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There's a great article that was written several years ago on this, but with the price increase of the cups it no longer holds true. Back then, it was true that the small cup was a better value, but today with doing some basic division, it appears both cups are roughly the same value. The large cup is a better value by .0005 cents per ounce. Cup and lid volume included, the small holds 20.5 ounces, large holds 36.5 ounces. At $8.99 and $15.99 respectively, the small is $0.4385 per ounce, and the large is $0.4380 per ounce. I haven't taken into calculation the cost savings of reusing a cup; I know we get a $0.50 discount on large cups but I'm not sure about small cups as I've never used them before. If the small cup offers the same reuse discount, it would actually be a better value by 1 penny per ounce. Nor have I examined the VIP points earned per cup. The article I was referring to can be found here: http://www.1000stein...sonAnalysis.pdf

You guys gotta stop posting sand green pictures. I'm getting terribly jealous and it's making the wait until Sunday feel even that much longer. I actually had a nightmare last night that I had arrived at the store but there was no sand green. *oh2* *oh2* *oh2*:cry3:

T-72 hours before my train leaves...

That's the article I remembered reading. I just didn't remember its results, but it's good to know they're the same.

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I went to the LEGO store at Copenhagen in Denmark today and filled 4 large cups.

Unfortunately no sand green bricks (offcourse). However the diversity of bricks was a joy for me. I feel that they had a lot of usefull bricks that I´ve never seen on the wall before.

The cups:

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The lot:

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Sorted:

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Both left, and right wing parts. Thats a first for me. Tan tiles and grey connectors. Bliss !!

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Black pins and all these round tiled bricks. Im gonna find them quite usefull indeed.

And then those cockpit windows. Only got two, but Im pretty sure i will find some use for them and regret not gettin more.

Dont really know what use I have for those yellow cheese slopes. I just saw them and recalled a build whre I needed these, and to my horror found that I barely had any.

I'ts a shame i could only afford 4 cups. I could have filled some 8 more to be honest. :tongue:

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I went to the LEGO store at Copenhagen in Denmark today and filled 4 large cups.

Unfortunately no sand green bricks (offcourse). However the diversity of bricks was a joy for me. I feel that they had a lot of usefull bricks that I´ve never seen on the wall before.

The cups:

The lot:

Sorted:

Both left, and right wing parts. Thats a first for me. Tan tiles and grey connectors. Bliss !!

Black pins and all these round tiled bricks. Im gonna find them quite usefull indeed.

And then those cockpit windows. Only got two, but Im pretty sure i will find some use for them and regret not gettin more.

Dont really know what use I have for those yellow cheese slopes. I just saw them and recalled a build whre I needed these, and to my horror found that I barely had any.

I'ts a shame i could only afford 4 cups. I could have filled some 8 more to be honest. :tongue:

The arch pieces look interesting. I bought a few of those recently for the last CMF contest on here. Very useful pieces!

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The arch pieces look interesting. I bought a few of those recently for the last CMF contest on here. Very useful pieces!

Arches they are offcourse called. Thanks.

Im already regretting not getting a ton more of the white arches. I've already found that they are perfect for some issues I've had with my "hanging gardens project".

Just hope there is more of them left the first of May when I can afford them.

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I'm in New York on business but I managed to get over to the 5th Avenue store and get a small PAB cup and a few Mixels. (I would have done a full cup but I travel fairly light and don't have much free space in my luggage. Mostly grabbed a bunch of sand green bits with a few other bricks and slopes in colors I'm short on. My cup was so full that the lid barely fit but the clerk didn't bat an eye, and in fact helped me out by taping it on. :-)

Here's the lot:

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I *MAY* be finding myself in NYC this weekend. This is all very tentative right now. Would folks like for me to pick up some extra sand green and mail it to you? You will be responsible for shipping charges of course. I understand how rare an opportunity this is for us all, to get our hands on this color. Hopefully this would also spark some further interest in spreading this PAB cup sharing thread I started a few days ago on this forum.

I may be a little late on this but I would absolutely be interested in some sand green and would be willing to compensate you a bit extra (above cost plus shipping) for some. Drop me a PM if the offer still stands.

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I may be a little late on this but I would absolutely be interested in some sand green and would be willing to compensate you a bit extra (above cost plus shipping) for some. Drop me a PM if the offer still stands.

PM sent. For anyone else who is/was interested as well, as it stands right now I have five people requesting a total of six cups. I told everyone so long as no one gives me a hard time at the store I will fulfill their requests. I'll be stopping by the Rockefeller Center store and the Flatiron store, so worst case scenario I'll send my fiance in to get two cups from each store, and I'll grab two cups from each store for a total of up to eight cups. Should be okay and not arouse any suspicion. So for now if anyone else is interested, keep replying here with specifics on what you want and I'll do my best to take care of it all. USA folks only, I ship flat rate padded USPS envelope, $6.80 I believe is what it'll cost me. I will use my own cups as refills so you will all get the 0.50 discount.

Edit: Please consider my poor 25 year old back when making requests. I have to walk around NYC with a backpack and 8 full cups so far. LOL

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Stop posting sand green pics! You're tormenting everyone who has no means to get to NYC!

yes, that's mean for the others :D

I'm jealous of all these sand green parts

I haven't taken into calculation the cost savings of reusing a cup; I know we get a $0.50 discount on large cups but I'm not sure about small cups as I've never used them before. If the small cup offers the same reuse discount, it would actually be a better value by 1 penny per ounce.

It is not the same discount.

In Belgium, France and Germany you get 0.50€ discount (out of 10€) for the small cup and 0.70€ discount (out of 18€) for the large one.

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Got back late last night from my NYC trip. Those stores were a MADHOUSE. Three bins of sand green were completely cleaned out at Rockefeller Center before I even got a chance to grab more than 10 pieces each. I filled up a cup for myself of the other parts that were not empty (lightsaber hilts, 1x1 clips and 2x2 curved slopes) then ran over to the Flatiron store. Their bins were all full, but were quickly emptying with all the people standing around the wall filling up their cups. I managed to get a total of four cups, two for myself and two for a couple other folks I had gone shopping for. Looks like word got out to the entire north east of the United States and everyone flocked to NYC to get their hands on some coveted sand green. I'm very happy I got what I was able to, and even more so that I was able to help out a couple others get some.

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Meanwhile, in non-sand green news, I just got some light blue 2x4 plates, orange 2x3 plates, blue 1x2 plates, and some 1x1 printed eyeball studs. Nothing exciting, but it does help me with stuff I'm working on.

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The timing was right as I was able to get from the loose/unwanted/breakout box to fill the PAB cups. Though there was a time when the stores actually parted them out into plastic bags and sold them for $7 each IIRC. There was no rhyme or reason on what got into the bags and since they're clear, it was easy to see what's inside to make your choice.

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Since the main focus was on the white plates/pieces, it wasn't until after the initial sort that it dawned what set was included in the haul. Checked Bricklink for the parts inventory and separated all the pieces for it. After about an hour it's confirmed that set #21305 the Maze was in the haul with about less than 20 pieces missing that were easily replaced.

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Anyone have an estimate on how many 2x6 and 2x4 bricks would fit in a large PaB cup? I'm trying to figure out if it's cheaper to order online or do a PaB...

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I think somewhere in this thread I have a picture of 2x4s I filled a cup with. I don't remember the exact count. In general, you get better value with the PAB cup. You can fill the empty spaces with other pieces. But it takes time to cram as many pieces as you can in. I guess you can also factor in how much your time is worth to you to decide.

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Anyone have an estimate on how many 2x6 and 2x4 bricks would fit in a large PaB cup? I'm trying to figure out if it's cheaper to order online or do a PaB...

I've seen 169 2x4 bricks fit in a large cup. Not sure on 2x6.

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Wow, thanks for the help. That definitely is a cheaper option than buying 169 bricks off the website.

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Wow, thanks for the help. That definitely is a cheaper option than buying 169 bricks off the website.

Sure is! I was researching this in depth because I'm planning on building a minifig scale cathedral. As it stands right now I'll be needing at least several thousand 2x4 bricks. Here's the Youtube video I found the other day showing how to pack 169 bricks in a cup:

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Thank you for posting that video! I had thought about stacking bricks vertically to maximize space, but building them into progressively larger circles, is BRILLIANT. And it looks like there's still almost room at the bottom for a few studs.

This needs to be required viewing for anyone going to a PaB wall. I'll have to take a screenshot of those circles, so that I can do the same thing.

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