Just made a BrickLink Account

Creations, construction techniques, and news from the world of plastic toys

Moderators: Dr. X, fredde

Just made a BrickLink Account

Postby Swordsalmon » Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:21 pm

So what are some recommended U.S sellers?
Image
Keldoclock wrote:Swordsalmon: Argues about the price of bits of plastic, yet happily forks over $1 for a quarter-sized bit of plastic that does nothing but look cool.
User avatar
Swordsalmon
Cannon Fodder
 
Posts: 498
Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:05 pm

Postby Theblackdog » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:37 pm

It varies wildly depending on what parts you need. Generally I do a search by parts for the 'rarest' piece I'm going to need, then see if the seller has all the other ones.
Just one random act of violence can brighten your day. Especially if it involves explosives.
User avatar
Theblackdog
Clown-Face Bologna
 
Posts: 2319
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:30 pm

Postby Zupponn » Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:48 pm

Theblackdog wrote:Generally I do a search by parts for the 'rarest' piece I'm going to need, then see if the seller has all the other ones.

Yes. Generally the fewer sellers you buy from in one go, the better.
Image
User avatar
Zupponn
No Lego part truly dies
No Lego part truly dies
 
Posts: 5354
Joined: Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:15 pm
Location: Wisconsin, land of the cheese

Postby Ben-Jammin » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:10 pm

I do the same. It can be very efficient, in this manner I only have to buy from around 2-3 stores at a time instead of 5 or 6.
User avatar
Ben-Jammin
My Little Pony
 
Posts: 1821
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:59 pm
Location: Not quite the middle of Appalachia

Postby Paco » Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:22 pm

If you're looking for some used sets at good prices (and really cheap shipping) "Thick as a Brick" is a great store.
Tzan wrote:
Silverdream wrote:the link for a kingdom in turmoil leads to grave tidings.


Are you getting your ideas for posts from fortune cookies?
User avatar
Paco
Jaw-Jaw
 
Posts: 776
Joined: Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:12 pm
Location: Neo-Botswana

Postby Swordsalmon » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:14 am

Thanks, everyone. ^_^ I'm mainly looking for minifigure and rare parts; I can use PAB for bulk pieces. I found a nice store with cheap Squidhead heads; just what I need! :)
Image
Keldoclock wrote:Swordsalmon: Argues about the price of bits of plastic, yet happily forks over $1 for a quarter-sized bit of plastic that does nothing but look cool.
User avatar
Swordsalmon
Cannon Fodder
 
Posts: 498
Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:05 pm

Postby Theblackdog » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:17 am

re: Bricklink vs. PAB: does anyone know which is usually cheaper, and how much variety does PAB have? If it doesn't have minifigs but does have a lot of rare parts, I might switch.
Just one random act of violence can brighten your day. Especially if it involves explosives.
User avatar
Theblackdog
Clown-Face Bologna
 
Posts: 2319
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:30 pm

Postby Ross_Varn » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:33 am

PAB is far more expensive in comparison. Briklink has everything. It depends on how many shops you purchase from though.
User avatar
Ross_Varn
Blockguy
 
Posts: 5651
Joined: Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:03 pm
Location: Procrastinating.

Postby Hoboman » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:54 am

Theblackdog wrote:re: Bricklink vs. PAB: does anyone know which is usually cheaper, and how much variety does PAB have? If it doesn't have minifigs but does have a lot of rare parts, I might switch.

PAB has been more costly in every case so far where I looked at both and found the item in PAB.
Read the Forum Code & check out The Wiki

"What do you mean I lost another battle?"
User avatar
Hoboman
My Little Pony
 
Posts: 1765
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:31 am
Location: Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane

Postby aoffan23 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:23 pm

PAB is much better in the actual Lego stores, where it's one fixed cost for however many pieces you can fit in a container. Online, they charge per piece, which means that some pieces are more expensive.

The problem with stores: lack of selection. Unless you go to a Legoland store, the selection is veeeerrry limited. Fortunately, they switch some of the pieces every now and then, and some of them are quite interesting. For example, I managed to pick up some dark blue corner slopes, as well as some dark red wings.

Example of Legoland's selection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiredforsound23/5898582256/
Tzan wrote:
Quantumsurfer wrote:I generally agree with Tzan
Warhead wrote:I agree with QuantumSmurfer.



I agree with Warhead.
User avatar
aoffan23
Pooplord
 
Posts: 3181
Joined: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:41 pm
Location: America's conjoined twin.

Postby enders_shadow » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:31 pm

:shock: That is a lot of stuff..... And just think about the minifigure selection!
TROLOLO
enders_shadow
Playmobil
 
Posts: 1723
Joined: Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:18 pm
Location: The logical answer would be

Postby aoffan23 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:13 pm

Just noticed something else good about Pick-a-Brick: Tommy guns are 5 cents cheaper than the cheapest ones on Bricklink.

Needless to say, I'm very tempted to stock up on those now. :lol:
Tzan wrote:
Quantumsurfer wrote:I generally agree with Tzan
Warhead wrote:I agree with QuantumSmurfer.



I agree with Warhead.
User avatar
aoffan23
Pooplord
 
Posts: 3181
Joined: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:41 pm
Location: America's conjoined twin.

Postby enders_shadow » Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:57 pm

go for it. those are pretty much the only TLC guns I can stand, and they're brilliant (if a little large). Those would be wonderful mainline-troop weapons, as well
TROLOLO
enders_shadow
Playmobil
 
Posts: 1723
Joined: Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:18 pm
Location: The logical answer would be

Postby Theblackdog » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:23 am

aoffan23 wrote:Just noticed something else good about Pick-a-Brick: Tommy guns are 5 cents cheaper than the cheapest ones on Bricklink.

Needless to say, I'm very tempted to stock up on those now. :lol:


OK, that's definitely a point for PAB.

Lego stores are useful if you want bulk building materials, like a whole pile of gray for a fort or SHIP. Gray bricks are often sold out on Bricklink.
Just one random act of violence can brighten your day. Especially if it involves explosives.
User avatar
Theblackdog
Clown-Face Bologna
 
Posts: 2319
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:30 pm

Postby morganm » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:26 pm

I've looked at PaB at Legoland in Mall of America quite a few times... rarely anything there that would compel me to buy. If you want lots of 2x4 briks, long plates, palm tree leaves, windows, and flowers then it's an OK deal.

The Build a Minifig isn't that great either. You can make 3 figures for $10 + tax. Sure they now have all the parts from the series 1 collectible minifigures but none of the rare ones worth any money and none of the cool accessories are there. You can easily pick up the collectible minifigs on BrickLink cheaper. Besides those it's generic city worker, generic farmer, and generic citiot.
User avatar
morganm
Dimmy
 
Posts: 735
Joined: Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:19 pm
Location: MN

Next

Return to Bricks

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests