I need lots of new O gauge pins. I am stunned to see that on Amazon, a 12 pack of them is about $9 including shipping, and on Ebay (choke) people are asking $14 including shipping.
There is a train shop about 35 miles away from me, that sells only new stuff. It is brand new and looks a little too upscale. I thought I would ask you guys first what you pay for these pins in your train shops?
I can go to the little train shop in my town (they are out of pins) and buy a bundle of 8 pieces of used, semi-rusty O gauge track, for $7.00. Each piece has 3 pins in it. So, I guess I could just yank these pins, but they would be rusty as well. Not sure if you can derust and reuse these pins (vinegar soak), or just put them in the end of a drill and spin them, while holding 400 grit sandpaper around them to really clean them up. Is it worth it to try to recycle the old pins? (Life may be too short to do this.)