The Collector's Guide to Buying Keyrings

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The Collector's Guide to Buying Keyrings

Collecting keyrings is serious business. Key chains are not just for holding your house or car keys. Keyrings can be great to personalise the items you carry around with you every time you leave the house.

Keyrings come in all shapes, sizes and colours. However, as a collector, what makes a key ring special to your collection? It could be its worth, its sentimental value or just the simple fact that it goes with the theme of your collection.

eBay have a huge variety of keyrings ranging from novelty keyrings,designer keyrings,car keyrings and vintage keyrings for even the most avid of collectors.

Why Collect Keyrings?

* Keyrings can be collected for a number of reasons. Some have a particular interest in collecting keyrings from around the world from their travels as a souvenir. Others have an interest in a special type of keyring. For example, many collectors are interested in sports keyrings, where they will collect keyrings with different sports teams' club badge or a specific player.

* Whatever your interest, there is almost certainly a market for the types of keyrings that you want. Collecting can be fun and it is a great feeling when you find a special key ring that you have been yearning for. So whether you love collecting bear keyrings, sports keyrings or travel keyrings, you will find what you are looking for in the fantastic selection on eBay.

Collect Different Types of Keyrings

Keyrings can be a permanent fixture in your jeans pocket. There is an infinite variety of keyrings for decorative and handy purposes alike.

Handy Keyrings

* Keyring torches can help you with those tricky situations like opening the front door at night and finding your phone in the back of the car.

* Key ring digital cameras can help you to take photos in a flash without carrying a bulky camera around.

* Never be embarrassed at a meeting when you don't have a pen when you can get a pen keyring.

* Carabiner keyrings are perfect for enabling you to add many keyrings to your collection. Normally made of steel, they are sturdy and practical.

* Laser Pointer pens can be perfect for business presentations or even give your cat something to chase.

* Key ring wallets or keyring change purses are perfect for carrying loose change when you don't want to carry a bulky wallet or purse around.

* Bottle opener keyrings are one of the most popular available and can help make the life and soul of the party.

Keyrings can be for non-functional and sentimental purposes as well and have become great accessories and collectors' items. There are many popular keyrings on the market today, and these include:

Novelty Keyrings

Bring out your inner child and collect novelty keyrings based on popular board games, cartoon characters, and toys. Board game keyrings allow you to keep games like chess, Draughts, Scrabble, Monopoly, Cranium, and Cluedo in your pocket.

Popular keyrings based on children's toys include Etch-a-Sketch keyrings and Micro wheels keyrings. Fun character keyrings and Pez keyrings can put a smile on your face and make wonderful gifts. For example, choose Mickey Mouse keyrings, Minnie Mouse keyrings, and Donald Duck keyrings for Disney collectors. Maybe you would prefer Betty Boop keyrings, Thomas the Tank Engine keyrings, or Peanuts keyrings featuring Snoopy, Woodstock, or Charlie Brown for other avid collectors.

Vintage Keyrings

Explore advertising trends of days gone by with vintage promotional keyrings from the likes of Coca Cola and Adidas. Also search out vintage leather key cases and miniature music box keyrings. These vintage keyrings are highly popular with collector's, due to the potential increase in value over time.

Car Keyrings

There is a key ring to match any car, from a Ford to Ferrari. Whatever car you drive, you can show off a keyring of your fantasy or favourite car. On eBay there is the option to buy a Ferrari key ring, Porsche key ring, or Lamborghini keyring; so a selection that suits everybody's needs. If you are a big motor sport fan, why not search for a McLaren Mercedes Keyring or a Subaru keyring.

Accessory Keyrings

You can buy silver keyrings, locket keyrings, or gemstone keyrings that fit your personal style. Or choose keyrings such as key ring watches, Swarovski crystal keyrings, and diamond keyrings that reflect current trends. For a more comfortable look, consider leather keyrings, beaded keyrings, or lanyard keyrings.

Personalized Keyrings

Some people create custom keyrings from sterling silver or leather. An engraved key ring, heart key ring, or an initial key ring can also show you care. You can you're your loved ones in your thoughts at all times with picture keyrings or digital photo keyrings.

Designer Keyrings

Big designer brands also produce their own stylish keyrings to add to your fashionable collection. eBay has a large variety of designer keyrings available including Prada, Gucci and Nike.

Sports Keyrings

For all of the sports fans out there, you can show your support for your team with football keyrings, rugby baseball keyrings, NFL football keyrings, or NBA basketball keyrings. Dependent on the country of origin and the sporting activity, there is a different market offering due to its popularity. For example in the UK, football (soccer) will be more populated and common than American Football.

Limited Edition Keyrings

Manufacturers can choose to produce a limited number of a certain type of keyrings. These limited edition keyrings can display two sets of numbers. The higher number indicates the total number produced while the lower number indicates which one you (or a seller) own.

How to Find Keyrings on eBay

Once you know what type of key ring you want, go to the Collectables category portal, click the Keyrings link, and start searching for keyrings on eBay.

Categories: The Categories list on the left side of the page will help you narrow down key ring listings by condition. Choose New or Used.

Keyword search: Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find a Mickey Mouse key ring, type " Mickey Mouse key ring" (without quotation marks) into the Search bar. Click, "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Commands page for more tips on searching with keywords.

Advanced search: For a more precise search, eBay's Advanced Search feature gives you the option to search by seller, buyer, or store. You can also narrow results to "All of these words," "Any of these words," or "Exact phrase." Search All Categories to find keyrings listed in multiple categories and subcategories on eBay including Collectibles, Disney, Advertising, Clothing, Shoes & Accessories, eBay Motors, Jewellery & Watches, Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop, and Toys & Hobbies.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try shopping eBay Stores, tell the eBay Community what you want by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a match becomes available.

Buy Keyrings with Confidence

Make sure you know exactly what you are buying before making your purchase, research your seller, and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know Your Purchase

* Carefully read the details in item listings.

* Figure delivery costs into your final price. If you spend a lot of money, make sure the seller will insure the item when it ships.

* If you want more information about the key ring, ask by clicking the "Ask seller a question" link under the seller's profile.

* Always make sure to complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy It Now, or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of eBay are not covered by eBay protection programs.

* Never pay for your eBay item using instant cash wire transfer services through Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe when paying someone you do not know.

Know Your Seller

* Feeling positive and secure about your purchase is important, so be sure to research the seller before making the purchase.

* What is the seller's Feedback rating? How many transactions have they completed? What percentage of positive responses do they have?

* What do buyers say in their Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?

* Most top eBay sellers operate like retail stores and have return policies. Do they offer a money-back guarantee? What are the terms and conditions?

Buyer Protection

In the unlikely event that you don't receive your item or it is not as described, eBay Buyer Protection will cover your purchase price plus original shipping. Learn more.


Keyrings are popular collectors' items, and a wide range of keyrings and key chains are available. When buying your key ring, make sure you research the item thoroughly. Also, don't be afraid to contact the seller.

Key ring enthusiasts are more than happy to talk about their items and will answer your questions. These range from the rare and hard to find, to the affordable and fun. There is a wide variety of collectable keyrings available, and these can be easily found on eBay.

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