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Frequently Asked Questions

Types of Lighters We Buy

Q: What types of vintage lighters do you purchase?
A: We purchase collections of popular brands such as Zippo, DuPont, Ronson, Dunhill, Colibri, Evans, Park, Scripto, Thorens, and more. We buy pocket, table, mechanical, and novelty lighters. See What We Buy and Zippo Lighters Wanted.

Q: Do you buy modern lighters or only vintage ones?
A: We buy both modern and vintage lighters, as we appreciate the full spectrum of lighter collections.

Q: Do you purchase lighters from outside of the country?
A: We do buy from outside the country.


Evaluation Process

Q: How do you determine the value of my lighters?
A: We evaluate lighters based on current market demand, brand, model, condition, and historical significance. See What’s My Lighter Worth? and Are Your Old Lighters Worth Money?

Q: Can I get an estimated value for my lighters before deciding to sell?
A: Yes, we can provide an estimated value after discussing your collection or reviewing photos you provide.

Q: What if I disagree with the valuation provided?
A: Our valuations are based on extensive market knowledge, but you are under no obligation to sell if you disagree with the offer.

Q: Do you charge for lighter evaluations?
A: No, we do not charge for evaluations when you are considering selling your lighters to us.

Q: Will the condition of my lighters significantly affect their value?
A: Condition is one of several factors that affect value, but we purchase lighters in all conditions, including non-working or damaged ones.


Lighter Conditions

Q: What condition do the lighters need to be in for you to purchase them?
A: We purchase new, never used, and used lighters. See What Factors Affect the Value of Vintage Lighters?

Q: If a lighter is not functioning, is it still worth selling?
A: Yes, non-functioning lighters can still have value, especially if they are rare or have historical significance.

Q: How should I store my lighters before selling them to ensure they maintain their value?
A: Store your lighters in a dry, cool environment away from direct sunlight to preserve their condition. Regular maintenance checks are also recommended.


Selling Process

Q: What is the process for selling a vintage lighter collection to your company?
A: To sell to us, give us a call or use our online form. We will discuss what you have for sale. For more extensive collections, we will travel to you. We will evaluate the collection and make an offer to buy the collection. If you decide to sell, we will pay you in cash. If it is a smaller collection, you can send pictures and details of what you have. We will send you payment and a shipping label if we agree on a price. You will put them in a box, place the shipping label provided to you on the box, and mail them after receiving payment.

Q: Can I sell individual lighters, or do I need to have a collection?
A: We welcome the sale of individual lighters as well as larger collections. There is no minimum number of lighters required to sell to us.

Q: Will you buy lighters that are engraved or personalized?
A: Yes, we do purchase engraved or personalized lighters.

Q: How long does the evaluation and buying process take?
A: The duration of the evaluation process varies depending on the size of the collection. We strive to complete evaluations and make offers as quickly as possible.

Q: Do I need to clean or repair my lighters before selling them?
A: It’s not necessary to clean or repair your lighters before selling. We buy lighters in any condition, and their current state will be considered during the valuation.


Payment Methods

Q: What payment methods are available if I decide to sell my lighters?
A: We offer cash payments for in-person transactions and PayPal or Venmo payments for smaller collections that are shipped to us.

Q: How quickly will I receive payment after selling my lighters?
A: Payment is typically issued promptly after the agreement is reached for in-person transactions, and before you ship your lighters for smaller collections.

Q: Is it safe to receive payment electronically?
A: Yes, electronic payments through PayPal or Venmo are secure and allow for a quick transfer of funds.

Q: Can I receive a check instead of cash or electronic payment?
A: Our standard payment methods are cash, PayPal, or Venmo, but we can discuss alternative payment methods on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Are there any fees or commissions deducted from my payment?
A: No, we do not deduct any fees or commissions from your payment when you sell your lighters to us.

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