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A buddy & I have been on an eBay rampage to build new armies & inevitably we've ended up with a few figs we can't use. I plan to resell them on eBay but here's the question... should I bother painting them ?
I'm a pretty good (modesty prevents me from saying very good) painter but I've noticed that only the most elite paint jobs pull any decent bucks. And if I paint, which schemes ?
Considering marines & orks then I'd go with Ultramarines & Goffs.
Painting takes a lot of time and effort, and you won't see a significant increse in the amount of money you get for them for the energy you put into painting them.
Put the effort on the minis you are enthusiastic about, the ones you are going to play with!
Agree, just stick them on ebay or keep for future conversion material.
Seconded, most astute buyers are after models they can paint straight away. I won;t touch models that are painted unless it is worth my while to strip and repaint (I tend to get amorphouse blob-like paint jobs for at most 25% of retail to make it worth my while).
An adequate paint job will leave both parties dissatisfied. And whilst not wishing to disparage your painting skills, unless you can make $15-20 per model by spending a several hours on each one, is it really worth it?
Even the models going off for uber-prices, I would question the hourly-rate equivalent between the basic price of the model and the eventual selling price. If a model has taken 20 hours to paint and sells for $100, with a base cost of say $20 for a good character model, then I put it to yout that the value added is only $4 per hour.... Which TBH is not a satisfactory use of time, unless you would just have "wasted" that time in other activities.
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well I would rarely buy a painted model, unless its very rare, even if its painted really well, if I don't like the scheme it just means I have to strip them anyway, wasting my time and yours for painting them in the first place
I wouldn't buy painted marines. I would buy painted orks if done to a reasonable level with no basing done. You need so many orks in a horde that finding good deals that you can spruce up easily (gave mine a black wash and based in my scheme) helps bulk out the army
Good points all. Say I value my painting skill at a measly $5.00 per hour, if I spend four hours hours on a model am I likely to get another 20 bucks for it ?
Probably not- some people bid really high on seemingly random lots but you'ld have to be pretty damn good to expect to reliably get even that return.
I (and plenty others beside) will pay at most the same amount for a painted figure as for an unpainted one.
Up, up and away!
I've only bought one model on ebay, a virgin Ariel model (oop 97)
I wouldn't buy painted models from ebay or another supplier, some I've seen use GW stock photos for models, some have really awful photos, I wouldn't want to risk getting a model awfully painted when I can get a shiny new one and build it in any position I want and paint it exactly to the standard of my army.
You could always put an OFFER to assemble/paint it and put that in the description as perhaps £5 Tabletop Standard, £10 Cabinet Standard in a specified colour scheme.
Might get a bite as it's approaching Christmas. I know my family feel weird if I ask for plain pieces of plastic and metal in pieces
As one data point, I paid about $22 for two squads of 10 painted Orks each. I was able to blend them into my army by basing them in my scheme and giving them a wash. I also picked up a squad of 10 stormboys from the same seller for ~$15. I doubted that I would have paid much more than that.