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 Author: Djarven View Messages Posted By Djarven
 Posted: Aug 14, 2019 04:04
 Subject: One month open
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 Topic: New Stores
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Djarven (3)

Location:  Sweden, Västerbotten
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May 11, 2019 Contact Member Seller
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Store Closed Store: PrimiciaBricks
Hey! Now I have been running my newly started BL store for a month without selling
anything. So now I'm starting to get thoughtful if I've done something
wrong. Therefore, I wonder if you others who are already bitten BL users can
peek in and see if there is something crazy or if it is just that I have not
put out so many pieces yet (1,325).

All types of tips, ideas and constructive criticism are welcome.

Thanks in advance.
 Author: tonnic View Messages Posted By tonnic
 Posted: Aug 14, 2019 04:55
 Subject: Re: One month open
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tonnic (3053)

Location:  Netherlands, Noord-Holland
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In New Stores, Djarven writes:
  Hey! Now I have been running my newly started BL store for a month without selling
anything. So now I'm starting to get thoughtful if I've done something
wrong. Therefore, I wonder if you others who are already bitten BL users can
peek in and see if there is something crazy or if it is just that I have not
put out so many pieces yet (1,325).

All types of tips, ideas and constructive criticism are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Hi Djarven,.

I think the most important ‘problem’ in your shop is the amount of parts and
minifigs.
My shop is quite small but yours is even smaller and has less variation.

You need to have more parts and minifigs, these are the most wanted by buyers.
I think you need at least 3-4 times more of these to get your shop going.

Also, if you have ‘new’ minifigs you should not mention ‘perfect condition’.
This might cause buyers thinking they are not new. New should mean straight from
the box, no need to give any more information unless a new minifig is somehow
damaged due to the way it was packed, like a faint scratch from moving against
other parts.

I did not check your prices, this is something you can do yourself if needed.
At first sight I did not any real high priced parts.
 Author: JusTiCe8 View Messages Posted By JusTiCe8
 Posted: Aug 14, 2019 07:13
 Subject: Re: One month open
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JusTiCe8 (43)

Location:  France, Île-de-France
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Hi,

as tonnic already wrote, you need more: more parts and more colours.

I'm a buyer and as such, I appreciate your terms, they're clear and complete,
but I'm not convinced splitting heavy order would cost less, especially for
buyers outside EU, look at the disaster of the AFOL designer program and what
USPS do (ok because shipping cost was wrongly filled, still they charge as much
time as there is boxes some fixed fees).

One advice: check Studio Gallery, create wanted list from most popular MOCs,
and also for those you may like to build, then buy the parts.
You may also go to a Lego Store if you can and grab a lot of parts in unusual
colour, released too few in very few set like 3794*/15573 in medium
blue (used in the nice "X-Wing Persuit Above Hoth" MOC) and when you can grab
discount sales, go for it, some shop drop some sets at -30%, -50% even more,
but it's most likely to be local to your area, and BL average price can still
be above the price you get them, giving you the chance to still make a profit
even by selling a little bit below AVG price for instance.

Good luck.

In New Stores, Djarven writes:
  Hey! Now I have been running my newly started BL store for a month without selling
anything. So now I'm starting to get thoughtful if I've done something
wrong. Therefore, I wonder if you others who are already bitten BL users can
peek in and see if there is something crazy or if it is just that I have not
put out so many pieces yet (1,325).

All types of tips, ideas and constructive criticism are welcome.

Thanks in advance.
 Author: Djarven View Messages Posted By Djarven
 Posted: Aug 14, 2019 10:35
 Subject: Re: One month open
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Djarven (3)

Location:  Sweden, Västerbotten
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Thanks for your advice.
I will start to look for more unusualparts and colors. I allready grab lots/sets
that are a in a good pricerange, to bad I have a wife who don´t want me to buy
anymore lego

Good to hear that the terms are clear and complete.
The splitting of heavy orders are too lower shipmentcost. A 3 kg shipment will
cost more than twice as much as the 2 kg shipment too countries worldwide, so
I would have to take around 58-60$ for a 3 kg order. If I instead split them
the shipmentcost will be 48$. Offcourse you can get all in i a single shipmnet
if you rather want that.



In New Stores, JusTiCe8 writes:
  Hi,

as tonnic already wrote, you need more: more parts and more colours.

I'm a buyer and as such, I appreciate your terms, they're clear and complete,
but I'm not convinced splitting heavy order would cost less, especially for
buyers outside EU, look at the disaster of the AFOL designer program and what
USPS do (ok because shipping cost was wrongly filled, still they charge as much
time as there is boxes some fixed fees).

One advice: check Studio Gallery, create wanted list from most popular MOCs,
and also for those you may like to build, then buy the parts.
You may also go to a Lego Store if you can and grab a lot of parts in unusual
colour, released too few in very few set like 3794*/15573 in medium
blue (used in the nice "X-Wing Persuit Above Hoth" MOC) and when you can grab
discount sales, go for it, some shop drop some sets at -30%, -50% even more,
but it's most likely to be local to your area, and BL average price can still
be above the price you get them, giving you the chance to still make a profit
even by selling a little bit below AVG price for instance.

Good luck.

In New Stores, Djarven writes:
  Hey! Now I have been running my newly started BL store for a month without selling
anything. So now I'm starting to get thoughtful if I've done something
wrong. Therefore, I wonder if you others who are already bitten BL users can
peek in and see if there is something crazy or if it is just that I have not
put out so many pieces yet (1,325).

All types of tips, ideas and constructive criticism are welcome.

Thanks in advance.
 Author: qwertyboy View Messages Posted By qwertyboy
 Posted: Aug 14, 2019 11:24
 Subject: Re: One month open
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qwertyboy (4645)

Location:  Canada, Alberta
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In New Stores, Djarven writes:
  The splitting of heavy orders are too lower shipmentcost. A 3 kg shipment will
cost more than twice as much as the 2 kg shipment too countries worldwide, so
I would have to take around 58-60$ for a 3 kg order. If I instead split them
the shipmentcost will be 48$. Offcourse you can get all in i a single shipmnet
if you rather want that.

I would suggest to just leave that "heavy shipment" part out. Having received
no orders yet, it is extremely unlikely someone will buy 2+ kg from your shop.
And if they do, you can deal with it then.

Good luck!

Niek.
 Author: DamoB View Messages Posted By DamoB
 Posted: Aug 14, 2019 07:57
 Subject: Re: One month open
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DamoB (112) 
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Location:  United Kingdom, England
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In New Stores, Djarven writes:
  Hey! Now I have been running my newly started BL store for a month without selling
anything. So now I'm starting to get thoughtful if I've done something
wrong. Therefore, I wonder if you others who are already bitten BL users can
peek in and see if there is something crazy or if it is just that I have not
put out so many pieces yet (1,325).

All types of tips, ideas and constructive criticism are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

I find that I have to maintain a critical mass of bricks. 10k seems to be the
golden figure to maintain a steady trickle of orders and a regular injection
of new bricks definitely helps as I get a flurry of new orders when I add more
bricks. People who buy newly listed ones will usually pick up a half dozen or
so of my older stock at the same time.

Prices also help. I keep my store permanently at 15% below 6-month average because
I don't need to turn a profit, I'm doing it so that I can sell bricks
that I don't need to people who want them and then use that money to buy
bricks that I do need.