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04-20-2016 03:32 PM  4 years ago
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mrpuck143

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Used RC helis and eBay
Just a quick question: I've noticed on eBay now that searching for "used electric helicopter," "used RC helicopter," "used flybarless," etc., brings up only a page or so of items. Used to be many pages in these categories. What's up? Is the hobby shrinking? Are sellers fed up with eBay costs, and all going to RR, RCG, and HF? Maybe eBay has changed the way its search engine works? Maybe it's all in my imagination? Inquiring minds want to know.
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04-20-2016 04:07 PM  4 years ago
jackp332

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I would remove 'used' from your search. You are vastly limiting search results. I just did a quick search and came up with hundreds of results. You can usually quickly discern 'new' from 'used' by the listing pic or title etc.
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04-20-2016 05:14 PM  4 years ago
dela

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Search for "RC helicopter". As you type, it will offer you the option: RC helicopter in RC and Control line. Select that option.

then on the left, you can filter for "electric" and "used".

RDD
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04-20-2016 11:12 PM  4 years ago
ICUR1-2

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I personally wouldn't buy used rc from ebay because I am worried about not getting what I thought I paid for.

Has anyone had good experience buying used from ebay ?
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04-21-2016 12:45 AM  4 years ago
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That's funny- I felt the same as you until a recent experience. I kept 'watching' a nice X50 raptor airframe but couldn't get timely responses to my questions and the description/pics didn't seem as though the person was an experienced hobbyist. I decided to hold off and the ad eventually expired. (It was a buy it now, not an auction) Then, a few days later I saw it (all the same pics) on the RunRyder classifieds and it was listed by a good guy I'd purchased from before no less. I contacted him, we made a great deal smooth as ever, and I got a nice heli from him. I guess you just never know with ebay.
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04-21-2016 12:49 AM  4 years ago
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It's a hit or miss on on eBay. I've seen an auction for heli's BNF or components every so often. If you calculate PP fees and eBay fees, It's about 10% of the final price and that is if charge for shipping. This is on top what we already lost if we had bought the item at retail.

It's a very slippery slope .... And now add the latest from FAA

I had more luck selling on the forums than eBay or Amazon.
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04-21-2016 01:24 AM  4 years ago
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Agreed. As a seller I prefer the forums hands down. Ebay kills you on the fees and most people truly don't understand the costs involved in shipping a 600 size heli.
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04-21-2016 03:27 AM  4 years ago
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I agree that there are fewer listed used helicopters on ebay. Even on this website there are fewer for sale threads. I feel people probably would rather just hold onto their old helicopters seeing how they can only get about 20 cents to the dollar for them. They look cool enough just sitting on a shelf.
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04-21-2016 04:29 AM  4 years ago
Heli Fanatix

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Yes .... Agreed many sirs! I got a Trex 600N that I had posted
- airframe with .50 / muffler for $280
- airframe w/o motor for $220
- I priced it so it's better to buy with motor

Had a guy came back with an offer of $120 for airframe
- yet, I saw him post a .50 motor alone for $120
- .... I'm like, WHoaaa??!?!?
- would of love to accomandate a fellow pilot but after I caught him trying to help himself ...Tisk- Tisk

Rather put it the shelf as eye candy than go through the many ordeals. We all love our Trex 600N's & 700N's. If we were to close our eyes ... We can conjoir up the nitro fumes and imagine the stinging in our eyes with tears of nitro joy. That alone is worth more than $80 in my pocket after shipping, fees and PM's (had it sold it $120 for the airframe).
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04-21-2016 06:13 AM  4 years ago
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helifanatix
That's exactly how I feel about selling my stuff.
Rather put it the shelf as eye candy than go through the many ordeals. We all love our Trex 600N's & 700N's. If we were to close our eyes ... We can conjoir up the nitro fumes and imagine the stinging in our eyes with tears of nitro joy. That alone is worth more than $80 in my pocket after shipping, fees and PM's (had it sold it $120 for the airframe).
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04-21-2016 11:57 AM  4 years ago
mrpuck143

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Thanks for all the great answers. Especially to da man, who most directly addressed what I was wondering about. Maybe people just aren't selling as much used stuff. Certainly, the economy ain't exactly improving. As far as removing "used" from eBay searches, I have found that you just get tons of commercial listings, which isn't what I am generally interested in. Leaves too much to weed through.
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04-21-2016 12:24 PM  4 years ago
mrpuck143

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Any response to my other basic question: Is our hobby growing, or shrinking? For example, on eBay, searching "used Align helicopter," I got less than a page of hits. Searching "used Blade helicopter," I got one page, with 192 items per page. Searching "used quadcopter," I got five pages at 192 items per page. Maybe everyone now is going into quads aka "drones"? That, along with the economy, could be another explanation. Seems to be quads draw directly from the heli market, in a way that planes do not.
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04-21-2016 01:15 PM  4 years ago
ICUR1-2

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Any response to my other basic question: Is our hobby growing, or shrinking?
been in the hobby since 2006, I would say it is shrinking. seems like it peeked in 2010.
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04-21-2016 02:16 PM  4 years ago
jackp332

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About when Quads started coming out?...
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04-21-2016 02:56 PM  4 years ago
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I personally feel Quads is just a fashion at the moment..
it is new and was what the indoor helicopters were a few years back and electric before that..

at the moment I feel we are riding the wave, like all waves they crash and are gone ( blimey sound like greyeagle , sorry GE)

Once legislation comes in and it will here in uk people will move onto the next new thing and those who are left will be the sensible ones..

I think of the many people that bought indoor electric models, hummingbird, piccolo, hornet etc,Lama, they were fun for a couple of years and people moved on..

As regards eBay, I sold most of my hellies there, I hate the 10% fee and then you get clobbered if they pay via PayPal which is another 3%, and I would never use the international shipping again, I lost a helicopter as despite entering the measurements and weight accurately and paying for shipping so it met their criteria it was 10 cm too big so they destroyed it and refunded me, I was annoyed as it is a Millennium airframe and spares, they wouldn't even let me go and collect it 4 hrs drive away, they said NO its been destroyed...
so someone somewhere got a nice deal..
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04-21-2016 04:44 PM  4 years ago
jackp332

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Well said MattJen. I remember my piccolo and it's semi- occasionally functioning piccoboard all too well.
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04-21-2016 05:12 PM  4 years ago
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A little fact no-one seems to know.

Quads were being sold as early as 2004 under the name dragon fly

I almost bought one before getting into helicopters
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04-21-2016 05:46 PM  4 years ago
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I think I remember the dragon fly, was that the heli with little props and then on tail little ones to.

Matt
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04-21-2016 09:39 PM  4 years ago
ICUR1-2

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like a bad terminator movie 12 yrs later
1 of them looked like the foamy parrot drone it costed 100$ and change
here is a link for them and it is called the x-ufo
http://www.silverlit-flyingclub.com...innovations.htm

the ones from dragon (fly or dragon 4d ?) used to cost 450$ and up

I can't find it on google anymore

this is where the drone BS originates from they were the first's
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04-22-2016 02:23 PM  4 years ago
mrpuck143

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Well, I think part of the mystery is solved: Going to eBay, I searched just rc helicopters; almost 10,000 listings, but this included new and used helicopters, new and used quads, and new and used parts for all of these, so a heck of a lot to wade through. I searched "used rc helicopters," and got 48 hits. Just 48! Then I searched "preowned rc helicopters," and got almost 1,000 listings. So perhaps eBay just isn't allowing the word "used" anymore. Type in "preowned," instead. Which also means our hobby isn't suddenly dying; just eBay, up to its usual nonsense.
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