I would also love to have a thread here to see everyone's PAB finds, and how much they got in a cup. I believe their is one like this over on the Eurobricks Forum. See here: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.p ... 27795&st=0
The first post in the thread is a great way to show how much more bricks you can fit if you use various stacking techniques.
I haven't been to my LEGO store recently but back in October I got an awesome haul from the LEGO store in Surrey British Columbia
. It's about an hours drive from where I live, and I only found it last October. I hope to go again soon.
By the way this website: http://www.brickbuildr.com/?u=view&m=pab
It's run by LEGO fans who go to stores and can update the walls online. That way you can have an idea of what is at the store before you make the trip out. Its not always updated, but it does help a lot! Check it out, there may be a store near you, that you didn't know about.
For stacking and techniques, you can browse through my stream. But to show how much you can fit in a cup here is a pic:
I should say this took about 45 min
to stack it, but if you have the time, its worth it. Its worked great since we made a shopping trip of it, the family shopped the mall for 2 hrs. while I sat in a Lego store stacking PAB cups....so much fun!
This was from ONE large PAB cup.
Here are the contents:
1x1 Dark Bluish Gray Bricks - 343
1x1 Dark Green Bricks - 206
4x4 Green Plates - 31
4x4 Gray Plates - 13
1x3 Tan Bricks - 48
1x1 Light Bluish Gray Round Tiles - 1,350
1x1 Purple Tiles - 55
Total Pieces - 2,046
Now, lots of these pieces were small, but for 19.99 Canadian, I think this is a pretty good deal.
Like AK said, the fill and shake method really packs in small 1x1 pieces, but otherwise, I stack all bricks and plates to get the maximum price per piece.
Also, an interesting thing that I found from the Eurobricks thread is that you can buy bulk boxes of bricks (and I assume any other piece) for about $70.00
If you are looking to buy a certain piece in a large amount, these boxes will be much cheaper than Bricklink and WAY cheaper than LEGO's online store.
The contents of these boxes fit about (in bricks):
1x1 : 6150
1x2 : 2800
1x3 : 1800
1x4 : 1300
1x6 : 826
2x2 : 1400
2x4 : 675
2x6 : 400
So if you want to build a big gray wall, this is the way to go!
In all seriousness, this is a really good deal and if you could get one of 1x2 bricks in LBG, that would be awesome. These are just some things that I have found online while looking for ideas for buying form PAB myself. Hope it is of some help to you guys!