Well, how good a friend is he? He may be willing to do it for a case (or
two) of his favourite brew. ;-) That aside, I think a finder's fee
should be about 20% of selling price. You may want to agree on a
minimum, though (maybe $50), in case you can't realise your estimated value.
I'd like to know how you estimated at the value of the layout, BTW.
I just met the guy about a week ago. He's been dealing in trains for
20-30 years. We talked over a possible price, and came to the conclusion
what a good starting point would be. I had all the original cartons, and
the equipment is quite new looking. My wife favors the 20%, and
probably I do. She's coming from having some of her late dad's paintings
sold. The auctioneers go for 35%. I don't quite agree. In this case, the
finder (of a fellow who wants to buy the layout) will have him as a
customer, and will benefit for continued sales. However, in the case of
an auction, there's unlikely follow up business from the buyer. It's
probably something of a minor issue.
One can think of a situation somewhat like this in buying a house. A
Realtor gets 6%. However, there's a lot more money involved. Anyway, 20%
seems fair. At least, I don't have to go on Ebay, or worry about
postage, etc. They potential buyer is about 20 miles from here.
This sounds like something in the category of a story that happened to
me. My daughter found a ring that appeared to be a diamond. She took it
to a jeweler and he verified it was one. However, she thought she'd try
a second one, and I went along with her. This was a very well
established shop. The jeweler took a look at it and declared it
zirconium, scratches on the surface. She politely said to him another
jeweler said otherwise. He responded, "Sell it to him." We all laughed.
I'm not asking anyone to judge them. Maybe That's been done. Maybe I
need to be clearer. An intermediate will act on my behalf to sell the
layout to a fellow who contacted him about getting started with a HO
layout. What should the intermediary get percentage wise?
I'm looking for what a standard fee percent would be. That is, if there
is commonly one. See next reply to the one below--Wolf K.
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