I want to take this time to discuss the diecast hobby and explain some things in it, that hopefully will make a non collector understand what makes this hobby what it is.
Most newcomers to the hobby have a lot of questions when they first start collecting. The most asked question that is thrown around in the hobby is What's it worth? Diecast is just like anything that can be sold, and bought. A car is only worth whatever the buyer is willing spend on it. Diecast can be found on the secondary market. What I mean by secondary market is, anywhere you can buy diecast outside of retail. E-Bay, The Toy Peddler, and social media. These are places where diecast can be bought and sold by individual collectors, and sellers. Newer released diecast isn't going to bring much on the secondary market, unless it happened to be a part of a short run series, and not easy to find at the retail level. On the other hand, older, vintage diecast can bring good money on the secondary market, but there are two factors that determine that. One factor being condition! Condition is everything when it comes to collecting vintage diecast. A dead mint car will bring more money than a car with a lot of chips in the paint and such. If the car happens to still be carded, and still in package, it will be worth even more! Vintage diecast in dead mint condition will only go up in value over time. The second, and last deciding factor in vintage diecast, is popularity. If the car is collected by most collectors, the cars popularity will most certainly drive prices up, because you'll have multiple collectors looking for that certain piece.
I'm often asked where do I find some of my rare Mustangs. I do search eBay often but a majority of my rare stuff comes from other well known, reputable collectors. Social media has changed the hobby so much, and has had a good, and bad impact on it. Just like in every hobby, you have the bad apples that make the hobby look bad, but the good collectors way outnumber the bad ones. Research is the key when wanting to find those rare, hard to find pieces. If you don't know what exist, and where it originated from, then your not going to exactly know where to find what your looking for. You have to do your "homework", and research what's out there, and where you might find whatever it is your looking for. The older vintage diecast isn't getting any easier to find, and it's slowly disappearing. There are numerous amounts of collectors in this hobby, and most are in it for the fun. You do have those that like to buy cheap, and sell high so they can flip pieces and make easy cash.
The newer diecast coming out, most of it is released by the masses, and can be found really easy. This is an area where the hobby has changed so much over the years. Within the past 10-15 years, you now have store exclusive cars, which means the car is limited to only one store. Stores that have been known to have store exclusive cars include Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Wal-Greens, AutoZone, and Sears. These store exclusives can be a little hard to find "in the wild" in some areas. What I mean by "in the wild" is that, it's being found in the store, on the pegs.
I hope after reading this article, you have a better understanding of the diecast hobby, and how it works. If your looking at the hobby from the outside, I hope you can really see that the diecast hobby is a hobby that can be tons of fun.