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Old 05-06-2019, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm not sure this deserves its own thread, but I have a question …

Have you ever purchased a MINT model, enjoyed it, and then mindlessly sold it, only to want it back again? Then you bought another on eBay (or elsewhere), and it and/or its box arrived less than perfect?

I did, and I could have kicked myself. About 12 years ago I purchased a Corgi AA32602 Lancaster/Spitfire/Hurricane Battle of Britain combo set I'd found after a long, grueling search. It was rare and nearly impossible to find, and locating one at all was like winning the jackpot. It arrived from the Netherlands in MINT condition, and I was overjoyed. Two years later I sold it to another collector far away and thought nothing of it until I decided I'd made a monumental mistake.

I searched everywhere for another and eventually found one on eBay, purchasing it for more money than I'd originally paid. Three weeks later it arrived from England, and I was heartbroken. The sides of the box were bowed out so horribly it looked as if an elephant had sat on it. The models within were MINT, thankfully; and considering how difficult it was to find this particular combo, I opted to keep it. I contacted the seller and expressed my displeasure, however, who replied that I should be happy with my purchase and essentially shut up about it.

But for the box, I'm thoroughly happy with my purchase and wouldn't consider selling it. But looking back at this incident and being a MINT-box fanatic, I should have pressed the issue with eBay and requested some kind of reparation. In point of fact, I might have, but I don't recall.

Live and learn.

My point being: If you have any qualms about selling a model you're uncertain about, don't. Regrets are hard to live with, and you might thank yourself later for not selling your treasure. Anybody out there have a similar experience or simply sold a model you wish you hadn't?
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Old 05-06-2019, 11:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Falcon Models Mirage F1 and HM Ace of Spades Harrier, I regret letting those go.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have never had the un-mint box experience you suffered, however having over 1k purchases on eBay, I sometimes ask the seller to provide additional pictures if I'm unsure and what's shown pictured is vague. Usually an honest seller will do so to send extra pictures....those sellers that don't, sometimes have something to hide....then I take a pass on the item.

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Old 05-07-2019, 01:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Other than duplicates, I have only ever sold two models. The first was a Franklin Mint French Mirage III that was a two seater dressed up a single seater and a Franklin Mint F22. I don't regret offloading either of them.
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For me it's more of the opposite, i regret ever purchasing the popular Corgi 1:72 B-17G A Bit O Lace Die-cast model on eBay from a shady & dishonest seller, so of course i would definitely agree with your motto: 'Live and learn' and don't ever repeat the same mistake again..
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For me it's more of the opposite, i regret ever purchasing the popular Corgi 1:72 B-17G A Bit O Lace Die-cast model on eBay from a shady & dishonest seller, so of course i would definitely agree with your motto: 'Live and learn' and don't ever repeat the same mistake again..
Was this the issue with the non rotating turrets ?
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I sold a JASDF aggressor F-15DJ... and i buy it again few years ago after.
But no troubles with the model...
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Was this the issue with the non rotating turrets ?
Yes it was but that wasn't the worst part of it! this Corgi B-17G model that i purchased was listed as 'NEW' but after removing it from the worn out box, this apparently new model was not only covered with dust & dirt but it had missing & broken parts as well.. to add insult to injury, even the tail of this sought after model had some blood stains on it, perhaps the previous owner must have murdered someone with this Corgi model is my only guess..
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That's terrible but you should have easily gotten your money back from eBay for something that bad.
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