F1 Racing Blue Team Spirit

F1 racing slot cars are low to the track which makes for fun and fast racing.  Speed is not only useful on straights but turns are no problem.  The handling on this car is exceptional which makes it easy to drive for all skill levels.

Very smooth movements make this car a contender to any slot car.  Feel confident taking this car to any open event racing.  If not coming in first with this car it will be a close second.

F1 Team Spirit Left Side

F1 Team Spirit Direct Front

F1 Team Spirit Right

Smart Phones Change Auction Bidding

Smart phones allow for viewing of slot car auctions all day.  Having the eBay app gives an easy way to be competitive.  Competitiveness is healthy for the community, which strengthens prices.

Internet changed how bidders buy; giving them complete control.  Whether it’s morning, afternoon or evening bidders can increase their price. This helps to get higher prices for cars.

Phones give access to groups of people who wouldn’t be able to participate in auctions. Before smart phones computers were the only way to get access.  Completely mobile, people can bid at restaurants, while on vacation, work or while shopping.

Worth of slot cars on todays market

Figuring a slot cars worth can be difficult, but it comes down to what a person’s willing to pay.  The seller many times believes he/she is in control.  Reality is the purchaser is in control.  A car that is considered over priced will not sale.

Older cars that aren’t highly available can generate higher amounts. Only due to a purchaser wanting something unique.  Purchasers can’t decide to go and buy it somewhere else; thus giving the seller some leverage.

Sellers should research other sellers listings to get an idea of what cars are going for.  Don’t assume a car can be sold for $100 because it’s old.  Determine a fair price for both you (as the seller) and the buyer.

Formula Extreme Speed

Formula 1/43 slot cars handle very strong.  Car speed is pretty fast especially on big tracks.  Running the car on a 1/32 size track allows for full speeds.  Arrow dynamics keep the car glued to the track without issues.  Zipping by so fast the car can hardly be seen.

This type of car can be found for about $15, which is a good entry level car.  There’s little maintenance and is very resistant.  This car is good for kids but is just as fun for adults.

Formula Red Bull Right

Formula Red Bull Front

Fly Porsche 908 Digital Modification

This Fly Porsche is one of the first cars I received in a “lot” purchase.  Five other cars were included for $100.  After receiving the car I inserted digital chip Scalextric c7005. This allows the car to run in both analog and digital modes.

Adding digital capabilities required me to modify the car, thus effecting value.  Modified by drilling a hole in the bottom of the car making room for the lane change bulb.

Running in analog mode the car is very fast; which it occasionally wants to fly off the track.  When switched to digital a little bit of the power seems to be taken away.  It’s still faster than most cars though.  The ride is a little rough but that’s due to this being an older car with magnet placement.

Fly 908 Porsche Front Orange

Fly Porsche 908 Back

Fly 908 Porsche Bottom

NASCAR Deals Considered Collector

NASCAR seems to stay pretty expensive when looking at the “buy it” now option.  To get your hands on one of these beauties the best bet is an auction.  Don’t waste time bidding at the beginning of six days.  Look at cars with one day left and it will give a good indication of interested buyers.

Since drivers are well known, there’s potential for these cars to be collector items.  Collector potential drives  high pricing.  There has not been a new release of NASCAR in quite some time, but this could change.

Patience Is the best purchasing strategy

Patience Is the Best Purchasing Strategy

Patience is the best strategy when participating in eBay slot car auctions.  Keep emotions in check and stay away from rash decisions.  No one wins every auction, there will be plenty of losses.  Learn from the losses, adjust your plan for the next auction.

Don’t rush into any last minute purchasing.  Rushing raises the potential to over pay for a slot car.  Remember that car auctions repeat themselves.  If a car comes up on auction that you lose it will come up again in a future auction.  Chances of you winning the next auction goes up due to the person who you were bidding against has already purchased the item.

I’ve been trying to purchase one Lamborghini for two months now.  I’ve lost two auctions for this car, I’m confident that I will eventually win it for $25 or less.  The last auction I missed the car by .50 cents, it went for $25.50.

Bidding Smart Forgo Haste

Lot Grouping Slot Cars

Lot grouping on eBay is bundling cars together.  This is a way to purchase a large group of cars quickly.  This can be both a good and bad way to buy cars.  This bundling could be one of the best deals if all cars are in good condition.  On the other hand, if it’s a group of junk it can be bad.  When purchasing lots make sure to look at all pictures and read the descriptions.

Reading descriptions of the lot will explain the details of the auction.  They tend to tell the quality of each car and what could be missing or not working.  These type of auctions can be of value if no one else has bid on them.  Example, purchasing a lot for $70 that includes six cars.  Technically you paid $11.67 per car.

Bidding Smart Forgo Haste

Bidding Smart Forgo Haste

Bidding smart will keep slot car collection pricing down.  When placing a bid leave emotion out of it.  Logically plan bids to keep from making a rash decision.  Factor in the shipping price with the ideal price; this gives the highest amount to bid.

Input the highest bid total and forget it.  Let the auto auction control the bidding.  This will keep bidding wars down between you and someone else, driving up costs.

Monitoring cars make bids easier

Monitoring cars make easier bidding

Monitoring cars make it easier to bid on them.  The more you watch it’s simple to spot fair car prices.  The ability to quickly determine an overpriced car is crucial.  Research cars two weeks prior to bidding.  This helps to get a good range of what the price should be.  Don’t be afraid to ignore an auction that seems too high.

If an auction price seems too low or no one is bidding check the shipping price.  Sellers inflate the shipping price to recoup the money they miss on the selling price.  Use this information to create a list of sellers to stay away from.