How it works
If you are buying.
- Study the pictures, read the descriptions, know what you're buying. If not, ask the seller for clarification or more pictures. Don't just click and hope for the best.
- We do our best to vet each user and weed out the bad ones if they get by our initial signup. However, you are responsible, so use caution, check their seller rating, and do your due diligence before buying.
- Hobby Traders does not charge or collect any fees from the buyer.
If you are selling
- If you want to sell it fast, generally speaking if your item is in good condition, it's worth about 1/2 of what you paid for it new. You can hold out for more, but once the item starts getting close to the price of a new one (or above) people will just buy something new instead. Of course hard to find or vintage items are an exception to this.
- You don't get much extra for hop-ups, add-ons, and spare parts. Just like trading in a car, the dealer isn't going to give you anything extra for aftermarket items. The best-bang-for-the-buck is to remove the items and sell the items separately. However, if you don't feel like messing with it, just accept that you'll get less and move on.
- Avoid shipping heavy and bulky items unless the buyer is willing to absorb some (or all) of the cost. The rates will kill you. Our best advice here is to stay with buyers in you area if at all possible.
Your PayPal account needs to be able to accept online payments. This might require a Business account, but numerous users are using just personal accounts. If you do see an error when trying to connect your account to Hobby Traders, log in and upgrade your PayPal account to a business account. It's free and very easy. If you're an individual, PayPal recommends using your name as the Business name.