Buying and selling items for Members
For many years, the Society has been running a second hand sales service for Members who wish to buy and sell 009 items. Originally started as a one-man operation, it is now a major part of the Society’s business with a team of 7 volunteers handling thousands of items a year. The team buys in items from Members to resell, either by mail order, or directly at regular members’ events and exhibitions around the country. The Sales Team usually meet once a week on Thursday mornings when we deal with the previous weeks’ correspondence and orders.
If you wish to sell something to the Society, please contact with a list of your items. We will then ask you to send them to our working address for valuation and we will offer you what we think they are worth. If the offer is acceptable you will receive payment straight away. If not, we will return your goods to you. We normally value items at a price we believe they will sell at, given their condition and take 15% commission on the sale, so you get about 85% of the sale price. Having fewer overheads, we can offer you a higher price than you could expect from the Trade.
Items offered for sale are graded according to condition and rarity value as follows: –
Grade 1 – Mint or unmarked condition, in the original box.
Grade 2 – Used, but in good condition and running order, with no parts missing.
Grade 3 – Well used, but in running order, perhaps with minor paintwork damage.
Grade 4 – Poor condition, perhaps with parts missing, or not in running order, for repair or scrap.
We produce an e-mail sales list which you can subscribe to. This is issued at frequent, but not necessarily regular, intervals as and when we have sufficient items of interest. To receive the list please contact and ask to be added to the circulation. Detailed instructions on how to buy from the list are included in each circulation. Please note we don’t operate a “wants” list as such, but if there is something you particularly want by all means ask us and, if we have it in stock, we will do our best to fulfil your request.
The Members’ Sales Stand attends various Society events around the country during the year where you can see much more than we put on the sales lists. A list of events can be found in the 009 News Diary page and in the monthly Sales Team reports.
We also offer a spares service to recycle parts from non-repairable items, which we have bought in. Contact to ask for items from the spares bin. We don’t hold stocks of manufacturers’ spares, so everything is on an “if we’ve got it, you can have it” basis at a nominal price.
Assisting executors with sales of collections
It is disturbing to hear stories where stock has been sold after a Member’s death to a commercial dealer, at a fraction of its real value, only for them to sell it on at a vast profit.
We can give advice and guidance on the removal and disposal of Members’ hobby collections and we also offer a service to executors of deceased members’ wills.
Hopefully you feel that Society membership has been of value to you and, subsequently, to your family. Please consider whether we could sell your items on behalf of your family to give them the best value for your collection. Have you indicated your wishes to your family, either through your will or a Letter of Direction to the executors, as to how you would wish them to dispose of your collection, when the inevitable occurs? A draft Letter of Direction can be obtained from the Sales team at , or the Society Secretary, if you need help with this.