The guys at BrickOwl have been working hard and I'm pleased to announce that they have now setup integration with Rebrickable! BrickOwl is a great new online LEGO marketplace where you can buy and sell LEGO parts or sets. The site already has hundreds of stores with more being added every day.
There have been some attempts lately to create similar marketplaces, but BrickOwl are the first ones to actually deliver something. And since it was created by true AFOLs, they did it without asking for investors before starting work ;)
It brings some great features which have been a long time coming:
- Instant payments, made possible by the automated calculation of delivery fees every time you modify your shopping cart.
- The Wishlist which allows you to import items from file (e.g. Lego Digital Designer) and makes it easier to find the stores that stock those items. Similar to the Private MOCs feature here but also includes delivery fees in the calculations.
- Modern e-commerce site with all the functionality and security you'd expect.
The buyers box now shows you some more information about each store such as what type of site it is and what country they are physically located in. As the number of stores grows I have had to limit the number shown, and provide an option to expand the full list. The stores are ordered so that the ones that stock the most number of parts that you are interested in are at the top, and then by the total cost. While this seems to favour only the large stores, most of the build results shown tend to have a small number of parts and so the smaller stores get a chance to shine. As long as they are cheap enough!
The BrickOwl stores support automated shopping carts, so you can click the "Add to Shopping Cart" link and it will take you directly to that store's page and populate your shopping cart with the relevant parts. It also provides an instant calculation of the delivery fees.