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

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team
 Author: bje View Messages Posted By bje
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I sincerely hope that the community engagement come on board pretty quick. The
current setup leaves much to be desired.

If anybody told me a year ago that I would not be able to buy on BL in a cost
efficient manner, I would have told such a person that he does not know what
he is talking about. I've had to swallow my words, as I cannot efficiently
buy on BL any longer and has as a matter of fact had to turn buyers in my store
with special requests and requests for assistance away as well. So I cannot sell
efficiently any longer either. There are many other issues I can raise - catalogue,
development, seller tools etc etc, but it will all amount to the same thing -
the vision BL has of its glittering future unfortunately is not compatible with
the reality of doing business on here as buyer, seller and sometime catalogue
contributor. I've not seen anything that will improve that situation and
have reduced my investment in LEGO as a result.

I honestly thought the top most requested of feature expee was to put it in the
rubbish bin. It appears they are hell bent on making that the complete BL site
as nothing is said about any development of the classic site, the catalogue or
any other feature of BL that stood the test of time.

Thank you for this update all the same. I have taken steps to minimise the impact
of BL's current management decisions on my business and will continue to
do so. This information is helpful for making sure that I do not overspend on
LEGO products.


In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team
 Author: Admin View Messages Posted By Admin
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In Administrative, bje writes:
  I sincerely hope that the community engagement come on board pretty quick. The
current setup leaves much to be desired.

If anybody told me a year ago that I would not be able to buy on BL in a cost
efficient manner, I would have told such a person that he does not know what
he is talking about. I've had to swallow my words, as I cannot efficiently
buy on BL any longer and has as a matter of fact had to turn buyers in my store
with special requests and requests for assistance away as well. So I cannot sell
efficiently any longer either. There are many other issues I can raise - catalogue,
development, seller tools etc etc, but it will all amount to the same thing -
the vision BL has of its glittering future unfortunately is not compatible with
the reality of doing business on here as buyer, seller and sometime catalogue
contributor. I've not seen anything that will improve that situation and
have reduced my investment in LEGO as a result.

I honestly thought the top most requested of feature expee was to put it in the
rubbish bin. It appears they are hell bent on making that the complete BL site
as nothing is said about any development of the classic site, the catalogue or
any other feature of BL that stood the test of time.

Thank you for this update all the same. I have taken steps to minimise the impact
of BL's current management decisions on my business and will continue to
do so. This information is helpful for making sure that I do not overspend on
LEGO products.

Hello bje,

Thank you for the comments. We realize you have a relatively unique situation
in South Africa that doesn't fit comfortably into some of the new structures
we are building for compliance purposes. Our desire is to look closely at different
situations like yours and perhaps tailor some special tools or conditions to
make trading more manageable for you in the future.

We are glad to hear that you are so passionate about BrickLink Classic. We are
too, and we want to assure you that improvements for BrickLink XP are developed
simultaneously alongside work on BrickLink Classic. Not only are we hiring more
resources to work on all aspects of BrickLink, we have already made many updates
and improvements to BrickLink Classic throughout 2020. These include speed and
stability enhancements to some of our old ASP pages, full data privacy law compliance,
as well as many small bug fixes and enhancements.
 Author: Minifig_Central View Messages Posted By Minifig_Central
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Do you have plans on releasing advanced seller tools any time soon?

Do you plan on making the site mobile/tablet friendly?

Do you plan on fully rolling out BL XP? if so, I fear that anyone who's not
a huge market dominant store will be wiped out.

Thank you
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In Feedback, Minifig_Central writes:
  Do you have plans on releasing advanced seller tools any time soon?

Do you plan on making the site mobile/tablet friendly?

Do you plan on fully rolling out BL XP? if so, I fear that anyone who's not
a huge market dominant store will be wiped out.

Thank you

Hello Minifig_Central,

We consider tax implementation to be a type of seller tool, since it provides
a service that many sellers would otherwise need to handle on their own. After
this is fully implemented, then we will move on to upgrade the most wished seller
tools one by one. We hope to engage the community to determine the most effective
tools to begin working on first.

We will continue to develop and improve BrickLink XP up to, and beyond, feature
parity with BrickLink Classic. One such improvement that we are developing is
preserving the Classic store listings style you know by allowing you to more
thoroughly compare stores and retain control over your buying experience. To
your point about stores being wiped out, we are working hard to make sure that
all stores have equal selling opportunity on our platform.
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In Feedback, Minifig_Central writes:
  Do you plan on making the site mobile/tablet friendly?

Just to answer this question directly:

Yes, we do plan to make the site more mobile/tablet friendly. BrickLink XP is
our mobile-friendly version of the site. BrickLink XP and the BrickLink you probably
know best (BrickLink "Classic") will co-exist. We do not intend to replace the
current version with BrickLink XP.

BrickLink XP is a complete overhaul project to improve the performance of the
decades-old software platform while streamlining the user experience for both
mobile and desktop. We will continue to add more features and design BrickLink
XP based on your feedback and your feedback only. In other words, you can decide
which version you prefer to use. You can read more about BrickLink XP and Classic
here:

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/community/newsview.page?msgid=1195669
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In Feedback, Admin writes:
  In Feedback, Minifig_Central writes:
  Do you plan on making the site mobile/tablet friendly?

Just to answer this question directly:

Yes, we do plan to make the site more mobile/tablet friendly. BrickLink XP is
our mobile-friendly version of the site. BrickLink XP and the BrickLink you probably
know best (BrickLink "Classic") will co-exist. We do not intend to replace the
current version with BrickLink XP.

BrickLink XP is a complete overhaul project to improve the performance of the
decades-old software platform while streamlining the user experience for both
mobile and desktop. We will continue to add more features and design BrickLink
XP based on your feedback and your feedback only. In other words, you can decide
which version you prefer to use. You can read more about BrickLink XP and Classic
here:

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/community/newsview.page?msgid=1195669

Thank you so much for making this position so clear, much appreciated!

Will you provide sellers with any means of tracking which and/or what percentage
of their orders come from which platform or give us the means of doing it ourselves?
This is really important for us to understand how we reach our customers and
continue to improve the service we offer.

Many thanks,
Robert
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In Feedback, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In Feedback, Admin writes:
  In Feedback, Minifig_Central writes:
  Do you plan on making the site mobile/tablet friendly?

Just to answer this question directly:

Yes, we do plan to make the site more mobile/tablet friendly. BrickLink XP is
our mobile-friendly version of the site. BrickLink XP and the BrickLink you probably
know best (BrickLink "Classic") will co-exist. We do not intend to replace the
current version with BrickLink XP.

BrickLink XP is a complete overhaul project to improve the performance of the
decades-old software platform while streamlining the user experience for both
mobile and desktop. We will continue to add more features and design BrickLink
XP based on your feedback and your feedback only. In other words, you can decide
which version you prefer to use. You can read more about BrickLink XP and Classic
here:

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/community/newsview.page?msgid=1195669

Thank you so much for making this position so clear, much appreciated!

Will you provide sellers with any means of tracking which and/or what percentage
of their orders come from which platform or give us the means of doing it ourselves?
This is really important for us to understand how we reach our customers and
continue to improve the service we offer.

Many thanks,
Robert

We agree with Rober'ts comments on clarifying the issue over cxp but for
us it doesn't quite go far enough.

Remaining issues with XP

1. Will it only be for onsite payment method
2. Both Marvin's video and other comments to this have reiterated the plan
is to continue developing xp with no mention of Classic (for development purposes
). Is that the plan - ignore Classic develop xp ?

Thank you.
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Remaining issues with XP

1. Will it only be for onsite payment method
2. Both Marvin's video and other comments to this have reiterated the plan
is to continue developing xp with no mention of Classic (for development purposes
). Is that the plan - ignore Classic develop xp ?

Thank you.

I keep wondering why spend so much energy to all things related to instant checkout.
You have a perfect shipping table in your store. It will cost some time, but
this table is perfect to set up IC.
I already can hear you protesting against this, but really: it IS possible. It
will work for 95% for your orders.

I'm surprised that I didn't hear you about the Brexit (or I missed it).
The effect of a no deal Brexit is that you will lose all business from buyers
in the EU. Now THAT seems a thing to worry about!

Best regards & stay safe.
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In Feedback, Leftoverbricks writes:
  
  
Remaining issues with XP

1. Will it only be for onsite payment method
2. Both Marvin's video and other comments to this have reiterated the plan
is to continue developing xp with no mention of Classic (for development purposes
). Is that the plan - ignore Classic develop xp ?

Thank you.

I keep wondering why spend so much energy to all things related to instant checkout.
You have a perfect shipping table in your store. It will cost some time, but
this table is perfect to set up IC.
I already can hear you protesting against this, but really: it IS possible. It
will work for 95% for your orders.

I'm surprised that I didn't hear you about the Brexit (or I missed it).
The effect of a no deal Brexit is that you will lose all business from buyers
in the EU. Now THAT seems a thing to worry about!

Best regards & stay safe.

Always the optimist aren't we

IC is not for us full stop we have long forgotten about it and will happily carry
on with out it as long as that is possible. If not we will move on to whatever.

Our glass is always half full, believe it or not.
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  I'm surprised that I didn't hear you about the Brexit (or I missed it).
The effect of a no deal Brexit is that you will lose all business from buyers
in the EU. Now THAT seems a thing to worry about!

I don't think that will be true, seeing as some EU buyers already buy from
sellers outside the EU if they cannot source the items inside the EU.
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In Feedback, Leftoverbricks writes:
  
  
Remaining issues with XP

1. Will it only be for onsite payment method
2. Both Marvin's video and other comments to this have reiterated the plan
is to continue developing xp with no mention of Classic (for development purposes
). Is that the plan - ignore Classic develop xp ?

Thank you.

I keep wondering why spend so much energy to all things related to instant checkout.
You have a perfect shipping table in your store. It will cost some time, but
this table is perfect to set up IC.
I already can hear you protesting against this, but really: it IS possible. It
will work for 95% for your orders.

I'm surprised that I didn't hear you about the Brexit (or I missed it).
The effect of a no deal Brexit is that you will lose all business from buyers
in the EU. Now THAT seems a thing to worry about!

Best regards & stay safe.

Sorry the other thing I forgot to say was 90% of our existing orders are domestic
; 1,8 are US, which we have already lost to onsite payment, so if we lose another
8%+ for EU it won't be that damaging . Postal prices are very high already
but adding VAT, duties etc will make it prohibitively expensive for some. (Not
all)
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  BrickLink XP is a complete overhaul project to improve the performance of the
decades-old software platform while streamlining the user experience for both
mobile and desktop. We will continue to add more features and design BrickLink
XP based on your feedback and your feedback only. In other words, you can decide
which version you prefer to use. You can read more about BrickLink XP and Classic
here:

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/community/newsview.page?msgid=1195669

Could you indicate what is meant by "improve the performance of the decades-old
software platform"?

Does this just mean the software will be faster? Or does it mean the software
will be improved, for example, to allow tags and fuzzy searching for better searches.

And can you clarify what is meant by "streamlining the user experience for both
mobile and desktop". This sounds good, but it could also be read as you are going
to remove anything complicated / detailed.

"We will continue to add more features and design BrickLink XP based on your
feedback and your feedback only
."

How will this be implemented? For example, if there was a fan vote to introduce
something such as an incomplete setting for minifigures and the overwhelming
majority of users said yes to it, would that be introduced? Does this also mean
BL and LEGO will not come up with their own ideas for adding features to BL,
as they would not be based on "our" feedback?
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Thank you for communicating with us. It is much appreciated.

During this year, the Lego Group acquisition of Bricklink has been very positive.
I can see that a good deal of work has been done, including resolution of some
long-standing issues. This is all to the good and much appreciated.

I am concerned, and frankly disappointed that your announcement puts such an
emphasis on XP. Based on the earlier Beta, I don't see that this promises
to do much good for sellers, and surely XP's development will divert resources
that could be used to address the long standing fixes that sellers need.
  
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In Administrative, calebfishn writes:
  Thank you for communicating with us. It is much appreciated.

During this year, the Lego Group acquisition of Bricklink has been very positive.
I can see that a good deal of work has been done, including resolution of some
long-standing issues. This is all to the good and much appreciated.

I am concerned, and frankly disappointed that your announcement puts such an
emphasis on XP. Based on the earlier Beta, I don't see that this promises
to do much good for sellers, and surely XP's development will divert resources
that could be used to address the long standing fixes that sellers need.

Thank you very much, Calebfishn, for noticing and appreciating the changes. Nothing
pleases us more than to hear that you feel we are progressing on things that
matter to you!

Regarding BrickLink XP and the potential for sellers. Please allow us to share
just some of the benefits BrickLink XP comes with: Fully responsive design, from
widescreen monitors all the way down to mobile devices; completely re-written
platform to ensure stability and speed from now into the future; creating (and
improving) an easier and modern buying experience to attract a broader range
of buyers to help stimulate the marketplace.

Regarding diverting resources, that's a very valid concern! As mentioned
in the video, we are growing our capacity and capabilities in order not to over-stretch
our resources. We have also made an effort in our development planning to make
sure we are able to work on enhancements to BrickLink Classic and BrickLink XP
simultaneously. We have some great updates to both BrickLink Classic and BrickLink
XP coming soon!
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One of the main things I would like to see is less emphasis on sellers being
expected to use instant checkout and for Bricklink to be more accomodating to
those sellers that prefer to check and process their orders in a quote like fashion.
By all means allow buyers to secure that quoted stock until the seller has checked
and sent a final invoice but for Bricklink XP to insist that sellers should function
like a click and buy Amazon style store is not always practical when your dealing
with so many thousands of different parts and products. Checking, picking and
processing Lego orders requires a lot more attention to detail compared to the
sort of products rolled out the door by your average online store!

That said keep up the good work...
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In General, infinibrix writes:
  One of the main things I would like to see is less emphasis on sellers being
expected to use instant checkout and for Bricklink to be more accomodating to
those sellers that prefer to check and process their orders in a quote like fashion.
By all means allow buyers to secure that quoted stock until the seller has checked
and sent a final invoice but for Bricklink XP to insist that sellers should function
like a click and buy Amazon style store is not always practical when your dealing
with so many thousands of different parts and products. Checking, picking and
processing Lego orders requires a lot more attention to detail compared to the
sort of products rolled out the door by your average online store!

That said keep up the good work...

+1

I do not want to use instant checkout, I for one don't have faith in Bricklink
getting the postage correct, there are instances where you have a part that is
23mm thick which if posted by itself would fit a large letter, but once you get
the thickness of the packaging and also the printout of the order with all the
parts ticked off or even a set of instructions it becomes a small parcel.
Also I like to be able to pick the order before invoicing the buyer just in case
there happens to be a rare error, I can contact them and address the situation
without having to worry about partial refunds etc etc.
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I do not want to use instant checkout, I for one don't have faith in Bricklink
getting the postage correct, there are instances where you have a part that is
23mm thick which if posted by itself would fit a large letter, but once you get
the thickness of the packaging and also the printout of the order with all the
parts ticked off or even a set of instructions it becomes a small parcel.

So customise your shipping methods to be set at 22mm threshold for thickness
so you have a buffer for the envelope thickness. BL allows you to do this. And
maybe stop adding bulky and weighty paper order printouts that add unnecessarily
to postage costs.
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In General, yorbrick writes:
  
  
I do not want to use instant checkout, I for one don't have faith in Bricklink
getting the postage correct, there are instances where you have a part that is
23mm thick which if posted by itself would fit a large letter, but once you get
the thickness of the packaging and also the printout of the order with all the
parts ticked off or even a set of instructions it becomes a small parcel.

So customise your shipping methods to be set at 22mm threshold for thickness
so you have a buffer for the envelope thickness. BL allows you to do this. And
maybe stop adding bulky and weighty paper order printouts that add unnecessarily
to postage costs.

Then he also has to mark all of his inventory volume bound and make sure everything
has dimensions, else if it is weight bound it won't be picked up on the threshold.
BL sorts volume first only if volume bound, the default is weight.
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In General, bje writes:
  In General, yorbrick writes:
  
  
I do not want to use instant checkout, I for one don't have faith in Bricklink
getting the postage correct, there are instances where you have a part that is
23mm thick which if posted by itself would fit a large letter, but once you get
the thickness of the packaging and also the printout of the order with all the
parts ticked off or even a set of instructions it becomes a small parcel.

So customise your shipping methods to be set at 22mm threshold for thickness
so you have a buffer for the envelope thickness. BL allows you to do this. And
maybe stop adding bulky and weighty paper order printouts that add unnecessarily
to postage costs.

Then he also has to mark all of his inventory volume bound and make sure everything
has dimensions, else if it is weight bound it won't be picked up on the threshold.
BL sorts volume first only if volume bound, the default is weight.

He is already relying on part dimensions to decide if something is a large letter
or not, so no extra information is needed.

He doesn't have to mark all of it that way, just any larger parts he think
he may have trouble packing based on typical orders and whatever packaging he
uses or extra printouts he includes. It doesn't take that long to check parts
when parting out. He can also change the packaging sizes smaller than they are
(or use the percentages) to account for volume wastage when packaging.
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In General, yorbrick writes:
  In General, bje writes:
  In General, yorbrick writes:
  
  
I do not want to use instant checkout, I for one don't have faith in Bricklink
getting the postage correct, there are instances where you have a part that is
23mm thick which if posted by itself would fit a large letter, but once you get
the thickness of the packaging and also the printout of the order with all the
parts ticked off or even a set of instructions it becomes a small parcel.

So customise your shipping methods to be set at 22mm threshold for thickness
so you have a buffer for the envelope thickness. BL allows you to do this. And
maybe stop adding bulky and weighty paper order printouts that add unnecessarily
to postage costs.

Then he also has to mark all of his inventory volume bound and make sure everything
has dimensions, else if it is weight bound it won't be picked up on the threshold.
BL sorts volume first only if volume bound, the default is weight.

He is already relying on part dimensions to decide if something is a large letter
or not, so no extra information is needed.

He doesn't have to mark all of it that way, just any larger parts he think
he may have trouble packing based on typical orders and whatever packaging he
uses or extra printouts he includes. It doesn't take that long to check parts
when parting out. He can also change the packaging sizes smaller than they are
(or use the percentages) to account for volume wastage when packaging.

Regardless of Bengreen28’s issue regarding the postage side (I’ve not sold via
XP to comment!) the main point I was trying to make which he also seems to agree
on is that operating your store without ‘Instant checkout’ appears to be seen
by Bricklink as a below par way of operating your store but when you’re selling
large quantities of different parts across multiple platforms I think it’s important
to be able to check you can firstly accommodate the correct quantity along with
giving the buyer a better informed choice/estimate on the shipping options and
also point out any mold variations they may like to know about before they commit
to placing the order!

I do not want to take a customer’s payment until I know they are 100% happy with
everything!

Personally I would like to see this kind of system in place for all those sellers
who don’t use Instant Checkout:-

Buyer Adds items to basket and submits as a quote meaning the buyer is not obligated
to make any purchase!

Items in basket are held securely ensuing they can’t be purchased by other buyers
until the seller has quoted which will avoid disappointment for buyers and encourage
sellers to quote promptly so that their stock is not held up and buyers are not
left waiting!

Seller then checks and submits their quote whereupon the quote will only remain
valid for whatever expiry time the sellers decides to set in their store settings!
This could range from perhaps anything from 3 days to 3 hours depending on how
concerned the seller is about their stock being held up and for those sellers
that are dead set against the idea of their stock being held up for any length
of time the solution is very simple and that would be to use instant checkout
instead.

From Bricklinks perspective it’s a win, win because you either encourage more
sellers to use instant checkout or you start to see more efficiency and fairness
with how sellers treat their customers because if the buyer doesn’t approve of
the high shipping charge, fees or the fact that important parts are missing from
their initial quote they are not forced to buy anything! This also makes it less
time consuming and safer for buyers to shop as they won’t have to feel so concerned
about making sure they’ve read every fine detail in a sellers store terms! Some
of these seller terms are so lengthy that it makes it very unpractical to shop
confidently and in any sort of speedy, efficient manor!
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In General, yorbrick writes:
  
  
I do not want to use instant checkout, I for one don't have faith in Bricklink
getting the postage correct, there are instances where you have a part that is
23mm thick which if posted by itself would fit a large letter, but once you get
the thickness of the packaging and also the printout of the order with all the
parts ticked off or even a set of instructions it becomes a small parcel.

So customise your shipping methods to be set at 22mm threshold for thickness
so you have a buffer for the envelope thickness. BL allows you to do this. And
maybe stop adding bulky and weighty paper order printouts that add unnecessarily
to postage costs.

Thank you for helping out with this discussion.
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  One of the main things I would like to see is less emphasis on sellers being
expected to use instant checkout and for Bricklink to be more accomodating to
those sellers that prefer to check and process their orders in a quote like fashion.
By all means allow buyers to secure that quoted stock until the seller has checked
and sent a final invoice but for Bricklink XP to insist that sellers should function
like a click and buy Amazon style store is not always practical when your dealing
with so many thousands of different parts and products. Checking, picking and
processing Lego orders requires a lot more attention to detail compared to the
sort of products rolled out the door by your average online store!

That said keep up the good work...

Hello Infinibrix,

First of all, thank you for recognizing the work we have put into and will continue
to allocate to making BrickLink an even better service for you. We are happy
that you feel we are making progress.

To your question - Instant Checkout is not a requirement for BrickLink XP, and
even though we would encourage sellers to adopt it because most buyers want to
know the total price including shipping cost upfront, we realize there is a learning
curve and that it may not be suitable for every seller.
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In General, Admin writes:
  
To your question - Instant Checkout is not a requirement for BrickLink XP, and
even though we would encourage sellers to adopt it because most buyers want to
know the total price including shipping cost upfront, we realize there is a learning
curve and that it may not be suitable for every seller.

Thank you for your reply but talking from a buyer perspective rather than just
a seller perspective (Iam both) that is the reason why I'd prefer Non instant
checkout orders to be treated like quotes as the customer gets to see the total
they need to pay before they commit to anything. Right now if you order somthing
and you aren't sure what the total is going to cost you are still obligated
to complete the purchase or face a NPB strike regardless of extortionate or unexpected
shipping/handling fees?

That makes the process of selling without Instant Checkout less appealing to
buyers when it should not have to be? Buyers should be able to place orders with
either type of seller without hestitation and with full confidence they can cancel
if they are unhappy about the final quoted amount?
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In General, infinibrix writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  
To your question - Instant Checkout is not a requirement for BrickLink XP, and
even though we would encourage sellers to adopt it because most buyers want to
know the total price including shipping cost upfront, we realize there is a learning
curve and that it may not be suitable for every seller.

Thank you for your reply but talking from a buyer perspective rather than just
a seller perspective (Iam both) that is the reason why I'd prefer Non instant
checkout orders to be treated like quotes as the customer gets to see the total
they need to pay before they commit to anything. Right now if you order somthing
and you aren't sure what the total is going to cost you are still obligated
to complete the purchase or face a NPB strike regardless of extortionate or unexpected
shipping/handling fees?

That makes the process of selling without Instant Checkout less appealing to
buyers when it should not have to be? Buyers should be able to place orders with
either type of seller without hestitation and with full confidence they can cancel
if they are unhappy about the final quoted amount?

You know that's the purpose of requesting a quote, right? Why change things
if there is already an option for exactly what you are describing.
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In General, Yo_Yo_Flamingo writes:
  In General, infinibrix writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  
To your question - Instant Checkout is not a requirement for BrickLink XP, and
even though we would encourage sellers to adopt it because most buyers want to
know the total price including shipping cost upfront, we realize there is a learning
curve and that it may not be suitable for every seller.

Thank you for your reply but talking from a buyer perspective rather than just
a seller perspective (Iam both) that is the reason why I'd prefer Non instant
checkout orders to be treated like quotes as the customer gets to see the total
they need to pay before they commit to anything. Right now if you order somthing
and you aren't sure what the total is going to cost you are still obligated
to complete the purchase or face a NPB strike regardless of extortionate or unexpected
shipping/handling fees?

That makes the process of selling without Instant Checkout less appealing to
buyers when it should not have to be? Buyers should be able to place orders with
either type of seller without hestitation and with full confidence they can cancel
if they are unhappy about the final quoted amount?

You know that's the purpose of requesting a quote, right? Why change things
if there is already an option for exactly what you are describing.

Because it is not a default on setting in all stores;
Because the quote button is not easily available - sits on the last page of the
checkout section, how must a new buyer know that they must cycle through the
entire place order process before getting to the quote function?
Because not all sellers complete quotes;
Because in some countries an order does not create any form of financial obligation;
Because the ToS says an NPB is valid on placement of order only.
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In General, Yo_Yo_Flamingo writes:
  In General, infinibrix writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  
To your question - Instant Checkout is not a requirement for BrickLink XP, and
even though we would encourage sellers to adopt it because most buyers want to
know the total price including shipping cost upfront, we realize there is a learning
curve and that it may not be suitable for every seller.

Thank you for your reply but talking from a buyer perspective rather than just
a seller perspective (Iam both) that is the reason why I'd prefer Non instant
checkout orders to be treated like quotes as the customer gets to see the total
they need to pay before they commit to anything. Right now if you order somthing
and you aren't sure what the total is going to cost you are still obligated
to complete the purchase or face a NPB strike regardless of extortionate or unexpected
shipping/handling fees?

That makes the process of selling without Instant Checkout less appealing to
buyers when it should not have to be? Buyers should be able to place orders with
either type of seller without hestitation and with full confidence they can cancel
if they are unhappy about the final quoted amount?

You know that's the purpose of requesting a quote, right? Why change things
if there is already an option for exactly what you are describing.

Most sellers do not have the quote option in place meaning buyers only have the
option of making a purchase instead by which point they are subject to any terms,
fees, or extortionate shipping charges which they may have overlooked in a sellers
terms? Reading every fine detail not just in one sellers terms but every sellers
terms is unrealistic and not good use of a customers time! If customers are able
to freely order/quote with confidence this should if anything encourage more
business and orders to be placed on Bricklink which I think on the whole will
be of benefit to most sellers.

Either way a quote option is useless unless the customer is able to secure the
quoted items for a set time. The reason quoting is'nt a favourable option
right now is because there is too great a risk of items in a basket being sold
out while the customer waits for their quote? Because of this buyers are much
more likely to make spontanious purchases in order to ensure they secure what
they need only to sometimes then find they are subject to terms to which they
do not agree to which causes uncessary issues between both sellers and buyers!

Both instant checkout and quoted orders will give full transparency to all customers
whereas any other forms of ordering are open to disputes and problems which is
not good for the seller, the buyer or the site itself!
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  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


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  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


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https://www.bricklink.com/v2/community/newsview.page?msgid=1236889
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It should display on top of this page. But you can also view it on youtube here:
https://youtu.be/YxUIdvkHt4Q
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In Announce, Yo_Yo_Flamingo writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


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Here is the youtube link.

https://youtu.be/YxUIdvkHt4Q
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  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

the futures bright same can not be said for brick link though, it seem as a buyer on here that the price hicks and extra charges that are being heaped on us is driving more people away then anything else,its a shame as its not a bad place to be,and most on here are very helpful,and price wise are not to greedy,mainly the brits , over charge on postage then theirs the lot fees ,and the handling fees,not to mention the pay pal and brick link fees, oh and some charge a percentage on fees also , admins need to create a fair platform for all, would be a much better place i think

so now you read this i guess you stop listed me , would not be surprised so good
hunting.be well
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In Announce, youngun writes:
  In Announce, Yo_Yo_Flamingo writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

the futures bright same can not be said for brick link though, it seem as a buyer on here that the price hicks and extra charges that are being heaped on us is driving more people away then anything else,its a shame as its not a bad place to be,and most on here are very helpful,and price wise are not to greedy,mainly the brits , over charge on postage then theirs the lot fees ,and the handling fees,not to mention the pay pal and brick link fees, oh and some charge a percentage on fees also , admins need to create a fair platform for all, would be a much better place i think

so now you read this i guess you stop listed me , would not be surprised so good
hunting.be well
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... I'm sorry? Was this directed at me? I don't see any mention of you
on my stop list, and have no record of having ever worked with you before, so...??
Genuinely confused?
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  In Announce, youngun writes:
  In Announce, Yo_Yo_Flamingo writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

the futures bright same can not be said for brick link though, it seem as a buyer on here that the price hicks and extra charges that are being heaped on us is driving more people away then anything else,its a shame as its not a bad place to be,and most on here are very helpful,and price wise are not to greedy,mainly the brits , over charge on postage then theirs the lot fees ,and the handling fees,not to mention the pay pal and brick link fees, oh and some charge a percentage on fees also , admins need to create a fair platform for all, would be a much better place i think

so now you read this i guess you stop listed me , would not be surprised so good
hunting.be well
  I'm not seeing a video? Is there a way to access that?

... I'm sorry? Was this directed at me? I don't see any mention of you
on my stop list, and have no record of having ever worked with you before, so...??
Genuinely confused?

no sorry not at you just a general outlook should have looked before posting
sorry
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It is extremely disappointing to hear nothing about strengthening or developing
the BrickLink catalog.


In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team
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  It is extremely disappointing to hear nothing about strengthening or developing
the BrickLink catalog.

Point taken! In the video we only mentioned projects that are already scheduled
and will be completed soon. We couldn't speak to everything, but please know
that the new company structure Marvin mentioned entails, for example, a strengthened
focus on the Catalog as well as several other areas of BrickLink, such as Marketplace
and Platform.

What this means is that the meeting we had with you, the catalog admins, is something
we consider to have been very productive, and we have allocated resources to
start achieving some important results in the Catalog area. We will organize
a meeting with you, the Catalog Admins, in February where we will share some
more on outcomes and actions.
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  In Administrative, randyf writes:
  It is extremely disappointing to hear nothing about strengthening or developing
the BrickLink catalog.

Point taken! In the video we only mentioned projects that are already scheduled
and will be completed soon. We couldn't speak to everything, but please know
that the new company structure Marvin mentioned entails, for example, a strengthened
focus on the Catalog as well as several other areas of BrickLink, such as Marketplace
and Platform.

What this means is that the meeting we had with you, the catalog admins, is something
we consider to have been very productive, and we have allocated resources to
start achieving some important results in the Catalog area. We will organize
a meeting with you, the Catalog Admins, in February where we will share some
more on outcomes and actions.

Very nice to hear. Thank you!
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

A very positive, forward-looking presentation! Thank you, Julia

Also good to see and hear from you again, Marvin.

-Cory
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  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

A very positive, forward-looking presentation! Thank you, Julia

Also good to see and hear from you again, Marvin.

-Cory

Thank you for the kind words, Cory. We appreciate them!
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Excited about the new changes! Personally, I am looking forward to BrickLink
XP. It provides a much more user-friendly experience for buyers. The easier BrickLink
is to use, the more people will shop on it, so it's a win-win for both buyers
and sellers. The old invoicing system is outdated and not what online shoppers
have come to expect of an ecommerce website in this day and age. I admit that
I will miss the old BrickLink, but times have changed and so must BrickLink.
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  Excited about the new changes! Personally, I am looking forward to BrickLink
XP. It provides a much more user-friendly experience for buyers. The easier BrickLink
is to use, the more people will shop on it, so it's a win-win for both buyers
and sellers. The old invoicing system is outdated and not what online shoppers
have come to expect of an ecommerce website in this day and age. I admit that
I will miss the old BrickLink, but times have changed and so must BrickLink.

You're totally true, like you said the easier Bricklink is to use, the more
people will come on the website. For now, there's only the buyer option on
Bricklink XP, but I hope that the seller's portion will be as user-friendly
as the buyer portion is. I look forward with these new changes. Really think
it's gonna do some good to the Bricklink community.
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  Excited about the new changes! Personally, I am looking forward to BrickLink
XP. It provides a much more user-friendly experience for buyers. The easier BrickLink
is to use, the more people will shop on it, so it's a win-win for both buyers
and sellers. The old invoicing system is outdated and not what online shoppers
have come to expect of an ecommerce website in this day and age. I admit that
I will miss the old BrickLink, but times have changed and so must BrickLink.

Thank you very much for pointing out the logic: The easier BrickLink is to use
for buyers, new and existing, the more buyers will make use of BrickLink which
again will have a positive effect on the many great and service-minded sellers
that the BrickLink site is so fortunate to attract. Our work with BrickLink XP
is a huge undertaking that we have and will continue to invest in to future-proof
BrickLink. It's one of our major efforts towards the fact that buyers and
sellers demand a mobile friendly service! Greatly looking forward to serving
you through BrickLink XP.
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When discussing XP, he says "its catalogue" . Is this confirmation that XP will
continue to use a different catalogue to BL Classic as we saw previously, with
many of the original themes removed and where minifigs from the same theme may
end up in very different categories, such as spacemen and aliens from the same
theme appearing in space and alien categories, respectively.
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In General, yorbrick writes:
  When discussing XP, he says "its catalogue" . Is this confirmation that XP will
continue to use a different catalogue to BL Classic as we saw previously, with
many of the original themes removed and where minifigs from the same theme may
end up in very different categories, such as spacemen and aliens from the same
theme appearing in space and alien categories, respectively.

Thank you, Yorbrick, for bringing this up as we believe it is a very important
part of the BrickLink experience. The structure of the catalog on BrickLink XP
is in active development to better serve the community. The initial version of
this catalog was built to serve newer users in a more character-minded approach.
We are working to improve this catalog structure to align with the community's
expectations.
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  […]
The structure of the catalog on BrickLink XP
is in active development to better serve the community. The initial version of
this catalog was built to serve newer users in a more character-minded approach.
We are working to improve this catalog structure to align with the community's
expectations.

Without ever asking the community, the users or, *gasp*, the catmins, about their
expectations?
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In General, SylvainLS writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  […]
The structure of the catalog on BrickLink XP
is in active development to better serve the community. The initial version of
this catalog was built to serve newer users in a more character-minded approach.
We are working to improve this catalog structure to align with the community's
expectations.

Without ever asking the community, the users or, *gasp*, the catmins, about their
expectations?

+1
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In General, SylvainLS writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  […]
The structure of the catalog on BrickLink XP
is in active development to better serve the community. The initial version of
this catalog was built to serve newer users in a more character-minded approach.
We are working to improve this catalog structure to align with the community's
expectations.

Without ever asking the community, the users or, *gasp*, the catmins, about their
expectations?

+1
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  Without ever asking the community, the users or, *gasp*, the catmins, about their
expectations?

Our expectations are low. No need to ask.
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In General, SylvainLS writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  […]
The structure of the catalog on BrickLink XP
is in active development to better serve the community. The initial version of
this catalog was built to serve newer users in a more character-minded approach.
We are working to improve this catalog structure to align with the community's
expectations.

Without ever asking the community, the users or, *gasp*, the catmins, about their
expectations?

To clarify a bit more: the BrickLink XP Catalog is currently in the "Discovery"
phase where we collect data, user input, and generate insights. Several rounds
of user interviews across different user segments will take place after the holidays.

There will be more information collected from the community, including the Catalog
Admin Team, before pencil touches paper on product requirements or design. We
really do want to build a Catalog that meets the expectations of our community,
and we need everyone's input to get there!
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In General, Admin writes:
  In General, SylvainLS writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  […]
The structure of the catalog on BrickLink XP
is in active development to better serve the community. The initial version of
this catalog was built to serve newer users in a more character-minded approach.
We are working to improve this catalog structure to align with the community's
expectations.

Without ever asking the community, the users or, *gasp*, the catmins, about their
expectations?

To clarify a bit more: the BrickLink XP Catalog is currently in the "Discovery"
phase where we collect data, user input, and generate insights. Several rounds
of user interviews across different user segments will take place after the holidays.

There will be more information collected from the community, including the Catalog
Admin Team, before pencil touches paper on product requirements or design. We
really do want to build a Catalog that meets the expectations of our community,
and we need everyone's input to get there!

How about you don't Build a Catalog. We have a Catalog. It was built by experts,
maintained by experts, and has been the leading set of data about LEGO for decades.
We do not need a new catalog to help new users. We just need a tag system. Are
you listening? Don't start the process with your market testing user segments
and random people who don't use the site. Start with our Admins. Start with
the people who know what the heck they are doing.

Jen
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In General, jennnifer writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  In General, SylvainLS writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  […]
The structure of the catalog on BrickLink XP
is in active development to better serve the community. The initial version of
this catalog was built to serve newer users in a more character-minded approach.
We are working to improve this catalog structure to align with the community's
expectations.

Without ever asking the community, the users or, *gasp*, the catmins, about their
expectations?

To clarify a bit more: the BrickLink XP Catalog is currently in the "Discovery"
phase where we collect data, user input, and generate insights. Several rounds
of user interviews across different user segments will take place after the holidays.

There will be more information collected from the community, including the Catalog
Admin Team, before pencil touches paper on product requirements or design. We
really do want to build a Catalog that meets the expectations of our community,
and we need everyone's input to get there!

How about you don't Build a Catalog. We have a Catalog. It was built by experts,
maintained by experts, and has been the leading set of data about LEGO for decades.
We do not need a new catalog to help new users. We just need a tag system. Are
you listening? Don't start the process with your market testing user segments
and random people who don't use the site. Start with our Admins. Start with
the people who know what the heck they are doing.

Jen

MOrning Jen

Couldn't agree more. Basic principles of software development is to use the
people who are going to use the software to help with design not people who have
never used it - but they have been doing this and 'screen clicks' since
the beginning that is what MP has declared is the best way forward (and it isn't)
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In General, calsbricks writes:
  In General, jennnifer writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  In General, SylvainLS writes:
  In General, Admin writes:
  […]
The structure of the catalog on BrickLink XP
is in active development to better serve the community. The initial version of
this catalog was built to serve newer users in a more character-minded approach.
We are working to improve this catalog structure to align with the community's
expectations.

Without ever asking the community, the users or, *gasp*, the catmins, about their
expectations?

To clarify a bit more: the BrickLink XP Catalog is currently in the "Discovery"
phase where we collect data, user input, and generate insights. Several rounds
of user interviews across different user segments will take place after the holidays.

There will be more information collected from the community, including the Catalog
Admin Team, before pencil touches paper on product requirements or design. We
really do want to build a Catalog that meets the expectations of our community,
and we need everyone's input to get there!

How about you don't Build a Catalog. We have a Catalog. It was built by experts,
maintained by experts, and has been the leading set of data about LEGO for decades.
We do not need a new catalog to help new users. We just need a tag system. Are
you listening? Don't start the process with your market testing user segments
and random people who don't use the site. Start with our Admins. Start with
the people who know what the heck they are doing.

Jen

MOrning Jen

Couldn't agree more. Basic principles of software development is to use the
people who are going to use the software to help with design not people who have
never used it - but they have been doing this and 'screen clicks' since
the beginning that is what MP has declared is the best way forward (and it isn't)

Uhm, have you thought that perhaps the catalogue experts and the user base cocked
up the catalogue so badly that it is unusable? Hence management knows better
and has to redo it from scratch in the correct and proper manner which does not
involve the expert catmins or the user base. Then they maintain it and make
sure it stays like they want it. That way they prevent the user base from cocking
it up again. Should have thought of this earlier.

There is a bitter irony in all of this in that BL has for many years counted
this (now) useless user based catalogue as their freely obtained asset.
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  Uhm, have you thought that perhaps the catalogue experts and the user base cocked
up the catalogue so badly that it is unusable? Hence management knows better
and has to redo it from scratch in the correct and proper manner which does not
involve the expert catmins or the user base. Then they maintain it and make
sure it stays like they want it. That way they prevent the user base from cocking
it up again. Should have thought of this earlier.

Why do you think the catalogue is unusable? Sure, there are parts that could
go in two (or more) categories that are sometimes hard to find, but renaming
categories or moving parts is not going to solve the problem, it will just shift
the problem. I cannot see a single feature of the XP catalogue that makes it
better than the existing one.

And even if BL ask their selected focus groups, are they really going to act
on that information and create better catalogue features (rather than a new catalogue),
or just do what they are going to do anyway.
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In General, yorbrick writes:
  
  Uhm, have you thought that perhaps the catalogue experts and the user base cocked
up the catalogue so badly that it is unusable? Hence management knows better
and has to redo it from scratch in the correct and proper manner which does not
involve the expert catmins or the user base. Then they maintain it and make
sure it stays like they want it. That way they prevent the user base from cocking
it up again. Should have thought of this earlier.

Why do you think the catalogue is unusable? Sure, there are parts that could
go in two (or more) categories that are sometimes hard to find, but renaming
categories or moving parts is not going to solve the problem, it will just shift
the problem. I cannot see a single feature of the XP catalogue that makes it
better than the existing one.

And even if BL ask their selected focus groups, are they really going to act
on that information and create better catalogue features (rather than a new catalogue),
or just do what they are going to do anyway.

I was being sarcastic. But for them to embark on a major rework of their sole
asset would show that they have put some thought into what the current asset
is about and whether or not it can actually be maintained. The alternative to
that thought process would be truly frightening.
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I'm not quite sure if this is the place, but is there a way you can balance/enhance
the available parts catalog to suit MOC builders? Or give us access to parts
(in colours) normally only available to master builders? (in the Legoland parks).

The current 'wanted' list should already be a good indication. There
are many cases where a part is very expensive because it is rare and used in
a popular MOC, (the 5x5 red dish (6942) from the Kandeda's bike comes to
mind), or odd gaps in part availability. I for instance would really want a angled
straight section of roller coaster track (26561) in light bluish grey (or dark
purple).




In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team
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In Buying, R1nc3W1nd writes:
  I'm not quite sure if this is the place, but is there a way you can balance/enhance
the available parts catalog to suit MOC builders? Or give us access to parts
(in colours) normally only available to master builders? (in the Legoland parks).

The current 'wanted' list should already be a good indication. There
are many cases where a part is very expensive because it is rare and used in
a popular MOC, (the 5x5 red dish (6942) from the Kandeda's bike comes to
mind), or odd gaps in part availability. I for instance would really want a angled
straight section of roller coaster track (26561) in light bluish grey (or dark
purple).



I guess from a buyer perspective that would be nice, but from a seller perspective
it would kill off the site. If LEGO are going to re-release parts just for sale
on BL to undercut sellers prices, then sellers will lose out. It is not so bad
if they think the part is important enough to bring back in an actual set, but
to produce them just for individual sale in competition with their own sellers
is a step too far for me.
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In Buying, yorbrick writes:
  In Buying, R1nc3W1nd writes:
  I'm not quite sure if this is the place, but is there a way you can balance/enhance
the available parts catalog to suit MOC builders? Or give us access to parts
(in colours) normally only available to master builders? (in the Legoland parks).

The current 'wanted' list should already be a good indication. There
are many cases where a part is very expensive because it is rare and used in
a popular MOC, (the 5x5 red dish (6942) from the Kandeda's bike comes to
mind), or odd gaps in part availability. I for instance would really want a angled
straight section of roller coaster track (26561) in light bluish grey (or dark
purple).



I guess from a buyer perspective that would be nice, but from a seller perspective
it would kill off the site. If LEGO are going to re-release parts just for sale
on BL to undercut sellers prices, then sellers will lose out. It is not so bad
if they think the part is important enough to bring back in an actual set, but
to produce them just for individual sale in competition with their own sellers
is a step too far for me.

I think most sellers would agree. Basically we augment LEGO sales, we all are
small fries compared to LEGO company, we don't siphon off a great deal from
them, and in fact they make more from us than they lose - hence they bought the
site. We've never been in direct competition with them, as we fill niches
and different types/styles of buyers they never cared to cater to in the first
place. But them, LEGO, if they would try to go into direct competition with
us, by doing the propsed types of ideas you mention above, basically trying to
take over the niche markets and targeted, specific rarer part re-issues, etc,
I don't think that would be viewed favorably by most sellers here, if any.
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In Buying, lmeyer writes:
  In Buying, yorbrick writes:
  I guess from a buyer perspective that would be nice, but from a seller perspective
it would kill off the site. If LEGO are going to re-release parts just for sale
on BL to undercut sellers prices, then sellers will lose out. It is not so bad
if they think the part is important enough to bring back in an actual set, but
to produce them just for individual sale in competition with their own sellers
is a step too far for me.

I think most sellers would agree. Basically we augment LEGO sales, we all are
small fries compared to LEGO company, we don't siphon off a great deal from
them, and in fact they make more from us than they lose - hence they bought the
site. We've never been in direct competition with them, as we fill niches
and different types/styles of buyers they never cared to cater to in the first
place. But them, LEGO, if they would try to go into direct competition with
us, by doing the propsed types of ideas you mention above, basically trying to
take over the niche markets and targeted, specific rarer part re-issues, etc,
I don't think that would be viewed favorably by most sellers here, if any.

Hi Lmeyer,

Thanks for sharing your viewpoint. Just to confirm: We will not be competing
in the BrickLink marketplace. Our efforts lie with understanding how we can service
BrickLink sellers and buyers better.
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In Buying, yorbrick writes:
  In Buying, R1nc3W1nd writes:
  I'm not quite sure if this is the place, but is there a way you can balance/enhance
the available parts catalog to suit MOC builders? Or give us access to parts
(in colours) normally only available to master builders? (in the Legoland parks).

The current 'wanted' list should already be a good indication. There
are many cases where a part is very expensive because it is rare and used in
a popular MOC, (the 5x5 red dish (6942) from the Kandeda's bike comes to
mind), or odd gaps in part availability. I for instance would really want a angled
straight section of roller coaster track (26561) in light bluish grey (or dark
purple).

I guess from a buyer perspective that would be nice, but from a seller perspective
it would kill off the site. If LEGO are going to re-release parts just for sale
on BL to undercut sellers prices, then sellers will lose out. It is not so bad
if they think the part is important enough to bring back in an actual set, but
to produce them just for individual sale in competition with their own sellers
is a step too far for me.

Hi Yorbrick,

To the point about re-introducing/releasing rarer parts, the LEGO Group always
looks at the opportunities for expanding the LEGO system in play. As such, some
elements may re-enter to support our building system but it depends very much
on the portfolio we are creating.

Therefore, we have no plans of re-introducing elements since we want to ensure
that our efforts are based in understanding how we can service both BrickLink
sellers and buyers better.
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


We all look forward to it! Hope that soon the site will be even more accessible
to the builders today. Thanks for all your effort!
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  We all look forward to it! Hope that soon the site will be even more accessible
to the builders today. Thanks for all your effort!

Thank you for your kind remarks. Much appreciated!
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

Good morning and thank you for the announcement

Rather surprised there hasn't been more comments posted as we find the continued
pursuance of XP alarming when so many other things need attention. XP will change
the business model of Bricklink from what it has been to a more amazon type model.
This will not be helpful to large part stores who depend on larger lot and bulk
orders unless there is a drastic alteration to the course Mr Park has chosen
- it might aid the 'soccer mom' who needs a set for her son/daughter
but that is not the mainstay of Bricklink and never has been.

I would like to see what real supporting data there is for this model to work
and also understand why they have chosen this route. I don't suppose that
will happen but if you really wish to keep your partners (stores/members) on
side more information on this transition to xp is essential

If we wanted to be Amazon we would sell there. Drop it and focus on the real
backbone of the site.
  
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In Administrative, calsbricks writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

Good morning and thank you for the announcement

Rather surprised there hasn't been more comments posted as we find the continued
pursuance of XP alarming when so many other things need attention. XP will change
the business model of Bricklink from what it has been to a more amazon type model.
This will not be helpful to large part stores who depend on larger lot and bulk
orders unless there is a drastic alteration to the course Mr Park has chosen
- it might aid the 'soccer mom' who needs a set for her son/daughter
but that is not the mainstay of Bricklink and never has been.

I would like to see what real supporting data there is for this model to work
and also understand why they have chosen this route. I don't suppose that
will happen but if you really wish to keep your partners (stores/members) on
side more information on this transition to xp is essential

If we wanted to be Amazon we would sell there. Drop it and focus on the real
backbone of the site.
  

I hadn't commented so far as I read this communication as a precursor for
the main event..
Sure we share the same concerns about XP but we gave feedback about the functionality
of that. They say they want our input so hopefully that functionality will get
a rethink before it goes too far down the development route, we'll have to
see.

Bottom line for me is will it meet the buyers' needs in its ability to easily
source multiple part orders efficiently (showed signs of a major fail there in
the beta launch) if not it will be the buyers who will go elsewhere and we'll
have to follow. For me another live launch without prior consultation would be
unwise given the reception it got 1st time round.

I welcome the communication Lego, I look forward to the engagement.

Robert
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In Administrative, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In Administrative, calsbricks writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

Good morning and thank you for the announcement

Rather surprised there hasn't been more comments posted as we find the continued
pursuance of XP alarming when so many other things need attention. XP will change
the business model of Bricklink from what it has been to a more amazon type model.
This will not be helpful to large part stores who depend on larger lot and bulk
orders unless there is a drastic alteration to the course Mr Park has chosen
- it might aid the 'soccer mom' who needs a set for her son/daughter
but that is not the mainstay of Bricklink and never has been.

I would like to see what real supporting data there is for this model to work
and also understand why they have chosen this route. I don't suppose that
will happen but if you really wish to keep your partners (stores/members) on
side more information on this transition to xp is essential

If we wanted to be Amazon we would sell there. Drop it and focus on the real
backbone of the site.
  

I hadn't commented so far as I read this communication as a precursor for
the main event..
Sure we share the same concerns about XP but we gave feedback about the functionality
of that. They say they want our input so hopefully that functionality will get
a rethink before it goes too far down the development route, we'll have to
see.

Bottom line for me is will it meet the buyers' needs in its ability to easily
source multiple part orders efficiently (showed signs of a major fail there in
the beta launch) if not it will be the buyers who will go elsewhere and we'll
have to follow. For me another live launch without prior consultation would be
unwise given the reception it got 1st time round.

I welcome the communication Lego, I look forward to the engagement.

Robert

+Many, Robert - trust you and the 'better' half are both well and safe.
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In Administrative, calsbricks writes:
  In Administrative, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In Administrative, calsbricks writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

Good morning and thank you for the announcement

Rather surprised there hasn't been more comments posted as we find the continued
pursuance of XP alarming when so many other things need attention. XP will change
the business model of Bricklink from what it has been to a more amazon type model.
This will not be helpful to large part stores who depend on larger lot and bulk
orders unless there is a drastic alteration to the course Mr Park has chosen
- it might aid the 'soccer mom' who needs a set for her son/daughter
but that is not the mainstay of Bricklink and never has been.

I would like to see what real supporting data there is for this model to work
and also understand why they have chosen this route. I don't suppose that
will happen but if you really wish to keep your partners (stores/members) on
side more information on this transition to xp is essential

If we wanted to be Amazon we would sell there. Drop it and focus on the real
backbone of the site.
  

I hadn't commented so far as I read this communication as a precursor for
the main event..
Sure we share the same concerns about XP but we gave feedback about the functionality
of that. They say they want our input so hopefully that functionality will get
a rethink before it goes too far down the development route, we'll have to
see.

Bottom line for me is will it meet the buyers' needs in its ability to easily
source multiple part orders efficiently (showed signs of a major fail there in
the beta launch) if not it will be the buyers who will go elsewhere and we'll
have to follow. For me another live launch without prior consultation would be
unwise given the reception it got 1st time round.

I welcome the communication Lego, I look forward to the engagement.

Robert

+Many, Robert - trust you and the 'better' half are both well and safe.

Thanks Bill, we consider ourselves very lucky and in all respects we have "survived"
this year rather well and I don't mean just monetarily; a major contributor
to that result, it has to be said, is Bricklink and its members so thank you
all!

You keep safe too
Cheers,
Robert
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In Administrative, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In Administrative, calsbricks writes:
  In Administrative, Rob_and_Shelagh writes:
  In Administrative, calsbricks writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team

Good morning and thank you for the announcement

Rather surprised there hasn't been more comments posted as we find the continued
pursuance of XP alarming when so many other things need attention. XP will change
the business model of Bricklink from what it has been to a more amazon type model.
This will not be helpful to large part stores who depend on larger lot and bulk
orders unless there is a drastic alteration to the course Mr Park has chosen
- it might aid the 'soccer mom' who needs a set for her son/daughter
but that is not the mainstay of Bricklink and never has been.

I would like to see what real supporting data there is for this model to work
and also understand why they have chosen this route. I don't suppose that
will happen but if you really wish to keep your partners (stores/members) on
side more information on this transition to xp is essential

If we wanted to be Amazon we would sell there. Drop it and focus on the real
backbone of the site.
  

I hadn't commented so far as I read this communication as a precursor for
the main event..
Sure we share the same concerns about XP but we gave feedback about the functionality
of that. They say they want our input so hopefully that functionality will get
a rethink before it goes too far down the development route, we'll have to
see.

Bottom line for me is will it meet the buyers' needs in its ability to easily
source multiple part orders efficiently (showed signs of a major fail there in
the beta launch) if not it will be the buyers who will go elsewhere and we'll
have to follow. For me another live launch without prior consultation would be
unwise given the reception it got 1st time round.

I welcome the communication Lego, I look forward to the engagement.

Robert

+Many, Robert - trust you and the 'better' half are both well and safe.

Thanks Bill, we consider ourselves very lucky and in all respects we have "survived"
this year rather well and I don't mean just monetarily; a major contributor
to that result, it has to be said, is Bricklink and its members so thank you
all!

You keep safe too
Cheers,
Robert

We have had one of those years where orders are up by over 20% on previous years,
but alas, value per order is well down on 'normal'. Probably to be expected.

Let's see if we get a response from BL on this one
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  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


Nice update, thanks! To be really honest, I'm taking it with a truckload
of salt when I hear these grand ambitions when BL doesn't even have the manpower
to fix an elementary code typo bug that I reported over a month ago... But
the most important part are the intentions, and I'm happy to hear we seem
to be all sort of on the same page, at least much more so than in some episodes
in the past. So all in all, nice update.

I guess for the doomsayers who said they'd be EXTREMELY surprised if Bricklink
would survive the takeover, now is a good time to be EXTREMELY surprised
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Hi. Truthfully, I do not see how XP is going to be existing store friendly whatsoever.
Granted it looks "pretty" but in my experience many buyers come to MY STORE to
search my catalog...I did not see where and how that would even be an option
with XP...which means lost sales, possibly many smaller stores dropping off due
to inactivity and stores going elsewhere to conduct business and driving the
business away from BL. The ole' shoot in foot scenario.... I agree with many
others - Build the core of BL stronger, listen to store owners who actually conduct
business here, fix the bugs, work one the catalog, and just keep the $$$ rolling
in = everyone happy!
Cindy of Snark Bricks


In General, Teup writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


Nice update, thanks! To be really honest, I'm taking it with a truckload
of salt when I hear these grand ambitions when BL doesn't even have the manpower
to fix an elementary code typo bug that I reported over a month ago... But
the most important part are the intentions, and I'm happy to hear we seem
to be all sort of on the same page, at least much more so than in some episodes
in the past. So all in all, nice update.

I guess for the doomsayers who said they'd be EXTREMELY surprised if Bricklink
would survive the takeover, now is a good time to be EXTREMELY surprised
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Well, I don't disagree. But at least the plan of replacing Bricklink classic
by Bricktinder (XP) went out of the window. That is very good. So we will get
to see if buyers actually prefer it or not. The intention was to bring more traffic
to Bricklink, so in time we'll find out who was right - Bricklink or the
community. Maybe Bricklink knows something we don't.

But yes, it is a waste of precious resources if it turns out that it doesn't
work. And I can totally see it stranding and disappear from Bricklink history,
especially if they mess with the catalog or don't provide better payment
methods than only PayPal.

In General, SnarkBricks writes:
  Hi. Truthfully, I do not see how XP is going to be existing store friendly whatsoever.
Granted it looks "pretty" but in my experience many buyers come to MY STORE to
search my catalog...I did not see where and how that would even be an option
with XP...which means lost sales, possibly many smaller stores dropping off due
to inactivity and stores going elsewhere to conduct business and driving the
business away from BL. The ole' shoot in foot scenario.... I agree with many
others - Build the core of BL stronger, listen to store owners who actually conduct
business here, fix the bugs, work one the catalog, and just keep the $$$ rolling
in = everyone happy!
Cindy of Snark Bricks


In General, Teup writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


Nice update, thanks! To be really honest, I'm taking it with a truckload
of salt when I hear these grand ambitions when BL doesn't even have the manpower
to fix an elementary code typo bug that I reported over a month ago... But
the most important part are the intentions, and I'm happy to hear we seem
to be all sort of on the same page, at least much more so than in some episodes
in the past. So all in all, nice update.

I guess for the doomsayers who said they'd be EXTREMELY surprised if Bricklink
would survive the takeover, now is a good time to be EXTREMELY surprised
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In General, Teup writes:

  But the most important part are the intentions, ...

Intentions are meaningless if not followed by concrete results. Ask any business
that has ever folded.
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In General, randyf writes:
  In General, Teup writes:

  But the most important part are the intentions, ...

Intentions are meaningless if not followed by concrete results. Ask any business
that has ever folded.

Well I never expect Bricklink to improve in the first place, but I do expect
that things change (rather randomly). So yes, the intentions being good is very
important to me, because my main hope is that they don't screw up anything
that worked.
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In General, Teup writes:
  In General, randyf writes:
  In General, Teup writes:

  But the most important part are the intentions, ...

Intentions are meaningless if not followed by concrete results. Ask any business
that has ever folded.

Well I never expect Bricklink to improve in the first place, but I do expect
that things change (rather randomly). So yes, the intentions being good is very
important to me, because my main hope is that they don't screw up anything
that worked.

Hmm, but their spaghetti is haunted. Screwing things up might not be the intention,
but it is almost inevitably the result. The random changes could very well be
the cause of this odd phenomenon.
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In General, bje writes:
  In General, Teup writes:
  In General, randyf writes:
  In General, Teup writes:

  But the most important part are the intentions, ...

Intentions are meaningless if not followed by concrete results. Ask any business
that has ever folded.

Well I never expect Bricklink to improve in the first place, but I do expect
that things change (rather randomly). So yes, the intentions being good is very
important to me, because my main hope is that they don't screw up anything
that worked.

Hmm, but their spaghetti is haunted. Screwing things up might not be the intention,
but it is almost inevitably the result. The random changes could very well be
the cause of this odd phenomenon.

Mornign Jean


XP has nothing to do with spaghetti according to MP - it is all totally re-written
code to improve performance and open new markets

Trust you are keeping well and safe down there.
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In General, Teup writes:
  In General, randyf writes:
  In General, Teup writes:

  But the most important part are the intentions, ...

Intentions are meaningless if not followed by concrete results. Ask any business
that has ever folded.

Well I never expect Bricklink to improve in the first place, but I do expect
that things change (rather randomly). So yes, the intentions being good is very
important to me, because my main hope is that they don't screw up anything
that worked.

Good intentions are great but unfortunately they need to turn into realities
- yet again we wait and see.
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In General, Teup writes:

  Nice update, thanks! To be really honest, I'm taking it with a truckload
of salt when I hear these grand ambitions when BL doesn't even have the manpower
to fix an elementary code typo bug that I reported over a month ago... But
the most important part are the intentions, and I'm happy to hear we seem
to be all sort of on the same page, at least much more so than in some episodes
in the past. So all in all, nice update.

I guess for the doomsayers who said they'd be EXTREMELY surprised if Bricklink
would survive the takeover, now is a good time to be EXTREMELY surprised

Hi Teup! Thanks for your refections. Regarding the bug you reported, we have
made an inquiry and one of our Customer Service agents should be in contact soon.
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If there is an emphasis on community, why is there a refusal for Bricklink to
participate on the LEGO Ambassador Network? The Bricklink forum is outdated and
difficult to use, preventing real communication and discouraging participation.
And frankly the typical responses from Bricklink here are very poor.

Ambassadors have repeatedly asked for representative from Bricklink to engage
on the LAN, which is a much better platform for discussion, but it has been refused,
and we have been directed that all Bricklink engagement takes place here. It
seems like a willful disregard of a system already in place to engage with a
broad range of AFOL communities.
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Seasons Greetings graznador

Not every seller and buyer can access the LAN. Please don't advocate getting
rid of the forum; most users can't get hold of BL staff any other way.

And the Forum is more than just the Admin section. Many other areas are more
active than this one.

I was an ambassador several years ago. From what I remember of the LAN it was
set up in a Forum structure - and it was much harder to use than this platform.

Paul


In Administrative, graznador writes:
  If there is an emphasis on community, why is there a refusal for Bricklink to
participate on the LEGO Ambassador Network? The Bricklink forum is outdated and
difficult to use, preventing real communication and discouraging participation.
And frankly the typical responses from Bricklink here are very poor.

Ambassadors have repeatedly asked for representative from Bricklink to engage
on the LAN, which is a much better platform for discussion, but it has been refused,
and we have been directed that all Bricklink engagement takes place here. It
seems like a willful disregard of a system already in place to engage with a
broad range of AFOL communities.
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


I could live without the ridiculous catalog changes. And communication could
be better (although it does seem to have improved). Knocking on my wood desk
currently, the website has been running very smoothly outside of a couple quick
hiccups. All in all, I think you guys have done an absolute bang up job over
the last year. Well done and my thanks and appreciation.
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I love Bricklink, but am disgusted by the lack of urgency shown regarding sale
tax emption for small businesses. Dozens of bricklink buyers and sellers make
business related purchases on Bricklink and are now being force to pay sales
tax for which they are exempt. Here are some posts and bricklnks “solution”:

“Sales tax exemption is VITAL for small businesses.
Here is my example:
I estimate $1,000,000 in purchases using BrickLink over the next 12 months (or,
at least, I did before the 6% sales tax I'd have to pay in Northern Virginia).
I cannot afford to pay $60,000 in sales tax illegally collected by BrickLink,
and still run my business.
So, FIX THIS ISSUE RIGHT NOW, FOOLS!”

“Still no update for resellers sales tax exemption or the offer of a work around...”

Bricklink response: We will update you when we have a solution, which I predict
will be in Q1 2021.

There are real people and real jobs at stake, do better for your small businesses!
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  I love Bricklink, but am disgusted by the lack of urgency shown regarding sale
tax emption for small businesses. Dozens of bricklink buyers and sellers make
business related purchases on Bricklink and are now being force to pay sales
tax for which they are exempt.

Hi akr2355,

Thank you for the question. Exemptions are certainly something we will look at
once we start paying taxes in most US states.
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I appreciate your response but the issue remains.

Surely there is a workaround? Our accountant came up with a solution with one
of our suppliers who was going through a similar compliance issue in a five minute
phone call.
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In General, watch505 writes:
  I appreciate your response but the issue remains.

Surely there is a workaround? Our accountant came up with a solution with one
of our suppliers who was going through a similar compliance issue in a five minute
phone call.

What was that solution?

Paul
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They refunded us the tax funds until they had the website automated. It took
one email a month to settle up.

The easier path-that most sites follow- is bake tax exemptions into the rollout
to keep their buyers happy...
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In General, pitz8008 writes:

  I could live without the ridiculous catalog changes. And communication could
be better (although it does seem to have improved). Knocking on my wood desk
currently, the website has been running very smoothly outside of a couple quick
hiccups. All in all, I think you guys have done an absolute bang up job over
the last year. Well done and my thanks and appreciation.

Hi Pitz8008,

Thank you for mentioning communication. We have made an effort to improve in
that area. Which catalog changes are you referring to?

And thanks for the comments about site performance. We will pass them on to our
engineers!
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


I... feel sorry.

This message seems to be with good intention but lacks the power needed to make
things better.

Bricklink XP might be the best to get new buyers here, but you are missing all
your current userbase.

Bricklink strength is its catalog. Period. You need to make it more flexible
to find things, not make it dumb...

Making everything else nice is great, the static look of XP is good.

I will always hope the best, and I know that a lot of things needed development
resources lately, but please don't forget what you already have.

I spent a few days out of the Forum after seeing this to clear myself.

Greetings,
Sergio
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  Will Lego allow Bricklink stores and owners of those stores who got banned from purchasing, even for personal use, at Lego.com?
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  Will Lego allow Bricklink stores and owners of those stores who got banned from purchasing, even for personal use, at Lego.com?

Hi ricka,

As some fans have experienced, accounts have been flagged and blocked for reselling
for a variety of reasons. These blocks have been removed and accounts have not
been flagged with this for some time now. It is not something we have publicly
announced but after confirming with Consumer Shopper Engagement, the internal
team that monitors orders and other stakeholders, we are able to share.

Please contact Consumer Shopper Engagement if you have an issue with your account.
If a Reseller Block has remained inadvertently, they have a process for getting
this looked into. Hope it answers your question.
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I look forward to what the Bricklink team brings to the table in 2021,

One thing we need if Bricklink is to grow is an app. This should not be a difficult
task, and the traffic that an app would bring would be tremendous. Please consider
this as I know many friends who use Bricklink on their phone and nearly pull
their hair out over the unoptimized Mobile/Tablet support.

Thank you,

Saxon
Owner of Mountain O' Bricks
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Graham. (1738)

Location:  USA, Tennessee
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Store: ENIGMATiC PLASTiC
Greetings.

Thank you for the update, yes 2020 has been strange but has not impacted our
business much.

I have a question and a suggestion or two.

Firstly now that it is"officially" known that we resell LEGO. Would you please
consider excepting re-seller certificates on LEGO.com. Obviously you are making
profit both ways now, firstly the sale then commission here.

It's difficult for small parts sellers, such as us, to acquire stock - with
pretty extreme limits imposed by Amazon, Walmart.com and now Target.com. So relaxing
those limits would be helpful.

Would LEGO consider selling sets without boxes and instructions (which mostly
go to trash/recycling - when available) at a reduced price?

Thank you
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povoq (25)

Location:  France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
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Hello,

I'm very dissappointed TLG makes no christmas manger, church building
or noah's ark because it's related to religion. Would there be any chance
of seeing sets like these being published by BL?

greetings
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Location:  USA, Virginia
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They used to.
 
Set No: 1309  Name: Church
* 
1309-1 (Inv) Church
150 Parts, 1957
Sets: Classic: Town Plan
 
Set No: 309  Name: Church
* 
309-2 (Inv) Church
149 Parts, 1958
Sets: Classic: Town Plan
 
Gear No: indrecross  Name: Indre Cross
* 
indrecross Indre Cross
Gear: Decoration


In New Sets, povoq writes:
  Hello,

I'm very dissappointed TLG makes no christmas manger, church building
or noah's ark because it's related to religion. Would there be any chance
of seeing sets like these being published by BL?

greetings
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Location:  USA, Minnesota
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In New Sets, povoq writes:
  Hello,

I'm very dissappointed TLG makes no christmas manger, church building
or noah's ark because it's related to religion. Would there be any chance
of seeing sets like these being published by BL?

greetings

Why not just build your own? Isn't that the whole point of LEGO?

And by the way...
 
Set No: 1309  Name: Church
* 
1309-1 (Inv) Church
150 Parts, 1957
Sets: Classic: Town Plan
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BRICK_CHICK (7289)

Location:  Canada, British Columbia
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In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink......
Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


Hello,

I rarely post here, because I find this forum so fractious and difficult to navigate.
I rarely read the forum either, assuming that one day our overlords will decide
that the truly important things they have to communicate will be emailed to me,
or posted in a way that is flagged for me to easily find. In 2020 that has been
difficult, and I find my self digging in deeper to trying to make ends meet with
my sales here. My daily grind does not allow time to scour the forum for nuggets
of essential information, or to even read it consistently enough to catch announcements
like this - which I am finally seeing one month after it was posted. My daily
tasks include listing parts, filling orders, and communicating with buyers -
in most cases to apologize for the inconsistencies and awkwardness of doing transactions
in Canada, outside of Bricklink's preferred markets. I do not visit the homepage,
but go straight to my order page daily, so I never see the "exciting" new build
contest opportunities plastered there, though they have no impact on me or my
daily activities. From my view nearly every "exciting" thing ever posted or teased
on BL is not something that I have any confidence will help me make better sales,
or pay my bills more consistently. In the one year since LEGO took over BL my
shop has never been communicated with or approached for any sort of survey or
conversation regarding our needs or desires to keep a nearly 2 million part shop
functional through these strange times. Prior to LEGO purchasing Bricklink, I
was often communicated with directly in this regard, so I see no improvement
in communication and have no belief that will improve or significantly change.
I have thus far refused to be a squeaky wheel clamouring for attention here or
privately via emails, but perhaps some sellers are being recognized and soothed
by utilizing such means? Perhaps only the active forum users who find enough
time to be relevant in here get attention anymore? I have no idea as my grind
consumes me. I have no time for such things. I found out about this forum post
just now by responding to a survey messaged directly to me by a friend at Hispabrick
magazine who is having trouble finding enough BL sellers to answer their questions.
I was dismayed to realize that I had nothing positive to report on their form
and then felt compelled to add my dissatisfied post to this thread. At one time,
in what feels like a million years ago, I was BrickLink's first LEGO Ambassador,
back when Tormod and his team determined BL was a community to be included in
their programs. It has been a decade since I have felt connected as a community
here in any way, and I do not have any faith that the administration can turn
that around in 2021...but, I wish you well in the attempt.

Jenn
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Location:  USA, Colorado
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In Feedback, BRICK_CHICK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink......
Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


Hello,

I rarely post here, because I find this forum so fractious and difficult to navigate.
I rarely read the forum either, assuming that one day our overlords will decide
that the truly important things they have to communicate will be emailed to me,
or posted in a way that is flagged for me to easily find. In 2020 that has been
difficult, and I find my self digging in deeper to trying to make ends meet with
my sales here. My daily grind does not allow time to scour the forum for nuggets
of essential information, or to even read it consistently enough to catch announcements
like this - which I am finally seeing one month after it was posted. My daily
tasks include listing parts, filling orders, and communicating with buyers -
in most cases to apologize for the inconsistencies and awkwardness of doing transactions
in Canada, outside of Bricklink's preferred markets. I do not visit the homepage,
but go straight to my order page daily, so I never see the "exciting" new build
contest opportunities plastered there, though they have no impact on me or my
daily activities. From my view nearly every "exciting" thing ever posted or teased
on BL is not something that I have any confidence will help me make better sales,
or pay my bills more consistently. In the one year since LEGO took over BL my
shop has never been communicated with or approached for any sort of survey or
conversation regarding our needs or desires to keep a nearly 2 million part shop
functional through these strange times. Prior to LEGO purchasing Bricklink, I
was often communicated with directly in this regard, so I see no improvement
in communication and have no belief that will improve or significantly change.
I have thus far refused to be a squeaky wheel clamouring for attention here or
privately via emails, but perhaps some sellers are being recognized and soothed
by utilizing such means? Perhaps only the active forum users who find enough
time to be relevant in here get attention anymore? I have no idea as my grind
consumes me. I have no time for such things. I found out about this forum post
just now by responding to a survey messaged directly to me by a friend at Hispabrick
magazine who is having trouble finding enough BL sellers to answer their questions.
I was dismayed to realize that I had nothing positive to report on their form
and then felt compelled to add my dissatisfied post to this thread. At one time,
in what feels like a million years ago, I was BrickLink's first LEGO Ambassador,
back when Tormod and his team determined BL was a community to be included in
their programs. It has been a decade since I have felt connected as a community
here in any way, and I do not have any faith that the administration can turn
that around in 2021...but, I wish you well in the attempt.

Jenn

Thank you for taking the time to write this.
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Location:  USA, Illinois
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Store: Old Grey Bricks
In Feedback, BRICK_CHICK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink......
Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


Hello,

I rarely post here, because I find this forum so fractious and difficult to navigate.
I rarely read the forum either, assuming that one day our overlords will decide
that the truly important things they have to communicate will be emailed to me,
or posted in a way that is flagged for me to easily find. In 2020 that has been
difficult, and I find my self digging in deeper to trying to make ends meet with
my sales here. My daily grind does not allow time to scour the forum for nuggets
of essential information, or to even read it consistently enough to catch announcements
like this - which I am finally seeing one month after it was posted. My daily
tasks include listing parts, filling orders, and communicating with buyers -
in most cases to apologize for the inconsistencies and awkwardness of doing transactions
in Canada, outside of Bricklink's preferred markets. I do not visit the homepage,
but go straight to my order page daily, so I never see the "exciting" new build
contest opportunities plastered there, though they have no impact on me or my
daily activities. From my view nearly every "exciting" thing ever posted or teased
on BL is not something that I have any confidence will help me make better sales,
or pay my bills more consistently. In the one year since LEGO took over BL my
shop has never been communicated with or approached for any sort of survey or
conversation regarding our needs or desires to keep a nearly 2 million part shop
functional through these strange times. Prior to LEGO purchasing Bricklink, I
was often communicated with directly in this regard, so I see no improvement
in communication and have no belief that will improve or significantly change.
I have thus far refused to be a squeaky wheel clamouring for attention here or
privately via emails, but perhaps some sellers are being recognized and soothed
by utilizing such means? Perhaps only the active forum users who find enough
time to be relevant in here get attention anymore? I have no idea as my grind
consumes me. I have no time for such things. I found out about this forum post
just now by responding to a survey messaged directly to me by a friend at Hispabrick
magazine who is having trouble finding enough BL sellers to answer their questions.
I was dismayed to realize that I had nothing positive to report on their form
and then felt compelled to add my dissatisfied post to this thread. At one time,
in what feels like a million years ago, I was BrickLink's first LEGO Ambassador,
back when Tormod and his team determined BL was a community to be included in
their programs. It has been a decade since I have felt connected as a community
here in any way, and I do not have any faith that the administration can turn
that around in 2021...but, I wish you well in the attempt.

Jenn

Thanks for taking the time to write and post this. Please know that many of us
feel the way you do and that we all want the site to be handled better. I can
only hope that someone at BrickLink or LEGO reads this and takes it to heart.

I am on the Forum nearly every day trying to help out and hold them accountable.
I hope it counts for something or improves something one day. I don't honestly
know what else to try.

Good luck with your shop and all the best,
Jen
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Location:  Canada, Ontario
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Store: All The World's A Brick
In Feedback, jennnifer writes:
  In Feedback, BRICK_CHICK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink......
Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


Hello,

I rarely post here, because I find this forum so fractious and difficult to navigate.
I rarely read the forum either, assuming that one day our overlords will decide
that the truly important things they have to communicate will be emailed to me,
or posted in a way that is flagged for me to easily find. In 2020 that has been
difficult, and I find my self digging in deeper to trying to make ends meet with
my sales here. My daily grind does not allow time to scour the forum for nuggets
of essential information, or to even read it consistently enough to catch announcements
like this - which I am finally seeing one month after it was posted. My daily
tasks include listing parts, filling orders, and communicating with buyers -
in most cases to apologize for the inconsistencies and awkwardness of doing transactions
in Canada, outside of Bricklink's preferred markets. I do not visit the homepage,
but go straight to my order page daily, so I never see the "exciting" new build
contest opportunities plastered there, though they have no impact on me or my
daily activities. From my view nearly every "exciting" thing ever posted or teased
on BL is not something that I have any confidence will help me make better sales,
or pay my bills more consistently. In the one year since LEGO took over BL my
shop has never been communicated with or approached for any sort of survey or
conversation regarding our needs or desires to keep a nearly 2 million part shop
functional through these strange times. Prior to LEGO purchasing Bricklink, I
was often communicated with directly in this regard, so I see no improvement
in communication and have no belief that will improve or significantly change.
I have thus far refused to be a squeaky wheel clamouring for attention here or
privately via emails, but perhaps some sellers are being recognized and soothed
by utilizing such means? Perhaps only the active forum users who find enough
time to be relevant in here get attention anymore? I have no idea as my grind
consumes me. I have no time for such things. I found out about this forum post
just now by responding to a survey messaged directly to me by a friend at Hispabrick
magazine who is having trouble finding enough BL sellers to answer their questions.
I was dismayed to realize that I had nothing positive to report on their form
and then felt compelled to add my dissatisfied post to this thread. At one time,
in what feels like a million years ago, I was BrickLink's first LEGO Ambassador,
back when Tormod and his team determined BL was a community to be included in
their programs. It has been a decade since I have felt connected as a community
here in any way, and I do not have any faith that the administration can turn
that around in 2021...but, I wish you well in the attempt.

Jenn

Thanks for taking the time to write and post this. Please know that many of us
feel the way you do and that we all want the site to be handled better. I can
only hope that someone at BrickLink or LEGO reads this and takes it to heart.

I am on the Forum nearly every day trying to help out and hold them accountable.
I hope it counts for something or improves something one day. I don't honestly
know what else to try.

Good luck with your shop and all the best,
Jen

If it's not about the EU, UK or VAT, it's not forum-worthy these days.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
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Location:  United Kingdom, England
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In Feedback, frosia writes:
  In Feedback, jennnifer writes:
  In Feedback, BRICK_CHICK writes:
  In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink......
Thank you,
The BrickLink Team


Hello,

I rarely post here, because I find this forum so fractious and difficult to navigate.
I rarely read the forum either, assuming that one day our overlords will decide
that the truly important things they have to communicate will be emailed to me,
or posted in a way that is flagged for me to easily find. In 2020 that has been
difficult, and I find my self digging in deeper to trying to make ends meet with
my sales here. My daily grind does not allow time to scour the forum for nuggets
of essential information, or to even read it consistently enough to catch announcements
like this - which I am finally seeing one month after it was posted. My daily
tasks include listing parts, filling orders, and communicating with buyers -
in most cases to apologize for the inconsistencies and awkwardness of doing transactions
in Canada, outside of Bricklink's preferred markets. I do not visit the homepage,
but go straight to my order page daily, so I never see the "exciting" new build
contest opportunities plastered there, though they have no impact on me or my
daily activities. From my view nearly every "exciting" thing ever posted or teased
on BL is not something that I have any confidence will help me make better sales,
or pay my bills more consistently. In the one year since LEGO took over BL my
shop has never been communicated with or approached for any sort of survey or
conversation regarding our needs or desires to keep a nearly 2 million part shop
functional through these strange times. Prior to LEGO purchasing Bricklink, I
was often communicated with directly in this regard, so I see no improvement
in communication and have no belief that will improve or significantly change.
I have thus far refused to be a squeaky wheel clamouring for attention here or
privately via emails, but perhaps some sellers are being recognized and soothed
by utilizing such means? Perhaps only the active forum users who find enough
time to be relevant in here get attention anymore? I have no idea as my grind
consumes me. I have no time for such things. I found out about this forum post
just now by responding to a survey messaged directly to me by a friend at Hispabrick
magazine who is having trouble finding enough BL sellers to answer their questions.
I was dismayed to realize that I had nothing positive to report on their form
and then felt compelled to add my dissatisfied post to this thread. At one time,
in what feels like a million years ago, I was BrickLink's first LEGO Ambassador,
back when Tormod and his team determined BL was a community to be included in
their programs. It has been a decade since I have felt connected as a community
here in any way, and I do not have any faith that the administration can turn
that around in 2021...but, I wish you well in the attempt.

Jenn

Thanks for taking the time to write and post this. Please know that many of us
feel the way you do and that we all want the site to be handled better. I can
only hope that someone at BrickLink or LEGO reads this and takes it to heart.

I am on the Forum nearly every day trying to help out and hold them accountable.
I hope it counts for something or improves something one day. I don't honestly
know what else to try.

Good luck with your shop and all the best,
Jen

If it's not about the EU, UK or VAT, it's not forum-worthy these days.

I think you might have missed out on Sales Tax as well
  
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I was away from BrickLink for about a year and came back recently. The performance
of this site has caused me to look elsewhere for bricks. Difficult to find what
I need. Glitchy performance. Just what I feared would happen when "corporate"
takes over. Lego has only supported AFOL's when a profit is obvious. Why
don't you guys drop the facade and just admit that you want people to buy
your expensive sets and prefer us not to recycle bricks for creative projects.
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Location:  USA, New Jersey
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I'm still really annoyed that I couldn't get a castle but there's
already a bunch on eBay. Plus, it's crappy that your purchases go through
Lego... But don't count towards Lego promotions. We specifically bought them
hoping to get the adidas promo but... Nope.


In NEWS, Admin writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

This month, it will be one year since BrickLink joined the LEGO Group. We have seen many new people coming to BrickLink and a significant increase in site traffic, so we are very excited about our future. As we celebrate this first anniversary, we are very pleased to share details about the future direction of BrickLink.

In the video recording below, Julia Goldin and Marvin Park, the LEGO Group's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of BrickLink respectively, will provide an update on what’s planned. As you’ll hear from Julia and Marvin, the focus is on strengthening the BrickLink organization, creating opportunities for more community collaboration, and allowing you to be even more creative and connected!

Your involvement is very important to us and the success of our common future hinges on our ability to serve you the best we can. We would love to hear from you whether you would just like to share your thoughts or if you have questions. Please post in the forum and we’ll respond over the coming days.

Thank you to all BrickLink members, new and long-standing, for considering BrickLink and allowing us to be part of your LEGO passion.


Thank you,
The BrickLink Team
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Location:  USA, New Hampshire
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In Feedback, EvansFamilyLego writes:
  I'm still really annoyed that I couldn't get a castle but there's
already a bunch on eBay. Plus, it's crappy that your purchases go through
Lego... But don't count towards Lego promotions. We specifically bought them
hoping to get the adidas promo but... Nope.

At least you get VIP points, which is a better than what we got with the last
program. I think if you tried to get a promo item on something that is shipping
in January (or June now) of 2022 it would be hard for them to make sure it was
in stock.