Buying Used Pop Culture Items: What to Know

Pop Culture in the past decade has become more and more popular every year with things like our beloved Comic Book Superheroes that we grew up with finally making their way into the mainstream media to 80’s/90’s Basketball cards making a comeback.

From Star Wars figures to Pokemon cards, these beloved items that were once considered something for hardcore fans only, are now for everyone to enjoy the nostalgia.

Buying a used retro gaming or pop culture item is a fantastic way of saving a little cash or finding that one thing you have been after, but there are risks involved. As such there's a few tips and tricks you need to consider before laying down your money on a pre-loved item.

We’ll take you through all you need to know about purchasing a second-hand pop culture or retro gaming item; including what to look out for, the important questions to ask, and how to get the most out of your budget.

Buying Used

There's nothing wrong with getting a good deal, of course, but you should make sure that your good deal doesn't turn out too good to be true. As with anything, there's a tipping point at which the money you are saving initially with a cheap purchase will end up costing you more and wasted time.

With any purchase, it pays to do your research first. If you have a specific item in mind, jump online and look for reviews or 'first-look' articles which summarise the pros and cons of the item. YouTube is a great source of easily consumable information, so look for videos from manufacturers or members of the public who are doing unboxings of a particular item but also look for impartial people or companies providing their opinions.

If you are not after a specific item there are plenty of resources online to help you know what to look for and the options available to you. Buyer's guides, such as reviews videos and photos of the conditions of the item are also great ways to ensure you are getting what you pay for.

Ask Questions

Buying anything second hand has always been an excellent way to save a few dollars or to find that cherished no longer sold item, but it is not without risk.

Be sure to ask a lot of questions. Why are they selling it? Where did they buy it from? Can you prove that it is in the form listed? Does the box have any damage that isn’t outlined in the listing? The list goes on.

If the seller gets touchy about any of this, then question the purchase. Make sure you do your due diligence for any online purchase. It will save you money and a lot of trouble in the long run.

Protect Yourself

When using Zing Marketplace to buy products, we highly recommend you use PayPal to pay for any items that are from private sellers. That way you have more protectction should anything happen.