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Another eBay anomaly?

Postby bob turner » Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:36 pm

As of Sunday evening this rather unremarkable Walthers RPO is over $100, with over $50 shipping (and now they add tax).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Walthers-9128- ... SwJ9dgRgvV

I really like good Walthers passenger cars, but you can even see the wood grain on this one. Am I missing the runup?

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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby E7 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:35 am

Nope, just clueless stupid bidding.
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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby Rufus T. Firefly » Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:32 am

bob turner wrote:.........with over $50 shipping (and now they add tax).


I'm seeing shipping of $26.15. Given weight and size of box, that might not be too far off to me

I really like good Walthers passenger cars, but you can even see the wood grain on this one. Am I missing the runup?


It's pretty well done compared to the majority of slapped together cars, but seems a bit high.

Calculate out your time to do one per your hourly rate and see if that stays under $100. Many just want a model to plop on the layout and watch go round and round from3+ feet away.
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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby robert. » Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:02 am

If you tried to buy the trucks alone. You would pay $50.00 plus $8.00 in shipping.
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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby bob turner » Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:16 am

A pair of Walthers trucks? No way. But I will happily sell my Walthers trucks at $50/pop. You can have them with those wonderful plastic wheelsets even.

I don't pay half that for good Lobaugh trucks - not that I need any.

Yes indeed, if I could justify selling my labor costs, a good Walthers kit would bring a grand. That is not how the used train world prices things - you know that. Same with cars and airplanes - much cheaper to buy them already restored, unless your labor is free.

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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby Rufus T. Firefly » Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:22 am

bob turner wrote:A pair of Walthers trucks? No way. But I will happily sell my Walthers trucks at $50/pop. You can have them with those wonderful plastic wheelsets even.

I don't pay half that for good Lobaugh trucks - not that I need any.


Yes, those are not brass PSC trucks!

Yes indeed, if I could justify selling my labor costs, a good Walthers kit would bring a grand. That is not how the used train world prices things - you know that.


Perhaps that's not as true as it was as younger folks that do not want to spend their time building models enter the marketplace and just want a finished model now.
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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby bob turner » Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:55 am

A well-built 9000-series Walthers car with All Nation or Lobaugh trucks tops out at maybe $50 or so. Shipping of one passenger car - even a 20" long one, coast to coast, is not $51 - I just shipped a couple of heavy cast bronze locomotives for under $30 each.

Yes, if extremely well done with full interior and no wood grain showing - $100, maybe. Not this one.

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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby Rufus T. Firefly » Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:18 pm

bob turner wrote:I just shipped a couple of heavy cast bronze locomotives for under $30 each.


How? What size box and weight and how far? A 3lb 6x6x20 box to you from me is $20.40. Add insurance, packing, etc. and you're at $30. Your locos probably weight 3 x's that amount and I'd hope you'd double box and pack them well.

Odds are that shipping this car in a 6x6x20 box will result in it arriving in kit form.
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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby bob turner » Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:53 pm

9 lbs, 22" long, $300 insurance, to Dallas, UPS.

At the same time I shipped a 2 lb radio to Alaska at UPS - $60. That one should have gone USPS.

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Re: Another eBay anomaly?

Postby De Bruin » Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:29 pm

Rufus T. Firefly wrote: I'm seeing shipping of $26.15. Given weight and size of box, that might not be too far off to me

Agree, given the closing price and your point about these kit-builds tendency to disassemble themselves in-transit I would tend to over-pack this too, and probably wind up with the over-size carton dimension surcharges.

Rufus T. Firefly wrote:It's pretty well done compared to the majority of slapped together cars, but seems a bit high.

Agree, opinion, and per the description, this is a nice new build, which means it's likely the best the car will ever look baring someone re-sealing and finishing that roof again. Though the inadequate seal on the roof is a common failing with these builds, so is poor fitting, glazing, decaling et al. This one overall is pretty "tight" looking. Only other nit I'd make is the lack of the visible interior portion through (otherwise nicely barred) RPO windows.
Kudos to the builder-seller.

Rufus T. Firefly wrote:Calculate out your time to do one per your hourly rate and see if that stays under $100. Many just want a model to plop on the layout and watch go round and round from3+ feet away.

True and true; I hope this sale price is a harbinger for future listings of good composite kit builds like this.
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