Posting 00 models without the original boxes.

Discussion in 'Modelling, Simulations & Games' started by Cowley, 26 Nov 2018.

  1. Cowley

    Cowley Established Member

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    Hello all. I’m hoping someone might be able to help me out with some advice.
    I sold a lot of my old stock through eBay a couple of years ago and spent an inordinate amount of time making secure boxes up by hand to protect the models from damage as I (and yes I now know this was a stupid thing to do) threw away all the original boxes whenever I bought a new model.
    Has anyone else had a similar problem? And does anyone know of a simple solution to the problem of sending (lots of) delicate models through the post?
    Thanks for any replies.
     
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  3. John Webb

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    I recollect that several years ago someone was selling boxes for storing rolling stock for people who had lost their boxes - but I can't recall the details - sorry!
     
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    Ah now that looks hopeful. I think I’ll look into these.
    Maybe these were the ones John was thinking of too?
     
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    Shoe boxes work for me - generally free from shoe shops. Most of them are within the Royal Mail definition of "Small Parcel". I usually wrap the model in an old carrier bag and then fill any spare space in the shoe box with crumpled newspaper.
     
  7. Cowley

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    That’s a good idea.
    The small vs big parcel thing caught me out a couple of times before.

    Another question for anyone reading this thread though:
    When is the most, shall we say? Lucrative time of year to sell models..?
    Summer maybe? Before Christmas? I’m really not too sure.
    The last time that I sold a load of stuff (two years ago and just before Christmas I think). I didn’t put any reserves on what was listed. There’s a fair chance that I could’ve made a bit more profit if I’d have been confident in what I was doing.
     
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    If its a relatively recent model with details likely to break merely by breathing on them it might be worth asking the manufacturer; after all with batch production most spares are robbed from returned faulty models so they should have a stack of packaging. Alternatively you can find them on Ebay although usually at an unattractive price. I did buy one having acquired very cheaply an unboxed Bachmann Hall - was hoping it would be provided in its part of the train pack packaging that it belonged to but it wasn't.
     
  9. underbank

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    It depends on what you're selling. For true "collectibles" i.e.rare/expensive stuff I'd say anytime as the collectors/specialists will be trawling Ebay throughout the year. For items that would make good presents, such as complete exc condition train sets, packs, etc., then November/early December would be good. For "bread and butter" items, I've always found late Dec/early Jan to be good for people spending their Christmas money or wanting to add on to their Christmas presents, so the likes of track, points, scenery, utility rolling stock etc.
     
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    For unboxed items, I usually use A LOT of bubble wrap, wrapped around the item several times, then put into a jiffy bag folded tight around it. Stops any movement and gives lots of protection. I do it that way because I've had a few damaged items that have been put in a box with paper or poly bits as packing, due to it still being able to move around inside the box.
     
  11. Cowley

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    Thanks for the replies everyone.
    I’ve started gathering up as much bubble wrap as possible and I’m going to start selling in February when I’ve got a bit more spare time.
    I think I may sell some of my coaches in pairs which I’ll make some boxes for, and sell the locomotives one at a time (mostly 00 gauge Bachmann/Hornby models).
     

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