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Thread: Train Collection buyers

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    Default Train Collection buyers

    I've got to sell most of my HO scale stuff. I was wondering if anyone has ever dealt with the companies in the back of the "model railroader" magazine that buy whole collections? I'm trying to see if they're worth my time. Going to be selling about 100 freight cars and 15 engines. I figure ebay would take forever. Thanks for any info.

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    Those collection buyers are going to pay you much less than your stuff is worth because they are like dealing with a car dealer they want to make a profit. Depending on what you are selling try EBAY or HOYARDSALE at yahoo groups.

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    I was trying to sell about 75 thousand dollars worth of trains for a friend a cpl. years ago & contacted about 25 people that buy trains & collections. I was appauled at what they offered me for the whole collection. It was no where's near the price of the trains.
    A friend of mine put it all on EBay & only took him about 90 days to get rid of all of it.
    The total price for everything at the end of the bids was about 80 thousand. So, sell it on EBay & you will probably get most of your money back. That's my 3 cents worth.

    (This is the only Video left of my Train layout before I took it apart in 2012)

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    ebay best way to do it its how I trim down/make room for new stuff

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    e-bay baby! no other way to get your profit margin for what you paid for and then some in most cases. You can sell in batches of 6 cars instead of individual. I would sell the locos as individually though....

    my plugged nickel's worth :-)
    Union Pacific HO Scale Modeler

    Sustaining Member of UPHS

    The following are Yahoo Groups that I belong to (as Alcomotive):

    UP Modelers
    Union Pacific : UPRR e-mail list
    UPRRSYS EASTEND: Union Pacific RR System

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    agree ebay would be the way to go, unless maybe there are shows near ya you can set up at??

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    If you don't want to deal w/EBay, then find a friend that has a 100% selling site & let them do all the work for you & give them a good percentage.
    What do you have For Sale? Give us a partial list here on the forum & your asking price.

    (This is the only Video left of my Train layout before I took it apart in 2012)

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    Adding some stuff to the "buy" forum........ Got an estimate from a guy who buys collections........ extreme lowballing ...

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    james-trainmaster Guest

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    ebay ebay ebay

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    So, the max they offered was $450

    this is for 12 engines, 30 box cars, 10 flat cars, 8 tank cars, 15 gondolas, 20 covered hoppers, about 100 pieces of ez track, and three walther built ups. Had to tell em no go.

    All engines have dcc, 90%or my cars have loads, and almost all are in original boxes.

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