FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release

by BrickLink Team | May 05, 2020 19:27 EST

Dear BrickLink Community,

We want to thank you for the great feedback you shared with us regarding the beta release of BrickLink XP. As a BrickLink member kindly mentioned, a beta release offers a chance to root out bugs before adding more features. With the many concrete examples and concerns you shared here, we are in a much better position to progress with a solution that generates added value. BrickLink is very important to all of you, and for many of you, it provides stability and contributes to your livelihood. We understand how much change can affect these things, so we want BrickLink to be a platform that works better for you.

After going through your comments one by one, we feel that the true meaning of BrickLink XP’s beta launch was not fully delivered in the announcement message. Consequently, we want to follow up to clarify and address your questions and concerns. Kindly bear in mind as you read through the FAQs that BrickLink XP is a platform in its early stages, and we are already making adjustments to reflect some of your feedback.

FAQ

Will BrickLink XP replace the current version of BrickLink (Classic)?
BrickLink XP and 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 decade-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.

What is the end goal of BrickLink XP?
It’s our mission to lower the entry barriers for all LEGO fans and provide tools to empower your creativity. BrickLink XP has two main goals aligned with this mission: provide a responsive, mobile-friendly version of BrickLink without sacrificing key features or information, and to help new users easily become advanced users. This phase is just the first step toward realizing the mission, and we will continue to move forward until we meet and exceed your expectations.

Where are all the features that I use on Classic?
BrickLink XP was launched in its beta phase with basic features only. We plan to add almost all the essential features from Classic to XP, including advanced store filters and Price Guide. BrickLink XP is a complete redesign, rewritten to be responsive and highly performant. It will take some time for us to develop and test, and we want to make sure it is done right.

How do I view a store’s inventory?
The storefront feature is on the roadmap to be added to BrickLink XP in the future, and we made the storefront one of the highest priority features after receiving your feedback.

Why was BrickLink XP launched in its current state?
We launched BrickLink XP in beta and only announced its release in the forum because we wanted to prioritize our future roadmap based on your opinions and feedback. We did not do external marketing for this beta launch so that we can reflect our seasoned members’ opinions first. We have read every single feedback and deeply appreciate all of your passionate participation.

Why was the catalog structure changed?
We approached the catalog structure from the perspective of a LEGO fan coming out of their dark ages and trying to find something based on visuals alone. A user in this position may not know the name of every piece or remember the name of a theme. We are re-evaluating the new catalog structure to find ways to make it more acceptable to advanced members as well.

Why is my store not shown on BrickLink XP?
Currently, BrickLink XP only displays stores that have Onsite payment enabled. Instant Checkout is also strongly encouraged. Your store will not be displayed if it does not support either of these features. If your store supports Onsite payment and is not shown by default, your store is likely listed in the Domestic or International “All listings” page. On Classic, your store will be displayed as usual.

How does BrickLink XP determine the suggested store?
BrickLink XP adopts a holistic algorithm to determine the store that is displayed by default on the product detail page. This algorithm is based on the item price, quantity, condition, stores already in the cart, estimated shipping cost, and feedback ratings. However, after reading all your feedback, we are determined to preserve the Classic store listings style you all know and love by allowing you to more thoroughly compare stores and retain control over your buying experience. You can expect updates in this area in the future.

To continue to learn from the beta release of BrickLink XP, please continue posting comments and concerns, as well as observations about the features that you like and work well for you. We will keep reading your comments, and we will keep updating the FAQ as we go along. Again, thank you for participating and providing feedback for this beta phase.

Thank you,
BrickLink Team

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This news has 21 replies
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   edeevo(8202)
[...] Thank you for sending this out; it provides some clear answers to a lot of questions and fears I believe some seasoned Sellers had regarding the roadmap (at least it did for me:-)&...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-05, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   gogogovro(1127)
[...] Thanks for clarifying. As I've said, BL's communication since January is getting better and better. Although, personally, everything you said in this post seemed obvious to me. :-&...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-05, to General)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   randyf(404)
[...] Thank you so much for providing this response! Too bad you couldn't hear my huge sigh of relief. ;) After reading this, you have given me a huge burst of hope. This message seems...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-05, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   StormChaser(388)
[...] Thank you for clarifying this. I'm well aware that ten years down the road this could change, especially if 80-90% of people are using XP by then. And if, by that point, XP does ever...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-05, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   kzinti(4490)
"Currently, BrickLink XP only displays stores that have Onsite payment enabled." I'd better think on that before saying too much.
(350 days ago, 2020-05-05, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   Emporiosa(2845)
I really love the increased and transparent communication we've been seeing. I had always assumed XP would eventually replace Classic but am thrilled to hear that it's just to complement ...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-05, to General)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   Leftoverbricks(1756)
This is really great news, thank you!
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   allstar005317(174)
Thank you. I can only speak for myself but this is exactly what I needed to hear. I am a younger store and a lot has happened/changed on Bricklink since I opened, so I can only imagine how the mo...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   bje(1568)
Thank you for this update and specifically for clarifying the position that the goal is now not "... for it to eventually replace BrickLink Classic once the new platform is feature complete[/I]" ...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   Rob_and_Shelagh(24423)
[...] AHA, that makes more sense, thank you for this change of direction from the original announcement. So that your experienced sellers can ongoing give the feedback you are asking for plea...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   Teup(4996)
Thanks for the update, it all sounds great! And you haven't even mentioned the ambition to do some work on the payment methods, which is also great news for anyone who's not into PayPal a...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to General)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   yorbrick(879)
>We approached the catalog structure from the perspective of a LEGO fan coming out of their dark ages and trying to find something based on visuals alone. A user in this position may not know th...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   wahiggin(2354)
A few thoughts on my first experience with XP; I saw that sets had the Green Grocer featured as the image next to it, so I clicked on sets to find the Green Grocer. Modulars weren't listed...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to Buying)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   pitz8008(10192)
[...] Honestly, keeping the classic Bricklink is all I care about. Never cared one way or the other but all this XP talk in the past. If you guys think it will boost sales, great. But as long as...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to General)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   jennnifer(2844)
[...] Hello, I can scarcely express how pleased and surprised I am to see this message. This is exactly the kind of professional, considerate response that has been badly wanted. Thank you so...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to General)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   jennnifer(2844)
[...] I can understand your approach but I believe there is a much better solution. Replacing our catalog would destroy 20 years of effort by the public on BrickLink. Thank you for acknowledging...
(350 days ago, 2020-05-06, to General)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   Heartbricker(10955)
I find this post to be fantastic! It alleviates the major concerns regarding Bricklink's future, and gives us (users) the peace of mind that the spirit of freedom to buy, sell and sea...
(349 days ago, 2020-05-06, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   MidwestBrick(1556)
How do we view all the responses on one page vs having to click on every single one? Also, I'm looking forward to the future. Thanks
(349 days ago, 2020-05-06, to Administrative)
View Thread (Cancelled)   -   Brick2Build(2500)
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(342 days ago, 2020-05-14, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   CanadaFirst(14559)
[...] SNIP for brevity [...] We sent feedback twice but have not received any response. Is this normal? We found a rather big issue: If you look for the Fire Nation ship (3829-1)...
(342 days ago, 2020-05-14, to Administrative)
View Thread Re: FAQ on BrickLink XP Beta Release   -   Rarah(349)
[...] I can´t really find anything in the BL XP left menu ... where are collectable minifigures??? Can we have a menu that can also merge back and not only collapse down? It´s like scrolling 1 k...
(308 days ago, 2020-06-16, to Feedback)
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