Finding stuff to sell based on the simple fact that it "looks old" can work for you. You may not be able to tell who made the thing, where it's from, or what material it is. But most of us can look at something, rub our chin and think, "Hmmm, that looks old." Sometimes that's all you need to know to turn it into big dollars on eBay.
That was the case with these two model airplane kits. I came across them at a local thrift shop last winter and they definitely looked old. These kits were in the original cellophane wrappers. While the boxes were a little compressed, (common with old kits) they were still in nice shape overall. My guess was they dated back to the Sixties era. The thrift shop was asking five dollars a piece for each one. I picked them up and continued walking around the store. At the same time, I did a quick eBay search on my Blackberry while trying not to look too obvious. The models were made by a Company called Comet. Depending on the style of plane, they were seeing some decent bids around the twenty dollar range. That was good enough for me, so I bought them.
As I was paying for them I was forced to endure one of my little pet peeves...the seller commenting on what a deal I was getting! Don't you hate that? I sure do! The little old lady who was ringing me up just had to throw in her two cents. Implying they were priced too low she commented, "What, only five dollars? Gosh, these are really old." I forced a smile but was thinking, "Really? Am I suppose to pay more then what's on the price tag?" But I kept smiling and nodded. I later learned she may have been on to something.
Getting them ready for auction, I did some further eBay research on Comet airplane kits. The company made a huge variety of plane models. I couldn't find the two specific planes that I had bought, but I wasn't worried. Like the little old lady said, they were old. Since I wasn't sure these two planes would do well individually, I decided to sell them together. I thought the old adage, "Two is better then one" would work on this auction.
I don't know what it was-maybe the two together, or the style or that they were still in the cellophane wrapped boxes, but this auction turned out to be a big hit. At the close of the auction, my ten dollar investment turned into eighty three bucks! They were old.... and worth a lot of money!
I guess that little old lady knew what she was talking about.
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