Back in 2004, prior to losing my job at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, I was attempting to start an Ebay business. I was planning on being a dealer in out-of-print miniatures. I had focused on Battle miniatures because the company that had produced the miniatures went out of business.
But then I lost my job and I had to move in with my brother out of desperation before I could start anything.
I had four more full boxes like this one when I moved. It had cost me my savings to buy them. Each pack you see there I had bought back then for like seven to eight dollars apiece. That box that you see there is the box of figures that I had reserved for myself. That’s about $1500-$2000 in that one box right here.
During the move, which was late at night and horribly organized, thieves (probably neighborhood kids) had hid in the shadows, waited until the coast was clear while we were unloading the truck, and then run up and grab a box of my stuff and run away with it.
I didn’t realize I was being robbed until I noticed some stuff that I had left on the ground outside my brother’s front door was missing. The person who was supposed to be on guard outside had fallen asleep inside the cab of the truck.
I lost very nearly all of my Battletech stock. Taking in account that some of the figures were rarer and more expensive than some of the others, I’d say I lost around $8000 total just on those. I also lost a plastic tote full of pro-painted figures that I had done myself, so throw in another $1250 loss.
I’d sell what I have right now, but in this economy, I probably have to let them go for 50% or less of what I originally paid for them. Another complication is that PayPal doesn’t recognize the credit union that I’ve belonged to for twenty years as a real institution, so I don’t even have an outlet to sell them now.
This is why I don’t gamble here in Las Vegas.