Learn More Values

How are values on DASH estimated?

Past sales.

Most of the values in DASH are based on literally hundreds of thousands of model train item sales. Right now, we show the high and low price ranges for all items we have sales history. We distinguish between Boxed items and Unboxed items in our values guide, so for some items, you will see two values ranges given, with Unboxed items generally getting a lower value.

Accessing the values guide is a feature of the DASH Collector's Club, so be sure to check out the set of extra features Club members get. Estimating the real value of your items requires a bunch of specific information, so don’t expect our values to be exactly what you may end up selling your figure for. Read more about the factors impacting item valuation here.

Coming later...info about condition.

Later, we plan to enhance our values guide to show you all past sales histories of boxed and unboxed items, associated with the graded condition of that item. Condition can often have a dramatic impact on the value of an item, and so you will be able to understand the valuation of your own item from a much more complete perspective. (We use the TCA Grading standards.)

When we’re wrong or incomplete (and you tell us), we fix it.

We maintain values for more than 54,000 model trains today. Given market conditions and the fickle nature of collectors, the business of values is dynamic and somewhat subjective.

Every value in DASH has a Comment button next to it. If you think we’re too high or too low, please let us know. We have NO stake in whether the value is high or low frankly, and we’d love the help in keeping the values as accurate as possible.

How to use values

When you are buying.

It’s hard to tell if the item you are considering buying is reasonably priced. Some sellers have no clue. Sometimes that works out and you get a steal, but just knowing the price is reasonable helps give you the peace of mind when you are looking to scratch that gotta-buy-an-item itch.

When you are selling.

We try to stick with the term “value” most of the time, but lots of people think of “price guide.” Setting the price for your items depends on lots of factors, including your own personal desire to sell.

But, having a comprehensive values guide helps you keep your relative pricing of your items somewhat logical and effective.

When you are collecting.

By having a common collection management and values guide system, collectors can now have a dynamic and comprehensive collection valuation tool.

See the “DASH Collector's Club” upgraded membership options to access all of the model train values and for some of the exciting and useful reports available for collectors.

Value your entire collection

As a DASH Collector's Club member, you get access to all DASH values, but you also get full collection reporting. As you manage your collection online, DASH will merge the values with your collection, showing you the value of every item (boxed and unboxed according to your collection recording), as well as the estimated value of your entire collection. The values coverage in DASH increases all the time, and therefore the value of your collection is dynamic and automatically updated. Many third-party insurance companies will reduce your collectibles insurance premiums by as much as 20% for just having an itemized, third-party appraised inventory.