Is ebay the best bet for older toys

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  1. chazparks

    chazparks Well-Known Member

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    Or is there a different place that is more recommended?
     
  2. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    Ebay is always your best friend for old stuff.
     
  3. Draven

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    eBay works fine for me; Overlord, Victory Leo, Devastator, all off eBay in the last year.
     
  4. IACON

    IACON "That's Vector Sigma?" TFW2005 Supporter

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    I second that
     
  5. ckhtiger

    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    I agree, and I think the biggest reason for this is that ebay sellers typically have lots of pictures of their items, allowing you to gauge the condition of the figure. I got burned quite a few times in the late 90's buying tfs off of internet sites that simply used c8, c9, etc, to gauge their items. I would get "c8" figures with horribly worn stickers, chrome wear, etc.
     
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    Wile I do use eBay quite a bit, I find for older stuff such as G1's I usually hit up at conventions, primarily at TransformersCon and Botcon since I'm in attendance every year. Pretty much the bulk of my older stuff over the past couple of years have come from these two sources. Only real exceptions in the past year or so have been Star Saber and Victory Leo, one of which I picked up on eBay and the other from a store in Japan that specializes in vintage Japanese toys.
     
  7. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Conventions are the best bet, then Ebay. Besides, at conventions you get to meet lots of cool people!
     
  8. Death333

    Death333 Otherwise known as Dx3

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    I'm not a big fan of ebay anymore. I've had better luck buying from other members on forums and there are a few local stores that deal in old toys and the prices are much better than what I'd pay on ebay.
     
  9. fschuler

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    Ebay is my most convenient option and has the best selection. However, there's a vintage toy shop about 30 minutes from me that usually provides much better prices, provided I have the patience to wait for what I want to show up there, plus, I get to inspect the items first hand before I buy. I would also recommend BBTS, as I have gotten a few good deals there in the past few years.
     
  10. Chaos Muffin

    Chaos Muffin Misadventure Veteran

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    Ebay's like the internet ocean for selling stuff, it all eventually flows there
     
  11. Orodruin

    Orodruin @deathformer TFW2005 Supporter

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    I got probably 85% of my G1 collection off ebay. Just be patient and wait for the good deals to come around.
     
  12. rid

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    Well, I'd say eBay is a great place to find TF figures but not the best place in terms of price. eBay is the universe's flea market so it has every imaginable TF figure. Prices tend to be higher then you would pay through dealers or chat/forum/boards/newgroups.

    So if you want a place to find it quick then hit eBay. If you want a good deal, visit boards.
     
  13. MegaPrime33

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    I would say that ebay definitely has the most quantity of older toys, it's weeding through them to find a good deal that you have to go through. My recent one was a MISB Star Convoy reissue for like $45 shipped.
     
  14. Runamuck

    Runamuck Swindle Knows Best

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    Conventions might be better, but what if that person can't attend all the conventions? I say ebay is the best if you want to find that particular TF fast.
     
  15. Tech Spec

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    Ebay is your best bet if you don't have hook ups elsewhere
     
  16. Liokaiser

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    Most of my collection came from ebay. So yes ebay is your best bet.
     
  17. Prowl2000

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    That's my plan for this year. I'm really hoping for a great haul at Botcon this year.

    I think ebay is good. But there is a lot counterfeit toys up there and it’s a buyer’s beware market
     

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