I agree with you, Corey.
Ebay, for all its faults, is a way to reach a huge number of buyers. It's
difficult to dispose of large collections in a single market, and
ALWAYS HAS BEEN.
I know people who have been buying and selling collections since the
1970's - all
that stuff at train shows comes from somewhere, after all. It's been a
source of income for all of the train clubs I've belonged to.
I agree model trains are NOT an investment! And many people
do seem to have crazy
ideas about the value of their toys. But if you price things reasonably,
to move. Of all the items I've ever tried to sell on Ebay, I think only
ever failed to sell. And I sure don't make a net profit, but so what?
else gets a model, and I have one less model taking up space.
Assessing the NUMBER of modelers isn't as easy as it used to be. People
to count the number of Model Railroader subscribers, or NMRA members. But
even those numbers vastly underestimated how many folks buy "toy
trains". And don't
forget that many Europeans (and other non-North Americans) like American
I've shipped models to Germany, Switzerland, and Hungary - just in the
And of all the trains I've sold, I think maybe 3-4% are sold to people I
RPM meets or Yahoo groups or Facebook. In other words, more than 95% are
would never meet or know about without Ebay.
P.S. I'm actually more concerned about preserving
INFORMATION than models. I have
amassed huge amounts of DIGITAL files (pictures, PDF's, spreadsheets,
emails and notes
and databases) and I love to share it all freely with as many people as
think if we all share (and many people have shared THOUSANDS of these
files, and in
return I have shared THOUSANDS of my own photo scans and other files)
then we can at
least feel that INFORMATION is being passed down to future modelers and
I know of at least one GIGANTIC photo collection that has disappeared
forever, with innumerable negatives, slides and photos than can never be
Corey Fischer wrote
I hold out hope for younger
modelers modeling transition era and earlier periods. I myself am 24 and
model 1929, I know 6 other people personally around my age and they model
the 1920s-1950s. I know there are a lot of people modeling the present
day, I don't get it honestly, but I think more people value things they
can't experience anymore or have never been able to. I started off with a
branchline billboard reefer kit, and I've never looked back. Don't worry
guys, the transition period is still going