Unrealistic pricing at exhibition trade stands

Discussion in 'Modelling, Simulations & Games' started by SquireBev, 29 Apr 2018.

  1. SquireBev

    SquireBev Member

    11 Jan 2017
    From Brighouse, now in Brum, via Worcester
    Apologies if this has been done to death, but just what is going on with the cost of model railways?

    I've just been to a local exhibition, and don't begrudge at all paying a fiver to get in, but the cost of second-hand items on the trade stands struck me completely dumb.

    One particular stall was asking £5 a piece for battered old Hornby sectional platforms, and £30 for an shabby-looking unboxed Smokey Joe. Is this the going rate these days, or is this trader just trying it on?

    I was hoping to get back into the hobby on a small scale, but if this is how it is I'll be sticking with Train Simulator, as at least there are regular Steam sales to make the cost more reasonable.
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  3. trash80

    trash80 Established Member

    18 Aug 2015
    Birches Green
    Yeah they are trying it on, i just had a quick look and you can get a second-hand Smokey Joe from Hattons for 19 quid.

    Now if you want high prices try modelling continental narrow gauge... :p
  4. hexagon789

    hexagon789 Established Member

    2 Sep 2016
    You should see the prices at Model Rail Scotland this year, one stand wanted £105 for two Mk1 coaches! :rolleyes:

    In general it seems the larger the show the higher the prices. I ended up just buying a few books, for a decent discount as well! :lol:
  5. Spartacus

    Spartacus Established Member

    25 Aug 2009
    Unless you get in early or hit lucky shows are no longer the place for bargains that they used to be, locos years old that used to be sold off comparatively cheap so they aren't filling up stock rooms now seem to often rise in price in line with newly produced models of the same type, so they cost much more than when they were first produced! I don't know if it's the costs for traders 'exhibiting' or what, although with a big enough show like York I've usually found that there's usually one doing a good deal on multiple rolling stock purchases. I used to go to shows pretty much expecting to be able to recoup the entry fee with 'money off' purchases, but now there's little to no chance of that. Not being an active modeller now, I just wait for bargains to come up online as there's no rush to get anything.

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