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Make an Unforgettable Spark with a Collectible Zippo Lighter

These vintage Zippo lighters come in a variety of designs, colours and styles and carry with them some pieces of advertising history. Combining both form and function, a Zippo lighter will spark conversations as well as fire.

Choosing old Zippo lighters

Look for used Zippo lighters that are in good working condition, preferably ones that have flints included. If the original box or case is included, that's another plus. There are numerous styles available, so choosing which ones to add to your collection is largely a matter of personal preference based on your own style. Here are a few other features that might be included in Zippo lighters for sale:

  • Flint-wheel ignition
  • A usable wick
  • Windproof lid with hinges in solid working order

Are Zippo lighters collectibles?

Many Zippo lighters can be considered collectibles, due to the fact that they're worth more than they were originally sold for. However, just because the item is old doesn't mean that it's a collectible. If the unit is both rare and in good working condition, the asking price will probably be on the higher side.

What's the difference between Zippo lighters and other reusable lighters?

Zippo lighters were designed to be windproof, meaning that the flame would stay lit in any type of weather. There are only two ways to extinguish a Zippo flame: by closing the lid or blowing on the flame directly from the top, so you'll be able to use your lighter in a variety of situations and climates. Collectible versions are available with a number of unique designs that often depict advertisements from everything from Ford automobiles to Jack Daniel's whiskey.

Are used Zippo lighters less expensive than new ones?

Not necessarily. While perusing the Zippo eBay section, you may notice that some of the lighters are more expensive than others - even those that were made around the same time and are similar in design. Still, it's unlikely that the cheaper units are being sold off because there's anything wrong with them. The difference in pricing likely has more to do with supply than with function since rarer units are bound to fetch a higher price. If you're buying the lighter for everyday use and not as a collector's item, then there's no reason to dismiss the less expensive ones. Just check the specifications to make sure that all the necessary parts are included.

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