TLG Pick a Brick Announcement

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    @Ptrotter the suggestion to link it to Bricklink has been discussed as well and at least for now they are saying that won't be happening.

    I am looking forward to the new hub and really hope they streamline the way you browse elements. I'm also glad that orders will count towards GWP finally.
    I'm interested in seeing how the build a mini component will work and how the dual shipping will work with some elements now coming from the states.

    If anyone has specific questions about this for TLG please let me know and I'll ask on the LAN.

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    I definitely find bricklink to be a way more user friendly experience than either pick a brick, or bricks and pieces. Since the LEGO group now owns bricklink I hope they encorporate a similar part database system. Its just so much easier to find the parts youre looking for.

    I dont think connecting to bricklink is necessary, but using a similar sorting system would be a huge improvement. Having to find part numbers and set numbers makes the process way harder than it needs to be.

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    We just received an update on the LAN. PAB has been down since January 23 to prepare for the update. The downtime was originally expected to be 48 hours but it is now expected to be approximately 7 hours longer. The go live for the North American PAB warehouse is now January 26th at 7:00am CST.

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    I'm not sure if the new online PAB system has been rolled out, but PAB is working and is as shitty as ever - I don't see any changes and, as before, the bricks available are very limited (667 parts). Bricks & Pieces (found under Replacement Bricks) is still working the way it always has, and in my humble opinion is much better (although difficult) way to find parts.

  • I like PAB as it usually is better prices then Bricks and Pieces, *not always. Bricks and Pieces is hard to search if you do not know the Lego design number, as you have to search via a set that the piece comes from if you do not know the design number. (the element number in bricklink does not always correspond to the Lego design number) That said I totally agree with Mike, from a AFOL perspective Bricks and Pieces is much more useful with it's large selection.

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    @MikeS very interesting. I just re-read the press release and looks like the changes that were made the other day were more on the back end of PAB (though the front end looks different to me too but then I haven't used it in like 5 years) and that the soft launch of the new merged experience will be next but it doesn't mention when. I know there is a healthy fear that access to a lot of the great parts on bricks and pieces will disappear.

  • I had a PAB order in my cart before they shut down for maintenance. After the PAB site returned all items in my cart were still accessible and I was able to place an order. However the parts that I ordered no longer show up in PAB only on bricks and pieces.

    I checked over PAB, and the 667 available parts is significantly less parts then where available before this update.

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    @vdog I will check my cart again and maybe it'll be there!

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    UPDATE: As TLG rolls this out they have shared a table with the minimum order values and various fees. Here is the info for Canada:

    • $18.00 CAD - Pick-a-Brick (new combined experience) minimum order to avoid handling fees.

    • $9.00 CAD - service fee for standard brick orders

    • $4.50 CAD - service fee for bestseller orders

    The difference in fees is related to the different warehouses that the Standard and Bestsellers will ship from. Essentially, ordering Standard parts and Bestsellers is like making two orders. The Standard and Bestseller category will be clearly displayed to help people optimize their orders.

    If you reach the minimum for each category ($18CAD), there will be no handling fees (there will still be shipping fees if you do not reach the minimum amount for free shipping which is $35CAD). If you order less than $18 for one category (or both), the corresponding fees will be applied.

    I have adapted the following examples from the LAN to Canadian dollars:

    • You order $10 of standard parts = add $9 in handling fees plus shipping fees because you have ordered less than the $18 minimum

    • You order $20 of standard parts = no handling fees, only shipping fees

    • You order $40 of standard parts = no handling fees or shipping fees (free shipping over $35)

    • You order $10 of standard parts and $10 of best seller parts = add $9 of handling fees for the standard parts and $4.50 in handling fees for the bestsellers plus shipping fees

    • You order $20 of standard parts and $20 of best seller parts = no handling fee or shipping fees because the total amount spent on parts is eligible for free shipping (free shipping over $35)

    If you have any questions, please let me know!

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    UPDATE: As mentioned at the end of the original post, Build a Mini was part of the planned offering with the new Pick a Brick experience. The Beta for the Build a Mini has now launched in Europe and Asia Pacific. The PaB team will be gathering insights over the next few weeks. They have not provided a timeframe on when we might see the Build a Mini in North America.