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[HELP] What should I include when selling instructions?

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Hello,

I am going to start selling some instructions for my best mocs and I was wondering what should I include in the folder I sell someone. I'm thinking;

  • PDF of instructions
  • a "readme" file telling the user anything they have to know
  • the LDD file
  • Pictues of completed set
  • bricklink parts list (Don't know how to do that yet)

Does that seem alright? Is there anything obvious I'm missing? This is my first time selling instructions. Thanks, MovieMocs

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You should have a few pictures available before they purchase, preferably with some close ups of details, so they can look at the quality of the build. Plus one thing I often look for as a buyer is a parts list - BEFORE I purchase. I want to know if there are any crazy priced parts needed before I pay for instructions.

Also if you are selling instructions for similar MOCs or a series, it can also be a good idea to give one set away free, so people can have the chance to build one and check out quality, then buy the others if they enjoy the first.

 

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Thanks! I'll be including the parts list before purchase as well as detailed pictures. This is a stand alone moc so I think I'm just gonna try to sell it :) Thanks again!

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I can tell you from experience that giving away free instructions and and hoping people pay what they want will net you very little profit. Currently I offer instructions for my builds if people donate at least a buck so I can buy soup, and it has worked out okay. Not making enough to brag about, but at least I get a meal now and then.

Sometimes I give the instructions for free anyway, I'm not going to die if I don't get a buck after all.

Don't get discouraged if no one wants to buy your instructions though, not everyone is into the same themes you may be. I like cars in 8-wide, but only about 3 other people in the world like that so I don't expect too many customers lol.

If you're making Gundams and Transformers and shiz then you'll be more successful.

People are definitely conscious of expensive parts, I make sure I don't use rare parts to keep costs down. If you do this, make sure to point it out somewhere as a selling point.

Also, it's important to build your models with real bricks to easily spot and fix weakpoints. I just designed a Batman Beyond Batmobile, ordered the parts, and as I was building discovered a tiny offset when connecting plates to technic bricks that didn't show up in the building program. Now I have to rework the model a bit, but I'm glad to have found the problem.

Edited by Henchmen4Hire

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Thanks so much! I just posted my instructions of my smaug head. I made sure to be no expensive parts and posted the parts list on my ad and on rebrickable. It's the hobbit/lotr so I'm hoping the market is big enough for that. I also gave away some free instructions yesterday for a microscale Aircraft carrier. I'm just starting out with the whole instructions thing so well see how it goes :)

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