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 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Oct 16, 2019 09:51
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In Selling, JLRSextra writes:
  Wow. that is an extensive database. thanks for sharing the screenshots. That
must of taken many development hours.

I use Brickstock to manage inventory and pricing. I can easily adjust pricing
in Brickstock and upload the changes to Bricklink easily.

When processing a new batch for sale, I can start a new inventory or Part
Outs sets using Brickstock. It is super easy. But it doesn't do everything,
nor does it interface with every field provided by Bricklick (like the Cost field).

I do a monthly download from Bricklink of my sales in Excel format.
https://www.bricklink.com/orderExcel.asp?orderType=received

I then put that data into an Excel spreadsheet. Through a series of data calculations,
I figure out my sales total, bricklink fees, PayPal fees and finally net profit.
It's very manual.

Sounds good - we have tried to move as far away as possible from 'manual'
and have automated as much as we can at present without getting a programmer
involved. We, like many others, had hoped by now Bricklink would have been offering
something to help the sellers, after all we are a business , just like them,
but alas that hasn't happened.

We get all our stats from our system as well as P&L statements at the end of
each period. Our cost field is a very important field and unlike both Bricklink
and Brickstock we use it heavily. We know the cost we paid for each set and can
work out individual cost prices or just look at the totals. Our inventory is
held at cost so our accountants are happy with our methodology for that. As for
the used Lego which we buy in bulk - we know the weight and how much it cost
for the lot so we can easily keep track of the 'profitability' of each
lot we buy.

It could be easier, of course but we are comfortable with it as it is.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Oct 16, 2019 09:19
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In Selling, honglonglong writes:
  In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, honglonglong writes:
  I probably posted before but didn't get any answers. How do people manage
their inventories and track ins and outs of money etc? I find tracking money
flow helpful in terms of deciding more purchases, and deciding reasonable price
etc. I want a centralized place to track orders, stocks, purchases, and they
should be tied to lego specifics too (e.g. num of pieces, weight, etc). What
BL provides is part of what I want, not all.

I have been using a spreadsheet to track sets I bought and sold manually, but
it is fairly limited unless you spend a lot of time writing it. For example I
didn't track PayPal fees and shipping etc. And if I were to trade parts,
that would be more difficult and time consuming to track every piece using spreadsheet.

I have attached a link to 3 screenshots covering sales orders, purchases and
products within our subsystem

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sry9qj31gdeoy6k/Access_Screenshots.pdf?dl=0

Some get populated via an import of data and some do not. All bricklink activity
is maintained via this system independent of Bricklink.

This looks cool; thanks for sharing. I assume writing this system took non-trivial
time, which is more than justified if the business volume goes big. For starters
like me (my current annual orders are like 10, for contexts), do you have any
suggestions?

Gulp ! A lot can be done in Access without any programming skills (I am not a
programmer) but you do need an understanding of how relational databases work.
Other than that I suggest you join the bandwagon to get Bricklink to provide
these kinds of things in the long awaited and overdue sellers tools (Promised
in 2013 at the takeover/acquisition nothing to date other than a new promise
that it will be included with Bricklink XP, as, when and if that ever gets released,
debugged, and operational). I really would not hold my breath on that one, though
- find yourswelf an Access programmer and let him help you or write it for you.
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 Posted: Oct 16, 2019 09:14
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In Selling, honglonglong writes:
  In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, honglonglong writes:
  I probably posted before but didn't get any answers. How do people manage
their inventories and track ins and outs of money etc? I find tracking money
flow helpful in terms of deciding more purchases, and deciding reasonable price
etc. I want a centralized place to track orders, stocks, purchases, and they
should be tied to lego specifics too (e.g. num of pieces, weight, etc). What
BL provides is part of what I want, not all.

I have been using a spreadsheet to track sets I bought and sold manually, but
it is fairly limited unless you spend a lot of time writing it. For example I
didn't track PayPal fees and shipping etc. And if I were to trade parts,
that would be more difficult and time consuming to track every piece using spreadsheet.

We have our own internally written system as do many others as Bricklink do not
offer any real tools do do this.

We use a combination of Brickstock and an Access application which tracks all
orders both sales and purchases as well as inventory, pricing etc. It took a
while to develop but it works fine and is very independent of what Bricklink
do/

I saw Brickstock mentioned in previous posts; will give it a try. Curious what
lacks in Brickstock that makes you use another application along?

Brickstock has its limitations and our system removes those, however Bricklink
also has its limitations and our internal system addresses those. Brickstocks
real strength is in its ability to read the catalogue and tie the info together
with the image files. We use those images in our order picking sheets and if
you download an order directly from Bricklink you do not get the image file.
You can get it if you just print the order details to a pdf file but because
you cannot really alter the printouts that you get there and they are paper consuming
we bring the orders into Brickstock and print from there (Not to paper, by the
way).

It would be a wonderful thing if Bricklink actually thought about the sellers
and tried to make the system both easier to use less cumbersome, more informative
and much more parameter driven but alas that is not to be.

Good luck with your efforts.
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 Posted: Oct 16, 2019 08:33
 Subject: Re: Buyer wants to pay me offline
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In Help, Statentkt writes:
  Thanks in advance for your help. A buyer Is asking me for my PayPal account
because he wishes to pay me offsite. If I give it to him am I putting myself
in jeopardy?
Andrea

Over 7000 orders paid for by offsite Paypal - never a single problem. We do not
use Paypal onsite due to its address validation procedures.
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In Selling, honglonglong writes:
  I probably posted before but didn't get any answers. How do people manage
their inventories and track ins and outs of money etc? I find tracking money
flow helpful in terms of deciding more purchases, and deciding reasonable price
etc. I want a centralized place to track orders, stocks, purchases, and they
should be tied to lego specifics too (e.g. num of pieces, weight, etc). What
BL provides is part of what I want, not all.

I have been using a spreadsheet to track sets I bought and sold manually, but
it is fairly limited unless you spend a lot of time writing it. For example I
didn't track PayPal fees and shipping etc. And if I were to trade parts,
that would be more difficult and time consuming to track every piece using spreadsheet.

I have attached a link to 3 screenshots covering sales orders, purchases and
products within our subsystem

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sry9qj31gdeoy6k/Access_Screenshots.pdf?dl=0

Some get populated via an import of data and some do not. All bricklink activity
is maintained via this system independent of Bricklink.
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In Selling, honglonglong writes:
  I probably posted before but didn't get any answers. How do people manage
their inventories and track ins and outs of money etc? I find tracking money
flow helpful in terms of deciding more purchases, and deciding reasonable price
etc. I want a centralized place to track orders, stocks, purchases, and they
should be tied to lego specifics too (e.g. num of pieces, weight, etc). What
BL provides is part of what I want, not all.

I have been using a spreadsheet to track sets I bought and sold manually, but
it is fairly limited unless you spend a lot of time writing it. For example I
didn't track PayPal fees and shipping etc. And if I were to trade parts,
that would be more difficult and time consuming to track every piece using spreadsheet.

We have our own internally written system as do many others as Bricklink do not
offer any real tools do do this.

We use a combination of Brickstock and an Access application which tracks all
orders both sales and purchases as well as inventory, pricing etc. It took a
while to develop but it works fine and is very independent of what Bricklink
do/
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 Posted: Oct 15, 2019 11:14
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In General, Bricks_NW_UK writes:
  Is Nexon / Bricklink still up for sale?

Not according to the web, but you never know. He called off the sale cause no
one bid met his expectations. The last article we saw was in the Korean Times
and said he did not rule out selling at another time.
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 Posted: Oct 15, 2019 09:16
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In General, WildBricks writes:
  I think what we are seeing here is the umbrella/layering affect of modern corporations.
The admin, programers & developers are based in California. That $1.7 figure
is based on all of the holdings of the next level up of corporation that is in
New Jersey. That company obviously has several other smaller companies beneath
it that sell other things besides LEGOs. "This organization primarily operates
in the Toys and Games (Including Dolls and Models), Mail Order business / industry
within the Miscellaneous Retail sector. "

You are of course correct on all fronts. What a myriad of entanglement.
  



In General, 1974 writes:
  No Bill, what's odd is that you said you've done "exhaustive search"
and this is new to you?

I just went to my Paypal account, found BL's actual business name (that included
the phonenumber) through the fees I pay

Then hit google and viola! Several databases turned up with almost similar info

I've found very little on the IRS website, just this :

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/corporations/sohobricks-corporation

Can't really do the same with TLG (The LEGO Group) as it's a private
company and also owns a ton of other companies (most outside Denmark) and it's
a very large family to boot

But it's safe to say KIRKBI could burn down every LEGO factory, park and
the entire town of Billund (airport included), rebuild it and it would not make
_that_ great a dent in their fortune. That fond is loaded, like Mærsk kinda loaded


Cheers,

Ole


In General, calsbricks writes:

  How very odd - New Jersey? - we thought they were based on the West Coast e.g.
California. The revenue is also not in line with that data we have from their
accounts. 17 People ? Somehow I doubt that. The mystery thickens.
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In General, 1974 writes:
  No Bill, what's odd is that you said you've done "exhaustive search"
and this is new to you?

Our searches etc never looked at Bricklnk on its own only on the parent company
which is legally based in Belgium and their accounts can be purchased for about
£15. Our initial interest was more on the state of their affairs rather than
their location - so exhaustive research yes - to find the details we gathered.,
Complete research on Bricklink - no - so this is a new revelation to us. Their
store appears to be in California but their offices are in NJ ?? which, quite
honestly doesn't make a huge amount of sense. 17 People employed - I somehow
greatly disbelieve that and so do most others who have had to wait anxiously
and patiently for answers to bug issues, non-deliveries,etc.

  
I just went to my Paypal account, found BL's actual business name (that included
the phonenumber) through the fees I pay

Then hit google and viola! Several databases turned up with almost similar info


  
I've found very little on the IRS website, just this :

It does not appear they are required to file accounts with the IRS (Not sure
why but the audited accounts are filed in Korea - their auditors being Price
Waterhouse. NXC, the parent company appears to just be an investment vehicle
for the owners movements. Nexon also comes into this somewhere, but the accounts
are not revealing sufficient details.


As is usually the case with these investment conglomerates they do not make it
easy to get a reasonable leel of detail onther than figures.


  
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/corporations/sohobricks-corporation

Can't really do the same with TLG (The LEGO Group) as it's a private
company and also owns a ton of other companies (most outside Denmark) and it's
a very large family to boot

But it's safe to say KIRKBI could burn down every LEGO factory, park and
the entire town of Billund (airport included), rebuild it and it would not make
_that_ great a dent in their fortune. That fond is loaded, like Mærsk kinda loaded


Cheers,

Ole

Anyway well done on your efforts - we have learned something enw today.
  

In General, calsbricks writes:

  How very odd - New Jersey? - we thought they were based on the West Coast e.g.
California. The revenue is also not in line with that data we have from their
accounts. 17 People ? Somehow I doubt that. The mystery thickens.
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In General, mwright5 writes:
  In General, calsbricks writes:
  In General, 1974 writes:
  This is public data, maybe you can find something in there?

http://www.buzzfile.com/business/Bricklink-949-825-6653

There's annual sales (1,7 million USD) and number of employees (17)

Cheers,

Ole

How very odd - New Jersey? - we thought they were based on the West Coast e.g.
California. The revenue is also not in line with that data we have from their
accounts. 17 People ? Somehow I doubt that. The mystery thickens.

(Plot Thickens) Well, the owner's phone number is listed on that link.
I'm sure he'd be more than happy to help with this, and would love to
hear from us.

Absolutely - Cheaper for you to call than us

How about aq conference call where we can all speak to him
  

  
  

In General, JustTheBrick writes:
  Hi,

I am trying to get some data on the market size of Bricklink, such as total annual
sales or even an annual report of the Corporation itself, but can't really
find anything relevant. I know Lego make about £1.2b profit annually, and that
there are about 1.2million members on Bricklink but struggling to find any more
relevant numbers. Can anyone help?
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In General, 1974 writes:
  This is public data, maybe you can find something in there?

http://www.buzzfile.com/business/Bricklink-949-825-6653

There's annual sales (1,7 million USD) and number of employees (17)

Cheers,

Ole

How very odd - New Jersey? - we thought they were based on the West Coast e.g.
California. The revenue is also not in line with that data we have from their
accounts. 17 People ? Somehow I doubt that. The mystery thickens.

  

In General, JustTheBrick writes:
  Hi,

I am trying to get some data on the market size of Bricklink, such as total annual
sales or even an annual report of the Corporation itself, but can't really
find anything relevant. I know Lego make about £1.2b profit annually, and that
there are about 1.2million members on Bricklink but struggling to find any more
relevant numbers. Can anyone help?
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In General, calsbricks writes:
  In General, Soviet writes:
  In General, calsbricks writes:
  In General, JustTheBrick writes:
  Hi,

I am trying to get some data on the market size of Bricklink, such as total annual
sales or even an annual report of the Corporation itself, but can't really
find anything relevant. I know Lego make about £1.2b profit annually, and that
there are about 1.2million members on Bricklink but struggling to find any more
relevant numbers. Can anyone help?

The closest you will get to a set of accounts is here. The audited accounts of
the NXC corporation which is the umbrella for Bricklink and various other subsidiaries.
There is not a hell of a lot of detail and you will need to look deeply to find
the mentions of Bricklink.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1kto7sfi0l0sg9b/NXC_Consolidated%20Financial%20Statements_2014_Final.pdf?dl=0

We obtained these from the web after an exhaustive search. Wer cannot, at the
moment find an updated copy.

The other thing is they are in won (Korean currency).

Here's the 2015 version, still losing money but this time the sales went
down dramatically.

https://www.nxc.com/uploads/ir_file/c65640915fcbe6e1c6b0f93f96068764.pdf

Interesting - would really like to see full set of accounts for Bricklink but
this has been all we and others have been able to find.

Our reasoning is we wish to know about the organisation we are investing in (Inventory,
time etc).

On reflection it really isn't about their accounts and whether they are profitable
or not. That is for the owner/shareholders to concern themselves about. What
it is about is the thinking behind the company. where is it headed, how is it
going to make its goals, how do they 'grow' the business to where they
want it to be. Those answers cannot be found anywhere and probably only exist
in the minds of those who are in control. We have to keep telling ourselves this
is a business now not so much a community. People are here for many reasons -
hobbyists, part time and full time businesses. Those of us who are running a
business would like to know where they are taking us - how much should we be
confident of investing in everything that is needed to make it a success. Will
the launch of xp, as when and if it ever happens bring the change they are hoping
for or will it dampen the spirits even more than what we have today (some not
all).

Those, to us are the more important questions that we would like to see answers
to but alas, it is a business and those thoughts/goals and ambitions are obviously
company confidential.

There is a huge, no absolutely huge amount of data available from this site and
for those of us who want answers to questions - that data could provide it (possibly)if
we were allowed to access it.

So many simple things could be done to show intent but alas 'spaghetti code'
as they call it doesn't allow that. I would argue that spaghetti code is
easier to understand if the application itself is understood rather than moving
forward with a large number of tangents e.g. Mosaick, Studio, etc, etc, ((many
of which have been met with less than enthusiasm).

Do yourself a favour Bricklink get the members on your side - show a willingness
to compromise on development - you will find much greater rewards if you do and
if you don't - who knows?
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In General, Soviet writes:
  In General, calsbricks writes:
  In General, JustTheBrick writes:
  Hi,

I am trying to get some data on the market size of Bricklink, such as total annual
sales or even an annual report of the Corporation itself, but can't really
find anything relevant. I know Lego make about £1.2b profit annually, and that
there are about 1.2million members on Bricklink but struggling to find any more
relevant numbers. Can anyone help?

The closest you will get to a set of accounts is here. The audited accounts of
the NXC corporation which is the umbrella for Bricklink and various other subsidiaries.
There is not a hell of a lot of detail and you will need to look deeply to find
the mentions of Bricklink.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1kto7sfi0l0sg9b/NXC_Consolidated%20Financial%20Statements_2014_Final.pdf?dl=0

We obtained these from the web after an exhaustive search. Wer cannot, at the
moment find an updated copy.

The other thing is they are in won (Korean currency).

Here's the 2015 version, still losing money but this time the sales went
down dramatically.

https://www.nxc.com/uploads/ir_file/c65640915fcbe6e1c6b0f93f96068764.pdf

Interesting - would really like to see full set of accounts for Bricklink but
this has been all we and others have been able to find.

Our reasoning is we wish to know about the organisation we are investing in (Inventory,
time etc).
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In General, JustTheBrick writes:
  Hi,

I am trying to get some data on the market size of Bricklink, such as total annual
sales or even an annual report of the Corporation itself, but can't really
find anything relevant. I know Lego make about £1.2b profit annually, and that
there are about 1.2million members on Bricklink but struggling to find any more
relevant numbers. Can anyone help?

The closest you will get to a set of accounts is here. The audited accounts of
the NXC corporation which is the umbrella for Bricklink and various other subsidiaries.
There is not a hell of a lot of detail and you will need to look deeply to find
the mentions of Bricklink.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1kto7sfi0l0sg9b/NXC_Consolidated%20Financial%20Statements_2014_Final.pdf?dl=0

We obtained these from the web after an exhaustive search. Wer cannot, at the
moment find an updated copy.

The other thing is they are in won (Korean currency).
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In Selling, popsicle writes:
  In Selling, MidwestBrick writes:
  In Selling, popsicle writes:
  In Selling, MidwestBrick writes:
  In Selling, popsicle writes:
  In Selling, maxx3001 writes:
  In Selling, popsicle writes:
  ...but buyer input is most welcome.

A longtime reoccurring conundrum (for me) is counterbalancing the race-to-the-bottom
while effecting our store’s sell-off. Not enjoining others to drop their prices,
in other words. How to introduce sell-off pricing without ankle-biting the market
values and by extension, my fellow seller’s profit margin? Especially considering
the bulk of our inventory is vintage, older or classic SW, that should
have more stabilized values.

What I’ve been doing, is setting the prices where I thing (empirically)
the prices should be, then apply a sale. My thinking is; when prospective buyers
browse, they see our prices at the lowest end for New Classic SW minifigs, while
simultaneously being shown what prices should be. This, combined with clear wording
throughout our store that we are selling-off our store inventory, is the best
I’ve been able to come up with. It’s about expectations of market values, without
projecting a ‘false sale’

I believe the market value of any given product, including Lego, is set by both
psychological (emotional) and empirical inputs.

Your thoughts are appreciated, as I seem to be stuck in a thought-loop with this
task.

BTW, I’d gladly make all of our sale prices, base prices, and run very low item
pricing without a visible sale. I really could careless other than dragging down
market values for others.

Have a wonderful Sunday

-Cory

Sounds good to me, just run your sale, you need to get rid of your inventory
and BL sellers will survive

The lower your prices, the faster they are sold out and “normal” prices are back
at the top.

If you are low enough, other sellers might buy things to resell at a higher or
average price.

Don’t think about it to much, in the real world stores have sales all the time
and other stores still survive.

Not everyone lives close to you (shippingcost) or needs what you sell.

Thanks, Maxx

I've looked at your store and considered offering a buy-out but the prices
were too high to make any margin and risk worth it. Now, this was a while back
but just as I'm sure you know, if you really want to stop doing this, then
lowering the prices so low that no one can resist the price is what you should
aim for.

It is very hard to buy something when the profit margin is so low to the next
seller of it and on top of that, it is items that are not "in high demand" in
relation to other items that are out there.. otherwise, if it was, you wouldn't
have it in your store anymore as it would have already sold out.

All I know is that when my day comes to close up shop (hopefully not for a very
very long time) I plan on putting everything so low that no one can pass it up.
Sure I'll take a major hit on it, but I won't have to think about it
anymore and can spend my time thinking and doing something else.

Best of luck to you and I'll put your store on my "watch" list again to check
in every so often.

Thanks, you make some valid points. I really do enjoy your inputs here in the
forum. But I think you’ve missed the gist of this post. Take another read.

Not sure what “watch list” your referring to, but don’t bother. I’m not soliciting
here. It’s a given most understand, to move inventory drop prices until they
move, no insight there. I’m not interested in dumping. Like I said, take another
read.

For a couple of years now we’ve been in what I would term as 'managed sell-off'
mode, at which point we had $178,000 in stock listed on BL, today it's down
to $59,000. So it’s getting done. Add to that; the proceeds long ago were turned
over to my kids who just haven’t had need of the extra cash. It may be, that
we place it all back into storage for them to cash-in on at a later point, which
my daughter is pushing for anyway.

-Cory

You are doing it just fine,

sorry if it came off the wrong way.

Not at all. I really appreciate your direct style, I wish more were so. Like
I said, I enjoy your posts

  

I just know that when I'm done... I'll want to be done asap and not waiting and waiting

Now here, I'm with you. When I make a decision such as this, I want it implemented
and behind me ASAP. But this decision involves my son and daughter, who's
judgement is far better than mine, thank God

  
and I'll change the Lego room into a Golf simulator room.

Damn! Now you got me eyeballing our Lego room!


Having had time to reflect on this and also review the other comments it is very
obvious now that there are 2 ways of looking at this - one from the 'community'
point of view and other from a 'business' point of view. - the choice
remains yours - both sides have valid points and I am sure all sides wish you
good luck in clearing out your inventory.
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In Selling, popsicle writes:
  ...but buyer input is most welcome.

A longtime reoccurring conundrum (for me) is counterbalancing the race-to-the-bottom
while effecting our store’s sell-off. Not enjoining others to drop their prices,
in other words. How to introduce sell-off pricing without ankle-biting the market
values and by extension, my fellow seller’s profit margin? Especially considering
the bulk of our inventory is vintage, older or classic SW, that should
have more stabilized values.

What I’ve been doing, is setting the prices where I thing (empirically)
the prices should be, then apply a sale. My thinking is; when prospective buyers
browse, they see our prices at the lowest end for New Classic SW minifigs, while
simultaneously being shown what prices should be. This, combined with clear wording
throughout our store that we are selling-off our store inventory, is the best
I’ve been able to come up with. It’s about expectations of market values, without
projecting a ‘false sale’

I believe the market value of any given product, including Lego, is set by both
psychological (emotional) and empirical inputs.

Your thoughts are appreciated, as I seem to be stuck in a thought-loop with this
task.

BTW, I’d gladly make all of our sale prices, base prices, and run very low item
pricing without a visible sale. I really could careless other than dragging down
market values for others.

Have a wonderful Sunday

-Cory

I promise I won't hijack this but it is a huge conundrum which is not easily
solved. everything that takes place on the site has a bearing on all of us whether
it is iniated by Bricklink or individuals. Long standing stores often act as
guides to newcomers so the will always be followers as well, so you have a shrodigers
cat situation Best of luck with it we don't envy you. If we ever consider
doing this I think we would go elsewhere.
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In Catalog Identification, 1271moggy writes:
  In Catalog Identification, joxyzan writes:
  Hello friends!
I found this old yellowish grey plate a flea market. There is no identification
number and I've been googling with no luck... Someone who knows what it is?

It measures 8 x (almost) 18 and has some sort of fixed hatch in front of that
little ramp with edges.



Its Catalog: Parts: Garage: 820


Lego Garage Floor Plate 8 x 18 (Old style)

Sorry don't know how to upload the catalogue image!

Open square bracket [ then P=(Part No) in this case 820, and then close square
bracket ].
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In Problem, Bricks_NW_UK writes:
  
  
  If BrickLink are not sure which direction to take, then maybe they should just
fix the many issues on this site while they twiddle their thumbs over the future.

You are absolutely correct but that is logical and somehow that ideology isn't
the norm for BL. and of course they blame the spaghetti code (the classic site
- which is difficult for them to understand and correct ??????)

My opinion 12 months down the line is that they have realised that there isn’t
the demand for the sets approach. I also feel that as there are so many incomplete
sets on offer in BL that the idea they had isn’t ss easy to create as they thought.

Most of the sets on offer tend to be older retired sets and if they are going
head to head with Amazon then they are unlikely y to be offering the same products.

Is the delay an admission that the XP programme is a dead duck?

If they are looking at the AFOL programme as a money spinner, then maybe this
is their new direction.

In the meanwhile they are likely to force more sellers and buyers to go to Brickowl.
(Particularly parts shops)

Logical - wonder how close that is?
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In Problem, iprice writes:
  In Problem, calsbricks writes:
  In Problem, Soviet writes:
  In Problem, calsbricks writes:
  In Problem, Teup writes:
  These poorly understood unsolved bugs make me uncomfortable. I think it isn't
normal for a company of software package to have them, but Bricklink has them
very often. As long as we don't know what's going on, who is to say that
not the opposite also happens - retain lots getting deleted? I think the core
functionality of Bricklink should be 100% understood and reliable.


Agreed 100% but the CEO has said they are not going to touch the classic site
any more. We believe they are pinning their ambitions and goals on XP and possibly
extending the AFOL Design and build program.

I hear about this XP thing now and again but I still have no clear idea what
it is. Is it like a deep redesign of BrickLink or a selling system that will
live alongside BrickLink?

The reason you have so little information is because Bricklink have not published
anything yet - the only reference to xp was made by MP at the Brickwold convention
about a year ago. It is something that will require instant checkout, although
Admin_Russell suggested in his last response to our request for information,
there may also be a non instant option. You need not worry as you are already
using that. It appeared at MP's presentation that it was not really aimed
at parts stores but at sets as one off purchases. It's target market back
then appeared to be the soccer moms looking for a set for little Johnny for xmas.
That has also been modified somewhat by RUSSELL in his post claiming there would
be no difference for parts stores. MP'S words were pointed at a more AMAZON/EBAY
business model than the current BRICKLINK but also stated they would continue
to support the classic edition. What that means is anybody's guess as support
should mean clearing up bugs, and that isn't happening at the moment. All
in all it is still a very murky crystal ball. We are not sure even they know
what and when they will get it out.

One comment from Russell suggested they were in limbo at present as they ponder
what direction the company should take.

It is obvious if they are not sure than we cannot be sure either.


If BrickLink are not sure which direction to take, then maybe they should just
fix the many issues on this site while they twiddle their thumbs over the future.

You are absolutely correct but that is logical and somehow that ideology isn't
the norm for BL. and of course they blame the spaghetti code (the classic site
- which is difficult for them to understand and correct ??????)
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In Problem, Soviet writes:
  
  
  I hear about this XP thing now and again but I still have no clear idea what
it is. Is it like a deep redesign of BrickLink or a selling system that will
live alongside BrickLink?

The reason you have so little information is because Bricklink have not published
anything yet - the only reference to xp was made by MP at the Brickwold convention
about a year ago. It is something that will require instant checkout, although
Admin_Russell suggested in his last response to our request for information,
there may also be a non instant option. You need not worry as you are already
using that. It appeared at MP's presentation that it was not really aimed
at parts stores but at sets as one off purchases. It's target market back
then appeared to be the soccer moms looking for a set for little Johnny for xmas.
That has also been modified somewhat by RUSSELL in his post claiming there would
be no difference for parts stores. MP'S words were pointed at a more AMAZON/EBAY
business model than the current BRICKLINK but also stated they would continue
to support the classic edition. What that means is anybody's guess as support
should mean clearing up bugs, and that isn't happening at the moment. All
in all it is still a very murky crystal ball. We are not sure even they know
what and when they will get it out.

One comment from Russell suggested they were in limbo at present as they ponder
what direction the company should take.

It is obvious if they are not sure than we cannot be sure either.

Interesting, thank you for your response. I sure hope the XP thing involves a
proper mobile version of the site, where at least 50% of the Internet seems to
be at the moment...

In theory that is supposed to be included but only time will tell. The crystal
ball is very murky on that. Most of the orders we receive could not really be
made using a phone. Bricklink really isn't suitable for that as it stands.
Casual buyers for one off - probably not as much as a problem for them but for
large wanted lists and multi-lot orders, I somehow have my doubts.
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In Problem, Soviet writes:
  In Problem, calsbricks writes:
  In Problem, Teup writes:
  These poorly understood unsolved bugs make me uncomfortable. I think it isn't
normal for a company of software package to have them, but Bricklink has them
very often. As long as we don't know what's going on, who is to say that
not the opposite also happens - retain lots getting deleted? I think the core
functionality of Bricklink should be 100% understood and reliable.


Agreed 100% but the CEO has said they are not going to touch the classic site
any more. We believe they are pinning their ambitions and goals on XP and possibly
extending the AFOL Design and build program.

I hear about this XP thing now and again but I still have no clear idea what
it is. Is it like a deep redesign of BrickLink or a selling system that will
live alongside BrickLink?

The reason you have so little information is because Bricklink have not published
anything yet - the only reference to xp was made by MP at the Brickwold convention
about a year ago. It is something that will require instant checkout, although
Admin_Russell suggested in his last response to our request for information,
there may also be a non instant option. You need not worry as you are already
using that. It appeared at MP's presentation that it was not really aimed
at parts stores but at sets as one off purchases. It's target market back
then appeared to be the soccer moms looking for a set for little Johnny for xmas.
That has also been modified somewhat by RUSSELL in his post claiming there would
be no difference for parts stores. MP'S words were pointed at a more AMAZON/EBAY
business model than the current BRICKLINK but also stated they would continue
to support the classic edition. What that means is anybody's guess as support
should mean clearing up bugs, and that isn't happening at the moment. All
in all it is still a very murky crystal ball. We are not sure even they know
what and when they will get it out.

One comment from Russell suggested they were in limbo at present as they ponder
what direction the company should take.

It is obvious if they are not sure than we cannot be sure either.
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In Problem, Teup writes:
  These poorly understood unsolved bugs make me uncomfortable. I think it isn't
normal for a company of software package to have them, but Bricklink has them
very often. As long as we don't know what's going on, who is to say that
not the opposite also happens - retain lots getting deleted? I think the core
functionality of Bricklink should be 100% understood and reliable.


Agreed 100% but the CEO has said they are not going to touch the classic site
any more. We believe they are pinning their ambitions and goals on XP and possibly
extending the AFOL Design and build program.


  In Problem, Pippyblocks writes:
  I've had this happen several times and it's been posted about before,
think it is something to do with instant checkout. Not sure if it is known why
though. I just check periodically now and delete and zero quantity stockroom
items I have. It doesn't seem to cause any detrimental issues.

In Problem, Soviet writes:
  I had three orders last couple of days and I noticed something slightly annoying:
twice the system changed empty lots into a Stockroom lots with 0 quantity, instead
of just removing the lot from inventory (which happened once and as a second
order of the three).

What is happening and how do I stop the lots from moving to the Stockroom?
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In Related Software, Cob writes:
  Thanks for reminding me to make a donation to Bricksync

Everyone else should too donate if they use Bricksync.

As long as it works. I have no opinion on anything else.

valid point
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In Related Software, WildBricks writes:
  Is this really his entire announcement?

"BrickSync is free, open source and donation supported. Since the version 1.7.1,
the source code was made public and no registration is needed."

Because after his extended absence I kind of expected to hear more than that.

not sure we didn't see more.this may be his way of signing off

pity really you are right to expect more
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In Related Software, popsicle writes:
  In Related Software, calsbricks writes:
  In Related Software, yorbrick writes:
  In Related Software, popsicle writes:
  Okay. Do I have to wear one of those wigs Judges still wear over there?

 
Part No: 11255  Name: Minifigure, Hair Long with Curls (Judge's Peruke)
* 
11255 Minifigure, Hair Long with Curls (Judge's Peruke)
Parts: Minifigure, Hair

Would have offered that but we sold the last one we had a short time ago.

I apologize for sidelining your post, Bill. I seem to have that effect

It's a very interesting post, that I keep a watch for other inputs on, so
that I can learn more on that topic. I know nothing of substance, currently,
to offer. But, I am curious about it.

Those that depend on the original author may struggle for support. Those that
cannot make up their mind are now wondering where do they go. Do we get another
situation like |Brickstore/Brickstock? What about the effect of Bricklink trying
to stay away from 3rd party products? And what is going to happen if they ever
release xp? A lot of questions and not really that many positive answers.

One good thing is one of the people that is writing new tools to replace Bricksynch
and Brickstock has said he is still on target with the project and has thanked
the author of Bricksynch for the product he did to which has worked well for
him since it was launched and they signed up to Brickowl.
  
BTW, I admire the UK judicial system for maintaining tradition in dress code,
but not for much else.

-Cory

Yes they remain as pompous as ever and totally out of touch with the people (as
always).

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