All Aboard! A Comprehensive Introduction To Model Trains
Be Careful Who You Trust
When purchasing model trains and accessories you have to be
careful who you buy from and who you trust when it comes to buying
advice. While there are very few people who would intentionally
mislead you, there are people out there who don't know much about
model trains that sell parts and accessories.
This includes store clerks at hobby shops who may not have a
strong grasp on the art of train modeling. If they don't have a good
understanding of the hobby, then chances are they aren't in any
position to advise you on what you buy for your display.
You also need to be careful when buying model train parts and
accessories off of sites like eBay. In some cases the seller may be a
fellow train modeler who understands the hobby while in other
cases it may be a relative of a deceased train modeler selling off
parts, a mother selling her son's set after he left for college, or
something of that nature.
Auctions for model train parts and accessories being sold by people
with no understanding of the hobby can often times be identified by
vague wording or a “you get what you see” type of listing with a
picture. If someone refers to the model train as “small” instead of
listing its actual scale, chances are they don't know much about the
The problem here lies in the fact that even if there are pictures it
can be very hard to tell what you're getting, especially in relation
to scale. If you come across an auction like this that you're
interested in, message the seller and ask for specific info regarding
what it it he/she is selling. This will help to ensure that you don't
make a huge purchasing mistake and waste a lot of money.
In a worst case scenario, if you buy something that turns out to be
not what you expected, you can always re-list for sale. You can also
try and sell it on a model train enthusiasts site as well. Who knows,
you may even turn a profit!
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