I finally have some time and I’ve updated the Yard Sale with tons of miniatures from the Napoleonic period. These are all marked 50% off of retail. All proceeds go to the widow of a local war gamer, and the figures come from his large collection. Help out his family this Christmas!
It’s been a busy day. A couple of days ago I was in a car accident and my car was totaled. Luckily no one was injured and we both had insurance. I spent today looking at cars. It wasn’t a bad experience. There are a lot of models out there but the technology has changed a lot over the years (my last car was 9 years old) and it struck me that this sale is the same thing. These miniatures are WAY better than the miniatures I had growing up in the 80’s. Also there are now a lot of brands. Some people have their favorites. So far I am just lucky to make enough room to get around in my office. So the selection of figures is just what I randomly pull out of my over stuffed storage and bring into the house. But as the sale progresses, more breathing room is created and I am able to open up the collection some more for special requests. Right now the boxed miniatures are the easiest to sell because they are highly labeled and I know what the retail price is on them. Once they are moved then it’s on to the metal miniatures. Let me tell you – there are a lot of them. Its crazy. I don’t even know what they are. I am dumb when it comes to the period. That is when I will need the help of you folks. Someone will help me figure out by visually identifying the figures so I can come up with a decent description.
I implemented weights for everything so the postage should be more fair. The first wave was shipped at rates I just don’t think were right. It’s all part of the learning process. My day job is as a data scientist for casinos. I can tell you a lot about the exponential curvature of the histogram of run length for similar balls called in bingo games. And my own interests are in ACW, Dark Ages, Old West, and WWII. I think the Napoleonic period is beautiful – but I am going to depend upon you experts to sort this thing out!
I am adding more stuff today. If the site stays up. My host suffered a DoS attack for most of the day yesterday, I assume in association with the Turkish Coup. Who would have guessed a cyberwar that far away would have affected us. The site seems stable so far so lets hope it remains up!
I am redoing the shipping. I learned my lesson. Weigh everything. Shipping is a killer. Now I know why businesses use Amazon for fulfillment! No one was over charged in Wave 1. Quite the opposite actually. I have purchased a scale and I am using the Post Office’s Click-n-Ship. I also noticed that they have the ability to pick up from the house so shipping isn’t dependent upon me having to make a side trek to the nearest Post Office!
I am also going to do a give away. There is a small painted army based for skirmish warfare. I have no use for it. Its about 30 or so figures. Extremely well painted. Everyone who buys anything is in the running. Every whole dollar you spend will be like a raffle ticket. At the end of Summer I will have a program pick a winner. It could be you! I will get photos of the Army up soon. The army will also come with a hard case, so it’s ready for you to take to the hobby store and fight with!