Sold my entire stash yesterday. 48 years of amassing kits and nowAugust 11 2017 at 10:36 AM
|Larry (Login challenger70)|
from IP address 22.214.171.124
all I have is a lot of empty shelving units.
With commission building ruling the table for the next 4 years, I realized that I will never build a fraction of the pile I had amassed before I kick off.
Kind of eerie looking.
The buyer took one look at what I had and said he will take it all. Ta Ta. So long. Bah Bye.
Humm....do I start over? HA! No.
Larry the Audi Guy
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Send him over to my house.
|August 11 2017, 11:17 AM |
and ebay doesn't get one much.
Might be an idea Steven but I think I tapped him out financially.
|August 11 2017, 11:38 AM |
I had over 600 kits and scads of them were long out of production.
a LOT of OOP Aurora kits.
I think he saw those first and jumped on them.
Sometimes that sounds so appealing
|August 11 2017, 12:03 PM |
I am slowly chipping away at my stash by selling on ebay, but sometimes having a collection buyer come and take it away sounds so nice. The few I really want to keep are the good ones, and the rest of my stash is run of the mill stuff which never sells at vendor tables.
|This message has been edited by Kurtains from IP address 126.96.36.199 on Aug 11, 2017 12:16 PM|
So was it Jeff or Dean who bought your collection???
|August 11 2017, 12:33 PM |
They are the big guys in purchasing collections. Paul Milam is another guy who buys collections as well.
Neither. I never saw or heard of this guy before. Didn't talk much
|August 11 2017, 12:58 PM |
either. Pretty straight forward business guy.
He knew that I knew what these kits are worth and that I was in no hurry to part ways with them unless the price was right.
Word of mouth is how he found me. We talked on the phone a couple of times before I invited him over.
1st visit he inspected the lot. 2nd visit he made the offer. Cash deal, briefcase style...a BIG briefcase.
He drove up in a new Escalade with Illinois plates and another guy with a Promaster extended van.
The departure was pure cold business in nature. No joking around or talking old model stories.
The guy from Lots of Models?
|August 11 2017, 1:26 PM |
"Izzette" I think is his name....just a guess...
They also pay in installments
|August 11 2017, 2:32 PM |
so if you want to unload it all at once, be prepared to get paid in increments and not all at once
Installments is the norm but not this time..
|August 11 2017, 3:58 PM |
He wanted to take all of the kits then make installments and I said no.
You take all the kits....you leave all the money.
He very reluctantly agreed. That evening he returned with his partner with the cash. My wife then checked each bill for authenticity which took quite some time, further aggravating him.
I think this is why he left so coldly.
For the curious ones, here are a few Aurora kits that were in the stash:
Aurora German Atlantis..new..unopened (X7)
Aurora P40 flying Tiger- Brooklyn
Aurora USAF 4 stage lunar probe SM75 Thor with launch pad and service tower (X3)
C141A Starlifters (plural)
B26 Marauders "
F90 jet fighters "
B58 Hustlers "
Grumman F9F Panther 1st brooklyn issue (Just one of these)
1/32 B25 (only 1 as I sold the other dozen or so I had of these a few years back as I wrote here then)
Gone but not forgotten.
Send him my way n/t
|August 11 2017, 1:30 PM |
I too will be unloading a bunch of what I have. Not stopping yet.....
|August 11 2017, 1:59 PM |
but I'm 76, and one must be reasonable about future modeling possibilities.....
Most of the stuff I keep will be 1/48 armor (300+ kits and accessories that most people have no interest in anyway) and some 1/48 and 1/32 aircraft of designs I like. I may sell some of the 1/48 armor, as somehow I've ended up with 21 Tamiya VW Kubelwagens.....
Downsizing is a bear.....
Would you be interested in buying
|August 11 2017, 3:24 PM |
My collection of 1/48 resin Mosquito two stage engines?
Where were you...
|August 11 2017, 5:09 PM |
Very thoughtful essays, Steve
|August 13 2017, 12:53 PM |
I enjoyed reading your columns on Scale Model Soup. One quote in particular struck home:
". . . being a seller is a total pain in the ***. Determining a viable price for each model, the logistics of posting them, responding to email, acquiring shipping material, packing the models, printing postage, mailing the items, tracking the packages, responding to follow-up communication . . . it can be a full-time job. Yes, the money is nice, but I’d rather be building a models than packing them en masse."
I realized all of the selling tasks you described were averaging an hour per kit, but the effort generated some cash and cleared some space in my home. More importantly, I figured that each kit sold was a net gain of about 40 hours being returned to my life for other things!
If I spend an average of 40 hours building a kit, and I sold 100 kits, that is a net gain of 4,000 hours or about two years of full-time building. If you place a reasonable value on your time, it is easy to see that scale modeling is actually a very expensive hobby!
Also, Steve, I really liked your shortcut ideas such as painting cockpits black, skipping photoetch and superdetailing the underside of an aircraft.
|August 11 2017, 11:55 PM |
I did the same a few years ago (well....nearly - I kept about 20 kits of my nearly 700). Sold them in two lots as well so not much brain damage.
Very liberating in a way to know that it wont need to be done should something happen.
Really makes you think about buying that next kit. I used to jump at anything that was a 'good deal'. Now it has to be a good deal and way cool