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    The good thing about nscalesupply is they have a previously owned catalog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmi View Post
    This is why when I am seriously looking on eBay, I always keep a link to N Scale Supply in the background. I chose them because of the easy to use catalog. When I see an item that I'm interested in it only takes a couple of clicks to find the list price for a new one.
    Yeah when I was starting out in the hobby I had only my own not-so-great LHS prices to compare to, so when I saw some prices on ebay I thought I was getting a great deal. After shipping costs it was barely under what I'd pay retail locally, but wayyy more than I'd pay buying new from an online retailer, specially with a combined order to save on shipping. I really haven't had any bad ebay experiences, or at least nothing that was ebay or the system it uses fault. It was either me being an idiot and bidding on something without researching enough, or the item being defective and getting a full refund, but being out the shipping both ways (which was almost as much as the item!).

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    Another classic -
    I just had a SD45T-2 show up on me desk! Happy as Larry.. its in SP colours, #9207...

    The issue is that I never bought one... Its from Ebay USA, but no number, no receipt no nothing to say who sold it... all it ays Is Pitney Bowes Erlanger KY
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    Hey Bird, you must have an angel looking over your shoulder! Nice win, cheers, Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzie Bill. View Post
    Hey Bird, you must have an angel looking over your shoulder! Nice win, cheers, Bill.
    Damn, I figured it out - was supposed to be a loco for Brian K to Repaint for me - a Kato SD-45... Already contacted the seller.. sorted

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    Ah well, at least its all sorted.

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    too honest for my own good..

    Na he appears a good bloke...

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    That I'm afraid is just sickening.
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    But its still got another 13 years to go before its classified as an antique!!!!!

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    "Spend $99+ and get 6 months to pay" ... That would be roughly $67 / month ... Come on, that's a great deal if ever there was one...
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    [QUOTE=Bird;392271]Strike me catholic!!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/400787525557/

    This listing states 'ended'. Doesn't it say 'sold' if someone bought it?
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    [QUOTE=scoup87;392445]
    Quote Originally Posted by Bird View Post
    Strike me catholic!!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/400787525557/

    This listing states 'ended'. Doesn't it say 'sold' if someone bought it?

    Yes, if it was sold, it should read "SOLD"
    It was probably listed incorrectly, maybe $125.00
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    Actually the listing ended with no bidders. This is the second time this item was listed for the same price so it's no mistake. The original listing ended September 27, again with no bids. It should reappear within the next week or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    It was probably listed incorrectly, maybe $125.00
    Maybe it was supposed to say $12.50?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    Maybe it was supposed to say $12.50?
    Possibly, but they state expedite shipping @ $14.00 ... Dat just don't make no sense, I tell ya...
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    While not an expert on Micro Trains history and perhaps this is well known already, but what might explain some of the seemingly over priced cars is that at one time, pre-internet/Ebay days, Micro-Trains / Kaddee cars were considered/thought to be in somewhat limited supply. Dealers were supposedly not aware of what their order would contain and a sort of "false" sense of limited supply was created. For some time in the early days of MTL, price guides would track what certain cars sold for via auction or shows. Kind of like Beanie Babies, people "invested" in MTL cars. To some degree, there are some cars that people will pay more for. I sold a 5 car set for $450 about 2 years ago. Bid up that high. Blue label Kadee cars will sell for 2-3X a regular MTL car, sometimes.

    At least, this is how it was explained to me....

    This seller sells and has a page dedicated to MTL history and collect-ibility: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kadee-Micro-...item51c49e41d1 - he does sell some at higher prices.

    Guide: http://stores.ebay.com/Prestige-Mode...ons-Guide.html

    Over time, I have picked up quite a few older MTL/Kadee cars in auction lots that original dealers had vacuum plastic wrapped for whatever reason. (original factory air!!) I have been hesitant to sell just because they actually are quite old now and do tell part of the history of N scale. Cost me a minimum amount, nothing to store and perhaps one day may have value to someone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Dat just don't make no sense, I tell ya...
    Me either, Moose. You can rest assured, I won't be "bidding" or "buying them now".
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    So many "valuable collectibles" have the bottom drop out as the generation that viewed them as "valuable" drops off, or the whims of consumers change. Specially around toys and things specifically created to be "collectible". They often follow a typical bubble pattern, where good marketing or some cultural meme gives people a strong impressions something is a valuable collectible, more people collect hoping not to "miss the boat" and "get in on the ground floor". Those initial people end up selling later at large gains, which proves to even more people there's money to be made so they buy in, price be damned because these items are rare and will only go up in value! Eventually the price gets so high not enough people can buy them, and most of the stock is now hoarded away by people thinking they're sitting on gold. Over the years the price stagnates, or even drops, but the collectors won't admit it because none of them are selling. They claim it's because they are "holding onto their investments" but the truth is that if they tried to sell at this point no one would pay what they think their items are worth. Interest dies out, and when the hoarded collectibles are sold at an estate sale 20 years later they go for a fraction of what their "investor" owner believed they'd be.

    Sometimes this cycle is very quick, like with Pogs or other fads. Sometimes it can take much longer, like with sports cards which were seen as a safe collectors investment but the prices have absolutely stagnated, or crashed since the 90's. Later generations just don't give a toss about sports cards like previous ones did.

    I think a lot of people who have huge model train collections and think people care and will pay more for "factory air" may get a rude awakening as tastes change. I know a lot of the people who grew up in the hobby when N was really getting off the ground value the history and rarity of certain cars, but I think my generation and specially the ones coming after won't care at all. They'll see a box car with slightly inferior details due to its age priced for 10x what a newer better detailed item would go for and have no interest in paying such a price, if anything they'd expect a discount on such old stock.

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    You're pretty much right, there, Baron.

    We have a whole storage container full of Beanie Babies. The difference, though, is that we never intended to resell them. We thought they were cute, we bought them, and when the kids got old enough, we opened the lid and said "have fun". It was amusing the shocked expressions of some people when they learned that we *gasp* took the TAGS OFF! and *double-gasp* let the children PLAY with these stuffed animals.

    Now, you almost can't give them away.

    OTOH, I think there is something to say for preserving some history, as Jugtown said. I have a car or two that I keep for the same reason. It's the same thing as some of the Lionel and/or Tinplate trains. They become valuable precisely because they are old and they represent a historical phase. The value is however limited to the overall level of interest in the hobby, or at least to the historical / sociological role of the hobby.
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