Almost every day I get emails from people saying the model train hobby is too expensive!
And after some emailing back and forth I find out that they are going into the local hobby shop and paying the full retail price for everything they buy.No wonder they think model railroading is expensive.
It’s great for the local hobby shop owner when people pay full retail, and there are some items you will want to buy brand new, but as a beginner starting out on a budget there are a huge amount of fantastic bargains on eBay.
Now, I am going to take some heat from the hobby shop owners for suggesting eBay, but my mission is to grow the hobby. And if I get more people into the hobby, those people will eventually buy stuff from the local hobby store.
I have seen near new DCC equipment and fully equipped locomotives go on eBay for less than half of the retail price.
I have seen full layouts being sold for a fraction of the price it cost the owner to build. It is a treasure trove for the educated buyer.
I realize that there are some people who have had bad experiences buying on eBay, and having been a buyer and seller on eBay for over 4 years, I’ll give you some tips in my next article of how to minimize those bad experiences and how to become an educated buyer.
Have a look at http://modelrailwaynews.com/category/buy-discount/