Purchasing Diecast Collectibles
Before there was an Internet, there were only a few ways people could buy and sell things like toy trains and diecast cars and trucks. They could sell them at a yard sale for a couple of dollars. They could take them to a tadeshow, but those were few and far between. They could place a for sale ad in the classified section of the newspaper. They could auction them at one of two types of live auctions; a high end auction which are held by internationally known firms, or a local auction where both the clientele and merchandise are mostly local. In some cases if an auctioneer has enough matchbox cars, they might hold a diecast only auction that is more likely to attract the attention of serious collectors. High end auctions are typically where collectors can find exceptionally rare toy trains, diecast trucks, and other collectible toys.
Shopping at an eBay store carries a degree of protection. Many of the EBay stores are run by reputable dealers who specialize in diecast trucks, trains, or matchbox cars. These dealers are often willing to guarantee the items they are selling on EBay.
If you are considering purchasing a toy train set from an EBay store make sure that they say the transformer is actually working. With the exception of the "ZW" transformers made from Lionel, transformers are typically unrepairable. Before agreeing to the sale ask the EBay store if the transformers knobs turn smoothly and if the transformer is working corrA huge advantage to purchasing a train through an EBay store is the ability to check the feedback the store has received from past customers. Reading through this feedback should give you a good indication about how honest they are about the product they are selling.
If you are simply looking for any type, style and make of collectible toy truck, toy train, or any other diecast toy on EBay all you have to do is go to EBay's handy drop down menu and click on the item you want. You will presented with tons of toy automobile that you can bid on.
If you are looking for a ver specific item, go to the search section and type in exactly what you are looking for. The more specific you are the more likely you will be to find the item you are looking for without wasting allot of your time.
Once you have selected an item you like contact the merchant, ask lots of questions about the toy train they are selling, does it work, is there any damage, etc.. Ask if they would be willing to send several photos of the item, displaying it at several different angles. Ask the merchant if they would be willing to guarantee the condition of the item.
Purchasing trucks, trains, and toy autos at an eBay store allows you to shop whenever it's convenient, night or day.