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 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
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Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
 Author: Stuart9 View Messages Posted By Stuart9
 Posted: Jun 11, 2015 13:38
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
 Author: jamesuniverse View Messages Posted By jamesuniverse
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


*clap clap clap* really fast like a little kid.

This is nice. I am glad there is progress. I see some similarities between this
site and the BL competitor, which are good. (Except the color. That's just
funny. Not good or bad.

~JU
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  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


*clap clap clap* really fast like a little kid.

This is nice. I am glad there is progress. I see some similarities between this
site and the BL competitor, which are good. (Except the color. That's just
funny. Not good or bad.

~JU

Also can every item in the catalog have the tag "LEGO"? Many new users may use
lego in the search and not pull up the item.

~JU
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Good job!

You might want to stress the fact that this preview accesses a copy of the database
made on the June 8/9 site maintenance schedule. The preview site seems to work
with all features. I see my orders as they were at that time (so out-of-date).
If people try the preview site and start doing their buying/selling things can
go horribly wrong.

Niek.
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  Good job!

You might want to stress the fact that this preview accesses a copy of the database
made on the June 8/9 site maintenance schedule. The preview site seems to work
with all features. I see my orders as they were at that time (so out-of-date).
If people try the preview site and start doing their buying/selling things can
go horribly wrong.

Niek.

You can get all the way to the checkout page but it won't let you complete
the purchase on the preview site.
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

How would you connect two Paypal accounts, one for micropayments and the other
above that amount. How would the buyer on instant checkout know which one to
use.

Thank you.

Pam
  
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

  1. New Skin

We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.


  Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

I am really, really, really going to miss the dark green
left and right boarders.

I don't get why brighter is better. Didn't we already go thru this on
the orders page and the dark green was reinstated? Maybe it's an age thing.


At least it's not bright white.
 Author: jodawill View Messages Posted By jodawill
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In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

  1. New Skin

We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.


  Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

I am really, really, really going to miss the dark green
left and right boarders.

I don't get why brighter is better. Didn't we already go thru this on
the orders page and the dark green was reinstated? Maybe it's an age thing.


At least it's not bright white.

I appreciate the fact that they've left the general layout of the website
the same, even with the old MOCs on the homepage. I think these new colors look
nice, but they're so bright that it makes the background stand out just as
much as the foreground, which makes it difficult to read.

Maybe my eyes will adjust, but I do think the colors need to be adjusted.
 Author: TexMexSu View Messages Posted By TexMexSu
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TexMexSu (96)

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In NEWS, jodawill writes:
  In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

  1. New Skin

We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.


  Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

I am really, really, really going to miss the dark green
left and right boarders.

I don't get why brighter is better. Didn't we already go thru this on
the orders page and the dark green was reinstated? Maybe it's an age thing.


At least it's not bright white.

I appreciate the fact that they've left the general layout of the website
the same, even with the old MOCs on the homepage. I think these new colors look
nice, but they're so bright that it makes the background stand out just as
much as the foreground, which makes it difficult to read.

Maybe my eyes will adjust, but I do think the colors need to be adjusted.



Have to agree. After 12 years or so the new appears a little bright.

Could be an age thing I guess but toning it down a few levels would not hurt.
 Author: QCBricks View Messages Posted By QCBricks
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In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

  1. New Skin

We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.


  Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

I am really, really, really going to miss the dark green
left and right boarders.

I don't get why brighter is better. Didn't we already go thru this on
the orders page and the dark green was reinstated? Maybe it's an age thing.


At least it's not bright white.

Look at almost any site these days and they are bright, bright, bright and almost
always white. That is just where the Internet is.

https://www.apple.com/ is a great example of this design philosophy and that
is something they are teaching almost everywhere these days.

Scott
 Author: JulieK View Messages Posted By JulieK
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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

  1. New Skin

We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.


  Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

I am really, really, really going to miss the dark green
left and right boarders.

I don't get why brighter is better. Didn't we already go thru this on
the orders page and the dark green was reinstated? Maybe it's an age thing.


At least it's not bright white.

Look at almost any site these days and they are bright, bright, bright and almost
always white. That is just where the Internet is.

https://www.apple.com/ is a great example of this design philosophy and that
is something they are teaching almost everywhere these days.

Scott

I am aware. I don't like it or understand it.
Julie
 Author: therobo View Messages Posted By therobo
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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

  1. New Skin

We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.


  Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

I am really, really, really going to miss the dark green
left and right boarders.

I don't get why brighter is better. Didn't we already go thru this on
the orders page and the dark green was reinstated? Maybe it's an age thing.


At least it's not bright white.

Look at almost any site these days and they are bright, bright, bright and almost
always white. That is just where the Internet is.

https://www.apple.com/ is a great example of this design philosophy and that
is something they are teaching almost everywhere these days.

Scott

You know what 100'000'000'000 million flies eat each day and yet
you don't eat it?
 Author: vulcan_jedi View Messages Posted By vulcan_jedi
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In NEWS, therobo writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

  1. New Skin

We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.


  Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

I am really, really, really going to miss the dark green
left and right boarders.

I don't get why brighter is better. Didn't we already go thru this on
the orders page and the dark green was reinstated? Maybe it's an age thing.


At least it's not bright white.

Look at almost any site these days and they are bright, bright, bright and almost
always white. That is just where the Internet is.

https://www.apple.com/ is a great example of this design philosophy and that
is something they are teaching almost everywhere these days.

Scott

You know what 100'000'000'000 million flies eat each day and yet
you don't eat it?

Anyway I just tried the actual test site & it doesn't bother my eyes,
must've been the images in the forum. Anyway will the update affect my Wanted,
Most/Least Favorite, & Stoplist Lists?
 Author: mnementh View Messages Posted By mnementh
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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:

  Look at almost any site these days and they are bright, bright, bright and almost
always white. That is just where the Internet is.

https://www.apple.com/ is a great example of this design philosophy and that
is something they are teaching almost everywhere these days.


That doesn't make it good. Or right.

Trying to be the brightest site on the web only helps the advertisers who benefit
from standing out.

Trying to be the loudest song on the radio has pretty much ruined most modern
music.

Troy
 Author: QCBricks View Messages Posted By QCBricks
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In NEWS, mnementh writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:

  Look at almost any site these days and they are bright, bright, bright and almost
always white. That is just where the Internet is.

https://www.apple.com/ is a great example of this design philosophy and that
is something they are teaching almost everywhere these days.


That doesn't make it good. Or right.

Trying to be the brightest site on the web only helps the advertisers who benefit
from standing out.

Trying to be the loudest song on the radio has pretty much ruined most modern
music.

Troy

I never said that it did, so don't put words in my mouth.

That is just the reality of web design these days. As I said, schools teach
it and businesses preach it. As a result, it is only natural that some number
of web designers would put it into practice and odds are that some number of
those designers work for BL. That shouldn't surprise anyone.

Scott
 Author: FigBits View Messages Posted By FigBits
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In NEWS, mnementh writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:

  Look at almost any site these days and they are bright, bright, bright and almost
always white. That is just where the Internet is.

https://www.apple.com/ is a great example of this design philosophy and that
is something they are teaching almost everywhere these days.


That doesn't make it good. Or right.


*shrug*. I think it's good. And "right" -- dark backgrounds on web pages
have been a crappy design choice long before web 2.0.

Even someone with (clearly) no design skills back in 1998 knew at least that
much:
http://web.archive.org/web/19990129013828/http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/9925/


--
Marc.
 Author: legoman77 View Messages Posted By legoman77
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y.
That is just where the Internet is.
  

  Scott

Oh, I thought that the Internet is just a repository for porn.

John P
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y.
That is just where the Internet is.
  

  Scott

Oh, I thought that the Internet is just a repository for porn.

John P

If the shoe fits John....

Scott
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  In NEWS, legoman77 writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
y.
That is just where the Internet is.
  

  Scott

Oh, I thought that the Internet is just a repository for porn.

John P

If the shoe fits John....

Scott

*ouch*

Life is Good.
~Ed.
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y.
That is just where the Internet is.
  

  Scott

Oh, I thought that the Internet is just a repository for porn.

John P

If the shoe fits John....

Scott

It fits like a ..............
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Every time eBay does a "face lift" or update I HATE IT. I know the site is
kinda dated, but people know how to use it. I went through a bunch of stuff on
the new looking site and its not a easy to move around on. Now it might just
be im not use to it yet and I am really use to the old look. But as stuff gets
moved around its harder to find. Call me old fashioned but if its not broke don't
fix it. I get wanting the auto check out but im about 95% against it. Cause I
just know there will be many issues with. I do like seeing the site move in a
forward direction, I just hope its not one step forward and end up being 3 steps
back.
 Author: jamesuniverse View Messages Posted By jamesuniverse
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  Every time eBay does a "face lift" or update I HATE IT. I know the site is
kinda dated, but people know how to use it. I went through a bunch of stuff on
the new looking site and its not a easy to move around on. Now it might just
be im not use to it yet and I am really use to the old look. But as stuff gets
moved around its harder to find. Call me old fashioned but if its not broke don't
fix it. I get wanting the auto check out but im about 95% against it. Cause I
just know there will be many issues with. I do like seeing the site move in a
forward direction, I just hope its not one step forward and end up being 3 steps
back.

Um. Almost nothing got moved around... Just more features?

~JU
 Author: j7r7o7c7k7 View Messages Posted By j7r7o7c7k7
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In NEWS, jamesuniverse writes:
  In NEWS, j7r7o7c7k7 writes:
  Every time eBay does a "face lift" or update I HATE IT. I know the site is
kinda dated, but people know how to use it. I went through a bunch of stuff on
the new looking site and its not a easy to move around on. Now it might just
be im not use to it yet and I am really use to the old look. But as stuff gets
moved around its harder to find. Call me old fashioned but if its not broke don't
fix it. I get wanting the auto check out but im about 95% against it. Cause I
just know there will be many issues with. I do like seeing the site move in a
forward direction, I just hope its not one step forward and end up being 3 steps
back.

Um. Almost nothing got moved around... Just more features?

~JU

Did you look up a item? Its way different. There are a few things that got moved
around. Play around on there you will spot some.
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In NEWS, j7r7o7c7k7 writes:
  Every time eBay does a "face lift" or update I HATE IT. I know the site is
kinda dated, but people know how to use it. I went through a bunch of stuff on
the new looking site and its not a easy to move around on. Now it might just
be im not use to it yet and I am really use to the old look. But as stuff gets
moved around its harder to find. Call me old fashioned but if its not broke don't
fix it. I get wanting the auto check out but im about 95% against it. Cause I
just know there will be many issues with. I do like seeing the site move in a
forward direction, I just hope its not one step forward and end up being 3 steps
back.

But it is broke, for a new user the site is not inviting at all, even with the
new facelift it's still not up to date. If the we want new users, it has
to provide a better commerce experience comparable to web 2.0 sites.
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In NEWS, j7r7o7c7k7 writes:
  Every time eBay does a "face lift" or update I HATE IT. I know the site is
kinda dated, but people know how to use it. I went through a bunch of stuff on
the new looking site and its not a easy to move around on. Now it might just
be im not use to it yet and I am really use to the old look. But as stuff gets
moved around its harder to find. Call me old fashioned but if its not broke don't
fix it. I get wanting the auto check out but im about 95% against it. Cause I
just know there will be many issues with. I do like seeing the site move in a
forward direction, I just hope its not one step forward and end up being 3 steps
back.

The people who have been using it know how to use it. But as a recent new member
it is difficult to get over that hump with the dated look and feel.

Looks cleaner and more consistent with what users see on many other website so
it could drive new customers who would be otherwise turned off.
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  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


It most certainly is lot softer to the eyes (compared to the dark green), so
that's a nice improvement, and the readability has improved a lot, contrasts
are pretty nice.

Found a bug though: right bottom of page: the links 'Daniel Jezek' and
'history of Bricklink' are leading to the MOC shop, but this also happens
on current layout, not sure if anyone noticed before or whether the upcomming
changes have something to do with that...

Nice Job, looks fine otherwise
 
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Hi i have tried the new version and its great. the only thing that i do not like
is the seller country (usually presented graphically using their country flag
- now using text) this makes it harder for me to skim through. I hope its returned
to being a country flag or at least there is an option to display it using flags.
Thank you

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Like most of the facelift. I find it very hard on the eyes to read the tabs
with white print on gray. Darker tab color or black print is something to consider.

Second, the test link displayed the new format for the home page only. The rest
of the tab choices produced the current design.

Darlene

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
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The catalog search feature works nicely. I like the results returned.

Just bouncing around the rest of the site, it appears to be just a color change.
A few items are re-arranged, but I'm not seeing a lot of difference. Maybe
that was the intention.

The big improvements to me will be to deal with part variations. Searching for
a part that has multiple variations should show the variation a seller has not
just the specific one being searched for. Most buyers do not care about the
small differences found in the alternate pieces.

I like it so far.

David
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In NEWS, TheHawkins writes:
  The big improvements to me will be to deal with part variations. Searching for
a part that has multiple variations should show the variation a seller has not
just the specific one being searched for. Most buyers do not care about the
small differences found in the alternate pieces.

Many times, what people mean when they say "most people" is "I". Most buyers
who do care are going to shop for parts that are listed by a specific variation
and not make any fuss about it. Most buyers who buy "undetermined" parts are
the ones who really don't care, unless they ask the seller about them. If
you've got a lot of "undetermined" parts, or you add notes to specific listings
about them not being sorted properly, you probably won't be hearing from
potential customers who want a very specific version.

But what I'd like to see is the ability to search a general type of part
and selectively adjust my search results by one or more specific versions, while
excluding the rest and any unsorted lots. If I can get only the versions I'm
okay with in a single Wanted List entry, that's the best option for me.

On a related note, if there are sellers who refuse to distinguish between two
or more variants, I'd like there to be an "undetermined" listing that they
can use rather than cluttering up the specific variant listings with ones that
really don't belong there.
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Location:  USA, California
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In NEWS, PurpleDave writes:
  In NEWS, TheHawkins writes:
  

-SNIP-

  On a related note, if there are sellers who refuse to distinguish between two
or more variants, I'd like there to be an "undetermined" listing that they
can use rather than cluttering up the specific variant listings with ones that
really don't belong there.

^This; a thousand times this!^
I have noticed the trend of the catalog admins
lately is to remove all the "undetermined" listings for specific parts in the
catalog, which puts a lot of Sellers in the predicament of having things listed
(in effect) incorrectly as a specific variant and having notes (or a note on
their splash page) spelling out how they do not distinguish between the different
variants... but the listing is for a specific variant... & that can very easily
cause confusion for a Buyer...

Being a Seller that *always* tries to list each different variant specifically,
the "undetermined" item catalog entries don't affect me too much...

However, as a Buyer, not having an "undetermined" item listing available
to other Sellers can be really frustrating, because when I am looking for a specific
part variant, I want that particular variant. I don't want to have to research
the notes, splash page, or even bother the Seller with a message asking them
to check (that seems like a waste of their time, that could be easily fixed with
an "undetermined" catalog listing).

The thing is that there are some parts that have the "undetermined" listing:

 
Part No: 30359  Name: Bar 1 x 8 with Brick 1 x 2 Curved Top End (Undetermined Type)
* 
30359 Bar 1 x 8 with Brick 1 x 2 Curved Top End (Undetermined Type)
Parts: Bar
 
Part No: 3942  Name: Cone 2 x 2 x 2 - Undetermined Stud Type
* 
3942 Cone 2 x 2 x 2 - Undetermined Stud Type
Parts: Cone
 
Part No: 3475  Name: Engine, Smooth Small, 1 x 2 Side Plate (Undetermined Axle Holders Type)
* 
3475 Engine, Smooth Small, 1 x 2 Side Plate (Undetermined Axle Holders Type)
Parts: Aircraft
 
Part No: 4285  Name: Dish 6 x 6 Inverted (Radar) Webbed - undetermined type
* 
4285 Dish 6 x 6 Inverted (Radar) Webbed - undetermined type
Parts: Dish
Marked for Deletion
 
Part No: 2412  Name: Tile, Modified 1 x 2 Grille (undetermined type)
* 
2412 Tile, Modified 1 x 2 Grille (undetermined type)
Parts: Tile, Modified

& some that do not or are marked for deletion:

 
Part No: 2555  Name: Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip
* 
2555 Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip
Parts: Tile, Modified
 
Part No: 30350  Name: Tile, Modified 2 x 3 with 2 Clips (undetermined clip type)
  
30350 Tile, Modified 2 x 3 with 2 Clips (undetermined clip type)
Parts: Tile, Modified
Marked for Deletion

Life is Good.
~Ed.
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In NEWS, PurpleDave writes:
  In NEWS, TheHawkins writes:
  The big improvements to me will be to deal with part variations. Searching for
a part that has multiple variations should show the variation a seller has not
just the specific one being searched for. Most buyers do not care about the
small differences found in the alternate pieces.

Many times, what people mean when they say "most people" is "I". Most buyers
who do care are going to shop for parts that are listed by a specific variation
and not make any fuss about it. Most buyers who buy "undetermined" parts are
the ones who really don't care, unless they ask the seller about them. If
you've got a lot of "undetermined" parts, or you add notes to specific listings
about them not being sorted properly, you probably won't be hearing from
potential customers who want a very specific version.

But what I'd like to see is the ability to search a general type of part
and selectively adjust my search results by one or more specific versions, while
excluding the rest and any unsorted lots. If I can get only the versions I'm
okay with in a single Wanted List entry, that's the best option for me.
On a related note, if there are sellers who refuse to distinguish between two
or more variants, I'd like there to be an "undetermined" listing that they
can use rather than cluttering up the specific variant listings with ones that
really don't belong there.


Edit:


  On a related note, if there are sellers who refuse to distinguish between two
or more variants, I'd like there to be an "undetermined" listing that they
MUST use rather than cluttering up the specific variant listings with ones that
really don't belong there.

There should be a setting for both sellers and buyers regarding this. Sellers
who do not differentiate get all the variant parts shown under undetermined entry.
Also buyers who do care about variants, can only see the (variant) listings from
sellers who do differentiate. Buyers who dont care, see all listings as undetermined
regardless of seller's settings.
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Stripe payment work only in 17 country ! so its useless for the rest of us ...
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Although not perfect, this facelift and update are a *HUGE* step in the right
direction! There is a *LOT* to like about it, and I especially like the addition
of modern web functionality using dynamic database fetching without page refreshing.
It will take a little bit to get used to the new interface, but it is nice that
it is not too far removed from the current interface to be much more than a slight
inconvenience for a short amount of time. Well done development team! I can't
wait to see what comes next, and I am very excited about the future of this site!


Cheers,
Randy
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+1, couldn't have worded better myself

In NEWS, randyf writes:
  Although not perfect, this facelift and update are a *HUGE* step in the right
direction! There is a *LOT* to like about it, and I especially like the addition
of modern web functionality using dynamic database fetching without page refreshing.
It will take a little bit to get used to the new interface, but it is nice that
it is not too far removed from the current interface to be much more than a slight
inconvenience for a short amount of time. Well done development team! I can't
wait to see what comes next, and I am very excited about the future of this site!


Cheers,
Randy
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It appears I broke the all items search...
 
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In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  It appears I broke the all items search...

The color is just different, otherwise same UI everything .. unless I am missing
something
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In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  It appears I broke the all items search...

Also I tried the PayPal connect but was unable to get it to work. Is that disabled
in preview? Or is that a technical concern?

The PayPal functionality is by far the most used payment service globally.
It needs a couple things ironed out before launch....
1. There are multiple types of accounts and they have different technical flows.
There are personal, business, professional, etc. with business and professional
accounts, the checkout workflow can detect and confirm successful payment back
to the application. With personal accounts, there is no confirmation so it
is possible for a user to cancel/stop mid payment and the application won't
know.
2. As someone pointed out, options for varying pay-to email addresses is a must
have. Many people have micropayments accounts and some people use separate
emails/accounts for international.
3. PayPal offers credit card processing like stripe on professional accounts
and that needs to be supported.
4. Pay flow should include updating order payment status to paid.
5. Need to handle the complication of eChecks

Also, with the "onsite payment" flow you need to deal with additional order batches
or combined orders.

There are some unfinished items on the shipping model (zones) that must be completed
before go live.

Probably more things, but it's a great start! Happy to see it moving forward.
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In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  It appears I broke the all items search...

Also I tried the PayPal connect but was unable to get it to work. Is that disabled
in preview? Or is that a technical concern?

I think it's disabled for now. I tried to connect with Paypal and it said
invalid account information.

Pam

  
The PayPal functionality is by far the most used payment service globally.
It needs a couple things ironed out before launch....
1. There are multiple types of accounts and they have different technical flows.
There are personal, business, professional, etc. with business and professional
accounts, the checkout workflow can detect and confirm successful payment back
to the application. With personal accounts, there is no confirmation so it
is possible for a user to cancel/stop mid payment and the application won't
know.
2. As someone pointed out, options for varying pay-to email addresses is a must
have. Many people have micropayments accounts and some people use separate
emails/accounts for international.
3. PayPal offers credit card processing like stripe on professional accounts
and that needs to be supported.
4. Pay flow should include updating order payment status to paid.
5. Need to handle the complication of eChecks

Also, with the "onsite payment" flow you need to deal with additional order batches
or combined orders.

There are some unfinished items on the shipping model (zones) that must be completed
before go live.

Probably more things, but it's a great start! Happy to see it moving forward.
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In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  It appears I broke the all items search...

Also I tried the PayPal connect but was unable to get it to work. Is that disabled
in preview? Or is that a technical concern?

The same with Stripe. When I entered my Stripe password it just took me to the
MOC Store Page and no where to go from there.

Pam
  
The PayPal functionality is by far the most used payment service globally.
It needs a couple things ironed out before launch....
1. There are multiple types of accounts and they have different technical flows.
There are personal, business, professional, etc. with business and professional
accounts, the checkout workflow can detect and confirm successful payment back
to the application. With personal accounts, there is no confirmation so it
is possible for a user to cancel/stop mid payment and the application won't
know.
2. As someone pointed out, options for varying pay-to email addresses is a must
have. Many people have micropayments accounts and some people use separate
emails/accounts for international.
3. PayPal offers credit card processing like stripe on professional accounts
and that needs to be supported.
4. Pay flow should include updating order payment status to paid.
5. Need to handle the complication of eChecks

Also, with the "onsite payment" flow you need to deal with additional order batches
or combined orders.

There are some unfinished items on the shipping model (zones) that must be completed
before go live.

Probably more things, but it's a great start! Happy to see it moving forward.
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In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  It appears I broke the all items search...

Also I tried the PayPal connect but was unable to get it to work. Is that disabled
in preview? Or is that a technical concern?

The PayPal functionality is by far the most used payment service globally.
It needs a couple things ironed out before launch....
1. There are multiple types of accounts and they have different technical flows.
There are personal, business, professional, etc. with business and professional
accounts, the checkout workflow can detect and confirm successful payment back
to the application. With personal accounts, there is no confirmation so it
is possible for a user to cancel/stop mid payment and the application won't
know.
2. As someone pointed out, options for varying pay-to email addresses is a must
have. Many people have micropayments accounts and some people use separate
emails/accounts for international.
3. PayPal offers credit card processing like stripe on professional accounts
and that needs to be supported.
4. Pay flow should include updating order payment status to paid.
5. Need to handle the complication of eChecks

Also, with the "onsite payment" flow you need to deal with additional order batches
or combined orders.

What almost needs to happen is that sellers should be able to define what shipping
methods allow for an instant payment. If a seller has some sort of option like
"Keep Order Open", that status should block a buyer from accessing the PayPal/Stripe
payment area. I am sure that this can also be done with the order status. (e.g.
the buyer can only access it when the invoice status is "Ready" or something
like that)

Scott

  
There are some unfinished items on the shipping model (zones) that must be completed
before go live.

Probably more things, but it's a great start! Happy to see it moving forward.
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In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  
The PayPal functionality is by far the most used payment service globally.
It needs a couple things ironed out before launch....
1. There are multiple types of accounts and they have different technical flows.
There are personal, business, professional, etc.

Will the BrickLink Facelift allow sellers to direct buyers to send payment to
their PERSONAL PayPal account? If so, will buyers know they are making a personal
payment?

This is very important because buyers do not have any protection if they send
a personal PayPal payment and, over the last few years, some sellers have surreptitiously
sent direct payment links to buyers that are for personal payments, BUT WITHOUT
TELLING THE BUYER. At the very least, buyers should be told they are making a
personal payment that provides them with no protection. To avoid abuse and misuse,
it would be better if the BrickLink Facelift did not allow any links or onsite
payments to personal PayPal accounts. Payment for any LEGO ordered and purchased
from a BrickLink seller is NOT a personal payment. It is payment for commercial
goods or merchandise.

Thor
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In NEWS, fosterbengoshi writes:
  In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  
The PayPal functionality is by far the most used payment service globally.
It needs a couple things ironed out before launch....
1. There are multiple types of accounts and they have different technical flows.
There are personal, business, professional, etc.

Will the BrickLink Facelift allow sellers to direct buyers to send payment to
their PERSONAL PayPal account? If so, will buyers know they are making a personal
payment?

This is very important because buyers do not have any protection if they send
a personal PayPal payment and, over the last few years, some sellers have surreptitiously
sent direct payment links to buyers that are for personal payments, BUT WITHOUT
TELLING THE BUYER. At the very least, buyers should be told they are making a
personal payment that provides them with no protection. To avoid abuse and misuse,
it would be better if the BrickLink Facelift did not allow any links or onsite
payments to personal PayPal accounts. Payment for any LEGO ordered and purchased
from a BrickLink seller is NOT a personal payment. It is payment for commercial
goods or merchandise.

Thor

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In NEWS, fosterbengoshi writes:
  In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  
The PayPal functionality is by far the most used payment service globally.
It needs a couple things ironed out before launch....
1. There are multiple types of accounts and they have different technical flows.
There are personal, business, professional, etc.

Will the BrickLink Facelift allow sellers to direct buyers to send payment to
their PERSONAL PayPal account? If so, will buyers know they are making a personal
payment?

This is very important because buyers do not have any protection if they send
a personal PayPal payment and, over the last few years, some sellers have surreptitiously
sent direct payment links to buyers that are for personal payments, BUT WITHOUT
TELLING THE BUYER. At the very least, buyers should be told they are making a
personal payment that provides them with no protection. To avoid abuse and misuse,
it would be better if the BrickLink Facelift did not allow any links or onsite
payments to personal PayPal accounts. Payment for any LEGO ordered and purchased
from a BrickLink seller is NOT a personal payment. It is payment for commercial
goods or merchandise.

Thor

You mistook me - I was talking about non-business PayPal accounts. They can
still accept "goods" payments but the technical functionality is different (no
IPN etc). All payments should be processed as goods not friends and family.
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Love the new look! I'm so happy that the ugly dark-green is gone. That dark-green
is the sole reason I didn't shop on the site for months after I first discovered
it. I thought it was frighteningly ugly and uninviting. The new colors are so
much more friendly! The new site still looks kind of dated compared to modern
websites, but this is definitely a move in the right direction to a more inviting
and user-friendly website. My only complaint would be is that some of the text
is unnecessarily small, but other than that, bring it on!

In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  In NEWS, fosterbengoshi writes:
  In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  
The PayPal functionality is by far the most used payment service globally.
It needs a couple things ironed out before launch....
1. There are multiple types of accounts and they have different technical flows.
There are personal, business, professional, etc.

Will the BrickLink Facelift allow sellers to direct buyers to send payment to
their PERSONAL PayPal account? If so, will buyers know they are making a personal
payment?

This is very important because buyers do not have any protection if they send
a personal PayPal payment and, over the last few years, some sellers have surreptitiously
sent direct payment links to buyers that are for personal payments, BUT WITHOUT
TELLING THE BUYER. At the very least, buyers should be told they are making a
personal payment that provides them with no protection. To avoid abuse and misuse,
it would be better if the BrickLink Facelift did not allow any links or onsite
payments to personal PayPal accounts. Payment for any LEGO ordered and purchased
from a BrickLink seller is NOT a personal payment. It is payment for commercial
goods or merchandise.

Thor

You mistook me - I was talking about non-business PayPal accounts. They can
still accept "goods" payments but the technical functionality is different (no
IPN etc). All payments should be processed as goods not friends and family.
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In NEWS, akunthita writes:
  Love the new look! I'm so happy that the ugly dark-green is gone. That dark-green
is the sole reason I didn't shop on the site for months after I first discovered
it. I thought it was frighteningly ugly and uninviting. The new colors are so
much more friendly! The new site still looks kind of dated compared to modern
websites, but this is definitely a move in the right direction to a more inviting
and user-friendly website. My only complaint would be is that some of the text
is unnecessarily small, but other than that, bring it on!


I don't mind the green. I don't mind the blue. I do mind the huge margins
though, they are completely unnecessary and a waste of screen real estate. Same
with the MOC shop, it takes up 1/4 of the front page and is of little interest.

Going back to colors, why can than not just allow this to be customized. If someone
doesn't like dark green borders, let them change them. If someone prefers
pink, let them have pink.
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In NEWS, mabccc writes:
  In NEWS, akunthita writes:
  Love the new look! I'm so happy that the ugly dark-green is gone. That dark-green
is the sole reason I didn't shop on the site for months after I first discovered
it. I thought it was frighteningly ugly and uninviting. The new colors are so
much more friendly! The new site still looks kind of dated compared to modern
websites, but this is definitely a move in the right direction to a more inviting
and user-friendly website. My only complaint would be is that some of the text
is unnecessarily small, but other than that, bring it on!


I don't mind the green. I don't mind the blue. I do mind the huge margins
though, they are completely unnecessary and a waste of screen real estate. Same
with the MOC shop, it takes up 1/4 of the front page and is of little interest.

Going back to colors, why can than not just allow this to be customized. If someone
doesn't like dark green borders, let them change them. If someone prefers
pink, let them have pink.

What a novel idea - give people a choice! That's what I'd like to see
on all this new development stuff. Have a default setting for what the site want's
to present to the outside, but once logged in let people have it their way.
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In NEWS, fosterbengoshi writes:
  Will the BrickLink Facelift allow sellers to direct buyers to send payment to
their PERSONAL PayPal account? If so, will buyers know they are making a personal
payment?

Personal vs business accounts are no longer relevant. Leaving that in the hands
of the sellers led to rampant abuse where people would run dual accounts and
direct as much income through the personal account as they could without triggering
a forced upgrade to a business account. Now it's left to the buyer to make
a personal fee-free payment, or a business payment. And sellers might be
able to shave their fees by offering a smaller discount, but once you factor
in the loss of buyer protection they'd likely have to offer a discount that's
bigger than the fees they're trying to avoid.

But that does bring up a disturbing vulnerability. With the growing use of embedded
links in invoices, I suspect it won't take long before some scammer takes
advantage of the fact that making a personal payment strips the buyer of any
protection for their purchase, allowing the scammer to walk away with the money
and no worries over having it reclaimed.
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But that does bring up a disturbing vulnerability. With the growing use of embedded
links in invoices, I suspect it won't take long before some scammer takes
advantage of the fact that making a personal payment strips the buyer of any
protection for their purchase, allowing the scammer to walk away with the money
and no worries over having it reclaimed.

There have already been several BL sellers who set up their PayPal direct payment
links as personal payments without telling their buyers (including one BL seller
with over 15,000 feedback). It is not theoretical or something that may happen
in the future. It already has happened.

Now, admittedly, these sellers were not trying to scam anyone (except PayPal)
out of their order or money. They just did not want to deal with the risk of
a PayPal claim. However, they should have at least told their buyers that their
payment link would strip away their PayPal buyer protection.

Then there is the fact that buyers who purchase to restock their own BL store
inventory may not be able to get a business expense deduction for something that
is designated as a "personal" payment.

Thor
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In NEWS, DadsAFOL writes:
  It appears I broke the all items search...

same for me.
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I was so excited to read this post... until I saw the first picture. The colors
are horrendous! The bright jumps in your face like it's attacking you.

The bright blue background REALLY looks out of place in my opinion. The current
dark green background serves at being pleasing to the eye and combining with
the rest of the colors, but that almost white doesn't fit at all, in my opinion.

Also, the bottom row of tabs not being separated looks pretty bad too.

It might be me, but most of this redesign looks like a downgrade.

My main concern is:

Color. Unnecesarily switching dark colors that have usually been an icon of bricklink,
are pleasing to the eye, and combine well, to bright colors that don't fit
nor combine, in my opinion. Maybe we could be talking if the background color
was a darker blue like that one at bricksetforum.com.

Also, the light gray in the top row of tabs looks really bad in my opinion. All
of these new color designs look

Apart from that, I dislike the bottom row of tabs not being separated, some other
UI changes being cluttered, the new logo actually looks less elegant than the
current one, and some things are not centered.

I hope it's only me maybe.

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
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Just wanted to make an edit, that what I'm complaining about is not the UI
changes, which are much needed, I love the rest, it's just the color. I think
it's a downgrade, and there was no need at all to change the color of the
current site. However, I'm all in for the other changes!

In NEWS, Brick_Top writes:
  I was so excited to read this post... until I saw the first picture. The colors
are horrendous! The bright jumps in your face like it's attacking you.

The bright blue background REALLY looks out of place in my opinion. The current
dark green background serves at being pleasing to the eye and combining with
the rest of the colors, but that almost white doesn't fit at all, in my opinion.

Also, the bottom row of tabs not being separated looks pretty bad too.

It might be me, but most of this redesign looks like a downgrade.

My main concern is:

Color. Unnecesarily switching dark colors that have usually been an icon of bricklink,
are pleasing to the eye, and combine well, to bright colors that don't fit
nor combine, in my opinion. Maybe we could be talking if the background color
was a darker blue like that one at bricksetforum.com.

Also, the light gray in the top row of tabs looks really bad in my opinion. All
of these new color designs look

Apart from that, I dislike the bottom row of tabs not being separated, some other
UI changes being cluttered, the new logo actually looks less elegant than the
current one, and some things are not centered.

I hope it's only me maybe.
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That's funny, because I think the current off-sky blue / forest green color
combo is horrendous. I'm hard pressed to find a current large website with
colors of such differing moods pressed against one another. The lighter green
tabs help to mitigate the clash, but the left and right sides of the page makes
me want to adjust my screen coloring.

I welcome the simplified blue look over the current colors. I'm also a little
bothered by the gray tabs. They feel inaccessible.

K

In NEWS, Brick_Top writes:
  Just wanted to make an edit, that what I'm complaining about is not the UI
changes, which are much needed, I love the rest, it's just the color. I think
it's a downgrade, and there was no need at all to change the color of the
current site. However, I'm all in for the other changes!

In NEWS, Brick_Top writes:
  I was so excited to read this post... until I saw the first picture. The colors
are horrendous! The bright jumps in your face like it's attacking you.

The bright blue background REALLY looks out of place in my opinion. The current
dark green background serves at being pleasing to the eye and combining with
the rest of the colors, but that almost white doesn't fit at all, in my opinion.

Also, the bottom row of tabs not being separated looks pretty bad too.

It might be me, but most of this redesign looks like a downgrade.

My main concern is:

Color. Unnecesarily switching dark colors that have usually been an icon of bricklink,
are pleasing to the eye, and combine well, to bright colors that don't fit
nor combine, in my opinion. Maybe we could be talking if the background color
was a darker blue like that one at bricksetforum.com.

Also, the light gray in the top row of tabs looks really bad in my opinion. All
of these new color designs look

Apart from that, I dislike the bottom row of tabs not being separated, some other
UI changes being cluttered, the new logo actually looks less elegant than the
current one, and some things are not centered.

I hope it's only me maybe.
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In NEWS, Brick_Top writes:
  I was so excited to read this post... until I saw the first picture. The colors
are horrendous! The bright jumps in your face like it's attacking you.

The bright blue background REALLY looks out of place in my opinion. The current
dark green background serves at being pleasing to the eye and combining with
the rest of the colors, but that almost white doesn't fit at all, in my opinion.

Also, the bottom row of tabs not being separated looks pretty bad too.

It might be me, but most of this redesign looks like a downgrade.

My main concern is:

Color. Unnecesarily switching dark colors that have usually been an icon of bricklink,
are pleasing to the eye, and combine well, to bright colors that don't fit
nor combine, in my opinion. Maybe we could be talking if the background color
was a darker blue like that one at bricksetforum.com.

Also, the light gray in the top row of tabs looks really bad in my opinion. All
of these new color designs look

Apart from that, I dislike the bottom row of tabs not being separated, some other
UI changes being cluttered, the new logo actually looks less elegant than the
current one, and some things are not centered.

I hope it's only me maybe.


It's not only you...

With all the empty space to the left and right of the site, the bright blue really
hurts the eyes (it does *POP*, but definitely not in a good way)... maybe the
blue wouldn't be so annoying if the page actually extended left and right
covering most of it (like most *cough* modern *cough* websites), but as
it is presented in this redesign, it is is painful to look at... a darker, more
subdued color would work much, much better (& it doesn't necessarily have
to be the old green, but that color worked very well for years, and became pretty
symbolic of Bricklink over the years)...

Life is Good.
~Ed.
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In NEWS, edeevo writes:
  In NEWS, Brick_Top writes:
  I was so excited to read this post... until I saw the first picture. The colors
are horrendous! The bright jumps in your face like it's attacking you.

The bright blue background REALLY looks out of place in my opinion. The current
dark green background serves at being pleasing to the eye and combining with
the rest of the colors, but that almost white doesn't fit at all, in my opinion.

Also, the bottom row of tabs not being separated looks pretty bad too.

It might be me, but most of this redesign looks like a downgrade.

My main concern is:

Color. Unnecesarily switching dark colors that have usually been an icon of bricklink,
are pleasing to the eye, and combine well, to bright colors that don't fit
nor combine, in my opinion. Maybe we could be talking if the background color
was a darker blue like that one at bricksetforum.com.

Also, the light gray in the top row of tabs looks really bad in my opinion. All
of these new color designs look

Apart from that, I dislike the bottom row of tabs not being separated, some other
UI changes being cluttered, the new logo actually looks less elegant than the
current one, and some things are not centered.

I hope it's only me maybe.


It's not only you...

With all the empty space to the left and right of the site, the bright blue really
hurts the eyes (it does *POP*, but definitely not in a good way)... maybe the
blue wouldn't be so annoying if the page actually extended left and right
covering most of it (like most *cough* modern *cough* websites), but as
it is presented in this redesign, it is is painful to look at... a darker, more
subdued color would work much, much better (& it doesn't necessarily have
to be the old green, but that color worked very well for years, and became pretty
symbolic of Bricklink over the years)...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

This. I must also say that the single biggest reason why I am not around BO yet,
besides uncomfy UI, is the horrid color scheme. It seems to me that enough people
loath the iStyle of so called "contemporary" websites.. why does almost each
and every designer feels like it's the only way to go?

BL has colors that are now a trademark of the site. Why destroy the identity?
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In NEWS, shop4TECHNIC writes:
  In NEWS, edeevo writes:
  In NEWS, Brick_Top writes:
  I was so excited to read this post... until I saw the first picture. The colors
are horrendous! The bright jumps in your face like it's attacking you.

The bright blue background REALLY looks out of place in my opinion. The current
dark green background serves at being pleasing to the eye and combining with
the rest of the colors, but that almost white doesn't fit at all, in my opinion.

Also, the bottom row of tabs not being separated looks pretty bad too.

It might be me, but most of this redesign looks like a downgrade.

My main concern is:

Color. Unnecesarily switching dark colors that have usually been an icon of bricklink,
are pleasing to the eye, and combine well, to bright colors that don't fit
nor combine, in my opinion. Maybe we could be talking if the background color
was a darker blue like that one at bricksetforum.com.

Also, the light gray in the top row of tabs looks really bad in my opinion. All
of these new color designs look

Apart from that, I dislike the bottom row of tabs not being separated, some other
UI changes being cluttered, the new logo actually looks less elegant than the
current one, and some things are not centered.

I hope it's only me maybe.


It's not only you...

With all the empty space to the left and right of the site, the bright blue really
hurts the eyes (it does *POP*, but definitely not in a good way)... maybe the
blue wouldn't be so annoying if the page actually extended left and right
covering most of it (like most *cough* modern *cough* websites), but as
it is presented in this redesign, it is is painful to look at... a darker, more
subdued color would work much, much better (& it doesn't necessarily have
to be the old green, but that color worked very well for years, and became pretty
symbolic of Bricklink over the years)...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

This. I must also say that the single biggest reason why I am not around BO yet,
besides uncomfy UI, is the horrid color scheme. It seems to me that enough people
loath the iStyle of so called "contemporary" websites.. why does almost each
and every designer feels like it's the only way to go?

Because they are followers, not leaders - they do not think independently, they
do not design in the true sense of the word - they merely bring into conformity
that which is outside the norm. As children, they spent large amounts of time
coloring within the lines and building only from instructions.

Face it, Admin Dan was a rare type, and unless BL comes up with someone at least
as brilliant as he was, every deviation from his original ideas is going to feel
like a downgrade.

  BL has colors that are now a trademark of the site. Why destroy the identity?

I have been wondering that ever since that "new logo" contest was held a few
years ago. Of all the needs the site has, is a new logo (or a new look) really
one of them?

Of course, I don't think so. But I do believe there are people who see the
original BL as a quirky one-horse site that just got lucky with timing, and its
success is due a worldwide trend of independent Lego building. They don't
see BL's custom/old school feel as the cozy den that a lonely AFOL can call
"home", they don't recognize how the classic, minimalistic design of the
catalog system can pull a person out of their dark ages and turn them into a
contributing member of Lego society, they don't see a connection between
the creativity that permeates the site and the creativity on display at the large
Lego conventions around the world. All they see is a site that isn't like
other sites, and they're bent on changing it.
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In NEWS, Brick_Top writes:
  I was so excited to read this post... until I saw the first picture. The colors
are horrendous! The bright jumps in your face like it's attacking you.

The bright blue background REALLY looks out of place in my opinion. The current
dark green background serves at being pleasing to the eye and combining with
the rest of the colors, but that almost white doesn't fit at all, in my opinion.

Also, the bottom row of tabs not being separated looks pretty bad too.

It might be me, but most of this redesign looks like a downgrade.

My main concern is:

Color. Unnecesarily switching dark colors that have usually been an icon of bricklink,
are pleasing to the eye, and combine well, to bright colors that don't fit
nor combine, in my opinion. Maybe we could be talking if the background color
was a darker blue like that one at bricksetforum.com.

Also, the light gray in the top row of tabs looks really bad in my opinion. All
of these new color designs look

Apart from that, I dislike the bottom row of tabs not being separated, some other
UI changes being cluttered, the new logo actually looks less elegant than the
current one, and some things are not centered.

I hope it's only me maybe.

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


I to agree the new colors suck.
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Skin - not bothered either way, it still looks very dated but different colours.

Payments - good, a step there.

Search - you still need to know what to search for to be able to search for it.
For example, surfboard, surf board or surf-board. Yes, I know you can do surf*
but sometimes that will pull up many results. It's even worse if it is American
/ British spelling problems or an accented character. Until there is a fuzzy
or similar search, or allows users to add tags, the search tools here will be
rooted in the 1990s.
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I like it!

However, I would like to see a feature/link (if it's possible) within the
search section of catalogue, next to the 'view my inventory' tab that
will take me direct to the particular item that I am looking at that is within
my inventory, rather than my whole store's inventory. (I hope that makes
sense)

Paul
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Oke!!!! Well done, there must have been a lot of time being put into this!
I love to see it life, problem though is, I need to re-learn the site.... at
my age... Ouch, feeling old right now
Good to see progress!
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I haven't given it a try yet, but this sounds like the improvement we've
all been waiting for since BrickLink was bought out. I'm very excited about
the opportunity to test this new UI.

I hope the developers listen to any concerns that arise during the preview phase.
Judging by this post, it sounds like a welcome improvement, but as with any large
change, there will inevitably be some aspects that will need some tweaking before
everyone switches to this new platform.

Thank you for all of the hard work. I'm going to go try the new site now!
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In NEWS, jodawill writes:
  I haven't given it a try yet, but this sounds like the improvement we've
all been waiting for since BrickLink was bought out. I'm very excited about
the opportunity to test this new UI.

I hope the developers listen to any concerns that arise during the preview phase.
Judging by this post, it sounds like a welcome improvement, but as with any large
change, there will inevitably be some aspects that will need some tweaking before
everyone switches to this new platform.

Thank you for all of the hard work. I'm going to go try the new site now!

I'm getting an error message when I try to access a catalog page. http://i.imgur.com/RxCZ0UE.png
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Please make it an option for people to be able to switch between the old and
new layout + logo, if possible. I don't think I'd be able to get used
to a different looking Bricklink after 8 years, honestly, and I'd like to
keep it the way it was.
But that's all regarding the layout and such. Thanks.

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
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1. Colors - a bit jarring but is probably something we will get used to.

2. Font / Borders - Why is the typeface so much smaller? And it would
be nice if the 'content' of the pages stretched more across the page
(ie, less 'border' and more actual 'content' ).

3. Menus - Like others said, second tier menu options look jumbled and
you hardly notice them.

4. Catalog - Not a fan of the new page design; everything seems cramped.
Would absolutely LOVE if you could select the default landing page. We as Sellers
really don't need to see what others have listed for sale, but we do constantly
look at the Price Guide to see how we should price our inventory. So my preferred
order would be Price Guide, Components, then Store Inventory.

And shouldn't Store Inventory be changed back to Items for Sale? "Store
Inventory" makes me think of my own Inventory, not other Sellers' inventory.
(Did anyone else notice the "No Min Purchase" and "Exclude Super Lots" check
boxes?)

Would be nice if the "View My Inventory" link reported back to that item in My
Inventory, not my whole Inventory. Or add an additional link to that item in
My Inventory.

5. Auto-payment - We also use 2 PayPal accounts, so more options are needed
to differentiate for MicroPayment accounts.
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I don't like having to select a tab for price guide, then pick a color from
a drop down to get to a price guide.....

http://previewa.bricklink.com/pages/clone/catalogitem.page?P=3005


However, I see under the "color info" tab there is direct links to price guide
by color pages.


Will there be a setting where I can specify a default tab to display on catalog
pages? e.g. I'd prefer "color info" to display by default rather than "Store
Inventory".
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Hi,
the new pages do not work properly in IE9.
On several places it says "Loading" but nothing loads.
Also no catalog images.
Expand and More Options not clickable.
Admin part on bottom of page has extremely wide line spacing.
 
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  Hi,
the new pages do not work properly in IE9.
On several places it says "Loading" but nothing loads.
Also no catalog images.
Expand and More Options not clickable.
Admin part on bottom of page has extremely wide line spacing.

I don't want to sound picky, but the new look kind of hurts my eyes.
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This happened to me as well using Firefox, but a refresh solved the problem.

Jen

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  Hi,
the new pages do not work properly in IE9.
On several places it says "Loading" but nothing loads.
Also no catalog images.
Expand and More Options not clickable.
Admin part on bottom of page has extremely wide line spacing.
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In NEWS, therobo writes:
  Hi,
the new pages do not work properly in IE9.
On several places it says "Loading" but nothing loads.
Also no catalog images.
Expand and More Options not clickable.
Admin part on bottom of page has extremely wide line spacing.

Hi Ronald,

Can you try refreshing a few times to see if this still occurs? There may be
some connectivity issues or problems with cache from the old site on the first
load. I did test the new features in IE9 to make sure everything works. The
admin tools are showing up but not functionally complete yet on the preview site
btw.

-Ryan
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In NEWS, QA_Ryan writes:
  In NEWS, therobo writes:
  Hi,
the new pages do not work properly in IE9.
On several places it says "Loading" but nothing loads.
Also no catalog images.
Expand and More Options not clickable.
Admin part on bottom of page has extremely wide line spacing.

Hi Ronald,

Can you try refreshing a few times to see if this still occurs? There may be
some connectivity issues or problems with cache from the old site on the first
load. I did test the new features in IE9 to make sure everything works. The
admin tools are showing up but not functionally complete yet on the preview site
btw.

-Ryan

Thanx for the hint, it worked
I noticed an issue with the links in the middle, "Add This Part" for example.
Drag and drop does not work when pulling a link in a second browser window.
It does not not open the linked page but instead the same page as in the first
page.
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Suggestion: It might be helpful for the "All Items" search to consider the item
categories when looking at the keywords. For example, "black classic space minifigure"
yields nothing. (What does this communicate to a new buyer?)

http://i.imgur.com/KHN0alr.png
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Looking good, I like it! Will the design also be responsive so it can scale better
on high resolutions and small devices?

Also, any plan of adding a function like Brickficiency? Would be even better
if it could include shipping costs! That way potential buyers could easily see
what the most economic option is and won't have to worry about that anymore.
That would probably make people buy parts faster.
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I don't like it, but I accept it. I have no clue why people like having bright
white screens shining into their face (it's not even physically healthy),
and it also looks poor Windows 3.1ish to me, but apparently this is "fashion"
these days. So I appreciate that Bricklink has to go along with fashion.

What I really don't like though, and I have been posting about this several
times, is the white and very light gray alternating lines in lists. It makes
me push my nose into my screen to see the color difference properly. The old
white and decent gray made it much easier to read listings (like received orders,
or parts in sets). You used to be able to see in one glance which data on the
lefthand side of the list entry belonged to which data on the righthand side.
After it changed I found my eyes tracking from left to right to make sure I'm
reading the entries properly. Also I lose track when I'm scrolling. Clear
colour difference between entries in lists is very much desirable.
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In NEWS, Admin writes:


snip


  

We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


Just a couple of random thoughts.

-Love the color. The Dark Green is just terrible...and I am not a youngin, so
it is not an "age thing". So happy to see the c. early 2000s scripty/cursive
logo go away. If anything says "DIY HTML in Front Page 2000" it is that. (My
apologies to Comic Sans and Papyrus)

I do agree that creating a dynamically wide feature that covered up more of the
baby blue would be okay. (Actually don't care that much...and I don't
think that people who want to buy or sell Lego really care that much either.
This is a site for selling Lego, not a design firm)

-There are still some strange inconsistencies.

For example, the "All Items" search is great how it places the headings in for
things like "Sets" or "Parts" that share item numbers, but when you go to
the catalog tab and search, these headings are not there. Yet, when you click
on the item, it then takes you to the newer view. It seems like a bit of leaving
the new for the old, only to have the site redirect you to the new. If that
is working as intended, then I think steps should be taken to direct people to
the All Items search over the old catalog search, but leave the older option
there for those that want to still use it. (I understand that "All Items" is
the default, but maybe move the "Catalog" tab to a less obvious place)

An additional step has been added to the Items for Sale search. On the old site,
one could do things like limit the Min Qty and hit enter to generate the limited
search. Now, on the new site, the enter key does not work. One must grab the
mouse and click on the blue "Search" box. A minor thing, but those extra clicks
and that time can add up. (On a related note, I would actually like to see the
enter feature disabled on something like the part set screen!)

The Quantity in the Sell Items view needs some sort of emphasis. The ( ) just
doesn't work. On the current site, it is bolded and that works pretty well
to draw the eye. In that same vein, would it be crazy to highlight "Used" in
one color and "New" in a different color?

On that same screen, I also think that the two prices need some additional context
options. The heading only says "Price", but then it lists (during a sample search)...

US $0.00
(EUR 0.00)

below it and that just seems strange. Is the part free? Why is it showing me
EUR? (I am assuming it is because the store in question uses EUR for their currency,
but it should be more clear that the site is showing me the top price in my "local
currency")

I am guessing that I need to change a option to see 3 or 4 decimal places, but
is a new buyer going to know to do that?

I am sure I will see more later. Others here at QCB who deal much more with
the BL side of things are busy clicking away on the new site as well right now,
so I would imagine they will share their thoughts with the BL team at some point.

Scott
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  In NEWS, Admin writes:


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We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


Just a couple of random thoughts.

-Love the color. The Dark Green is just terrible...and I am not a youngin, so
it is not an "age thing". So happy to see the c. early 2000s scripty/cursive
logo go away. If anything says "DIY HTML in Front Page 2000" it is that. (My
apologies to Comic Sans and Papyrus)

I do agree that creating a dynamically wide feature that covered up more of the
baby blue would be okay. (Actually don't care that much...and I don't
think that people who want to buy or sell Lego really care that much either.
This is a site for selling Lego, not a design firm)

-There are still some strange inconsistencies.

For example, the "All Items" search is great how it places the headings in for
things like "Sets" or "Parts" that share item numbers, but when you go to
the catalog tab and search, these headings are not there. Yet, when you click
on the item, it then takes you to the newer view. It seems like a bit of leaving
the new for the old, only to have the site redirect you to the new. If that
is working as intended, then I think steps should be taken to direct people to
the All Items search over the old catalog search, but leave the older option
there for those that want to still use it. (I understand that "All Items" is
the default, but maybe move the "Catalog" tab to a less obvious place)

An additional step has been added to the Items for Sale search. On the old site,
one could do things like limit the Min Qty and hit enter to generate the limited
search. Now, on the new site, the enter key does not work. One must grab the
mouse and click on the blue "Search" box. A minor thing, but those extra clicks
and that time can add up. (On a related note, I would actually like to see the
enter feature disabled on something like the part set screen!)

The Quantity in the Sell Items view needs some sort of emphasis. The ( ) just
doesn't work. On the current site, it is bolded and that works pretty well
to draw the eye. In that same vein, would it be crazy to highlight "Used" in
one color and "New" in a different color?

On that same screen, I also think that the two prices need some additional context
options. The heading only says "Price", but then it lists (during a sample search)...

US $0.00
(EUR 0.00)

below it and that just seems strange. Is the part free? Why is it showing me
EUR? (I am assuming it is because the store in question uses EUR for their currency,
but it should be more clear that the site is showing me the top price in my "local
currency")

I am guessing that I need to change a option to see 3 or 4 decimal places, but
is a new buyer going to know to do that?

I am sure I will see more later. Others here at QCB who deal much more with
the BL side of things are busy clicking away on the new site as well right now,
so I would imagine they will share their thoughts with the BL team at some point.

Scott

More poking around and I also noticed that the new site is stripping out HTML
from the Comments. We use things that that for emphasis and when it gets compressed
into single spaced lines and the HTML is stripped out it may make it much easier
for a buyer (or staff member) to miss something that is being emphasized for
a reason.

I also noticed another added click when you must now use the "Lowest Price"/"Highest
Quantity"/etc... dropdown outside of the current Location/Qty/etc. framework.
In addition, because those options must now be expanded with a click, there
have been 2 or 3 clicks added to the old process.

It is now click-enter quantity-click expand options- click on options- then
click to search-click to sort. On old site it is select dropdown sort with
click--click-enter quantity-hit enter.

Scott
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  More poking around and I also noticed that the new site is stripping out HTML
from the Comments. We use things that that for emphasis and when it gets compressed
into single spaced lines and the HTML is stripped out it may make it much easier
for a buyer (or staff member) to miss something that is being emphasized for
a reason.

I also noticed another added click when you must now use the "Lowest Price"/"Highest
Quantity"/etc... dropdown outside of the current Location/Qty/etc. framework.
In addition, because those options must now be expanded with a click, there
have been 2 or 3 clicks added to the old process.

It is now click-enter quantity-click expand options- click on options- then
click to search-click to sort. On old site it is select dropdown sort with
click--click-enter quantity-hit enter.

Scott

As much as I am generally opposed to the new format, to be fair many of the details
of the new pages do not seem to have been completely finished. Of course some
of what you are noticing may be intentional, but I think quite a bit will be
adjusted according to feedback received. At least this is how it has worked on
other newly launched features.

Russell
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Hi,
besides the very bright colors which are very insane and not user friendly, some
more thoughts:

Why hide releationships and additional notes on the new pages?
Both are there for a reason: to alert users that an item may have important issues.
We discussed this at length some weeks ago behind the scenes.
As it is now, is a big step back.
Additional notes also don't show up completely when expanded and are not
scrollable
Check:
http://previewa.bricklink.com/pages/clone/catalogitem.page?S=79104-2


When looking up a set where do I see if it is in my store inventory and where
can I edit it? Where can I see if this set is on my wanted list?


Is there any way to set a default view, i.e. to choose a tab by default?
Store Inventory - Color Info - Price Guide - Admins


Enter key does not work in input fields.


New pages load much slower than old pages.
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Wow, this looks great! It's a shame you're losing the trademark green.
Maybe keep it but make it brighter? I think it'd look great.

Other than that, I love how it looks! Can't wait for its release.
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  Wow, this looks great! It's a shame you're losing the trademark green.
Maybe keep it but make it brighter? I think it'd look great.

Other than that, I love how it looks! Can't wait for its release.

Yeah I'd say keep that dark green! Dare to show some personality, instead
of making it look as generic as possible. We have TOO many white&blue sites these
days, it's past its peak. Also, it makes Briclink look like a clone of BrickOwl.
Ironic
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  Also, it makes Briclink look like a clone of BrickOwl.
Ironic

That was my first impression as well.
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In NEWS, jodawill writes:
  In NEWS, Teup writes:
  Also, it makes Briclink look like a clone of BrickOwl.
Ironic

That was my first impression as well.

At first I was like, OK, can't blame BL for having to go along with fashion..
but now.. I really think it's just TOO generic. I seriously think that this
is even commercially just a bad, bad move. People who are new to Bricklink will
not get the 'brand' to stick with them in this way. I'd forget it
was Bricklink where I had that pleasant shopping experience, since more than
half of the sites I use these days are blue and white. It looks completely anonymous.
As we speak I have two other such sites in my other tabs

If the green is too green, blend some dark gray into it to make it more robust..
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In NEWS, Teup writes:
  In NEWS, jodawill writes:
  In NEWS, Teup writes:
  Also, it makes Briclink look like a clone of BrickOwl.
Ironic

That was my first impression as well.

At first I was like, OK, can't blame BL for having to go along with fashion..
but now.. I really think it's just TOO generic. I seriously think that this
is even commercially just a bad, bad move. People who are new to Bricklink will
not get the 'brand' to stick with them in this way. I'd forget it
was Bricklink where I had that pleasant shopping experience, since more than
half of the sites I use these days are blue and white. It looks completely anonymous.
As we speak I have two other such sites in my other tabs

If the green is too green, blend some dark gray into it to make it more robust..

Exactly! If a solid color isn't "new" or "trendy" enough, use a gradient
fill for it...

Life is Good.
~Ed.
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Nice to see progress being made!

My pet peeve is the amount of "dead space" on the catalog pages, 3 areas of note;

1 - Between "catalog:parts:plate:3024: and "select color".
2 - Between the clickable small images and the "store inventory / color guide
/ price guide" tabs.
3 - Between the "store inventory / color guide / price guide" tabs and the "Lots
for sale", etc. row.
 
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  Nice to see progress being made!

My pet peeve is the amount of "dead space" on the catalog pages, 3 areas of note;

1 - Between "catalog:parts:plate:3024: and "select color".
2 - Between the clickable small images and the "store inventory / color guide
/ price guide" tabs.
3 - Between the "store inventory / color guide / price guide" tabs and the "Lots
for sale", etc. row.

I like the spacing, it is appropriate. You can read the information easily.
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  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.


A search for gator should turn up alligator.

MHN1957
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team

Good morning

It looks like I might have started a new thread away from this announcement which
I apologise for. My initial comments were around the new catalogue page and my
expectations (and it appears others as well). When you choose an item - say 3001
and then a colour say black and then select view my inventory you expect to go
see the 3001's in black in my inventory not the front page of the inventory
screen. That isn't helpful. it would also be nice, since you would then be
selecting a single item in your inventory to have a transaction log displayed
of the movements on that item. Ins/outs etc. That would ba a giant step forward,
helping all store owners trace their inventory movements. Ultimately you could
then move towards reports on that basis.

Any chance? More on the new site as we spend more time reviewing it.
  
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Kudos to the team, great to see some real progress.

The replacement of the ugly Dark Green (worst background colour of any site I
know) is the best thing about the changes. Not sure why all the hostility, perhaps
it is an age thing as some who have the issue have indicated. Time to adapt I
think.

Change can mean having to learn some new things or get used to new ways of doing
things but those who wish never to do this are in the end left behind. Better
learn this lesson now.

As an aside I wonder how these folks deal with PC OS changes such as Windows
10 v Windows XP... ?

Finally, instant payment processing is the final goal I take it. This should
be the primary focus now if not already. The day of invoicing for online orders
died in the mid 1990s.

David
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  As an aside I wonder how these folks deal with PC OS changes such as Windows
10 v Windows XP... ?

As one of those people, I can say that I upgraded to Windows 7 when I needed
some new hardware that didn't have drivers for XP. I would probably still
use XP if there had been drivers for that hardware. And I'll probably continue
to use Windows 7 as long as it can do everything that I need it to do.
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I love it!!!
This is a really good improvement...
And contrary to some other, I really like the new color scheme.
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  With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.

It's good that custom items will appear in searches, but will there be some
mechanism for stopping keyword spamming?

If not, I can image some custom listings with long titles containing many words
barely relevant to the item.
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I was very excited when I saw this post and I hate to say that I am very disappointed
now. After so much waiting time I was hoping for a new and improved Bricklink.
All I see is the old Bricklink with some modern design. I do like the colours
though (as many pointed out, it might be due to age. I am only 29 ).

I was hoping for much more than just a "pay now" button.


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*squint*
I have to think over tinted glasses when I'm working for hours with this
bright, bright sides.

As someone wrote before, I wish I'm able to choose which "backround".

And at the catalog-side are the longer store names cut off. Not good. Only approx.
12 characters available? And I'm missing the additional condition explainings.
(used, complete/incomplete)

For me the catalog side is not more clear arranged as the old one - rather confusing.

Angelika
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Can't say that I like the colors being so bright. The white on grey, for
the currently inactive tabs is hard to read. Can this be Black text on grey when
the tab is inactive?

Melissa
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Been a while since I've been here; many things in my life have changed. Having
said that, I like what I'm seeing-and can hardly wait till it goes live!

Play Well and Prosper,

Doc Crandall "The Brick Detective"

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
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I can't link my paypal account like you guys shown it dosent work. It says
invalid.
Why ??
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In NEWS, NowAndThenBrick writes:
  I can't link my paypal account like you guys shown it dosent work. It says
invalid.
Why ??

From the post you replied to...

"How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature
in your My Payment Methods page.

*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported
on the preview website. "


I am guessing it is not supported just as the post outlined.

Scott
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team



Please learn proper use of Color Contrast and Text in tabs and Text font size.
I understand the image was a snapshot and could be construed but some of that
color scheme is to harsh on the eyes. Overall the look and feel are ok but that
color contrast is Absolutely Horrible.
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Looks nice. I noticed something though that will affect the way I look for parts.
In the catalog section, it says when a part was released, which is great, but
you've dropped off the "last year appeared" information such as: "1989 -
1992." I really really don't want to lose that feature. It will make my
searches much more tedious and time consuming to not have this information stated.
Please fix this. - Loyal member: "2005 - 2015"
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In NEWS, GNA117 writes:
  Looks nice. I noticed something though that will affect the way I look for parts.
In the catalog section, it says when a part was released, which is great, but
you've dropped off the "last year appeared" information such as: "1989 -
1992." I really really don't want to lose that feature. It will make my
searches much more tedious and time consuming to not have this information stated.
Please fix this. - Loyal member: "2005 - 2015"

I also look at these dates and the available part variations often.
I agree I really do not want to lose those features or have them hidden!
In my opinion, hiding them will increase the probability of inexperienced sellers
making mistakes.


On the catalog main page
http://preview.bricklink.com/catalog.asp?ga=1
could you please add some separations in the right column below the What is new
header? Changes to Categories, Colors and Relationships are something completely
different form the items Pending approval and the Calendar.


Looking at the catalog page for a part (3001, my favourite "random" part)
http://previewa.bricklink.com/pages/clone/catalogitem.page?P=3001
it does not make sense to me to start at the Store Inventory tab. This initially
assumes that I want to find the part in ANY color. This might work for parts
that were released in a few colors only, but when I am looking for one specific
color out of 75 this list would not work for me. I can adjust this using the
Select color drop down menu, but to be honest I think I would be annoyed by it
very soon. It introduces an extra step in the search proces, and I would have
to find the correct color in a randomly organised list every time. (To help new
sellers and buyers unaware of the many colors, I believe the colors KNOWN option
should be the default)

Usually I would start my search through the Color info tab. I assume many sellers
would start at the price guide. Would it be possible to add a User Setting for
the preferred default tab shown?




When the possible new logos were discussed I proposed to let the parrots remain
part of the logo and recognisable BrickLink identity. Thank you for listening
to that input! I might be old fashioned when I think names should be written
with a capital letter
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I kind of like it. It certainly is not as bad as other sites' facelifts I
have seen, and it is rather the same as the current, with a few changes. These
are what I noticed right off, there are probably more, but for now:

The white sides are OK, but personally, I like (as many others have said here
too) the current green sides and will miss them. I think the white is a bit more
distracting than the dark green. With the green, you can focus on your current
page (white page on a dark background, kind of a "DUH" thing), whereas with the
white, it is white on white (or on very pale blue, if you want to get picky).
Because of that, it is a bit more hard on the eyes, distracting, etc. You could
of course let each user choose their own colors, the same way we choose our own
shopping settings. We choose our shopping settings, and the background color,
and everybody is happy.

At least one other person (ShuiYin) also brought up the "country of seller" on
the buy page, or the lack thereof. Those are very nice to have, just skim
the page and look for the countries of interest, closest to you, whatever. They
are very nice to have, and I don't understand why you would get rid of them.
Just like ShuiYin said, please at least leave it an option, probably under one's
shopping settings.

I also noticed the reduced top of page "tabs". Reduced options I think are fine,
streamline things, but I don't really like the new design. The current/old
are more of a folder type tab, smooth and curved. The tabs below them (say, "Browse"
under "Buy") are of the same general type, curved tabs. The new ones are an odd,
blocky design, (not to say blocky is bad, hey, this is a Lego site!). Not at
all "inviting" like the current ones are. Plus, the next row of them (Browse
under Buy) aren't the same type, they are just slightly divided word buttons.
Kind of odd I think. If you want to do "blocky" why not just use the profiles
of Lego bricks, maybe color coded to whatever? That seems like a very "DUH" thing
in this instance.

I also like the current location of the "news", right at the top of the main
page. You can see it right away, without even trying, while mousing past on your
way to "Login". I personally wouldn't like it down lower, as is shown in
the preview. Honestly, the only reason I saw the "Preview Launch of BrickLink's
Facelift" page and stuff, is that I just happened to glance at it, probably because
it was in an ideal location to be glanced at. If it were lower, I probably would
not have seen it. I probably won't "go out of my way" to see what the headline
is each time I log in once it is changed, partially because it doesn't change
that often, but also because it is almost at the bottom of the page. Newspapers
put the headlines at the top for a reason, it catches the eyes, very well.

I hope you guys read this and listen, at least a little bit.

C0lsanders_
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While I understand this is a work in progress, I see a few things on which I'd
like to offer comment.

I find the performance to be sluggish. Not that BL has ever been a speed demon
in terms of responsiveness, but this version seems to start to load, then pause
for some seconds, then complete the page render.

In the update version, the basic footprint of the "informational" part of the
site on an 800 pixel wide footprint just screams 1998 when VGA 640x480 started
giving way to SVGA 800x600. I suspect this narrow footprint is what is leading
to many of the comments about the color of the margins being too bright or whatever.
I doubt so much it is the color as it is the volume of margin. If you're
on a wide screen, then you are viewing much more page margin than page content.
A dark background will recede and be less noticed than midrange color.

The current "standard website" footprint tends to be about 1000 pixels wide.
This fits most screens comfortably and is iPad "default" if you will, with iPad
being 1024x768 4:3 ratio.

That said, when linking from the new catalogitem page (at 800px wide on a 27
inch monitor the content is 33% screen width and 66% margin) to a store page
which is now filling the entire width of the browser window...that's quite
a jarring experience.

First, it feels like two different web sites altogether.

Second, while filling the entire browser window width is tolerable on the iPad
and a 1366x768 laptop window, it's nearly unusable on a 27" screen. You have
to drag your mouse over acres of screen real estate to select an item in the
left column then navigate to the box to enter a quantity on the right.

The fonts are all over the place. Not that the fonts haven't always been
all over the place at BL. I'd go with a sans-serif for legibility. But one
sans-serif family, not however many there are now both sans-serif and serif.

Link appearance is all over the place. Sometimes links look like text, sometimes
they are underlined, sometimes they are css blue, sometimes they are browser
default, sometimes they are green, sometimes things are links that don't
look like links. I'd like to see all elements lose the hover state. Tablet
and phone users can't scrub the screen to determine if something is a link
or not. For example, if you're on the catalogitem page and have the store
inventory tab up, the descriptions are links. It's an odd link in several
ways. 1) it links to the product in the store. I didn't expect to end up
in somebody's store when clicking on a description. 2) if you're on a
mobile device (no mouse) you can't "hover" over the description, so you don't
get a visual cue that it is indeed a link. Too many elements are relying on the
user to scrub the screen to reveal their function. Bottom line is that if it's
a link, it needs to be obvious that it is a link, and the link should take the
user to where a user would expect to end up when clicking said link.

Eliminating redundancy and consistency in presentation of information would be
appreciated. Again, if you're on the catalogitem page and have the store
inventory tab up, it should be sufficient to have one obvious link to take you
to the store. It's really not necessary to have a (hidden) link on the description,
an underlined link on the storefront name and a giant "view" button all take
you to the same place. I'd favor the storefront name only, as that gives
me the impression that I'm linking to that store, whereas linking the description
would make me think I'm going to see some sort of additional item information
versus the store. The view button suggests to me I'm going to view the product,
not link out to the storefront. Also the column arrangement on the catalogitem
page is different than the column arrangement of the same information on the
storefront page. I happen to prefer the arrangement of the storefront page, but
it could be that is what is familiar.

I'm wondering why, in the age of CSS, and the fact that there are several
links to external stylesheets, that the body is filled with 1990s old-school
code. Why doesn't the coding team lighten their load with a css of

body { margin:0; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; background-color:
#C1DEF6; }
.wrapper { margin:0 auto; width:1000px; }

and code of



...page code...



That alone would fix all the fonts sitewide to a standard font-family and a standard
footprint. All the instances of can go away, reducing code and hopefully
speeding up the page load.

One would think if this is a redesign, there would be consideration for a cohesive
look. At least having a fixed footprint and consistent usage of font families
and a standardized visual vocabulary for text links and so on.

I'd like to encourage the build team to read up on some basics of cognition.
Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" is a good place to start; you can
read it in an afternoon.

Also the build team needs to realize that the users of the site are on everything
from smartphones to 55" plasma televisions. The build team needs take to heart
that what they see while working on their individual devices isn't necessarily
what everybody else sees. The bricklink experience is as varied as the users
and their devices.

I sincerely hope the BL staff find these comments to be of constructive value.

Mark
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oops. looks like the message board interface doesn't like my brackets for
code and invisible-izes it.

using parens for brackets, the page code would be...

(body)
(div class="wrapper")
...page code...
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  oops. looks like the message board interface doesn't like my brackets for
code and invisible-izes it.

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I much prefer the current color scheme over the new.

Here are a few things I noticed. Sometimes the page fills the entire screen
and sometimes it does not. When it does fill the screen there is a small portion
to the right which is unfilled (circled in screenshot one).

I absolutely do not like the redesign of the top row of buttons (circled in screenshot
two). It looks bad because the contrast is poor and because of the gaps and
square buttons. Additionally, sometimes it reverts to current button design
(see screenshot five).

There are two unnecessary places to click (circled in screenshot three). The
"Buy" button does nothing but scroll the page down slightly and is not needed.
The "View Price Guide" link duplicates the already-existing tab and is not needed.
Additionally, clicking it for parts brings up an error message which asks the
user to select the color. This can only be done with the aforementioned "Price
Guide" tab. Both the "Buy" button and the "View Price Guide" link are not needed
and add clutter.

I have circled the "Components" tab in screenshot four. I recommend that this
be changed to "Inventory."

Finally, in screenshot five, the facelift registers counterpart minifigures as
being included in the set. The set only includes seven figures, but the facelift
shows twice that many figures because it includes the counterpart stickered figures.
This will need to be corrected.

Hope this feedback is helpful.
 








 Author: 62Bricks View Messages Posted By 62Bricks
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  I much prefer the current color scheme over the new.

Here are a few things I noticed. Sometimes the page fills the entire screen
and sometimes it does not. When it does fill the screen there is a small portion
to the right which is unfilled (circled in screenshot one).

I absolutely do not like the redesign of the top row of buttons (circled in screenshot
two). It looks bad because the contrast is poor and because of the gaps and
square buttons. Additionally, sometimes it reverts to current button design
(see screenshot five).

There are two unnecessary places to click (circled in screenshot three). The
"Buy" button does nothing but scroll the page down slightly and is not needed.
The "View Price Guide" link duplicates the already-existing tab and is not needed.
Additionally, clicking it for parts brings up an error message which asks the
user to select the color. This can only be done with the aforementioned "Price
Guide" tab. Both the "Buy" button and the "View Price Guide" link are not needed
and add clutter.

I have circled the "Components" tab in screenshot four. I recommend that this
be changed to "Inventory."

Finally, in screenshot five, the facelift registers counterpart minifigures as
being included in the set. The set only includes seven figures, but the facelift
shows twice that many figures because it includes the counterpart stickered figures.
This will need to be corrected.

Hope this feedback is helpful.

Regarding your second screenshot of the navigation tabs, mine look like that,
too, now, but they didn't at first. The graphics that give them a rounded
appearance aren't loading. On my screen I can see the outlines of where they
should be.
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


Finally! Onsite checkout... can we BrickLink be updated tomorrow?
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   Finally! Onsite checkout... can we BrickLink be updated tomorrow?

Were you not brave enough to say that with your regular account?
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Dear Bricklink,

I was very excited when I saw this post and I hate to say that I am very disappointed
now. After so much waiting time I was hoping for a new and improved Bricklink.
All I see is the old Bricklink with some modern design. I pay $400 each month
on BrickLink fee and this is what we and the other members get. I'm very
disappointed. I thougt the update would be like the moc shop.

I was hoping for much more than just a "pay now" button.

Another question, why isn't it possible to use shipping cost suggestion for
quotes?
And it would be very handy if it was possible to get a automatic PayPal fee.

Please, do something with our advise.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Niels
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Sorry for being such a broken record but how fares the dimension database? All
those integrated payment methods is all nice and flashy, but we can not have
auto checkout until the dimension database is fully implemented. The part info
still only shows the old stud dimensions, not the packing dimensions in mm.

Rather than playing in the sandbox about the cosmetics, would you not rather
have us build up that database by submitting and reviewing contributions?


In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
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One bug I found:

When you select to view the 'instructions' or 'box' entry with
a set, the instruction or box image becomes duplicated in the selection of images
below the main image.

Andy


In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
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One suggestion I have:

When viewing any catalog item.
It would be much easier to have "price guide" as the default tab instead of "store
inventory".


Andy
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I like that the GUI is similar in look but with a more robust back end.

As others have said, and it bears repeating:

Please allow for multiple seller Paypal accounts!

Please allow for credit card payments via Paypal!

And my own addition:

Please allow for longer shopping carts!!!

Without these three you will still be subpar to the competition.

Brian
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  What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What about advantages for buyers.

From what I have seen - and I may have missed the appropriate option- when selecting
more options and then trying to filter storesw by location only coninemt (or
similar) is available. I STRONGLY believe that individual countries should still
be available.

Yes the UK is part of Europe, but I usually only want to see stores with stock
in the UK otherwise I get hit with extortionate exchange rates and international
postage rates.
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In NEWS, tsrplatelayer writes:
  
  What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What about advantages for buyers.

From what I have seen - and I may have missed the appropriate option- when selecting
more options and then trying to filter storesw by location only coninemt (or
similar) is available. I STRONGLY believe that individual countries should still
be available.

Yes the UK is part of Europe, but I usually only want to see stores with stock
in the UK otherwise I get hit with extortionate exchange rates and international
postage rates.

AH - I found it - you either select country on the left or continent on the right
- this isn't intuitive
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Store: enigma bricks - CHEAP S&H!
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  What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What about advantages for buyers.

From what I have seen - and I may have missed the appropriate option- when selecting
more options and then trying to filter storesw by location only coninemt (or
similar) is available. I STRONGLY believe that individual countries should still
be available.

Yes the UK is part of Europe, but I usually only want to see stores with stock
in the UK otherwise I get hit with extortionate exchange rates and international
postage rates.

http://www.bricklink.com/priceGuideSettings.asp
 
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Will BTC payments via Stripe be possible on the on-site checkout?

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team
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Happy to see a refreshed look and built-in payment options.

However, I was disappointed to see that the layout is not fully responsive (I
know there's a mobile version, but in this day and age the optimal solution
is a single webpage whose content can reflow/shift around on smaller screens.)
I was also disappointed to see a table-based layout instead of div elements,
which has been the standard practice in web development for over a decade now.
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In NEWS, yowbrick writes:
  Happy to see a refreshed look and built-in payment options.

However, I was disappointed to see that the layout is not fully responsive (I
know there's a mobile version, but in this day and age the optimal solution
is a single webpage whose content can reflow/shift around on smaller screens.)
I was also disappointed to see a table-based layout instead of div elements,
which has been the standard practice in web development for over a decade now.

The static tables and framesets are on the way out with the planned development
of the site. The facelift is an incremental step toward that.
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


ok this is great, but i would like to suggest a feature that adds a new way to
search for multiple different items in a store. for hypothetical example, if
i needed:
3 of part (a), 4 of part (b), And 5 of part(c), i want to be able to search for
a store that fits those requirements. because i dont like to look through multiple
stores to find all the items i need when there may be a store that has everything
i need that i havent found yet.
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  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and discuss with some senior BrickLink members at Chicago BrickWorld this month. We’ll announce the release date as soon as it is fixed.


We hope you all like the new BrickLink!

Thanks,
- BrickLink Team


ok this is great, but i would like to suggest a feature that adds a new way to
search for multiple different items in a store. for hypothetical example, if
i needed:
3 of part (a), 4 of part (b), And 5 of part(c), i want to be able to search for
a store that fits those requirements. because i dont like to look through multiple
stores to find all the items i need when there may be a store that has everything
i need that i havent found yet.

You can make a wanted list and search to see which stores have all(or most) of
what you want.
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Hi

Will you add a new fuction which allow buyer to download a excel file contains
all the items that shop is selling?
Cheers

NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

All of us at BrickLink are so excited to announce that we’re beginning the public preview and open beta testing phase of the next generation of BrickLink, code-named BrickLink Facelift.

Based on the product roadmap of 2015 that we shared last October, this release covers three major milestones we promised to deliver by the end of this summer: New skin, On-Site Payment and Improved Search / Catalog UI.

As this project includes changes on the most frequently used features, we wanted to make sure that core BrickLink members have time to experience the new site and give us valuable feedback before it goes live. (Preview site is linked at the end of this page)

Okay, let’s dive in to the new format and look at the features of BrickLink’s Facelift.


1. New Skin

BrickLink is going to sport a brand new look. Our main goal with this Facelift project was to continue the BrickLink legacy while making the site more inviting and lively. We also understand that the uniqueness of the original layout and design of BrickLink is sentimental to many of you. With that in mind, you’ll see that we reduced the amount of links and slightly rearranged the layout on the landing page. We also implemented a brighter color scheme throughout the site to reflect the vibrant community that makes BrickLink the site it is today.

The original BrickLink logo will also get a Facelift as we begin our journey to become a more modern site for all generations of LEGO lovers.


2. Onsite Payment


Along with the brand new look, BrickLink now supports Onsite Payment. With this new feature, buyers can complete the checkout experience on the website, which means that we are one step closer to Instant Checkout.

What is Onsite Payment?

Onsite Payment is a new feature that allows buyers to pay for their order after the seller issues an invoice without leaving BrickLink. Buyers will see a Pay button on their My Orders Placed, Order Details, or My Messages page. Payments that are accepted will deposit directly into the connected seller account.


Which payment methods are supported?

Onsite Payment is supported through Stripe and PayPal. With Stripe, all sellers can accept major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.


Is this feature automatically enabled for PayPal?

No. If your store accepts PayPal, you must connect your PayPal account and enable Onsite Payment.


How can a seller enable this feature?

Connect* a Stripe and/or PayPal account and enable the Onsite Payment feature in your My Payment Methods page.
*Connect with Stripe or any payment related feature will NOT be supported on the preview website.


3. All Items Search & New Catalog UI


We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the default item search feature of BrickLink. One of the biggest concerns is that it often returns too many pages of available item entries across all the stores. With the piles of search results, users have to go through many pages to pinpoint an item they wanted to search. Some advanced users prefer to use ‘Catalog Item Search’ instead of the ‘Items for Sale Search’ to avoid this problem. But, it also needs a few more extra steps to find available store inventories using the Catalog Item Search.


What is All Items Search?

In addition to traditional ‘Items for Sale’ and ‘Catalog Items’ search, we are proud to add All Items Search. The reason behind this name is this search encompasses both Items for Sale Search and the Catalog Items Search. It aggregates individual items into one entry of the result page just like the Catalog Item search, but it also shows information about available items for sale and links to list of the stores for seamless shopping experience. The new ‘All Items Search’ will be the default search option of BrickLink.


What are the benefits of All Items Search for Sellers?

With this more intuitive and less cluttered search, we expect more new buyers will be able to find and checkout LEGO products on BrickLink. In addition, it also is good news for sellers who offer custom items, as this new All Items search result will show all the types of items on the first page including custom items at the bottom, so you won’t need to worry about lack of public exposure of non-cataloged custom items.


How can you purchase items from the search results?

If you click on one of the item links, it will bring you to the newly designed catalog page that will list all the stores to choose from.


What will happen to rich information part of catalog pages?

We understand that BrickLink Item Catalog pages are not only used for e-Commerce purpose. They have been built and maintained by the power of enthusiastic volunteer admins and the AFOL community and they have served for the purpose of an encyclopedia of LEGO parts and sets. All the information entries of existing Catalog pages will be preserved with an improved user interface.


Preview and Beta Test

To preview and experience the new site, please visit http://preview.bricklink.com.

On your first visit, you will see the entrance page of a sandbox environment of the preview site. Click "Ok, Continue" to see all changes aforementioned.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback about the new site, feel free to add your comments on this news posting. We will review and respond to you as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

Our goal is to release BrickLink Facelift in June, but the final release date can be adjusted depending on your feedback. In addition to listening to your online feedback, we’ll also meet and d