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Send a list
We are always buying models, from one kit to collections of thousands. If you have kits to sell, please send me a list. Ideally, the list should be by:
Lists can be attached as Word or Excel files, or simply be typed or pasted into the email field.
If you have asking prices, please list them. If you do not have an asking price, I can price the kits according to what I have paid in the past for those exact kits. PLEASE do not ship any kits until we have agreed on a price.
If for any reason it is inconvenient to make a list, photos can be used. Stack your kits vertically, about 10 kits high. Then make about four or five more identical stacks and push them all together so all the box ends are showing. Take a high resolution (2 to 3.5 megapixels) photo of the box ends. Repeat as necessary.
Inspection and Payment
Most kits and small collections are sent on approval. The kits will be inspected upon receipt. If they are as described, a check or money order is issued for the agreed price, normally within 14 working days or less. Otherwise the kits will be returned. We ship only by USPS, but can receive packages from FedEx, DHL, UPS and all major carriers.
If the kits are not too far away or the collection is exceptional, we can travel to you for inspection and pick up.
If travel is not possible, more valuable collections can be bought securely on escrow. Oldmodelkits.com deposits the agreed amount with an on-line escrow service. When the funds are clear and secure, the escrow service authorizes the seller to ship the kits to us. The kits are inspected within an agreed time frame. If the models are kept, the secured funds are released to the seller. If the kits are returned, the funds are returned to Oldmodelkits.com when the seller receives the kits back. There is small fee for escrow that is paid by the seller. Insurance and tracking must be used on all shipments with escrow.
Key items which determine the value of a kit:
I am often asked what the most economical shipping method is. This is an excellent question since UPS, Fed Ex and most Postal Services worldwide have moved to the expensive 'dimensional weight' (size and not weight) method of costing.
US Postal Service (USPS) uses 'dimensional weight' when calculating price. Simply make sure that the box does not exceed 108 inches of girth. Girth = length + (2 x (width + height)), where all units are in inches and length is always the longest box dimension. Parcels up to 108 inches girth are in the $20-$35 range to ship (depending on your postal zone)
Parcels over 109 inches girth Priority Mail will be in the $72+ and up price range. By making that box one inch smaller, you can send 2 to 3 boxes for that same price!
If box dimensions are 48" x 18" x 12"
Then Girth = 2x(18+12) +48 = 108
So Shipping Cost is $25 to $35
If box dimensions 49" x 18" x 12"
Then Girth = 2x(18+12)+49 = 109
So Shipping Cost is $72-$90
Additional Savings and Free Pickup from Your Home
To save $5 off these prices, print your USPS postage on-line here. They will even pick the boxes up from you home! These services are free to sign up for and there is no charge other than the cost of the discounted on-line postage.
Note to International Sellers: Please ship kits through your local postal service or FedEx only. Do not send kits via UPS (United Parcel Service). UPS will charge large additional fees upon delivery and I will not be able to accept the package(s).
I am often asked how to pack kits to minimize damage and parts loss. Please follow these tips:
Please insure your package! Postal insurance is very affordable. If your kits are correctly packed, postal insurance will cover you...
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to email or write us. Our address is:
524 Amberley Drive
Lexington, KY 40515
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