Make Money, Money, Selling Lego
If you’re looking to start selling Lego on the popular website Bricklink then you’ll be asked to set up a store and set your Bricklink store terms. 

Setting store terms is something you’re unlikely to do on any other online e-commerce platform similar to Bricklink so it can be difficult to know what to say. Only made worse from the impact the wrong thing (or nothing at all) can have on your sales.


How To Set Terms

Once you’ve made it onto the Bricklink website it can be rather difficult to navigate (it’s got so much better over the past five years though) so to make this as simple and easy as possible head to Bricklink.com, login and then click here. This is the direct URL to your store terms.

Then the page will load and look like this;



What Should I Say?

According to Bricklink, your store terms should do the following;

Describe your order processing timeframe, payment terms and any additional fees such as handling fee. Detailed store terms can significantly decrease confusion, cancelled orders, etc.

However, what does that even mean? How should you format it? What should you disclose? Well, here’s some examples of good store terms.

TSS_Bricks
These terms are simple, straight to the point and provide the potential buyer with absolutely everything they need to know. At a very minimum I’d advise having this much information formatted in this style. This will make it as simple and straight forward as possible for the potential buyer to find the relevant information they need.


Constructibles
While the content of Constructibles terms and conditions is good and features information for returning buyers. It could do with some more distinctive formatting when compared to the bullet points and text colours. 


Galaxy Arms
Galaxy Arms is unique in the sense that the terms and conditions here are in both English and German. This store is German based but has also translated the terms into English to encourage international buyers – Something worth considering depending on your location. Again the formatting with the lines works really well.



As always if you have any questions about your Bricklink store terms, or simply want us to review them leave us a comment and we’ll do our very best to get back to you. If you have any advice for those setting up Lego stores then again, feel free to leave a comment below. In the meantime be sure to check out our other posts on selling Lego.

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eBay Reselling, Make Money, Selling Lego
Whether you’re new to reselling or an aged old pro, whether your full-time or part-time it really doesn’t matter. We all need certain resources to sell on eBay. Which is why I’ve spoken to the eBay reselling community, and together we’ve come up with the ultimate list of eBay reseller resources.

I’ve broken this list down into essentials (the things you absolutely must have to sell on eBay) and additional / extras (these things aren’t necessary, but they will help for one thing or another)


Essentials eBay Reseller Resources 

Bubblewrap – Bubblewrap is going to protect your items and stop them from getting damaged in transit. You maybe able to re-use some bubblewrap you’ve got from previous parcels. Buy a small amount from your local Poundland or  if you’re shipping a large number of parcels a day.

Padded Envelopes – Perfect for books, dvd’s, CD’s, badges, trading cards and other small items. Padded envelopes have a thin layer of bubble wrap embedded to ensure protection. If you’re only selling a couple of items then you can get a small bundle of different sizes online, or a small number of a specific size (a4, a5 etc.) from your local pound store. If you’re selling a vast number of items then c.

Brown Roll – After wrapping you’re items in bubblewrap you’re going to need to cover them in something else so enabling you to write address details etc. . This is an ideal alternative to padded envelopes for some smaller items (although it will take longer, and time is money). However, I use brown roll specifically for large items where a padded envelope isn’t suitable. One example of this would be board games.

Cellotape

Brown Tape

Scissors

Camera – This could be something as basic as the camera on your smartphone.

Digital Scales – To weigh items before listing to ensure that you’re charging the right amount of postage.

eBay Account – If you’re going to be selling items for profit (reselling) then you’re going to need a business account.

PayPal Account – If you’re going to be selling items for profit (reselling) then you’re going to need a business account.

Public Liability Insurance

Internet Connection

Internet Capable Device – Anything from a smartphone or tablet through to a computer or laptop.


Additional eBay Reseller Resources

Tape Gun – Ideal for wrapping parcels quickly this will ensure your brown roll or alternative packing material stays secure. 

Business Cards – I’ve wrote a guide on how to design your own business cards for free. Once you’ve designed your card you can get them printed online via eBay, a private website or even in store at the likes of Staples.

Sharpies

Label Printer – There’s nothing worse than writing an address wrong, if you’re lucky and you realise you can change it. Otherwise you risk it going walk-abouts all together. A label printer will not only minimise human error it will also considerably speed up your packing time – and remember, time is money! If you work from one laptop or computer , however if you’re part of a team c so anyone who is using the WIFI can print. 

Storage Boxes – The type and size of these is likely to depend on the stuff you sell. If clothing then most people , label it, put it in a box , then number the box. Helping them to find that particular item quicker upon sale.

Shelving

Cardboard Boxes

Light Box – This will go a long way to helping you take better photos. . However, if you really want to make your photos pop then  to improve the lighting around your item.

Xero – Accounting can be hard for small businesses or self-employed. Having been both, I know that finding an accountant that understands and letting go of the control isn’t always easy. However, I found having Xero meant that I didn’t need an accountant. Xero imports your transactions direct from your bank account and your Paypal accounts allowing you to easily reconcile them based on the type of purchase / sale. You can read my full review of the Xero platform here.

Microsoft Excel

Royal Mail Drop & Go Account – I’ve spoken about the benefits of this in a video here.

Parcel2Go Account – My international and domestic parcel comparison website of choice.

GoofBid Account – Allowing you to find misspelt items and snipe other eBay listings to resell for profit.

Mannequin – Ideal if you’re looking to sell clothing. This will go a long way to helping you take better photographs.

Disc Repair Machine – This item is certainly investment but if you’re looking at selling CD’s, DVD’s or video games then it’s likely to transform your selling capabilities. While I’ve never personally owned one of these machines I’ve heard great things about the Disc Go Devil.



As always I’d love to know your essential and additional reselling must haves! Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to add them to this list.

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Make Money, Selling Lego
With the ever growing market of Lego itself and resellers, there is no surprise that more and more of us are wanting to join the game.

The key question is how do you decide which sets to part out and which to invest in? 

Depending on what you are wanting to sell and where and who to can alter what you need to be looking for on the market. If you are wanting to resell at shows and toy fairs check out my post here.

Investment – What Should I Be Looking For?


When looking at sets to invest in, you want to be looking for something unique about the set. Usually, you want to pick up Lego sets that are larger, like the modular buildings, winter sets, special editions and sometimes even the smaller ideas sets.


You also want to be looking for a set that has a unique figure in, forget about the dime a dozen figures that come in more than 1 set or are likely to be mass produced, you want to aim for a unique Minifigure.

Finding a set that will have a special edition Minifigure included or a Minifigure that will more than likely only to be produced for that set alone. The unique Minifigure is what instantly adds value to a set as some collectors will only collect Minifigures.

Popular and in demand Lego sets that are now retired are sets such as the Modulars e.g The Green Grocer, The Town Hall and  The Fire Station, these at the time weren’t overly popular and so once retired and then sky rocketed from builders and collectors wanting to complete their collection. Modulars have become popular and now flood the market as many people were hoping the trend would happen again as they did the older sets.

The key is to look for a trend that no one else has yet found, something that not everyone has already invested in or could be a dark horse. There are many sites such as BrickPickers where you can look into the market of Lego and get more information and knowledge of the resale value and sets to invest in.



Parting Out – What Should I Be Looking For?

With so many new builders, MOC’ers and creators coming into the Lego community come the suppliers of the goods themselves. The key points you want to look out for in parting out is price, part count and practicality.

There are more options than just parting out new Lego sets, you can also look into buying used lots from car boots, eBay or gumtree, these used lots can hold retired sets, unique parts and rare Minifigures. If you want to know more about whether you should sell new or used Lego, check my post. 

Practicality

 

 


When I say practicality you want to have a good range of parts in a set, within the set it needs to have the ordinary pieces that are needed such as 2 x 4 bricks to create a base and then an influence of a new or sought after a part that isn’t as common.

There is no point picking up a set that has a lot of parts that aren’t already selling or selling very slowly in your inventory. 



Price

Price is always a big part to parting out, generally work on a double or triple scale. If the set costs £5.99 you potentially want it to part out for £12.00 or even better £18.00.

When working with the part out you generally want to have room to discount for any low months you may want a sale or for if you put on any promotions. This will allow you to still make a profit on your parts without coming too close to breaking even.

We worked on a double to triple price range, so a £6 set would part out for £12 or even £18, however, this is just one example others may look to earn their money back from purchasing the set in Minifigures along ensuring the parts are pure profit before fees. 






Part Count

Not all sets will have everything you want from it, some parts you may have an abundance of already that are selling at a slower rate compared to the other parts. This is where you want to make sure that you are paying what you feel it worth it.

Say you have 25 parts in a set, 10 of those parts you already have 100 of and are struggling to sell, what does the set then mean to you in value? If you can make enough profit on the remaining 15 parts enough to cover the slower selling 10 then get it. 



This, however, will depend on your storage sets up and time, some people don’t mind having the parts that will sell at a slower pace as they will still sell. If you are working on creating a way to maximise your storage space and look to organise your Lego parts more efficiently check out my post on how to store a Lego collection.


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Amazon Reselling, Clothes, eBay Reselling, Save Money, Selling Lego

Let me start by saying charity shops are AWESOME! 

They are a place to do some good when de-cluttering, and they are a place to grab a bargain when you’re looking for a new book, to up-cycle some furniture or a new outfit. 

However, charity shops aren’t always the easiest things to find. Especially if you’re new to an area. Which is why today I’ll be showing you how to find a local charity shop.

 

Google

Google, is there really anything this search engine giant can’t do?

Simply search ‘charity shops’ and then your destination. Click over to maps and you’ll find the location, name and opening times of every charity shop listed.


This is without a doubt the easiest and quickest way to find charity shops. If you have a smartphone then the search can also be done using the Google maps application. Ideal for charity shopping on the go!


Local Facebook Pages

Facebook. Love it or hate it, it can be a great resource. Many communities have set up groups for people to join and find out information about a particular area. Questions can include; Local events, details in regards to a particular school and community issues and concerns.

All this makes local Facebook pages a fantastic resource if you’re looking for charity shops. Be sure to read the rules of every group first, and then ask away.

While it takes a little longer than a Google search and the responses are going to need collating, you may find a hidden gem that you otherwise wouldn’t of found or some information as to the best times to visit, or what particular shop to go to for specific types of products i.e. furniture or clothing.


The High Street

Should all the above fail you, then head to the local high-street. I’m yet to visit a town or city without charity shops on the high-street. 

You might not get great charity shops, and they might not have what you’re looking for. But they are a fantastic starting point, into your ‘charity shop hunting’.

Also don’t be afraid to ask in the store if they have any other stores local. You might find that particular charities have stores in neighbouring towns. 


Let me know how you go on finding a local charity shop with these techniques. If you have any hints on how to find a local charity shop then feel free to leave a comment below. In the meantime check out my post on how to find local car boot sales, for other bargains!

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Blogging
Back in early January 2017, I decided to take Youtube a little bit more seriously. So, I began researching events across the UK. Originally, I was priced out of going to VidCon in both Amsterdam and Anaheim – although I did end up going to VidCon Europe in Amsterdam in the end. You can read more about this here.

So I opted for the smaller UK based event, Summer in the City. Labelled as the biggest Youtuber event in the UK I figured I couldn’t go wrong. So, I decided to book a ticket for the creator day only, Friday the 4th August. Here’s what happened…


 

Location

The event was hosted at the Excel in London. The premier event space in London, this place is easily accessible by public transport or by car. I chose to drive to London that day, however I was highly disappointed by the £20 standard parking charge. While this covers you for 24 hours, I only stayed for around 4. 

The Excel in London is also fantastic for the number of surrounding hotels available to suit most budgets (from basic to luxury) all within walking distance. This was perfect for those who were looking to attend the event over the entire weekend. 

Now for a couple of negatives; The venue offered free WIFI, although I found it to be rather spotty at times. However, my main cause for concern came from the lack of lighting, especially in the panel sessions. These sessions are at least on creator days supposed to be educational and informative. However, the size of the building and lack of lighting made it both hard to see and hard to hear. Compare this to the RAI in Amsterdam for VidCon where the panels were in a more office / classroom environment with fantastic facilities, lighting and services it just didn’t compare.


Speakers

The fast majority of speakers we’re non-prolific. Even for the UK Youtuber market. In fact, there were only a hand-full I’d heard of and wanted to see speak in a creator panel.

Unfortunatly the content didn’t make up for this. With repetitive and highly similar content (example Gaming Stage at 12:00 and 12:00 and 13:00 in Panel Room A all seemed to cover pretty much the same thing) and a serious lack of hands-on / interactive experiences and tutorials.


Atmosphere

I don’t think anything can sum up the atmosphere of the Summer in the City Creator Day quite like the moment I pulled into the carpark of the Excel and wondering if I had the right location because the whole place was empty.

In fact, even in the main haul, I still had that same concern. I appreciate that the size of the event is catering to the main SITC event over the weekend. However the whole place was VERY bare with 100 times less people inside of it. 

I think a lot of Youtube based events are all about the community feel and atmosphere and that just wasn’t there here.


In my opinion, the SITC team need to either move the creator day to a separate venue more catered to this style of event or put it inside of the main event like VidCon to really create that atmosphere. 

Value For Money

The ticket for the Summer in the City creator day along was £30. I’m not going to talk in reference to the £20 parking charge or the cost of petrol, food etc. as it’s really going to be different for everyone.

Instead, the value for money for the £30 ticket alone… and in my opinion. It just wasn’t worth it. Not even close. I honestly don’t see what you got for that £30

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Make Money, Selling Lego
There’s an age-old discussion on the Lego forums and it all comes down to one simple question. New or Used Lego?

You’ll find some people sceptical of fakes, and unwilling to purchase used, and therefore pay an additional cost to purchase new. However, you’ll find the bargain hunters or those looking for more unique, no longer available parts that simply have to purchase used.

As Lego resellers, what we need to assess is what condition Lego we should sell…

Selling New Lego

The benefits to selling new Lego parts are you can acquire new Lego quite easily and quickly. You can buy Lego sets within toys shops, supermarkets and online and have them in your hands the very same day. Another benefit to working with new Lego parts is that they will not require cleaning, taking away an extra step so you can get the parts sorted and put into the inventory quickly.

When buying new Lego sets you can often get a large quantity, meaning you have more of the same part, which is useful for those who are wanting to buy in bulk to complete a build. Buying new can often mean you can build your store and add diversity quicker and with half the sorting than used would take.




Selling Used Lego

There are many benefits to selling used Lego parts, you may not think it right now but once you have had a good haul with used you will always want to buy it. You can buy used Lego from charity shops, eBay and at car boots and auctions. The best benefit to selling used parts is that you can often find parts that are rare or uncommon which make them more valuable and can often be in high demand. 

The rare parts will come from sets that were released years prior and had a particular part in them. You can also get the parts much cheaper if you find a bundle that is listed for a low price, this can make the parts cheaper and worth buying to sell for profit over new parts.


Unfortunatly, a drawback to buying used Lego is fakes. Something we’re seeing more and more of as the popularity, and price of Lego continues to grow. However, don’t let this put you off. I’ve an entire post dedicated to educating people on how to spot fake Lego to ensure you don’t fall pray to the knock-offs.

Another drawback to used Lego has to be the cleaning process. I’ve encountered everything you should and shouldn’t see in a box of Lego so be prepared for anything (cigarette butts – yep!). Not only does cleaning Lego cost money in materials, it also takes up valuable time. I’ve a post dedicated to sharing some of my greatest Lego cleaning secrets, although this certainly isn’t going to be for everyone.


Ultimately, the decision as to whether to sell new or used Lego is yours. An while you can go about selling both new and used Lego you’re likely to quickly find that one type of Lego suits your needs better than another. That said, I hope this post has highlighted that there’s A LOT to think about when selling Lego regardless of it’s condition. 

If you have any comments or questions about selling new or used Lego or Lego in general feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

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Amazon Reselling, eBay Reselling, Make Money, Save Money
It is no secret that we all love a bargain and what better place to find a bargain than a car boot. Car boots are easy to find if you know where to look. There are different avenues you can take to finding out where the car boots in your area are. 

Facebook

You can search for local car boot sales on Facebook, simply typing in car boot sale will bring up pages for car boots and groups for areas. This will enable you to find the car boots in your local area, as well as groups that will post about the car boots, start times and locations. 
















Friends And Family

Might sound a simple but don’t put it past your friends and family to know, some car boot sales have been running since my parents were my age and are more than often in the same place and run by the same family or organisation, so this is always useful to know. 

Local Paper

The local paper will have a section in which you can find car boot sales, table tots sales and a smaller one off events that are similar to car boots. Look in the advertisements section for information on location, times and entry fees.

This is also great if the local rugby, cricket or football team have a small stadium or ground that won’t be used all year around, they sometimes lend out space for one-off car boots, this is the kind of information you could find. 

Car Boot Junction

Car Boot Junction is a website in which you can find both indoor and outdoor car boots within your area using two unique ways to search. One in which you choose indoor or outdoor or both, then you choose your county and then the last choose your area. 


The second way to search is using google maps, select from the drop down indoor, outdoor or both, then type in your area or postcode. Click on the cluster to get a closer look and start searching for the car boot for you.


If you guys know of any way to find local carboot sales that we haven’t covered be sure to let us know down in the comments below. Meanwhile if you have enjoyed this post, then be sure to check out our guide to finding charity shops.

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Make Money, Selling Lego
Whether you have Lego to resell, play with or your an enthusiastic AFOL raring to build. Your Lego won’t be much use to you in a large box making it impossible to find what you need.

After owning more than 500,000 Lego parts. I know first hand how important organisation is. Which is why I’ve put together a guide on how to store a Lego collection.

The way your storage works is going to be based on it’s size so I’ve broken it down into small, medium and large. Find the method that works for you but most importantly adapt it to your needs and ensure that it’s always scalable should your collection grow.

Storage For a Small Collection (~1,000 parts)

This is great for if you don’t need to have loads of Lego but still want it organised. You haven’t got enough of one unique part for it to use a box of its own.

Start by separating your Lego into unique parts such as bricks, plates, base plates, mini-figures, accessories, doors and windows and tiles. Dividing into these small sections will make finding the parts you need faster and easier.

When I first started selling Lego . The tubs we’re super cheap, and seemed to suit a vast array of parts. As the collection grew  to separate the different parts within one box to maximise the space in one box and minimise the need for multiple half full boxes.

As I started selling at Lego shows  (as shown in the image) these are much more expensive and can’t always be stored as easily. Again you can use the grip seal bags to maximise the space within each slot of the box. 


If you are reselling the items, be sure to keep the used Lego separate from the new Lego. 



Storage For a Medium Collection (~50,000 parts)

This is for the more avid collector, builder or reseller. No doubt by now your collection of Lego is starting to take over a little and need a better organisation technique.

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We bought a set of 8 drawers and bought the tray liners separately for them from Really Useful Boxes, the tray liners sit in the draw and become a divider of 15 smaller compartments. (different to the ones previously mentioned)



This is great for organising larger collection of parts, where you can dedicate a draw to plates but then your 2 x 4 plates and 2 x 2 plates can be separate. 

Storage For a Large Collection (~250,000 parts)

When I say large collection, I mean this is a collection that has taken over a whole room or majority of a room within your house.


. Within each takeaway tub would be a separate part, this part would then be noted down in the inventory of Bricklink, Brickowl or Ebay as been in box number 123. These would then run along the shelving in number order and continue in that way.

for anything larger or a larger quantity. .



Storage For a Sets 

If you’re looking to invest in Lego long-term or have a large collection of Lego sets then your storage method is going to differ to those highlighted above. It’s mainly going to consist of shelving.

I recommend going for this . Suitable for interior and exterior use it can hold multiple boxes of Lego modulars or UCS sets etc.

If you’re looking for that added protection for your sets, then . This will protect it from small scuffs, dust etc. and can easily be removed without any damage.



As always these are just a couple of suggestions and ideas based on our own personal experience in having a large Lego collection. I’d love to know your suggestions, comments, thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. An don’t forget if you’ve found this post useful, share it with your friends or bookmark it for later.

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