In einer eMail vom 02.01.2004 16:16:06 Westeuropäische Normalzeit schreibt ... Rick, doing limited run is a wide known practice on the MR market. You areMessage 1 of 4 , Jan 2, 2004View SourceIn einer eMail vom 02.01.2004 16:16:06 Westeuropäische Normalzeit schreibt
> One of the biggerst complaints I have about Marklin is that their modelsRick,
> seem to be "limited editions" in order to create a false market, and the
> Insider cars usually end up in a slightly modified production run. It makes
> kit-bashing a real mental struggle: If I weather the cars, do they go up or
> down in value? The only way to answer that question is to ask another
> question: Are we talking about resale value, or hobby value?
doing limited run is a wide known practice on the MR market. You are right,
Märklin of course is trying to convince potential buyers by the "limited"
versions. Here in Germany a lot of collectors are buying sometimes incredible stuff
from Märklin, just to have the collection complete.
The "limited runs" are normally that big, that the items will never get
really big value increase. I personally buy only the stuff I really like and do
what I want with this purchase and feel good! Don't worry - be happy!
Happy New Year!
The Redrock Railroad - Home of the Desert Hog
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Rick Saviano wrote: Some of the limited editions are wotrthwhile, though. We bought a gondola car a few years ago ...... A part ofMessage 1 of 4 , Jan 3, 2004View SourceRick Saviano <saviano@w...> wrote:
<snip> Some of the limited editions are wotrthwhile, though. We
bought a gondola car a few years ago ...... A part of the proceeds
actually went to the repair of the prototype church bell that the car
depicted - I've always been a sucker for a good story, especially if
it's true. <snip>
Actually the story is even better than that: As a part of a major
effort, Märklin donated 5 DM for every one of those gondolas sold to
the reconstruction of the Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Mother).
The church was destroyed during one night of massive and terrfying
bombing near the end of world war two. Only one corner of the rather
unique square footprint was left standing amid a pile of ruins. The
church is now being rebuilt -- I believe almost entirely from private
donations. The project is a civic effort to restore something and
make a bridge to the city's past
Märklin's effort coincided with the delivery of a newly cast bell for
the church's tower. This occured about the same time as a major train
show in Dresden, in which Marklin was a major player. Hence, a small
bell was the gondula load. Thus, your purchase helped heal a scar
from over 50 years ago.