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there has to be some looney people involved in this.

Lets face it, this is a hobby.   The trains are not investments, they are the cost of having fun.    You might luck out and sell some for more than you paid.    But most are not going to be treasures to fund  your retirement.  

I think especially with the electronics in this stuff going obsolete in 5 years or so, the value of the modern stuff won't go up.    What can you do with it when the smoke gets out of the circuit board and you can't get a replacement?    When PW trains were much in vogue,  you could repair or have someone repair about anything and restore it.     And most stuff still ran on the same control systems.    Now there are so many controls systems, and so many no longer supported, it is hard to figure out what makes it go!

Seriously, model trains, like automobiles are a cost, not an investment.    if  you look at it that way, and you won't be disappointed and if someday you sell some and think  you did well, you will be very pleased.

Guys,guys,

It should be very obvious that it is not a true auction. The top 2 guys and seller seem to know each other.  I would stay away from it at all costs. There are way too many items posted on eBay that are over priced. Not just what the op has posted but many, many others.

Remember it is the Christmas season, time of year for all the scammers to come out of thier holes. Be careful and have a great holiday season.

Dave

I was shocked. When I checked my account. I kept asking did the bidding really jump that high?

And no, the seller (me) has no clue who the bidders are. I initially listed this with a buy it now at $1300. All I wanted was to get my money back out of the train to get something else my daughter and I could run on the Christmas layout.

Don’t jump to conclusions that I am a horrible person manipulating the hobby.

@Ryan Mc posted:

I was shocked. When I checked my account. I kept asking did the bidding really jump that high?

And no, the seller (me) has no clue who the bidders are. I initially listed this with a buy it now at $1300. All I wanted was to get my money back out of the train to get something else my daughter and I could run on the Christmas layout.

Don’t jump to conclusions that I am a horrible person manipulating the hobby.

Ryan - I've had that happen with a few auctions that turned out to be scammers too. The buyers wanted me to ship as soon as I received their check.

Mainly with somewhat hard to find Nintendo NES games. You figure it should sell for a $ 100 or so and suddenly its at $ 500.

So i insisted on Paypal like my ad said. No checks.

Of course, I never did see the money - but I didn't ship them the game either!

@Ryan Mc posted:

I was shocked. When I checked my account. I kept asking did the bidding really jump that high?

And no, the seller (me) has no clue who the bidders are. I initially listed this with a buy it now at $1300. All I wanted was to get my money back out of the train to get something else my daughter and I could run on the Christmas layout.

Don’t jump to conclusions that I am a horrible person manipulating the hobby.

If this is indeed your listing, I would contact ebay immediately.....now.....stop reading this and go!

@Ryan Mc posted:

I was shocked. When I checked my account. I kept asking did the bidding really jump that high?

And no, the seller (me) has no clue who the bidders are. I initially listed this with a buy it now at $1300. All I wanted was to get my money back out of the train to get something else my daughter and I could run on the Christmas layout.

Don’t jump to conclusions that I am a horrible person manipulating the hobby.

Wouldn't it be cool if you could actually get that much?

Maybe it's some prince from Nigeria that no one will contact him for the $100,000 he's willing to give away, so he's blowing it on trains.

Not to distract too far from the auction discussion, but I do believe the volume of listings (and requests on the forum) suggest another release of the scale PolEx would sell well. I also believe a scale “1224” freight steam engine or early diesel would sell well to pull all the scale PolEx freight cars that have been released through the years.

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I am guessing then since that bidder was a possible scammer then you will not be able to get paid? If that is the case, I am sorry to hear that you will not be getting paid.

He can offer a second chance bid to the next bidder down the line or in this case maybe two. There was a more "realistic " top bidder before things got out of hand.

I'm not sure what the time limit is on payment vs second chance offer. I'm sure those are on the policy page.

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