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Skillful Swordsman




Baltimore, MD USA

Hello,

I am looking for advIce on how to sell some pirate ships from a Kickstarter I participated in a couple years ago, the company, renaissance miniatures is out of business, but still has all the build instructions on line.

I have 4 ships, 1 small, 2 medium and 1 large.

La bete, 2 x le decision, and la Esperanza.

The ships come with all the masts and sails and cannons.


My question is: what is the best method to sell? E-bay, Facebook market place, Craigslist, or someplace like the dakka trade forum? They are big and heavy kits. So I have no idea what to charge for shipping. Would it be better to do a local pick up only kind of thing? And what should I ask for prices? The small ship was $60 I think, the medium was $90 and the large was $120. I am not sure if they are worth more now that the company is out of business or less.

Here is a link to the Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/renaissanceminiature/ships-pirates-and-wildwest-terrain-for-28mm-gamers/description

And here is a link to the build pages

https://renaissanceminiatures.com/wiki/index.php?title=LaBelle_Build_Instructions

https://renaissanceminiatures.com/wiki/index.php?title=La_Decision_Build_Instructions

https://renaissanceminiatures.com/wiki/index.php?title=HMS_Surprise_Build_Instructions

And a picture of the ones I assembled and am keeping. Any advice appreciated.
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I would go for a policy of 'working outwards' for these.

What I mean by that is, they are large models, they look fragile and packing and shipping them would be a pain in the arse. Something is no doubt liable to break and the cost would be prohibitive.

To that end, I would suggest listing them on local boards/forums/Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace for local pick-up and see if you can find someone nearby to sell them to.

If that fails, then you need to start thinking about shipping them but that will involve packing them securely and weighing them so you can get a shipping quote from the post office.

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Thanks Filbert. The ones I am selling are unassembled, though probably still fragile. I guess I will start with Facebook Market place and try for local pick up. The kits are nice, but the large ship took me about 5 days to assemble and once assembled takes up a lot of space. Plus I am getting the Reaper one from bones 5...

ny advice of what to ask? Should I just ask people to make an offer? I dont and have not seen any on ebay to get a reference. I thought the company was charging to much when they had them retail and that likely contributed to them going out of business.
   
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Thanks Filbert. The ones I am selling are unassembled, though probably still fragile. I guess I will start with Facebook Market place and try for local pick up. The kits are nice, but the large ship took me about 5 days to assemble and once assembled takes up a lot of space. Plus I am getting the Reaper one from bones 5...

ny advice of what to ask? Should I just ask people to make an offer? I dont and have not seen any on ebay to get a reference. I thought the company was charging to much when they had them retail and that likely contributed to them going out of business.


If it's unassembled, then clearly shipping it is less of an issue, provided it is packed securely enough. As for price, it all depends on several factors. At the end of the day, how desperately do you want to get rid of them? You might sell it for what you paid for it (or even a little more) but it might take an age for that right person to come along. If you need the cash and/or the space desperately, then you will probably have to take a hit to get it shifted.

Personally, I would stick up an ad for it at the price you paid for it and see if you get a nibble. If not, then relist slightly lower and so on and so forth. Facebook/Craigslist/Gumtree etc don't charge for ads so you don't have to worry about relist fees so if you are prepared to play the long game, you just need patience.

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In my recent experiences:

1) Forums are still good, but can be slow. You need to advertise (without spamming) on as many as you can. A good generalist site like Dakka is good, but for those you might also look at joining/advertising in any sea or otherwise specialist sites. If the old game had a fan forum or forum people hung out in then that's a good place too

2) FB - Facebook nets a huge market of people these days and for self listing its a good place. There's a lot of specialist groups. Sign up to a good number, make your ad and it will typically let you list the same ad post in several sections at once so you can easily fill several groups with the same ad very quickly. It's just a regular "for sale" post in a sales group.

Those would be my first ports of call after a local club. Both FB and Forums can take time; kep an eye on the bump rate and keep up to date with bumping posts to keep them up. I wouldn't be too fast to devalue as sometimes it might take a while for an ad to do the rounds and for your customer to find you.
At what point you start lowering the price and how far you go is totally your choice depending on what you value things at and also depending on how fast you want/need them to be sold.



Of course for speed ebay and setting them up for auction can get you a faster sale; but at the same time you might get less than market value. Of course the flipside is if a bidding war breaks out and you get things sold for a good value. Of course ebay means paying fees, which is why its either good as a fast sale or as a last sale resort. Sometimes listing "will be on ebay next week" on a forum/FB add can help spark a sale.


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Ok. Thanks. Great advice. I am not is a big rush to sell. They have been sitting on a shelf already for 4 years... I will take your collective advice and start with Facebook. I am already on a couple groups so will try market place and those. Will list at what I paid in the Kickstarter with local pick up. And reduce if there is no interest. Thanks again.
   
 
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