChaser writes:
  […]
I am absolutely thrilled to hear this!! Best news ever. As a result, I have
decided to go back on what I said in January of this year (that I would never
return to the site or reactivate my account).

Never say never, eh? Lesson learned. Looking forward very much to the future
of BrickLink under new ownership.

Last Tuesday, TLG buys BL.
This Tuesday, StormChaser is back on BL. (Welcome back!)

So, it’s “Surprise Tuesday” now?
What happened to the tacos?
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 3, 2019 08:02
 Subject: Re: Can eBay Use Bricklink Pictures?
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 Topic: Catalog
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In Catalog, axaday writes:
  Are people allowed to use Bricklink pics to sell on eBay? I see a minifigure
doing it.

It depends from where the BL pics come.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 2, 2019 18:32
 Subject: Re: Stud.Io isn't working?
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 Topic: Problem
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In Problem, Popsy666 writes:
  Hi! I've just downloaded Studio on my MacBook Pro, but when I launch it,
it says that I need to locate a Studio app folder, but I don't know if it's
a specific one, and I've tried to create a new folder but it doesn't
accept it, is there a specific folder or place I need to make or go or an already
present folder I have to select? I'll attach some pictures to show you! Thanks
for the help in advance!

Try on the dedicated forum: http://forum.bricklink.com/
There are other Mac users there and the devs read it.
And specify your OS.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 2, 2019 12:22
 Subject: Re: BrickLink will join the LEGO Group
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In General, cosmicray writes:
  […]
Onward, towards the 20th anniversary of BrickLink !

I started to read that as “towards the 20th century, BrickLink!” and thought
“My, it’s a bit harsh, ‘21st’ would have sufficed”
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 1, 2019 13:39
 Subject: Re: Help to identify a brick
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In Help, polo_coupe writes:
  Hello there,

can somebody help me to identify this part of my Lego-Model? It broke, both sides
should be equal - but one side broke.
I cannot find it

You’re sure it’s Lego?
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Dec 1, 2019 13:36
 Subject: Re: Old Orders
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 Topic: Selling
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In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, popsicle writes:
  In Selling, ToriHada writes:
  I haven't been here for a while and am getting rusty. Where do I find and
download files for my old orders received and placed? And how many years back
does BL keep records for this?

I see that BL keeps records (monthly invoices) of my fees paid to BL from when
I first started selling here in 2004. Are there similar records kept for old
orders received and placed over multiple years? BL used to have this but I cannot
find it now.

Thanks in advance!

You can download both placed and received here:

https://www.bricklink.com/orderExcel.asp?orderType=placed

https://www.bricklink.com/orderExcel.asp?orderType=received

As to "how far back?" all the way.

Hope this helps, Foster

-Cory

Thank you for adding the links - the order information you can get this way is
basically the order header and no details appears to be available, so it does
depend on what the OP wishes to see. If it is a single line with very limited
data this may help but if they want more than that it is not available this way.

Also, the download links aren’t shown when the order list is empty, that is,
when all your orders have been purged.

Hope you kept your old emails
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Nov 30, 2019 11:12
 Subject: Re: can purchased pieces show up in “have” ?
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In Suggestions, Andrsv writes:
  In Suggestions, Sallywacko writes:
  My want lists have a place for the bricks I have. It would be nice if the pieces
I purchase through BrickLinks would automatically show up in the haves so I can
keep track. Is there a way to allow this to happen?

You can use «Apply order» button in your wanted list

Beware!

You can “Apply” the same order to multiple lists, hence counting the same bought
brick multiple times.

Worse, you can “Apply” the same order multiple times to the same list.

Better to make “bought lists” and manually (and painfully) change the values
in the “really anted lists” yourself.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Nov 30, 2019 07:31
 Subject: Re: BrickLink will join the LEGO Group
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 Topic: Announce
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In Announce, Blue85 writes:
  […]
What is with small/big Shop´s and the sellers in Bricklink??
I have a small Shop 2990 parts used and 2000 parts New. I have buy all in a Secondhand
Shop in my City not from Lego direct.
Point 6 in the FAQ i not understand. Other user say or think that seller a problem
to get with lego.
Other think lego stop the part sale in Bricklink.

“6. Will anything change for sellers from BrickLink?
The LEGO Group has been clear that it won’t interfere with how sellers operate
or the healthy competition that exists in the marketplace.
They see BrickLink as a complementary service to their own parts selling services.”

Optimistic view:

“won’t interfere”: LEGO won’t tell sellers how to work. They won’t tell them
where or how to buy and sell.
(Very optimistic: They won’t block or ban people from buying to resell.)

“healthy competition”: No set prices, no minimum prices, no maximum prices,
no forbidden products (except non-LEGO of course).

“complementary service”: LEGO won’t sell parts on BL and won’t abandon their
own parts selling services (Bricks & Pieces…).


Pessimistic view: Hogwash. Time to go hide in the mountains. Too late, we’re
doomed!


  I Love my small Shop and for me this only a hobby. Where distracts from the stressful
everyday life.

Sorry for my English

Small shops owners like you have even fewer reasons to fear.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Nov 30, 2019 06:59
 Subject: Re: BrickLink will join the LEGO Group
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 Topic: Administrative
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In Administrative, legoman77 writes:
  […]
Besides, I am old and hate change.

Even when it’s your diapers/nappies?
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Nov 29, 2019 11:57
 Subject: Re: Linking parts that use the same mold
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 Topic: Catalog
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In Catalog, Taccer writes:
  Hi there,

Is there an intention to better integrate, or at least link, pieces that are
physically the same shape, but are split into different records (eg, monochrome
and marbled variants)? An example I've found is 53562 (and 53562pb01, etc).

Users unfamiliar with the history of the part, or how Bricklink's catalogue
works, might not realise that there are are other variants of this exact same
part, as they aren't even mentioned on the monochrome version (in the case
of 53562 such piece didn't debut until four years after its multi-toned version).

Apologies if this has been brought up before (I'm not a regular poster),
it just seems odd that the catalogue links to similar molds (eg, 32174) but not
variations of the exact same mold. I would be prepared to do some work on this.

You mean adding a note like this?
“This part also exists in (non-)decorated versions” with a list (or a link to
a search page for the billion different decors )

I’d vote yes if it were a suggestion.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Nov 29, 2019 07:14
 Subject: Re: The LEGO Group acquires BrickLink - more FAQs
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In Administrative, tpr writes:
  […]
I like No. 5

No plans to increase fees "AT THE MOMENT".

Which means they cant as they don't own it, but they will when they do

So, if you buy a house, and someone asks you if you plan to change the roof,
and you answer “Not at the moment,” it actually means you have an evil plan to
change the roof?
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Nov 28, 2019 18:52
 Subject: Re: Missing colour IDs in "colors.txt" file
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In Problem, walter_s_mail writes:
  Hey,
I wanna upload a xml file for my wanted list at
https://www.bricklink.com/v2/wanted/upload.page

So I used the instructions from
https://www.bricklink.com/help.asp?helpID=207

Now I have a problem. There are not all my needed color IDS in this "color.txt"
file.

I am missing:
bright blue
bright red
brick yellow


Can anyone please help with that problem?

Kind regards and many thanks.

Those are LEGO names.
BL names and codes are

Blue, 7
Red, 5
Tan, 2

BL names and codes: https://www.bricklink.com/catalogColors.asp

Correspondance LEGO names → BL names (and others): http://ryanhowerter.net/colors.html

(It would be great if the LEGO names were also on the Colour Guide. Maybe one
day….)

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