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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Sep 2017 10:56 a.m. PST

Do you sell your old figures and use the money raised to buy new figures?

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

Previously, when I was a poor college student with period attention deficit disorder, I would sell painted figures to fund new periods. Now that I have disposable income greater than $1.16 USD'a week, I buy and paint for the long term.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

I did once but still regret it. My wife was pleased at the $ made. Sadly for her, I turned around and bought new stuff with it!

nnascati02 Sep 2017 11:39 a.m. PST

All the time. As I lose interest in a project or period.

Winston Smith02 Sep 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

Sell off discarded projects, yes. I do that all the time.
Selling off units in a current project? Only to pay for the mortgage.

Cacique Caribe02 Sep 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

Well, normally yes. As tastes change I sell some old ones and get new ones.

But it's going to get interesting once we finally get the ok to check our house. We might be able to see it in the next week or so.

I know for a fact that I'm going to have to give away or sell a lot of figures because we are going to be living out of a furnished one-room one-bath mini apartment and won't be able to bring with us any non essentials we salvage from our house.

Storage facilities in the immediate area flooded too. And the other ones I've called are already full.

So in a week or so I'll have to pick out which of my "children" are my absolute favorite, and then give away or sell off the rest into bondage. :)


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 12:07 p.m. PST

Occaisionally, most of it gets sold because I know I will not be getting around to using them.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

I sell & don't buy more now, trying to downsize my Pile of lead/plastic.

DanWW202 Sep 2017 12:30 p.m. PST

I've previously sold off stuff such as 15mm Traveller figures; 20mm Cold War (they were 'Ultramodern' when I bought them…) and very early WH40k.

This was mainly because (in no particular order) a) a lot of 1980s figures were poor sculpts compared to today; b) They were 'awkward' scales that I never really got into, and now most of what I have is 28mm; c) I got caught up in the excitement of a range in my youth (WH40k), but actually, spikey orcs in space with an underbite problem weren't really my 'thing'.

I also used to manage making the hobby 'cost neutral' by, say, buying and painting three tanks and covering the cost of the two I kept by selling the third; but I don't have the time anymore; no-one wants to pay what it costs to do a decent job on a finished model these days, and online auction fees/ international shipping costs have risen to a level where there's no profit to be made.

So now I fund the lead mountain by reducing the kids' portion sizes, and sending them to school in winter wearing jacket potato skins for shoes! ;)

rustymusket02 Sep 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

I have downsized and now am selling old to buy new. I am also reducing my book collection to buy figs for my new (desired for a long time) army. (Arthurian) I keep reviewing my books and asking the questions, "Do I need it for reference?" and "Will I ever read it again?"

GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 12:54 p.m. PST

Nope. Continually adding to the pile!

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 12:54 p.m. PST

I've sold armies/collections to finance the filling out or completion of other, favorite armies/collections and to down size. The majority of figures for which I still search are older than the ones I sold. It's probably a mixture of nostalgia and appreciation of the unique charm certain manufacturer's figures hold for me. As far as down sizing goes, I've reached a point where my wargaming interests have narrowed significantly. For example, I recently sold my 15mm ACW collection, approximately 800 figures, because I lost interest in the period. I hadn't played with them for 20 years. Next up will probably be a large collection of 15mm Greek galleys. Same reason. They haven't seen the light of day in eons. It's kind of odd. Most of my friends are expanding their interests, periods and collections while Mine are narrowing dramatically.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Sep 2017 1:23 p.m. PST

All the time. I have often considered having an open door garage sale for anyone passing through the DFW area. I have a lot of stuff that I would sell if I had a good offer but have not been motivated to take the time to advertise and/or catalog and pack. I also have a lot of non-shipable stuff like 1/300 galleons.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 1:52 p.m. PST

You know, hardly ever as such. I've sold because we needed the money or the space, or--these days--because if I don't the estate sale will be even more troublesome for the next generation.

Also because I can't find anything. I have this vision of a golden future in which I can actually lay my hands on any toy I want to play with. This should take about eight more flea markets, I think.

Not to say I haven't sold and bought over the same weekend, but finding the money for new stuff wasn't the point.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 2:02 p.m. PST

In theory, yes.

Toy Soldier Green02 Sep 2017 2:09 p.m. PST

Often. Especially on models from abandoned projects.

YogiBearMinis02 Sep 2017 2:20 p.m. PST

I need to sell duplicative project items--I have multiple 28mm castles, for example, so intend to unload a bunch of Mage Knight castle items because I acquired Miniature Building Authority castle pieces.

There does come a point when you need the space, and you know you will never use something.

John Armatys02 Sep 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

No. The old get stored for reuse in due course – they are bound to be needed at some time in the future, and the cost and time spent replacing them would be resented.

Toaster02 Sep 2017 3:21 p.m. PST

Tried it a few times but discovered a distressing tendency for urgent expenses to crop up just after selling the old and prior to buying new which has somewhat discouraged me from the practice as I never got to buy the new.


Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

Yes with a bullet.

It's amazing how much stuff I've collected over the years.

Some things I would never pay that much for in real money – trade money doesn't feel the same. – cast from Predator.

I try to keep some funds in PayPal just in case someone here put out a great deal. Those archers I alway wanted to add to my fantasy army.

Full replacement trade. – 1/72 ACW in plastic replaced by 20mm in lead or my old balsa wood dungeon replaced by plaster model.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 4:27 p.m. PST

I usually sell old so I can redo the project, so I guess that's the same thing.

Whirlwind02 Sep 2017 5:59 p.m. PST

Yes, from time to time. I try and sell or donate stuff I don't really want and sometimes that generates funds for gaming. But I don't usually link my gaming spending to how much I get from sales.

jambo103 Sep 2017 2:15 a.m. PST

I sell figures from stalled projects to start new projects that usually end up as stalled projects!! A depressing circle.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 7:21 a.m. PST

A lot. Although I am starting to get down to the stuff I'm not particularly willing to part with (even if I will never get sound to finishing them).

If I had never sold or traded off any minis, I shudder to think how many I'd have now.

piper90903 Sep 2017 10:17 p.m. PST

Unwanted figures make great fishing weights.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 10:43 p.m. PST

Whenever I go through and determine there are projects I will no longer get to I move them on to those that can use them.

When I start a new project that I had previously purchase I think about replacing the figures if something better has come out since then.

Lost Wolf05 Sep 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

Sometimes. Now that I'm approaching 60 and have identified hobby items to sell, but I'll tell you, it ain't easy to let go.

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