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Hello all. Some of you might remember me, and some of you might have no idea who I am. Anyway for a while I was very active in collecting die cast and very active on this board. First I'd like to say thanks to all the members on here. It is probably one of the reasons that I got into collecting so much. There are so many great people on here. I enjoyed my time on here and while collecting, but times have change. I no longe have time to collect, money to collect, and mostly I don't have any space for all my die cast. We have moved several times since I started collecting and there will more moves to come. This past week or so has been the first time in four plus years that I've been able to even lay eyes on my little cars as they have been packed away in storage. Anyway I'll try not to make this too long. I will be selling off most of my die cast. I am so out of the loop that I am not sure what is worth what any more, so most of my stuff will go on eBay for a low staring price and I will let the market decide what they are worth. I am not looking to make a lot of money, but with a child now, and trying to pay for my wife to go to college, every penny counts.

So any tips on sell, packing and what not would be greatly appreciated. The postal ships if it fits boxes sounded great until I realize most items will only fit in the $11 box. Makes trying to sell stuff a little harder with a high shipping price. Going to check out Office Max to see what there boxes go for. I'm sure in time I will figure out what works and does not, but any pointers would be appreciated.

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Jerry

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Hey there, I'm not sure if I should say sorry because your situation doesn't sound like one I'd like to be in. I hope everything works out for you and maybe you want to keep a couple of your cars for sentimental reasons.

As for your question, I know eBay is the most mass-accessible platform and probably a good first choice. But I have a funny feeling you should probably test the waters through other outfits as well, some of which are sponsors of these forums. I'm thinking The Toy Peddler for example. I havent dealt with them personally, but I hear good things about a lot of them on these boards.

All the best. :thumbsup:
 

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Shipping is the hardest part about selling, in my opinion. This goes for both EBay and Toy Peddler.

You can find regular boxes pretty cheap, I try to dig through the cardboard recycle bin at work sometimes... sending postal/first class to most places in the country is under $3, for 1 to 3 cars (depending on weight). Add a few quarters for covering materials and fuel.

The Priority boxes are nice because it's a flat rate and you're done. They're great for folks who buy multiple items and you can then give them a discounted rate, for example: 5 1/64 or 2 1/43 cars for the flat rate price.

Some folks get a little high on their shipping prices and I'd be willing to bet they lose out on sales because of it.

Good luck.
 

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I know some diecast sellers use Yardsellr.

I discovered those if it fits prices aren't usually the best deal. I was going to ship something in what I think was a $7 box and found out I could put in a better sized box and shipped it for like 3 or 4 dollars. I suspect you will learn what is best as you go along.

What is your ebay ID? I will keep an eye out for your goods there.
 

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Hey jeep4x4
First-sorry to hear about having to sell, hope it all works out.:)
Second-I'd try to post as many places as you could,Ebay/Toy Peddler / Yardseller/ even on here. Just tell people that you've posted on different sites so it's a First come first served.As far as shipping as long as you post what the price is and it's somewhere in the same neighborhood as everybody else you shouldn't have a problem.It all depends on how much a person buys from you anyways.
Finally Third- If at all possible do like Kiwi78 said and try and keep a few die-cast that you have gotten for sentimental reasons.
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm sure there will be some that I will keep. Just got back from Office Depot and most of the boxes that will work are under two dollars. If I ship first-class hopefully I can keep the price down. That will help me and the buyer. Will also look online to see if I can buy some boxes in bulk. My eBay ID is honda35jerry. I work long hours on the weekend (Thursday through Sunday) but am going to try and
list items everyday during the week.
 

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#1 goto Walmart at night and get boxes over in the cosmetics department. Perfect size

#2 post your stuff here for us to look at! We are your friends!

#C best of luck...you will be back
 

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I say post your stuff on here 1st and see if we all here can help you as eBay fees will start adding up after you get past the first 50 freebies for the month.

If you want to get the most for your time and money you are best to offer them up on the chatboards as it doesn't cost you anything but time to answer emails or PMs.

If you do decide to offer them up on the boards - put prices of what you like to get for them as that always makes it easier for who is looking.

Wish ya the best :wave:
 

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eBay is quite a racket.. but some sellers are pretty much stuck there as other sites don't get the traffic and sell through. If you sell a car for $3, and charge $6.05 (actual shipping for small flat rate Priority + DC) here is the breakdown.
$3 sale - $.99 (ebay fees) - $.43 (paypal fees) = $1.48
Then take into account the time spent taking the picture, listing, packing, etc. Also take into account the costs of the labels, tape, packing materials. And don't forget the cost of gasoline nowadays to go to the post office.. it is a lot of work for little pay.

There are certain cars that will sell good tho, so you need to do your research. Many of the cars you may be ahead to just have a garage sale, go to the local flea market, or otherwise liquidate.

When listing, more title = more bids.
For example, "Hot Wheels 1957 Chevrolet '57 Chevy Blue Race Team II 5sp" is likely to get more hits than "Hot Wheels '57 Chevy".
 

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I do remember your screen name and when you were active here.

Congrats on having your child. :thumbsup:

Good luck with the sales and hope all turns out good for you and your Family :wave:
 

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Might I suggest something on boxes for mailing. What I do is find a favorite size box for loose and carded cars. Open the box at it's glued seam and lay it on whatever bigger box you can find. While at most retail stores they will give you any empty box the have emptied. Trace the shape of your favorite box and cut it out. It is something to do while watching TV or ??. Sometime you can cut 3 to 4 shipping boxes out of one bigger box.
If you have any AMC cars LMK what you have. Thanks
 

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Hiya Jerry!!!!! Dropped you a PM. Great to see you again, but sorry to see you leave the hobby. Family comes first though over everything else.
 
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