Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Guide For Selling Recasts On eBay

Old miniatures can be hard to come by, and often collectors want an exorbitant amount for them, so if you do find a rare gem why not reproduce and sell the thing yourself on eBay? There's no reason why you can't profit on things that people can't buy directly from the manufacturer, right? Of course, nobody wants to knowingly buy a knock-off of the original so you'll have to make sure you avoid mentioning the mini's origin. Here are some handy tips for the aspiring recaster:

1. Make sure you have plenty for sale
Nobody can buy something if it isn't for sale, right? Make sure you have lots of stock ready to roll. Scarcity is an artificial concept in this global economy, right? If anyone is suspicious as to how you just happened to have 30 Games Day minis to sell, concoct a tale of getting them surplus from a GW store that closed or something.
2. Don't worry about cleaning the original model
Mold lines and vents are just part of the original sculpt, and you want to reproduce the original sculpt as faithfully as possible, right? Leave the original in exactly the same condition you acquired it in to preserve the integrity. Smash vents as flat as possible to the surface of the model rather than trimming them off before making your original mold.
3. Don't worry if the recast isn't as good as the original
Most people buying these probably haven't even seen the original, so how are they going to tell? For all they know the original sculpt had that deformed hand or was missing that spike. Most people just paint detail on anyway.
4. A little "used" look goes a long way
Make sure to soak the finished recast in simple green for a few hours to tarnish the surface, or put a three color paint job on the model so thick that details are obscured. If it looks like it was painted up many years ago or just sat around tarnishing in a box people are more likely to accept that it's an original model.
5. If you take a photo make it a bad one
For your eBay auction, make sure you take the worst possible photo that still shows what the mini is. Using a web cam or an old camera phone with a flash are the best ways to do this. Alternately, include no photo of your own but just use a photo from the manufacturer's web site.
6. When confronted, feign ignorance
"I didn't know. I got that in a trade a few years back from some guy at a bit swap," you can claim. Most buyers will just bite the bullet and accept that you sold on good faith.
7. Enjoy life to its fullest
...because there's a special hell for people like you. Special hell.

7 comments:

  1. Honestly, I can't tell if this is sarcastic.

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  2. lol! am glad it sounds like you didn't get had!

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    1. Oh, on the contrary. About half the loose minis I've bought on eBay in the past year have been recasts. All have been one-off auctions from sellers with high feedback. I am to the point where I don't trust any metal that isn't in a blister pack. Especially Blood Bowl minis.

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    2. Damn that sucks Mike, I hope you are leaving appropriate negative feedback. You could also consider opening a paypal dispute - claiming the value is only in the original and a recast has zero actual value.

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  3. I have been burned on Chaos Dwarfs about 15-20 times. I know their was a rash of Rackham recasts a couple years back but I had learned my lesson by then.

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  4. I had a large lot of figs years ago that apparently did turn out to be too good to be true.

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