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MOC Shop Part 2

How the MOC Shop Will Work

by Alice Finch | 2014-03-25 EST

The MOC shop has three important components: the designer, the seller, and the shopper. The designer obviously creates the model and the accompanying digital model, instructions, and parts list that goes with it. The sellers will have the opportunity to offer the model for sale to shoppers worldwide.

Example - Garage MOC

Let’s use this garage MOC as an example. On the inventory page, a seller will be able to add the garage or other new models that have been approved. The list can be sorted by various characteristics and will show the current average price for the model. Besides being able to check the normal metrics such as parts list, part count, and average price, a seller will be able to keep track of the customer demand for each MOC. (BrickLink will keep count of how many members request a MOC for sale.) Based on this information, a seller can choose when and how to best sell a MOC.

If a seller wants to add the garage to their inventory, they can see their parts availability and easily check what parts they already have and what parts they are missing. The missing parts can automatically be added to a wish list where they can see what stores have the parts they need. Once a seller has a complete parts list, they can add the model to their inventory. This will automatically remove those parts from their regular parts inventory and be designated as inventory for a MOC. On the inventory home page, they can see how many garage models they have in stock. Any MOC in their inventory can be parted out at any time as long as there are no pending orders. We want to stress that supplying a MOC is entirely the seller’s choice. If a seller chooses not to add a MOC to their inventory, they will not be randomly assigned to a MOC order.

Example - Part-In Process

Completing a Parts List
Because of the enormous number of parts in the catalog (and therefore in the parts stash of many builders), it is likely that any seller, even the very large ones, will be missing a few parts on any particular MOC parts list. This is the main reason why the initial models that we are offering are small- about 150 parts or less. Even with these small models, there are usually between 1 and 5 sellers worldwide who have 100% of the parts. We will be working with a few select stores in the US and Europe to test these new features and streamline this process to make sure that it is easy and efficient to use.

When a MOC is picked up by a seller, we would like to feature that store on our Facebook, Twitter, and/or the MOC page homepage. The more MOCs a store offers, the more publicity they get.

An order for a MOC will look like any other order, except that the parts list will be predetermined. Buyers will not be able to see the parts list or add additional random parts, as this will need to be ordered through BL 1.0 in the traditional manner. Buyers will see the prices of all sellers, with those in their home country listed first.

Fees and Pricing
The base MOC price will be the sum of the part price from a seller’s inventory. Let’s say in your store, the base MOC price comes to $10. As part of the submission process, the designer will have selected a design fee of 0%-5% (3% is $.30). This will be shown to the buyer as part of the model price. ($10 + $.30 = $10.30 Model price) BrickLink takes 30 percent of design fee and 70 percent goes to the designer. But, the designers will receive 100 percent of the design fee as part of the grand opening of the MOC Shop. The BrickLink MOC Shop fee will be a fixed 5% of the base price and will continue to be assessed with the design fee to sellers on a monthly basis.

Example - Shipping Fee Option

Shipping and Handling
The MOC shop will have shipping and handling integrated into the checkout process and will have layers of options to help sellers to set up a correct shipping fee structure. On the top-most layer, individual sellers can enter a shipping fee for each MOC item for each shipping method. If a seller doesn’t enter shipping fees for a certain item, they will be filled with store default shipping fees determined by weight, shipping regions, and shipping methods. Finally, the store default settings will come from shared local store settings within the same region, such as Chicago. This way, sellers can opt-in to fully customize their own shipping fees or let them follow what other sellers are doing. All available shipping methods will be visible to a buyer. If a seller chooses to charge a handling fee, this will also be shown in checkout. There will not be a need to send out an invoice as payment can be made immediately through PayPal.

Example - MOC Inventory Item Detail Page

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This News Has 11 Replies
View Thread (Cancelled)   -   shadowarrowny(240)
(178 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   Daave(388)
The fee structure is a bit fuzzy in my head- but I'm not good with numbers when I have first woken up... Looks good... However... Didn't it say somewhere that shops can list partial ...
(178 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   enig(695)
[...] Interesting. So will it be random, or buyers will be able to choose the shops they are buying to MOC from? If a seller chooses not to add a MOC to their inventory, they will not be ran...
(178 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   WoutR(343)
[...] If the shipping calculator uses weight only, it will be useless for a large part of the world. We need to be able to select volume limits also.
(178 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   WoutR(343)
The current position of the link to the MOC part of the website in the top right of our main page suggests that the links below it are part of the same MOC thing. This makes it more difficu...
(178 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   Loremonger(180)
Oh wow. In my industry (software), I've seen some pretty shaky product launches. But this is going to be a disaster. Confusing fee structure. Too easy to circumvent the hidden part...
(178 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   zux(23)
Hi, I'm just getting plain text instead of great views from screenshots posted above. Not sure what technology you used, but it is way too extreme in terms of compatibility with different br...
(178 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   Saaby(926)
Is it possible to distinguish between new and used bricks?
(161 days ago, 2014-04-11, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   bgallenb(39)
I have spent the past 30 minutes watching as images of submitted designs scrolled across the page. In that time, I have seen (what the Lego Company calls) illegal part connections as well...
(153 days ago, 2014-04-19, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   krank1973(3226)
[...] Yawn - Just give us what we require - BL V3, V4 or whatever..... Stop all this nonsense MOC shop - we're here to buy & sell Lego - nothing else..... Stop wasting your time & resou...
(153 days ago, 2014-04-19, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: MOC Shop Part 2   -   bearitone(947)
Someone above mentioned disenfranchising the design herd. I think this will be a major problem over time. Why should I submit a design that I worked hours on, in order to get a small percentage o...
(117 days ago, 2014-05-25, to NEWS)
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