Send Photos Or A List
We are always buying models, from one kit to collections of thousands. If you have kits to sell, you can email me photos or a list to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos are faster than a list because you can put as many as 80+ kits in one photo. To do this,
- Stack up 10-15 kits with the box ends facing you
- Create another 6-8 stacks just like that and push the stacks together
- Take a high-resolution photo of the box ends (2 to 3.5 megapixels is fine)
- Repeat for more kits
From your photo, I can zoom in and read the kit numbers, names, scales, etc. Please see the low-resolution example below.
Lists are fine also and can be in Excel, Word, or Open Office files, or simply be typed or pasted into the email field.
The list should include:
- Manufacturer's Part Number
- Scale (if listed)
- Name of the Kit
- Any obvious issues with the kit (assembly, missing parts or significant box damage)
Lists and photos can also be mailed (USPS) to the address at the bottom of this page.
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.
Please include your zip code when asking for a quote so I can properly figure shipping costs. I am located in Lexington, KY.
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. 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:
- Box Condition. This is critical on older kits, but not so much on newer kits. Bagged kits (no box) are purchased also.
- The kit must have never been started for top value. No painting or gluing.
- The kit must be complete to bring top value. 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions in good condition and not used or significantly damaged.
I am often asked what the most economical shipping method is. This is an excellent question as most USA parcel services have moved to the more expensive 'dimensional weight' (size and not weight) method to calculate shipping costs.
The US Postal Service (USPS) is still the least expensive option. But 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 $35 and up range to ship (depending on your postal zone).
Parcels over 108 inches girth will be in the $87+ (and up!) price range. By making your box one inch smaller, you can send 2 to 3 boxes for that same price!
If box dimensions are 25 lbs and 48" x 18" x 12"
Then Girth = 2x(18+12)+48 = 108
Shipping from the north, midwest, southern states and eastern seaboard is ~$32 to $35
From out west to the Pacific seaboard (Tulsa to Seattle) ~$45 to $60 via "USPS Retail Ground"
Be aware that if you go one inch over the 108" girth that these prices will either double or triple!
There are numerous sources for free boxes, especially retail businesses. But Home Depot and U-Haul sell a 'large packing box' that is perfect for shipping. The cost is about $3 a box and the dimensions come out to a perfect 108" (length + girth).
For the largest kits, there are no boxes that will readily fit them. To box them, I cut a box open and 'wrap' the kit in heavy cardboard. Since every inch matters in shipping costs, this keeps the size of the box to a minimum.
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:
- Place a thin rubber band around each kit (not too tight or it will damage the box!) This will keep loose parts from escaping during shipment.
- If the kit is high value, place any loose parts in a ziplock/sealable bag to avoid loss.
- There is no need to wrap each kit in paper or bubble wrap unless the kits are of an unusually high value
- Select a box made of heavy corrugated cardboard. The box should be new or in excellent used condition.
- Pack the kits carefully in the box to minimize empty space
- Fill any empty spaces with newspaper, foam peanuts, or any other non-staining, void-filling material. You do not want the kits to shift during shipment.
- When taping the shipping box shut, tape up all of the seams! That way if a part does come loose, it will remain in the shipping box.
Please insure your package! Postal insurance is very affordable. If your kits are correctly packed, postal insurance will cover you...
- Against loss or damage of your parcel and
- It will require me to personally sign for your kits. They cannot leave the parcel on my steps or in another location and you have an on-line record that I personally received it.
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to email or write us. Our address is:
524 Amberley Drive
Lexington, KY 40515