Hi, I was just wondering if there is a place you can post to sell
plane kits and accessories? My dad had purchased kits upon kits and
motors and whatever else goes with them, years ago planning on
building them when he retired. Well as luck would have it he is
diabetic and now he is losing his sight. All of these planes, a lot
never opened, will be lost on our family because nobody took up the
hobby. I checked ebay and it doesn't look as if there is a lot of
action going on over there. Lots of planes, no buyers. If anybody
could give me any suggestions it would be appreciated.
That would depend on the kit, I suppose. Virtually all of the kits I have
stashed aside waiting to be built are ones I purchased on Ebay. I am
constantly looking there for certain kits I am interested in.
You might also try RCUniverse.com although I believe there might be a fee
for listing items for sale.
Some people list em here also but there are mixed reactions to that.
Always looking for more kits and plans on ebay - best place to look. I
wont take too many risks though if you set prices @ 1/2 - 3/4 new
prices I'll prefer to buy new. You set a reasonable starting price and
I'll take the risk that it is what you say it is.
Oh Yes there are plenty buyers on eBay. Check the lists for Building-Kits
during the last 20 minutes of the auction, Same with good or old-time engines.
That is when the prices move up on the scale.
ARFs were usually much higher priced even until 3 years ago than the newer
ones now. Don't expect to buy the new Montana Ranch with a few ARF kits.
Built-up kits are becoming unique. You will get fair $$ but some may go very
cheap, especially if you place a large # on the market at one time. Buyers can
only afford so much at any one time. Still, there is a definite market for
Engines can go big or small and in-between. Newer engines now on the retail
market are very competitive in price and very dependable. Older models on eBay,
destined for current use will not fare too well. Vintage collector's items will
do well however there are so many estate sales going on from other deceased
modeler collections that the market is down a bit from years ago. That is not
as good for sellers but good for buyers which means that the items will sell
unless the seller is greedy.
Don't be swayed away from eBay because of the large amount of garage
hobby-dealers selling the electric and toy stuff. They do take up a lot of the
space and makes for a tough time for real modelers. Yet if you wish, it's both
a great place to sell or buy anything related to model aviation.
Have you made a list yet? I would be interested in seeing what you have..
actually there is nothing wrong with posting them here.. eBay does usually get
the best price for the seller. Just get a good picture to post and a good
description of the item. Remember, you will probably have to ship the stuff so
plan on buying shipping supplies or if someone else is going to do it .. get a
good estimate of the cost. Personally I don`t bid on stuff where the selling
price is fair but the seller wants $30 shipping when the actual cost is only
What is wrong with listing them here as long as you put FS in the subject
line. I would like to see the list myself. And to the seller be aware of the
huge sales fees at Ebay, they will eat up much of your take.
You can't make a judgement about ebay based solely on ACTIVE auction
listings. People tend to hold back and bid mostly during the last 24
hours. I've been selling R/C stuff on ebay for a couple of years now,
and unless it's totally weird junk, it sells pretty well. Kits
especially. The older/rarer the better. Lots of people collect rare
old kits from their earlier days of flying.
Take another look at eBay. I think that's where all the action is. In fact, I
can't think of another medium that is more effective at bringing buyers and
sellers together than eBay. Just be sure to list the kits in the proper category
(ie Toys and Hobbies>Radio Control>Air>Aircraft, etc) and include the make,
model, on the title.
I recently sold a Sig Ryan STA that went for $280. It had 24 bids and over 450
hits. In fact, I'm still getting hits, and it's been long sold. I friend of mine
sold the same kit at a swap meet and got about $75. I've also sold other kits as
well, and bought a kit or two. I'm always checking in to see what's available,
what's selling, prices, etc.
Find an R/C club in your area that hosts a show and sell the kits at the show.
Many clubs sponsor swap shops and buying a table will allow you to go there and
sell most things. If you live near Todelo, consider going there to sell in
their swap shop.
Unfortunately Swap-Shops are manned by dealers wanting far too much for that
which is normally junk.
eBay brings the item to millions that may well like junk, and/or for various
reasons rather buy from the auction than a not-so-local mail-order house.
I have taken junk that was destined for the trash can, listed it as JUNK, shown
a picture of JUNK, and received 20 -$50 profit from a sale. What they intended
to do with it beats _ell out of me but no one ever complained. That's their
Good stuff sells much better at eBay than to the few -- bargain hunters -- at a
Junk ??? Yep, there is some but you can find alot of stuff that doesn`t show up
at swap meets. Lot of old Goldberg kits like the SR. Falcon, Skylane 42 and
62, Falcon 56, The older versions of the TF P-51 and so on. How about a old
Bridi AT-6 or Hoover P-51, Fliteglass or D&B P-40, 51 .... and just alot of