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  1. Esmedune

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    Define "Something amazing"? A Princess Elizabeth is on my list of things to get, but on eBay all I am seeing are lots of gold plated ones, that no one seems to want. Is a HST with doors that open amazing? Points I have made in the past and are worth repeating, why so many limited runs these days? Why not keep making models? Is it not better for the customer to spread tooling costs over longer production runs, rather than artificially drive the prices up? I am an electronics Engineer by trade and I know it will only cost a couple of pounds to create DCC chips in China. When you add packaging and transport, you are still at about £3 per unit. When you are born in the days when the price of a commodity was related to the cost of production, the more modern concept that companies pick prices based on what the market is willing to pay, is not palatable.
  2. Esmedune

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    I'm only speaking for me, I'm never one to claim my opinions are in the majority. But I am often saying a fool and his money are soon parted. I came to this thread because I was looking at existing alternatives, as I do not want to get a ringfield driven anything, plus I certainly do not want another Hornby bit of tat with holes in the body to allow for the clips on the chassis. However, to find that the modern alternative is the same cost as two decent steam locomotives with all the extra delicate bits stuck on, then common sense dictates that two basic shells with one engine in no way equate to the going rate. I mean, who on earth needs opening doors?? If you are lured in by flappy doors, then you do fit in with the fool and his money proverb...
  3. Esmedune

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    There is lots of evidence that the market isn't as price averse as many like to think. I am, there is no way I am paying £300 for a single loco and what is, in reality, a single coach. I shall wait for a rich boomer to pop their clogs and pick it up for £75 at an auction. The original tooling was on sale for well over 30 years, but now they are all limited editions at unethical prices.
  4. A decade later ;-) https://www.lskauctioncentre.co.uk/auction/lot/lot-772---various-items-all-concerning-track-and/?lot=475999&so=0&st=plasser&sto=0&au=715&ef=&et=&ic=False&sd=0&pp=24&pn=1&g=1
  5. Coming to this thread five years too late and finding none of the links work
  6. You have to love Sunday evenings when all the new stuff is posted. I bet you have never seen a "weathered" box before? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/125012303319
  7. Is it a full moon? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224704036080 Also, the postage...
  8. Make Offer... I'll drive him to the mental hospital.
  9. When you can get this for £35... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384097057329
  10. If he split it, he may get £550
  11. I think someone has just cut up some grey pipe...
  12. Handrail broken off? Not a problem, just stick a strip of plasticard there! Good as new. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bachmann-class-08-shunter-Weathered-32-115-08173-BR-Blue-/334218822754
  13. I don't fancy your chances of driving over either of those level crossings...
  14. This irks me. There is another advert for this loco, brand new in box for £140, yet this person is trying to get £100 for a broken one. Spares and repairs are suppose to be a bargain opportunity for people with the skills to fix it. This person assumes that this is a easy fix for someone, and so they can pay full on second hand prices, because that will be the value once it is fixed. Needless to say, I don't see this selling ;-) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144291852400?hash=item219876f070:g:1akAAOSwXoRhknse
  15. That's the route I finally went with, thanks Phil. They are glued in, and they have snapped the part off a "reclaimed body" So heartily recommend this service for Bachmann locos. One drawback is that their hold music is truly awful
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