For those of you who are somewhat dissatisfied with the quality of diecast models these days and with manufacturers cutting corners, there now is something you can actively contribute. You can become a shareholder in Exoto and invest 495,000 $ for them to make variants of the 1965 Ferrari 250 LM to be hand-assembled from over 2,600 precision-machined parts each. They promise a “up to” 50% return on your investment. All you have to do is make a deposit of 5,000$ via eBay.
Now, even if you don´t have half a million bucks, it tells quite a story of how much profit there is in model manufacturing (after we recently discussed the cause for rising prices). According to this offer, it´s not labour costs. The pictures of the model are definitely promising and the 5000$ could just as well become the price tag for one model, given this equity offer. On the other hand, (especially for those who have got that sort of cash) it´s eBay, and – mind the wording – they say “up to” 50% (which could turn out to be … nothing) and you know what they say: “If it´s to good to be true, …”