Introduction to Bring & Buy
The Guild Events Committee organises three major shows during the year.
At each of these shows the Guild provides a stand where members
may bring their models and other Gauge O items and modelling equipment
to put on sale at a price determined by the seller. Everybody is welcome
to buy; and the Bring & Buy stand offers a means of transferring Gauge O items
from those who have (and no longer need) to those who want.
As the price is set by the seller, sometimes there may be a real bargain,
whilst at other times potential buyers feel they need to look elsewhere. Items
on sale will vary from a pair of coupling rods, a box of bits, wagons, coaches,
engines that just about work to those superb models that are so good that you feel
that if you have to ask the price you cannot afford it!!
To cover the costs of this service the seller pays a display fee of £1 per item
for those priced at £20 and over; and 10% commission is deducted if the item is sold.
Any unsold items are returned to the seller at the end of the day.
Bring & Buy vs. Executor & Trustee Service
It would appear that there is some confusion between these two operations because both
appear to be selling models on behalf of the Guild. In fact, neither stand sells on behalf
of the Guild, as the Bring & Buy sells on behalf of current members and deals with items
brought on the day while the Executor and Trustee Service sells on behalf of the relatives
of deceased members and collects and prices the items in advance. At the moment the E & T service is suspended.
How does the Bring & Buy work?
Selling: is restricted to members of the Gauge O Guild and you will be asked to show
your membership card. However anybody can buy.
Booking-in: Guild Members bring items for sale to the
Bring and Buy Stand. There is the inevitable paperwork to enable us to
keep track of items that are put up for sale and make appropriate payments
at the end of the day. The Bring and Buy form is available from the website
and also at the exhibitions and it saves time if this is completed in
advance. When booking in each item has a removable tag added and is checked
against the form. A £1 display fee is payable at this stage on each item
priced at £20 or over and a receipt for the goods is given. There is a
limit of 10 items per member.
Saturday mornings at the shows are always extremely busy and to help keep
queuing time to a minimum we try and organise a booking in table in the
front entrance hall so that booking in can start before the exhibition
opens. This table will close shortly after opening time.
Display: Lower value items are displayed on tables at the front, with higher value
items displayed on stands in the middle. This is done for security reasons although it
does make the models more difficult to see and appreciate. The volunteer stewards will always
show you individual models on request and we can arrange for locomotives to be run on the
test track which is normally adjacent to the stand.
Buying: Everybody is welcome to buy using cash, card or cheque. Cheques must be supported by a cheque guarantee
card or by a Gauge O Guild membership card.
Offers: All items are priced by the seller and we do not accept any offers without
the seller’s agreement. The basic rule is that the price that you see is the price that you pay.
Paying out: At the start of the day we concentrate on getting items booked in and selling.
As the day progresses we bring our records up-to-date and we are usually in a position to payout
from around 1.00pm. Many sellers will want to wait until later in the day, which is fine,
but please note that we need to make all payouts and return all unsold items before the exhibition
closes which means that cash/items need to be claimed 30 minutes before closing time.
When cashing in please produce your receipt. 10% is deducted from all sales made in addition to
any display fee already paid. We reserve the right to make the payment, in part or in full, by cheque. The £1 display fee is non-returnable.
I would welcome comments and suggestions, praise or criticism
regarding the Bring & Buy so that I can plan for the future. Please send your comments to Nigel Nelson at Orchardleigh,
Beech Road, Frimley Green, Camberley, Surrey GU16 6LQ or email
Bring & Buy Manager