Global e-commerce increased to over $26 billion including sales of pop culture memorabilia. Whether you collect pop culture items for fun or to trade it at a higher value, keeping your memorabilia safe is a priority. It’s not only your investment that you are protecting, you are also safeguarding something that you love. Unfortunately, one of the problems of ordering your pop culture merchandise on the internet is the safety of shipping and delivery. Buying abroad or unknown marketplaces are also some other issues. Here are ways to ensure that you get your items fast and intact.
Choosing the Right Shipper
Shopping online for your favorite pop culture memorabilia may be convenient, but you have to wait until it is shipped and delivered. If you want to get it faster, check if the site offers different yet simple shipping options. For example, same day delivery service might be available for an extra fee. Make sure, too that you have access to an online tracking system so that you can follow-up the whereabouts of your package. It is also a good idea to sign up for alerts so that you can trace in real time the location of your product.
Although tracking systems do not always work properly with couriers turning up at the shipping address with no one at home, you have the option of rescheduling your delivery. Alternatively, your shipper must also provide proof that the package was handed out to someone. In some cases, it is even possible to leave your parcel at a safe location such as your back veranda or among pots of plants.
In addition to ensuring that your order is shipped on time with a tracking number, it is also critical to check that your merchandise is packaged well. Contact the seller to ensure how they box products that they ship out. If you are worried about your package, you can give instructions to the shipper to add extra layers of protection such as Styrofoam or bubble wrap. At any rate, you might also want to purchase insurance for your shipment if it is offered by the seller. Be sure to read the fine print on returns so that you can give it back if the goods arrive broken or in a less than pristine condition.
Buying pop culture memorabilia is exciting, but there is always the chance that it will not arrive on time or break along the way. Choosing a reputable shipper and marketplace are some of the ways that your item gets to you in a good condition.