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Fri Oct 19 2012 08:51:44

PlanetDiecast.com Offers Collectors New Kind of Selling Community

By: Julia Wilkinson

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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!




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This user has validated their user name. by: Spartacus

Fri Oct 19 12:21:22 2012

I think we're going to see merchants making serious diversification into niche marketplaces such as PlanetDiecast.

However, the site just isn't ready for prime time and begs for a professional design job.

The first thing that was glaringly apparent is there is no search bar on the front page.

Second, there's too much javascript gimmickry going on that is harmful to the site's SEO and cross browser compatibility.

Third, prices are in EUR, USD and CAD. Very confusing when it's simple to detect a buyers location from their IP address and do a currency conversion.

On the up side, PlanetDiecast is a fantastic domain name. The site loads fast.

Most importantly, as I  mentioned in the beginning, I'm seeing collectibles enthusiasts move into smaller community niche marketplaces designed specific for their hobby.

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by: AgendaSwallowsAll This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 19 12:29:15 2012

Can't even register, keep getting "Invalid Token" error message. Tired of entering all info over & over.....Done

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by: Digmen1 This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Oct 19 13:04:14 2012

That makes 3 or 4 niche sites now. Etsy for handmade, Delcampe for stamps, there is an antiques one and now PlanetDiecast.
This is obviously the way to go to beat ebay. A genera;l site is just, well to general. Cars and Clothes and media could be next.

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by: Grandma_Fish This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 19 16:56:40 2012

It was nice to see that they have die-cast military and warrior figures as well, except that no scale was given. But if I was a collector of those, I would probably already know that. Site is easy to navigate. I can't wait for a collectors site dedicated to vintage and antique dolls that offers auctions.

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by: Planet Diecast This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Oct 19 18:15:16 2012

Julia, thanks for the nice write up on us.

Spartacus, comments well received; search is in works (the market tab has very good search capabilities), most of the Javasript is temporary (and yes, our SEO features need work as well) and the currency is dealt with so far for our 123,000 members showing currencies in their current preferred currency.

AgendaSwallowsAll, sorry for the hiccup, please email me (I have linked my email to this post) and I will ensure that you are registered (I will also see if we have a known issue here, if not maybe I can ask you to help me?).

Grandma-fish, the missing scales are up to sellers, we list 67 different scales on the listing form (anything from 1:2 to 1:4650 or so). Our catalog has now 420,000 entries including toy soldiers, trains and other toys, more on www.HobbySphere.org.

Please keep the comments or questions coming.

Christian

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This user has validated their user name. by: Spartacus

Fri Oct 19 22:28:31 2012

@Christian, please don't be offended by my critiques, they're intended as analysis to help you grow. I want to see your site succeed. I've collected diecast over the years and know the market is sustainable for a niche marketplace such as yours.

You're definitely headed in the right direction as far as building you're site around a catalog (or database) much in the way Discogs.com does for music.

@Grandma_Fish - maybe you should start that antique dolls site?


One thing I like is no listing fees. In my opinion, that's where Etsy will wither on the vine. People don't like to pay upfront to have items not sell.

Splitting final value fees between buyer and seller is a fantastic concept. I believe all the niche marketplace sites that will emerge and drive business away from all-inclusive marketplaces will adopt the free to list, split fee model.



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This user has validated their user name. by: Al G

Sat Oct 20 08:12:45 2012

Splitting fees is fairly common at auction houses with a buyer and seller's premium.

The concept over the internet (and to the unwashed masses) of pay-for-service is slowly gaining traction - especially at the media sites, so general acceptance my be slow in forthcoming.

Let me know when major railroad collectibles would be considered - check out the transportation collectibles category, there are some serious collectors there.

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This user has validated their user name. by: permacrisis

Sat Oct 20 12:39:52 2012

@Digimen
"That makes 3 or 4 niche sites now. Etsy for handmade, Delcampe for stamps, there is an antiques one and now PlanetDiecast."

Hey don't forget Audiogon, they serve the high end stereo component market, too! Taking a nice big bite outta ebay's FVF on some pretty big-ticket items.

That's it ebay, just keep chasing those categories away, and may the Sears be with you!

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by: Bloggo This user has validated their user name.

Sat Oct 20 13:54:40 2012

permacrisis is correct. ebay is literally chasing business away.  

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by: blaumann This user has validated their user name.

Sun Oct 21 23:43:08 2012

The Planet Diecast site stinks. I registered, I could not find any info on selling. I went to the forum. When i tried to start a topic, I was told i was not a member. Stinks.

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by: Planet Diecast This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Oct 22 03:52:47 2012

Hi Spartacus, I took your comments as such and just wanted to say that we are working on most of those identified issues, please feel free to continue giving feedback.

Hi Blaumann, the information on selling is in the Market tap under the headers Features as well as Fees.  Re the forum there were 115 posts yesterday and as a logged-in members you should be able to post; if you cannot post there please let me know what happens per this email.

Christian

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This user has validated their user name. by: East Coast Toy Soldier Show
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Mon Oct 22 16:19:40 2012

I found their registration page and log in thoroughly confusing, and full of glitches, so I gave up.

Visit any ''Antique'' or ''Collectible'' toy shows--even Train Shows and you'll see so much modern die-cast that often times the shows are over-saturated with die-cast.

 

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by: Planet Diecast This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Oct 26 06:04:54 2012

Sorry, East Coast Toy Soldier Show, we do currently have a bug that stops some registrations and has been hard to rectify as it only occurs intermittently.  I have send you registration details that should allow you go in and set up your account including a link to your site and event announcements.

Thanks also to Wikikamoocow Valley Rail Road who helped us identifying what might be the issue.

Anybody else who might experience that issue please email me and I get you set up ASAP, the issue should be fixed soon as well.

Christian



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