well, to someone who owns nothing and is looking for a complete set,
the transformers would be invaluable. to someone just collecting the
trains, they probably wouldn't care...
question is...do you have a use for the transformers without the
trains and track?
i'm sure it wouldn't add that much to the cost of shipping.
UPS has a cost & time estimator online... and as an example... to
ship 5lbs from Buffalo to Los Angles by ground to a commercial address
- the cost is $11.38... it's a few bucks more for residential.
This is a great tool to see if an Ebay seller is making $$$ of the
IMO... if you want to get the most money - it's sometimes better to
sell the items separately (especially vintage stuff) unless you have
a full set all in the orginal box(es). A lot of the time collectors
are not looking for a set, they are looking for those pieces that will
fill the set they already have part of, and as such are not apt to bid
as high on a whole set just to get 1 piece, but will pay more for
example that one car that fit's their collection. In fact, if you have
the original (vinatge) box of some collectibles, someone may pay more
for just that, than what was in it. Reason being is that most people
threw the boxes out so there aren't many left. Actually this holds
true for instructions & hang tags for some collectibles as well.
Anyhow, I think you're more likely to find buyers that want the
engines/cars than the transformers... a quick search of Ebay is
showing some Lionel transfomers up for bid so there are buyers for
them as well. I would at least sell the transformers separate, and if
a buyer wants those too they can bid on those as well... in fact make
a note in your description that you're also selling the transformers.
I think this way you'll maximize the bids.
On Sat, 16 Feb 2008 23:01:46 -0800 (PST), I said, "Pick a card, any
The easy answer is to quote the postage both with and without the
transformers and leave it up to the winner. They pay the freight
anyway so let them decide. If there are bids, that may be too late
but they can still decide after they win.
If the transformer was part of a set as cataloged, then the set would
be incomplete without the correct transformer, so the transformer
shuld be included with the set. Otherwise most, but not all, set
sized transformers have little value as they are common. Higher
wattage transformers, usually purchased seperately, are not as common
and would demand a higher price, and would be easier to sell
I hope this helps.
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