They're shipping to distributors now, we got ours yesterday afternoon. Buy 'em up now, it's gonna be a hot one and as is typical with new hot Revell, they'll probably be a little scarce for a month or two after the first batch sells through. https://www.megahobby.com/products/1983-hurst-oldsmobile-1-25-revell-monogram.html
I'd just like to point out that the #1 best selling kit of last year was: (And the General Lee was #2, but there were some extenuating circumstances with that one)
And the #1 car kit by a long shot so far this year (just preorders, too) is this:
All these kits just offer one building option. Revell has years of sales data, they know their customer base pretty well. The first thing I learned when I got into this business 15 years ago was to quit thinking like an enthusiast.hobbyist and start thinking like a beginner. 2 in 1 and 3 in 1 kits can often intimidate the beginner or average builder and as such are not really marketed to them. Revell's core are the beginners and average modelers.
They're not unless you're an RPP shop, and not everyone is. Usually RPP comes in around the 20th, this was a bit early. You only get a handful, and it's a package deal where you get a pre-determined (by Revell) number of every new kit every month, you don't get to pick and choose. Not everyone does it. http://www2.revell.com/cgi-bin/WRCS57505P.pgm?v=RV2
Yeah, the whole point of RPP is to give brick and mortar shops a head start against the internet guys. I can't buy one for myself until our regular stock comes in , but I did take the shrink off one of our RPP stock. Was really surprised to see the red pinstripe pre-painted on the wheels. Nice touch! I'm not going to open up the inner bags because I have to sell this but here are a couple sneak peeks.
Anybody pick up a 77 Monte Carlo they want to trade? I can trade any of the current Revell snaps (or anything current of equal value, really). I went to pick one up for myself a while back but our source had gotten rid of them (likely where these came from).
They buy overstocks & closeouts from distributors (or possibly straight from the manufacturer) who just want to get something even if it means taking a loss. Most of these were sales dogs (sorry Meyers Manx fans!) or longtime kits that were bought a little too deep (like Revell snaps for the Christmas season). You wont see the new hotness in there.
Combined shipping - another area where folks don't read/follow instructuons and then ding you. They'll go and pay for each listing separately and then leave you negative feedback when you don't go back and combine it for them after the fact or you don't notice that these separate orders are going to the same person. Request combined shipping, then wait for the seller to send you a combined invoice then pay that, dont pay for each item! Happens all the time, I'd say at least half of our daily eBay messages are about getting a shipping refund because they didn't wait for the combined invoice. Luckily somebody else in the office handles our eBay stuff, I don't have the patience for it. Sounds like this guy got fed up with it. I'm sure I probably have a different opinion of this guy than everybody else on the board, but I know what he probably goes through on a daily basis. He just has an IDGAF attitude that I kinda respect on a personal level, but I dont think is the best way to run a business on a professional level.
Yeah, he's not very professional about it if you ask me, but I know exactly what he's dealing with. He does it so when he gets a negative feedback or a refund request he can show eBay a screenshot of the listing and get the negative feedback removed or dispute the refund, that's how he's at 100%. Everything he could possibly get negative feedback for he addresses in his listings and with the "away" notification (I'd bet he leaves it set like that so folks can't complain about slow shipping turnaround. I've had folks place order at 6pm and then ding us because it hasn't shipped by 10am the next day. Our pickup is at 2pm!) Guy's a genius, really. Makes him seem like a psycho, but he's got his bases covered.
We haven't been able to get it for resale for a couple years now. When I need some for my personal use I'll get it from HK or Japan, but I still have enough for a several years at the rate I get to the paint & polish stage.