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Old 02-25-2020, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Many of us have collections which vary in size from ginormous to just a few pieces. But at any given time we find ourselves having or wanting to sell a model or two or three or four or MORE...
We sell because of..downsizing, change in lifestyle, collecting criteria has changed, financial need money as well as a host of other reasons.

But why am I finding myself lately in the last year rebuying or searching for the exact same models I sold off over the last few years again??? I sell low, only to repurchase at a higher price! Strange....Anyone else strange like me??
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Old 02-25-2020, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm strange like you Eddie, but don't french kiss kin folk!

I do the same thing re buying, but try not to sell too low (appreciate when you do though), but find myself buying stuff I once had, sometimes twice over!

For me it all depends what recent releases are out! If there is nothing that interests me I go back and search for older stuff. Just bought a JC Wings Continental 777 Peter Max in 1:200 scale...why, hell I don't know...just struck me! I think I was looking at my two IF Calders 727, DC-8 and I saw the Peter Max listed. I don't like the regular Continental livery, but thought this is doable to add a Continental non black/red meatball to my collection. I know...screwed up thought process, but hey it keeps things interesting!

Also it always intrigues me on the for sale section the number of new releases being sold! Is it that collectors buy 2 to pick the best of the 2, just want to see it in person to decide whether to keep it, money laundering, wife/girlfriend found out, etc. etc.?!

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Many of us have collections which vary in size from ginormous to just a few pieces. But at any given time we find ourselves having or wanting to sell a model or two or three or four or MORE...
We sell because of..downsizing, change in lifestyle, collecting criteria has changed, financial need money as well as a host of other reasons.

But why am I finding myself lately in the last year rebuying or searching for the exact same models I sold off over the last few years again??? I sell low, only to repurchase at a higher price! Strange....Anyone else strange like me??
I stopped selling a few years back once I also realized I had gradually sold off models, only to want them months or a few years later. And just like you, I tended to pay a higher price than before. For me, it boils down to impulse selling without actually considering it's a model I want back.

The main reason I sold off some models was for quick cash, but now having a full-time job, I don't find myself needing that emergency cash as quickly. I did a look through my collection over the past weekend and in some ways, it was as if I was getting the models for the first time. I had quite a few I had completely forgotten about, and in the past I know would have been sold off. I was actually pretty happy to know I still had them. Back when I was still living at home, I was able to display most of my models, but now having my own little place (and shared space with the mrs.) I havent gotten around to getting a proper display case, so a thorough review of my own collection often feels like visits as a child to my local hobby store
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.... I'm selling a chunk of my collection for a variety of reasons:
  • Lost interest in the models (last purchase was Nov 2011)
  • I've had my fun & enjoyment with them already.
  • part of lost interest is no place to view them (boxes piled on shelf not enthusing)
  • I'd rather have a photo of the subject of the model.
  • Better things to spend the money on since I'm retired.
  • I have enough stuff already.
..... That's why. There is a small meaningful core of my collection that I will not give up and they are also on display.
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Crownvic: "But why am I finding myself lately in the last year rebuying or searching for the exact same models I sold off over the last few years again??? I sell low, only to repurchase at a higher price! Strange....Anyone else strange like me??"


Stranger - I thought I was the only one... I have all my buying/selling well recorded, and I can't tell you (I really don't want to know, myself) how many models I have sold only to buy an exact and more expensive replacement later. I think the it's the thrill of the hunt - once I have a particular collection topped off, I lose interest. And deceptively, I don't record the two purchase prices for the same model as part of the grand total - only the replacement. Bizarre behavior, Doug

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Also guilty, but only one time. I bought the IF200 AA 747SP at a great price, but later sold it to make room for others. I regretted it and had looked for a couple years for another and finally found a mint copy for only a few dollars more that the original.
Since then I always spend a long time in thought before I decide to sell any other models.
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very interesting responses. so it appears I am not alone...Hmmmmm
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I sold off 99% of my collection from the 70s when I moved out of my parent's house.

Since they were mostly 1:100 I never looked back. Should have kept the 1:100 Eastern Tristar, but so be it. Never replaced any except in 1:400 when those started coming out.

The 1:200s have slowly crept in the past 15 years or so and have yet to dump any that I wanted to buy back. All 118 are on display with the next addition on the way with a display space waiting.
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I personally sold off my 1:400 collection, as I decided that I am going to stick with one scale and focus on that. Never looked back at that decision, but have also sold some of my 1:200 birds with a lot of regret! I fell under the "needing cash" category for a bit there and ended up selling some off, but wish I would have held out a bit longer. The one I really regret is the Phoenix 1:200 Cathay Pacific A350-900. Back then I felt like I didn't need it, but now I realize I totally need it! lol
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I sold off all my 1/400s collection Ansett , TAA , Qantas , virgin blue ,Jetstar, Tiger Airways Compass Airlines ,so as you can see i was only collecting Australian Airliners, then a mate or mine started done airliner decals, so then i started selling all my Aussie Airliners in 1/200 and then started building kits for the last 11 years and now thats come to a stop as ive lost interest in building, so now ive gone back to collecting 1/200 Aussie models plus some others like Alitalia Olympic Airways JAT PSA. I never kept and a log on what i spent , but it would be thousands of dollars . This hobby has cost me a furture, oh well you only live once.
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Daughter and I got gung ho into collecting in 2013. Fast forward 7 years, huge majority of our large collection is long gone. All that is left are models that have special meanings to us or are planes we flew on. Still want some models being held for me, but that is it for now. Had over 300 models at one time, now close to 40
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Old 02-26-2020, 04:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've been collecting for a good 7 years now, I sometimes sell models that I'm not that bothered about in order to raise funds for a model that I would like to get. Also, with the recent new toolings and addition of antennas and wifi domes, I like to keep my collection consistent and if i can find a model with better tooling such as the recent ng jet2 757 which replaced my old Gemini jet2 757, I'll replace it.
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Nostalgia is a terrible disease! You don't miss things until they're gone and you feel you must have them in your life. I have disposed of aviation models and other memorabilia in the past, only to kick myself for doing so. Toys from my childhood are another thing - all this stuff brings back memories that we can't live without!
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Nostalgia is a terrible disease! You don't miss things until they're gone and you feel you must have them in your life. I have disposed of aviation models and other memorabilia in the past, only to kick myself for doing so. Toys from my childhood are another thing - all this stuff brings back memories that we can't live without!
Tell me about it! Toys have been a recent interest of mine that I've set out to start collecting in moderation. Mostly toys that meant a lot to me in my childhood that I wished I had kept. Since my son came into the world, I've been carefully selecting toys that mean a lot to him and saving them, along with their packaging for nostalgia sake. I feel like he will either thank me or hate me in the distant future
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I have sold and repurchased a few. I've even sold, repurchased and resold again.


The fastest turn around I ever had was the Gemini 200 DHL 757. I wanted the 767 and got a 767/757 package deal. I listed the 757 for sale and then went to bed. I woke up and decided I wanted to keep it and went to cancel the listing and someone bought it while I was about to cancel it. I found another one to purchase, at a higher price of course, within the week.
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I think to a certain point it also involves the thrill of the hunt. When we sell one that creates a void that in many cases begs to be filled. There's something incredibly rewarding as we locate those elusive birds in storage all over the world that only occasionally make a brief appearance to the public.
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Crownvic: "But why am I finding myself lately in the last year rebuying or searching for the exact same models I sold off over the last few years again??? I sell low, only to repurchase at a higher price! Strange....Anyone else strange like me??"


Stranger - I thought I was the only one... I have all my buying/selling well recorded, and I can't tell you (I really don't want to know, myself) how many models I have sold only to buy an exact and more expensive replacement later. I think the it's the thrill of the hunt - once I have a particular collection topped off, I lose interest. And deceptively, I don't record the two purchase prices for the same model as part of the grand total - only the replacement. Bizarre behavior, Doug
OK, and here's the dagger - after I have replaced a particular model, I find THE ORIGINAL MODEL I SOLD showing up on eBay, and maybe for less than the cost of the the model I bought to replace it... Ouch, Doug
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Many of us have collections which vary in size from ginormous to just a few pieces. But at any given time we find ourselves having or wanting to sell a model or two or three or four or MORE...
We sell because of..downsizing, change in lifestyle, collecting criteria has changed, financial need money as well as a host of other reasons.

But why am I finding myself lately in the last year rebuying or searching for the exact same models I sold off over the last few years again??? I sell low, only to repurchase at a higher price! Strange....Anyone else strange like me??
Been their and done that, sold off my Aeroclassic Saul Bass Frontier 737 for a pretty penny, and lord and behold located another one via eBay cheaper then the one I sold.

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Tell me about it! Toys have been a recent interest of mine that I've set out to start collecting in moderation. Mostly toys that meant a lot to me in my childhood that I wished I had kept. Since my son came into the world, I've been carefully selecting toys that mean a lot to him and saving them, along with their packaging for nostalgia sake. I feel like he will either thank me or hate me in the distant future
I was doing that up until I joined the Air Force and moved out of my parents' home, only to find on my return one weekend, my Mother had given them away saying " you're grown up now, I didn't think you wanted them anymore"...aargh!!
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The missing B.707s still needed to be done in 1/400: Uganda Airlines, Air Zimbabwe (rainbow scheme), Air Niugini.

DC-8s still needed to be done in 1/400: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Surinam Airways, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63CF)

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Billville, if your into toys you should try to make the York Toy show! It is always on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in York, PA.
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Still love aviation and always will. Been flying around the globe since I was three weeks of age! Selling my collection due to the fact I stopped collecting and get a bigger kick actually of selling models people 'have to have' either cause it was a holy grail of theirs or maybe has a personal reason for them, etc. I still look up at the sky for contrails only to run inside and get on FR24 to see exactly what it is and where's it headed.
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