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jlinville201822 Aug 2018 1:32 p.m. PST

Hi all,

I am interested in selling wargame items from miniatures, WarHammer, accessories….(and the list can go on and on) online.

My main question is: Would it be a good idea?

Any and all opinions are welcome and will be taken into consideration.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2018 2:01 p.m. PST

Wait, do you mean sell your own stuff, or start a business? Starting a business is a very large topic. Do you have any experience doing this? Know anyone who does that you can use as a mentor? Do you have money to purchase inventory? Can you make a compelling website and understand ecommerce, shipping, tax laws and what business laws where you live you need to follow?

To answer the original question- maybe? It depends on all of the above. If you are diving in with none of the above because you just love minis, then probably it is not a good idea. If you have reasonable business sense and any of the above, possibly.

The old saw states that to make a small fortune in the games business, first start with a large fortune.

There's a reason that's sometimes true.

Aethelflaeda was framed22 Aug 2018 2:06 p.m. PST

unless you are flogging off your old no longer desired stuff, or your own new designs, what else are you bringing to the virtual table to sell that can't be gotten somewhere else…including from the manufacturer direct? Warhammer being mentioned gives me particular pause.

coopman22 Aug 2018 2:29 p.m. PST

Don't quit your day job.

Col Durnford22 Aug 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

In my case, I had the collection of a lifetime. Lots of stuff I no longer had any use for (old S&T, dead end projects, and figures that did not fit with the core collection.

Went here to find some buyers and EBay for the majority.

I run two sales each year spring (mid April) and fall (after Labor Day).

I use all proceeds for War Department funds – guilt free hobby money.

Not a business in any way.

Hope this helps.

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2018 2:50 p.m. PST

If you want to sell online, by all means do. But, first get your feet wet and sell lots on places like this and ebay.

If you are satisfied with step 1 and hwant to branch out by all means give it a go.

Listen to good advice and forgive the bad.

And if you get the chance do get a flea market table at a convention. You will be amazed at how well you might sell.

wrgmr122 Aug 2018 4:14 p.m. PST

Bartertown, The Wargamers Forum, The Wargames Website, Lead Adventure Forum, On Facebook Historical Miniatures Buy and Sell, Facebook Buy Trade or Sell 20mm.

Just a few suggestions.

Sundance23 Aug 2018 6:44 a.m. PST

There are also several FB buy & sell wargames groups.

GROSSMAN03 Mar 2019 11:56 p.m. PST

There is no money to be made in this hobby, only in the case that it may pay for the habit itself.

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