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Thread: Custom Parts Buying Tips From Museum Members

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    Custom Parts Buying Tips From Museum Members

    John Farley suggested this based on the current issues some have had. He suggested we put together some tips for buying and stick them at the top of the forum in an attempt to help those new to the game, and help prevent future problems. I thought it was a good idea, we all have suggestions that can help, so here are the ones John started...

    Tips For Safe Custom Commerce:
    While nothing is fool proof,
    Here are a few common sense ideas to help a transaction go safely and smoothly.

    1. Research the seller by asking questions here
    before you buy.
    2. Insist on delivery confirmation


    Please post your suggestions and we'll make a master list of all the serious and well thought out tips.

    I'll add one..

    As about delivery timelines up front.

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    I suggest paying with PayPal if at all possible...in case you do need to make a claim it's probably easier (quicker) than it would be with a money order.
    Think OUTSIDE the Box! For the BEST in Repro & Custom Packaging!

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    If they have an eBay id, check out their feedback as a seller there too.
    If the seller doesn't have a website, as to see additional samples of their work. I know this sounds dumb, but I've heard a lot of horror stories about items showing up and being poorly made.
    Ask if the seller allows some kind of partial payment, such as a deposit, with the rest being transferred to them once the buyer has a picture of completed work. This mainly applies to full customs and larger pieces.
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    I guess these are mine in no particular order of importance. Hope they are useful.

    1.) When people post a custom on the forum they often list the various parts they used and who they got it from. If you like what you see, it will point you in the right direction for parts. Contact the seller and find out their turn around time.

    2.) There are many styles of heads out there for a particular figure, if one person doesn't have it, another one might, so always shop around and see who has what you want. You may be inspired by something you hadn't thought of before.

    3.) I usually make a list of the parts I need for 2 or 3 figures I want to work on. Then I find out who sells what and how I can best order those parts to take advantage of shipping costs. It's cheaper to order a few heads or accessories all at once from a store.

    4.)Ask questions and read the fine print. Are you buying a pre-ordered item that isn't in stock yet?? They are often delayed for reasons the seller can't control, so don't be PO'd when it doesn't arrive right away.
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    Never spend more than you can afford to loose in case a deal goes south.
    I keep it a $20-$40.

    Never place a another order until you receive your first one.
    “When you say “It’s hard”, it actually means “I’m not strong enough to fight for it”. Stop saying its hard. Think positive!”

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    ^^^ And make sure he is not just here posting to sell. A little involvement in the rest of the board goes a long way.
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    If you are not happy with the product, complain to the seller... If you do not get any satisfaction from him, let the community know.
    Even if he's a "great guy" people still need to be told and warned.
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    I suggest paying with PayPal if at all possible...in case you do need to make a claim it\'s probably easier (quicker) than it would be with a money order.
    make sure the seller is an active poster on the megomuseum. An active presence on this site shows the person is still available, has tie to this community and thus a vested interest in keeping it that way. It also makes it possible for YOU THE BUYER, to have questions about the sellers products and personal character answered here.

    While these are GREAT tips,I\'ve ordered from a couple of Customizers NOT here on the Forum and they\'ve been Great as far as service ,communication and timely deliveries!
    There are a few that aren\'t members yet do great work ,Remember it wasn\'t til recently that Mr Lietner (sp) joined as a member here and he has FANTASTIC suits !
    Just something to keep in mind .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Type3Toys View Post
    As a buyer...
    1. make sure the seller is an active poster on the megomuseum.
    This is something I wish could be controlled. The marketplace should be limited to members that have been here for a stated amount of time. Many show up and sell stuff then disappear entirely. They're using it like a free ebay without ever contributing to the actual purpose of the site, which is being a contributing member of the community.
    It's not a doll it's an action figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megocrazy View Post
    This is something I wish could be controlled. The marketplace should be limited to members that have been here for a stated amount of time. Many show up and sell stuff then disappear entirely. They're using it like a free ebay without ever contributing to the actual purpose of the site, which is being a contributing member of the community.
    I get what you are saying,... But last yr when May19Whatever.., Showed up with 10 RC Batman's all Orgional, & Sold me one for 100 Bucks,.. That was one of My coolest Moments here,.. & is Now one of my most Prized Figures in my collection.

    BTW..., He also sold me a Type1 All Origional Robin Minty, Mint for 30 Bucks...

    It was like Christmas for me,... & The Man sold a Ton of Fantastic Stuff here, to alot of other Folks too.
    Last edited by BlackKnight; Feb 10, '09 at 4:27 PM.
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