Bill Parr - Allentown & York

Spoke to Bill Parr (southeast Pennsylvania areas) who specializes in S Gauge/Scale (Flyer, Flyonel, American Models, S Helper and MTH).  Bill states that he is no longer doing Allentown and is dropping spring York.

He has alot of S, doesn't have a store, or website so it is difficult to buy from him, unless you have contacts or first hand knowledge.  We in S have to be more proactive than other scales and you really want it to be in S, but I always like a challenge.  Maybe we can encourage/help those who support us, ideas?

Anyone else seeing the same things in their areas?

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He always runs a full page advertisement in the S Gaugian and it has his contact information.

I always drop by his booth at York but I have always found him not easy to deal with.  He always seems to busy to discuss what he is selling and  he won't negotiate on his prices.  Maybe his interpersonal habits are the problem with his business. 

Considering the large amount of postwar S available at the larger shows, and the fact that there are not all that many postwar S buyers, I would think the dealers would need to at least be friendly. The ones I ran into at York were very nice, and willing to deal.

 

I had one experience with Bill years ago. He had a generalized list of vintage SHS cars in his S Gaugian ad and I called him to ask about specific cars I was looking for. He talked kinda fast and jittery, but friendly, and he verified that he had what I was looking for. The price seemed a little steep so I told him I would think about it and if I wanted the cars I would call back in a few days. To my surprise a package arrived at my door about 4 days later with the cars I asked about...AND I HAD NOT ORDERED OR PAID FOR THEM!. In any event I called Bill back and kinda glossed over the "delivered before being ordered" cars, negotiated a total owed and sent him a check. Weird story but true!

Mark

Roundhouse Bill posted:

How did he get your address Mark? It seems odd that he would ship without payment.

It was very odd. When we first spoke he wanted to check to see if I had bought from him before so I gave him my name, address etc. No payment info of any kind. And then he sent the cars w/o prepayment! Weird to say the least. It all worked out as I really did want the cars and the price was the going rate so I paid "after the fact" so to speak!

Mark

Joe Hohmann posted:

Considering the large amount of postwar S available at the larger shows, and the fact that there are not all that many postwar S buyers, I would think the dealers would need to at least be friendly. The ones I ran into at York were very nice, and willing to deal.

 

I have to say as a lionel guy, my dad has over 120 boxed Gilbert s gauge sets. I watch a lot of flyer sets on Ebay with him just to see what they bring. There must be big collectors out there cause the flyer sets boxed bring a lot more money than any lionel set could imagine. I see just single rare cars go for $3000. Some sets will sell for crazy money. 

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