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Moving on.
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:11:19 PM »
The next two years are going to be pretty big for me. I am planning to leave the military and set up home in Cornwall by the end of 2016.

It is a big step (especially seeing as all of my adult life has been spent in the Royal Air force) but I have come to the decision that the time has come for me to move on.

That means a host of things... buying a house, moving, leaving the security of the military, new jobs, new opportunities but most of all...

... it means that my hobby stash has to be dramatically thinned down.

Part of the reason for the thinning down is space. Then there is the demand it has on my spare time... it dictates terms and I want to reduce the burden it places on me. There is also the fact that I have a lot of stuff that I bought on a whim that is never going to be looked at.

So... with all that in mind... is E-bay the best option? If it is, I will be spending most of this coming year selling on E-bay because I have a LOT of stuff to get rid of.

What will I keep?

My Grymn
My beetlebots
My walkers/robot miniatures
My VOTOMS and certain model kits
Some of my Alien projects (visitors, Tyranids and Mushrooms)
One or two other bits and bobs

Everything else will be going (including a lot of converted/scratch sculpted stuff amongst the metal and plastic).

I think that I am doing the right thing because I am just fed up with all the clutter, fed up with having SO MUCH that needs working on and need to make a fresh start where I can have a reasonable amount of hobby stuff to keep me entertained and not so much that it becomes a chore.

So there it is...

Starting in May (once I've had a holiday after returning from the Falklands), I will be spamming everywhere with links to what I am selling. If anyone has seen stuff that I have posted that they might like to get hold of, please feel free to PM me and we can talk terms... unlike many hobbyists, I am not emotionally attached to my lead mountain so you never know... you may be able to get hold of a complete original :)

In the words of Bob Dylan... The time's they are a changin' :)
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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2015, 06:30:58 AM »
Good luck with all the changes. It seems you are having to do a huge amount of changes all at once where most people spread them over a few years/decades. I hope it all runs smoothly for you and I expect the sale of you minis will mean you won't have to get a mortgage for a house ;)

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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2015, 12:55:09 PM »
Big steps but plenty of time to plan and carry everything out.

I have never sold stuff on E-Bay before so will have to get my learning hat on when I get home... learn all the tricks to reduce costs etc (I understand you get free listings but only so many a month?).

I may end up having to have a shop for a couple of months (I have a lot to sell)!

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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2015, 02:44:52 AM »
Any idea what you are going to do for a job once you leave the airforce?
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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2015, 05:47:49 PM »
If I can wangle it... part time shelf stacker in a supermarket. That will allow me time for some voluntary work with Shelter Box while keeping up my pension pot.

The trouble is, I would be over qualified for the job but I really don't want the responsibility of management any more.

After 26+ years of having to be responsible to/for EVERYONE, I want a 'chill-out' period before I have to bother with all that nonsense again (if I ever have to... but the demon 'money' may have a say in things).

If all else fails, I can start sculpting/casting for a living... or be a welder. I've always fancied beaing a welder...

I also plan on being the village eccentric :)
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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2015, 04:32:42 AM »
I don't know if the British job market is similar, but getting into those jobs is actually pretty hard - especially if you're not a spotty teen. They have to pay you more than they would a spotty teen, and they don't factor in reliability. So good luck! Call centre work might be a good one for you, as long as it's in-calls. You're patient and friendly.

Oh, and I call first dibs on your superheroes! :D

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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2015, 12:10:04 PM »
Oh, and I call first dibs on your superheroes! :D

The big ones or the Grymn ones... or all of them? I would certainly not be averse to parting with them all if a sensible offer was made for them :)

As for call centre... nope. Just nope. I will offer the lure of accepting advancement to be a shelf stacker (just my Health and Safety background should sway things... a little bribery perhaps ;) ).
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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2015, 03:58:41 PM »
Happy to take anything rare or unusual off you mate...:)


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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2015, 10:55:30 PM »
Oh, and I call first dibs on your superheroes! :D

The big ones or the Grymn ones... or all of them? I would certainly not be averse to parting with them all if a sensible offer was made for them :)

My enthusiasm most likely exceeds my wallet. I hope you get a good price for them.

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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2015, 02:09:17 PM »
... bearing in mind I am looking to shift stuff, this perceived 'I can't possibly offer what they are worth' statement is counter-productive. Knowing where things are going and knowing that they will be safe/cared for will also help to set a price so when I said sensible offers, I meant within your budget... not what you think they SHOULD be worth.

I always have issues with this... people scared off by the fact that I have sculpted things and they think they are worth "ONE MILLION DOLLARS! :drevil2: "... but that is the beauty of communication :) ... perceptions can be changed :) ... and I am always willing to barter.
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Re: Moving on.
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2015, 02:22:49 PM »
Good luck with the next few months, sounds like they will be interesting. :smile:
Have you thought about advertising the minis etc here or LAF etc before going to eBay? It would save you a packet on seller's fees!
eBid might be another alternative to eBay(lower fees), I've used them a few times - not as popular as eBay but if you pimp the auctions around, that would help. :smile:
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