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#26 Bill from NH

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 07:15 AM

I wouldn't give five cents for that box, I'd throw it out with the rest of the trash.


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 10:40 AM

Don, the deception with the Taxi is he is saying it has been in the attic for 50 years. 

 

That "rail car" is an interesting bit of handy work.


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 11:18 AM

I don't think he is implying the TT has been in the attic, for 50 years, at all.

He makes it pretty clear it's an "I'll throw this in" deal, and it's origin has nothing to do with the 50 year old, attic cars.


IT WAS IN SOMEONE'S ATTIC FOR OVER 50 YEARS!

ORIGINALLY IT HAD THE SIX CARS SHOWN ON THE SIDESOF THE SUIT CASE, THE TIJUANA TAXI CAB HAS BEEN ADDED AS A BONUS VALUE.

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 04:51 PM

How does this sound? How to build fake *** cars and try to charge big money for them. I already know 2 other guys that wrote books about slot cars. Right now would be a great time to take pictures. Matt any words?  lol 


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 07:55 PM

If you do it, I suggest starting from a totally serious place.  Then, as the book progresses with tips and techniques, slowly start taking shortcuts, but having the best of intentions of course.  Then, further along, take more short-cuts, and slowly and eventually move into outright fraud.  The trick will be how far will people read, and agree with the approach, until they come to a place and wonder, "Hey, I'm ripping people off!"  At least those with a conscience will...

 

The first person you learn to con is yourself.  I learned that from a prior manager who had a philosophy degree, back when that meant something.


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 08:00 PM

many people have said this to me. but mine would be about my experiences. 


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 08:10 PM

How about publishing it on a FB page? Perhaps a chapter a month. I would read it if online someplace. I wouldn't buy a print copy because I'm not a collector. FB would give you world-wide access.


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 08:22 PM

There is already an ongoing thread on this subject.

http://slotblog.net/...bay-stuff/?st=0

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 09:33 PM

I hate to see guys pushing something that isn't what they think it is  or want it to be..  Then you have  sellers that won't accept positive criticism or  info from somebody that tries to help or give accurate info about an item.   Basically all the guys I have dealt with in this hobby are straight shooters.     We may disagree about a value on something, but mostly we all just try to help each other out. 

 

  For 35-40 years I've had some of the best long distance friends  you could have in this  hobby.   These are guys I will pretty much give  whatever I have they can use and they treat me the same way.    Priceless friendships.   Thru all these friends I learned so many details about vintage stuff and passed it on where and when I could.    This all leads to what I always say, "buyer beware".   Educate yourself the same as all us guys have done.   It's really no ones fault except the guy that gets burned.  He should have known what he was buying or asked for advice.   You can't expect honesty  from a stranger.   

 

We do a fair job of policing some of the overpriced ebay stuff on here and I started the Ebay ridiculous thread as a place to discuss it.  The only people that would buy a book are the 5-10  of us!!!  


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 12:51 AM

You are both correct, Don and Mike. I should have read further.

 

"THE TIJUANA TAXI CAB FROM INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING IS EXTREMELY INTERESTING AND ALSO LOOKS LIKE PUT TOGETHER FROM ORIGINAL AND AFTER MARKET PARTS."

 

I stand corrected.


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 05:36 PM

I think that might have been added later. Possibly the seller is a Slot Blog member?

 

That's something I was going to point out earlier but forgot to. Surely some of these eBay sellers we've poked fun of over the years are Slot Blog members.


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 05:45 PM

Here's one of my pet peeves and has been one for years, "Custom Made!" or "Custom Built!" or "One Of A Kind!" I hate those terms, especially because they're often used to describe something that's a piece of crap. The reason there's only one of them, because one is one too many! I personally say "scratch built". That seems like a more appropriate  term.

 

Which brings me to these "custom" beauties! Three for the price of one!

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/193601989649

 

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 06:42 PM

If some of these sellers are members here, maybe they will listen to facts!


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 06:50 PM

Here's one of my pet peeves and has been one for years, "Custom Made!" or "Custom Built!" or "One Of A Kind!" I hate those terms, especially because they're often used to describe something that's a piece of crap. The reason there's only one of them, because one is one too many! I personally say "scratch built". That seems like a more appropriate  term.

 

Which brings me to these "custom" beauties! Three for the price of one!

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/193601989649

 

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what ever they want for it isn't enough.......


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 08:44 PM

I'd rather they keep using the terms "rare", "custom" & "one-of-a-kind" to describe their POJ (pieces of junk). Their using the word "scratchbuilt" as a generic term is a "slap-in-the-face" to true scratch builders, such as Steve Okeefe, Pablo, Jairus, Phillip Nyazi, Rick Thigpen (dc-65x), & others.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 12:01 AM

Hey...uh...Bill. Uh...you forgot to include me on that list.

 

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:22 AM

Phil, no I didn't, you are one of the "others", just like me. :laugh2:  :laugh2:


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 07:04 AM

https://www.ebay.com...ScAAOSwh7tcQjoT

 

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This 1/32 F1 car has been on eBay for over two(2) years. During that time it's been priced anywhere from $90 to $160. Currently it's priced ar $129.99. The seller is a former trackowner in the southwest, so he should know it's actual worth.

 

What I find humorous is, I thought I recognized it from the paint when I first saw it. One of my NH friends verified it is a car he built in the early 2000's to run in our local 1/32 series. It has a Betta body, scratchbuilt chassis, & early Falcon motor. This was my friend's personal race car. He did not sell it, yet has no idea how it got to New Mexico, where it now sits.  :laugh2:

 

 

He lists all kinds of junk at absurd prices; but maybe he sells some of it.

A while back he was listing chassis and describing them as very fast. How can he claim the chassis is fast if he sells it without a motor?

 


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 01:24 PM

George, I know the character you speak of. :)  In the late 90's, he sent me a large manila envelope full of papers on how he ran "Crash & Burn" at his then AZ raceway & the advantages of doing so. He might have had a breakout  rule too.  :laugh2: 

 

 

If he sold many items, they wouldn't look so familiar to all of us.  These 1/32 F1 cars cost $25 when we ran them at Queen City Speedway about 18 yrs. ago. 


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:03 PM

These e-bay guys claim rare or very rare like the womps or thumpers, these are not rare. I Have over the years brought use slot cars from the raceway that I go to and I I know what I am getting in to and buy the parts need to fix up. AS the saying goes buyer beware.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 08:20 PM

Most of those eBay guys don't know what rare & very rare mean. Nevertheless, they keep throwing those terms into their titles & write-ups in an attempt to try impressing somebody. Usually it's only themselves.   :laugh2:  :laugh2:

 

David, have fun running your slot cars. I built a womp-sized chassis jig. Some day I intend to build a brass rod womp chassis.


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 06:31 PM

https://www.ebay.com...cYAAOSwFcVfKaXW    only 500 bucks under another mth name


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 06:43 PM

Driver is so big it looks like a midget racer.


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 07:38 PM

and he calls it a merc. its a kurtis roadster and it looks like a 6 year old built it


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 07:44 PM

i'd love to buy one and return it as not as described. generate some black marks. 


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