Pick a Brick is actually a good deal!

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Pick a Brick is actually a good deal!

Post by vynsane » Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:58 pm

So I was in my old stomping grounds of Raleigh, NC this past weekend and saw that there was a LEGO Store in the Crabtree Valley Mall, and decided to stop in. As I had a $5 VIP credit burning a virtual hole in my wallet, I decided to fill a tall PaB cup and use the $5 off to reduce the price to $10.76 after tax.

Well, I inventoried the parts I got today, and it turns out I had 1261 pieces in there! Yes, that's almost 200 more pieces than cents I spent! basically each piece came out to .86 cent! Granted, most of it is small pieces, but still - you'd spend between 5 to 25 cents for the pieces I got. For example, I got 244 1x1 transparent red tiles, which are $0.09 at the PaB page on the S@H website, but I got them for $0.0086 each!

Without the $5 credit, they're still just above $0.01/piece, so compared to S@H or briclink, it's a STEAL of a deal. Granted, you are subject to what they have available to you as opposed to having free reign pick, but there's plenty of useful pieces. Check out what I got in my Pick a Brick Inventory set at Flickr.

Just to whet your appetite, here's a pic of the bulk of what was in the cup. This wasn't everything, though, as I didn't have enough room on my desk to spread them all out!

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Click on it to go to the pic in the stream - I notated each piece with the type, color and quantity. The next pic in the set is the rest, which was comprised of 1x1 cheese slopes and 1x1 round plates. There are also tips on how to maximize your fill in the notes on other pics.
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Post by wkunert » Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:51 pm

Pick a Brick can have fantastic deals, whenever they happen to have bins full of normally-expensive pieces. In the past I've loaded up when they had clear panels, dogs, leaves, trees, tiles. They know me as the jerk who sticks all his bricks and plates together to pack the cup extra tight. Lately, my store in Sacramento has had a long dry spell of little more than 2x4 bricks. Last time, I did fill up on those levers you got though.

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Post by vynsane » Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:59 pm

Yeah, I steered clear of the 2-bys and mainly loaded up on small stuff, as you can see. The plates worked out well stuck together the way I did it, with the small stuff filling in the gaps. I layered it, basically, with one big chunk of something, then sprinkle little stuff, then another big chunk, rinse, repeat.

The first time we did a PaB it was really my daughter, so she didn't go nearly as packed or methodical as I did, but had a blast just picking stuff out. i didn't think it was really a great deal, but this time around I made sure to pack it as tightly as possible, since they're "Daddy's LEGOs" this time. ;)
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Post by legitimatealex » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:51 pm

Haha I too had a discovery like this! The $15 cup is very well known to me. This is why I'm sad the nearest LEGO store is an hour and a half away!
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Post by possum » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:20 pm

I didn't know you could keep one big element outside the cup, thanks for that tip...not to mention sticking the bricks together. Hope you enjoyed your return to NC, we've had some pretty decent weather down here this year.
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Post by beethead » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:19 pm

possum wrote:I didn't know you could keep one big element outside the cup, thanks for that tip...not to mention sticking the bricks together. Hope you enjoyed your return to NC, we've had some pretty decent weather down here this year.
There's no mention of being able to keep one big element at the store I went to in Bellevue, WA. Maybe that's specific to each location. Plus the two times I went there I didn't see any decent parts just lots of bricks.

Don't forget to save your cup and bring it back to refill for a discount.

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Post by legitimatealex » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:30 pm

In the long run that $.50 will matter : ) Until then you have some nice storage containers for your LEGO.
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Post by possum » Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:29 am

beethead wrote:
possum wrote:I didn't know you could keep one big element outside the cup, thanks for that tip...not to mention sticking the bricks together. Hope you enjoyed your return to NC, we've had some pretty decent weather down here this year.
There's no mention of being able to keep one big element at the store I went to in Bellevue, WA. Maybe that's specific to each location. Plus the two times I went there I didn't see any decent parts just lots of bricks.

Don't forget to save your cup and bring it back to refill for a discount.
So far I haven't used the PAB wall, but my soon-to-be stepdaughters love it. I taped the coupon to their cups & they really enjoy getting the variety. As I think more about microscale MOCs, though, the cup could be a really good deal if filled with small pieces. I'll have to ask here in Charlotte about the big piece outside the cup, they have had medium sized plates here at times.
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Post by vynsane » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:16 am

beethead wrote: There's no mention of being able to keep one big element at the store I went to in Bellevue, WA. Maybe that's specific to each location.
I have a feeling it was only mentioned to me the first time because it was my daughter filling it up. They had the monorail track stands and I wanted one to put the Midi-Scale Millenium Falcon on. I asked one of the associates there "How does this work?" and he said "Just pick a cup and fill it with pieces from the wall." When he noticed I had one of the track stands in my hand he said "We allow you to keep one large piece outside the cup".

This past time at Raleigh, I just kept the large plate out and asked at the check-out to double-check and the lady behind the counter just nodded, so it seems to be a pretty standard procedure, just not something they broadcast.
Plus the two times I went there I didn't see any decent parts just lots of bricks.
Yeah, that can happen. There's a site that gets user-submitted inventories of the PaB walls - not all stores are listed, so you can email the admin to add your store, then download/print their spreadsheet to inventory your store's wall.
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Post by vynsane » Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:58 pm

Forgot to post this, but I got an even better deal using $10 VIP credit and $0.50 cup re-use at the NYC flagship store on their grand opening day: 1319 pieces for $4.89!

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Post by toystest » Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:55 pm

sigh this makes me sad that the closest LEGO store is 300+ miles away :(

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Post by legitimatealex » Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:08 pm

toystest wrote:sigh this makes me sad that the closest LEGO store is 300+ miles away :(
Just remember, always check for the nearest LEGO store on your trips that might take you away from home :)

I had no clue there was one in Cincinnati and I had literally walked by it at one point....doh.
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Post by toystest » Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:10 pm

legitimatealex wrote:
toystest wrote:sigh this makes me sad that the closest LEGO store is 300+ miles away :(
Just remember, always check for the nearest LEGO store on your trips that might take you away from home :)

I had no clue there was one in Cincinnati and I had literally walked by it at one point....doh.
Lately I have not been leaving the state much. (Driving Long distances with a 0 and 2 year old just isn't compelling ;))

on the other hand it means I don't have to pay sales tax on S@H orders.

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Post by ncbarrett » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:05 am

toystest wrote: Lately I have not been leaving the state much. (Driving Long distances with a 0 and 2 year old just isn't compelling ;))...
Whoa, I hear ya there.
My brother lives in Columbus, but have yet to get down there to LEGO store mainly for reason stated above.
Will have to wait til the one in Troy opens up. Hopefully before end of year. lol
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Post by toystest » Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:30 am

ncbarrett wrote:
toystest wrote: Lately I have not been leaving the state much. (Driving Long distances with a 0 and 2 year old just isn't compelling ;))...
Whoa, I hear ya there.
My brother lives in Columbus, but have yet to get down there to LEGO store mainly for reason stated above.
Will have to wait til the one in Troy opens up. Hopefully before end of year. lol
on the other hand ass oon as they open one in Kansas City or St Louis I have to start paying sales tax on S@H. They Should open one in East St Louis (IL) or West KC (KA) instead :D

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Post by larrymarak » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:12 am

You just need to know what element you already have zillions of. The lids do actually snap on tight if you work with them, so the cups are useful for storage of long elements in your Lego work area.
Best deal is VIP credit plus the 10% off you can get if you have a Legoland annual pass or (in the case of my wife and me) a lifetime membership.

If you have a Lego store in your area, you need to check it out at least once a month to see if anything new has showed up in the bins. Stores often get surplus boxes of parts made for new sets. Also check out grab bags very carefully, as sometimes you'll get great sets from "recycled" store displays, like a complete speed boat from the Indy series, or the Falling Waters tile from the Frank Lloyd Wright series.

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Post by sidersdd » Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:28 pm

Got my PaB box today. Took advantage of the dark red appearing in PaB walls now.

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The box interior measures 11 studs x 11 studs x 9 bricks high. Not sure if that's what the holiday season boxes measure or not.

Was able to get:
119 Dark Red 2x4 bricks
121 Dark Red 1x2 bricks
67 Trans Clear 1x1 plates

Probably could have got more plates and 1x2s, but the store was about to close and I had already spent a bunch of time stacking.

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Post by meyerc13 » Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:24 pm

Sounds like the same dimensions as the Holiday boxes - I distinctly remember the 11x11 dimension, and the 9 high sounds about right.

A tip for packing these, don't try to build one solid block... just build columns of bricks of the same size and stack them next to each other. This can be done relatively quickly.

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Post by sidersdd » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:53 am

meyerc13 wrote:Sounds like the same dimensions as the Holiday boxes - I distinctly remember the 11x11 dimension, and the 9 high sounds about right.

A tip for packing these, don't try to build one solid block... just build columns of bricks of the same size and stack them next to each other. This can be done relatively quickly.
Right, this is what I did as well.
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Post by vynsane » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:51 am

Are we comparing PaB box fills here, then? ;)

431 pieces total:

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