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HAWL: eBay Is Dead the Day After Christmas Edition

Every few months, I will attempt to snatch a few bargains on cheaper 1:18s on eBay. Typically, these attempts follow a certain pattern; I will place bids on about 5 lower-end brand 1:18s that are still at a very low price, pick 1 or 2 out that I really want, and then wait and see what happens. I'll raise my max bid on the 1 or 2 cars that I am really after, and just see if I can snag the rest without raising my bid over the initial asking price. This has always ended up with me buying 1 or 2 cars for an OK price, but I had never won something on a low opening bid.

That all changed late last month.

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You see, the day after Christmas, I was sitting around my parents' house. They live in the middle of nowhere. "I have to drive 20 minutes to get reliable cell phone service" nowhere, to be precise. My mom was at work and my dad was off playing with his tractor messing up his land or something. So what do I do?

"Well, jedi, you haven't added many 1/18s to your collection this year, why not snag a couple more?"

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"I don't know!" I say to myself.

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If only I had. It's Christmas still, kinda, so I decide I'll splurge a bit. I quickly find 11 cars that are at bargain basement prices. One is a Buy It Now, so I go ahead and snatch it. For the rest, I wait. 10 cars, between $10 and $20 each (mostly), all with reasonable shipping charges. I had two that I would jack my bid up on, and one of those was only because my initial bid was less than $6.

Well, fellow die-casters, I ended winning seven of those 10 auctions. Seven! Seventy percent, up from a nice tidy 0 prior to that. What you see here are the results of that "luck". A term I use loosely, because even cheap 1:18s are expensive at this quantity. While I'm happy with the deals I got, if I'd known I was going to be spending this much, I would have just found a decent Auto Art or Kyosho. Still, these are some great cars, and I can't complain too much.

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At this point, the astute reader will have noticed that I'm one car short (seven auctions won + one Buy It Now). Unfortunately, one of the cars arrived damaged and has been returned. I got a full refund, no questions asked, however, so it turned out OK in the end.

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So, I'll go ahead and get into the close-ups. Six of these are Maisto and one is a Hot Wheels. First, the Maisto Porsche 993 Cabriolet in Riviera Blue, one of my favorite shades:

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Next, a Maisto CLK DTM:

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This is probably my favorite of the bunch, a Maisto Porsche 911 GT1:

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Maisto McLaren F1:

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Maisto Lamborghini Diablo SV:

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Hot Wheels Maserati Quattroporte:

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Maisto Land Rover Range Rover Sport. I bought it mostly for the color:

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Thanks for looking, and happy hunting!

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