Let’s talk about buying colored pencils from online auctions.
I recently purchased a 60 pc. [I think] of Classic Colour Faber Castell pencils through Ebay for really cheap [don’t quite remember price] price. It said the carton/packaging was damaged, and it was. But amazingly, so far anyway, all of the pencils have worked fine and sharpened okay.
I knew I was taking a chance, a big chance on them. But I believe for around $20, I got one heckuva bargain. Do you ever buy pencils [colored] this way? I’m thinking of trying it again sometime. Sincerely, Rick
Thank you for your question and congratulations! That was a good buy, especially since the pencils are in good shape so far!
Tips for Buying Colored Pencils from Online Auctions
Risks to Buying from Online Auctions
I have purchased colored pencils through eBay a time or two in the past, but you do have to be careful. My biggest purchase to date was a box of 1500 “colored pencils” several years ago. I got them for a ridiculously low price.
Then I opened the box and discovered the price wasn’t so low.
The bulk of the pencils were basic #2 lead pencils, but with different paint jobs. Colored pencils, but not Colored Pencils, if you see what I mean.
That was my fault. I assumed something that wasn’t true. So that’s my first caution in buying pencils from places like eBay. Not everyone defines a colored pencil the same way.
The second caution is that there is the possibility of ending up with a cheap knock-off. I don’t know how often that happens, but it does happen.
Of course, you can’t really guard against something like this. If you ask someone who is selling a knock-off if the item is genuine, the chances are slim that they’ll tell you the truth!
Things to Look For
When I do look for pencils on auction sites, I look for a couple of things.
First, I only buy brands I already use and am familiar with. If I have pencils in stock, I can compare them with the images shown on the auction. If the packaging looks wrong or if the imprint on individual pencils looks wrong, then I don’t buy that item.
Second, I check the reviews. If the seller has a lot of reviews and the rating is 99% or higher, then I can be pretty confident they are selling what they say they’re selling.
Third, I like to make sure I can return an item if I’m not happy with it for any reason.
Finally, if I have any questions at all, I’ve learned to ask questions before I bid or buy. Afterward, it’s too late.
Buying Colored Pencils from Online Auctions
I hope that helps.
If you would like more specifics on buying colored pencils or other art supplies through online auctions, read How to Buy Art Supplies at Online Auctions. I wrote this article for EmptyEasel a few years ago, but the information is still relevant today. I discuss different reasons people sell on auctions, the types of colored pencils and other products you’re likely to find, and tips for finding the best sellers and getting the best deals.
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