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This Company Sells Replacement Legos

Grand Junction's eBricks can track down the pieces your kid lost.

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So you bought your kid the 4,784-piece Imperial Star Destroyer Lego set for the holidays (be honest, it’s really for you), and Junior misplaced four integral pieces by January 1. You could shell out $700 to buy another—or just consult Grand Junction’s eBricks, the world’s largest independent supplier of Lego components. The idea for the business came to Kenneth Riskey in 2000, the summer before he went to Colorado Mesa University, when he purchased a used 1984 Cargo Center Lego kit with several missing parts. Riskey placed newspaper ads to hunt them down and was besieged by people looking to sell their collections. Sensing an opportunity, the teen bought 38,000 Lego pieces and listed them individually for sale online. He eventually opened an eBricks storefront, but today he makes about 90 percent of his sales through his website BrickLink, where 3.5 million pieces attract collectors, architects, and even Hollywood producers. The Lego corporation itself has called, so there’s no shame in using the service to find the pieces you (uh, your child) need to complete that Destroyer.

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