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Adelaide Swap Meet next weekend

Some of this weekend has been spent preparing for the Adelaide Mega Swap Meet at the Adelaide Showgrounds on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2016.

RecoverToy will be there with all our reproduction tyres and lots of Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox toys for sale.

Come along and bring your old models to get new tyres fitted.

 

RecoverToy Store online after maintenance

We are performing some maintenance on the RecoverToy servers and the website and store may be off-line for some short periods this weekend starting from Friday 12th May 1500 Australian Eastern Time (3pm +10 GMT).

Updated Saturday 14th May: The server migration has been completed. There should be no further interruptions after 1630 AEST (4:30pm GMT +1000) today.

RecoverToy will be at Adelaide’s Mega Toy Fair in June 2016

RecoverToy will be at Adelaide’s Mega Toy Fair in June 2016. The toy fair is open on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June. Opening time is 10:00.

Bring all your old diecast models that need tyres and we will fit new tyres to make that model look great.

Tyres for Matchbox Toys, Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Tri-ang Minic, Tri-ang Spot-On, Budgie Toys, Britains and many more. We will have our full range of tyres and tracks available.

We will be bringing some of the more common parts for Matchbox, Dinky and Corgi, but space constraints will not allow us to move everything from our store to the fair. If you have a specific part or reproduction box that you would like to get from us, please book an order now.

Our range also includes Hotwheels Redlines replacement wheels for bearing and cap style axles for models issued from 1967 until 1973.

Links:

The Mega Toy Fair Facebook page

Adelaide Showground Events page

Adelaide Showground Location page

Adelaide Showground ‘How to Get There’ page

 

 

Australia Post capitulate from small business protests

RecoverToy was far from being the only voice complaining at the Post Office counter.

A mass of voices via Facebook and eBay forums, has seen Australia Post capitulate from small business protests.

The rule change was to the use of international letter post for small merchandise items. It was introduced on Monday 18th April 2016 and was previously unannounced. It was hidden among changes to the rates and forms for international parcels.

The fact that the back-track by Australia Post was so quick makes me wonder if it was an ambit claim, and if there had been no reaction from the people then it would be still in place.

Surely, Australia Post had figures on how many International small packet articles were being sent ? They must have known that there would be a significant impact on micro business / hobby operators.

On Tuesday 19th April in the late afternoon Australia Post advised that international letter post for merchandise had been reinstated. This means that we can post our small packet items as we have done for the 17 years that RecoverToy has been operating.

All that angst and grief for the micro business operators around the country, and it was avoidable.

Back to making reproduction antique toy boxes and toy car spares !

 

Australia Post forces suspension of trade

Updated: Australia Post capitulates from small business protests

IMPORTANT !! We are closed due to Australia Post changing the rules !!

Australia Post has changed the rules on International Letter Post and we are currently trying to understand what this means.

It appears that where we could previously send parts and tyres for $4 per package, the new rates will be, as examples, a minimum of $16.00 to the USA, $27 to the UK, and $30 to China.

This is of course not viable for the small items that we supply to thousands of hobbyists around the world.

As a result we have suspended our trading pending a resolution from Australia Post.

The initial feedback today was that there was little chance of a change, and that Australia Post were only interested in assisting businesses that used larger parcel post.

Please feel free to complain to Australia Post and blame them for the store closure.

We have posted the above on our 2 eBay stores in Australia and the USA.

There are many issues with the changes that they introduced at 0900 on Monday 18th April 2016, the biggest issue that the changes were made without any notice to the customer. This change to international letter post was made to the Post Office counter systems, but not advised as a part of the parcel post revisions.

There are some articles that we can still post via letters, and shipping within Australia is also unchanged. But the issue for us is the 1500 eBay listings that would require postage fee updates, along with our on-line store that needs to be re-coded to adjust for the changes, that are effectively a minimum 400% increase.

Our customers will not pay $15, $20, or $30 to post $4.00 worth of merchandise and I would not ask them to.

Please feel free to get in touch to discuss the above.

Thanks for your understanding.

Blue Box Toys

We have a selection of Blue Box Toys from Hong Kong in the 1960’s with boxes that we could reproduce, including a retailers display box outer container. However, we have a long list of other boxes that are ahead of these in priority. So, we thought we should “ask the audience”.

Is your collection in need of a reproduction replacement box for one of the following models ?  Would your Blue-Box collection look good with a retailers display box as a part of it ?

The boxes that we have include models; 7421, 7422,  7423, 7424, 7425, 7429, 7430, 7431, 7432 as well as the display box.

You can see the original Blue Box boxes and models that they suit over at Tonys Toys site. If you have an interest in Blue-Box reproduction boxes let us know via the RecoverToy Contact page.

Tonys Toys Site Link

Tonys Toys - A Collection of Toys from the 20th Century
Tonys Toys – A Collection of Toys from the 20th Century

A new link to Tonys Toys personal toy collection has been added to the menu here at RecoverToy. A lot of the parts we have and knowledge around antique die-cast toys is due to the collection that has been built up over the last 30 years or so, as well as childhood memories.

The collection includes toys from Corgi, Dinky, Matchbox, Mattel, Tri-ang, Australian Micro, Streamlux, Hong Kong Plastic from CH and TLC, Lincoln International and many others including a collection of R&L Cereal Toys.

While you have a look around the RecoverToy store and site, also hop over to Tonys Toys collection site for a stack of photos and information about antique toys from the 20th century.

New Reproduction Boxes

We have some new toy reproduction boxes in preparation at the moment including some Tri-ang Scalex boat boxes for the 414 and 415 boats.

Currently we are updating all the pictures of our Matchbox Lesney reproduction boxes to provide clearer images as some of them were over a decade old and taken with a comparatively low resolution camera.

A change to the format of the Schuco Micro Racer box. Where the original had an oval view hole for the colour of the vehicle and in the past we have tried to provide that cut-out, it is not as clean as we would like and we have elected to skip the cut-out and leave that face of the box with just plain colour.

If you have a tatty old box that you would like reproduced contact us for an appraisal. We have capacity for almost any box size including a 40″ bed high capacity roll printer for even the largest boxes and antique toy posters.

RecoverToy specialises in reproduction items for antique toys from the 20th century.

eBay price updates

RecoverToy runs eBay stores in Australia, the USA and UK. With the constantly changing exchange rates we sometimes have prices that are inconsistent between the sites. There was some spent today validating the RecoverToy_USA eBay store to check that pricing was consistent. We found that there were a number of listings that had been posted with parcel post pricing and not letter post pricing. Those listings have been updated and around 100 listings dropped from a high parcel post rate back to the US$4 flat rate post.