Buyer & Seller Tips
Buyer & Seller Tips
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Interested in buying a 3D printer? Use this checklist to help you make a safe and successful purchase. 3D printers are an emerging technology, and as such are expensive items, which means that you should get as much information as possible about a 3D printer for sale before making an offer.
Before you buy a 3D printer
Read the ad description — carefully!
Read the seller’s description carefully and contact the seller with questions before you agree to buy the 3D printer. Look for the “Contact Seller” tab at the left of the listing. Genuine ads will show useful descriptive information about the actual printer for sale and not generalized manufacturer’s promotional text. Be wary of ads that just repeat information from the manufacturers website. Contact the seller to ask for a list of the items that you will get and also for any serial numbers.
Be wary of ads that do not show photos of the actual item for sale, such as ads that only show stock manufacturer photos. If you are unsure, ask for photos of the printer for sale from the seller. A genuine seller will be happy to provide them. Also ask the seller for a photo of the actual printer’s model and serial number label. Most 3D printers will have a label or plaque on the chassis that shows the serial number. This serial number can usually be checked with the manufacturer.
Contact the seller
It is important to contact the seller and have your questions answered to your satisfaction before you make an offer or bid on an item. Use the “Contact Seller” tab at the left of the listing. After the initial contact to the seller using our contact form, all emails are conducted through the buyer and seller’s own email accounts.
How to buy a 3D printer
Find out what the 3D printer is worth
Before you make an offer, find out what this 3D printer is worth, taking into account of everything that is supplied in the listing such as filament and accessories. Search our site for other 3D printers of the same type to see how much they are listed for.
Estimate shipping or transportation costs
If the seller isn’t local, review how much it will cost to ship the 3D printer and agree with the seller as to who covers this cost.
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