4 Ways To Get the Most Resale Value For Your Miniatures

4 Ways To Get the Most Hobby $$$ For Your Miniatures

Ready to sell some of your miniatures? Check out these resale tips on how to get the most for those little army men you worked hard on!

Whether you need to make some extra side money or get bored of an army, there comes a point where a hobbyist sells off some models. It could be a few units or an entire army. Whatever you’re selling you need to think about things like pricing, shipping, and exactly what kind of models you’re trying to get rid of.

Trying To Price Your Army/Models

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As a general rule of thumb, if something isn’t New in Box (NIB) you can expect to take about 40-50% off retail value. Past that, other things that affect the price could be:

  • How well the model is put together (Don’t leave any sprues or mold lines on the model as you first put it together).
  • There are any conversions
  • If the model is primed properly (Don’t cake it on and make sure you use the right primer color).
  • If the model is painted and if so, what color scheme and how well? (Things painted off-color from the lore can drive down price. For example, green Ultramarines).

Sure, it’s completely possible to get more for your army than what you put into it but generally, armies got for a few hundred dollars under what the player bought everything for. 

In & Outs of Selling online


Then comes the method that you’re going to be selling this army. There are a bunch of different community threads across websites where you’re able to swap armies between people. However, the most official and (probably) the easiest way to sell the army is to throw it up on eBay. eBay is a fantastic method of swapping out models for money. People are constantly scrolling through what’s listed under GW models worldwide and, if reasonably priced, would sell in a matter of days. Things that you need to remember, however, is that eBay takes 10% of whatever you make and proper packaging is key. 

Make sure that you don’t skimp on packaging. Sacrifice your foam trays that you’ve been using with the army and make sure everything is padded. There’s nothing worse than selling an army and getting an email a few days later saying all the models are broken and then eBay stepping in to sort everything out. Chances are you could be out all of the money you just made and now have a box of broken models being shipped back to you. Just ship it right and don’t cut corners. 

Also, be prepared to give eBay 10% of whatever you make on your sale. It’s just eBay’s cut. You used their website as a medium and they need to make their money too. With that said, you may need to charge more on shipping/overall price for your army to make sure you get what you want out of it. It may sound like there’s a lot of varying factors that you need to take account for when selling online and that’s because there are.

Selling Models Locally

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You can always sell your models locally but there are some pros and cons to it just like selling online. You may be able to get more out of your army because people would sometimes pay more in order to have the models immediately. Plus, you also don’t have to worry about things like shipping/eBay taking 10% of your profit.

The only downside is that you’re cutting off the number of potential buyers by a huge margin because you’re not advertising it to the world. However, as a side effect of being a tabletop gamer, we all know other tabletop gamers that may be interested in taking it off your hands. If you find that nobody is wanting to buy it, try selling it to your local hobby shop. Chances are you won’t get cash for it and if you do, it’ll be a much lower amount than what you expect. However, you can always go for the store credit option and use it to buy more models through the shop.

If you live in the city, you can also try your hand at a local flea market. While you might not have much luck trying to sell your army in a small town, the heavily populated areas are surprisingly full of gamers. Just be prepared to get a few weird looks as you’re standing next to a table full of Tyranids. 

Conversely, sometimes local gaming stores have a garage sale/swap meet or flea market days of their own where you can bring your models in and sell them through the store for credit to use on new models there. Pricing can vary but overall it tends to go for much more reduced pricing than the other options presented here.

Do What You’re Comfortable With

Tying it all together, when it comes time to sell your army, use whichever method you’re most comfortable with. Be prepared to lose out on a few hundred dollars in whatever way you choose to sell (it’s just the nature of the business). On top of that, if you sell online make sure you take care of your packaging and ship everything on time. Calculate how much money you want to make and add 10% onto the price for eBay’s cut as well as whatever shipping charges there could be. If you know someone looking for an army locally, go to them first. You may be able to get more money for your models. However, remember that your market is much smaller.

How many armies have you sold since you’ve been in the hobby? Are there any tips you recommend to someone trying to sell models? Let us know in the comments of our Facebook Hobby Group. 

About the Author: Rob Baer

Virginia Restless, Miniature Painter & Cat Dad. I blame LEGOs. There was something about those little-colored blocks that started it all... Twitter @catdaddymbg
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