Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Burning Depths of Hell
From what I understand selling bits is one hell of an undertaking and GW doesn't provide any help at all. You need to take pics of all the bits, set up a webshop and entries for all the bits, then you need to stock the boxes and cut the parts from the sprues and organise them.
We are talking about thousands upon thousands of entries of bits to keep track of and with every new release a thousand or so more to categorise and organise.
All this work for very little profit, there are usually about 5 bits from every kit that is highly desirable. The rest just takes up shelf space and in turn cost you more than you make.
I've cut my ebay bits buying now as I practically own every 40K kit GW makes and have the max you are allowed to field on a normal FOC. I spent 4 years buying bits for about €100-200 a month, I bought 99% of my bits on auction and there it was pretty easy to see what parts were desirable as some sold for 10x the price as other.
When it comes to bits there are a few things that will always be desirable to converters, the most common are wheels, turrets, guns for said turrets, heavy weapons, MC main bodies and wings. The number one thing that always seems to sell though are female bodies. Heck I bought whole DE wych and warrior body auctions only for the female bits. I have a box of male bodies I could make an entire DE army with.
Every bits seller I know charge about 50-100% more for a female body than the male counterpart, it's a supply and demand thing for sure as GW supplies very few and those who want all female armies.
The best thing GW could do is allow for bits seller only accounts, basically they'd send only the sprues to the seller for a bigger discount than normal but with restrictions on how much they could sell the bits for.
GWs sprues are very inefficient in design though, they should put all bodies on one sprue and all weapons on another instead of having 2 sprues with mixed parts. This would allow them to sell specific sprues, but they want you to buy a whole kit just to get those 3 parts you need for your conversion.