SublevelStudios wrote:It's the same with anything, if you put the groundwork in, there are rewards. Scouring car boots, charity shops, ebay and classifieds have all borne fruit at some point or another for me. Mainly ebay these days but also toy fairs from other dealers too.
There are incredible finds out there, last year was particularly good for me, landing some seriously good items at bargain prices. Luck does have a part to play, but so does putting the hours in.
The one thing I have seen change over the past couple of years on ebay is the astronomical prices US sellers charge for P&P these days. It's crazy and has really cut my buying from overseas down drastically.
In short, yes, it is hard work finding stuff like this 'in the wild' and bargains online - but I disagree with the above post, they are out there.
The main reason for the astronomical postage prices from US sellers is because of the introduction of the Global shipping program (GSP) ebay introduced. A huge number of US sellers signed up to it early on without realising what it meant. This program takes away any flexibility, charges the maximum postage and also custom charges up front. I have heard of sellers in the UK having to pay twice for customs, once in advance and again when it arrives in the UK. The GSP also forces the seller to charge for each item individually, thus not allowing savings on multiple buys.
In addition, even those sellers in the USA that don't use the GSP tend to either quote or be quoted themselves by USPS the most expensive postage option first. It's always worth asking a seller in the USA if they can look again at the postage, even go on the USPS website yourself and tell the seller the options.
The USPS (United States Postal System) are more expensive than the Royal Mail for sending abroad, and they have all these weird fixed rate 'flat rate' envelopes, flat boxes and boxes.
I forgot to mention in my post last night (was rather late I wrote it), there are the forums to buy and sell, social media like facebook and toy fairs and swap meets. I've never bought on social media or forums myself. I have been to loads of toy fairs, but have found them disappointing too for various reasons.
I agree luck has a lot to do with it, and putting the hours and effort. But I have put in a lot of effort and I still think the fruits of it are very slim, whereas in the past putting that effort in brought great rewards.