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#51 Pablo

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 03:06 PM

Car is done. Someone with steadier hands can Sharpie the pipes if they want :)

 

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Will be in Swap Shop For Sale very soon.....

 


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 05:50 PM

I sincerely wish I knew why nobody wants this car.

Makes me wonder why I even do this any more :o


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 07:28 PM

Beautiful car Paul.  The slot car market rises and falls just like any other market and it's a bit slow right now.  Keep it for a while unless you really need the money now.  It may make a nice Christmas gift for someone ( are you reading this honey?)  :)


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 07:35 PM

Having one built car that didn't sell immediately, shouldn't discourage you. There might be many reasons for this, none of which are in your control. It could make a great Christmas present for someone. :)


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 08:28 PM

"Beautiful car Paul.  The slot car market rises and falls just like any other market and it's a bit slow right now.  Keep it for a while unless you really need the money now."

 

Thanks Tim. I understand the market is slow as heck. But I truly believe there is something about this car that turns people off. As far as "needing the money right now", jeez, I thought you knew me better than that :shok:

 

"Having one built car that didn't sell immediately, shouldn't discourage you."

 

Thanks Bill. You know me better than that, I'm not discouraged at all about a car not selling.

 

What troubles me is, there is something about this build that turns people off.

If I could get input on that it would help me improve as a builder.

I can't correct a problem I can't even see.

 

The parts alone cost me about $200 and nobody is even remotely interested in it for that price.

There is something wrong with that, and I just wish I knew :dash2:

I've asked several times and got nothing.


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 08:32 PM

It would be nice to keep sales in the Slotblog family but eBay has a huge audience. :unknw:


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:48 PM

There are no easy answers than I know of. If you've hit a market penetration plateau, try to sell in other places, or in some other format. Instead of complete cars, you could try selling chassis & body, or chassis, body, tires, & motor separately. These are merely suggestions, I'm throwing out. I'm not saying they'll work any better for you. From my 4+ years moderating the Slotblog eBay forum, I'm of the opinion that very few Slotblog members look at eBay slots & fewer buy eBay items. So is it a good slot car selling outlet? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, but neither one always. 


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:49 PM

  It is a beautiful build, for people that like F1s.  I tend to like the builds with the wider chassis that can be placed under a wider selection of bodies.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 01:03 PM

It would be nice to keep sales in the Slotblog family but eBay has a huge audience. :unknw:

 

What Rick said Pablo.  Personally, I find that things go back and forth and sometimes do fine here, sometimes on eBay.  There's nothing about this lovely car that shouldn't command a fair price, but people being people...they always try and get things for a steal...er...bargain.

 

 

The parts alone cost me about $200 and nobody is even remotely interested in it for that price.

There is something wrong with that, and I just wish I knew  :dash2:

I've asked several times and got nothing.

 

Sometimes (rarely) I get what a motor is actually worth...although the labor is almost always figured at "third world prices".  :)  I have one thing going for me though, I can usually build with a lot of donated parts.  That can really help keep costs down to a reasonable level, although the labor involved in cleaning that stuff up...as well as "disposables" and general supplies like scotchbrite buffs, tape, paint, brushes, springs, bearings/bushings...even *just" bubble mailers and postage adds up!
 

You just have to figure that those who know will be fair, and the rest will barely get you into break-even territory.  Look at it this way, years from now a Pablo original will be a collector's item!  I got nuthin' else.  :D


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:28 PM

  And you have to keep in mind the time of year.  Some of the exposure to items for sale is limited due to people doing "summer" activities.  I'm usually fishing my but off, but due to mechanical issue, I've been able to spend time/$ on other things that I normally wouldn't. 


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 04:26 PM

Instead of complete cars, you could try selling chassis & body, or chassis, body, tires, & motor separately.

Maybe you forgot this build was started as a "body and chassis" sale and nobody was interested. So I built it up complete, actually changed the title of the thread, and still not a hint of interest. The "body and chassis" idea of yours did would well for me, Bill, for a while.

 

  I tend to like the builds with the wider chassis that can be placed under a wider selection of bodies.

I understand your preference is for non-F1's, John, but this car actually will fit at least eight F1 body styles I know of.

Is that not a wide enough selection?

 

I guess I'll just sit on it for a while. If I needed $ I'd eBay it, but Slotblog is just so much simpler.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:37 PM

My offer still stands to add (no cost,other than shipping to me) value with eye candy details. I am hopping it would help you attract a buyer.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 07:31 AM

Thanks Matin, that's real sexy pipe work all right :good: :heart:

If I find someone who actually wants the car I'll offer that as part of the deal.


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 10:48 AM

"Beautiful car Paul.  The slot car market rises and falls just like any other market and it's a bit slow right now.  Keep it for a while unless you really need the money now."

 

Thanks Tim. I understand the market is slow as heck. But I truly believe there is something about this car that turns people off. As far as "needing the money right now", jeez, I thought you knew me better than that :shok:

 

"Having one built car that didn't sell immediately, shouldn't discourage you."

 

Thanks Bill. You know me better than that, I'm not discouraged at all about a car not selling.

 

What troubles me is, there is something about this build that turns people off.

If I could get input on that it would help me improve as a builder.

I can't correct a problem I can't even see.

 

The parts alone cost me about $200 and nobody is even remotely interested in it for that price.

There is something wrong with that, and I just wish I knew :dash2:

I've asked several times and got nothing.

 

Pablo,

 

There's nothing about the car that turns me off personally. You've built a car for a very small niche is all.


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:19 PM

Thanks Tex :).

 

In the end, I think I actually did learn some things. But they are only theories.

-maybe F1's aren't as "popular" in the USA as full size cars

-builds that are based on a specific historic Pro car from the magazine era seem to draw more interest

-not that many people "back in the day" used Muras for F1's, but I'm sure some did.

-I'm still not convinced the stamped letters on the drop arm aren't a turn off. I'll bet if they were stamped "Nutley", the car would sell in a snap - even if I made it clear it was NOT a genuine part

-my "body and chassis for sale" success was only successful for a couple of times - then it fizzled.

 

Whatever. In the end I hope people understand this isn't about sales for me - it's about making things people want :)

 

Who knows, maybe if I'd Sharpied the pipes it would have had buyers in a frenzy.

Here's another thing I now know - send bodies to Windmill for detail work :dance3: :clapping:


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:43 PM

Thanks for the endorsement Pablo. I do love the details, sometimes the simple clean approach is best for a period slot car. 

This Russkit Ferrari pictured needed a windshield, so I cut from a broken vac body and I made the carbs screens and brake scoops. Kept the driver simple. Stock like.

Can you tell I like open wheel cars too?

U.S. Grand Prix next weekend.

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