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Selling Your Model Car Collection

Jul 22, 2008
You have been collecting model cars for years. When other boys were getting bikes and other toys for the holidays you were thrilled to open your packages and see the newest model cars to hit the market. In a rush you take them to your room and added them to a spot of honor on your many shelves where the rest of your collection rests comfortably. Taking your model cars out of their package would have been unthinkable. You were happy to keep them in their pristine condition until the time finally comes when you decide all is right and you can open each one in pride.

However, as time has gone on so have you. You have grown up and find yourself with much less time for collecting models than you once had. When given the choice of time with your collection or time with your family the family now wins out. You would like to pass your collection on to someone else who will be just as passionate about it as you are. At the same time you would like to get a fair value out of it since you know that some of the model cars in your collection are worth quite a bit. How do you go about doing this?

The first thing you need to do is to determine the relative worth of your collection. By checking with collectors magazines and online you can easily get the values for most of the model cars in your collection. Once you have this information you are ready to begin your search for the right buyer. If you are looking for someone quickly the best thing to do is to list them on a free Internet listing site so that you can move them easily. Another option is to sell them as a collection on an Internet auction site. There are many different ones out there so you just need to find the right one that suits your needs.

If you are looking to get the most value out of your collection and you don't care about splitting up your collection then an auction is the best way to go. You can list each of your model cars individually so that you get the best deal. This way can be much more time consuming however as you do have to handle each one as a separate auction. If you do not prefer to go this route then you might consider another couple options as well.

If there are local flea markets in your area they make a very good tool. Many different types of collectors browse flea markets looking for new objects for their collection. Odds are you can move several of your model cars this way. If you cannot move them all at once you might speak to one of the dealers that are regulars about buying your collection at a slightly discounted rate. Usually you will find one that is happy to add to their sales items.

The other choice is normally a last choice. Many areas have a local auction house where you can take your model car collection to be sold. This is a very low paying way to sell your collection. You will not get as much as you want but if you need to move it quick then list it this way with no minimum bid. With these options in mind you should now have some ideas as to how you would like to sell your model car collection. Who knows, maybe with these gone you can begin to collect some new ones!
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for model car collectibles, model trains, and model trucks.
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