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Review on Lockpickshop

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Review on Lockpickshop

Postby sthagain » Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:57 pm


Firstly, I wrote this review because I thought it may be useful for beginner like me. I welcome all suggestion and comments but if you plan to be extremely rude I kindly ask you to not comment at all and click the back button and read something else. If I post something that has been posted before ... ‘Sorry’. Lastly, many thanks to engineer for his help and supports and the other user. :| :|

Now, with all the ranting done here’s the review: :mrgreen:

I recently received my lock pick set (1 Slim Line Euro - Japanese Lock) from lockpickshop. It was ordered on the 17 of February and it took roughly 7 weeks to get delivered. After 5 weeks of waiting, I wrote an email to lockpickshop concerning to why my parcel has not been delivered yet. Surprisingly, they replied on the next day saying they'll put a trace on it ( I have no idea how they planned to do that when they told me that the parcel were sent via USPS first class international--which they informed me as not traceable). They then sent me another email saying that they'll send me another set. It came and the picks were really good. I haven’t used all the picks yet but most of them fitted really well with my locks. They came in a case which is very convenient as it is very small, neat and it can fit in my pocket (not implying that I carry it around). I like this set because there isn’t a lot of picks which narrow down the stress of deciding which picks I should use. Also, if you’re just starting I don’t really see the point of getting a set with lots of picks as you’re not even going to use all of it.

In simple words, if you planned to buy from lockpickshop know that:

- They are very reliable
- Has great customer service
- All the price you see on their site is in US dollar (so convert it to your country currency)
- Take anywhere around 2-8 weeks for the parcel to reach certain countries (so don't freak out when you don't receive the parcel in a couple of weeks)

Before you buy from lockpickshop I suggest you to:
- Look around and see what other shop offers—see what suit your taste & budget.
- Read [u r l=http://www.lockpicking101.com/viewtopic.php?t=1423]Click here[/u r l], this would give you a good idea as where to shop and not to shop.
- Make sure you’re going to stick with this bobby as the sets can be quite expensive. If you’re not sure about it, give yourself sometime to think about it so you don’t waste money that could be use elsewhere.
- Check out if your country allows it to come through at all. Most picks won’t have trouble with customs at all but like I said check it out.

(Most of you who read ‘NEW USERS PLEASE START HERE’ would have come across the topic on making your own picks. I am personally bad at avoid any small injuries so if you’re considering on making your own picks know that it has it has been suggested that it will give you a good understanding and an valuable experience it can also be dangerous so I recommend you to be careful)

While waiting for you picks to come I suggest you to:

- Read pretty much everything on [u r l=http://www.lockpicking101.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10528.]Click here[/u r l]
- Check the laws for your country.
- Learn how to take a cylinder lock apart and put it back together:[u r l=http://www.lockpicking101.com/viewtopic.php?t=10505.]Click here[/u r l] (do it a couple of time while waiting on your picks it will be great help. I know it seem like looking at the pictures on the computer is good enough but experience and doing it yourself it much better
- Get all the theory on how locks work understood.
- Read LSI guide on locks (http://cachefly.oreilly.com/make/lsiguide.pdf)
- MIT guide (http://www.gregmiller.net/locks/mitguide/mit-guide.html)
- Have a go at making shims if you haven’t already (they’re get fun :twisted: )
- If you done all the above...Good job. Now have a go at making a bump key. :lol:
- Done it all? Well...go read about locks (I can’t tell you what else to do!) :|

When you get your picks know that:
- Although it looks very fragile and bendy it is not extremely easily to break.
- Personally I recommend you to start with an easy lock and try to feel what it’s like to have the picks running through the pins and how it feels to have it under the pins and the pressure of pushing the pins. I think there is a tutorial on something similar... Beginner's Lockpicking Exercise - by digital_blue [u r l=http://www.lockpicking101.com/viewtopic.php?t=10677]Click here[/u r l]

(i was going to put this in FAQ & Geberal Information but...i can't find the new topic button :roll: )
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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby Engineer » Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:28 am

It's very interesting to read your opinion as you get started on this hobby. Hopefully it will help others as they start on it as well!

It's so long since some of us (myself included) started out picking, that you forget what it was like when you first discovered this hobby, so it brings back happy memories reading reviews like this!

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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby MacGnG1 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:34 pm

this is a very nice post. we should get more reviews of sites people have bought from. i did a review of DX picksets and sorta touched on the ordering process.
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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby TheSkyer » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:22 pm

Yup, some really good advice in there, keep up the good work!
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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby Bas2888 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:49 pm

Thanks sthagain! It's a nice review and also very helpfull for beginners as myself :D
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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby scottp » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:41 pm

personally i found lockpick shop too be totally terrible, take too long too deliver, expensive, rather rude, one of my orders did not "clear customs" apparently. its also comes up on your credit card statement lockpick shop, very embaressing wwhen i had too the visit the bank one day and that came up.
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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby sparkster » Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:34 am

Whats embarrassing abt lockpick shop showing up on a credit card bill? i could understand if it was joe's porn and sex aid emporium :D ,but back on track, i have had numerous dealings with lockpickshop and have had no issues with customs at all, the delivery to the UK was very quick and the prices were reasonable compared to other places here in the UK, i have also phoned them a couple of times for information about products and found them to be courteous and helpful, we all have different experiences from shops but if i get any attitude from them i dont use their services again, the pricing is there on the site so you should have realised how much it was going to cost before placing the order :)
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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby unlisted » Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:34 am

scottp wrote: its also comes up on your credit card statement lockpick shop, very embaressing wwhen i had too the visit the bank one day and that came up.

Yes, I'm curious as to what would be embarrassing at this as well, for all the bank knows you had a locksmith come change the locks at your residence....

Even if you told the bank you purchased tools, they have no right to make a big deal, its your money, and your paying them to store it.. End of story.. (unless you were picking their ATM lock) :lol:
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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby sthagain » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:33 pm

scottp wrote:personally i found lockpick shop too be totally terrible, take too long too deliver, expensive, rather rude, one of my orders did not "clear customs" apparently. its also comes up on your credit card statement lockpick shop, very embaressing wwhen i had too the visit the bank one day and that came up.

Your experience was quite different from mine. It did take a while for me to get my picks but I don't think it was their fault. As i wrote in my review, I emailed them and got a reply the next day and two days after that i received another email saying they'll send me another set. The second set they send out came around 2 weeks after i received the email. Surprisingly the first set came a week after I got the 2nd set they sent. They also don't seem to have trouble with me having two set from them as well since they haven't told me to send one back to them since I emailed them about it.

scottp: You think it was embarrassing to have lockpickshop on your bills? At least someone didn't accidentally saw your picks on the couch and asked you why you have dentists tools laying around in the living room. :roll:
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Re: Review on Lockpickshop

Postby MarkC » Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:41 pm

I've placed two orders with lockpickshop.com. Both were shipped out the next day and I received them the day after (Fedex Overnight shipping). They are probably the fastest online retailer I've ordered from. On my first order I received a phone call within 5 minutes just to verify the order legit, and they seemed fine to deal with.

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