|Fri Oct 19 2012 08:51:44|
PlanetDiecast.com Offers Collectors New Kind of Selling Community
By: Julia Wilkinson
There's a new place on the web for diecast hobbyists to sell, trade and talk shop, and this Antiques Friday (#ABAntiquesFri on Twitter) we're focusing more on the collectibles side of things and letting model enthusiasts know about PlanetDiecast.com. "We’ve tried to design Planet Diecast to be the perfect solution for anyone looking to sell vintage or modern diecast, as a precursor to stepping up the model and expanding to cover all areas of vintage and collectible items," Andrew Adamides of PlanetDiecast.com said.
Planet Diecast (PlanetDiecast on Facebook) is a merger between GoMotorBids.com and ToyCollector.com. GoMotorBids was an online auction and retailer specializing in automotive and racing collectibles including NASCAR, drag racing, muscle cars and lots of diecast and other model cars; and ToyCollector.com was a social networking site known for its heavy model car slant.
The new, combined site features a catalog-driven Amazon-style marketplace that offers some 17,000 items for sale, as well as discussion forums, blogs, galleries, videos and more. The catalog features almost 400,000 model car listings, with 25,000 more added each month, according to Adamides and Russ Dickey of Planet Diecast. There is also a wiki interface where site members can add information and images about models, manufacturers and more.
There will be both auction and fixed-priced listings on the site, and it will features like ten free images per item listing, an inbuilt direct payment system, expert arbiters to settle disputes, and "lower, fairer fees than other leading online marketplace sites," according to Adamides and Dickey.
"We know a lot of sellers and buyers who are unhappy with what they feel is eBay’s increasing focus on modern, high-end items and the de-emphasizing of the collectibles market," said Adamides. "Sellers (who are frequently small sellers) are unhappy with the increasing fees that are geared towards encouraging bulk sales with free shipping and buyers are unhappy that their complaints about fakes and rip-offs are met with a wall of apathy."
Adamides says as Planet Diecast "was created by collectors for collectors; we’re very much part of the global collecting community ourselves, so we’re aware of the issues and can deal with them as they should be dealt with (e.g. We would understand and take any reported cases of fakes very seriously). And the thriving community side of the site allows users to discuss and opine freely, so we get ongoing feedback on the site and what they’d like to see and features they’d like to have."
"We’re also keeping fees low with no listing costs, and fees are only taken once a sale is made - plus, like a real-world auction house, we split auction fees between buyer and seller, with a buyers’ premium as well as a seller fee, which allows us to keep the latter low...We also don’t charge for start bids higher than $0.99 or similar; our fee structure is simple."
Do you collect or trade in Diecast cars? What do you think about this new marketplace? Post a comment here!