The vast majority of the clubs members collect pre-owned models and have done for many years enjoying the social aspect of attending Toy Fairs, Swap Meets ect. For me, the models I have, were bought new. Being a manager of a model shop it is perhaps not surprising that I went down that route.The main focus of my collection is motor sport models. Here lies my dilemma if I want to continue to collect NEW. If you are a motor sport fan you will likely have your favourite drivers, teams ect so its natural that you want models that reflect that. Because of the limited quantities being produced for new models compared to a few years ago not only is it wise to preorder your model it also means that you will very likely pay full price as very few new models come onto the secondary market. In the motor sport sector those models that do get reduced tend to be lesser known teams / drivers so is it worth buying a model however good it is, if it doesn't have that connection to your hero. My most recent purchase is a 1:43 scale model of Sebastien Ogier’s Skoda Fabia S2000 World Rally Car 2012 Rally Sweden. This is a super model and the icing on the cake is that it was less than half price, at £14.99 from Diecast Legends. So the perfect scenario, great model, one of my favourite drivers and a great price. Would I have got the same pleasure had it been some driver I did not follow?, I don't think so.
The day after writing the above I received a Diecast Legends magazine with the following article which confirms what has becoming obvious to me of late, that THE DIECAST MARKET IS SHRINKING. Click on the poster below to read this very revealing report from the 2019 Nuremberg International Toy Fair.