I just got my first Pick-A-Brick order and I just wanted to share how awesome it is. I got every part I ordered without a problem, And got my order within three days. (Not counting the weekend as they don't ship Saturday and Sunday) I am working on a awesome troll (like the ones from LotR),and I got some awesome new pieces!
Quoting Evan Melick
Honestly, I find PaB to be overpriced, and overrated. BrickLink is a much better place to get pieces in my opinion, is way cheaper, and is just as reliable. I've never used PaB and never ever plan to.
yeah, for the most part. unless it comes to buying grey heads. im gunna get like 100 of them and make a ginormous horde of zombies! Permalink
I think it´s ok, but not more. I've ordered pick a brick for about 4 times now and I didn´t always get what I wanted. Once 20 pieces were missing and they had to send a second package. At least I got a free yoda keychain :) But I will use it in the future anyway. Permalink
I like Pick-A-Brick (PAB) a lot. So far I've ordered there four times and six times via BrickLink (BL). The next LEGO Store is 200 km away from my home and they don't have nearly all the PAB parts. So for me it's basically PAB or BL. For the PAB parts I usually use PAB to order. Some parts are cheaper than in BL stores, some are more expensive. The best about PAB is for me that (with few exceptions) they always have ALL the parts you can use in the LDD DESIGNbyME mode. At BL you always have to look which store has got which pieces in stock. Sometimes you end up with three (or more) BL orders to get all the pieces you need. So basically I use BL for parts that are not available via PAB. At the end of placing a BL order I also might add some PAB pieces to reach the "minimum buy" ammount. Permalink
Every time I've used PAB it has taken around 2 weeks to be delivered, which can be very frustrating. And I once had an order with many parts missing. They sent me the parts after I told them but I got nothing as compensation (like a keyring or something).
I wish there was a Lego store near to me but I think the nearest one is at Legoland in Windsor (and of course you can't get into the shop unless you buy a ticket for the park).
I pretty much use Bricklink for my Lego needs. I find the prices can vary quite drastically, especially on postage, but on the whole I've found it very reasonable. I've always had very quick delivery times so for me it's definitely worth it. Permalink
It depends what I am trying to get. If I know what I need, say, 6 large wheels, 20 1x8s in black, and 2 windscreens, I would use bricklink because it often is cheaper. But if I don't know what a need, such as right now, I know I need plates but since I haven't taken inventory, I don't know which ones, so PaB is easier since it is much easier to buy lots of stuff at once since it is all in one place. Really I should just take inventory, but I'm to lazy to make a list of what I have and what I need to order.
I don't really think it is that expensive ether, sure bricklink is cheaper, but the price of a LEGO set per brick is about the same as on PaB. Permalink
If you need mind-condition parts, or something that just came out in only a couple of sets, online PAB may be helpful. Honestly, though, with the prices, I don't find it very appealing. In-store PAB is a whole 'nother kettle of fish, though. You may have a limited parts selection to choose from, so you can't go in looking for something specific, but they're a great deal and somethimes have rare or otherwise unavailable parts. Permalink