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11-28-2012 03:59 AM  7 years ago
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bigwave

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getting out of the hobby
I used to hang around this forum all the time and loved it, if it were not for great forums like this one I would have never learned to fly heli's but not I'm done, at least for a while. My question is this are Blade 400 3d's worth anythig anymore? I have two with many extra parts and a few upgrades and am not sure what to do with them, it's been over three years since I've even looked at them. Are they worth picturing up and posting, or is somewhere like Ebay the way to go?? Thanks for the advice.
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11-28-2012 04:24 AM  7 years ago
RM3

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Sorry to see you go...be warned, the itch never goes away...

selling them is all a matter of exposure and price...don't be surprized if guys ask for just the parts...like gyros, ESCs, receivers...tough sell...everyone wants cheap and new...

I know my LHS would take some models and sell them for in store credit...anyone over there that can do that for you?
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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11-28-2012 05:11 AM  7 years ago
AWittleWabbit

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Have you searched the classifieds to see if anything resembling what you want to sell has sold lately? I usually do that for things I want to sell to see what the going price range is.

If you find they go for jack diddly, maybe you'll want to keep them just in case your Heli-itis flares up again.
Heli-itis sufferer.
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11-28-2012 10:57 AM  7 years ago
wrongler

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You will be back!Bill Whittaker
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11-28-2012 10:58 AM  7 years ago
Richardmid1

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Do you mean the old Blade 400 or the slightly newer Blade 450 3D?

If its a Blade 400 its probably not worth the hassle of selling, if its a 450 3D it is still a cheap heli to buy new and is flybarred which don't sell well nowadays. If its the 450 3D you may get half the new price IF its in good condition.

I always sell my stuff on ebay, I start the bidding at 0.99 with no reserve which is free (I get a friend to bid it up if its going for peanuts! Sh! ). You can also overprice the postage because final value fees don't include the postage.

You can also start the bidding at slightly more than you would take for it. You will get people messaging you with offers or asking you for a buy it now price, you then do the deal and take it off ebay and don't pay the ridiculous final value fees!
60% of the time, it works every time!
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11-28-2012 01:39 PM  7 years ago
tgalo

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If I could offer some advice let me say, don't sell your stuff. 20+ years ago I had a basement full of RC stuff. It all went in the trash over time. Not that any of it would be worth anything today but I wish I had kept it all now. Keep your stuff! You will be back...
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11-28-2012 01:44 PM  7 years ago
Richardmid1

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Depends how long hes going to leave the hobby for. Less than 5 years keep, more than 5 years sell?60% of the time, it works every time!
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11-28-2012 02:23 PM  7 years ago
bigwave

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Thanks
Once agian you are all still full of good advice. I have so much stuff and need to thin the fleet. You guys will love this one, over the weekend I drove by my local hobby shop and left an entire 40 size airplane, less the radio, it was like one of those deals on TV, I sat it down under the over hang and ran
I couldn't get myself to throw in the trash, maybe he can give it away
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12-04-2012 05:38 PM  7 years ago
bigwave

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Going tel sell
If anyone is interested in two blade 400 3D's with Futaba GY401 and matching high speed servo already mounted and a ton of spare parts never used. Let me know.
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12-04-2012 05:43 PM  7 years ago
HeliNutAndy

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You should list your items in the classifieds. I wish you luck
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12-04-2012 05:59 PM  7 years ago
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I don't think you will see much interest and probably not much money if you do sell them. I agree with the above suggestion-keep them. They aren't costing you anything and you can pull them out at will. I hope you will be back.
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12-04-2012 06:07 PM  7 years ago
HeliNutAndy

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12-04-2012 06:18 PM  7 years ago
Allan Gibbs

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I don't mean to hijack but, if the spark is gone, how long should you hold on to "hobby stuff" in case it comes back?

Over the past two months, I've thinned my fleet to just the TDR, Trex 450, Blade 300 and 130 and the 130 is about to go. It's a case of competing hobbies and I find myself not flying much anymore.
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12-04-2012 08:04 PM  7 years ago
HeliNutAndy

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If you can't get much for your items IMO you are better off holding on to them just in case you get the urge...
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12-04-2012 09:33 PM  7 years ago
bigwave

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I agree on keeping but....
I used to be more vigalent about this stuff and would rotate the fleet every so often. Just to keep up and not take a bath on stuff, I'd always watch e-bay and other forums and buy used or close to it from someone esle getting out of hobby. Now I'm that person I used to buy stuff from at a bargan.
Started Golfing and target shooting again, no one else in my area flys helis and that makes if hard to keep interested in. Funny thing is everytime they'd have a fun fly or meet the public thing they'd all want me to come out and fly. Then while I was flying they'd fly planes close to where I was at, not dangeriously close but close enough to lose focus, if you know what I mean. I don't think they ever understood how a heli required constant attention while flying.
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12-04-2012 09:56 PM  7 years ago
HeliNutAndy

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I do not have anyone to fly with. I got interested in these toys when I saw one at the hobby shop. OMG I called it a toy. Here come the forum cops.

P.S. I call everything I play with a toy before anyone gets their panties in a bunch. My ATV's/Dune buggies ETC I consider toys and so does my wife Please spare me the definitions...
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12-04-2012 11:43 PM  7 years ago
bigwave

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Too funny
My "Toy" lists still includes a jeep, a real jeep, not one of the pretend 4 door station wagons, a 2 door, top off, roughed up, taken off road, jeep. Three ATV's, a bunch of guns for indoor and outdoor shooting and golf clubs Something has to go, did I mention I still have 5 Nitro Airplanes, 4-Ele planes, 4- 1/8 scale 4x4 nitro HPI trucks, 5- 1/10 scale elec. stadium trucks...... You get the idea. My older boys no longer want to mess with any of it and I've lost motivation to keep it all running.
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12-05-2012 01:22 AM  7 years ago
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The Blade 400 is tough to sell. I have one and like it but don't fly it enough to warrant having it. On the other hand, all my friends came to the same conclusion and gave me their heli's and parts. I can't not own one. I could hit a fence post every day for a week from Sunday and still have parts for Monday.

As an amusing side note - I had a new fella with a Blade SR come by the house for a little help. He saw my Blade 400 and said, I see you have a 450. It was an honest mistake since I had a 450 canopy on it. When I corrected him and said it just a 400, he paused for a moment, looked me in the eye and said "It's a 450". "It says so right here" (pointing). There you go. I have a 450.

Find a kid that loves the hobby and is doing something to support his love... and give it to him.

Bill
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12-05-2012 05:57 AM  7 years ago
gauiguy87

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If you wanna donate to someone in need ill take it Ill pay shipping. I was laid off a few months ago and have had to sell my 700e, x5, 450x, but I kept my 130x and nano so I would have something to fly and not go crazy. But my best friends wedding approached and I still was unemployed, so to afford a tux and a gift, I sold my 130x and nano, Now ive tried to keep my mind busy here on the forums getting in my heli fix but IM GOING CRAZY!!! So I just figure if you want to get rid of it for a good reason, or I could prob get a few bucks together if you wanna sell cheap. I already have a dx6i I kept for simulating... Dont mean to sound needy or anything I figured I would just ask. Thanks either way!
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12-05-2012 02:33 PM  7 years ago
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We as man always think more material things will make us happier. But no matter what we acquire it's never enough to satisfy the insatiable crave for more and greater gadgets and stuff.

So better keep them, in less than 6 months, you'll be crying and beating the wall, why in hell did I sell my blades.
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