Need help Selling

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by hyarion, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. hyarion

    hyarion New Member

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    Hey all. I've been collectin HO engines with the idea of setting up my 'dream setup.' Unfortunately, Im being sent to Iraq and I have nowhere to keep my collection. So Ive picked out what I want (Im a sucker fro streamliners) and need to sell the rest. I need to sell a bunch of engines, and the people on here aren't biting. Any suggestions?

    thanks

    ben
  2. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

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    You can auction them off on eBay. You will likely get what they are worth (and perhaps a little more) if you start at a fairly low price, and have pretty close to actual cost shipping. However, on eBay you do not control the price, the bidders do. If you have too high a starting price and/or reserve, folks don't bid. Figure about 10-15% for eBay and PayPal fees - percentage is less as price goes up. The top price you are likely to get is effectively capped by dealers offering the same item at a "Buy it now" price. Good picture(s) and accurate description of item and condition are essential to getting a good price on eBay. Original boxes and paper work increase the value. Because of shipping costs, selling cars or train set quality locomotives individually is not very productive - you'll need to group these. Good quality locomotives such as Atlas or Kato in excellent condition will normally get at least 75% of their original cost.

    Hope this helps.
  3. hyarion

    hyarion New Member

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    True, but I'm hoping to avoid e-bay. I'd rather sell it to a collector who knows better, and I feel some loyalty to the railroad community. Thats why I'm just selling them in railroad forums.
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Not sure how often there might be train shows and flea markets in your area...or if you have time before you leave... but renting a table to display your goods might do the trick.
    Ralph