Venom Unboxed - Jeff Eason
F.A.Q.New to collecting? This is a good place to start.
Details on trading, buying, selling and more.
BB-8! Amy Colon (@amycln)
Trading is a great way to get that rare piece you have been looking for without breaking your bank. FUNKO POP! BUY-SELL-TRADE and other groups on Facebook provide a fairly safe environment for the secondary Funko market to thrive. Each group establishes their own set of rules with the aim to keep you safe. Please read ours and follow them.
If you plan to trade:
-All trade posts must have pictures of the actual items, no "glam shots". Pictures must include trader's name and date.
-Trade posts must include some idea of what you are seeking or willing to trade for. The more details in your post, the fewer questions for you to deal with.
Everyone has their own idea of what a Funko piece is worth. There are many sites, including Pop Price Guide and Ebay, where you can kind of gauge value of a particular item.
-If you see an item you want and you have something from the person's seeking list, Private Message them with your offer. We recommend also placing PM, PMed, PMing, etc in the comments of their post to let them know you have sent a message. Due to Facebook security, sometimes your message will go in their "other" folder and may not get seen.
If both parties agree to the trade:
-Send pictures of all sides of the item or items. This eliminates any "bad surprises".
-Agree on shipping, most use USPS First Class or Priority (which also includes insurance and tracking). If you print postage at home, you will save $$.
-Carefully pack the items, do your best to insure no damage will happen during shipping. Traders expect the items to arrive in the same condition as the pictures posted. Bubblewrap is your friend!
-Send pictures of the packed box with postage shown (and tracking, if applicable) and try to ship on the same day.
-Stay in communication with the person you are trading with, it makes everyone more comfortable about the transaction. -When the items arrive and you are satisfied, leave Feedback under the POSITIVE FEEDBACK picture, pinned to the top of the group. You can find details about Feedback below. In practice, this is the most rewarding transaction in our group, both parties get exactly what they are looking for and the only cost is shipping and time.
Hail the king by Riks Flores
If you want to be a seller, read our rules. There are not many but they are in place to protect you and the buyer.
-All sales posts must have pictures of the actual items, no "glam shots". Pictures must include seller's name and date.
-All sales posts must include prices. We are not an auction site, we do not allow "fishing" for the best price. You decide the value and state it clearly. If you are willing to negotiate from that fixed price, you may state that in the post.
-Please include shipping details in your post and even options, if possible. If everything is up front in your post, there will be a lot less questions for you to deal with.
-Send pictures of all sides of the item or items. This eliminates any "bad surprises".
-When a deal is reached, give the buyer your PayPal address. We recommend using PayPal as "Goods and Services" to protect both parties in a financial transaction. Paypal seller fees are a cost of doing business this way, no need to mention them in posts, we all assume fees are included and prices are adjusted accordingly. (It is against PayPal policy to ask buyers to cover fees, don't jeopardize your account.)
-Carefully pack the items, do your best to insure no damage will happen during shipping. Buyers expect the items to arrive in the same condition as the pictures posted. Bubblewrap is your friend!
-Send pictures of the packed box with postage shown (and tracking, if applicable) and try to give the buyer an accurate time when you will ship.
-Stay in communication with the person you are selling to, it makes everyone more comfortable about the transaction.
We protect the seller, just like the buyer. We do not allow complaints on prices. We expect buyers to move on, if they do you see what they are looking for, for the price they are willing to pay. Sellers can charge what they want or think is fair. If your items are not moving, you may need to adjust, this market is incredibly fluid. Do a little research on the value of the items you are selling.
Hopefully, you will find buyers who agree with your price and want do business with you. Treat them well.
"Flipping" is the practice of buying more than you need and jacking up the price, just to make a profit. Yes, we believe in supply and demand but we also believe in a fair hunt for rare items. Having someone in front of you buy every exclusive in a store, leaving none for other collectors, is just not cool. Then, finding those exclusives in groups and on auction sites for quadruple+ the price paid is not doing collectors a favor, it is price gouging. We frown on flipping but do not enforce or police prices. Equal responsibility is held by both buyer and seller with regards to transactions, in our opinion.
SP00KY by Eliy De La Cruz
Outside of the usual retail outlets, hard to find Funko pieces can be found in our group. FUNKO POP! BUY-SELL-TRADE is an amazing resource! Feel free to ask questions. Look for sellers that clearly post pictures, prices and shipping costs. We always recommend using PayPal as "Good and Services" to protect both parties in any financial transaction.
-When the items arrive and you are satisfied, leave Feedback under the POSITIVE FEEDBACK picture, pinned to the top of the group. You can find details about Feedback below. We frown on "flipping" but ultimately you are responsible for controlling seller's greed. We have all picked up and extra for a friend or to use as a trade later but you can easily tell those who have multiples of all the latest exclusives for higher than fair prices, just don't buy from them. Complaining about prices is not allowed. If you do not like what you see, move on.
You decide what a fair price is for the piece you want, there is currently no perfect source for determining value. Do your own research on the pieces you desire. We all have almost paid way too much to a seller only to find it much cheaper from retail. Be careful out there.
Adventure by Ryan
What to look for
What should you look for when shopping for Funko?
Official Funko products are fairly easy to spot. There have not been many reports of fakes but, it can happen. There are several things to look for on a box, including all the Funko contact information on the bottom and a sticker that acts as a lot #. As for the item inside, pictures of pops are provided by Funko, plus many retailers and groups. If it seems "off" to you, look it up. Some customs are passsed off as original Funko, it is up to you to know what you are getting. Ask questions and get more pictures, if needed.
Each collector has his own opinion of leaving items in the box or "freeing" them. There is no right answer. Know that there are collectors who insist on pristine boxes and others who are just looking for a piece OOB (out of box). Traders, buyers and sellers need to be clear in their posts. There is no harm is asking for more pictures or details.
As we have stated, there is no perfect source for determining value of Funko items. You know what retail prices are but, how those are affected by popularity is hard to guess. We believe that if you follow you heart and get the pieces you truly desire, you will never engage in a "bad deal". Collect what moves you. Too often we have seen collectors try to turn this into big business and fail. We are a communtity that looks out for each other, no corporation can buy that kind of support. It is only earned. Thank you for placing your trust in us.
Doppelganger discovered by Jake
We are posting this in two places because it is the backbone of what our group is all about. For our community to safely conduct transactions, Feedback in a way of easily knowing who you are dealing with. We update our lists daily, please check the before dealing with anyone. And if they are new to the group, try to be paitent and help them out, we all started somewhere. We are careful about who we allow into our closed group but sometimes a "bad apple" gets through. It is up to you to let us know. Feedback is pinned to the top of our Facebook Group and located on this site. And if you need to report a problem, go here.
When a transaction is complete, post the person's name +1 under the Positive Feedback picture in our group. If it was an international transaction, that is +2.
If you have an unsatisfactory transaction, first contact the other party, Try to work it out. If you cannot, send us a message. We will first try to contact the other party ourselves before proceeding. Know that we will get involved and investigate if you cannot get an accptable response. But, there are several steps before we will ban someone for life. Please have all details gathered regarding your issue before contacting us.
Tin by Ryan
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Bump = pushes post up the feed
CONUS = Continental U.S.
EE = Entertainment Earth
Flocked = "fuzzy"
FS = For Sale
FT = For Trade
GITD = Glow In The Dark
Grail = A hard to get favorite
GT = Galactic Toys
HT = Hot Topic
ISO = In Search Of
MIB = Mint In Box
Metallic = metal finish
NFS = Not For Sale
NFT = Not For Trade
NIB = New In Box
OOB = Out Of Box
SDCC = San Diego Comic Con
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