AHH, STRAPPED FOR MONEY

MilitaryAircraft101

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Well...
I need money for my modelling. I keep savings money in the bank, but I'm trying not to dig into that. (I'm saving for a PPL course which costs $15000 approx.) I want to buy new models, even if i have a few on the go and unbuilt, I dunno, just an urge to buy more So, yeah, No idea. Mabye I'll just finish what I've got...
Any comments appreciated.
Cheers
 

13aceofspades13

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MilitaryAircraft101 said:
Well...
I need money for my modelling. I keep savings money in the bank, but I'm trying not to dig into that. (I'm saving for a PPL course which costs $15000 approx.) I want to buy new models, even if i have a few on the go and unbuilt, I dunno, just an urge to buy more (do I sound like a woman? :-[) So, yeah, No idea. Mabye I'll just finish what I've got...
Any comments appreciated.
Cheers

welp... tis live, im in the same situation, i have money but cant spend it on models, it sucks, the one i am building right now was gotten for me as a gift real cheep.
 

Grendels

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I hate to say it, but turn to Ebay. If you are patient, and take you time, you can get models for really cheap. You just have to make a list of what you want, set an absolute maximum price you are willing to pay, and wait. It might take three months to get that model, but you will for a good price. Do this long enough, and you will build up a good stash of models.

But the trick is to be patient. Don't get auction fever and start bidding high. I have done this for two years now, and I always pay below retail for every model I buy.
 

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Swapmeets , shows, yard sales are all places to keep an eye out. You never know what you'll find. In the last year I've built up a stash of @ 50 kits at 1/3rd of retail by just keeping my eyes open. I have actually scored things like a Tamiya He-219 UHU brand new in the box for $3.00US! Now that's rare but it does happen.
 

MilitaryAircraft101

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Jingles said:
Grendels said:
I hate to say it, but turn to Ebay.
Edit: It might be a good idea to remove the line in your original post about women. We have some female members who may not be amused... and I go shopping a lot more often than most women I know.

Ok, thanks, I don't want to offend anyone... Thanks people for your great suggestions. Looking at some real cheap models on ebay. I'll only pay retail or below for em though... I have set a top bid :)
 

Gundamhead

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Just don't forget to add the shipping in your ebay deals before writing off your local hobby shop for being too expensive. It amazes me how many people say:

'I got this $45.00 on Ebay for $35.00.'
'Including the shipping?'
'No, that was $12.00! What a deal!'
'So you got a $45.00 kit for $47.00?'
'No I got it for $35.00!'
'But you didn't count shipping, It's $47.00.'
'No, I got it for $35.00.'
 

Quaralane

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--nods--
I always watch that, myself. You'd be amazed at how many sellers "sell" cheap, and then cream you with the shipping charges
 

Grendels

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But then again you can get deals. I did get 6 star trek model kits for $30 with $12 shipping. One of those kits was the Defiant. Which alone sells for far more than that price if you can even find that kit.
 

Elm City Hobbies

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You can find deals on Ebay, but they are getting far fewer these days.

I used to buy alot on Ebay (Before I opened my own shop, but that is a whole other ball of wax) and I do still buy the odd item that either hasn't been re-issued in a dog's age (old Nascar kits for example), or sometimes stuff I just can't get myself. But it is few and far between now a days.

I also sold on Ebay at one time, but since I opened my own website, there is no point anymore, between insertion fees, selling fees and Paypal fees, on a $20 item, Ebay/Paypal ends up taking $5 give or take...., pretty much a loosing (or at the most a break even sale), sometimes it just isn't worth it.

Unfortunately there were people out there that would sell you a smoking deal on a kit, but then hose you in the shipping, and usually ended up being much more than buying it locally.

I don't buy much of anything on there now, the odd time I will find something, but not as much as I used to.
 

MilitaryAircraft101

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Thanks for the replies people, I think i'll just have to cut my losses, finish what I've got, then go 1 at a time. :'( But it'll be worth it, because my savings go into a pilot's licence. ;D and in the long run, I choose pilots licence. After that i'll be back and ready to roll though 8)
 

Quaralane

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Sounds like a good plan, MA101.
Wishing I hadn't spent so much on building my stash
 

Gundamhead

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Nonsense. He's under the impression that after he gets his wings, he's gonna have money left for something else. ;) ;D
 
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