Why Buy Something you can make for Pennies?

Just a thought, and this isn’t a rant about ‘how much things cost’ at all. Rather I just wonder why people will pay so much for something which they make themselves for pennies.

Look at the price of the building behind the class 60…

The building costs just short of seventy five pounds. That’s a lot of money for a small, low relief building. And it’s N gauge too by the way, so it’s not large at all.

Now, the price for this sort of product is not out of line with other similarly sized ready made buildings so that isn’t an issue. But what I don’t understand is how the hobby is at the stage where people will spend so much on something which could be simply made in Plastikard and/or card. A bit of research online could probably bring dimensions of these could be estimated from photographs (a standard door is 6′ 6″ so provides a useful datum).

In many cases using kits and ready made buildings is fine of course – signal boxes and other standard railway buildings are very useful and it makes a lot of sense!

But even in these cases making your own has a lot going for it. If you’re inexperienced then you can learn and awful and save a good deal of money too. Something simple like the building in the photograph is an ideal place to start this sort of work. I have seen plenty of comments online that people avoid in case it doesn’t work out. But so what?! Of it doesn’t work you’ll still learn a lot and the second attempt will be much better as a result.

So this week, why not challenge yourself to go and have a go at building something instead of buying it ready made?

2 thoughts on “Why Buy Something you can make for Pennies?

  1. Pingback: Why Buy Something you can make for Pennies? — West Halton Sidings | Broadway TMD

So what do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.