Is $200 for a G gauge Hogwarts a Ripoff?
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Author:  paulrace [ Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Is $200 for a G gauge Hogwarts a Ripoff?

A reader writes:

Just getting into lgb trains and g scale. Buying my first lgb train and tracks. Been resding your site for good info but still real new and there is slot to figure out.
question: I did have one question. Im am buying lionel battery powered reasy to run models. I Want hogwarts but 200 dollars jeez. Is it worth just modifying ready to play and save money. Really want old version but over 100 seems like a rip off.


You're right, $100-200 for a plastic toy is a ripoff. Lionel only made a few and they sold out quickly, since they vastly underestimated the demand. I paid over $100 for a used set one year, and I've found odds and ends since so I have extra coaches and a backup engine.

One source is Search for "Hogwarts" and also for "Lionel trains." Maybe also "harry potter train."

Right now they have nothing listed but the HO set, and the G gauge sets only show up rarely, but I've picked up some pieces there. Like anything you're trying to buy used, patience helps.

The reader replied:

Thank you for prompt reply. Appreciate the goodwill tip I will keep looking there for sure. Patience is key for sure. Got lucky yesterday and found crayola, pen flyer, Santa fe, james the red train electric g scale and Christmas train(lionel lines) all for around 40 each so think im a liitle spoiled on a good day find. Want polar express which i know i can find but now hogwarts will be my obsession I know it and will indeed take patience if i dont want to pay ebay prices.

Appreciate the site , just scratching the surface by really invaluable to someone like me starting out.

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