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What warnings are there for H.O. Slot and Slotless Cars?

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What warnings are there for H.O. Slot and Slotless Cars?

    There are several parental warnings about H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless Cars that should be taken into consideration when purhasing for your children.

    (These examples are taken from various H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless packages).
  1. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars use electricity and as with all electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to avoid electrical shock.
  2. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars contain magnets or magnetic components. Magnets sticking together or becoming attached to a metalic object inside the human body can cause serious or fatal injury. Seek immediate medical help if magnets are swallowed or inhaled.
  3. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars contain magnets. Do not use around items that are sensitive to or affected by magnetic fields.
  4. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars are not recommended for childen under 8 years of age without adult supervision.
  5. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars are for use in dry indoor locations only.
  6. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars use small parts that may be a choking hazard for children under the age of 3 and should not be used without adult supervision.

    There are also several warnings about H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless Cars for collectors as well.

  1. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars are extremely addictive and will provide great fun for many years to come.
  2. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars are like potato chips you will always want more.
  3. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars are being sold under false pretenses.
    • New and recent cars are being sold as old cars.
    • Old cars are being given a fresh coat of paint and being sold as limited editions and pototypes.
    • Bodies are being reproduced in resin and sold as originals.
    • Packaging is being reproduced and sold as originals.
    • Decals are being reproduced and sold as originals.
  4. Be sure to read all ads extremely closely watching for keywords such as:
    • Custom.
    • One-of-a-kind.
    • Modified.
    • Replica.
    These keywords are used by honest sellers to denote that they are not intending the item to be considered original.
  5. H.O. Scale Slot and Slotless cars are very difficult to put a value on, particularly since there are so many fakes out there now.
  6. Beware of ambiguous terms such as:
    • "Old". Old to a teenager is like 10 years, where as old to a senior citizen, it is more like 50 years.
    • "Thunderjet type". Auto World, Johnny Lightning, Model Motoring are all recent releases, but are Thunderjet type chassis.
    • "Antique". See Old above.
    • "Vintage". See Old above.
    • "Classic". See Old above.
    These keywords are frequently used by sellers that want you to believe the item is older than it really is.
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