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?