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All the "Good Stuff ' is gone from ebay.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, August 23, 2020 10:24 AM

It seems as though as the hobby is disappearing, with the latest being Scale Auto Magazine in in mail out print, that all the good models from the past and even good parts have mostly disappeared from Ebay.

 

The well has mostly dried up, but for years I have seen it coming, so collected what I wanted before it was gone.

Now people pay high dollars for "JUNK", that a few years ago you couldn't give away.

It's amazing how even later stuff is becoming harder to get, and their prices are going up.

Starting to see resin castings now of 60's Mustangs, and saw a 1960 El Camino.

I think a lot of plastic guys are holding on to their stuff like I am.

A lot of what I have isn't even seen anymore on Ebay.It's gone

 

What about you guys, Any thoughts??

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, August 23, 2020 10:41 AM

I think the pandemic may have a lot to do with the issue since many are staying home and building models to help pass the time.  Bad timing is also a factor, too.  Things that have been in the works for a short time are now coming to light and we are taking all this to heart and creating our own reasons or guesses as to why it is happening.  Just remember, one man's trash is another man's treasure, so the prices jump!   

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Posted by DAYTONA on Sunday, August 23, 2020 12:07 PM

...about 5 years ago I made my final “load up” on vintage unbuilts, pretty much have everything from 58-67,

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, August 23, 2020 2:30 PM

About 15 years ago I noticed that resin casters came and went pretty fast at times, but created some pretty nice stuff some times.

I like resin kits because they make models of cars plastic manufacturers never made.

A lot of these were really beautiful, but some really needed some work.

R&R Vacuun Craft could be one of the worst, but the "Bones"were there if you took your time. Other times their stuff was beautiful. So you never knew. Every purchase was a surprise, but that made it fun!!

 

Right now there are quite a few new casters, that have picked some new models to replicate, and I never saw before, so I have a few of them, but their not Modelhaus quality or even close. No Chrome plated parts or windshields, so more creativity needed.

So anyway, it's nice to have what I have, and nice to have added a few more, but, now it's time to quite buying and just build - I THINKSmile, Wink & Grin.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, August 23, 2020 3:49 PM

My impression is that the availability of items on ebay is cylical.

Modern kits are naturally becoming more expensive because availability has dropped for a portion of them due to upheaval with the kit manufacturers in recent years.

Resin production fluctuates a great deal just due to the fact that a good portion of casters are older guys, like us, and they retire and move on.

Couple that with the fact that there's really no money to be made in casting unless you're a large producer of restoration parts like Modelhaus was.

As far as vintage kits and parts go, I think there are ebbs and flows and we might be in a trough right now, but believe me, at some point in the not too distant future, as older hobbiests begin to recede from the hobby, there will be a huge glut in the market of vintage stuff.

The vast majority of model car builders and collectors that find those old kits appealing are in our 50-70 age group and we're not going to live forever.

At some point, all of those old kits are going to gradually begin flooding back into the market.

I think of it a bit like the polar ice caps, (or at least how some people think of them)

Right now, a large portion of those old kits are locked up in the modeling ice cap, but as the dying off of intersted hobbiests increases, those kits frozen in the polar modeling ice will become available all over again. Big Smile

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, August 24, 2020 6:52 AM

"So anyway, it's nice to have what I have, and nice to have added a few more, but, now it's time to quite buying and just build - I THINKSmile, Wink & Grin."  I made that same decision over a year ago, yet somehow my collection still seems to be getting larger, just not at the same pace as before.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, August 24, 2020 8:08 PM

[quote I build models because I can't afford the real thing!user="TarheelRick"]

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I build because I love too.Big Smile

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:21 AM

Well gee if all the good stuff is gone from Ebay, I guess I'll just have to build what I already have as it was good stuff when I bought it and it is still good stuff today. Only problem is that I have WAY too much good stuff and need to get rid of some, as I'll never get around to buiding it all or even10% of it. Sighhhhh.

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Posted by jkitman on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 8:23 PM

Lol. I too have enough kits for three people to build and I don't think three people could finish them all. But I enjoy not only building kits, I like the box art and I like looking at the contents of the kits. I like the smell of the vintage paper instructions and boxes. I can remember where  and what I bulit as a kid. Its a full circle hobby for me. That being said, I still buy kits. Im doing what I can to support the industry. 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:25 AM

jkitman

Lol. I too have enough kits for three people to build and I don't think three people could finish them all. But I enjoy not only building kits, I like the box art and I like looking at the contents of the kits. I like the smell of the vintage paper instructions and boxes. I can remember where  and what I bulit as a kid. Its a full circle hobby for me. That being said, I still buy kits. Im doing what I can to support the industry. 

 

 

I'm right there with you "jkitman".

I have about 150-160 kits built, all in cases, and twice that in the those "special" kits", and then there's the "extra, extra special" kits that are either rare resin, or rare HTF plastic kits, still unbuilt. And then theres the tons of special parts boxed up and labeled and stacked neatly, that I love to go through and look at also. We won't talk about the shed full - LOL. Man are we "BLESSED."

Getting them out to look at and "smell" that old plastic like you said, is sometimes better than building...AHHH the nostalgia. It warms me just thinking about it.

So many wonderful years and memories of friends, and of collecting and building. 71 years and still going strong from 1950 until now. Still healthy as a horse and happy.

Somehow I never got past being a kid at 20 years old. I still feel so young and happy.

My family lives a long time and stays healthy right up until the end, so I'm just going to keep enjoying my TOYZZZ, but if I drop off a cliff tomorrow - WHAT A RIDE !!

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Gary Davis on Sunday, August 30, 2020 5:25 PM

Treehugger Dave

 

 
jkitman

Lol. I too have enough kits for three people to build and I don't think three people could finish them all. But I enjoy not only building kits, I like the box art and I like looking at the contents of the kits. I like the smell of the vintage paper instructions and boxes. I can remember where  and what I bulit as a kid. Its a full circle hobby for me. That being said, I still buy kits. Im doing what I can to support the industry. 

 

 

 

 

I'm right there with you "jkitman".

I have about 150-160 kits built, all in cases, and twice that in the those "special" kits", and then there's the "extra, extra special" kits that are either rare resin, or rare HTF plastic kits, still unbuilt. And then theres the tons of special parts boxed up and labeled and stacked neatly, that I love to go through and look at also. We won't talk about the shed full - LOL. Man are we "BLESSED."

Getting them out to look at and "smell" that old plastic like you said, is sometimes better than building...AHHH the nostalgia. It warms me just thinking about it.

So many wonderful years and memories of friends, and of collecting and building. 71 years and still going strong from 1950 until now. Still healthy as a horse and happy.

Somehow I never got past being a kid at 20 years old. I still feel so young and happy.

My family lives a long time and stays healthy right up until the end, so I'm just going to keep enjoying my TOYZZZ, but if I drop off a cliff tomorrow - WHAT A RIDE !!

 

 

  

I'm with the both of you guys. I for sure have enough kit's to last three life times. I also have gone to ebay and saw the JUNK that people are asking a boat load of money for. I've basically stopped buying anything from there. If I need something for a build that I don't already have...I go to Steve at Star Models. GREAT guy and fair prices....

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