Have you all noticed something went weird on e bay.... or should i call evil bay?
most of dave deal wheels gets hit with high prices after bid was won... I have seen many went up to over 300...
Whats going on ?
any you guys noticed?
Its not just Dave's kits, everything has gone sky high kit wise on Ebay. It seems the only stuff going cheap is Nascar stuff that no one wants anymore. Tom Daniel stuff is crazy now ; kits that were common like the Beer Wagon are easily $40 and up , I've seen the Badman kits go for well over 60 bucks for open kits. Even the reissues are crazy right now. You cant even buy gluebombs cheap anymore of just about any kit . At first I thought it was because Ebay eliminated their listing fees so you can list anything for any price with no fee , but people are paying the high prices for them, so it cant be that . A few years ago they said this hobby was dead, and the only people who still build are people in the their 60s ; can it be that younger people are getting in to the hobby now ?
That way of seeing things makes sense to me. Good analysis of the situation, Harley!
So, apparently, the scale modeling hobby gets a well-needed boost in interest, apparently all over the world ... but "at a cost" to people who don't have huge reserves of things they can work on? I'm suddenly glad I build from scratch so often, and that I (and many of us!) have the huge amount of kits we could finish off, in our big stashes of kits!
Speaking only for myself: over the past two years, I kept my eye on online bargains. I picked up four different "Giles Precision Waxers" on eBay. (Tools used in the jewelry making trade, and the doll-making and wax model making hobbies / trades.) I'm averaging about $55 US dollars per unit -- and they go, retail cost, if brand new, for anywhere from $180 USD up to $250 (if you're rich enough to not question why the mark-ups are so high, at some jewelry making tool / supply sales places.) So for less than the price of one hugely-marked-up brand new unit, I picked up four of those tools. All of which, thanks to some electronics training over the years, I got working in (usually) an hour or about that. Two of them were working, right out of the box. I'm betting (but could be wrong) that with marriage rates falling, all over the globe, and the jewelry industry half-dead now, a lot of places "gave up" on those tools being useful for making money, via making "lost wax" models intended for jewelry-making. If none of this sounds relevant to this hobby, there is a connection: reading Tim Bruckner's book, "Pop Sculpture," explains it. He professionally creates things like the masters for casting up copies of action figures, using that specific tool. His book says he has owned three of those robust and useful (in that trade / hobby) tools. I'm stoked to have one more than he does, of that tool! (But in fairness, I'm a rank amateur at using that tool, and a beginning-beginner at it ... and he's done it as a pro, "forever".)
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2021 16:56:53 GMT -5 by wardster