Bricklink is a valuable resource for getting LEGO elements, both common and rare. Just in case someone doesn’t know, Bricklink is kind of an Ebay for LEGO buying. Anything and almost everything LEGO has ever made can be found there – if you know where to look. But that’s just the problem. There are literally thousands and thousands of different types of LEGO elements in different colors, etc. How do you go about looking for just one thing?
I have found that it can be a bit of a challenge finding exactly what it is you are looking for. Even with all the LEGO knowledge I have (about 25 years worth!), I still find it tricky to find what I want. So here are some tips on how to navigate Bricklink:
1) When looking for a particular element, narrow down your search by specifying the exact color you want.
2) If you don’t know the name of the element that you are looking for, do you remember a particular set it comes in? I have found many times that I don’t have the exact name of an element I look on Peeron to find a set that I know that piece is in. For those of you who don’t know, Peeron is a online resource that inventories almost every set that LEGO has ever produced. It helps if you know the theme and name of the set. Sometimes the name on Peeron is different from that of Bricklink, but not often.
3) Use the Browse feature on Bricklink. This is a really helpful. The more that you can narrow down your search – color, type, brick or plate, etc – the easier it is to find.
4) Check out the stores. Look inside them and just browse through them that way. You might not find the element you want in the color you want, but if you find it in a different color you can copy the name of the element in the search area and then look for it that way.
I hope these tips help. If you have any additional tips, let me know. :)