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such a broad question that can not be answered without pictures

July 16 2017 at 9:47 AM
David Nickels  (Login djnick66)
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Response to Sale Price for Models

What Joe Schmug would get for a model is not what Shep Paine would get...

8 or 9 on a scale of 10 is subjective. All the crap on eBay is described as "pro built"

The kit itself, or the subject matter may make a difference.

Who is the target buyer? Another modeler, or a collector who known nothing about models and what goes into building and finishing one.

What would make one of these OOB models worth more to a collector who could buy one of the good quality die casts today for much less than a built model would go for?

Without knowing what the model was, who knows what it would sell for. I'm sure a 1/48 B-17 nicely done would fetch more than a 1/100 Sabre Jet.

There are lots of decent built models for sale but to get really good money you need to be a 12 on a 1 to 10 scale. Not an 8.

What one kit may have sold for 30 years ago is no indicator of what someone else could get in todays market.

I used to do some OOB builds and my rate was 2X the cost of the kit, plus materials plus $50. So a $25 kit and some paints and labor would be maybe $125. I think the most I got from a built kit was int he $450 range but it had a lot of extras and aftermarket items so I really only broke even on it in the end.

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