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Collectible Toy Trains Suppliers Needed

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16 Jun 11 09:21:41 pm
I am looking for a supplier of Toy Trains not just any toys but collectible Toy Trains..Preferrably on the east coast but that's not a must..

Thanks in advance!!

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17 Jun 11 12:01:17 am
Hi hugafox,

Welcome to SaleHoo!

There are several suppliers listed in the SaleHoo directory offering toy trains, but they are not of the Lionel types that you need. Outside of the directory I came across several retailers, and I suggest you apply as a dealer directly at Lionel. Read their list of requirements at
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You may reach them through the 'contact us' link from the page link above
If Lionel offers the type of dealer program you would be committed to, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Let us know if you need further help. :)

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22 Jun 11 09:27:49 pm
Do you mean "toy" trains or "model" trains? Lionel makes models -- it seems like a nitpick, but they are two different markets really (I'm in both as a seller.)

I get mine via liquidations and sales mainly, but ours is a close-to-zero profit model designed to capitalise on a mailing list. To become an official seller of almost any of the model railroad or toy brands, you need to contat the manufacturers directly. Some sell direct and others will put you in touch with your nearest distributor.

Many general wholesale and wholesale toy companies will have stuff like the Brio/Learning Curve wooden trains, Melissa & Doug's line of trains, Whittle and other popular toy trains, but selection will tend to be spotty and sporadic.

If you are into model trains, and a DIY type, you can buy huge loads of broken, malfunctioning or cosmetically challenged model trains off of eBay. Aside from being delicate, these are not complex machines and the repair work is generally fairly simple -- and replacement parts are readily available from all the manufacturers.

Another good place to connect with suppliers is at railroading shows -- you'd be suprised at some of the deals you can put together in quantity orders. Check out RailServe's model railroading calendar Link hidden: Login to view (and bear in mind that wooden/toy trains, apparely, artwork, etc. are all just as commonly seen at shows as model railroads themselves ... so each show is like a big market.) You can also typically get even bigger bins of repairables at even better prices at the shows, plus with the benefit of being able to sort through them and see what you're getting before you commit to buy.


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