MOCPlans.com was a site dedicated to selling Building Instructions for MOCs. An old idea but the first site I'm aware of to try and create a dedicated platform just for LEGO MOC instructions.
Unfortunately, after 5 years, the site owner Chase has decided to shut it down. From talking with him it was not an easy decision and he spent a lot of time and money trying to make it work out. In the end, we decided that the best solution for MOC designers and buyers would be to merge MOCPlans into Rebrickable.
So you can now buy and sell MOC Building Instructions directly on Rebrickable.
How it works
On the Building Instructions tab of a Premium MOC with hosted instructions, there will appear one or two payment buttons (depending on how the designer has it setup).
Click the PayPal or Stripe buttons to pay the designer directly.
You will get immediate access to the instructions which you can download via the new > page.
Submitting Premium MOCs
The Self-Hosted option will remain, at least for now. The benefit of the Rebrickable-hosted option is that there is no up-front fee to submit your Premium MOCs. You only pay a small % commission of each sale made - so if you don't sell much, you are not out of pocket.
As part of reproducing the necessary features, Rebrickable does some things a little differently to the way MOCPlans operated.
Fully automated submission process
Anyone can submit their MOCs for sale via Rebrickable's automated submission process. Premium MOC submissions require approval by a Rebrickable admin as always, but this is usually done within 24hrs and then everything is under the control of the MOC designer.
Instructions available offline
Buyers can download their purchased instructions for offline viewing, at any time, in the format the designer publishes them in. Designers may submit multiple files per MOC if required.
Buyers pay Designers
In the old model, buyers would pay the platform and then the platform would pay the designers at the end of each month.
Instead, buyers on Rebrickable will be sending money directly to the designers at the time of purchase. Depending on the payment method used, the Rebrickable commissions can be automatically deducted from the payment.
This lets designers get paid immediately, and reduces the fees charged by payment processors such as PayPal. The designer can also choose from several different currencies too.
Designers can choose to sell via Stripe and/or PayPal. To enable payment methods, go to your Settings page and use the new Payments tab. By default, all converted MOCPlans designers have PayPal enabled using their MOCPlans email addresses.
More details about how the fees/payments work is on this Help page.
Analytics and Reporting
Any MOC sales are integrated with your existing analytics page for easy analysis.
There is a new > page for designers that lists every sale made.
What does this mean for anyone with existing purchases on MOCPlans?
I've tried to make sure all existing purchases are still accessible.
If you have purchased instructions on MOCPlans, they can still be accessed as PDF files via your > page. If you didn't already have a Rebrickable account, one has been created under your MOCPlans email address. You will need to reset your password before you can login.
Some MOCPlans MOCs have not been migrated at the request of their designers (e.g. Ingmar Spijkhoven's). In these cases, you should contact the designer to determine how to access the instructions you have purchased.
Different Email Addresses?
If you use a different email address on Rebrickable than what you had on MOCPlans, you can request a transfer of the purchases from one account to another by:
- sending me an email at [email protected] FROM your Rebrickable email address so I can verify your identity
- state your MOCPlans email address
- include at least one Order# that you received from MOCPlans so I can verify the purchase
I am getting a lot of these requests, so please be patient I will get to you all in time. Providing me as much information as you can makes things easier for all of us.
UPDATE: I've added an email lookup tool to assist you in determining if you have any purchases migrated.