8228Re: Whither Tom Yorke? WAS: State of the Union Message
- Jun 1, 2007--- In Yorke_Kits@yahoogroups.com, Mike South <mikesouth@...> wrote:
> What follows is a strictly personal point of view, but it has
> hope) carefully considered... :-)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
If you think that building structures and dioramas one at a time and
selling them easily is a snap, then i suggest you take a shot with
your best effort on ebay and see exactly how many bids and final
selling price you obtain. I think you would be in for a shock.
Oh and do not forget, you have to figure out how to ship that wonder
you built, so the thing doesn't end up in pieces as tooth pics or in
hydrocal dust. Take it from one who knows and has built 462 dioramas
in HO And O scale.
There are really on two kit manufacturers who have lasted. George
Sellios of Fine scale Miniatures fame since 1967 and Bob Van Gelder
of South River Modelworks since around 1990. Both do only HO scale
and produce 500 + of their once a year releases. But they are
concentrating on the most popular scale and their items are more
collected than built.
Tom Yorke has been around since the 70"s producing both HO and O
scale plus some G. Too attract the collector/builder one must have
full page colour adverts in the magazine of full blown dioramas of
their kits, these cost around $6000.00 ONE TIME.
Goof just once on your selection to build and offer a design and if
the public doesn't care for it, ya cannot eat it.!!!!!!!!!
FSM has had a couple that did not sell well and took 2-3 years to
sell out of those kits. It takes them 9 months to design and produce
a new kit. So its not like you can just rush to market with something
else. Not the ideal prescription for success.
Lots of people have all these great ideas about "the road to
success", but they are usually university business professors sitting
contented in their 'tenure' and not facing the real world of business
and getting out there and scrapping for orders. Pie in the sky
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