Some collectors would rather sell their trains themselves in order to receive full market value for their train collection rather than getting wholesale prices by selling to a train dealer. If you decide to sell your trains yourself, doing so on an online marketplace such as TrainzAuctions.com can make a lot of sense assuming that you are willing to put in the work.
Train Auctions is a valuable multi-purpose website for use by any train collector. On TrainzAuctions.com you can track and organize your collection. Quickly document everything in your collection by selecting the items you own from our extensive catalog. You can even add photos, descriptions and item details. TrainzAuctions.com allows you to connect with a growing community of 25,453 users! Our website allows you to browse top collector showcases, read their stories and marvel at their photos and videos, then leave comments to let them know your opinion. This site is not only a helpful way to catalogue and obtain model train information, but it is also a convenient way to buy and sell trains. Browse our vast selection on the marketplace of model trains by scale as fixed price and auctions. All of the items you buy will be automatically added to your collection. You can even receive a notification when items from your wanted list become available for sale.
Selling trains in person typically requires a large amount of time and money. The expense of traveling and paying show fees can cost well into the thousands of dollars. Utilizing TrainsAuction as a selling platform is a huge financial advantage for sellers. When you list an item on TrainzAuctions.com you will receive as much as 94% of the selling price, compare this to other marketplace sites such as eBay which leaves the seller with only 86 - 80% of the selling price. TrainzAuctions.com only changes a small fee of 7.95% of the selling price to list these items online. However, if you are a TrainAuction Power Seller you are only charged 5.95% of the selling price. For a more comparative look at selling your trains, please refer to this Guide.
Besides the financial incentive there are several other reasons to contemplate utilizing TrainzAuctions.com as a way to sell your trains. These benefits include, but are not limited to:
No! Selling on TrainzAucitons is as simple as registering and listing an item.
The first step in selling your trains on the TrainzAuctions.com site is registration. Registration is easy and only takes a few moments. See below for a screen shot of the Registration screen.
Once you are logged in and registered online, the second step is to complete the Sell Page. This page is where you will provide information about the item that you are listing for sale. Please keep in mind the more information you convey about the item for sale on the Sell Page the more incentive a potential buyer has to purchase the item.
Tips for Completing Field Categories
Not all fields are required however, it is highly recommended to provide as much information as possible. The following fields are found on the Sell Page:
SHORT DESCRIPTION, SKU (Stock Keeping Unit), PRODUCT ID, and UPC (Universal Product Code) are all optional fields and are generally only used by dealers. However, if you can fill in any of these fields, it may help search engines find your listing.
After the above fields have been completed, photos can then be added of the item. This Media option is important since it provides the potential buyer with an in depth look at the item being listed. The Media Option is located below the Item Info. The maximum number of photos allowed to be uploaded is twelve. The Default Image is the picture that will be shown by default to all buyers. All listings are REQUIRED to have a default image. All photos must be in JPG or PNG format and photos can be no more than 500Kb in size. It is highly recommended to use a high resolution digital camera, or late-model smartphone (at least 4 megapixels). Well-lit photos with a white or light gray background work the best. Showing all sides of the item you are selling is recommended. Additionally, if you are selling an item with a notable defect or blemish, we recommend that you zoom in on the blemish or scratch so that the buyer knows exactly what they are buying. Good photos are the best way to remove a buyer's questions about your item and encourage them to buy or bid on your item.
Now that the item description has been filled out and the photos added there are only a few more steps left to take care of before the item can be listed online. You are now ready to define which type of listing you want and set your price. There are two main ways to sell an item - auction or fixed price.
The simplest type of listing is a fixed price listing. If you know the value of the item you have for sale you can list it with a fixed price. However, this type of listing is inflexible and does not allow the opportunity to earn more than expected as might happen in an auction type listing. The upside is that there is no ambiguity on the final selling price of your item.
An auction is a great way to engage buyers, and quickly sell an item. An auction is highly recommended if you don’t know the precise value of your item, or if you would like your item to be sold as quickly as possible.
When listing an item to be sold at auction there are a few things to note:
Start Price - A start price will be required for an auctioned item. This price is the bid amount that will first be accepted. Keep in mind the lower the start price the more opportunity buyers will have to engage in bidding. With the exception of the reserve (see below), as a seller, you are committing to sell the item to the highest bidder in an auction. Think carefully about your Start Price. All auctions carry an 18% Buyer's Premium which is paid to the seller, so you should calculate that into your starting price. For example, while you hope your item will sell for at least $50, you would accept a price of $40 for the item. In this case, you should set your Start Price at $35. In the event you get only one bidder, you will still receive more than $40 in total and you have minimized your Start Price which encourages bidding. If you are confident that your item will receive multiple bidders, you should consider an even lower Start Price (some multi-hundred dollar items have a starting price of $0.99 to signal to the buyers that you are serious about selling the item!).
Before you can list your item for sale there are a few more categories that need some consideration:
Sellers on TrainzAuctions.com specify which regions of the world they want to ship to and the shipping fees charged to buyers in those regions. If a seller does not check off, for example, the "Canada" checkbox and fill in a shipping amount, then buyers in Canada will not be able to buy this item. The Shipping Terms area is for sellers to list any special notations or terms about their shipping. This area could include things like: how the seller will package the item, postage insurance, return policies, etc.
The Pickup option charges no shipping and is for buyers who will physically visit the seller to pick up the item sold.
Currently, we only accept PayPal as the mechanism for the transmission of money between buyer and seller, so that checkbox must be checked.
Finally, the last step is to either Submit (publish your listing now) or Save as a Draft listing (it will remain available to you, but unseen by the public). Most sellers will choose to publish their listing right away, knowing that you can edit your listing later. (See Manage Your Listings for more info about that.) To see your listing live in the Marketplace, go to your My Account where you can view your live listing.
If you have any further questions, please refer to our TrainzAuctions FAQ.