Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks – From Hobby To Business


Here is an article that was written by Toy Truck Toys (Click to read original article) who looks for companies on the internet that specialize in the sale of dependable toys and great customer service. They chose Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks as one of those sites and wrote this article about their findings.

Are you a collector of truck models or interested in taking up the hobby? And you know how expensive this hobby can be. It is a mind blowing hobby but you need a good amount of money to buy those truck model stars!!

So it is no surprise to see many people give up being their toy truck or model collecting hobby because its expensive even when they are greatly interested in it. This saddens me greatly. I would like to encourage those of you who wish to start collecting truck models by pointing out the opportunities your hobby has by providing an excellent example of a truck model collector!

Raymond Patterson is a good example for such truck model collectors and enthusiasts. He is a score of a guy who has turned his childhood toy truck love or truck collecting hobby into a good business by using the internet as his marketing grounds.

I first heard about him through a comment he had left in a You tube video (see below) about Hess trucks. As you can guess Raymond used to be a Hess truck collector himself and now he has turned his love for the Hess toy trucks into a business selling Hess trucks as well as sign, pins, posters, other toy trucks and a gigantic stock of Hess Replacement Parts for those who like to tinker.

“I started collecting when I was smaller and then loved the hobby so much that it became a business for me now and has grown so large that we now ship all over the world. Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks. This is the comment that was left by Raymond in a “You Tube video” I mentioned earlier.

I checked out whether this comment was true. Then only did I find out that he has actually built a business out of selling Hess Toy Trucks. You can checkout his business website at www.rayshesstoytrucks.com. He seems to now run a successful business by catering to the thousands of Hess truck fans living all over the world.

The Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks website has a good About US page where Raymond explains and drops many hints about how he does his business. As you might know Hess trucks have been coming out with one or two models of trucks each year and it is a tradition with a large number of people all over the world to buy one and add to their Hess Truck collection. So Ray is not short of customers in this niche truck model market. He also seems to attract customers to his website by providing a lot of details about Hess trucks, which convinces visitors to purchase his products. His website has pages with lot of details about each Hess toy truck and accessories he sells. In them he even points out the weaknesses in the Hess toy trucks and accessories he is trying to sell which is not what many toy truck sellers in popular places like eBay etc. do.

He says, “Most of the items on the site have hyperlinks for you to view the item. Just click description and a picture will pop-up.” Furthermore, “You will also notice that we try to include as detailed a picture as possible so that the buyer can see any of the flaws that we may be trying to point out. The whole idea of purchasing an item is the anticipation of receiving it. There is nothing worse than receiving an item and be disappointed. Therefore, we stand behind all of our sales and satisfaction is always guaranteed.”  I recommend that you to checkout this Hess truck collector turned businessman’s website at Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks.

Just like this many truck model collectors have turned their special love with truck models into some sort of truck model building and selling business. You can find plenty of inspiration and examples if you go to truck shows and model truck exhibitions around America. In them you will find many childhood truck collectors who are engaged in some sort of truck or truck model related business as a sideline income. So don’t give up your interest find a way to make money out of it.

I know this is not a very detailed or well written, inspiring op-ed column piece, but I just wanted to share it here on my toy truck website  http://toytrucktoys.com  hoping it will give some boost to some toy collectors by pointing put the opportunities that exist for them to start a business out of their passion for toy trucks and models. If you know anyone like that, please contact me and tell me the story and I will feature it here on Toy Truck Toys as an example and a inspiration for truck model collectors all over the world.

We at Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks would like to personally thank Toy Truck Toys for the nice article!