Selling model trains at Catawiki’s train auctions is simple. Offer up your trains for auction using the lot creation process and follow these tips for becoming a successful seller:
Submit High-Quality Photographs of Your Objects
Include strong photographs in order to catch buyers’ eyes and ensure they bid on your lot. Of course, buying online means potential bidders do not get a chance to see your model trains in person, therefore detailed and high-quality photographs are important.
To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get the right impression of your lot, we advise you to provide 4 high quality photos, giving:
- A 360 degree view of the item
- Close-ups of important details, according the guidelines below
- The photos should show a front and rear three quarter view of the model (without the box) made on a plain, neutral background (preferably a white background). For rolling stock, enclose a photo of the underside of the train to show the axles and skid.
- Make sure your photos show only the object(s) you want to put up for auction.
- To present your model in the best and most appealing way, avoid self portraits, bare hands or distracting background and make sure the model is clean without any fingerprints or dust.
- Provide close-ups of important details such as the engine & interior, especially in a convertible model, and include images of original boxes with clearly readable photos of the limited edition certification.
If you have more than one model in the lot, please provide at least one photo with all items together. This will make it clearer to the buyer what you are selling.
Example of a lot provided with a good photos
Write a Detailed Description
To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s). If you are using our website to upload your lots, an input mask will help you provide much of the key information.
Include the following information in your lot description:
- Running condition of the train (tested items tend to achieve a higher revenue)
- Breakdown of article numbers (how many of each article numbers are being offered in the lot)
- Overall condition
- With or without its original box
- Analog / digital
- Brand and scale
- Article number
- Type of object and amount (e.g. Steam Locomotive / 4 Freight Wagons)
- Railway company
- Series and running number
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Create an Economically Attractive Lot
It’s possible to sell multiple items in one lot. To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, following the submission guidelines below, advising a minimum number of items you should sell per lot.
Successful Lot Examples
- 150 Years of Märklin anniversary set: Complete with original packaging and all books, this nice lot sold for €412
- This Märklin 1 - 55900 - Steamlocomotive with Tender BR 01 from the DB sold for an impressive €1701
- Roco H0 - 45924 - 4 TEE: This lot consisted of carriages from the DB and came in its original packaging
- Fleischmann H0 - This 270 piece package with Profirails and electric points sold for €550
- Lastly, this Fleischmann H0 - 418271 - BR 50 from the DR is another great example of a successful lot
- Märklin 0/00 - 2039G (2038B/2039B) - Centraal station Stuttgart - this classic lot sold for €1800
Register as a seller to begin selling your model trains on Catawiki then start submitting your objects for auction right away.