Not a virgin…but original

When should an old train be called original?  One ongoing issue I have experienced is sellers calling an item original when it has been repainted or has had other modifications made. To me, the word original and virgin could be interchangeable.  It is…or is not, you are our you are not.  There is no half […]

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Buying items from a foreign country

If you are like me you have probably not found too many “great” pieces in antique stores or trains shows and train stores have limited selection at marked-up prices.  Many turn to E-bay to look for and purchase model locomotives and rolling stock.  I have made many purchases from E-bay and wanted to share with […]

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The eBay Global Shipping Program

To make matters even worse for those buying model trains and the like into Canada, eBay allows some sellers to use a shipping option called the “Global Shipping Program”. The idea was to get sellers to feel better about exporting to other countries (less confusing process and paperwork) and buyers pay all of the taxes […]

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Buyer Beware

When is the truth the truth and when is it misleading? I was looking for a Hornby Royal Scot Locomotive and found one on eBay. It was a buy it now or make an offer deal. I made the seller an offer, he accepted and the deal went through. Yesterday I received the locomotive and […]

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Buying toy trains from Europe

I was discussing with someone the collecting of vintage model trains and we concluded that there really isn’t a great interest in Canada. There is no real visible presence. There are very few stores selling model trains in the country and fewer still that sell vintage pieces. Really the only option is to look outside […]

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Rare, one-of-a-kind toy train for sale

Far too often I see the terms “rare, “one of a kind” and “antique” used on eBay for no other reason than to make the ad sound better. I don’t think that most of the people using the words have any idea of what they mean. Rare Meaning thin in density, few and far between. […]

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Getting the best results on eBay

When it comes to finding European vintage model trains on eBay and you want to search outside of North America, there is a check box on the left which will allow you to select “worldwide”. You might think this will give you all of the listings for any particular search but it does not. Selecting […]

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Beware of Friends & Family Transactions

I would not typically air my issues with others but in this case I feel as if I should, just because I find the whole experience (if not fraud) to be bizarre . I was not necessarily the (potential) victim of fraud, but possibly on the receiving end of someone that is very careless (and […]

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