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The Futureeeeee…. What’s Coming to hobbyDB in 2018

Thanks for an incredible 2017

Here at hobbyDB, we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our fellow collectors. So thanks for helping to make 2017 such a great year. From more than 100,000 new price points added to our new price guide in December alone, to an entirely new marketplace experience, we’ll keep working hard to bring you a better, all-in-one collectible resource. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming to hobbyDB in 2018.

More Data

Data makes the hobbyDB world go round! In 2017 we (and that includes you!) added 80,000 items to the database. Throughout the year we partnered with several organizations to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information was being added to the database. From customizers such as David Chang (AKA Kustomcity), to publications like Model Auto Review, to diecast brands including AutoCult, Bburago, Brumm, Laudoracing, and  Replicarz, 2017 was a busy year in the data mines!  One of our biggest projects was adding PopPriceGuide, the enormous vinyl art toy database! We even had folks join us to open totally new segments, such as our first 500 decoys!

More Accurate Data

We know that all this data means nothing if it’s inaccurate or incomplete! So we’re putting new tools in place to ensure our database maintains top notch quality. Going forward, the ability to add and edit content on hobbyDB will go only to users who have shown they add quality data. “Probationary” users who are new to the site will still be able to view everything, but will have to be approved before they can make changes.

Pricing Data

hobbyDB’s aim is to be the most accurate, up-to-date go-to destination on the net for collectible prices. We aim to be the premier, one-stop destination for calculating the value of your personal collection. And we plan to do that by gathering our price information from the widest range of data sources possible, with stakeholders updating prices in real time! The project is off to a flying start too, having added more than 100,000 prices alone in December. We’ll be adding values from many sources throughout 2018, starting with 1.9 million price points from our partner site PopPriceGuide. You can read more on our blueprint for the price guide here.

Collection Management Revamp

We know the hobbyDB collection management system needs a little bit of tweaking. You’ve let us know what you want — printable lists, more wish list integration, snazzy ways to group and view your collection, a mobile app — and we’ve listened. We’ll be rolling out a bunch of features to make the hobbyDB collection management tool more powerful and user-friendly than ever before.

More Marketplace Tools

Another goal we have is to become the safest, most secure environment for trading. We’ve all been burned by either an unreliable seller or buyer somewhere on the internet, right? So we’re adding tools to ensure you’re always protected whenever you buy or sell on any hobbyDB powered marketplace. In 2017 we caught and stopped 22 fraud attempts and protected every hobbyDB buyer and seller! In addition to a safer marketplace, we’ll also be adding new ways to buy and sell items, such as our “best offer” feature and the addition of new currencies.

In an effort to make selling even easier for you, we’ve embarked on a journey to integrate with both Shopify and the U.S. Postal Service. Much like Frodo’s quest in Lord of the Rings, the integration will be an epic battle to ensure you get the best experience and rates possible. But in the end…it will all be worth it. (Disclaimer….this is going to be a huge effort, so hang in there with us, and we hope to have it up and running in the second half of the year).

Getting more involved

Last year, we relaunched an improved Diecast Hall of Fame and helped Jim Garbazewski publish the Hot Wheels Newsletter Guide to Hot Wheels.

This year, we have plans to do a much needed revamp to the Toy Collector Hall of Fame, to help publish other long-awaited collector books, and to even organize a collectible related Guinness Book Record (stay tuned for that one). More on our plans here.

Whew! Well that’s it for now, so here’s to an awesome 2018 – be sure to follow the hobbyDB blog and Facebook page to stay in the know over the next year.

Feedback is here! Share your marketplace experiences with other buyers and sellers

Now you have the ability to share your buying and selling experiences with the hobbyDB community! Your feedback will help other customers and sellers make better decisions when purchasing on hobbyDB or any other hobbyDB powered marketplace. Leaving feedback is a breeze – check out the step-by-step instructions below.

Quick Note: We’re currently in data collection mode, so your feedback will only be visible in your buyer/seller dashboard until it goes live on the marketplace next week!

To get started, visit the hobbyDB marketplace

Leave feedback for a Seller – 

  1. Make sure you are logged in to your hobbyDB account. If you do not have an account, you will not be able to leave feedback.
    Note: If you place an order using “Guest Checkout”, you will not be able to leave a review, track your package, or automatically add items to your digital collection.
  2. Once you receive your item, log in to your buyer dashboard.
  3. From your buyer dashboard, click the “View Cart” link in the order that you’d like to leave feedback for.
  4. Once you’re redirected to your specific order, click the “Leave Feedback” button on the top right-hand side of the page. 
  5. Add your star rating and a message. Star ratings are 1-5 with 1 being “I hated it” and 5 being “I loved it”. Please ensure your message is respectful and constructive. We reserve the right to delete any comments that do not follow these guidelines.
  6. Click “Leave Feedback” and you’re all set!

Leave feedback for a Buyer – 

  1. In order to leave feedback, you will have to be signed in to your hobbyDB seller account.
    Note: If you placed an order using “Guest Checkout”, you will not be able to leave a review for that order.
  2. Once your item is delivered, navigate to your seller dashboard.
  3. From your seller dashboard, click the “View Cart” link in the order that you’d like to leave feedback for.
  4. Once you’re redirected to your specific order, click the “Leave Feedback” button on the top right-hand side of the page.
  5. Add your star rating and a message.
    Star ratings are 1-5 with 1 being “I hated it” and 5 being “I loved it”. Please ensure your message is respectful and constructive. We reserve the right to delete any comments that do not follow these guidelines.
  6. Click “Leave Feedback”.
  7. All done!

If you have any other questions regarding this feature, always feel free to reach out to our support team!

hobbyDB and The Toy Peddler Join Forces


Today we are very excited to announce that hobbyDB and The Toy Peddler will be officially working together as one. We’ve known Paul (the founder of The Toy Peddler) for more than ten years and over the past 18 months, he’s seen how hobbyDB continues to improve as a resource for diecast collectors. When Paul started The Toy Peddler, he had a mission to create a platform that was better than eBay for both buyers and sellers and we know by combining forces, we will now be able to do this. We bring the tech, and Paul brings 20 years of sales knowhow.

Paul with the late Elliot Handler (the founder of Mattel)

It used to be just George (Paul’s tech guy) and Paul and now we have combined to create a larger team – Alex, Anastasia, Andrew, Chris, Christian, Dayne, John, JP, Mario, Parker, Rob and Paul and George! This is a decision that we are both very excited about as we will now have the resources and larger team to make big moves forward and to do this. We’ll be looking to you for feedback for what would make your life easier when you buy and sell diecast.

100,000 new items for sale coming to hobbyDB!

Please note that both sites will continue to operate individually as we reach out to buyers and sellers to see what improvements are most important to them. No changes will be made to The Toy Peddler until we receive this essential feedback.  

Even more exciting is once we have received your feedback, buyers on The Toy Peddler will gain access to all of hobbyDB’s inventory, doubling the number of items for sale and sellers’ items will eventually be listed on both marketplaces, doubling their exposure to potential customers.

Eventually by combining forces, we’ll be able to utilize the ease of hobbyDB collection management and the power of The Toy Peddler marketplace to create a one of a kind resource for collectors worldwide.

Unlock Awesome Diecast Deals – Up to 65% off at hobbyDB

It’s that time of year again where we get to celebrate being thankful. Here at hobbyDB we are grateful that folks like you continue to empower us to build a one of a kind resource for collectors worldwide. To help show our appreciation, we’ve partnered with some of the top sellers on hobbyDB to bring you awesome savings on your favorite diecast items. So skip the lines in the stores, pour some hot cocoa, snuggle up in your favorite comforter, and go shopping from the comfort of your own home. Sale lasts until Monday at 11:59pm PT.

Checkout all Black Friday Diecast Deals

Now 55% Off

Spend $19.55 and get a FREE ’55 Chevy Gasser on a Card!
Spend $55.55 or more and get an additional 10% Off using Coupon Code BLACK FRIDAY (Yes you still get the GASSER!)

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Now 20% Off

Discover a wide variety of Hot Wheels cars and other makes including Matchbox, GreenLight, and Johnny Lightning.

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Now 40% Off

Unlock a large variety of automotive collectibles from magazines, books, vintage car parts, vintage advertising, Hot Wheels, other diecast and more!

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Tytan01 Store

Now 25% Off

Check out diecast cars from Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, M2 Machines, Matchbox, GreenLight, Jada, and more.

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Selling JLs, Hot Wheels, M2 Machines and more!

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Based in Boulder, Colorado, we carry mainly out-of-print and lightly used books, as well as hundreds of genuine Porsche factory posters (no reproductions).

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Koloboks Toys and Other Collectibles

Now 25% Off

Tons of different items including diecast and other toys.

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Now 25% Off

Buy the two 6th edition volumes of Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels together and you’ll get an additional 25% off the already deeply discounted price.

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Heads up HW Collectors the new HW Newsletter Casting Guide 2008-2017 is here!

Note: For updates on expected shipping date, see below 

Exciting news Hot Wheels fans, we’re partnering with Jim Garbaczewski, publisher of the Hot Wheels Newsletter and Co-Author of Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels to bring you another amazing resource for your collection. You’ll find the official announcement below –

So I have some exciting news for all those fans of the Tomart Guides who love and miss them. Drumroll, please, because I’m pleased to announce that the Hot Wheels Newsletter is going to be publishing a NEW price guide that covers the period since the last Tomart guide. 

Over the past decade, I’ve continued to work hard logging details of all the latest Hot Wheels releases; model details, photos, colors, variations and, most importantly, pricing information! I’ve been looking for a way to be able to share this with you all in book form for some time, and now, thanks to the folks at hobbyDB who’ve formed a joint venture with me to share the upfront publishing costs, that’s going to become a reality. 

The new HW Newsletter Casting Guide to Hot Wheels will have all the same great images and information you’ve come to expect, and will cover ALL known models released between 2008 and 2017. It’s set to ship in January for $34.99. You can also pre-order it for $24.99 now or $30.99 after the Convention in L.A. in the Hot Wheels Newsletter store, order yours today!

Pre-order Now

We’re super excited to be involved with this project and will keep you all posted with any updates from Jim!

UPDATE: 

Thanks so much to those of you who pre-ordered a copy of the HW Newsletter Casting Guide 2008-2017! We wanted to send out a quick update of where we are at with the publishing process – 

As you may have guessed, we’ve run into a bit of a delay with publishing. Our estimated date was originally the end of January, and it’s now looking like the book will not ship until closer to the end of February or early March.

So what caused the delay? Well, this is actually the good news. Over the past month, we’ve added an additional 50 pages of model cars to the book. This means that you got a stellar price when you pre-ordered! 

The new book price has not been determined yet. Jim is working with a local publisher to try to get the book out to you as quickly as possible. 

Thank you for understanding and we will keep you updated here on Facebook, at Hot Wheels Newsletter website hwcollectorsnews.com, and on hobbyDB.com blog.