Hello everyone! Joe here! I hope we're all doing well. For those of you that celebrate Christmas, I very much hope you're looking forward to it, and not finding it too stressful. We're certainly very busy here at BritCubes, and I wanted to send this email out to offer some information about what will be happening over the Christmas period.
First things first: Stock. Our current stock levels are still fairly strong, but a few items are beginning to sell out, and we will not be getting any new stock until the new year, so please order early to get things you need for Christmas!
Postage! Now, ourselves and various other e-commerce sites have noticed that Royal Mail are experiencing a lot of delays during this festive period, and whilst this is very disappointing, it's quite unavoidable. Royal Mail have published their recommended last shipping dates, which you can view here: https://www.royalmail.com/christmas/last-posting-dates#lastpostingdates . However, due to the delays and due to our own posting arrangements, we will be recommending the following as last possible order dates to get things in time for Christmas.
For the UK - Wednesday 18th December
For the EU - Friday 13th December
For the Rest of The World - Wednesday 11th December
So! If you need things for Christmas, please make sure to get them well in time, to minimise the risk of disappointment on the day.
Thank you all very much for a great year of support, and we wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Hello everyone! Hope we're all doing well on this rainy Tuesday. I've decided to totally refine the way we do shipping, to make it simpler for everyone when ordering, and to ensure that it streamlines our shipping process, making it even quicker for you to receive your cubes! These updates only affect UK shipping, but as that is most of our customers, it probably affects you!
Previously, we offered 5 different shipping options for the UK; First Class, Second Class, Royal Mail 24, Royal Mail 48 and Special Delivery. The prices ranged from £3 to £10, and offered several different options for people depending on how quickly they needed their cubes. However, this has now been totally stripped down to just two options now.
Royal Mail 24 and 48 have been removed entirely. They were priced at £4.80 and £5.50, offering 24 or 48 hour tracked shipping by Royal Mail. However, Royal Mail have now added tracking numbers to 1st Class and 2nd Class shipping, and the shipping times for those are 1 working day and 2-3 working days respectively. This means 1st/2nd class are very much the same service as 24/48, except at a cheaper price!
We have also made the decision to remove 2nd class shipping. I have discussed with our local Post Office at length, and decided that at the extra expense for 1st class, you are actually getting a much faster service as 1st class will always take priority over 2nd! 1st Class parcels are now often arriving in 1 working day, so it's a brilliant service for the price.
We appreciate that 1st class is an extra cost for those of you using 2nd class usually, so to account for this we have reduced 1st Class shipping from £3.55 to £3.50, and this price will be locked against any further increases in price from Royal Mail. So one flat fee for all shipping from us! Nice and simple.
We have also kept special delivery, which is a guaranteed service by 1pm for those of you needing cubes FAST! If you've got them as a gift, or need them to go away, it's definitely worth splashing the cash on a faster service.
So from now on, our two UK shipping options are:
Royal Mail 1st Class - £3.50
Royal Mail special delivery guaranteed by 1pm - £10
Hope this makes sense, and makes your shopping experience just a bit simpler!
Huge thanks to Zain Anjam for writing up this review for us! A really great, in-depth look at this puzzle. Here it is:
Review of Cube
Name – YJ YuChuang V2M
Price - £8.99
Link - https://www.britcubes.co.uk/store/p32/yj-yuchuang-5x5-m.html
Size - 62mm
Weight – 144g
YJ have recently released a new set of budget magnetic puzzles under their competitive “Yulong V2M” line, going from their 2x2 Yupo to their 7x7 Yufu. This set of puzzles have been increasingly popular with beginner and intermediate speedsolvers, with magnetic cubes now becoming more affordable for people on a budget. The Yulong V2M series has been competing with the Mofang Jiaoshi Meilong cubes as well as the Shengshou Mr M and Yuxin Little Magic series of puzzles.
Out of the Box
First Impressions – Before Turning
Upon removing the puzzle from the plastic wrap, I notice that there is some lube on the outside of the puzzle. After a quick wipe down of the cube, I turn to its design. With larger “florian” holes on the outer layers, I would assume this would be improve outer layer cornercutting. The shades on this puzzle are nice and vivid, with a deeper red and blue and an excellent contrast, shades that I prefer over the Yuxin and Cubing Classroom. The cube feels a good weight in the hands, not too heavy for me to get tired whilst solving yet not too light to feel cheap. The pieces on the inside have factory lubricant, which is great since a lot of budget cubes come very dry. I can notice a set of deep grooves on the inner layer pieces.
Doing a few T perms, the speed of the outer layers were nice and fast, yet controllable, a perfect speed for beginners and intermediates. The outer layer magnets are noticeable when doing slower turns, and you can feel a slight bump when doing fast R turns. When doing U/U’ flicks, sometimes I would slightly undershoot or overshoot, perhaps due to my inexperience with 5x5 hardware. However, during solves, the magnets are of suitable strength to maintain alignment of the cube.
The inner layers out-of-the-box, as expected, are slightly slower than the outer layers, but the speeds would soon become more uniform with a bit of break-in and setup. Stronger magnets are used in the inner layers so are much more noticeable than the outer layers. Doing H perms on this cube are effortless, since the magnets are good at holding the inner layers together whilst allowing the outer layers to move freely.
Cornercutting out-of-the-box is very good, 1 ½ pieces forward and ½ piece reverse on the outer layers, and slightly less on the inner layers. Reverse cornercutting on the inner layers are “snappy”, but a lot more effortless on the
outer layers. I would assume setup would change this effect.
During a few solves, I experience a small amount of inner layer catching, possibly due to the lack of inner layer reverse cornercutting, a similar problem to the Yusu V2M, although it could have just been my inaccurate turning. The cube overall remains very stable, maintaining its shape very well. On the tighter tensions, I did not get any bad 5x5 lockups, although I am not to blame the cube for any minor lockups, which were easily corrected. 3x3 stage is very fast due to the weaker outer layers, and I am able to use M slices readily in my solves. There was a slight spring noise, but I was aware this would go away after setup
Before setting this cube up, I wanted to know how the cube feels when completely dry, as I was aware the inside was thoroughly lubricated. I wiped each individual piece thoroughly and assembled the cube.
I was surprised to notice both the inner and outer layers were very fast, with not much of a difference when the factory lubricant was removed. This was a good sign, as this ensured the cube will be beginner-friendly or great for those who choose not to lubricate their puzzles. There was a slight sandiness of course, but the polished plastic ensured this was minimal.
Lubrication + Tensioning
Once again, I disassembled the cube to lubricate the core with 50k and assembled the cube, also lubricating the pieces with 50k. I experimented with the tensioning, but ultimately decided on keeping the stock tensions. The cube is now much faster, the inner layers showing a more noticeable change. The catching seemed to have minimised, although this may have been to my adapted turning style and more accurate turning. The cube is now excellent for intermediate solvers.
After several more solves, the inner layers are beginning to speed up a bit and the catching has reduced, maybe due to my more accurate and careful turning.
I had heard very mixed opinions of this cube, many people dismissing it for the Yuxin Little Magic 5x5M. Despite not having the Yuxin Little Magic M to compare this to, I can tell this cube is very fast out of the box and it just continues to improve after setup and break-in. The cube is very stable, and even on looser tensions, pops are non-existent for me. Simulating aggressive, inaccurate turning, the cube does not experience any hard-to-fix 5x5 lockups that can be experienced with some other cubes which could ruin the solve completely. I was very impressed by this new release from YJ immediately once turning the cube, and I would definitely recommend this cube over any non-magnetic budget 5x5 for both beginner and intermediate cubers.
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Massive new unboxing today, and ten new products on the store. Check it out:
Hello everyone! Joe here. Just a quick blog post to say, thank you all very much. As part of our enticement to get new customers to support us when we were first beginning, we decided to offer free shipping for our first 50 orders (UK). I thought it would take quite a while for us to reach this milestone, so didn't think I'd be making this post so soon. However, in just under a month since opening, here we are at the 50 order milestone!
For people to be choosing to support and buy from this brand new venture, it really does mean the world. I've put absolutely everything into this store, and I'm going to do all I can to make it the best store possible. The shipping price for the UK is still only £3.55, exactly the same as you'd pay posting a first class parcel yourself, so you're getting all the packaging for free at least!
We are really looking forward to pushing forward with this venture, adding more products, and continuing to become the cube store you want to come back to time and time again.
Just a quick blog post, to say we have uploaded our first ever YouTube video, introducing me and the store. You can check it out at this link:
Make sure to subscribe, and any help sharing it with other cubers would mean the world!
When I've been talking to customers, cubers and friends about the store, I think a word I keep going back to time and time again is risk. It was a very big risk opening up the store, and I knew that going into it. The previous time I ventured into the world of cubing, I was still at college, still studying, and had much more to fall back on. This time, I'm using a lot more money, and a lot more of my own time, despite still having a couple of other jobs to work on!
I have been working as an administrator for a few months now, and I have to say I have not enjoyed it! I have always loved the challenge of being self-employed, setting up my previous cubing stores, as well as my own dog-sitting and walking business. I think that perhaps the security of working for someone else, for a full time wage, really makes it an easy choice for a lot of people. However, I value my freedom, and I think working in such a dead end job really made me re-evaluate what I wanted from my life.
So, when my dad asked me if I'd thought about selling cubes again, it came at an ideal time. There's nothing quite like intense dissatisfaction to make you change course! Within a few weeks of him bringing it up, I had thought about it, and decided to make it happen. I reflected on past mistakes, and what I think really works and makes stores successful. Taking the first step is always the hardest, but I'm very glad I took it.
This first week of opening the store has been brilliant. There's been fantastic support from the community, as well as a brilliant promotional video by my friend CanChrisSolve, and it truly does mean the world. If any of you are perhaps considering a drastic change in your life, I'd definitely recommend jumping right in. I did, and I certainly don't regret it!
Thank you for all the support, and here's to a happy cubing future.
Joseph Thompson - The owner and founder of BritCubes. Began working in cubing in 2016, working for two separate stores, before taking some time out. Now back, with a fantastic new venture!