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Am I paying too much for model kits?
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 10, 2004 2:22 PM
I buy most of my models from ebay and I want to know if im paying too much here are the prices:
1. AMT 1967 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT-350 - 12.50 + 5.00(S/H)
2. AMT Dodge Viper RT/10 Kit (1992) 5.50 + 4.75 (S/H)

If im paying too much can u please let me know where I can find these kits for cheaper.

Thank You,
Sam
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Posted by Likittysplit on Saturday, January 10, 2004 2:43 PM
Sounds about right to me. I don't hesitate to spend ~$20.00 for a kit I kinda want, and if its a kit I reeeely want I'll spend more. Ebay is rarely the cheapest way to get a kit, but if you see one that is out of production and you have to have it, you can usually get it that way.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, January 10, 2004 2:45 PM
Yep, sounds like good prices to me.
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Posted by roadhawg on Saturday, January 10, 2004 3:01 PM
when all is said and done, if youre happy with what you got you didnt pay too much!

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by Likittysplit on Saturday, January 10, 2004 3:07 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by roadhawg

when all is said and done, if youre happy with what you got you didnt pay too much!


Good point!Wink

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Posted by MojoDoctor on Saturday, January 10, 2004 9:31 PM
Having sold (and bought) a bunch of models on Bay, you're getting a fairly good deal. To send a Monogram/Revell or AMT model across the US using priority mail only costs $3.85. All other costs are being added on by the seller, which I don't do.

There is an art to bidding that I have found and have made some amazing deals. Don't jump at the first model you find for there will be many others. Look for one that is listed to end during the middle of a work day and that will be your best bet.

Check my feedback to see what I've done. eBay username- mojo_doctor

Good luck!

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 10, 2004 9:53 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by NewBee

I buy most of my models from ebay and I want to know if im paying too much here are the prices:
1. AMT 1967 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT-350 - 12.50 + 5.00(S/H)
2. AMT Dodge Viper RT/10 Kit (1992) 5.50 + 4.75 (S/H)

If im paying too much can u please let me know where I can find these kits for cheaper.

Thank You,
Sam


OT but I have a ???? How are you buying kits off of Ebay if your 15 and jobless, either your parents are supporting you and your hobby or your not 15....Last I knew Ebay required age verification via a credit card, and while any one might be able to open a paypal account, it does require funding either from a bank account or CC....the reason why I bring this up is because of my post in another thread here:http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/community/forum/topic.asp?page=3&TOPIC_ID=570 in response to your asking for some items.....Just curious....
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Posted by Slabbedask on Sunday, January 11, 2004 3:47 AM
Here in Norway the regular price for current AMT and Revell kits are in the $35-43 range! Of course there are shipping costs across the Atlantic, and we have some hideous taxes here. Fortunately I have found a very friendly supplier in the States, who is very helpful to provide me with kits. This makes my hobby a bit cheaper. I do use my local hobbystore too, though. I think its important to support him too, so I end up buying about 50% of my models locally, and importing the rest myself.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 11, 2004 7:54 PM
historyinscale, do you think that im lying? Did it ever to you that the E-bay account might be my friends? And about the support I begged my dad to giv eme 20$ a month to buy model kits or supplies.
Whatever,
Sam
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 12, 2004 12:02 AM
Actually Sam I speak my mind....and have no fear of doing so. If that's really what I thought I would have out and out said it point blank. I was asking for some clarification on the issue which you didnt have to provide, but you did. I didnt know if I misread something or misunderstood something.....that was all. I think you went overboard with your interpretation of it, but thats ok were all human and we all make mistakes.

Now I still have the items, though I havent located all the Acryl colors yet....Ive only found 2 so let me know
Thanks,
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 12, 2004 5:57 PM
historyinscale, I dont blame you for speaking your mind. Everyone has a right to ask. And about the Acryl colors can you let me know when you find all of them so you wont have to send them one by one.
Sorry,
Sam
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 12, 2004 7:22 PM
Hey Sam no problem man, Sometimes things are easily mis conveyed when your reading actual text and cant "see" someone and read the expression and tone of thier voice. It happens....I moved the stuff I knew I wouldnt need/be using into a box....now I just need to locate that box! LOL I'll let you know when I have everything rounded up.
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Posted by nitrojoe on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 3:37 PM
The only problem I have with E-bay, the only deals are with old kits cause the shipping cost added on new kits, you should just go local and buy them. Sometime the prices some are paying on old kits are unreal, and I'm always hoping Monogram/Revell & AMT will just re-issue all the old drag racing kits and stop all this big time spending on old kits.
"Plastic is my passion" "Nitro Joe" Jackson
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 3:50 PM
reissueing a model will not drop the price on the first one's made. That reissue does nothing to the market of wanting the oreginal one. Just that then you can go and get one that is like it with a lot less detail or Die is worn out and will have more flash on it and so on.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 5:02 PM
Usually, when I buy a kit from Ebay, I try to buy several Kits from the same seller if possible, thus getting a reduction on the overall shipping.

As far as kit price goes, you can also bide your time unless you need the kit now(IE:it is your next project) or you need a part from it etc. Most of us tend to buy faster than we can build, and if it is for a future project, just set up your Ebay watch list, and then you can be notified each time the kit you are looking for is listed. Then, you can decide each time if the price gets too high, and compare each sellers shipping charges.

Ebay can be a great tool, but like any tool, you have to know how to use it to do the best job possible.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 5:08 PM
Sign - Ditto Well said!
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 10:23 AM
Those prices sound good to me. The hobby store in my area charges $15 for most amt, 17.50 for most revell, and $20 for all polar lights.
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Posted by vinnietbird on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 4:19 PM
At Hobby Lobby,the kits run an average of $10.99-$12.Except Tamiya,which are in a price range all their own.I buy them anyway.
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Posted by gratch73a on Friday, January 16, 2004 10:47 AM
around ten bucks is what i will pay for a kit. Any higher i'll look around for it cheaper...as a rule unless i already know i can't get elsewhere. 20 bucks for a kit? i have spent that much once not again. I can always find it cheaper or i don't buy. I have a lot of patience. If i find a kit cheaper than ten bucks i usually buy two, that gives me one to customize & one for stock.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 16, 2004 11:51 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Z. White

Those prices sound good to me. The hobby store in my area charges $15 for most amt, 17.50 for most revell, and $20 for all polar lights.


Holy Cow $15 bucks for an AMT kit......Geesh I buy most of mine in 3 packs when available for $12 so that works out to be $4/each......

I also will buy them another place and never spend more than $7/each (AND NO I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT WALLY WORLD!)

I wouldnt spend $15 on an AMT kit ever....Well maybe if it was a rare kit I had to have, but not for a current or new release.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 16, 2004 12:07 PM
I used to spend $15 - $20 on kits at my local hobby store, but I always felt like I wasn't getting enough value for my money. So now I either buy them at Michael's Craft Store when they have a 50% off sale, which works out to be roughly $7 - $10, or I buy them from a discount Toy outlet. I got a Revell/Monagram 1965 Impala convertible kit at an outlet this fall for $5! That too me seems like a more correct price range for things of this nature.

Building models in general has gotten very expensive in my opinion. Aftermarket accessories, re-chroming plated parts, even a can of paint is all money spent on making just one kit and it's not cheap. I'd guess the average finished model with the above mentioned items included cost $40 and up! Still, I guess if you break it down per hour, it's still a cheap way to be entertained.

Jim
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 16, 2004 12:12 PM
Ahhhhh Jim so I take it you have a K&B Toy OUTLET where you are.....

Folks Im not reffering to any K&B Toy store like the ones in the mall, as typically the only "models" they carry are diecast. We have a "TRUE" K&B Outlet Center in Foley Alabama which is about 20 minutes away....I hit the toy store, the mossy oak store, Bose, and the wife dissapears not to be seen for hrs until she needs help with all the bags......Shock

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