What a joke! Has anybody stopped to consider this auction might be a stupid scam. Over the years there have been plenty of scams on 'ebay' from sleazy sellers. And 'ebay' has been trying to stop it from happening on their auction site for many years.
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.
Look at the bidders. The one with 35+ feedback has 56% of his transactions with this seller. The one with 8+ feedback has 100% of his transactions with this seller. Then there are a few others that have 0 feedback. Smells a bit fishy, but I don't know what.
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.
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