Something that I have noticed about new ghost hunters who are younger is that they feel everything they use has to be bought in brand new condition. For some tools, such as tarot cards and stones, it is better to buy them new so no previous energy is imprinted into the product. If you cannot afford a new deck or stones, simply burning some sage and passing the cards through the smoke can cleanse energy from the product. For the other tools used on investigations, such as camera, voice recorders and EMF meters, there is really no reason why you should pay more for a brand new product, when you can save money for a slightly used product.
In the past I purchased used books and equipment for reviewing. Apart from slight damage to the spine and wearing on the corners, the books have looked like they just came off the shelf. The electronics may have been missing the box, or a light scratch on the paint, but that was the only sign of use. Many times, I paid half of what the retail price was, even with cost of the shipping factored in. Now, I know many of you are asking why someone would sell a product in such great condition, for half the price of what they could get for it. A prime example of this is my own reason.
I have an Amazon page that I sell equipment and books. It is not a retail page, simply a page for me to sell unused equipment. There are only two reasons why I sell things. Either it was a product I reviewed but did not personally need, or I purchased a product to use and never ended up doing so. With both instances, either I have used the product a few times, or the packaging was thrown out. Because of those reasons, I cannot sell the product as “new.” So, I will sell it as like new, and compete with other sellers to give buyers the best price. If you decide to buy used or like new products, here are a few tips to use to make sure you get the best quality product with the lowest price tag.
The number one tip is to compare prices for everything you buy, whether it is online or at stores in your local area. The best way to find the lowest price is to sort products online by the lowest price, to highest price. This allows you to avoid sorting through pages of products to find items in your budget. Once you have the items sorted by price, you can move on to the next step; finding the best seller.
To do this, be sure to look at the reviews left about the seller if you choose to buy online. The more positive reviews left, the more confident you will that the seller is shipping you a product as it was described. Be sure to also read customers comments. See how previous customers experiences with the seller were. If the seller has just launched their page and does not have any reviews, see if there is another seller who has more reviews with the product in the same condition and price. If you are unable to find a second seller and you are uneasy about buying from the un-reviewed seller, email them. Ask what their refund and return policies are and any further questions you have about the product. When you decide which product you would like to purchase, use PayPal to pay when you can. It is one of the most secure ways to keep your information private.
On the day the product arrives be careful when opening the package. You want to keep the packaging in good condition in case of the slim chance you need to return it. After all, better safe than sorry. Take a look at the product to make sure it is how the seller described it and that all accessories are included. Hopefully, everything is okay and you can enjoy your product. If not, email the seller as soon as you can to inform them of any errors so they can tell you what needs to be done next. In the past, I have always used Amazon for buying both new and used products, and have never had a bad experience by using these tips. The customer comments and reviews will be your greatest asset when buying products online. Here is to wishing you a pleasant and less expensive shopping experience!