The old saying “you have to know something before you can ask an intelligent question” aptly applies to you when you are buying a banjo. If you have no background knowledge about banjos, what questions do you ask about what to buy? How can you know what to ask?
There is an unprecedented demand for Deering banjos right now that has raised several issues.
The plectrum banjo is popular with jazz players for several unique qualities.
What do these two things have in common? More than you might think! Why do we even buy new shoes? I have a friend who has a terrible time finding shoes that fit properly. When he finds them, he buys multiple pairs so he has a spare when they get worn out. While I am not suggesting you buy multiple banjos all at once (though I would NEVER try to stop you), finding a banjo that “fits” properly can be an issue.