To be sure, Mr. Roskelly shares some very sound advice. If you are not already convinced for the need to have a personal inventory available on-line, here's a list of reasons a detailed list of your collection can be useful.
- Avoid buying duplicates.
An on-line version of your inventory is just the thing you need before you make that next impulse buy at the next hobby shop or train show. With a live version (via your smart phone) of your inventory, you can quickly check to see if you already own the item that interests you.
- Easily and quickly furnish insurance companies with a detailed inventory of your collection.
If your collection has been damaged/destroyed because of a fire or a flood and you need a list of your melted/water-logged trains to submit to your insurance company, you can log on to your on-line Inventory and print out your former/damaged collection.
- Get the best possible prices from dealers for your collection.
If you are thinking of selling your collection, you can print out your inventory and shop it around to the dealers. An accurate list of what you are selling (versus "Here are 2 boxes full of 150 rolling stock.") will get you the best price.
- Leave your affairs in order.
We all go to the great train station in the sky someday. Want to leave an accurate list of your collection to your heirs? Create an on-line personal inventory to help plan for that final departure.
To learn more, please see our blog article: How to Create Your Personal Inventory Using TroveStar Reference Data.