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 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 14:18
 Subject: Re: Future of BL with brands?
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In Help, randyf writes:
  In Help, calsbricks writes:
  In Help, Cob writes:
  In Help, popsicle writes:
  Beyond the two brands; AFOL Designer Program and BrickArms, are there currently
any other brands under the umbrella search option All Brands?

What little I know of the timeline-of-events, was that the All Brands
listing option was put into place first, allowing BrickArms an in, onto BL’s
platform. I remember Jaclyn's announcement: https://www.bricklink.com/message.asp?ID=1071320

Entirely possible I've got it all wrong, as clueless to site updates as I
feel like most of the time

Was folding BrickArms into BL the original intent for the adding of the All
Brands
listing option? Or was the option's genesis to be an umbrella
term for the planned introduction of other brands?

Are there plans or thoughts of adding more brands? Should there be? (I've
no opinion on this last question, just curious of what others think)

Maybe there’s a mission statement of sorts, that spell out these points? If so,
direction to it would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Cory

I believe "all brands" as been there from the beginning.

+1 - It has. I cannot find the message which was put out by Jaclyn after the
furore of the Brickarms saga but in it she suggested they would always consider
adding other brands but not clones, or something like that. Nothing else ever
emerged from that but who really knows what the intentions of BL management are.
With the various tangents they tend to move off onto, almost anything is possible.

A mission statement - dreamer

As far as I know, there will be no more brands added to BrickLink and the BrickArms
addition may be depricated. These were stipulations by LEGO for the ADP to happen.

Cheers,
Randy

Interesting and lets hope it materialises in that way.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 13:58
 Subject: Re: Future of BL with brands?
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In Help, Cob writes:
  In Help, popsicle writes:
  Beyond the two brands; AFOL Designer Program and BrickArms, are there currently
any other brands under the umbrella search option All Brands?

What little I know of the timeline-of-events, was that the All Brands
listing option was put into place first, allowing BrickArms an in, onto BL’s
platform. I remember Jaclyn's announcement: https://www.bricklink.com/message.asp?ID=1071320

Entirely possible I've got it all wrong, as clueless to site updates as I
feel like most of the time

Was folding BrickArms into BL the original intent for the adding of the All
Brands
listing option? Or was the option's genesis to be an umbrella
term for the planned introduction of other brands?

Are there plans or thoughts of adding more brands? Should there be? (I've
no opinion on this last question, just curious of what others think)

Maybe there’s a mission statement of sorts, that spell out these points? If so,
direction to it would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Cory

I believe "all brands" as been there from the beginning.

+1 - It has. I cannot find the message which was put out by Jaclyn after the
furore of the Brickarms saga but in it she suggested they would always consider
adding other brands but not clones, or something like that. Nothing else ever
emerged from that but who really knows what the intentions of BL management are.
With the various tangents they tend to move off onto, almost anything is possible.

A mission statement - dreamer
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 09:15
 Subject: Re: Any one use Brickstock? Need Help
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In Related Software, OmnipresentECA writes:
  In Related Software, uvt203 writes:
  In Related Software, OmnipresentECA writes:
  Hello,

I have recently started using Brickstock to inventory, and sell my Legos. But
I am un-able to do "mass-Updates". It says it needs a "Bricklink-Lot ID" and
I am not seeing how to give my Brickstock inventory a Lot ID based off of my
Bricklink inventory.

If any one can explain how to do mass updates via Brickstock it would be greatly
appreciated!

Thanks again!
Ethan Arndt

You can not make updates when loading new items for sale - you need to use mass
upload. Update is for ..... updates

/Asger

Yes, lol. I understand that and I do that. I am trying to MASS-UPDATE inventory
that I already have on Brinklink. For instance I have 25 2x2 Bricks on Brinklink,
I need to UPDATE it to 32 and I need to do this for 100 different items. But
instead of doing this 1 at a time per different Item, how do I update quantities
for more than 1 Item?

What has been said is correct. You are not using either the right menu entry
or the correct mass upload box.

First things first download your inventory into Brickstock. Secondly right click
on the top line of the bricklink data and select Lot ID (it is near the bottom
and will add a column to your screen display which shows your lot id.

When you have altered the items that you wish to change quantities for - use
select all - and export mass update in xml to Bricklink. That cr4eates a file
which you8 must paste into the bottom box of the mass update screen (Not the
top). Verify that file and then update your inventory.

Hope that helps - works every time.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:40
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, Teup writes:
  In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

Unfortunately, stores that sell across platforms need to retain, in order to
sync their inventory. So I'm pretty much stuck with not having notifications.
Not really fair, so I'm considering deleting and reuploading my inventory
sometime, but I'm not entirely sure that lets me keep my lot IDs.

It absolutely does not. Lot id's are unique to part/colour/condition and
if that is removed and then recreated it is a new lot id. That is an absolute.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:39
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, Huskers1236 writes:
  In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

The loss of notification is my biggest issue with it. I use the feature on any
parts that I think are going to be a staple in my inventory. Searching through
my inventory to re-list parts is a lot quicker than going through the entire
library of parts on Bricklink.

Agreed but we rarely use Bricklink when listing - everything we do is in Brickstock
and that is much, much easier for adding/altering inventory. As we said this
part of the system is functional but needs re-thinking. I don't really know
why I keep saying that as BL are not going to make changes to the classic site
- we were advised of that at Brickwold by their head of development Marvin Park,
who also acts as the CEO.

Brickstock, also needs work but it is far eaeier to use than Bricklink for adding
inventory and making adjustments.
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 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:34
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

Thanks for your reply. Your answer brings up another question I have been curious
about - the notification feature. How do other sellers use it and is it helpful?
I generally add some parts every day and I do not send out notifications until
I get a fairly large number of items built up. My thinking is that a buyer will
be more inclined to take a look if there are more items on the notification.
Also I don't want to spam my fellow Bricklinkers. Not sure if this approach
is effective or not. I would be interested to hear how other sellers use notifications
and to what effect.

We wait till we have over 100 new lots before we send out notifies. Over our
8.5 years here we have achieved about an 8% return on the notifies to visitors
to orders basis, so we feel it is worthwhile, despite the system being flawed
in how it works. But not going to go into that here.
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 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 07:37
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In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 9, 2019 10:48
 Subject: Re: More stockrooms!
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In Suggestions, Teup writes:
  In Suggestions, calsbricks writes:
   We won't be signing up for xp either - it isn't aimed at our type of
store - its target is a large one - the 'Soccer Moms' so to speak who
want a set for little Johnny for xmas and do not need the complications of Bricklink
to hamper them.

(...)

  Apparently xp requires Instant Checkout (not a problem for some), also requires
Paypal for Marketplaces (Again not a problem for some) but little else is known
about it.

And this is where it goes totally wrong. On the one hand, they seem to aim at
the broad casual consumer market, on the other hand, they force a highly specific
online-business-insiders-only payment method. If I would go to the local supermarket
and ask random people if they have bought something online last week, lots of
them are going to say "yes". If I ask them if they used PayPal, pretty much all
of them are going to respond "what's PayPal?"
And then I haven't even touched on PayPal's plan to dramatically increase
transaction fees by next month, which ruins their competitiveness compared to
other payment methods (but they are trying to circumvent the free market principle
by forcing sellers not to disclose the fees to buyers in as many countries as
possible, and encouraging the buyers to ask for PayPal because it is "free")

If they will implement a relevant payment method, then I will participate in
XP (for the Dutch market, the 4th largest country on Bricklink, this is iDeal).
If they don't, I won't. I'm done trying to make Bricklink see reason.
iDeal is one of the main reasons that I set up my own webshop, and now that I
have it, I don't really care what Bricklink does anymore. If they are not
going to add iDeal, that's just going to be more Dutch consumers for me in
my webshop

Hi Teup

Never heard of Ideal - is that Dutch only? Irrespective of that the business
model of xp does not suit our store and we wouldn't adopt it whatever happens.
We are not into selling large one-off sets at bargain prices - ours is a part
shop from top to bottom. Our orders average several hundred items and over 50
lots - that isn't going to be bought by a google search result which is what
we believe BL are trying to bring about. Instant checkout doesn't' work
for our store either and with over 40,000 items without dimensions in the catalogue
it is fair to say, probably never will - it is not designed well around shipping
methods and was not built to be adaptable (zip code pricing in the USA - The
largest market on BL), volume and weight based in the UK and most of Europe.
We have 14 different box sizes 3 large letters, and 11 small parcels, we never
ship a medium parcel as that is too costly so we are using multiple small parcels
to deal with weights over 2Kg and yes I know this could be set up but what a
hassle a different delivery method for each box type (each box has a different
tare).

We also have no concept of Bricklink dealing with our funds by way of Marketplace.
Far too many things against it for us to even consider it,((we know they have
claimed they are not into that, but who knows what might happen if we all give
them the right to do that)). but then it might suit some - that will only be
found out as and when they launch it, as unfortunately no communications is the
norm for the site - so no one will know what it is about til they launch it and
based on previous launches it will be some time before it would be 'bug free'
so to speak.

IC, in our view, needed to be regionalised and much more flexible in its design.
It works for some and that is great, and not for others, which is a shame, but
that is how they have done it. No talking, no discussion, no customer agreement,
here it is - if you don't like it tough, - that is what you are getting.
And the funny thing is BO launched with it and it is much smoother over there
and far fewer complaints about missing bits.

I can say without reservation that we will not be adopting xp at any time.
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 Posted: Sep 9, 2019 07:14
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In Suggestions, Teup writes:
  In Suggestions, nologolego writes:
  But most importantly, it is sad to think we have no pilot or crew for Bricklink.
Is it fated to crash and burn eventually? Do we need to get our parachutes
ready?

I think it will be ok I am more afraid of stupid changes than of Bricklink's
inertia. I'm not going to participate in this new Bricklink XP they're
developing, and I wish they hadn't come up with that idea. Anyway, as long
as Bricklink is just asleep it's fine by me. It's not dying, just sleeping
It generates money so if anything would happen to it, even the least interested
management would take measures keep it running.

We don't know either but think it may be okay. Many businesses fail because
they do not listen to their customers. That is a serious matter here, but they
have the market pull - thanks to Dan and all the excellent volunteers they have
had over the years. Customers
have a strange habit of going where the products are and BL is probably at the
top of the tree for that.

We won't be signing up for xp either - it isn't aimed at our type of
store - its target is a large one - the 'Soccer Moms' so to speak who
want a set for little Johnny for xmas and do not need the complications of Bricklink
to hamper them. In MP's presentation at Brickworld last year he suggested
an Amazon/Ebay model (we don't know if they have achieved that or not and
his throwaway comments about we will continue to support the classic site don't
fill many of us with enthusiasm, but those are the issues that are known at
present.
We were also informed some time ago that Phase I release was due to come out
in March ((and it didn't make it - rumour has it that Phase 2 will be out
at the end of the year)) so we still have plenty of time to contemplate this
radical change.

Storerooms - we don't use them either but we know people that do. It is,
however, unlikely that you will get any changes to the classic site as MP also
announced nothing more will be done on the classic site due to the fact they
feel xp is the future , they don't understand the 'spaghetti code',
and their
early changes were not met with enthusiasm.

Apparently xp requires Instant Checkout (not a problem for some), also requires
Paypal for Marketplaces (Again not a problem for some) but little else is known
about it. I think generally there is a lack of interest in this latest tangent.
It may appeal to some but large part stores may find it diametrically opposed
to the way they operate. There have been, since the announcement, not many threads
about it so everything may have changed or it may be exactly as they outlined,
we won't really know til it is released, it appears.

Not really convinced that is the best way to get new software accepted and 'taken
up' but it isn't our business to run it is theirs - we are only here
to pay the bills .


How about this for a throwaway line - might not be our (Community) business to
run but then again, maybe it should be
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 Posted: Sep 8, 2019 11:33
 Subject: Tiered Pricing issue
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A little while ago we mentioned the issue surrounding tiered pricing and how
it disappears after being set up when you part out a set or add additional inventory.
We believe we have found a really simple solution to it and it really doesn't
require all that much from development.

When you go into your my inventory pages and click on edit more you get a screen
which if called in the part outs or adding inventory could save the loss of tiered
pricing. So just as you can click on summary in the My Inventory page and show
the price guide below each item, you could have the edit more screen pop up when
you are reviewing your additions to your inventory before you post.

As that screen already exists and has both the remarks field and the tiered pricing
schedule you could easily either ignore or update it to fit the circumstances.

I think that makes sense. Interesting to hear from Bricklink development on this.

If this were implemented it could be ignored by those who do not use tiered pricing
and used by those that do.

See screen image below
 

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