As a Lego seller on Bricklink (or Brick Owl) you will need to add items to your store for sale. One of the main ways to add items to your stores inventory is to part out new Lego sets.

When you part out a Lego set, its important to ensure that the set is profitable and as such you’ll need to know the potential part out value of the set.

## What Does Part Out Mean?

To meaning of ‘part out’ is defined as breaking something whole down to its individual component parts. In relation to Lego specifically, to part out means to break a Lego set down to each unique item contained within that Lego sets inventory.

A unique item could be:

**A unique part *****A Sticker Sheet****An Instruction Booklet****A Minifigure**

*** A unique part is a specific combination of part type & colour. Therefore a Red 1 x 2 plate, is a different unique part to a Blue 1 x 2 plate. **

## What Is A Part Out Value?

The part out value of a Lego set is its total worth, based on the combined value of the set’s inventory, after being broken down to its unique items.

The part out value of a Lego set can be based on either:

**The Average 6 Months Sales**– This is the value of the Lego set based on the actual prices that the sets unique items have sold for over the last 6 months. This is the value most commonly used by Bricklink sellers.**The Average of the Current Items for Sale**– This is the value based on the average price of all unique items within the Lego set which are currently available for sale on Bricklink.

## How To Get The Part Out Value of a Lego Set on Bricklink

To get the part out value of a Lego set on Bricklink, click on the* ***Market** icon and in the section called **Part Out Value**, enter the Lego set number in the field named **Item No**, then press the **Get Value** button.

You will be shown two different values. The first is the value based on the average of the last 6 months sales and the second is the value based on the average price of the current items for sale.

Under each of these values, you can see the total number of items and the number of lots (unique combinations of part type and colour) within the set.

If you are not a registered seller or are not signed in to Bricklink the part out value will be shown in USD as opposed to your store’s currency.

If you are already a seller on Bricklink you can also get the part out value by clicking on **My Store** and selecting the part out option. Then choose **Part Out Value**

As a registered seller you will see an extra set of values showing your inventory average. This is the value of the items from the set which are already in your inventory. You’ll also see the number of items and lots you have currently in your inventory.

An important additional piece of information provided is the number of items and lots which are not currently in your inventory. This can be useful when making decisions on buying sets to add to your inventory.

### Part Out Value Options

**Item Type** – As well as getting the part out value for a set you can also choose a minifigure or gear to get the part out value for.

**Include** – There are two values under the include field:

– This option will give a value based on the items in the set assuming you would sell the minifigure as a complete item.*Parts including whole minifigures*– This option assumes you woudl want to break the minifigures into the component parts that make up the minifigure. Head, Torso, Legs etc.*Parts including Minifigure parts*

The part out value can often be higher if you were to break the minifigure down to its component parts but you must also consider if this is a more saleable option.

**Condition** – Most people parting out sets will be dealing with new sealed sets but you can also choose to ge the part out value of a used set.

**Include: ** – There are four checkboxes under this include field:

**Instructions** – Includes the instructions from the set. Uncheck this is you don’t intend keep ing the Instructions to sell

**Box** – Includes the Box from the set. I’ve not know anyone to keep boxes for resale as they are not practical to keep and ship and the demand is extremely low. You woudl typically want to keep this unchecked

**Extra Parts **– Lego typically include some extra parts int he set. These are usually very tiny parts such as 1 x 1 plates.

**Break sets within set** – Some sets are actually a bundle of smaller sets. A great example of this would be the Lego advent calendars which would contain 24 small sets. Checking this box would treat all sets as one

## What is a Good Part Value?

Whether a Lego set is a good choice to part out will depend on its profitability which is usually defined as a multiplier of the sets cost. So for instance, if a set costs £10 and has a part out value of £30 it has a 3x part out value.

Each seller will need to determine for themselves what ‘x’ multiplier they want to consider as a good part out value but generally most sellers would consider 2.5x – 3x an acceptable part out value.

It is important to keep in mind that the part out value is only one indicator of a sets suitability to be parted out. An experienced Lego seller will also look at other factors such as:

- The actual items popularity and therefore likelihood to sell
- Whether parting out the set will add new lots to the sellers Bricklink store
- Are there any Minifigures contained in the set of good value
- Are there any new or recently released parts in the set
- Are there any items in the set that will be difficult to sell

Failure to consider these additional factors may result in it being difficult to sell all of the items and therefore sellers may not achieve the part out value.

## 4 Comments

## Dan

Great article. I’ve always wondered why it is that most people consider 2.5-3 times POV? For e.g. if you only bought a set at 2x pov what would the impact be, would you still turn a profit or would that all be eaten up by initial cost of the set and fees?

## Keith Bage

Thanks for the comment, Dan. You need to consider what is involved in parting out a Lego set. First of all, you have the time it will take to part out (you should always account for your time, even if you feel this has no cost). You also mentioned fees which you will be charged for selling on Bricklink which are typically around 3%. But you also need to consider how much of the set will sell and how quickly. Let us assume you buy a set for £10 and it has a 2x part out of £20. You would need to sell it ALL to make £9.70 profit (£10 profit – 3% fees) and that is without accounting for your time.

Plus many new sellers try to undercut pricing to generate more sales. If you do this you are reducing the part out value further.

## Alex

Very useful web page. When trying to figure out the part out value are you able to find what it would be in other countries. For example I wish to start in the UK which may have a different market than the US or does it just show a blanket valuation internationally?

## Keith Bage

Bricklink will typically show you the POV in your local currency i.e. GBP. If you’re seeing USD values it is likely that you are not logged in. It could be that you need to be setup as a seller to see the local currency.