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 Author: brotherlex View Messages Posted By brotherlex
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 18:59
 Subject: Re: Does it take 6 weeks for BL to verify seller?
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brotherlex (4) 
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Location:  Australia, Australian Capital Territory
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Store Closed Store: Alex's Collection
Thanks for letting me know.

Out of interest, did you receive any kind of feedback that your store was verified?

Where do you Open your store? When I go to my "/mystore/management.page" I don't
have the option to open my store. It says "Your store will remain closed until
new seller verification process is completed."

It's been over a week now since I applied for verification. I guess Bricklink
has more pressing things to worry about, like the AFOL Designer Series. LOL



In Selling, BrainOfTheBrick writes:
  Recently I went through the New Seller Verification process, and it took them
4 days. Note that once they verify you they will not open your store for you;
you must open it yourself.
 Author: Brickwilbo View Messages Posted By Brickwilbo
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 15:30
 Subject: Re: Looking for Help
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Brickwilbo (1452)

Location:  Netherlands, Gelderland
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In General, Cazz963 writes:
  .. Snip..

You need to open a store to to sell on Bricklink.
If you want to sell quick Ebay is the fastest option.
 Author: popsicle View Messages Posted By popsicle
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 14:08
 Subject: Frustrated members trying to move their Lego
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popsicle (5688)

Location:  USA, Washington
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Store Closed Store: ConstrucToys
I see a fair amount of members here in the forum lacking seller status, looking
to offload their Lego.

There is a way to do it here on BL within the framework of the current TOS.

This thought is kind of a generic post. As each time I read a frustrated member
waiting for their seller status, many of which simply are attempting to sell-off
their personal Lego collection, I feel like I want to chime-in and explain the
other ways of going about it.

At the same time, I’d also like to keep the interest/revenue here on BL, and
prevent deflecting them to other sites.

So to those without seller's status, the word is: Trade https://www.bricklink.com/messageList.asp?ID=75

A good percentage of those posting an interest in offloading their Lego, seem
to remain Lego enthusiasts. Many may just want to churn it up a bit. Get some
new stuff. But even if that's not the case, you could advertise an interest
in trading for a store coupon that you could then use to buy a single high value
item, to then easily off load elsewhere.

The potential ways are far more expansive than I've tried to summarize here.
I don’t have time to spell it all out, here'n now. So I’ll just say: lateral
movements, in life and business!

-Cory
 Author: popsicle View Messages Posted By popsicle
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 13:37
 Subject: Re: Old Dog, Need New Tricks :)
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popsicle (5688)

Location:  USA, Washington
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In Selling, genteelfrog writes:
  Aha! Thanks, that's actually what I needed, I'd just forgotten how much
of that text was what I originally set up way-back-when and was reading it as
BrickLink defaults.

I'm so glad that I could of help to you, Pam

Have a wonderful day
 Author: genteelfrog View Messages Posted By genteelfrog
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 13:03
 Subject: Re: Old Dog, Need New Tricks :)
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genteelfrog (1368)

Location:  USA, Utah
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Aha! Thanks, that's actually what I needed, I'd just forgotten how much
of that text was what I originally set up way-back-when and was reading it as
BrickLink defaults.
 Author: BrainOfTheBrick View Messages Posted By BrainOfTheBrick
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 13:02
 Subject: Re: Looking for Help
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BrainOfTheBrick (21)

Location:  USA, Michigan
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If you make an order and get some feedback, you should open up your own store
so that you can sell them individually. You don't need to list them all at
once; just take your time until you've got them all listed. It takes some
time, but you'll get more money out of it. You can also create super lots
in your store, where you could bunch together 3-5 sets or something like that.
I think selling each set individually would be faster then finding someone to
buy all of them together anyways.

If you do list them in a store, let me know. I might want some of 'em.
 Author: runner.caller View Messages Posted By runner.caller
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 09:23
 Subject: Re: Uptick in US sales this week?
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runner.caller (901)

Location:  USA, South Dakota
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Store: A Minifig Galore Store
In Selling, Huskers1236 writes:
  In Selling, runner.caller writes:
  Over the course of July, I had 41 orders.

Over the course of the last 6 days, I've had 17 orders.

Anyone else experiencing an uptick like this? A little early to call it on seasonal
cycle.

I did just upload a some parts/figures at the 6mo. avg price instead of my usual
supply/demand algo, so that could be driving part of it as well.

Anytime I upload a batch of parts/figures, I see a little uptick in orders and
many will be from those parts just uploaded, so your adding inventory surely
helped give you a boost. Otherwise, my orders have been relatively normal.
I plan to start plotting my orders to see what I can gather from it as I will
be finishing my 3rd full year in a couple months, so hopefully it will begin
to become enough of a data set to actually pick something from.

That said, with our inventories ever evolving, I'm not sure smaller stores
like me will have natural ebbs and flows throughout a calendar year, but maybe
I will be wrong when it all comes out.

I've kept track since day 1. It's all in excel, but i haven't made
a chart yet.
It's definitely multi-variable though just scrolling thru the monthly totals.

I'd say the 3 biggest variables for me are;
-Inventory (recent uploads and number of unique rare lots)
-Pricing relative to 6mo. avg.
-Seasonal
 Author: Huskers1236 View Messages Posted By Huskers1236
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 08:31
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Huskers1236 (922)

Location:  USA, Nebraska
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Store: Husker Minifigures + more
In Selling, runner.caller writes:
  Over the course of July, I had 41 orders.

Over the course of the last 6 days, I've had 17 orders.

Anyone else experiencing an uptick like this? A little early to call it on seasonal
cycle.

I did just upload a some parts/figures at the 6mo. avg price instead of my usual
supply/demand algo, so that could be driving part of it as well.

Anytime I upload a batch of parts/figures, I see a little uptick in orders and
many will be from those parts just uploaded, so your adding inventory surely
helped give you a boost. Otherwise, my orders have been relatively normal.
I plan to start plotting my orders to see what I can gather from it as I will
be finishing my 3rd full year in a couple months, so hopefully it will begin
to become enough of a data set to actually pick something from.

That said, with our inventories ever evolving, I'm not sure smaller stores
like me will have natural ebbs and flows throughout a calendar year, but maybe
I will be wrong when it all comes out.
 Author: Thea View Messages Posted By Thea
 Posted: Aug 21, 2019 04:51
 Subject: Re: Sales tax exemption when buying LEGO?
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Thea (303)

Location:  USA, Texas
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In Selling, AiBricks writes:
  Hi all, this is my first post here so I do apologize ahead of time if I made
any mistakes. I have tried to do searches here but was not able to find the answer
I was looking for.

I have been doing e-commerce for almost 10 years now but only now am I considering
selling LEGO on Bricklink. One of my main source of LEGO pieces will be from
retail store clearances, which I assume is most people's source too. I will
be charging sales tax in my state and was wondering when other sellers buy from
retail stores, can their purchases be tax exempted?

Thanks.

Please be aware that exchanges and barters in Texas may also be subject to the
state sales and use tax.
You have to register as a business(or educational or non-profit) to receive a
number to use on a certificate that exempts you from paying tax on items you
purchase for resale.

Your best plan is to Google "Texas State Use Tax" and read the FAQ on the Texas
Government site. And get a consult with a tax accountant.

Thea
Always An Adventure!
 
 Author: popsicle View Messages Posted By popsicle
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 23:56
 Subject: Re: Old Dog, Need New Tricks :)
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popsicle (5688)

Location:  USA, Washington
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In Selling, genteelfrog writes:
  In Selling, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  
Across the top next to community hover over My Store, click settings in the drop
down, then click on shipping or payment from the menu on the left.

Darcy

Yeah, that's where I've been -- Under payments there's no verbiage to change that I can see

If you referring to the add description under your Payment Method, see the screenshot
below https://www.bricklink.com/v2/mystore/payments.page

  
and under shipping I have already changed it to the pic below.

As making the change in your Shipping Methods: you'll need to go beyond your
stores shipping terms page, into shipping and then into the individual shipping
methods to make the change, see screenshots below
https://www.bricklink.com/v2/mystore/shipping.page

  
Maybe I just need to wait a day and see if it updates.

No. There's no delay in such self-imposed updates

Unless I've completely misunderstood what you're attempting
 




 Author: Adjour View Messages Posted By Adjour
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 23:22
 Subject: Re: So I'm thinking of opening a Bricks&Mortar...
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Adjour (432)

Location:  USA, California
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In Selling, LimboMenga writes:
  Hey adjour

Seriously; thanks for the cold water and reality check. ITs my love of the toys
that wants me to open a B&M shop. But like i mentioned in the original post;
the numbers addded up onto the wrong side of razor thin. Its why i asked here
for your opinions; and its seriously great feedback. It means now i dont go to
the LEGO meeting blind and clueless. And at least i also know what to expect
and negotiate with them.

seriously; thanks so much guys. Its a help. I'll keep ya'll posted later
what happens when i've setup the meeting....


Thank you for not being offended!

I'm really interested in what you find out,
I DO think a toy/game/novelty
etc shop WITH LEGO in part could def work if done right, maybe that's the
path to take
 Author: genteelfrog View Messages Posted By genteelfrog
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 22:58
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genteelfrog (1368)

Location:  USA, Utah
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In Selling, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  
Across the top next to community hover over My Store, click settings in the drop
down, then click on shipping or payment from the menu on the left.

Darcy

Yeah, that's where I've been -- Under payments there's no verbiage
to change that I can see, and under shipping I have already changed it to the
pic below.

Maybe I just need to wait a day and see if it updates.
 
 Author: JerseyGirl689 View Messages Posted By JerseyGirl689
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 22:52
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JerseyGirl689 (1248)

Location:  USA, Florida
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Store: Bargain Bricks & Bits
In Selling, genteelfrog writes:
  Hello all -

I'm updating my store page after a 20 month hiatus and I have a bit at the
bottom that I'd like to delete but can't find where to do so under "Edit
Store". See pic.

Thanks!

Pam

Across the top next to community hover over My Store, click settings in the drop
down, then click on shipping or payment from the menu on the left.

Darcy
 Author: genteelfrog View Messages Posted By genteelfrog
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 22:43
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genteelfrog (1368)

Location:  USA, Utah
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Store: genteelfrog
Hello all -

I'm updating my store page after a 20 month hiatus and I have a bit at the
bottom that I'd like to delete but can't find where to do so under "Edit
Store". See pic.

Thanks!

Pam
 
 Author: Adjour View Messages Posted By Adjour
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 22:00
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Adjour (432)

Location:  USA, California
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Store: The Chili is a Bit Spicy
In Selling, AiBricks writes:
  Hi all, this is my first post here so I do apologize ahead of time if I made
any mistakes. I have tried to do searches here but was not able to find the answer
I was looking for.

I have been doing e-commerce for almost 10 years now but only now am I considering
selling LEGO on Bricklink. One of my main source of LEGO pieces will be from
retail store clearances, which I assume is most people's source too. I will
be charging sales tax in my state and was wondering when other sellers buy from
retail stores, can their purchases be tax exempted?

Thanks.

Here in CA you need a resale cert to do this.

I personally just add the tax into my cost of doing business because new stuff
is such a small % of sales for me. I'm sure many other very small sellers
do the same or write it off come tax time.
 Author: popsicle View Messages Posted By popsicle
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 21:44
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Location:  USA, Washington
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In Selling, brotherlex writes:
  How can you have a website that was originally set up to be a brick marketplace
- and now there aren't even people at HQ focused on the buying and selling of bricks?

"How can you have a website that...." I'd assume, in the manner that they
are, is how

If you're looking for answers to the internal-workings of the site, I've
got none. Ask elsewhere. If you're just venting, well you've got plenty
of company here in the forum.

  I thought this was how this website made money?

...and you'd be right. One revenue stream, anyway.
 Author: Heartbricker View Messages Posted By Heartbricker
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 21:23
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Location:  USA, New Jersey
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In Selling, AiBricks writes:
  Hi all, this is my first post here so I do apologize ahead of time if I made
any mistakes. I have tried to do searches here but was not able to find the answer
I was looking for.

I have been doing e-commerce for almost 10 years now but only now am I considering
selling LEGO on Bricklink. One of my main source of LEGO pieces will be from
retail store clearances, which I assume is most people's source too. I will
be charging sales tax in my state and was wondering when other sellers buy from
retail stores, can their purchases be tax exempted?

Thanks.


You will actually need to obtain a state resale certificate, in New Jersey is
is called form ST-3.
If you have an e-commerce business with a decent income i would think that you
also have an accountant or someone helping you with taxes who could help you
obtain a certificate.
Not all retailers will accommodate this.
If you have over a certain threshold in global sales- you will need to also obtain
a certificate to collect state sales taxes and would be required to file a report
with the $ you collected every quarter.
I highly recommend working with an accountant, it's not as expansive as you
may think but it will give you a piece of mind that you're doing it right
and won't be sent a request for your previous years of records and be fined
in addition to having to pay back taxes.
You may be dealing in toys but it's no game to be caught unprepared by tax
authorities.
Good Luck.
 Author: LimboMenga View Messages Posted By LimboMenga
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 21:22
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LimboMenga (10)

Location:  Malaysia, Selangor
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Hey adjour

Seriously; thanks for the cold water and reality check. ITs my love of the toys
that wants me to open a B&M shop. But like i mentioned in the original post;
the numbers addded up onto the wrong side of razor thin. Its why i asked here
for your opinions; and its seriously great feedback. It means now i dont go to
the LEGO meeting blind and clueless. And at least i also know what to expect
and negotiate with them.

seriously; thanks so much guys. Its a help. I'll keep ya'll posted later
what happens when i've setup the meeting....

In Selling, Adjour writes:
  In Selling, SylvainLS writes:
  In Selling, Adjour writes:
  […]
Wow the typos are ripe this morning. Sorry

Have you tried pouring coffee on your keyboard to wake it up?


Oh man, I don't even know what it would be like on caffeine, probably would
have to lock me in a cage or something.

I was on my tablet and I'm sure I just lazy typed and it auto corrected.
I really wish we had a small window to edit posts!





Either way, I've said my part, I do wish the op the best, I'd be curious
to see how it turned out. I did some quick research just right now to refresh
my memory and 30% margin seems to be about right with a (5-10k buy in). It does
seem that perhaps after a long term relationship a better margin could be negotiated,
but I don't know what that means. 5%? Meh. Better to open a, well, anything
else.

My SO wanted to do a tool truck but wasn't savy with business or money,
so I was present for the presentation to ask questions/run numbers. The margin
was about 33% (iirc) with a required monthy restock (that you couldn't decide
what you wanted) and I told him to run. It looks like LEGO also has a minimum
restock and you have to carry most/all of the themes. You can't pick and
chose and I'm seeing posts online about the restocks being about 10k a piece.
I'm sure the OP could probably confirm or deny this.
 Author: runner.caller View Messages Posted By runner.caller
 Posted: Aug 20, 2019 20:49
 Subject: Re: Sales tax exemption when buying LEGO?
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Location:  USA, South Dakota
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Store: A Minifig Galore Store
In Selling, AiBricks writes:
  Hi all, this is my first post here so I do apologize ahead of time if I made
any mistakes. I have tried to do searches here but was not able to find the answer
I was looking for.

I have been doing e-commerce for almost 10 years now but only now am I considering
selling LEGO on Bricklink. One of my main source of LEGO pieces will be from
retail store clearances, which I assume is most people's source too. I will
be charging sales tax in my state and was wondering when other sellers buy from
retail stores, can their purchases be tax exempted?

Thanks.

I think some people just pay them, and then keep track of all the receipts come
tax time and get a refund for all the tax that should have been exempt.

Otherwise, you can probably tell the cashier you are exempt and they should be
able to hit a button on their register so long as you're paying with the
company credit card.
 Author: BrainOfTheBrick View Messages Posted By BrainOfTheBrick
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BrainOfTheBrick (21)

Location:  USA, Michigan
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Store: BrainyBricks
Recently I went through the New Seller Verification process, and it took them
4 days. Note that once they verify you they will not open your store for you;
you must open it yourself.

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