A vexing problem

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by TrooperMaximus, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. TrooperMaximus

    TrooperMaximus TFW2K5 Sailor

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    I'm struggling with the decision to sell off my entire collection to abolish my TF toy hobby along with the fragment of my Star Wars and other collectables.

    To the point, I’m seeking advice. I have in my possession around 260+/- 10 TFs and I’m sure I can get at least a couple of hundred bucks for the whole thing on e(vil)Bay. Here’s my dilemma: I really, really like certain pieces of my collection and it pains me to even think of letting them go, but I know if I don’t exorcise it completely the hobby bug will fester inside of me and I’ll keep buying more and more (I’m likely to keep buying after I get rid of my collection anyway, it’s almost like an addiction). However, I digress: What should I do? I’ve never sold before on eBay and I refuse to sell to my local comic shop owner since he only pays 20% of what he can get for it, read $80 vice $400. That’s just something I will not do!

    Should I sell ‘em or keep ‘em? They are precious to me but I need to break away from collecting, it’s just too prohibitively expensive. All they do is collect dust so I feel like I’m wasting my money anyway.
     
  2. butz

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    Sell em, but watch out that you don't wind up getting hooked on crack as your next fix.
     
  3. cobra zartan

    cobra zartan Think's He's a Detective.

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    whatcha got for sale?
     
  4. TrooperMaximus

    TrooperMaximus TFW2K5 Sailor

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    Too much for me to remember off the top of my head, but here's a few examples(mind you all have been displayed even if they have the box which most do not)
    1. Predaking reissue with unapplied sticker sheets, all accessories inside box with plastic insert, instructions and Takara marketing sheet.
    2. loose Energon Decepticons. . .(Demloishor, Mirage, Shockblast, Scorponok, Giant & TRU exclusive Megatron etc.)
    3. Loose G1 Grimlock (extremly tight if I do say so myself) with no stickers or accessories.
    4. All loose Alternators (except Decepticharge, Swerve and Optimus) + 3 customs. First: Mazda RX8 "Richochet", Second: Black and Purple Wheeljack, Third Scion xB "Soundwave".

    There's a lot more but that's just what I'll take time to mention now until I can go home and get a complete list.
     
  5. CdnShockwave

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    I suppose there are healthier addictions....
     
  6. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    keep the rare/special boxed ones, keep the fun to fiddle with loose ones. sell the rest.
     
  7. LigerPrime

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    I'm going through the same problem and my room is a frigging warehouse! TFs, MLs, DC Direct, Chogokins, Joes, Zoids, Star Wars.

    Here's my advice:

    1. Keep those that you really love. Example, if you love your G1 Grimlock, keep him.

    2. Sell all those that you can live without. Especially the expensive ones. Example, if you can live without G1 Grimlock, sell him!

    3. Develop a theme for your collection. Example, for my TF reissue collection, my theme was G1. So i skipped on the reissued G2 Optimus Prime.

    4. Cultivate a savings habit and stick to it. E.g. settling aside US$1,000 from your basic salary.
     
  8. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    thats a good advice actually. it helps give focus.
     
  9. LigerPrime

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    Dude, I learnt my lesson...the extremely hard way! :D 
     
  10. TrooperMaximus

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    I'll post the entire list of TFs later on today or tomorrow. It all must go! What’s the best way to conduct business here?
     
  11. cobra zartan

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    post your list in the sales section
     
  12. Sol Fury

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    Yeah, post them up in the Junkion Exchange with an idea of what you want for them. Then what you can't sell here after a couple of weeks, list on Ebay. I'd suggest batching a few of the bits together to save on listing fees - for example, the Energon Decepticons, you might want to make lots of the Deluxes rather than listing them on their own.
     
  13. TrooperMaximus

    TrooperMaximus TFW2K5 Sailor

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    Does TFW2005 charge listing fees, or is that just eBay? I think I get what your saying is: "sell them as lots."

    I was originally going to sell the collection in the following lots: Deluxes, Basics, BW/BM/Universe, Primes/Megatrons, & G1s.
     
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    You have to weed your collection down. Calculate a number or value that makes sense to keep, and stick with that.

    Also. if you do keep buying, which you inevitably will, you have to cycle out the stuff you don't care as much about.

    Remember, less is more.
     
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    So I'm not the only one who feels like this?
     
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    No, you're not alone. I too get a bit depressed from time to time seeing dust collect on items that I spent, overall, a lot of time and money to collect. I'm not yet to the point of selling them, and I don't have many high dollar pieces, though, the cumulative value is still in the $1,000's. I tend to think that I'll pass many of them on to my nephews as they get older and less destructive. When/if they begin to outgrow my toy room, I'll start weeding them out. Of course, I've really just been focusing, largely, on Alternators and the odd G1 bot here and there.

    Maybe you could just thin out your collection and concentrate on one small subset of TFs. If you stick to Alts you could get away with spending less than $150 per year and only accumulate several new TFs per year and still be active in your collecting hobby. Either way, though, you know how you feel inside and you should do what feels right. It is a constant struggle between spending money on those things you need and spending it on things that just make you happy.
     
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    So begins the listing from here I'll cut and paste in the sale section. Feel free to express interest here if you see something you want. All are loose unless stated otherwise.

    20th Anniversery Optimus Prime with all accessories and instructions
    Grimlock with no applied stickers or accessories
    Jetfire missing left leg armor and gun scope w/instructions
    Dreadwind w/Hi-test
    Powermaster Hi-Q
    Skyhopper Micromaster robot (not base)
    Scorponok minus Zarak and sentry robot
    Kup (complete)
    Predaking reissue with box, all accessories, instructions unapplied sticker sheet and Takara promotional sheet (displayed only)
    Soundwave with all accessories, Buzzsaw w/weapons and Tech specs for both
    Shockwave complete minus shoulder stickers w/instructions (not sure if electronics work)
    Overkill missing one weapons & Steeljaw w/silver weapons
    Ramjet

    Reissues: (all have stickers applied)
    Starscream
    Skywarp
    Prowl
    Tracks
    Richochet
     
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    Beast Wars/Beast Machines/Universe (no instructions)
    Rampage (complete)
    Depthcahrge (complete)
    (T M) Tarantulas
    Dinobot II
    (T M) Terrorsaur
    Foxkid’s: Rhinox, Dinobot,(Both missing mutant heads) and Cheetor (complete)
    Scarem (X 2)
    Buzzclaw
    Bantor
    Fuzor Silverbolt
    Snarl (tazmanian devil)
    Scorponok (complete but with glued cyber bee and missiles)
    TMII Sonar
    Optimus Minor
    Terror Gator aka Swamp Chomp
    Fuzor Quickstrike
    Quickstrike (wolf)
    BM Obsidian
    T M Scavenger
    TMII Cheetor
    Tripredicus (broken peg on Seaclamp)
    T M Optimus Primal
    Optimal Optimus
    T M Megatron
    TMII Megatron
    BW Neo Big Convoy
    BWII Lio Convoy
    BWII Magnaboss
    BM Optimus Primal missing green weapon
    Tigerhawk
    Optimus Primal (Bat)
    Tankor
    BM Longhorn
    Universe Razorclaw
    Universe Sideburn
    Universe (rid) Prowl
    Universe King Atlas
     
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    Universe Nemesis Prime
    Universe Frostbite
    Universe Micromaster Combiners: Defensor & Devastator
    Universe Skywarp

    Armada
    Unicron w/Deadend
    Optimus Prime w/Sparkplug
    Megatron w/Leader-1
    Overload w/Rollout
    Scavenger w/Rollbar
    Bendy Prime w/Overrun
    Cheetor w/Cliffjumper
    Preceptor
    Starsaber
    Darksaber
    Emergency team
    Sea team blue/flame deco
    Night attack team
    Oval & Spiral
    Mirage & Downshift (Skyboom repaint)
    Destruction Team repaint
    Air Military Team
    Requiem Blaster (X 2)
     
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    Alternators
    Smokescreen
    Side Swipe
    Hound
    Silverstreak
    Tracks
    Windcharger
    Wheeljack
    Grimlock
    Meister
    BT Zoom-Zoom (red Meister) w/box and complete accessories
    Rollbar
    Richochet
    Skids
    Sunstreaker
    Prowl
    Swindle
    Battle Ravage
    Laserwave (x 2)
    Deadend
    Custom RX8 Richochet, xB Soundwave, & Black and Purple Mustang
     

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