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Please help with valuation and sale

Hi all - I'm new here and looking to get my train set reliably valued and sold. It was bought for me 35 years ago and still resides in my parents loft, in it's original boxes. The set in total cost £200 back then and I'm now looking to get a reliable valuation

for it and sell it on. It has 10-12 engines, all in original condition, at least 40 yards of track in one yard lengths, plus further track in shorter lengths. Many model kits, still in their original form, scenery, coaches, wagons - again all in boxes. There

is a motorized turntable, many switching motors, stations, platforms etc. I will be undertaking a full inventory, but could someone please direct me somewhere where it can valued honestly so I can look to sell it, ideally as a set. Many thanks

Denko

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Hi Denko

Have you tried comparing what you have with similar items on ebay? I am not suggesting you sell on ebay, but it might give you some ideas as to value, or at least what people are prepared to pay - ebay has its good and bad side. Also there

is a book available from WH Smiths which gives values of locos, carriages etc.. There are also a number of auction houses, which specialise in model railway items. If you are looking for top prices, all the items will have to be in pristine condition, with

boxes in a similar condition. Hope this is of some help.

The older I get.... the bigger it was!

bulleidboy

Posts: 1906 posts

Also, you could ask around at local model shows. there are lots around, just use google or something to find your nearest one.

DMU mad

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If someone posts my website link up I can value the items free of charge for you and give you some idea of their current market value, including what you will get if selling to trade. Always willing to help.

Tri-ang Rocks!

The son of Triangman

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A good start is having the boxes, you will need to list condition of the boxes as this affects value to the collector and general marketplace, condition of each model, working or non working, does a model have it's instructions, crew in it's packet etc,

A lot of info is required to do a proper valuation and pictures are good too to show the models condition.

Tri-ang Rocks!

The son of Triangman

Posts: 3615 posts

Your best bet for selling is to sell privately through the small ads in the model magazines. Know what you want to ask from the values given at the valuation Be prepared to have all sorts enquire to your advert from model clubs to enthusiasts to ebayers,

som will want the items for nothing, others will be times wasters, others will be dodgy dealers, but in that lot will be genuine buyers prepared to pay the price.

You could go the online auction route however there are no guarantees you will get what

you are asking, some days things will make their value other times they will make peanuts, you may find if you start a loco at 99p it may sell fo that and nowdays if you put a reserve on it puts off bidders who always want items dirt cheap which is the majority

buying on these auctions. Yuo will also have sellers commission fees to pay and the online auction house will also take a cut of the sale.

You could sell to a good shop trader or a good toy fair dealer but be prepared to take around half the retail

valuation, condition will be everything when selling whichever route you eventually choose. Hope my advice is helpful.

Tri-ang Rocks!

The son of Triangman

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A dodge to watch out for when selling privately is the old "I've only come out with X amount of cash can we do a deal", usually this is a ploy to get you to take the cash on offer and the buyer will pull out a wad of cash to wave under your nose, don't

fall for this old ploy if you sell privately, they usually have more cash on them and if you stick hard on your price they will either give in or will buy closer to your price.

Tri-ang Rocks!

The son of Triangman

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Hi

sorry but wondered if the offer for valuation was still valid? If so can you send me your email please

Amandfry

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We are not allowed to post our emails on here Amandfry.

WTD

Nurse, the screens.

walkingthedog

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Google norfolk coast models.

WTD

Nurse, the screens.

walkingthedog

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