Diecast Collectibles: The Collectors’ Guide to Making a Profit

Millions of people have made a hobby of collecting items of
one sort or another, but some take it to a higher level.
These collectors view their collections as more than just
an accumulation of trinkets that they happen to enjoy; to
them, it’s a business, and they’re not in it to lose money.
For those who collect diecast models, making a profit can
be a challenge, unless you know the ropes of how to
effectively collect pieces and then apply the necessary
strategies to resell at an increased price.

It’s a good practice to collect only those items that you
truly like, and then do quite a bit of shopping around in
order to find the best buy. Market trends are never very
stable, and by collecting those pieces that particularly
appeal to you, others may view them in the same way. This
will enable you to resell them more easily. Certainly,
it’s never good business practice to buy the first piece
that you find. Competition is stiff, and there are some
great deals out there that you can use to your advantage.

Avoid specializing in one specific area of diecast
collectibles. If, for instance, you’re interested in
collecting NASCAR models, it’s best not to isolate your
purchases to those of one particular driver. That’s not to
say that you shouldn’t include them among your other
pieces, but there’s a need for diversity if you’re hoping
to eventually realize a profit. Although a piece may not
seem to have much value in today’s market, that doesn’t
mean that it won’t increase as time goes by.

Older diecast models make a nice addition to anyone’s
collection, and can eventually precipitate a good amount of
sales revenue. Don’t overlook what you may now see as
relics or outdated pieces. There’s always someone out
there who’s looking for an older piece – whether for
nostalgic reasons, to complete a collection or for the
purposes of an eventual sale – so don’t limit yourself by
excluding the golden oldies.

Some of the best deals can be found in flea markets, on
eBay and other auction sites. Not only can you find pieces
for your own collection, but these will be eventual
avenues for you to resell them at a later date. The
highlight of the auction arena is that you can set a
starting price and watch the bids increase your income
potential – sometimes to a figure much higher than you
would have imagined. Setting a reserve price helps, too,
so that you won’t lose a piece when someone comes in way
under the piece’s value.

Picking up models at local department stores, such as
Wal-Mart, or through TV shopping forums such as QVC is
usually a mistake. While these may have reasonable
quality, they’re usually not as well constructed as what
you can find elsewhere, and tend to flood the market with
certain pieces which they sell in high volume in an effort
to gain a higher sales standing. Stick to the mainstream
collection sites and you’ll do much better.

Remember that you may not break the bank when you resell a
piece, but with a good sense of timing and strong
negotiation skills, you’ll be able to realize some type of
profit and, with a bit of experience, will increase your
overall profit potential.

About the Author

(c) 2005 Dale Stewart - All Rights Reserved

Dale Stewart is a freelance author and diecast enthusiast.

Dale Stewart