- 1. Buyer places an order
- 2. Seller sends an invoice
- 3. Buyer pays invoice
- 4. Seller posts order
- 5. Buyer receives order
Bricklink, like eBay, is made up of multiple sellers and stores; when an order is placed, the agreement is between the buyer and the individual seller. The basic process is as follows:
1. Buyer places an order
The seller will be notified an order has been placed. Go to Orders > Placed to view outstanding orders. The status of the order will change to
processing when the seller has acknowledged the order (not all sellers will use this status).
2. Seller sends an invoice
The seller then calculates the total including shipping costs and any other additional fees (e.g. packaging). Status will change to
3. Buyer pays invoice
The buyer is notified that the order is ready to be paid and pays it via the chosen payment method. Buyer changes the order to
paid status (this will happen automatically if using on-site Paypal for payment).
4. Seller posts order
What method the order is shipped by is different for each seller. The method will likely be listed on a seller’s terms page. Status is updated to
5. Buyer receives order
If you can’t check the contents of the order immediately, it’s polite to change the order status to
received, using the dropdown on the orders placed page. Once you have checked the order is correct, you can then leave feedback for the seller and mark the order as
completed. Although leaving feedback is optional, doing so helps the rest of the Bricklink community find good sellers; to leave feedback, click Post under the feedback column on the orders placed page.
Once feedback has been left and you, as the buyer, are happy with everything, you can check the File checkbox and click Submit Changes to hide the order. Filed orders are accessible for 6 months from the Filed link at the top of the orders placed page. This list will also show, with a green triangle, if the buyer has left feedback for you. To view your own feedback, go to MyBrickLink and click on the number next to your username.
This process is mostly the same as eBay, with the minor difference that the buyer doesn’t pay at checkout but rather waits until an invoice is sent. This can be daunting for a first-time Bricklink user, but bear in mind Bricklink has been running successfully since 2000.
Next: Read the trustworthy sellers guide to find out how feedback works on Bricklink and how to choose sellers to buy from.
Next: Bricklink is also a catalog of every Lego piece ever made. View the identifying parts guide to find out how to browse the Bricklink catalog.