Edited by bonesiii, Feb 08 2012 - 12:39 PM.
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Posted Feb 10 2012 - 03:58 PM
Technically, Aanch, you did use the Design by Me service once, even though you didn't order anything. Didn't you upload those Blacktron III MOCs to the database in case anyone wished to purchase them?I agree with Aanchir's post, though. While Design by Me was a nifty idea, it wasn't cost-efficient, and there were no real ways it could be made so.
I answered No, Good, and Probably Not. Design byME was a good concept, and I think the main problems were logistical issues that drove up the price-- for instance, the expense of hand-picking the parts both drove up the price and limited the parts palette, and the fact that orders had to be on-demand rather than mass-produced drove up the price even further (especially considering the custom box and instructions). And of course the box and instruction booklet were really the only reasons to use the service since every Design byME part was available on the online Pick-A-Brick service for far cheaper.To clarify, each part on a Design byME model cost 25% more than it cost through Pick-A-Brick, and on top of that there was a flat rate of $10 added to all Design byME models. The instructions, from what I've heard, were not much better than the auto-generated instructions on LEGO Digital Designer, which you would have used to build the model anyway, and those instructions are mediocre, without nearly the same thoughtful design as official sets' building instructions.The main asset of Design byME, as I saw it, is that it made a great gift, since it packages one of your MOCs as if it were a set. They certainly went out of their way to advertise it for this purpose every time a holiday approached. But for a LEGO fan's personal use, Pick-A-Brick tended to be more practical. I call the service good because it was an ambitious and respectable concept that simply didn't pan out too well in practice. Hence why if it returned I probably wouldn't make any purchases through it-- there is simply no way it could be made more economical than Pick-A-Brick given the additional complexity the Design byME service has by default.
Aanchir's and Meiko's brother
Posted Feb 11 2012 - 10:44 AM
I mean use as in order a set by mail. What you're referring to is simply uploading an LDD model to the online gallery, a feature that is still offered in modified form (if I saw correctly), and is now not connected to DesignByMe. So I would consider that a use of LDD, not DesignByMe per se.
Technically, Aanch, you did use the Design by Me service once, even though you didn't order anything. Didn't you upload those Blacktron III MOCs to the database in case anyone wished to purchase them?
Edited by bonesiii, Feb 11 2012 - 10:44 AM.
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