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Any go to sites for bargain priced kits?
Posted by DanR1967 on Friday, February 08, 2019 11:57 AM

Does anyone know of any sites where you can find older kits at bargain prices? Ebay has become too much like Amazon and shopgoodwill.com is good, but selection is limited to what is donated and shipping costs are often high. I'm just starting to get more into armor and aircraft and I wouldn't mind working out some techniques on cheaper, older kits (and I don't necessarily mean from the 70's or 80's, it can be anything up to 10 or so years ago). Thanks in advance!

Dan

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, February 08, 2019 1:26 PM

Sincere Hobby

Scalehobbyist good every day prices

Dragonusaonline has great sales

Ebay shops,not so much auctions

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Posted by DanR1967 on Friday, February 08, 2019 1:41 PM

Thanks!!

Dan

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, February 08, 2019 1:46 PM

eBay shops are good. I always look at seller's "other items", lots to be found there.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, February 08, 2019 2:06 PM

Charlie’s Plastic Model Kits has quite a few older kids at very reasonable prices. 

Chad

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Posted by jgeratic on Friday, February 08, 2019 2:09 PM

Ten year old models - those can and should be pretty good kits and won't necessarily be on sale - most likely sold out. 

As a rule of thumb when shopping for kits online,  try to source the brand from the region they originate from.  For example, Tamiya should be cheaper from Asian based webstores, like HobbyEasy or LuckyModel.  Similarly if European brand, try to pinpoint closest to the particular country, or at least west or eastern Europe.  Of course, always shop and compare, as not every online shop fits this guidline.

Another good online shop is Spruebrothers.  They have a daily 'deal of the day' for a few products, but not always kits.  Also sign up for their newsletter, so you get notified of specific sales.

regards,

Jack

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Posted by DanR1967 on Friday, February 08, 2019 2:16 PM

Way ahead of you! I tend to buy Tamiya kits from Japanese sellers on Ebay and Amazon. You wait longer for shipping, but the kits are sometimes 50% cheaper!

Dan

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, February 08, 2019 3:21 PM

Scalehobbyist

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SprueBrothers... meh. I’ve signed up for their newsletter as well and am not impressed with their sales. Same with Squadron.

There are lots of sites you can find great bargains. You just have to know where to find them. I usually find mine by accident. I’ve got a bunch in my favorites file that’s too much to list.

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Posted by Rotorhead13 on Friday, February 08, 2019 5:47 PM

You could try Rare Plane Detective. They have older kits, and many of them are fairly cheap, but, same as everybody else, they've been raising prices of late. It only figures. Every time you build an older kit, the survivors become a little more valuable. 

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Posted by Rotorhead13 on Friday, February 08, 2019 5:54 PM

Also check out these guys. They haven't been in business very long, but their prices are often half what you might expect. It's mostly kits less than 10 years old, though. Still, who knows what might catch your fancy?

https://modelkitcloseouts.com/

 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, February 08, 2019 6:53 PM

That's a good one Rotorhead, thanks!

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