Adding Pieces To Your Store: Part Out

Parting out a new set is an easy and fast way to add pieces to your store.  When you look up a set in the Bricklink catalog you will get what is below.  I am using set 70917 The Ultimate Batmobile since this is a set that I have just parted out.  Under the My Inventory there is Add to My Inventory and Part Out.  The first one is if you want to add the complete set.  I mostly part out sets so I will choose Part Out.

The next screen has a lot of info so I have broken it down into sections.  Here you can select the quantity of sets.  Choose if you want to keep the Minifigs whole or part them out as well.  You can choose to add the Instructions, Box and Extra Parts.  I recycle the instructions and boxes.  They sell but slower than I want to deal with.

The next section of this page you can selection condition.  Set the Prices to Current Items For Sale Average or Last Six Months Sales Average.  The first is the average prices for what is currently available.  The second is what the pieces have sold for in the last six months.  I am currently using the current average.  I also have Upload all Items as Stockroom A checked.

I don’t do tier pricing but you can set discounts depending on how many pieces are bought.  The Consolidate should be checked when you are parting sets out.  This will combine the new pieces with what you have in your store.  If you don’t, the new set will make new listings.  That means you will have multiple listings for the same piece.  It clutters up a store and can confusing to new buyers so make sure you have Consolidate checked.  Of all the options below it I only have New Price changed.  This way the prices are updated for the pieces that are in my inventory.

There is a button on the bottom of the page that I don’ show that takes you to the Edit Items.  This is a big set so I will only show the first two items.  Here you can change prices if you want.

I tend to change the minifig prices to a round number otherwise I leave the prices alone.  At the bottom you can click Verify Items.  The Wicked Witch shows that I have her in my store currently.

Verify Items give you a new list.  Here you can see the My Remarks: TN.026.  This is my location for the piece.  The My Remarks field is the best way to keep track of where the pieces are stored at.

At the bottom of this page is Upload Items.  You can see how many pieces in the set, how many lots and the value of the pieces.  One you click the button the pieces are in your inventory.  If you make a mistake you can part out the set with a set quantity of -1 and it will remove all the pieces that you just uploaded.  I know for sure that this works.

There are a lot of steps to part out a set but it does allow you to add 1,456 items in 335 lots at one time.  The other way to add pieces is manually.

Adding Pieces To Your Store: Manual

I mostly add New Pieces through the Part Out Set.  I mostly add Used Pieces manually.  Bricklink’s definition of New is that it has to come directly from a new set and not used in any way.  An assembled set that was used for display only are Used pieces.  Used shouldn’t be well worn.  No discolorations, no bite marks and no heavy scratches.  You can sell pieces that have a lot of wear but I try to keep my used inventory as new looking as possible.  Start by going to Catalog and then Parts.  I am going to add a 3001 Brick in Blue to my store.

Under My Inventory it says Add to My Inventory.  Before doing that there are a couple of things on this page that you should check out first.  One is to figure out what you want to charge for this piece.  Lower on the page are three tabs.

The Color Info tab will show Lots For Sale, On Wanted List, Price Guide Info and Known Colors.  Known Colors is what sets the piece has appeared in.  If you click a color it will take you to another page and see what the piece is going for or click on the Price Guide tab.

I usually don’t use the Color Info screen to look up the prices since I will add all 3001 bricks at the same time.  Either way you see this screen.  Prices for New and Used pieces.  Current Items For Sale and Last 6 Months Sales.  We selected one when we parted out the set.  Here you can see the prices and decide which to use.  The piece and how many I have are factors for pricing.  I go back and forth from Last 6 Months and Current Items.  Going back up to Add to My Inventory takes you to a new screen.

This is the top of the next page.  You don’t need to change anything here.  You can list with your own image if you want which I do for Custom Items which you can check the box here.

Below that you can select the color, add the quantity and the price.  I chose 10 cents.  The My Remarks field is where you can add how you will choose to find this piece.  Whether it is a drawer or bin number or whatever works for you.  I usually don’t enter that info here.

Below that is Condition so select New or Used.  The only other thing I use down here is Stockroom.  Anything I add goes to a virtual stockroom on Bricklink.  It won’t be available in my store but will be in my inventory.  I will get to that later.  Click Review Item.

This is the final step.   You can double check to make sure everything is correct before clicking Add to Inventory.  A new screen will appear where you can view or add another piece but I usually just click back on the browser a couple of times.  Your piece is added so now go and all the rest.  Parting out is faster but if you choose to have a used inventory this will be the primary way to add pieces since I don’t part out too many used sets.

Using Stockrooms

When I part out new sets, anything that isn’t in my inventory goes into a Stockroom so I can give it a location.  The same when I manually add pieces.  You can have three stockrooms.  A,B and C.  When you go to your inventory you will see a screen below.  You can sort By Category, By Color and so on. Right now I have it sorted By Availability so I can see the Stockrooms.

Right now I have 168 pieces in 48 lots in Stockroom A and 8 pieces in 1 lot in Stockroom C.  The Available is what is available in your store right now.  I blanked out my totals but it does show the dollar amount of what each is worth.  Here is a couple of the pieces in Stockroom A.

Here is where I add the location info for the pieces.  I can update that here and delect the Stockroom A box.  Clicking submit on the bottom releases the pieces into my store.

When you hover over your My Store tab you will see that there is a notice about notifying about the lots you added to your store.  Whenever someone saves a piece to their Wanted List they can get a notification about the piece being available in your store.  Clicking on it will take you to a new page to send out the notifications.  These sometimes will bring in a sale.  I have hundreds of pieces on wanted lists but I have the notifications turned off.  I use the stockrooms to manage the new listings in my inventory.  It works for me the way that I manage my inventory.