The Lighter Side of Ebay for Wargamers – A Guide
Following on from our previous article about ebay, I thought it important to show that not every thing on there is full of lies! Speaking from experience, I’ve had only success using ebay for my hobby needs. I’ve bought and sold on there for a number of years , often nabbing bargains and finding the odd rare or (genuinely) out of production miniature.
So here, a brief, but hopefully informative guide to ebay:
- You’ll be surprised what will sell: Periodically I will rummage through my hobby man-cave in an effort to tidy it up, and condense my collection down. This almost always leads to me buying more… but that’s besides the point! Eventually I will assemble a pile of old miniatures, abandoned projects and so forth that I have no intention of ever seeing to completion. Some of these will clearly sell, but others I’m not sure on – however without fail, for every batch I put on there are always surprises, that auction I expected to maybe make a few pounds ends up making the most – always a happy surprise.
- Painted Models – Not always a good thing – or PRO PAINTED – HA NO: From a sellers perspective, painted models are a bit of a double edged sword. Sure, sometimes you’ll see a painted model go for hundreds of pounds, however this seems to to be exception rather than the rule. More often than not your painted models will fetch less than their unpainted counterparts. From a buyers perspective, painted models are very rarely worth the risk, sure you might get some well painted models, but more likely you’ll get table-top quality at best, and usually they just won’t feel ‘right’.
- Label Accurately: When selling your miniatures, make sure you are informative in the title – include the game system, the range, the army, the manufacturer – everything you can. I have on occasion saved myself a ton of money finding poorly labeled auctions. At one point I found a substantial Forge World Death Korps of Krieg army (notice how I labeled it as Forge World? – That’s the kind of thing I mean), this army included a case and hundreds of pounds worth of models, I picked it up for around 40% of retail value. This army later became part of a man-cave scale down, and I split it into squads and sold them individually, making at least retail price on all of them. Which brings me to my next point….
- Individual Models/Squads Often Sell Better Than Armies: The trouble with selling armies is, you are banking on someone else having the same play style as you, as well as the same taste. Often I see army auctions, that I may consider if they’d made a few different choices in composition.