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 Author: StormChaser View Messages Posted By StormChaser
 Posted: Jan 17, 2016 03:09
 Subject: Please Allow Alternate Item Numbers for Books
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StormChaser (365)

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I looked through the open catalog requests and there doesn't seem to be one
for this. It could be a site development issue, but I'm not sure so I'm
making it a catalog request.

Currently BrickLink uses an unholy mix of the following numbers for books:

BL numbers:

 
Book No: BioCMN  Name: Bionicle Challenge of Mata Nui
* 
BioCMN Bionicle Challenge of Mata Nui
Books: Story Book: Bionicle

13-digit ISBNs:

 
Book No: 9780439501200  Name: Bionicle Collector's Sticker Book
* 
9780439501200 Bionicle Collector's Sticker Book
Books: Sticker: Bionicle

10-digit ISBNs:

 
Book No: 3499609053  Name: Die Lego Story - Der Stein der Weisen by Margret Uhle
* 
3499609053 Die Lego Story - Der Stein der Weisen by Margret Uhle
Books: Informational Book

TLG website numbers:

 
Book No: 5002889  Name: DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary (9781409386018)
* 
5002889 (Inv) DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary (9781409386018)
Books: Informational Book: Super Heroes: Batman II

LEGO Education website/catalog numbers:

 
Book No: 2009723  Name: Cities and Transportation Activity Pack
* 
2009723 Cities and Transportation Activity Pack
Books: Curriculum Activity Book: Educational & Dacta: Mindstorms

Item numbers printed on the item:

 
Book No: 4218234  Name: Bionicle Rahkshi Informational Card
* 
4218234 Bionicle Rahkshi Informational Card
Books: Informational Book: Bionicle: Rahkshi

TLG identifying item numbers:

 
Book No: 226  Name: Idea Book 226
* 
226 Idea Book 226
Books: Idea Book

and Thor knows what else I've missed. This makes the Books section of the
BrickLink catalog confusing and difficult to navigate or work on (as evidenced
by someone recently submitting several books which already had catalog entries).
I've been told that alternate item numbers aren't allowed for books.
Fine, let's change that. Some books have alternate item numbers and should
be searchable and findable by any of those numbers.

There are 3,000 books in the catalog and volunteers willing to do a little work
to make those entries more complete. It won't be so easy if we wait to add
the alternate item number field until we have two or three times that many books
(or more) in the catalog.

Thank you for considering this request.
 Author: therobo View Messages Posted By therobo
 Posted: Jan 17, 2016 05:03
 Subject: Re: Please Allow Alternate Item Numbers for Books
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In Catalog Requests, StormChaser writes:
  I looked through the open catalog requests and there doesn't seem to be one
for this. It could be a site development issue, but I'm not sure so I'm
making it a catalog request.

It is a development issue, so I have moved this request to suggestions and voted
Yes.
 Author: StormChaser View Messages Posted By StormChaser
 Posted: Jan 17, 2016 05:10
 Subject: Re: Please Allow Alternate Item Numbers for Books
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In Suggestions, therobo writes:
  It is a development issue, so I have moved this request to suggestions and voted
Yes.

Thanks, guy. I've decided to stop working on books altogether until the
site developers get this feature added. The combination of no alternate item
number field and no ability to create relationship matches between books make
BrickLink book work too frustrating.

I doubt that much of their revenue comes from book sales, so it's probably
not very high on their list of priorities.
 Author: WoutR View Messages Posted By WoutR
 Posted: Jan 17, 2016 05:54
 Subject: Re: Please Allow Alternate Item Numbers for Books
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In Suggestions, StormChaser writes:
  I looked through the open catalog requests and there doesn't seem to be one
for this. It could be a site development issue, but I'm not sure so I'm
making it a catalog request.

Currently BrickLink uses an unholy mix of the following numbers for books:

BL numbers:

 
Book No: BioCMN  Name: Bionicle Challenge of Mata Nui
* 
BioCMN Bionicle Challenge of Mata Nui
Books: Story Book: Bionicle

13-digit ISBNs:

 
Book No: 9780439501200  Name: Bionicle Collector's Sticker Book
* 
9780439501200 Bionicle Collector's Sticker Book
Books: Sticker: Bionicle

10-digit ISBNs:

 
Book No: 3499609053  Name: Die Lego Story - Der Stein der Weisen by Margret Uhle
* 
3499609053 Die Lego Story - Der Stein der Weisen by Margret Uhle
Books: Informational Book

TLG website numbers:

 
Book No: 5002889  Name: DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary (9781409386018)
* 
5002889 (Inv) DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary (9781409386018)
Books: Informational Book: Super Heroes: Batman II

LEGO Education website/catalog numbers:

 
Book No: 2009723  Name: Cities and Transportation Activity Pack
* 
2009723 Cities and Transportation Activity Pack
Books: Curriculum Activity Book: Educational & Dacta: Mindstorms

Item numbers printed on the item:

 
Book No: 4218234  Name: Bionicle Rahkshi Informational Card
* 
4218234 Bionicle Rahkshi Informational Card
Books: Informational Book: Bionicle: Rahkshi

TLG identifying item numbers:

 
Book No: 226  Name: Idea Book 226
* 
226 Idea Book 226
Books: Idea Book

and Thor knows what else I've missed. This makes the Books section of the
BrickLink catalog confusing and difficult to navigate or work on (as evidenced
by someone recently submitting several books which already had catalog entries).
I've been told that alternate item numbers aren't allowed for books.
Fine, let's change that. Some books have alternate item numbers and should
be searchable and findable by any of those numbers.

There are 3,000 books in the catalog and volunteers willing to do a little work
to make those entries more complete. It won't be so easy if we wait to add
the alternate item number field until we have two or three times that many books
(or more) in the catalog.

Thank you for considering this request.

Did you also send a request here?
http://www.bricklink.com/helpDesk.asp?helpDeskID=114
 Author: therobo View Messages Posted By therobo
 Posted: Jan 17, 2016 06:11
 Subject: Re: Please Allow Alternate Item Numbers for Books
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therobo (7301)

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In Suggestions, WoutR writes:
  In Suggestions, StormChaser writes:
  I looked through the open catalog requests and there doesn't seem to be one
for this. It could be a site development issue, but I'm not sure so I'm
making it a catalog request.

Currently BrickLink uses an unholy mix of the following numbers for books:

BL numbers:

 
Book No: BioCMN  Name: Bionicle Challenge of Mata Nui
* 
BioCMN Bionicle Challenge of Mata Nui
Books: Story Book: Bionicle

13-digit ISBNs:

 
Book No: 9780439501200  Name: Bionicle Collector's Sticker Book
* 
9780439501200 Bionicle Collector's Sticker Book
Books: Sticker: Bionicle

10-digit ISBNs:

 
Book No: 3499609053  Name: Die Lego Story - Der Stein der Weisen by Margret Uhle
* 
3499609053 Die Lego Story - Der Stein der Weisen by Margret Uhle
Books: Informational Book

TLG website numbers:

 
Book No: 5002889  Name: DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary (9781409386018)
* 
5002889 (Inv) DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary (9781409386018)
Books: Informational Book: Super Heroes: Batman II

LEGO Education website/catalog numbers:

 
Book No: 2009723  Name: Cities and Transportation Activity Pack
* 
2009723 Cities and Transportation Activity Pack
Books: Curriculum Activity Book: Educational & Dacta: Mindstorms

Item numbers printed on the item:

 
Book No: 4218234  Name: Bionicle Rahkshi Informational Card
* 
4218234 Bionicle Rahkshi Informational Card
Books: Informational Book: Bionicle: Rahkshi

TLG identifying item numbers:

 
Book No: 226  Name: Idea Book 226
* 
226 Idea Book 226
Books: Idea Book

and Thor knows what else I've missed. This makes the Books section of the
BrickLink catalog confusing and difficult to navigate or work on (as evidenced
by someone recently submitting several books which already had catalog entries).
I've been told that alternate item numbers aren't allowed for books.
Fine, let's change that. Some books have alternate item numbers and should
be searchable and findable by any of those numbers.

There are 3,000 books in the catalog and volunteers willing to do a little work
to make those entries more complete. It won't be so easy if we wait to add
the alternate item number field until we have two or three times that many books
(or more) in the catalog.

Thank you for considering this request.

Did you also send a request here?
http://www.bricklink.com/helpDesk.asp?helpDeskID=114

It is NOT a technical issue, it is by design.
 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Nov 27, 2018 21:42
 Subject: Re: Please Allow Alternate Item Numbers for Books
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In Suggestions, StormChaser writes:
  I looked through the open catalog requests and there doesn't seem to be one
for this. It could be a site development issue, but I'm not sure so I'm
making it a catalog request.

  There are 3,000 books in the catalog and volunteers willing to do a little work
to make those entries more complete. It won't be so easy if we wait to add
the alternate item number field until we have two or three times that many books
(or more) in the catalog.

Thank you for considering this request.

This suggestion has now been implemented.
 Author: Lauren_Luke View Messages Posted By Lauren_Luke
 Posted: Nov 27, 2018 21:46
 Subject: Re: Please Allow Alternate Item Numbers for Books
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[Admin_Russell] writes:
  This suggestion has now been implemented.

Yes! You beauty!
 Author: StormChaser View Messages Posted By StormChaser
 Posted: Nov 27, 2018 21:55
 Subject: Re: Please Allow Alternate Item Numbers for Books
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In Suggestions, Admin_Russell writes:
  This suggestion has now been implemented.

Thank you for this and for the other work you're continually doing behind
the scenes to improve the catalog and inventory systems.

Little improvements like this have been needed for many, many years and you've
made many of them since you've been there.