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 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
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 Subject: Preview of BrickLink’s New Storefront
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Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: gargantor View Messages Posted By gargantor
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 15:23
 Subject: Re: Preview of BrickLink’s New Storefront
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you!

Looks really great so far! There are some bugs (like the store policy isn't
quite right, and I don't like the short flash when the page loads), but I
get it that this is an early preview, and the search interface is very cool.

Thanks!
 Author: Bricklord View Messages Posted By Bricklord
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If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?

Hiding the splash page/store policies and placing them where a buyer would have
to look for them will exacerbate the problem of buyers wasting honest seller's
time. It will also give them a perfect excuse of 'I didn't see that anywhere.'
Most cannot be bothered to read them now, but they are at least exposed to it
as is.

Default set every buyers starting settings to display shopping cart weight. The
previous owners wouldn't for fear of supposed threatened 'legal action'
by a single seller. The current owners seem to have deep enough pockets to pay
for a rather extensive staff...

Compulsory address fields. Even TLC with their brutal to use website can clue
into this, as can any of the 10 million most popular pay sites on the internet.
Force buyers to provide a complete and proper mailing address when they register.
This will not only reduce time wasted by honest sellers having to prod buyers
to provide a complete address, but it will cut down on the number of underage
buyers (kids) placing bogus orders.

Do not embrace Javascript and/or Flash too heavily. Not every user has a top
of the line computer or highspeed internet. That, and both are also security
hazards that many users do not appreciate having to expose themselves to in order
to use the site. TLC cannot grasp this concept for S@H; perhaps you might.

Reduce the NPB initiation wait time to 3 days. A week is far too long and ties
up an honest seller's inventory needlessly. The timeline for a buyer to reply
and accept responsibility can remain a week, but honest sellers must be able
to deal with deadbeat and bogus buyers faster.

Tracking. There must be an option for buyers to request this. It is a separate
feature from insurance at the post office, and it costs money. How hard is this
to incorporate into the checkout?

Again, if it isn't broken don't fix it. Deal with bona fide flaws in
your site, not make work projects that will be detrimental to sellers.






In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: carolannee View Messages Posted By carolannee
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 16:16
 Subject: Re: Preview of BrickLink’s New Storefront
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Yes - This is exactly the way I feel - "If it isn't broken, don't mess
it up. Why not concentrate on correcting actual faults, instead of making pointless
work?"

Top priorities should be performance and security. Don't make changes that
are not really necessary.

Keep things simple - Eliminate clutter. The previous storefront had categories
bolded so that they were easy to see and black bars between each group. Now "Sets",
"Parts", etc. are faint and not quickly spotted with no distinct division (the
black bars) between categories.

Allow the option to keep the splash page to the right of the store categories.
For those of us who have specific policies that relate to ordering this is very
important. A lot of buyers do not read splash page information at checkout as
is currently being proposed.

Allow sellers to BOLD a description next to an item - New format has seller descriptions
in faint print that could easily be missed leading to purchase disappointments.

And finally - Do what PayPal did when they "improved" their site by mucking it
up - Allow sellers to use the old format if preferred.









In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?

Hiding the splash page/store policies and placing them where a buyer would have
to look for them will exacerbate the problem of buyers wasting honest seller's
time. It will also give them a perfect excuse of 'I didn't see that anywhere.'
Most cannot be bothered to read them now, but they are at least exposed to it
as is.

Default set every buyers starting settings to display shopping cart weight. The
previous owners wouldn't for fear of supposed threatened 'legal action'
by a single seller. The current owners seem to have deep enough pockets to pay
for a rather extensive staff...

Compulsory address fields. Even TLC with their brutal to use website can clue
into this, as can any of the 10 million most popular pay sites on the internet.
Force buyers to provide a complete and proper mailing address when they register.
This will not only reduce time wasted by honest sellers having to prod buyers
to provide a complete address, but it will cut down on the number of underage
buyers (kids) placing bogus orders.

Do not embrace Javascript and/or Flash too heavily. Not every user has a top
of the line computer or highspeed internet. That, and both are also security
hazards that many users do not appreciate having to expose themselves to in order
to use the site. TLC cannot grasp this concept for S@H; perhaps you might.

Reduce the NPB initiation wait time to 3 days. A week is far too long and ties
up an honest seller's inventory needlessly. The timeline for a buyer to reply
and accept responsibility can remain a week, but honest sellers must be able
to deal with deadbeat and bogus buyers faster.

Tracking. There must be an option for buyers to request this. It is a separate
feature from insurance at the post office, and it costs money. How hard is this
to incorporate into the checkout?

Again, if it isn't broken don't fix it. Deal with bona fide flaws in
your site, not make work projects that will be detrimental to sellers.






In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: pikachu3 View Messages Posted By pikachu3
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 18:32
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In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?

Design-wise, it was broken. Stores appeared clunky and outdated, and (most importantly)
detached from the rest of BrickLink.com. While it's familiar for longtime
users, it has a disorienting effect on new users—and every store wants to gain
and keep new buyers, of course.

I agree with all of your other points; those are legitimate flaws that need fixing.
But, speaking as a graphic designer, the visual experience shouldn't take
a backseat to functionality. The website's flow and cohesiveness are vital.
 Author: edeevo View Messages Posted By edeevo
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In NEWS, pikachu3 writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?

Design-wise, it was broken. Stores appeared clunky and outdated, and (most importantly)
detached from the rest of BrickLink.com. While it's familiar for longtime
users, it has a disorienting effect on new users—and every store wants to gain
and keep new buyers, of course.

I agree with all of your other points; those are legitimate flaws that need fixing.
But, speaking as a graphic designer, the visual experience shouldn't take
a backseat to functionality. The website's flow and cohesiveness are vital.

Except that "clunky and outdated" design hasn't stopped new Buyers from buying
from my store and others (in record numbers, I might add)...

Life is Good.
~Ed.
 Author: Grego View Messages Posted By Grego
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 19:06
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In NEWS, edeevo writes:
  In NEWS, pikachu3 writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?

Design-wise, it was broken. Stores appeared clunky and outdated, and (most importantly)
detached from the rest of BrickLink.com. While it's familiar for longtime
users, it has a disorienting effect on new users—and every store wants to gain
and keep new buyers, of course.

I agree with all of your other points; those are legitimate flaws that need fixing.
But, speaking as a graphic designer, the visual experience shouldn't take
a backseat to functionality. The website's flow and cohesiveness are vital.

Except that "clunky and outdated" design hasn't stopped new Buyers from buying
from my store and others (in record numbers, I might add)...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

Funny how every one wants to jump on the "we need to fix xyz because we are losing
buyers" bandwagon ...while the reality is not only is the site attracting record
numbers of new buyers, the rate is still accelerating .... I doubt whether the
underlying creaky old website design *could* even handle the any more faster
increase.
 Author: edeevo View Messages Posted By edeevo
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 19:15
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  In NEWS, edeevo writes:
  In NEWS, pikachu3 writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?

Design-wise, it was broken. Stores appeared clunky and outdated, and (most importantly)
detached from the rest of BrickLink.com. While it's familiar for longtime
users, it has a disorienting effect on new users—and every store wants to gain
and keep new buyers, of course.

I agree with all of your other points; those are legitimate flaws that need fixing.
But, speaking as a graphic designer, the visual experience shouldn't take
a backseat to functionality. The website's flow and cohesiveness are vital.

Except that "clunky and outdated" design hasn't stopped new Buyers from buying
from my store and others (in record numbers, I might add)...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

Funny how every one wants to jump on the "we need to fix xyz because we are losing
buyers" bandwagon ...while the reality is not only is the site attracting record
numbers of new buyers, the rate is still accelerating .... I doubt whether the
underlying creaky old website design *could* even handle the any more faster
increase.

That is slowly becoming a tired argument (January 2016 was my biggest sales month,
ever... and that includes parts, lots and total cost)... Agreed however, that
the old website might not be able to handle an increase; but that would require
an entire site rebuild, instead of these minor ad-hoc fixes that seem to serve
little purpose other than to make the old site look more modern...

Life is Good.
~Ed.
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In NEWS, edeevo writes:
  In NEWS, Grego writes:
  In NEWS, edeevo writes:
  In NEWS, pikachu3 writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?

Design-wise, it was broken. Stores appeared clunky and outdated, and (most importantly)
detached from the rest of BrickLink.com. While it's familiar for longtime
users, it has a disorienting effect on new users—and every store wants to gain
and keep new buyers, of course.

I agree with all of your other points; those are legitimate flaws that need fixing.
But, speaking as a graphic designer, the visual experience shouldn't take
a backseat to functionality. The website's flow and cohesiveness are vital.

Except that "clunky and outdated" design hasn't stopped new Buyers from buying
from my store and others (in record numbers, I might add)...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

Funny how every one wants to jump on the "we need to fix xyz because we are losing
buyers" bandwagon ...while the reality is not only is the site attracting record
numbers of new buyers, the rate is still accelerating .... I doubt whether the
underlying creaky old website design *could* even handle the any more faster
increase.

That is slowly becoming a tired argument (January 2016 was my biggest sales month,
ever... and that includes parts, lots and total cost)... Agreed however, that
the old website might not be able to handle an increase; but that would require
an entire site rebuild, instead of these minor ad-hoc fixes that seem to serve
little purpose other than to make the old site look more modern...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

How can you determine that this is a small ad-hoc change? Maybe there's a
new and better api underneath the new design. That's usually how a redesign
is done. Maybe the small bugs are fix with the new design.
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In NEWS, sarbaek writes:
  In NEWS, edeevo writes:
  In NEWS, Grego writes:
  In NEWS, edeevo writes:
  In NEWS, pikachu3 writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?

Design-wise, it was broken. Stores appeared clunky and outdated, and (most importantly)
detached from the rest of BrickLink.com. While it's familiar for longtime
users, it has a disorienting effect on new users—and every store wants to gain
and keep new buyers, of course.

I agree with all of your other points; those are legitimate flaws that need fixing.
But, speaking as a graphic designer, the visual experience shouldn't take
a backseat to functionality. The website's flow and cohesiveness are vital.

Except that "clunky and outdated" design hasn't stopped new Buyers from buying
from my store and others (in record numbers, I might add)...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

Funny how every one wants to jump on the "we need to fix xyz because we are losing
buyers" bandwagon ...while the reality is not only is the site attracting record
numbers of new buyers, the rate is still accelerating .... I doubt whether the
underlying creaky old website design *could* even handle the any more faster
increase.

That is slowly becoming a tired argument (January 2016 was my biggest sales month,
ever... and that includes parts, lots and total cost)... Agreed however, that
the old website might not be able to handle an increase; but that would require
an entire site rebuild, instead of these minor ad-hoc fixes that seem to serve
little purpose other than to make the old site look more modern...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

How can you determine that this is a small ad-hoc change? Maybe there's a
new and better api underneath the new design. That's usually how a redesign
is done. Maybe the small bugs are fix with the new design.

Okay, "ad-hoc" may have been the wrong term to use, but the changes being made
are not fundamentally changing the base code (they're just adding a ton of
java and flash); so in that sense, the changes are really just building on an
old foundation (an outdated one at that)... and to get the features everyone
seems to be asking for (and the Bricklink powers seem to be heading towards),
it will likely just end up being that the old foundation is too weak to keep
building on and needs to be either entirely rebuilt or a new one created to produce
the updated features being discussed and generating the kind of traffic it *seems*
that Bricklink wants to add to the site (although, I think that the site has
had some incredible success in bringing that increased traffic, due to the vast
increase in sales lately)... without making the decision to rebuild or recreate
the site sooner rather than later, there will be a limit to what these changes
can absolutely affect in regards to the site...

Life is Good.
~Ed.
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In NEWS, edeevo writes:
   but the changes being made
are not fundamentally changing the base code (they're just adding a ton of
java and flash); so in that sense, the changes are really just building on an
old foundation (an outdated one at that)... and to get the features everyone
seems to be asking for (and the Bricklink powers seem to be heading towards),
it will likely just end up being that the old foundation is too weak to keep
building on and needs to be either entirely rebuilt or a new one created to produce
the updated features being discussed and generating the kind of traffic it *seems*
that Bricklink wants to add to the site (although, I think that the site has
had some incredible success in bringing that increased traffic, due to the vast
increase in sales lately)... without making the decision to rebuild or recreate
the site sooner rather than later, there will be a limit to what these changes
can absolutely affect in regards to the site...

Life is Good.
~Ed.

I haven't read the whole thread, but this is by far the most realistic view/post
I've read in this thread (again I did not read all).
Why a fancy update of pages that work, while 'partially' builded features
(quote request f.i.) are not being adjusted and improved. Why fancy pages while
a basic feature like autocheckout is still not in place, BL must be about the
last 'global' website that doesn't have it.
As I said months ago to the administration: This site should have been rebuilded
from schratch, in stead of doing patchwork all the time.
It's a waste of resources, and doesn't really improve the foundations
of this site.

The fact this was annouced today, after yet another major issue is just to draw
away attention from 'issues' and to make people forget what happend yesterday
IMHO
Is there actually someone listening up there?

Time will prove us right (people like Ed and me): one day they'll realise
there is no point to keep doing patchwork, and someone is going to decide this
site needs to be redone all over. By that time hundreds of thousands of $ will
have been wasted...
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The fact this was annouced today, after yet another major issue is just to draw
away attention from 'issues' and to make people forget what happend yesterday
IMHO
Is there actually someone listening up there?



what happened yesterday? The detective thing? OR did I miss something?
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In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  If it isn't broken, don't mess it up. Why not concentrate on correcting
actual faults, instead of making pointless work?


I would agree that some of the items you list do need some work, but I would
disagree that this means they (BrickLink) can't ALSO work on improving the
look and usability of the site.


This new Storefront isn't "pointless work" at all.


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In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  Default set every buyers starting settings to display shopping cart weight. The
previous owners wouldn't for fear of supposed threatened 'legal action'
by a single seller. The current owners seem to have deep enough pockets to pay
for a rather extensive staff...


THIS. A million times over.

I am getting to a point beyond frustration for having to work with almost
every single new user that happens to land in my shop. Many do not have even
a slightest clue what the weights of their shopping carts are.

It is simply ridiculous.
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In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  Default set every buyers starting settings to display shopping cart weight. The
previous owners wouldn't for fear of supposed threatened 'legal action'
by a single seller. The current owners seem to have deep enough pockets to pay
for a rather extensive staff...


THIS. A million times over.

I am getting to a point beyond frustration for having to work with almost
every single new user that happens to land in my shop. Many do not have even
a slightest clue what the weights of their shopping carts are.

It is simply ridiculous.

The problem is that the tool as it exists how is far from robust. There is so
much variation between some colors that once quantity gets involved, the weights
are way off. This also happens when TLG makes minor changes in parts.

The cart weight is great, I use it and I like it, but I think that forcing everyone
to use it is just an overreach. (Especially given the "hyper exact shipping"
portions of the BL family)

Scott
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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  Default set every buyers starting settings to display shopping cart weight. The
previous owners wouldn't for fear of supposed threatened 'legal action'
by a single seller. The current owners seem to have deep enough pockets to pay
for a rather extensive staff...


THIS. A million times over.

I am getting to a point beyond frustration for having to work with almost
every single new user that happens to land in my shop. Many do not have even
a slightest clue what the weights of their shopping carts are.

It is simply ridiculous.

The problem is that the tool as it exists how is far from robust. There is so
much variation between some colors that once quantity gets involved, the weights
are way off. This also happens when TLG makes minor changes in parts.

The cart weight is great, I use it and I like it, but I think that forcing everyone
to use it is just an overreach. (Especially given the "hyper exact shipping"
portions of the BL family)

Scott


I don't think the suggestion is to force everyone to use it. But, rather,
for all buyers to have it on by default.


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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  Default set every buyers starting settings to display shopping cart weight. The
previous owners wouldn't for fear of supposed threatened 'legal action'
by a single seller. The current owners seem to have deep enough pockets to pay
for a rather extensive staff...


THIS. A million times over.

I am getting to a point beyond frustration for having to work with almost
every single new user that happens to land in my shop. Many do not have even
a slightest clue what the weights of their shopping carts are.

It is simply ridiculous.

The problem is that the tool as it exists how is far from robust. There is so
much variation between some colors that once quantity gets involved, the weights
are way off. This also happens when TLG makes minor changes in parts.

The cart weight is great, I use it and I like it, but I think that forcing everyone
to use it is just an overreach. (Especially given the "hyper exact shipping"
portions of the BL family)

Scott

Thank you for being a voice of reason here. The reason weights are not on by
default is because BrickLink wants buyers to understand the limitations of these
weights before buyers blindly use them. Thus, buyers must intentionally opt
in to using those weights, and when they do so they are presented with a disclaimer
noting all the shortcomings with those weights and cautioning them against relying
on them too much. In other words, BL expects a degree of awareness and understanding
by buyers before they are given these weights.

If BL were to have weights in the cart on by default, it would be misrepresenting
to buyers that these weights are accurate and complete. Apart from the fact
that these weights are sometimes wrong, missing or can vary by as much as 22%
depending on color, the biggest shortcoming in their use by buyers is the simple
fact that they do not include the weight of shipping or packaging materials.
Sellers are much better able to estimate the weight of materials they use. Buyers
are not. Especially newer inexperienced buyers.

There is another wrinkle in all this... And that is the fact that BL policy is
to use the HEAVIER weights for parts whose weights vary by color. Thus, BL's
weights are deliberately designed to over-estimate shipping in many cases. This
was done to benefit sellers (not buyers) who use these weights to invoice before
picking and packing their orders. Apparently, BL thought it was better to over-charge
buyers rather than having these sellers lose money for under-estimating shipping.*
But the point is that this built-in "flaw" flies in the face of those who claim
they charge only "exact postage" when using these weights to estimate and invoice
shipping.

Thor

*And every time it has been suggested to use the average or middle weight or
lower weight, sellers have howled in protest.
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In NEWS, ToriHada writes:
  The reason weights are not on by
default is because BrickLink wants buyers to understand the limitations of these
weights before buyers blindly use them. Thus, buyers must intentionally opt
in to using those weights, and when they do so they are presented with a disclaimer
noting all the shortcomings with those weights and cautioning them against relying
on them too much. In other words, BL expects a degree of awareness and understanding
by buyers before they are given these weights.

If BL were to have weights in the cart on by default, it would be misrepresenting
to buyers that these weights are accurate and complete.


So, just have a disclaimer on the checkout page, and/or at the bottom of the
cart view: Weights are estimates only and may be different than shown.

Extremely simple solution. Making buyers search the site to add something which
they likely don't even know exists is not a reasonable solution.


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In NEWS, ToriHada writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, Bricklord writes:
  Default set every buyers starting settings to display shopping cart weight. The
previous owners wouldn't for fear of supposed threatened 'legal action'
by a single seller. The current owners seem to have deep enough pockets to pay
for a rather extensive staff...


THIS. A million times over.

I am getting to a point beyond frustration for having to work with almost
every single new user that happens to land in my shop. Many do not have even
a slightest clue what the weights of their shopping carts are.

It is simply ridiculous.

The problem is that the tool as it exists how is far from robust. There is so
much variation between some colors that once quantity gets involved, the weights
are way off. This also happens when TLG makes minor changes in parts.

The cart weight is great, I use it and I like it, but I think that forcing everyone
to use it is just an overreach. (Especially given the "hyper exact shipping"
portions of the BL family)

Scott

Thank you for being a voice of reason here. The reason weights are not on by
default is because BrickLink wants buyers to understand the limitations of these
weights before buyers blindly use them. Thus, buyers must intentionally opt
in to using those weights, and when they do so they are presented with a disclaimer
noting all the shortcomings with those weights and cautioning them against relying
on them too much. In other words, BL expects a degree of awareness and understanding
by buyers before they are given these weights.

If BL were to have weights in the cart on by default, it would be misrepresenting
to buyers that these weights are accurate and complete. Apart from the fact
that these weights are sometimes wrong, missing or can vary by as much as 22%
depending on color, the biggest shortcoming in their use by buyers is the simple
fact that they do not include the weight of shipping or packaging materials.
Sellers are much better able to estimate the weight of materials they use. Buyers
are not. Especially newer inexperienced buyers.

There is another wrinkle in all this... And that is the fact that BL policy is
to use the HEAVIER weights for parts whose weights vary by color. Thus, BL's
weights are deliberately designed to over-estimate shipping in many cases. This
was done to benefit sellers (not buyers) who use these weights to invoice before
picking and packing their orders. Apparently, BL thought it was better to over-charge
buyers rather than having these sellers lose money for under-estimating shipping.*
But the point is that this built-in "flaw" flies in the face of those who claim
they charge only "exact postage" when using these weights to estimate and invoice
shipping.

Thor

*And every time it has been suggested to use the average or middle weight or
lower weight, sellers have howled in protest.

Do you understand the meaning of word estimated?

Why do you think BL has inserted that word everywhere where the estimated shopping
cart/order weight is shown?
 


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AGREE 100%


ALSO BL,

PLEASE add a damn like button !!!
 
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  Dear BrickLink members,

I played around with Featured Lots. I got that down more or less.

How do you delete entire categories from that front page. For example, I would
prefer not to have Instructions and Unsorted Lots on my first page. I tried
to play around to get rid of them but with no luck. I'm sure I'm not
doing it correctly.

Thanks
  

Pam

  As we settle into the new year, we are happy to annou.nce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: QCBricks View Messages Posted By QCBricks
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 16:04
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Love the search changes and the category trees. I am also hoping that this helps
make all the stupid little fees in some stores easier to see.

The one thing I saw that wasn't great was the weird little minifig head icons
that show on the feedback hover. They look very un-Lego.

Scott
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.

First impressions: So far, it seems to be easy to navigate, so I'll agree
that the new design respects the experience of current users.

I like the way my wanted list functions in the store. Being able to choose multiple
wanted lists is a great feature. It seemed that my notes didn't show up --
perhaps I didn't click something that makes them appear.

I checked out a favorite store. I like that when I hover over "favorite," my
note about this store pops up. However, I don't see anything that indicates
the number of orders that I've placed at this store. Again, maybe I'm
not looking in the right place.

Small quibble re. the upper left corner image of the storefront: the handle looks
enough like the keyhole of the old "store closed" padlock image that at first,
I thought the store I was looking at was closed.

I'll poke around some more later.

Peter
 Author: taxan View Messages Posted By taxan
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 16:19
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Serious 42 Javascript on a single page.
And Popup windows.
Sorry but I hope this version hit the trash bin as fast as it can possible be
done.

Not everyone have state of the art computer and you should always be careful
not to overdo Javascript and stay away from Flash.
I bet this page will crash those Ipads even faster (if they even can get on to
it).

Have a nice day.
taxan
 Author: picabo View Messages Posted By picabo
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Okay, another question. The answer might be obvious but I'm not seeing it.
Under Store Payment Policy, it shows Paypal for International. I don't ship
internationally. It also doesn't show what payment methods I accept in USA,
Paypal, Stripe, etc.

What am I missing.

Thanks.

Pam
  
As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
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In NEWS, picabo writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

My practice Store Front actually does not show any accepted payment methods for
USA.

  
Okay, another question. The answer might be obvious but I'm not seeing it.
Under Store Payment Policy, it shows Paypal for International. I don't ship
internationally. It also doesn't show what payment methods I accept in USA,
Paypal, Stripe, etc.

What am I missing.

Thanks.

Pam
  
As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: picabo View Messages Posted By picabo
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In NEWS, picabo writes:
  In NEWS, picabo writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Last time I will be a pain. In the practice storefront, under accepted methods
of payment, Paypal Onsite is not activated, it is grayed out. It is activated
on my "current" store.

Thanks.
  
My practice Store Front actually does not show any accepted payment methods for
USA.

  
Okay, another question. The answer might be obvious but I'm not seeing it.
Under Store Payment Policy, it shows Paypal for International. I don't ship
internationally. It also doesn't show what payment methods I accept in USA,
Paypal, Stripe, etc.

What am I missing.

Thanks.

Pam
  
As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

  We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

How about an "Exit" button? It's not very obvious how to leave a store once
you are in there. I know how to navigate out, but I think a new shopper to the
site would be confused.
The current site has a "home" link in the upper left corner.

When comparing both versions at 100%, the part images on the preview site look
too small.

Julie
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team

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Like the bookmark option.

Dislike redirecting buyers out of a store to the Catalog.

Average Lot Value isn't that commonly seen at all.
Will the hidden minimum buys be shown as well?

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
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In NEWS, Brickwilbo writes:
  Like the bookmark option.

Dislike redirecting buyers out of a store to the Catalog.

Agreed, but is that feature working right? The announcement today said access
to the catalog page in a new tab. It's not a new tab, it's the same tab.

I clicked on image, a pop up appears, I clicked on the item number and
I was whisked away to the catalog page, all within the same tab.

  

  
  Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.
 Author: WoutR View Messages Posted By WoutR
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In NEWS, Brickwilbo writes:
  Like the bookmark option.

Dislike redirecting buyers out of a store to the Catalog.

As a buyer, I like it a lot. And not just to compare prices. I look for more
information on parts that I do not know, or have any questions about. Having
more information makes the competition between stores harder, but it might increase
sales.

  Average Lot Value isn't that commonly seen at all.

I do not want to see that if the seller does not have a Lot Limits policy.

  Will the hidden minimum buys be shown as well?

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: Hypertrophy View Messages Posted By Hypertrophy
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"We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the
normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined
as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart."

Is this to allow sellers to set Average Lot Values and restrict orders not meeting
the specified average, similar to how the Minimum Buy currently restricts orders?
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On the home page, left column near the top.

"Show Advanced Filters" link should toggle to "Hide Advanced Filters" when all
filters are shown.

Will look more later.... NOTE: I first read the bit about hierarchical categories
I thought there would be such a structure in the parts part of the catalog.
But it doesn't look that way on the preview site. Is this going to be
done? but it takes catmins to actually update the category structure?


In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: crazylegoman View Messages Posted By crazylegoman
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"Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected."

Yep!

I checked the preview of my own store to see what it looked like, and the first
thing I noticed was the odd thumbnail images. I really hope BL isn't planning
on switching to those. They look crappy.

My browser window is set pretty large, (I'm using a desktop) but the new
storefront is too wide to fit. The bad part is that there's not even a bottom
scroll bar to use to see what is cut off of the right side of the page. I just
clicked around in my store, and the listings are too wide too. I can't even
see the prices, and there is no way to scroll over to the right.

I can see how the storefront showing the newest items for each main category
would be helpful for many stores. However, I have not added much to my store
lately, so the things listed as "newest" are months old. The instructions and
original boxes are years old. It would be nice if sellers had an option
to not display the newest items.

The same hold true for the "On Sale" tab. I currently do not have any items
on sale. When a seller has 0 items on sale, the On Sale tab should not appear.
Otherwise a buyer could click on it, find nothing and think they're doing
something wrong, or the store has a glitch.

I would also like an option to turn off the "Avg. Lot Value." The vast majority
of sellers do not require minimum average lot values. Having that value at the
top of the page in a store could make a buyer think that they have to meet a
certain minimum average lot value. (Why else would it be there?) For sellers
who do not impose this on their buyers, that value does nothing to help the buyer,
but it does pose a possible deterrent.

David
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I know it's all new and possible bugs and whatnot. I just had noticed when
looking through my store I saw some old inventory that has been sold and no longer
available. There won't be any issues with us having to recheck entire inventories,
will there? Just curious.

Dave



In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: AlltRightBricks View Messages Posted By AlltRightBricks
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In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  I know it's all new and possible bugs and whatnot. I just had noticed when
looking through my store I saw some old inventory that has been sold and no longer
available. There won't be any issues with us having to recheck entire inventories,
will there? Just curious.

Dave


I think this is because the snap shot we are looking at is almost a month old.
I changed my password recently, and noticed that I had to log in under the old
password.

Katie
  

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: Dalika View Messages Posted By Dalika
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 18:17
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In NEWS, AlltRightBricks writes:
  In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  I know it's all new and possible bugs and whatnot. I just had noticed when
looking through my store I saw some old inventory that has been sold and no longer
available. There won't be any issues with us having to recheck entire inventories,
will there? Just curious.

Dave


I think this is because the snap shot we are looking at is almost a month old.
I changed my password recently, and noticed that I had to log in under the old
password.

Katie

Oh Ok. I was just wondering as I do the inventory once in awhile to make sure.
I just would hate to have a new look along with lots of new inventory I didn't
have to sell.

Dave
  
  

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team
 Author: QCBricks View Messages Posted By QCBricks
 Posted: Feb 17, 2016 19:36
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In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  In NEWS, AlltRightBricks writes:
  In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  I know it's all new and possible bugs and whatnot. I just had noticed when
looking through my store I saw some old inventory that has been sold and no longer
available. There won't be any issues with us having to recheck entire inventories,
will there? Just curious.

Dave


I think this is because the snap shot we are looking at is almost a month old.
I changed my password recently, and noticed that I had to log in under the old
password.

Katie

Oh Ok. I was just wondering as I do the inventory once in awhile to make sure.
I just would hate to have a new look along with lots of new inventory I didn't
have to sell.

Dave
  
  

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team


I forget where I saw it, but it said the preview site was from something like
January 26th. The preview site still shows that we have 630k parts!

Scott
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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  In NEWS, AlltRightBricks writes:
  In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  I know it's all new and possible bugs and whatnot. I just had noticed when
looking through my store I saw some old inventory that has been sold and no longer
available. There won't be any issues with us having to recheck entire inventories,
will there? Just curious.

Dave


I think this is because the snap shot we are looking at is almost a month old.
I changed my password recently, and noticed that I had to log in under the old
password.

Katie

Oh Ok. I was just wondering as I do the inventory once in awhile to make sure.
I just would hate to have a new look along with lots of new inventory I didn't
have to sell.

Dave
  
  

In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team


I forget where I saw it, but it said the preview site was from something like
January 26th. The preview site still shows that we have 630k parts!

Scott

Ah!!! I see there was 100 knives to go with the forks at one time. That had
me wondering.

Connie
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Not too impressed with the look. The first big thing that I noticed in my store
anyway, is that all the items that are showing as the NEWEST items in a particular
category are actually showing the OLDEST lots in that category.
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I prefer the current independent frames to the new single frame.

For instance, I compared the old to the new in buddysbricks.com store. In the
old view, when I scroll down and click on Star Wars minifigs they immediately
show in the next frame. However, in the new version the frames are connected,
so now I must scroll back to the top to see them. In other words, scroll down
to click the link then back up to view.

This is in my opinion tedious and a very backward change.
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  I prefer the current independent frames to the new single frame.

For instance, I compared the old to the new in buddysbricks.com store. In the
old view, when I scroll down and click on Star Wars minifigs they immediately
show in the next frame. However, in the new version the frames are connected,
so now I must scroll back to the top to see them. In other words, scroll down
to click the link then back up to view.

This is in my opinion tedious and a very backward change.

Yes, exactly. You click on the left and don't see anything on the right.
Makes me leave the store.
Many more functions of the old store are missing in the new store.
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team

It's a little too busy for me. Plus I can't make the left side smaller
in width so that I can see the prices of the items on the right side. I have
to keep scrolling over.
The colors of the pieces are not as bright or sharp as before. This is especially
true of the dark blues, dark greens, etc. They look muted or faded. Since I
pull my orders by glancing back at the computer this makes it hard to see what
color is being bought. A black 1 x 1 plate looks the same as a dark blue one.

There is no shipping chart listed anymore.
I don't like having to scroll down to find the category and then scrolling
up to see what is listed for sale. Liked it better when it just popped up when
you hit the category you wanted.
Not too impressed.

Connie

  
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  It's a little too busy for me. Plus I can't make the left side smaller
in width so that I can see the prices of the items on the right side. I have
to keep scrolling over.

Connie

So you do have a scroll bar along the bottom of the page that lets you scroll
to the right? When I tried it, there was no way to scroll.

David
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  In NEWS, connie writes:
  It's a little too busy for me. Plus I can't make the left side smaller
in width so that I can see the prices of the items on the right side. I have
to keep scrolling over.

Connie

So you do have a scroll bar along the bottom of the page that lets you scroll
to the right? When I tried it, there was no way to scroll.

David

Yes, I have a scroll bar on the bottom that I can move right. However I don't
really feel like I should have to do that. Especially when added to having to
scroll up and down once I hit a category.

connie
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  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team

It's a little too busy for me. Plus I can't make the left side smaller
in width so that I can see the prices of the items on the right side. I have
to keep scrolling over.
The colors of the pieces are not as bright or sharp as before. This is especially
true of the dark blues, dark greens, etc. They look muted or faded. Since I
pull my orders by glancing back at the computer this makes it hard to see what
color is being bought. A black 1 x 1 plate looks the same as a dark blue one.

There is no shipping chart listed anymore.
I don't like having to scroll down to find the category and then scrolling
up to see what is listed for sale. Liked it better when it just popped up when
you hit the category you wanted.
Not too impressed.

Connie

Yep...don't like it either!! I don't see why every time websites are
updated they seem to be white washed and busy to be considered modern. I like
how PayPal lets you still use the classic site as an option and I hope this will
be the case if BrickLink uses this blinding, no point of focus induced format...NO
THANKS!
  
  
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I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott
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  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.

ditto
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Something is strange about the 'store opened' date. I registered on
Dec 24, 2002, but I didn't open my store until maybe Sept 2003. However,
I may have upgraded to a seller a couple months prior. So this info is inaccurate
or should be worded differently.

In addition it shows me as never canceling an order, but that's also incorrect.
I'm sure I've canceled 6 or more over the years. Heck I even received
a neutral for accepting a buyer's request to cancel.

In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott
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  In addition it shows me as never canceling an order, but that's also incorrect.
I'm sure I've canceled 6 or more over the years. Heck I even received
a neutral for accepting a buyer's request to cancel.


It's likely how many current orders (i.e. not purged) have been cancelled.
So, in the last 6 months.


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  In NEWS, tEoS writes:
  In addition it shows me as never canceling an order, but that's also incorrect.
I'm sure I've canceled 6 or more over the years. Heck I even received
a neutral for accepting a buyer's request to cancel.


It's likely how many current orders (i.e. not purged) have been cancelled.
So, in the last 6 months.


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It actually shows I have six. Five are current like you mentioned, one has been
purged. Just an observation here.

Dave
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  In NEWS, tEoS writes:
  In addition it shows me as never canceling an order, but that's also incorrect.
I'm sure I've canceled 6 or more over the years. Heck I even received
a neutral for accepting a buyer's request to cancel.


It's likely how many current orders (i.e. not purged) have been cancelled.
So, in the last 6 months.


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To me, it looks like it might be seller initiated cancels and not buyer
requests to cancel.

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  In addition it shows me as never canceling an order, but that's also incorrect.
I'm sure I've canceled 6 or more over the years. Heck I even received
a neutral for accepting a buyer's request to cancel.


It's likely how many current orders (i.e. not purged) have been cancelled.
So, in the last 6 months.


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To me, it looks like it might be seller initiated cancels and not buyer
requests to cancel.

Scott

Actually, that is what seems a tad 'unfair' if you will. Three of my
cancels are from buyers request, two are actually from the same buyer from Korea...

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Yep, no more nice customer service allowing buyers to say they want to cancel
and then doing it for them. If this is going to be used as a stick on sellers,
then buyers will have to cancel from now on.

It is especially bad if this data is going to be collected before the change
is made and shown afterwards without telling sellers the data is being collected
to show buyers.
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  Yep, no more nice customer service allowing buyers to say they want to cancel
and then doing it for them. If this is going to be used as a stick on sellers,
then buyers will have to cancel from now on.

It is especially bad if this data is going to be collected before the change
is made and shown afterwards without telling sellers the data is being collected
to show buyers.

OH Agree, that is an issue. Orders are cancelled for many reasons and sellers
are legally required to allow customers to back out of on-line purchases. What
is this supposed to be for?

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What does the "Refunded" refer to? Like, an NSS that was reversed because the
payment was refunded?


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  What does the "Refunded" refer to? Like, an NSS that was reversed because the
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I was thinking an onsite payment order that was cancelled? In clicking around
I think I only saw one or two stores with a handful.

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  What does the "Refunded" refer to? Like, an NSS that was reversed because the
payment was refunded?


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I was thinking an onsite payment order that was cancelled? In clicking around
I think I only saw one or two stores with a handful.

Scott


http://preview.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=fosterbengoshi


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  What does the "Refunded" refer to? Like, an NSS that was reversed because the
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I was thinking an onsite payment order that was cancelled? In clicking around
I think I only saw one or two stores with a handful.

I think it is a combo of payment status (completed) and order status (canceled).
We had one Buyer order, pay, and then request cancellation because his kid found
the missing parts.

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  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott

Two ends of the stick really. Now sellers who are more easy-going and forgive
newbie mistakes by agreeing to cancel orders.. will look suspicious because of
relative high number of cancelled orders. If I am a buyer and I see that, I might
reconsider. This has a serious potential in terms of lost sales, and only because
the seller is doing the right thing. It does not even matter if the number is
showing cancelled orders initiated by the seller or by the buyer, or both. Any
number is indication of potential hidden issues within the shop.

In turn, sellers who.. for a lack of a better word.. sh**face BL users and force
payments or NPB's but will NEVER cancel an order (unless they screw
up by themselves ofc), will have nice stats in that field.

Yes, it is not going to be the only stat visible (I also see "review" tab in
works - nice!). But I have *never* turned down anyone asking to cancel an order,
and I think that stat would reflect negatively on me as a seller.

And we all know how well stats "work" when they are not immediately indicative
that there is something wring with a seller.

Overall, I think this is a good idea but ONLY with following corrections:
a) only BUYERS can initiate order cancellation. Period. This would also address
so many issues when abusive sellers are cancelling orders for [random reason]
b) cancelled orders would show *and*, be classified by reason for cancellation.
From which it would be clear whether it is seller's or buyer's
"fault". It would probably be hard to make a fool-proof system, but I imagine
it should be possible to come pretty close if only there is a will.
c) OK, on a second thought perhaps sellers can cancel orders but for two reasons.
One - buyer requested customs fraud or similar. Other - Seller does not have
item(s) in stock.

Not sure what else to add really.. but if it will only be a general "cancelled
orders" number like it is now, it is bad. Keep in mind that sellers in EU are
actually obliged by law to cancel an order upon buyer's request.
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  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott

Two ends of the stick really. Now sellers who are more easy-going and forgive
newbie mistakes by agreeing to cancel orders.. will look suspicious because of
relative high number of cancelled orders. If I am a buyer and I see that, I might
reconsider. This has a serious potential in terms of lost sales, and only because
the seller is doing the right thing. It does not even matter if the number is
showing cancelled orders initiated by the seller or by the buyer, or both. Any
number is indication of potential hidden issues within the shop.

In turn, sellers who.. for a lack of a better word.. sh**face BL users and force
payments or NPB's but will NEVER cancel an order (unless they screw
up by themselves ofc), will have nice stats in that field.

Yes, it is not going to be the only stat visible (I also see "review" tab in
works - nice!). But I have *never* turned down anyone asking to cancel an order,
and I think that stat would reflect negatively on me as a seller.

And we all know how well stats "work" when they are not immediately indicative
that there is something wring with a seller.

Overall, I think this is a good idea but ONLY with following corrections:
a) only BUYERS can initiate order cancellation. Period. This would also address
so many issues when abusive sellers are cancelling orders for [random reason]
b) cancelled orders would show *and*, be classified by reason for cancellation.
From which it would be clear whether it is seller's or buyer's
"fault". It would probably be hard to make a fool-proof system, but I imagine
it should be possible to come pretty close if only there is a will.
c) OK, on a second thought perhaps sellers can cancel orders but for two reasons.
One - buyer requested customs fraud or similar. Other - Seller does not have
item(s) in stock.

Not sure what else to add really.. but if it will only be a general "cancelled
orders" number like it is now, it is bad. Keep in mind that sellers in EU are
actually obliged by law to cancel an order upon buyer's request.

I can only speak of our experiences, but the three stores that cancelled orders
of our and then...wonder of wonders..."found" the parts and re-listed them again
at a much higher price, had numbers among the highest we viewed. The stores
that didn't do those types of things had much lower numbers. It wasn't
even close. In addition, many of those same stores with the higher numbers had
a number of neutrals or negatives for cancelling without explanation. The cancel
metric only goes to confirm how many more of these are happening than is indicated
by the feedback.

For the honest stores (the great majority), this is sort of like the "getting
ripped off all the time via PayPal" fear. It sounds super scary, but in reality
it is something that is pretty minor.

I would imagine that EU law could have some influence on what actually happens
with this number in the future.

Scott
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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott

Two ends of the stick really. Now sellers who are more easy-going and forgive
newbie mistakes by agreeing to cancel orders.. will look suspicious because of
relative high number of cancelled orders. If I am a buyer and I see that, I might
reconsider. This has a serious potential in terms of lost sales, and only because
the seller is doing the right thing. It does not even matter if the number is
showing cancelled orders initiated by the seller or by the buyer, or both. Any
number is indication of potential hidden issues within the shop.

In turn, sellers who.. for a lack of a better word.. sh**face BL users and force
payments or NPB's but will NEVER cancel an order (unless they screw
up by themselves ofc), will have nice stats in that field.

Yes, it is not going to be the only stat visible (I also see "review" tab in
works - nice!). But I have *never* turned down anyone asking to cancel an order,
and I think that stat would reflect negatively on me as a seller.

And we all know how well stats "work" when they are not immediately indicative
that there is something wring with a seller.

Overall, I think this is a good idea but ONLY with following corrections:
a) only BUYERS can initiate order cancellation. Period. This would also address
so many issues when abusive sellers are cancelling orders for [random reason]
b) cancelled orders would show *and*, be classified by reason for cancellation.
From which it would be clear whether it is seller's or buyer's
"fault". It would probably be hard to make a fool-proof system, but I imagine
it should be possible to come pretty close if only there is a will.
c) OK, on a second thought perhaps sellers can cancel orders but for two reasons.
One - buyer requested customs fraud or similar. Other - Seller does not have
item(s) in stock.

Not sure what else to add really.. but if it will only be a general "cancelled
orders" number like it is now, it is bad. Keep in mind that sellers in EU are
actually obliged by law to cancel an order upon buyer's request.

I can only speak of our experiences, but the three stores that cancelled orders
of our and then...wonder of wonders..."found" the parts and re-listed them again
at a much higher price, had numbers among the highest we viewed. The stores
that didn't do those types of things had much lower numbers. It wasn't
even close. In addition, many of those same stores with the higher numbers had
a number of neutrals or negatives for cancelling without explanation. The cancel
metric only goes to confirm how many more of these are happening than is indicated
by the feedback.

For the honest stores (the great majority), this is sort of like the "getting
ripped off all the time via PayPal" fear. It sounds super scary, but in reality
it is something that is pretty minor.

I would imagine that EU law could have some influence on what actually happens
with this number in the future.

Scott

I am not saying that you are wrong. But if we put it into perspective - I already
know two sellers who have 100% perfect feedback in three or ever four digits
(last time I checked). But these sellers not only sell USED parts as NEW. After
being nice (even if through their teeth) to me and providing 100% refund plus
paying for getting their own parts shipped back to them... RE-LISTED the same
parts for sale as NEW again.

For the record, in this occasion I am not even talking about slightly scratched
parts or whatever else that may be debated. I am talking about Technic parts
that are physically showing usage inside pin holes / axle holes.

As long as sellers are able to be two-faced like this, any system showing potential
issues within the store must not put their competition in a potential disadvantage.

What I am saying is that apples must be compared to apples and oranges to oranges.
You and me can see the bigger picture and make better decisions about sellers
(and still we run into bad sellers once in a while). Some users can not make
that kind of decisions, or may be making incorrect decisions because of their
limited experience.
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In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott

Two ends of the stick really. Now sellers who are more easy-going and forgive
newbie mistakes by agreeing to cancel orders.. will look suspicious because of
relative high number of cancelled orders. If I am a buyer and I see that, I might
reconsider. This has a serious potential in terms of lost sales, and only because
the seller is doing the right thing. It does not even matter if the number is
showing cancelled orders initiated by the seller or by the buyer, or both. Any
number is indication of potential hidden issues within the shop.

In turn, sellers who.. for a lack of a better word.. sh**face BL users and force
payments or NPB's but will NEVER cancel an order (unless they screw
up by themselves ofc), will have nice stats in that field.

Yes, it is not going to be the only stat visible (I also see "review" tab in
works - nice!). But I have *never* turned down anyone asking to cancel an order,
and I think that stat would reflect negatively on me as a seller.

And we all know how well stats "work" when they are not immediately indicative
that there is something wring with a seller.

Overall, I think this is a good idea but ONLY with following corrections:
a) only BUYERS can initiate order cancellation. Period. This would also address
so many issues when abusive sellers are cancelling orders for [random reason]
b) cancelled orders would show *and*, be classified by reason for cancellation.
From which it would be clear whether it is seller's or buyer's
"fault". It would probably be hard to make a fool-proof system, but I imagine
it should be possible to come pretty close if only there is a will.
c) OK, on a second thought perhaps sellers can cancel orders but for two reasons.
One - buyer requested customs fraud or similar. Other - Seller does not have
item(s) in stock.

Not sure what else to add really.. but if it will only be a general "cancelled
orders" number like it is now, it is bad. Keep in mind that sellers in EU are
actually obliged by law to cancel an order upon buyer's request.

I can only speak of our experiences, but the three stores that cancelled orders
of our and then...wonder of wonders..."found" the parts and re-listed them again
at a much higher price, had numbers among the highest we viewed. The stores
that didn't do those types of things had much lower numbers. It wasn't
even close. In addition, many of those same stores with the higher numbers had
a number of neutrals or negatives for cancelling without explanation. The cancel
metric only goes to confirm how many more of these are happening than is indicated
by the feedback.

For the honest stores (the great majority), this is sort of like the "getting
ripped off all the time via PayPal" fear. It sounds super scary, but in reality
it is something that is pretty minor.

I would imagine that EU law could have some influence on what actually happens
with this number in the future.

Scott

I am not saying that you are wrong. But if we put it into perspective - I already
know two sellers who have 100% perfect feedback in three or ever four digits
(last time I checked). But these sellers not only sell USED parts as NEW. After
being nice (even if through their teeth) to me and providing 100% refund plus
paying for getting their own parts shipped back to them... RE-LISTED the same
parts for sale as NEW again.

For the record, in this occasion I am not even talking about slightly scratched
parts or whatever else that may be debated. I am talking about Technic parts
that are physically showing usage inside pin holes / axle holes.

As long as sellers are able to be two-faced like this, any system showing potential
issues within the store must not put their competition in a potential disadvantage.

What I am saying is that apples must be compared to apples and oranges to oranges.
You and me can see the bigger picture and make better decisions about sellers
(and still we run into bad sellers once in a while). Some users can not make
that kind of decisions, or may be making incorrect decisions because of their
limited experience.

I agree.

I would just consider the "apples" to be the stores that show a handful.

The "oranges" are the handful that have far more cancels than the others in their
cohort range. If you look at something like cancels per feedback received, a
couple of these stores are at 10 or 20 times (or more) the rate of cancels.

Scott
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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
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  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott

Two ends of the stick really. Now sellers who are more easy-going and forgive
newbie mistakes by agreeing to cancel orders.. will look suspicious because of
relative high number of cancelled orders. If I am a buyer and I see that, I might
reconsider. This has a serious potential in terms of lost sales, and only because
the seller is doing the right thing. It does not even matter if the number is
showing cancelled orders initiated by the seller or by the buyer, or both. Any
number is indication of potential hidden issues within the shop.

In turn, sellers who.. for a lack of a better word.. sh**face BL users and force
payments or NPB's but will NEVER cancel an order (unless they screw
up by themselves ofc), will have nice stats in that field.

Yes, it is not going to be the only stat visible (I also see "review" tab in
works - nice!). But I have *never* turned down anyone asking to cancel an order,
and I think that stat would reflect negatively on me as a seller.

And we all know how well stats "work" when they are not immediately indicative
that there is something wring with a seller.

Overall, I think this is a good idea but ONLY with following corrections:
a) only BUYERS can initiate order cancellation. Period. This would also address
so many issues when abusive sellers are cancelling orders for [random reason]
b) cancelled orders would show *and*, be classified by reason for cancellation.
From which it would be clear whether it is seller's or buyer's
"fault". It would probably be hard to make a fool-proof system, but I imagine
it should be possible to come pretty close if only there is a will.
c) OK, on a second thought perhaps sellers can cancel orders but for two reasons.
One - buyer requested customs fraud or similar. Other - Seller does not have
item(s) in stock.

Not sure what else to add really.. but if it will only be a general "cancelled
orders" number like it is now, it is bad. Keep in mind that sellers in EU are
actually obliged by law to cancel an order upon buyer's request.

I can only speak of our experiences, but the three stores that cancelled orders
of our and then...wonder of wonders..."found" the parts and re-listed them again
at a much higher price, had numbers among the highest we viewed. The stores
that didn't do those types of things had much lower numbers. It wasn't
even close. In addition, many of those same stores with the higher numbers had
a number of neutrals or negatives for cancelling without explanation. The cancel
metric only goes to confirm how many more of these are happening than is indicated
by the feedback.

For the honest stores (the great majority), this is sort of like the "getting
ripped off all the time via PayPal" fear. It sounds super scary, but in reality
it is something that is pretty minor.

I would imagine that EU law could have some influence on what actually happens
with this number in the future.

Scott

I am not saying that you are wrong. But if we put it into perspective - I already
know two sellers who have 100% perfect feedback in three or ever four digits
(last time I checked). But these sellers not only sell USED parts as NEW. After
being nice (even if through their teeth) to me and providing 100% refund plus
paying for getting their own parts shipped back to them... RE-LISTED the same
parts for sale as NEW again.

For the record, in this occasion I am not even talking about slightly scratched
parts or whatever else that may be debated. I am talking about Technic parts
that are physically showing usage inside pin holes / axle holes.

As long as sellers are able to be two-faced like this, any system showing potential
issues within the store must not put their competition in a potential disadvantage.

What I am saying is that apples must be compared to apples and oranges to oranges.
You and me can see the bigger picture and make better decisions about sellers
(and still we run into bad sellers once in a while). Some users can not make
that kind of decisions, or may be making incorrect decisions because of their
limited experience.

I agree.

I would just consider the "apples" to be the stores that show a handful.

The "oranges" are the handful that have far more cancels than the others in their
cohort range. If you look at something like cancels per feedback received, a
couple of these stores are at 10 or 20 times (or more) the rate of cancels.

Scott

enig! (translate from Danish)

"Rate of cancels" may also be heavily dependent on the circumstances. My store
has 1400+ FB and showing 2 cancels. shop4technic store that has 10 times
less feedback is showing 4 cancels.

Both are 100% perfect in terms of feedback received. But if prices/delivery/etc/etc
were exactly the same and a buyer had to choose between the two... the "orders
cancelled" might just be the reason for shop4technic losing the sale.

This would be an example when an "apple" (let's assume ) is losing a sale
because the stat is inconclusive and is leading to a false interpretation.

I hope this will be taken into consideration.
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  "Rate of cancels" may also be heavily dependent on the circumstances. My store
has 1400+ FB and showing 2 cancels. shop4technic store that has 10 times
less feedback is showing 4 cancels.

Both are 100% perfect in terms of feedback received. But if prices/delivery/etc/etc
were exactly the same and a buyer had to choose between the two... the "orders
cancelled" might just be the reason for shop4technic losing the sale.

This would be an example when an "apple" (let's assume ) is losing a sale
because the stat is inconclusive and is leading to a false interpretation.

And even those numbers are not comparable by themselves. As already noted, the
"canceled" number appears to be from the last 6 months, whereas the FB is "lifetime".
So you can't really just do a percentage.

Our shop has 12 cancels. Is that bad? I can vouch all of those were at the buyer's
request. What use is this number for a buyer? It would probably be bad if we
did 20 orders last half year, but there is no context.

Niek.
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In NEWS, qwertyboy writes:
  
  "Rate of cancels" may also be heavily dependent on the circumstances. My store
has 1400+ FB and showing 2 cancels. shop4technic store that has 10 times
less feedback is showing 4 cancels.

Both are 100% perfect in terms of feedback received. But if prices/delivery/etc/etc
were exactly the same and a buyer had to choose between the two... the "orders
cancelled" might just be the reason for shop4technic losing the sale.

This would be an example when an "apple" (let's assume ) is losing a sale
because the stat is inconclusive and is leading to a false interpretation.

And even those numbers are not comparable by themselves. As already noted, the
"canceled" number appears to be from the last 6 months, whereas the FB is "lifetime".
So you can't really just do a percentage.

Our shop has 12 cancels. Is that bad? I can vouch all of those were at the buyer's
request. What use is this number for a buyer? It would probably be bad if we
did 20 orders last half year, but there is no context.

Niek.

Well if that is really just in the last six months, then NPBs have to be included
and that just seems to make this a useless number.

Bummer.

Scott
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In NEWS, qwertyboy writes:
  
  "Rate of cancels" may also be heavily dependent on the circumstances. My store
has 1400+ FB and showing 2 cancels. shop4technic store that has 10 times
less feedback is showing 4 cancels.

Both are 100% perfect in terms of feedback received. But if prices/delivery/etc/etc
were exactly the same and a buyer had to choose between the two... the "orders
cancelled" might just be the reason for shop4technic losing the sale.

This would be an example when an "apple" (let's assume ) is losing a sale
because the stat is inconclusive and is leading to a false interpretation.

And even those numbers are not comparable by themselves. As already noted, the
"canceled" number appears to be from the last 6 months, whereas the FB is "lifetime".
So you can't really just do a percentage.

Our shop has 12 cancels. Is that bad? I can vouch all of those were at the buyer's
request. What use is this number for a buyer? It would probably be bad if we
did 20 orders last half year, but there is no context.

Niek.

I don't understand why the cancels are in there at all. I have never just
canceled an order. Usually a buyer asks for it or I used to cancel is someone
didn't pay and I didn't want to wait the 7 days. However, I stopped
this when I learned I wasn't protected from negative feedback. So by putting
it up there for all to see it makes it look like a negative when it really isn't.....at
least for most of us.
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In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  In NEWS, enig writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott

Two ends of the stick really. Now sellers who are more easy-going and forgive
newbie mistakes by agreeing to cancel orders.. will look suspicious because of
relative high number of cancelled orders. If I am a buyer and I see that, I might
reconsider. This has a serious potential in terms of lost sales, and only because
the seller is doing the right thing. It does not even matter if the number is
showing cancelled orders initiated by the seller or by the buyer, or both. Any
number is indication of potential hidden issues within the shop.

In turn, sellers who.. for a lack of a better word.. sh**face BL users and force
payments or NPB's but will NEVER cancel an order (unless they screw
up by themselves ofc), will have nice stats in that field.

Yes, it is not going to be the only stat visible (I also see "review" tab in
works - nice!). But I have *never* turned down anyone asking to cancel an order,
and I think that stat would reflect negatively on me as a seller.

And we all know how well stats "work" when they are not immediately indicative
that there is something wring with a seller.

Overall, I think this is a good idea but ONLY with following corrections:
a) only BUYERS can initiate order cancellation. Period. This would also address
so many issues when abusive sellers are cancelling orders for [random reason]
b) cancelled orders would show *and*, be classified by reason for cancellation.
From which it would be clear whether it is seller's or buyer's
"fault". It would probably be hard to make a fool-proof system, but I imagine
it should be possible to come pretty close if only there is a will.
c) OK, on a second thought perhaps sellers can cancel orders but for two reasons.
One - buyer requested customs fraud or similar. Other - Seller does not have
item(s) in stock.

Not sure what else to add really.. but if it will only be a general "cancelled
orders" number like it is now, it is bad. Keep in mind that sellers in EU are
actually obliged by law to cancel an order upon buyer's request.

I can only speak of our experiences, but the three stores that cancelled orders
of our and then...wonder of wonders..."found" the parts and re-listed them again
at a much higher price, had numbers among the highest we viewed. The stores
that didn't do those types of things had much lower numbers. It wasn't
even close. In addition, many of those same stores with the higher numbers had
a number of neutrals or negatives for cancelling without explanation. The cancel
metric only goes to confirm how many more of these are happening than is indicated
by the feedback.

For the honest stores (the great majority), this is sort of like the "getting
ripped off all the time via PayPal" fear. It sounds super scary, but in reality
it is something that is pretty minor.

I would imagine that EU law could have some influence on what actually happens
with this number in the future.

Scott

I am not saying that you are wrong. But if we put it into perspective - I already
know two sellers who have 100% perfect feedback in three or ever four digits
(last time I checked). But these sellers not only sell USED parts as NEW. After
being nice (even if through their teeth) to me and providing 100% refund plus
paying for getting their own parts shipped back to them... RE-LISTED the same
parts for sale as NEW again.

For the record, in this occasion I am not even talking about slightly scratched
parts or whatever else that may be debated. I am talking about Technic parts
that are physically showing usage inside pin holes / axle holes.

As long as sellers are able to be two-faced like this, any system showing potential
issues within the store must not put their competition in a potential disadvantage.

What I am saying is that apples must be compared to apples and oranges to oranges.
You and me can see the bigger picture and make better decisions about sellers
(and still we run into bad sellers once in a while). Some users can not make
that kind of decisions, or may be making incorrect decisions because of their
limited experience.

I agree.

I would just consider the "apples" to be the stores that show a handful.

The "oranges" are the handful that have far more cancels than the others in their
cohort range. If you look at something like cancels per feedback received, a
couple of these stores are at 10 or 20 times (or more) the rate of cancels.

Scott

enig! (translate from Danish)

"Rate of cancels" may also be heavily dependent on the circumstances. My store
has 1400+ FB and showing 2 cancels. shop4technic store that has 10 times
less feedback is showing 4 cancels.

Both are 100% perfect in terms of feedback received. But if prices/delivery/etc/etc
were exactly the same and a buyer had to choose between the two... the "orders
cancelled" might just be the reason for shop4technic losing the sale.

This would be an example when an "apple" (let's assume ) is losing a sale
because the stat is inconclusive and is leading to a false interpretation.

I hope this will be taken into consideration.

I would really hope that buyers aren't looking 2 and then looking at 4 and
thinking "what the heck is with this store with four cancels?". To me, that
seems like a buyer many stores would not be interested in.

One of the stores I was looking at had mid to high 4 figure feedback and they
had almost 100 cancels. (They cancelled on us and relisted at a higher price)
Many other stores in that feedback range seemed to have 5 to 20. To me, nearly
100 seems excessive.

Another well known store that does the "if you don't like the $23 in fees
on your $30 order you can cancel" deal has a couple hundred cancels. Again,
seems like an exception to me.

Scott
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In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott

That's great (sarcastic).

I cancel orders as requested by BUYERS, because they can't see shipping cost
BEFORE they finalize the order. This is a service I do FOR the the buyers (and
I think also requested BY EU LAW), and now suddently I will be be penalize for
that! THANKS BRICKLINK.
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In NEWS, Balokki writes:
  In NEWS, QCBricks writes:
  I also found the "cancelled" number and the NSS numbers quite useful as a buyer.
We've had a few stores cancel on us for strange reasons that made little
sense and now I realize that they simply cancel orders all the time.

Love it.

Scott

That's great (sarcastic).

I cancel orders as requested by BUYERS, because they can't see shipping cost
BEFORE they finalize the order. This is a service I do FOR the the buyers (and
I think also requested BY EU LAW), and now suddently I will be be penalize for
that! THANKS BRICKLINK.

You could always implement the 'request a quote' feature so that buyers
cannot use shipping costs as an excuse to cancel orders. But that's a moot
point because, as you rightly say, EU citizens are allowed in law to cancel an
order regardless of the reason, even if they've simply changed their mind.
Aggregating and displaying such a statistic would be incredibly misleading if
the intent is to demonstrate some sort of 'badge of shame' for sellers.
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To the powers that be, I made it known in Chicago, and I will make it known again
here. If you throw away all of the hundreds of hours of work I and a few others
have done improving small part images over the years to go to those faded, muted,
sterile LDraw(?) renders, I will cease to contribute anything to the site anymore.

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In NEWS, randyf writes:
  To the powers that be, I made it known in Chicago, and I will make it known again
here. If you throw away all of the hundreds of hours of work I and a few others
have done improving small part images over the years to go to those faded, muted,
sterile LDraw(?) renders, I will cease to contribute anything to the site anymore.

Randy

I really dislike the rendered images. I realize it's my opinion, but I think
the rendered images look terrible compared to an actual image of the real LEGO
part. I can understand using a rendered image if no other image exists, but it
should be a last resort, not the first.

Josh
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In NEWS, mhortar writes:
  In NEWS, randyf writes:
  To the powers that be, I made it known in Chicago, and I will make it known again
here. If you throw away all of the hundreds of hours of work I and a few others
have done improving small part images over the years to go to those faded, muted,
sterile LDraw(?) renders, I will cease to contribute anything to the site anymore.

Randy

I really dislike the rendered images. I realize it's my opinion, but I think
the rendered images look terrible compared to an actual image of the real LEGO
part. I can understand using a rendered image if no other image exists, but it
should be a last resort, not the first.

Josh

+1

Respect for members contributions is important. Without them the site will be
lacking in many ways.

Robert
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Agree! I don't like the new look because it's so sterile. Especially
the part- pictures/renders. It reminds me of an other site like BL... Besides
that: they miss emotion and emotion sells! Maybe start a poll on the pics?

Remko

NEWS, randyf writes:
  To the powers that be, I made it known in Chicago, and I will make it known again
here. If you throw away all of the hundreds of hours of work I and a few others
have done improving small part images over the years to go to those faded, muted,
sterile LDraw(?) renders, I will cease to contribute anything to the site anymore.

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In NEWS, randyf writes:
  To the powers that be, I made it known in Chicago, and I will make it known again
here. If you throw away all of the hundreds of hours of work I and a few others
have done improving small part images over the years to go to those faded, muted,
sterile LDraw(?) renders, I will cease to contribute anything to the site anymore.

Randy


The renders look much worse than the photos.

Also, I keep repeating this again and again, the renders DO NOT SHOW THE CORRECT
PART VERSIONS. For many of the parts with recognised versions, no models exist
for many of the versions. Just substituting them by any of the others DOES NOT
WORK.

It is the same mistake as when the 3D models of parts were introduced.
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In NEWS, WoutR writes:
  In NEWS, randyf writes:
  To the powers that be, I made it known in Chicago, and I will make it known again
here. If you throw away all of the hundreds of hours of work I and a few others
have done improving small part images over the years to go to those faded, muted,
sterile LDraw(?) renders, I will cease to contribute anything to the site anymore.

Randy


The renders look much worse than the photos.

Also, I keep repeating this again and again, the renders DO NOT SHOW THE CORRECT
PART VERSIONS. For many of the parts with recognised versions, no models exist
for many of the versions. Just substituting them by any of the others DOES NOT
WORK.

It is the same mistake as when the 3D models of parts were introduced.

A couple of people in this subthread have mentioned "renders". Just to be clear,
I believe they are referring to the *new* renders as shown on the new storefront
preview. Many/most of the small images Randy and others have contributed are
also renders, but they are standardized, high-quality images, with excellent
color, variant detail, and edge lines drawn in.

The standard BL small image is superior to any image I have seen on any site,
as they are very close to the images Lego has historically used in its building
instructions. Why are "drawn" instructions superior to "photographed" instructions?
Because the drawn images can highlight what the viewer needs to see when identifying
the part, and de-emphasize true-to-life aspects of photographs that don't
help.

Probably the biggest reason for these new images is to have large images in each
color so that the catalog page (and other site pages) aren't confined to
using the 60 x 80 format. Fair enough. But the error being made here is to assume
that small images are equivalent to resized large images. They aren't. Small
images are specifically engineered to identify items in a quick snapshot of the
eye. Large images are designed to be studied, and in most cases should be an
actual photograph, show the Lego logo, sprue marks, and other fine details. To
use one image for both purposes I believe is cutting a corner, and will cheapen
the BL experience considerably.

Russell
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At the moment I am not really sure what I thought I saw when I wrote that...
I might have been mistaken (and feeling strongly about it )

Maybe I mistrust the renders too much. The models were made for a completely
different purpose than part identification, so for the parts where small details
or variations matter I really question their use.

Also, I would question the use of renders as a preferred standard for BrickLink.
For many of the parts, we will never have a render so we will need good quality
photos.

There might be a place for models and renders on BrickLink, but we really have
to be careful about when and where we use them.
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In NEWS, WoutR writes:
  At the moment I am not really sure what I thought I saw when I wrote that...
I might have been mistaken (and feeling strongly about it )

Maybe I mistrust the renders too much. The models were made for a completely
different purpose than part identification, so for the parts where small details
or variations matter I really question their use.

Also, I would question the use of renders as a preferred standard for BrickLink.
For many of the parts, we will never have a render so we will need good quality
photos.

There might be a place for models and renders on BrickLink, but we really have
to be careful about when and where we use them.

I can agree with that. I think renders are great for standard parts, but for
rare vintage parts or parts in "unknown" colors, I would rather see a photo,
even for the small image. The balance the site currently has I think is fine,
actually. I just don't want to see the site take a step backwards and end
up with something not as good as what they have now.

This is a problem with any renovation project - there is always the possibility
of the "new" thing being worse, and I think that is what concerns so many people.
BrickLink is not like many other sites that were designed by dev team over a
period of weeks or months, with resources quickly pulled from available sources
at the time. BL is an incredibly rich site, that took untold numbers of hours
from a large group of people working over a period of many years.

When you compare the 3D images, which were added automatically with relatively
little effort, to the rest of the data on the catalog page - the custom images,
PCC assignments, special notes, placement in inventories, and the year-in, year-out
use and refinement of that data by people who actually know the parts and
have them in hand
, you can see how impoverished the catalog could become
with a few fell swoops done in the name of development.
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I like it. I would have preferred to see the launch of Instant Checkout, but
it's good to see some significant updates in the work.

Here are a few notes that I have from playing around with it.


1) I agree with others who mentioned that the Avg. Lot Value only needs to be
there if the store has a restriction for this. I understand that this isn't
yet standardized, though. Hopefully that comes soon. Once it is in place, I would
suggest showing the text in red (or some other way to highlight it) if the current
cart isn't meeting the store's minimum.


2) Again, as others have mentioned: if I need to scroll down to select a category,
when those items filter in it's possible that the right-side pane will be
blank until I scroll back up to the top of the page. This is awkward. I don't
have a good idea for a solution other than the old way -- the right and left
panes should scroll independently. Either that, or when selecting a category,
the view snaps to the top.


3) Sorting options are not remembered. I always want to see 100 items at a time.
But when I go to a new store, it defaults to 25 again. I always want to sort
by price. But when I go to a new store, it defaults to Item Name again.


4) Sorting options are missing. I want to sort by Condition, Price. This lets
me scroll past all the Used items (which I don't want to buy) and then see
everything in New sorted by Price. Now, this is actually fixed with the advanced
filters (which let me exclude the Used items), so I like that. But there may
be other sorting options that others have used which are also missing.


5) The links under the items behave strangely. If I click on All Items, it does
show all items, but it resets the filters (I guess this makes sense) AND it resets
my sorting options to Item Name (which makes no sense). If I click on the item
type or item category, the results seem to make sense. But if I click on the
Item Name link, it all goes wonky -- the categories on the left all go to
zero (except for the one category that includes the item that I selected), and
it isn't clear how to get out of this weird filter.


6) At the bottom of the policy page, there is a link to the Help Center. If I
click on this it takes me out of the store (to the help pages). (This might make
more sense to open in a new tab.) If I click the back button in my browser, it
takes me back to the store, but not to the Policy page -- it's a blank
"coming soon" page, which doesn't seem to let me go anywhere or see anything
in the store.


7) The Payment Policy and Shipping Policy only show the options for international
buyers.


8) The pop-up for the Splash page makes sense, though it does mean that a lot
of people will need to rethink theirs. Check mine out -- I use it for my
"monochrome minifig maker" which lets buyers easily find parts for unprinted
minifigs. It still works in the preview, but it opens store pages WITHIN the
popup, instead of in the store proper... http://preview.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=FigBits
... *shrug*, I will likely just get rid of this tool.



That's all for now. More later.


--
Marc.
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In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  I like it. I would have preferred to see the launch of Instant Checkout, but
it's good to see some significant updates in the work.

Here are a few notes that I have from playing around with it.


1) I agree with others who mentioned that the Avg. Lot Value only needs to be
there if the store has a restriction for this. I understand that this isn't
yet standardized, though. Hopefully that comes soon. Once it is in place, I would
suggest showing the text in red (or some other way to highlight it) if the current
cart isn't meeting the store's minimum.

I can see the business case for these, but as a buyer I really dislike them.
Usually it means I buy less, and the seller has to spend less time clearing out
small lots of cheap items. Having this shown prominently in every store would
work as a promotion of this type of order restrictions. That would make buying
here a lot more confusing and frustrating.

  
2) Again, as others have mentioned: if I need to scroll down to select a category,
when those items filter in it's possible that the right-side pane will be
blank until I scroll back up to the top of the page. This is awkward. I don't
have a good idea for a solution other than the old way -- the right and left
panes should scroll independently. Either that, or when selecting a category,
the view snaps to the top.

Yes please! Scroll left and right independently.

  
3) Sorting options are not remembered. I always want to see 100 items at a time.
But when I go to a new store, it defaults to 25 again. I always want to sort
by price. But when I go to a new store, it defaults to Item Name again.


4) Sorting options are missing. I want to sort by Condition, Price. This lets
me scroll past all the Used items (which I don't want to buy) and then see
everything in New sorted by Price. Now, this is actually fixed with the advanced
filters (which let me exclude the Used items), so I like that. But there may
be other sorting options that others have used which are also missing.


5) The links under the items behave strangely. If I click on All Items, it does
show all items, but it resets the filters (I guess this makes sense) AND it resets
my sorting options to Item Name (which makes no sense). If I click on the item
type or item category, the results seem to make sense. But if I click on the
Item Name link, it all goes wonky -- the categories on the left all go to
zero (except for the one category that includes the item that I selected), and
it isn't clear how to get out of this weird filter.


6) At the bottom of the policy page, there is a link to the Help Center. If I
click on this it takes me out of the store (to the help pages). (This might make
more sense to open in a new tab.) If I click the back button in my browser, it
takes me back to the store, but not to the Policy page -- it's a blank
"coming soon" page, which doesn't seem to let me go anywhere or see anything
in the store.


7) The Payment Policy and Shipping Policy only show the options for international
buyers.


8) The pop-up for the Splash page makes sense, though it does mean that a lot
of people will need to rethink theirs. Check mine out -- I use it for my
"monochrome minifig maker" which lets buyers easily find parts for unprinted
minifigs. It still works in the preview, but it opens store pages WITHIN the
popup, instead of in the store proper... http://preview.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=FigBits
... *shrug*, I will likely just get rid of this tool.

That would be a loss. It is one of the things that makes your store unique, and
I suspect that must be a reason for people to return to your store.

  
That's all for now. More later.
--
Marc.

The left part of the storefront is much wider in the new version. It draws attention
away from the items being offered for sale and makes the screen look cluttered.

In the right part, the content of the Buy column ( Quantity, Price, Price conversion,
Add to Cart) makes the row height much larger. Because of that all the small
images look ridiculously small and unbalanced. There is very much white space
on the page, again making the page look more cluttered. Also, it means more scrolling.
When browsing a store with thousands of items, adding something like 35% in height
really makes a difference.
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Are we losing our colored bricks for feedback rating? I see I am at "Level 7".
I was really looking forward to my pink brick...someday. Or will a brick end
up in that empty circle?
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  Are we losing our colored bricks for feedback rating? I see I am at "Level 7".
I was really looking forward to my pink brick...someday. Or will a brick end
up in that empty circle?


That would be horrible! I really, really wanted my Purple brick. That is my son
and I's absolute favorite color!

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In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  Are we losing our colored bricks for feedback rating? I see I am at "Level 7".
I was really looking forward to my pink brick...someday. Or will a brick end
up in that empty circle?


That would be horrible! I really, really wanted my Purple brick. That is my son
and I's absolute favorite color!

Dave

No stress. I am sure this got simply over-looked and there will be a colored
brick next to the level indicator
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  In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  Are we losing our colored bricks for feedback rating? I see I am at "Level 7".
I was really looking forward to my pink brick...someday. Or will a brick end
up in that empty circle?


That would be horrible! I really, really wanted my Purple brick. That is my son
and I's absolute favorite color!

Dave

No stress. I am sure this got simply over-looked and there will be a colored
brick next to the level indicator


Whew!
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In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  Are we losing our colored bricks for feedback rating? I see I am at "Level 7".
I was really looking forward to my pink brick...someday. Or will a brick end
up in that empty circle?


That would be horrible! I really, really wanted my Purple brick. That is my son
and I's absolute favorite color!

Dave


The colored bricks never made any sense to me. There is no sensible progression
to the colors at all. I'd rather see some other icon to represent the levels.
(larger bricks? 1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 2x2...)


--
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  In NEWS, Dalika writes:
  In NEWS, JulieK writes:
  Are we losing our colored bricks for feedback rating? I see I am at "Level 7".
I was really looking forward to my pink brick...someday. Or will a brick end
up in that empty circle?


That would be horrible! I really, really wanted my Purple brick. That is my son
and I's absolute favorite color!

Dave


The colored bricks never made any sense to me. There is no sensible progression
to the colors at all. I'd rather see some other icon to represent the levels.
(larger bricks? 1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 2x2...)


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Absolutely no sense to me either. I just like colors. My favorite is Purple and
I hope I get one...

Dave
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  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team

Good morning development/admin

Have had a very quick look at the new site and it is going to take some getting
used to. Not really sure if it is better or, as others have commented, fixing
something that isn't broken. There are definitely more important things to
bring to the site than this. Really not convinced that the development priorities
are correct.

So far first impressions are it is far too busy. We spent time and money getting
our splash screen the way we wanted it and now, it appears, we are going to have
to abandon that idea - why ? When we visit a store we want to find what we are
looking for not gaze and whatever the store wants to highlight. Make that a tab
rather than the first image you see. I am sure if this topic stays open for a
while, there will be lots more things we, as well as others, will want to comment
on.
  
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


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In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


--
Marc.

Overall I don't like that. OK it might seem nice to a see a big number there
but how easy would it be for store owners to "incent" members to "like their
store" and give the false impression that this is a much chosen store. This is
not Facebook! Well spotted Marc, I would like this killed, there is good reason
some things like this are kept as private data.

Robert
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In NEWS, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


--
Marc.

Overall I don't like that. OK it might seem nice to a see a big number there
but how easy would it be for store owners to "incent" members to "like their
store" and give the false impression that this is a much chosen store. This is
not Facebook! Well spotted Marc, I would like this killed, there is good reason
some things like this are kept as private data.

Robert

I agree. The bigger stores have worked hard to get there and deserve the business
but don't punish the smaller stores because they haven't had as many
customers yet.
Paul(Mmookk61)
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In NEWS, mmookk61 writes:
  In NEWS, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


--
Marc.

Overall I don't like that. OK it might seem nice to a see a big number there
but how easy would it be for store owners to "incent" members to "like their
store" and give the false impression that this is a much chosen store. This is
not Facebook! Well spotted Marc, I would like this killed, there is good reason
some things like this are kept as private data.

Robert

I agree. The bigger stores have worked hard to get there and deserve the business
but don't punish the smaller stores because they haven't had as many
customers yet.
Paul(Mmookk61)


I don't see that as a problem. Right now, storefronts already show feedback
and number of orders, both of which fit your description above. Showing the number
of favorites would not punish smaller scores any more than those other numbers.


--
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In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, mmookk61 writes:
  In NEWS, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


--
Marc.

Overall I don't like that. OK it might seem nice to a see a big number there
but how easy would it be for store owners to "incent" members to "like their
store" and give the false impression that this is a much chosen store. This is
not Facebook! Well spotted Marc, I would like this killed, there is good reason
some things like this are kept as private data.

Robert

I agree. The bigger stores have worked hard to get there and deserve the business
but don't punish the smaller stores because they haven't had as many
customers yet.
Paul(Mmookk61)


I don't see that as a problem. Right now, storefronts already show feedback
and number of orders, both of which fit your description above. Showing the number
of favorites would not punish smaller scores any more than those other numbers.


--
Marc.

We agree with the majority that is not something which is relevant to a buyer
so why show it. That is why Robert has said leave that information as private
to the store.
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In NEWS, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


--
Marc.

Overall I don't like that. OK it might seem nice to a see a big number there
but how easy would it be for store owners to "incent" members to "like their
store" and give the false impression that this is a much chosen store. This is
not Facebook! Well spotted Marc, I would like this killed, there is good reason
some things like this are kept as private data.

Robert

Yep, "I will give you a 10% coupon for liking me" will start to appear a lot.
Along with 10% increase in prices.
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In NEWS, yorbrick writes:
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  In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


--
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Overall I don't like that. OK it might seem nice to a see a big number there
but how easy would it be for store owners to "incent" members to "like their
store" and give the false impression that this is a much chosen store. This is
not Facebook! Well spotted Marc, I would like this killed, there is good reason
some things like this are kept as private data.

Robert

Yep, "I will give you a 10% coupon for liking me" will start to appear a lot.
Along with 10% increase in prices.

+1
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In NEWS, yorbrick writes:
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  In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


--
Marc.

Overall I don't like that. OK it might seem nice to a see a big number there
but how easy would it be for store owners to "incent" members to "like their
store" and give the false impression that this is a much chosen store. This is
not Facebook! Well spotted Marc, I would like this killed, there is good reason
some things like this are kept as private data.

Robert

I dunno ... I like it. Last night I ran a comparison between number of favorites
and number of orders. There was an interesting range of ratios which I found
enlightening.


  
Yep, "I will give you a 10% coupon for liking me" will start to appear a lot.
Along with 10% increase in prices.


Since Favoriting is anonymous, this wouldn't really work.


--
Marc.
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In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, yorbrick writes:
  In NEWS, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Updated but not mentioned: the number of users who have a store listed as a Favorite
("Most Favorite" in the current terminology) is now publicly shown in the Preview
site.


--
Marc.

Overall I don't like that. OK it might seem nice to a see a big number there
but how easy would it be for store owners to "incent" members to "like their
store" and give the false impression that this is a much chosen store. This is
not Facebook! Well spotted Marc, I would like this killed, there is good reason
some things like this are kept as private data.

Robert

I dunno ... I like it. Last night I ran a comparison between number of favorites
and number of orders. There was an interesting range of ratios which I found
enlightening.


  
Yep, "I will give you a 10% coupon for liking me" will start to appear a lot.
Along with 10% increase in prices.


Since Favoriting is anonymous, this wouldn't really work.


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Marc.

There are ways around that though,as have been found at other sites where anonymous
feedback is given. Such as send a snapshot of your screen showing the "like".
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In NEWS, yorbrick writes:
  In NEWS, FigBits writes:
  In NEWS, yorbrick writes:
  Yep, "I will give you a 10% coupon for liking me" will start to appear a lot.
Along with 10% increase in prices.


Since Favoriting is anonymous, this wouldn't really work.


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There are ways around that though,as have been found at other sites where anonymous
feedback is given. Such as send a snapshot of your screen showing the "like".


Fair enough.


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Location:  USA, New York
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I am all for change to the site to bring in new users. I am not sure this is
the most necessary change, but I don't own BrickLink, it's not my decision.
This clearly is going to happen so we might as well try to work with the team
to make it the best possible. Here are a few bugs I ran into just playing around
with it for a few minutes:

-If I click "By Wanted List," clicking select all works but when I then click
deselect all, it just highlights all my wanted lists again.

- The grid feature would be nice if you could add quantities instead of just
seeing quantities. I don't want to have to click on each piece individually
to add the quantity.

- Searching by wanted list shows me no information about remarks I have on pieces,
or which wanted list the pieces are in (This is a HUGE deal).

-Auto-Fill Cart to Min doesn't quite work. It set the quantities to the
minimum on your wanted list even if the store doesn't have enough of that
part. When you try to add it to your cart it causes all kinds of problems.

-If I add more than the available amount in a store to my cart and other items
with correct quantities an error message shows up on ALL items. Ones that were
correct show an error message of "OK" but it is in RED which is confusing.

-The actual error messages when this happens fluctuate between "You can't
buy more than is available" and "there are # errors below, please address them
to continue." The second one should only show at the top of the page.

-The percentages next to wanted list names is flawed. It calculates as [Total
Lots Found] / [Number of Items on Wanted List]. That's misleading when you
have more than one lot of an item (used and new count as two, and some stores
have multiple of the exact same lot). I had one wanted list show as 169%.

-Average Lot value didn't show up at the top ribbon when I added items to
the cart. It only showed up when I hover over the Cart icon.

- apostrophes in my wanted list names got changed to the characters ampersand
pound thirty-nine semicolon.

- If I am shopping by wanted list, go to my cart and then back to "Shop," it
reverts back to the default featured setting but the tab for "By Wanted List"
is the prominent tab. If you click "By Wanted List" it works correctly, but
it is confusing.

- If you have a negative sale (as in I type -5% into the sale on my inventory
page) to increase prices from my base, that shows up in your store. So the buyer
sees you had a part for $1.00 and that is crossed off and the price shows $1.05.
That's not good for any business.

-As others said, if I have to scroll down to click something on the category
tree, I then have to scroll up to the top to start browsing. That's very
frustrating.

- Underneath the category tree on the left it says the number of items and lots
in my store. If I add any items to my cart, it switches to the number of items
and lots in my cart.

- I agree that the feedback green white and red heads don't look great at
all.

- I emptied my cart, but the cart icon still shows a number not 0 next to it
and if I hover over it it still says how many items and lots I had in there.
If I click on it, it goes to an empty cart. The only way I could get it to
refresh was to leave y store and re-enter it.

- Hovering over my store feedback at the top it says "Level 5," I figured out
that that means I am a purple brick but I am not sure that everyone will understand
that especially not all the new buyers this is supposed to be for. There should
be a way to click on this and see what it means or something along those lines.

There are a LOT OF BUGS in this preview; All the ones I listed above are from
about 5 minutes of playing around with stuff. I do some basic coding as a hobby
in my spare time, and I would never release something even close to this unfinished.
I understand BrickLink wants some input on design and features but I feel like
I just did a first run debug for them for free.

It would be much appreciated if BrickLink would do at least a small debug
themselves before getting us to do more work for them.


-Pete
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In NEWS, par016 writes:
  I am all for change to the site to bring in new users. I am not sure this is
the most necessary change, but I don't own BrickLink, it's not my decision.
This clearly is going to happen so we might as well try to work with the team
to make it the best possible. Here are a few bugs I ran into just playing around
with it for a few minutes:

-If I click "By Wanted List," clicking select all works but when I then click
deselect all, it just highlights all my wanted lists again.

- The grid feature would be nice if you could add quantities instead of just
seeing quantities. I don't want to have to click on each piece individually
to add the quantity.

- Searching by wanted list shows me no information about remarks I have on pieces,
or which wanted list the pieces are in (This is a HUGE deal).

-Auto-Fill Cart to Min doesn't quite work. It set the quantities to the
minimum on your wanted list even if the store doesn't have enough of that
part. When you try to add it to your cart it causes all kinds of problems.

-If I add more than the available amount in a store to my cart and other items
with correct quantities an error message shows up on ALL items. Ones that were
correct show an error message of "OK" but it is in RED which is confusing.

-The actual error messages when this happens fluctuate between "You can't
buy more than is available" and "there are # errors below, please address them
to continue." The second one should only show at the top of the page.

-The percentages next to wanted list names is flawed. It calculates as [Total
Lots Found] / [Number of Items on Wanted List]. That's misleading when you
have more than one lot of an item (used and new count as two, and some stores
have multiple of the exact same lot). I had one wanted list show as 169%.

-Average Lot value didn't show up at the top ribbon when I added items to
the cart. It only showed up when I hover over the Cart icon.

- apostrophes in my wanted list names got changed to the characters ampersand
pound thirty-nine semicolon.

- If I am shopping by wanted list, go to my cart and then back to "Shop," it
reverts back to the default featured setting but the tab for "By Wanted List"
is the prominent tab. If you click "By Wanted List" it works correctly, but
it is confusing.

- If you have a negative sale (as in I type -5% into the sale on my inventory
page) to increase prices from my base, that shows up in your store. So the buyer
sees you had a part for $1.00 and that is crossed off and the price shows $1.05.
That's not good for any business.

-As others said, if I have to scroll down to click something on the category
tree, I then have to scroll up to the top to start browsing. That's very
frustrating.

- Underneath the category tree on the left it says the number of items and lots
in my store. If I add any items to my cart, it switches to the number of items
and lots in my cart.

- I agree that the feedback green white and red heads don't look great at
all.

- I emptied my cart, but the cart icon still shows a number not 0 next to it
and if I hover over it it still says how many items and lots I had in there.
If I click on it, it goes to an empty cart. The only way I could get it to
refresh was to leave y store and re-enter it.

- Hovering over my store feedback at the top it says "Level 5," I figured out
that that means I am a purple brick but I am not sure that everyone will understand
that especially not all the new buyers this is supposed to be for. There should
be a way to click on this and see what it means or something along those lines.

There are a LOT OF BUGS in this preview; All the ones I listed above are from
about 5 minutes of playing around with stuff. I do some basic coding as a hobby
in my spare time, and I would never release something even close to this unfinished.
I understand BrickLink wants some input on design and features but I feel like
I just did a first run debug for them for free.

It would be much appreciated if BrickLink would do at least a small debug
themselves before getting us to do more work for them.


-Pete

Noticed a couple of these as well playing around with adding things to carts.
In the same vein as the adding more of a part than is available, I found it
strange that if an item is in a bulk lot of say 10 that it would even allow me
to try to add 6. Not sure if they are trying to adhere to the rule that if you
have 16, but the bulk is 10 that you are able to add 16, but why can you try
to add less?

Scott
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Location:  Netherlands, Zuid-Holland
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In NEWS, par016 writes:
  I am all for change to the site to bring in new users. I am not sure this is
the most necessary change, but I don't own BrickLink, it's not my decision.
This clearly is going to happen so we might as well try to work with the team
to make it the best possible. Here are a few bugs I ran into just playing around
with it for a few minutes:

-If I click "By Wanted List," clicking select all works but when I then click
deselect all, it just highlights all my wanted lists again.

Just clicked that....

WHY are the wanted lists ordered by some kind of percentage that the store might
be able to fill? That does not make sense!

I currently have about 40 wanted lists. I have so many because they represent
different collections and projects I am working on. I also have a wanted list
for "filler items" that I can always use more of if the price is right. And there
is a list for the items that were already ordered, but I am waiting for them
to actually arrive before removing them from the list. Usually, I switch the
last two lists OFF during my first search in the store.

Then, I click on "All items" and include all wanted lists (except the list for
the items that are already ordered). Then I look for the items that would be
nice to add and the items that do not exactly match my wanted list criteria such
as quantity or price.

In the new store, this would be very frustrating.
- I do not see how to search for all items, ignoring my wanted list criteria
- Having the list of wanted lists by alphabet means I can find and select them
quickly
- Having the list of wanted lists by percentage of parts found would suggest
that I am interested in buying for a single wanted list, not for all of them

Using multiple wanted lists effectively would be nearly impossible with this
system.

  - Searching by wanted list shows me no information about remarks I have on pieces,
or which wanted list the pieces are in (This is a HUGE deal).

+1

This really, really is HUGE.

  -The percentages next to wanted list names is flawed. It calculates as [Total
Lots Found] / [Number of Items on Wanted List]. That's misleading when you
have more than one lot of an item (used and new count as two, and some stores
have multiple of the exact same lot). I had one wanted list show as 169%.

Flawed, frustrating and nearly useless.

  - apostrophes in my wanted list names got changed to the characters ampersand
pound thirty-nine semicolon.

I think I have recently seen some unicode problems in the regular BrickLink pages
also
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

As we settle into the new year, we are happy to announce the new changes coming to all BrickLink stores near you! The storefront has largely remained unchanged while other areas of the site have undergone noticeable changes. The BrickLink team has been hard at work bringing it up to speed and providing new ways for you to enjoy selling and shopping for LEGO.

We prepared a preview site for you to check out the new Storefront and give us feedback before we make an official release. The link to the Preview Site can be found at the bottom of the page, but we encourage you to join us as we walk through some of the major changes.

Please note that the new Storefront is still in development and bugs are expected.


A New Look

Our goal was to make the Storefront interface familiar enough to current users yet easier to navigate for all shoppers. We kept all major elements near their expected locations and simplified the experience to focus on the individual store’s content.

In terms of personalization, the new store background color will affect the entire store header. Sellers can now add their own custom logo to visually represent their store.


Your Store’s Curated Landing Page

Customers should be greeted with items to buy -- not text to read -- when landing on any online store. With the new Featured Groups, sellers can select specific items from their inventory and display them on their shop's landing page. Have all the latest Force Awaken sets in stock? Show them off! Increased the sale amount on your clearance items? Let users know!

Your store's landing page can also display what’s new in your store. Newly added lots of each Item Type will automatically show below any existing Featured Group. It will be a great way for loyal customers to check out the latest lots in their favorite stores.

Sellers can easily manage and edit Featured Groups from your Store Settings page.


New Splash Page Behavior

We made changes to the store Splash Page as we shifted the focus of the storefront to be more about product discovery. With the new design, the splash page will no longer be a page but a greeting the user sees upon entry (just like an actual splash page!). Moving forward, we also hope that this encourages sellers to simplify their splash page and treat it more like an introduction. If you are worried your store terms will be missed, don’t worry too much! We have integrated the store terms into the new checkout process which will be covered at a later time.


Changes to the Category Viewer

Our first objective was to improve the consistency with the BrickLink Catalog by supporting hierarchy levels within categories and showing how each category breaks down. Next, we consolidated viewing options, like “By Category” and “By Color,” under tabs to reduce the amount of vertical space. You can also collapse/expand an Item Type so that you can focus on the ones that matter to you.


A More Powerful Search

When designing the new search experience, we focused on creating a more interactive version of the search you are already familiar with. The previous search would return a list of results but with no useful way to organize and digest the results. Being frustrated with that, we made the Category Viewer reactive to your search so that you can see which categories the results are coming from.

Still not happy with the search results? We brought out features from the advanced search and made them into dynamic filters. Make changes to your filters on the go and watch your results update in real time! The Category Viewer will also update based on your active filters, so feel free to add filters to your search for the most relevant results. Users will have the option to hide categories that return no results for an even faster search analysis.


Important Store Term Indicators

Before, “Minimum Buy” was hidden within the store terms and was easy to miss for newcomers. With the new design, we dedicated some space to always show normalized store terms like “Minimum Buy”. This space will also include VAT information. However, VAT information will be hidden to buyers outside of the EU region and Norway so that there is no confusion about extra fees. We’re also introducing Average Lot Value (commonly seen in stores) into the normalized store terms. In this implementation, Average Lot Value is defined as the Cart Value / # of Lots in Cart.


Your Store Announcement

Ever had an important change to your store terms? Leaving on vacation and want to alert users ahead of time? Make it clear by creating a store announcement. The store announcement will be displayed to all unique visitors until they choose to dismiss the notice.

Sellers can set up a Store Announcement inside your Store Settings page.


New Favorite Stores System

Being able to keep track of your favorite (and even disliked) stores is important to any community marketplace. Therefore, we worked to make the process more intuitive. First, we removed the term “Least Favorite” to avoid confusion. Second, the feature is now called “Bookmark” since you can choose to either Favorite, Dislike, or Subscribe to the store. Finally, a simple window will replace the previous interface that was quite difficult for newcomers to find.


Access to the Catalog from Storefront

This has been a request that came up a lot when meeting users. In order to access the catalog page, users can click on the Item No. in the "Quick Shop" window to access the catalog page in a new tab. In List View, the “Quick Shop” window can be accessed by clicking on the image thumbnail.


Remodeled Cart Page

The Cart page has been reorganized to help you better manage the items added to your store cart. With the new layout, it is easier to scan, compare, and update lot info, like quantity and price, while going down the list.


Disclaimer:

1. The checkout process has been disabled in this preview.
2. The Feedback page has also been disabled in this preview.
3. The Store Settings will be updated later to reflect all new changes.
4. Some new part images are used for test purpose before they are submitted for approval. Feel free to give feedback about them.
5. The preview site currently is tested with Chrome browser only and we're working on compatibility issues on other browsers.

More information about these features will be released at a later time.


Accessing the Preview Site

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

On your first visit, you will be greeted with a splash page of the preview. Click “Ok, Continue” to proceed to the test environment. Once inside the test environment, feel free to check out your own store or visit any store of your choice.


How can I ask questions or give feedback?

If you have questions or feedback regarding the new Storefront, add your comments to this news posting. If you feel the need to start a new thread about the Storefront Preview, please include [Preview] somewhere in the subject line so that we can keep track of them. We will review and respond to your feedback as soon as we can.


When will all these changes go live?

We will announce the release date once we have reviewed and considered all your feedback.


We hope our new Storefront design gets you excited to shop!
Thanks,
-BrickLink Team

Few more issues found

Logged onto our store and clicked on policy and all that showed were the international
shipping methods - no domestic at all and they are set up. Needless to say the
feedback filter doesn't work at all (just says coming later) - In addition
the 'image' of the splash page did not re-appear at all. Not really interested
in highlighted items - want to see terms, fees etc. Beginning to dislike this
- not least because I do not believe it needed this uplift, and it looks like
the feedback so far is leaning that way as well.

Not really sure what you are trying to achieve with this. Will new buyers be
helped or put off by this?

When we are looking to buy something specific, we normally start with the advanced
search and find all the stores, domestically that have the item in the colour
and condition we want. We order it by highest quantity - this brings us to a
list of stores with that item - we then look to see if any of the stores listed
are on our favourites list - if they are we go there first and see if we can
make up an order - if not we look at one or two of the higher feedback stores
- who we haven't used before to see what is what. We very rarely, if ever
simply go to a store and look around.
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In NEWS, calsbricks writes:
   Beginning to dislike this
- not least because I do not believe it needed this uplift, and it looks like
the feedback so far is leaning that way as well.

Not really sure what you are trying to achieve with this. Will new buyers be
helped or put off by this?

When we are looking to buy something specific, we normally start with the advanced
search and find all the stores, domestically that have the item in the colour
and condition we want. We order it by highest quantity - this brings us to a
list of stores with that item - we then look to see if any of the stores listed
are on our favourites list - if they are we go there first and see if we can
make up an order - if not we look at one or two of the higher feedback stores
- who we haven't used before to see what is what. We very rarely, if ever
simply go to a store and look around.

Just wanted to use your post as an example, no offense intended and my reply
is not directed specifically at *you* but at the generic 'you'...

New buyers are put off by the current site. BrickLink looks and acts like a website
designed over a decade ago. That's just the reality of it. It *needs* to
be updated to look more modern and to compete with more modern sites. If it doesn't
evolve, it will wither and die. Yes, traffic is increasing to BL, but LEGO is
*everywhere* in the media lately. Instead of looking at BL's traffic increase
in a vacuum, how does it compare to the increase in traffic of BL's competitors?
I lurk on a number of LEGO related forums. I see lots of people ask about where
the best place to buy LEGO parts/sets is. A year ago, every answer was just 'BrickLink'.
More and more the answer is to other places than BL because the impression people
have is BL is too difficult for new users to navigate and that it looks old and
outdated, so there must be something wrong with it. I don't agree that BL
is too difficult to use (500+ purchases attest to that), but if that's what
the general LEGO buying public believes/is told, then that is the impression
that people are given.

Josh
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In NEWS, mhortar writes:
  In NEWS, calsbricks writes:
   Beginning to dislike this
- not least because I do not believe it needed this uplift, and it looks like
the feedback so far is leaning that way as well.

Not really sure what you are trying to achieve with this. Will new buyers be
helped or put off by this?

When we are looking to buy something specific, we normally start with the advanced
search and find all the stores, domestically that have the item in the colour
and condition we want. We order it by highest quantity - this brings us to a
list of stores with that item - we then look to see if any of the stores listed
are on our favourites list - if they are we go there first and see if we can
make up an order - if not we look at one or two of the higher feedback stores
- who we haven't used before to see what is what. We very rarely, if ever
simply go to a store and look around.

Just wanted to use your post as an example, no offense intended and my reply
is not directed specifically at *you* but at the generic 'you'...

New buyers are put off by the current site. BrickLink looks and acts like a website
designed over a decade ago. That's just the reality of it. It *needs* to
be updated to look more modern and to compete with more mod