101 Tips in Selling Your Comic Book Collection Correctly 2020
101 Tips For Selling Your Comic Book Collection
Are you trying to navigate the waters of selling your comic book collection? Fret not! read this guide so you know what you’re doing.
Are you looking to sell your comic book collection?
Giving up your comics may be an emotional separation for you. After all, you’ve probably spent many hours absorbed in the stories of your favorite comics.
But once you’ve decided to sell your collection, it’s important to do it the right way.
This means finding a good home for the collection. For many collectors, it’s important to know that the comics will continue to be enjoyed by other enthusiasts. However, you also want to make sure you get a fair price for the comics.
To help you navigate the waters of selling your comic books, keep reading this guide for everything you need to know:
1. Offline or Online?
One of the first decisions any comic-book seller has to make is whether to sell offline or online.
The advantages of offline sales are that the buyers can experience the comics themselves before they purchase.
Examining a comic book hand is super important for many collectors because comics have many moving parts that affect condition. It is not like a baseball card where you just have front and back. You also don’t have to worry about the failure of the postal service to deliver your comics to buyer/s or deal with the potential headaches, of returns, packing & shipping.
Because of this, you could try selling your comics at the local comic store or to a local back issue buyer. Most stores like to keep strong stocks of older issues.
However, you should always remember that brick and mortar stores are dealers. Therefore, you’re unlikely to get the absolute highest price here. Dealers need to resell. It all depends on how much time you are willing to put in. Are you better off just getting a job at Starbucks & selling and bulk and being done? Probably.
If you have a large and impressive collection of comic books, you may consider purchasing a booth at a convention. This really depends on the extent of your collection because a booth can be quite costly. Booths can cost hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars. Local shows are often much cheaper than large well known shows such as New York Comic Con or San Diego Comic Con.
If you’re looking to make use of online sites, your first stop should probably be eBay. You might get a little bit more money, but on the flip side, you have to deal with shipping, returns, annoying buyers, & pricing everything absolutely correctly.
If you choose to sell online to retail customers, you discourage some buyers because there are customers who will not buy online at all. On the flip side, the internet provides unmatched reach. The only reason inventory does not sell online whether to a dealer or to retail customers is price.
The biggest mistake people make is they think they can achieve similar prices to major power sellers on eBay, which simply is not true. A strong following takes years, even decades to build. People don’t know or at a minimum remember John’s shoes but they do know Nike, Adidas, & Puma (thanks to Pele).
If you’re not successful on eBay, you do not know much about comics, don’t want to start another job, or just don’t have a strong online customer base & following, you might want to try out Dylan Universe Comics.
2. What’s the Condition of my Comics?
Most comic collectors take good care of their collections. However, only slight damages or creases to comic books can have an impact on the price. It’s important to be clear with buyers about the condition of your comics.
While many sellers claim that their comics are “mint” condition. However, in many cases, this is rarely the truth. Check out the video below discussing this widespread myth that has been BUSTED.
Comic books are currently graded according to a number system. Near Mint is assigned a grade of 9.4 and up. These are books that at first glance have no flaws, no creases, tears, rips, or stains. There can be a few spine ticks but that’s it. We see a lot of comics from the 80s and up in this grade and seldom earlier.
Average 1950s & 1960s comics grade around VG/FN aka a 5.0 out of 10. This is usually due to one main major defect such as marvel chipping, subscription creasing (when a comic was mailed bent in half so it could fit in the mail more compactly to save money), a piece out, or a tear.
Here is what a subscription crease looks like:
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Sometimes we see comics in their perspective average grade for the time period, but they can also be nicer or more often worse.
Here are some signs that will impact how nice (or not nice) your comic books are:
They are likely to be in nice condition if they were:
stored in plastic, protective, cardboard, moderately dry environment, cool crisp air, temperate with low to no fluctuation, they were not read much
They are likely to be in rough condition if they were:
Not stored in plastic or protective cardboard, moderately wet environment, hot air, wild temperature that fluctuates a lot, pests (watch out for rats, termites, moths & silverfish) nearby, ignorant family members, people who like to recycle or are out of firewood, they were read over and over again & then you took a pen colored Batman in, then took a stapler & restapled the hell out of the spine like a mad scientist!
Nevertheless, it’s important you accurately grade your comics. If you grade them too high, they will not sell, yet if too low you leave a lot of money on the table (much more than if sold to a dealer because they know how to properly grade).
3. Storage & High Costs
Part of keeping the comic book collection in top condition is how you store it. You can keep your comic books in great condition in archival plastic bags and protective cardboard boards. These are relatively cheap to purchase and will aid you in them not getting damaged in transit or long term if holding for the long run.
However, don’t put your comic books in used/old bags. Yellow, sticky, and gross ones are a turn-off & make the comics worth a little bit less. Also, if left too long they can negatively affect the condition of the comics. This happens because chemicals from the plastic wear off through time & eventually penetrate the paper creating faded color and holes. It also doesn’t look great from a buyer’s perspective either.
Special (usually white colored) comic book boxes with a lid are the best container to put them in. There are several reasons for this specific contraption. Firstly they are stored upright not flat which will prevent rolling of the spine & staple wear long term. Furthermore, the wide cardboard blocks damaging rays from the sun which can fade and age the paper. Those boxes are also universally stack able & make for the simplest of storage because they are a simple unit: 1 long box. Stack them in rows of ideally 3, and alternate the direction they go in when going up a level. Your awesome skills at jenga might have more than one use!
Next, you need to figure out where the boxes will go. Can you store them in your house/apartment? Do you have a friend or family member who can store them for a while? Most people choose to rent a storage unit. Beware. These generally run a couple hundred dollars a month easy. Usually, selling to avoid these rampant costs is your best bet. Storage units can be huge money losers.
4. Proper Imagery
Many comic book sellers simply search online for the comic book they’re trying to sell for an image and use that one as a stock photo. This is generally seen through collection logging apps such as Comic Book Database. The problem is that the images are hard to access and give no indication of condition whatsoever. If you have a large collection then it can be quite time-consuming going through every single one and taking a photo.
However, by taking individual pictures of each comic book, you demonstrate trust and seriousness to the buyer. This is especially the case if you’ve opted to sell your comic book collection online.
I definitely would not recommend taking photos of all of them, because I value my time. Rather, reach out to your potential customer/s and see which ones THEY think should be photoed to look at. It doesn’t matter which ones you think; It’s what THEY think. After all, they are your customer/s, right? Work smart, not hard.
5. Detailed Descriptions
It’s important that you accurately and extensively describe the condition and contents of each comic book product, especially if attempting a retail sale with no experience whatsoever (which is very very challenging).
Many buyers are quite sure exactly what they’re looking for. By providing detailed information about the comic book, you make it easier for buyers to find you.
Some online sites require a minimum number of words or characters. If this is the case, you need to make use of the space by only including essential information. This should usually include the title, the issue number, the volume number, and the publisher, as well as, the general story.
Hashtags for the issue # along with a major appearance or event that happens in that issue are both good pieces of information to include.
Don’t include nonsense in the titles, such as dashes, commas, quotes, GREAT, or AWESOME, or NICE CONDITION; They only make your result go DOWN in the search results. You want to have as little information as possible. Most online sites, (including Craigslist), are search engines. Google does not like dashes, because people don’t search for dashes! Who would you put higher up and thus more relevant? The person who is more or less relevant?
You also need to avoid typos and do a final run-through before you publish. People will think you are a moron if you spell “Batman,” wrong. Also, make sure to upload the proper images of that listing correctly. If you make a spelling mistake, the search engine might not pick it up. Improper images, make a buyer go right past you.
Sometimes including the province or story behind the collection can command a small premium. It will make your collection stand out. People love a good story.
6. Separate by Value
Many dealers also find it useful to separate the different comic books in their collection into groups according to value.
It makes no sense to file a group of comic books worth around a dollar, with one that’s worth $100. They are being sold to totally different kinds of people. One is a reader, the other is a collector.
You might also try to sell some of the $1 comic books for a single grab bag price. This makes it easier to sell comic books that don’t grab the attention of buyers (which is the type the market is supersaturated with). However, most grab bags should not contain any more than 50 comic books. Make sure to theme them to achieve the best price. Also, price them much lower at the beginning to start growing your following. People then know it is good and tell their friends. It’s why so many collectors sell to dealers when they want to sell an entire collection: They don’t have the customer contacts or the following.
If setting up at a convention, you should have your expensive comics segregated, and ideally behind the table. Theft is a real problem at these gatherings. Comic Book dealers typically have a “wall display,” which holds them up in the air sorta like a display case. This achieves showing off the individual comic books that are worth much more yet making them less susceptible to theft or shady characters taking the entire box to look at.
I also recommend making your boxes of “stuff,” on the tables flat priced point VS individually priced. This has a few benefits. Firstly, you do not need to stick to everything which saves a lot of time. Second, customers enjoy buying comics that are all $1, 2, $3, or $5. It is just so much easier. Don’t advertise discounts because con buyers are very aggressive and will try to chisel you down. Make a posted price with a sign you can print off a word doc & stick to it. Don’t be an asshole, though. Nobody likes them. Make sure to discount something for the customers. I like rounding down a little. So 52 $2 books @ $104, is 100 bucks. I also happen to have really really good comics in my $2 bins. I did not always, and in those days, I was more motivated to discount more. This stuff is extremely common, and there is a limited amount of shows; Consequently, there is a lot of value in selling the common ones at shows because there is no other second place alternative.
If you are considering tagging them at $2 for the same type of stuff, hope I’m not there because we bring a LOT; I’m your competition. If you want to tag them at $3, consider purchasing wholesale from us as we do have certain packages we build for many stores worldwide. If you want to tag them $1, consider not even going to the show, paying rent, pricing, or doing any work etc; We’ll make you a strong offer on the whole group.
7. Group by Storyline
A group of comic books that have corresponding issue numbers can be sold as a bunch.
Many buyers are looking to build their comic book collection. They may be interested in buying sets to collect at a faster rate. Important short stories, such as Infinity Gauntlet are collector favorites that although don’t have a ton of value and are not worth as much as a couple years ago, they are still worth more generally as a set.
This also makes it easier to sell more comics at once. Even if there is an issue missing from the storyline, trying to sell comics in bulk vs one by one has many advantages including better cash flow, & less time invested. Time is money.
8. Sell your comic books in two groups
Many comic collections have tons of very cheap comics and a few expensive comics. Certain flea market vendors love buying long boxes of comics that they can put out retail for $1, or $2 each. Different people need different comics. Some people sometimes sell their best comics to us and then unload the rest in a bulk deal with a flea market vendor or they have a garage sale with the remaining comics for sale.
Not all comic books are created equal; We deal a lot more with collectibles vs readers. Generally the older & nicer condition the more likely the comic book is collectible.
This happens most often when the seller bought those comics generally in the 1980s & up paying full cover price. As soon as it was bought, the value dropped considerably.
Breaking your comics into 2 groups allows for you to attack an additional marketplace easily.
9. Sell Comics All Together (if Possible)
Selling your comic book collection all together at the same time certainly has its benefits.
After all, if you need to get rid as fast as you can, then it makes sense to sell them all at once to the same buyer. This usually works, but sometimes doesn’t. I would recommend this option to anyone who found them, has low cost in, needs them gone very soon, or has a lot. Selling yourself online and at shows is very dreamy and almost never works out well because either the comics get priced too high or low, or you spend so much time on each one you would have been better off just getting a job at Starbucks. Time is money. The amount you have into them DOES matter.
Sometimes collectors will pay more for complete runs & sets, vs individual issues. If the story is eight parts & they can get all eight together they will generally pay a small premium.
10. Attack with Social Media
When it comes to selling comic books, social media can help a lot. People are increasingly looking to social media sites such as Craigslist, Let Go, & Facebook to sell and buy stuff.
There are plenty of Facebook groups on selling comic books and Twitter profiles to follow. However, you often need to apply to be accepted into these social groups.
On social media, you may even find out that a friend of yours who likes comic books is interested in buying a bunch from you.
Be careful as some of these groups can grow quite toxic. There are definitely lots of low offers, wanna be purchasers who do not pay, shaming, teasing, & annoying people there. Only go this route if you have insane patience, but not the patience of someone who is insane!
I would recommend LetGo because it is by far the simplest to use and has no toxic annoying subcultures. LetGo usually works the best for crap 90s in a small quantity.
11. Tackle the Annoying Pile of Comic Books
By the time you wish to sell your comic books, you definitely have a collection with quite a lot of darn paper you don’t know much about. You might have stacked them all in one place and in no particular order but setting out time to sit down and organize and group them is the best way to begin selling them!
If you have someone looking at the collection, you should not organize it because they will likely organize it completely differently then you will.
Creating a list is not always the best way because time is money. Often, sellers spend the most time typing up the ones that have almost no value! Give an expert a call to check out your collection first so you don’t waste your time.
12. Separate by publisher
Different comic books are published by different publishers. Some of the common publishers are: Marvel & DC comics. Your buyers may have developed a liking for a specific publisher’s works hence grouping the books by publishers will help you serve your buyers well.
There are certain collectors who only collect Marvel, vice versa for DC. Including which publisher/s your collection has in the title of the email/classified listing allows you to make your collection more palatable to them.
13. Separate by country
Sometimes buyers may not know publishers by name as there are too many comic book publishers in the market. Most of the publishers are in the USA hence separating any foreign published books from the US published books may help you assist your buyers easily. You’ll be surprised to find an international buyer who only needs comic books published in a specific location. USA comics are generally worth the most. Certain Canadian comic books known as Canadian Whites from the 1940s do have value.
Foreign edition comics are worth a fraction of the originals even if they came out only a year or a month later. The foreign department of the publisher would make a few changes to the content including language, and take different stories from different part publications and mash all together. It was great for the publishers because they did not have to pay all new money to create a new comic book to sell.
The vast majority of buyers are in the USA, so expect your foreign comics, especially if higher value, to be worth a fraction of the USA versions.
Currently, the most similar foreign versions are from the 1960s-1970s in the UK. They do not have many differences whatsoever. The cover price generally says 9d (9 pence-which is about 12c in today’s exchange rate) if from the early to mid 1960s. On the contrary USA versions say 12c for 12 cents. They also generally include a small off set publisher which basically was the same publisher but in a different country. For example, Marvel often said zenith. The interiors pages are exactly the same as the USA.
The current retail fair market value is about 75% of USA ones.
The wealth of the country (measured in GDP) definitely plays a role in the percentage of retail fair market value proportional to the USA. This makes a lot of sense, because the more GDP a country has the more money the citizens generally have to spend on non-necessities such as comic books.
Rarely, foreign comic books can be worth more. This happens when the character originated not in the USA making it NOT a reprint. You might remember the Smurfs cartoon growing up as a kid in the 1980s or the tiny plastic figurines you played with. The Smurf actually are from Belgium comic books. Spirou #1071 the first appearance of the smurfs from 1958 is worth a huge multiple of Smurfs #1 from 1982 Marvel Comics USA version (retail is $5).
Even if you don’t have the 1st smurfs from 1958, your foreign collection can still have value especially if it features reprints of important first appearances. The key here is to not have unrealistic expectations by looking at the market for USA versions.
14. Separate by era
The date of publication helps you know the age of publication of the book. Comic books are most often divided into 6 different age groups:
– Platinum age – These books were published between 1897 and 1933. They all have value. Big Little Books, Tijuana Bibles, & Mickey Mouse Americana however, do not have much value at all-They used to though. The collector demographic has changed a lot since the 1980s
– Golden age– These books were published between 1938 and 1956. They all have value. Anything, graphic, weird, or with Superheroes usually has value. Cartoons such as Looney Tunes, or TV/Radio shows these days have nominal value. The collector demographic has changed a lot since the 1980s
– Silver age- These books were published between 1957 and 1969. They all have value. Superhero ones are by far the best especially if the first appearance of a major character. Usually the earlier, the better. Also, Marvel usually is worth more than DC because of the movie derived wide audience market.
– Bronze age- These books were published between 1970 and 1983. The vast majority of these have a bit of value. A few certain ones do have nice value though.
– Copper age- These books were published between 1984 and 1991. The vast majority of these have nominal value. A few certain ones do have value though.
– Modern age – These books were published past 1991. The vast majority of these have nominal value. A few certain ones do have value though.
Comic Books printed between the year 1897 and 1956 are highly sought after as they are rare to find. They cost quite a dime especially during auctions.
15. Original or Restored?
Restored comic books are cheaper than the original books. A comic book is restored when it is either glued, photocopied, trimmed, marker/paint added, pieces added, chemically cleaned, sealed with glue, or re-glossed. You should be truthful to your possible buyer on the condition of the book before selling it.
Selling restored comic books as unrestored when in fact you know it is restored is highly frowned upon in the comic community; It’s deceptive & unethical.
Tape used to be considered restoration but it is not anymore. Strangely, glue is though. Furthermore, if the added materials do not change the condition of the collectible at all it should be noted, yet it is not restoration. Because what would it be restoring?
16. How to note condition
The condition of the book is really paramount especially when it comes to setting prices. In terms of condition, a comic book can either be: new, old, torn, discolored, etc. When selling online, it is important to state the honest condition of the book so you do not get a bad reputation.
Don’t give it a grade if you are not an expert at comic book grading. Instead, give the facts only of each comic book.
For example: “It has a 3 inch spine split right near the bottom of the left leg of Spider-Man going up to half an inch over the bottom staple. The bottom staple is fully detached. The top staple is fully attached. There are no rips on the interior pages. I’m not sure how to rate page quality so here is a pic of the first page & the centerfold under a white light so you can see what color it is. It has 16 pages inside. There are no coupons cutout whatsoever. All pages are firmly attached. Someone wrote a name in green pen on the top of page one. I’ve included a picture of that here.”
It is real work.
If selling in person, just show the customer any major problems the comic book has, such as restoration, missing pages, or a detached cover.
Some sellers would much rather sell in person versus online because the standard of showing condition is so much different. Photos are not necessary & the time spent on each comic book is a fraction. On the flip side, selling online generally happens faster because of a wider audience. Cheaper comic books ALWAYS sell better in person versus online. The cost of shipping is so prohibitive. A customer does not want to pay $2 plus $4 shipping. Even if the cost was $1 for shipping, that is an increase of 50% plus it is a lot of work for the seller. You can order groceries online, but you probably would not order a slice of pizza, or 1 hot dog online for the exact same reasons.
At conventions, some comic book dealers capitalize on this by putting their nice copy on the display wall & their beat up worn copy in the boxes.
Cheaper customers generally prefer to dig in the boxes & pickier customers generally don’t want to dig.
17. Hire a professional appraiser
This is a good move less than 1% of the time because the value added to the collection is not cost effective. On 5 figure & up amazing collections that are not being sold anytime soon, this can be a smart move especially if for insurance purposes. Because of fraud, insurance companies will often insist, or at a minimum discount your monthly charge if an expert performs a certified appraisal. If you are planning on selling your collection, paying for a professional appraiser is a bad choice. This is true because the appraiser needs to have a vested interest in the collection. A comic book is only worth what someone is willing to pay. The people who do not buy/sell comics but who do certified appraisals are usually not highly knowledgeable about comic books people. In addition trends emerge & change weekly especially in modern comic books. Additionally many price guides have messed up prices because they are not updated properly & the teams behind them are small & overwhelmed.
However, if you are looking to sell your collection, a free appraisal is most often your best bet.
18. Hire a 3rd party grading service
If you are new in the selling market, you should consider CGC and CBCS. They are professional grading companies that verify grades and check for problems such as restoration. They do not advise on pricing and best places to sell.
If you are not sure about the grades of the books, instead of overstating or understating the grade, consider seeking help from either of the two.
Most comic books typically cost with shipping & fees approximately $50 each. If you pick the wrong ones, it quickly becomes a money pit.
I almost never recommend a selling collector or someone who came into some comic books to get them officially certified. It’s rarely cost effective. The other problem is these companies are “consistently inconsistent” How do you know if they messed up? We have seen many times where these companies have given improper grades to us. When it was too low we crack them out and about half the time we are correct. The biggest problem is the person grading your comic books is probably only getting paid 50 cents to do it versus a large dealer doing a proper job is paying themself much more.
At a minimum, attempt to sell your collection raw & if it does not sell with some price dropping then get a few (the best ones) graded, not all.
19. Separate by genre
Comic books have genres just like any other publication. Some of the common genres of comic books are: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, War, Cartoon, Sports, Superhero, and Romance.
Buyers usually have a liking to a specific genre/s and hence separating by genre/ storyline will help the buyer find what he/she needs with ease.
Certain Genres also sell well together. Sci-Fi & Horror overlap well. War & Action understandably has crossover in customer base. Romance collectors generally collect romance themed standalone issues that are found in other genres as well.
The cover art is a great indicator as to what genre each comic book is. A guy & gal is kissing would most likely be romance; A comic with spaceships-SCI FI; Skeletons are Horror ETC ETC.
20. Separate by issue or volume number
You might be wondering, what is the difference between an issue number and a volume number? A volume number is the anthology that the publication has been circulated while an issue number is a subset of that volume.
Newspapers often make 1 volume each year, & the issue would be the paper that came out that day.
Collectors usually don’t even ask for the volume, they speak as if it is a given. Grouping your comics by era will help to alleviate a frustrated customer who wanted volume #2 not #1.
Especially, in DC & Marvel in the late 1990s issue #s continued upward even though they were part of the next volume. For example: Amazing Spider-Man #700 is actually part of volume #2 not #1. However, in this instance the volume is not of note because the issue is quite findable. Therefore, the volume serves no purpose to either the buyer or seller.
The more information you provide the more you can max out the price you will receive.
21. Truth about issue #1 of comic books
Issue #1 is the first issue of an original run of a comic book or comic book series. They are sometimes worth a lot if they are older (1930s-1960s) because they often have a first appearance.
As you plan to sell any early first issue you have, know that they can be worth some money.
BEWARE that comics from the 1970s to present #1s usually do not have a lot of value. This is because publishers cranked out so many of them to fill the collector craze. The print runs are so damn large making them insanely common.
Here is a great article that explains the crash of the comic book market if you still think your 1990s comic books have lots of value or are just curious. You can read about the shocking and surprising market crash that rocked the nation here.
22. Sell comics at shows via flat price strategy
Separating by prices is a good means of organizing. Most times, when someone is going to buy, they have a budget. Just as supermarkets have prices of things, separating for buyers in terms of price groups will give them an easy time and happy time shopping.
Separate in groups of $1, $2, $3, $5, & $10 each, under $100, & expensive.
This makes it easy for buyers because they generally know what they want to spend. It also saves tons of time because you do not have put price stickers on them.
You can also try blowing them out. For example comic books that are worth $5 we sell for $2. This is just too much bulk on the marketplace, everyone has a low investment in and it is STILL hard to sell a decent amount.
23. Make a List
Once you are done sorting your books, then having a list of the books you have is a good idea. Sometimes, it can be hard to look through a huge pile of books and lists are preferred. It might take time to compile the list especially if you have many comic books but it is a wise investment of time as your business will flow from then. If you feel it is too much work or you have an extremely huge pile that you cannot manage on your own, you could hire someone! Some people are expert typists. A great pool of people to ask is librarians or office secretaries that you are friendly with. They do the task you hate all day long. If you need to give them instructions or don’t want to go through hassle of asking and just do it yourself here is how:
24. Online List
Manual lists can be risky as they can be subject to tear or getting lost. With a digital world, having lists in the form of excel or google sheet will help you serve the online market well as they may need lists to select books they need. It is also easier much to edit the list when on the PC than manually.
Tip- When making the list, group the lists in only 2 columns to save time. Don’t include what they are going for online, or what first appearance it is. Comic Book dealers usually disregard this type of information and it will just waste your time.
Bonus Tip- Often times, the majority of the ones in the collection especially if 1970s to presents have almost no value. The best thing to do is contact a comic book dealer/store and show it to them. I’ve seen people spend months making a list. It usually is not cost effective on most of the stuff.
25. Research Correctly
Once you are done with the sorting and listing, then research is where you need to invest your time. Before selling your comic books, you ought to research on the market, pricing and selling means. Going blindly will make you incur losses yet comic books can actually make you some good money.
Always compare and contrast with other sellers of comic books. Familiarize yourself with the market beforehand and you’ll be good to go.
The easiest way to tackle this problem is to check sold listings on eBay. This is crucial if you do not want to have false expectations. You can find our video on the hard truth about finding retail value of comic books below: VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
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26. Get Advice
If you are new to the selling of comic books business, you might need help. Sometimes, using the internet may not answer all your questions or you might find false answers because of errors in Google snippets. Make those calls, write those emails or messages, just to be sure.
There are many companies that offer consultation services and will definitely help such as comic book buyers and comic book stores.
The biggest caveat most people blunder is they expect to get awesome advice for nothing and waste the expert’s time. Money talks. Here’s what I recommend. Ask for an appraisal and be upfront and say “you can take a few for free if you help me for 15 minutes.” You will see a crazy surge in the help of a comic book buyer in appraising your collection. Everybody likes to get paid and most are not willing to work for free.
Don’t make promises of getting them later, a good deal etc. Give them something to persuade them NOW.
27. Understand what really sells
A popular comic book is understandably worth a lot more than an unpopular comic book and vice versa. Old (1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s) is not always valuable and new is not always junk (1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s).
Is it Spider-Man or is it Gene Autry? Spider-Man is newer yet 100x as many people would rather have a Spider-Man comic book. Remember, age in an indicator but it is not the ONLY indicator of value to say the least.
28. Where is your market?
Knowing where your market is majorly located will help you know the best means for you to sell the comic books.
For instance, if you are based in the UK and comic books are on high demand in the US, then you should consider shipping services. Knowing your market’s location is part of strategizing on how to sell.
29. How much?
This is important as it will help you not to overvalue or undervalue your comic book. Prices of comic books can be found on other selling sites such as amazon, eBay or other online comic price guides.
Check for prices from other companies that sell or buy comic books such as Dylan Universe Comics.
30. Understand overnight trends
Most times, comic books are on high demand when either the creator of the comic book dies or when a character becomes a major motion picture. Be on the lookout for “Hot Books”. You can find a pretty decent weekly guide here.
CBSI is cool because they publish very new content that is timely and relevant vs most sites that talk about the history of xyz which is not timely. Most of the stuff is focused around flipper/reseller collector culture so I’d just focus on the recent Hot Ten list that you thought was junk in the first place.
31. Own an Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide
This is like a bible in the comic world. It hosts suggested retail askibf prices of original comic books in the market. Owning an Overstreet comic price guide used to be N important pricing tool guide as a seller of comic books; They are published annually. Nowadays with online guides and prices/trends that change daily an annual guide is somewhat obsolete. It’s a great book to own just for the history and all the categorical information such as the first app of etc. It has great information, not so much prices.
Regardless, of outdated prices, it is STILL a piece of comic book history that every reseller should own if you will be doing this for several years or more.
32. Online Price Guides
There are online versions of price guides in addition to print versions. They offer SOME similar results to the OSPG. A lot goes in a retail setting for half or a 1/3 of what the guide says because of market saturation. The #1 price guide in my opinion is eBay sold listings. It provides the most accurate up to date information for the widest variety of comic books and other items.
Here is a link to sold listings (please be sure to press sold before you click enter): https://www.ebay.com/sch/ebayadvsearch
34. Types of buyers
In the market, there are different types of buyers. Some are investors who buy to resell in the near future, some are collectors of highly rated comic books while others are collectors of random comic books.
It is therefore important to know your buyers and well and also your books well enough so as to know how to serve your buyers.
35. Make your price list
As mentioned earlier, having a list of all the comic books you wish to sell is important. I recommend circle cheap stickers and putting them on the upper right corner. Another method is to make a price list, which saves time; Just don’t lose it!
36. Set realistic prices
When setting prices, make the prices realistic. One of the major factors to consider when setting prices is the condition of the book. Do not place a high value on a book that is not worth it due to its dents.
37. Consider shipping fees
When you sell books to someone who is not in your location, then shipping fees are inevitable. When setting prices, it is important to incorporate the shipping fee in it as you might end up making losses incurring for shipping fees of a buyer. It takes research to know the shipping fees of various locations and as mentioned earlier, RESEARCH!
The buyer should incur the shipping fees and not you as the seller.
38. Consider postage and storage fees
If you do not plan to use a shipping company for your deliveries then you should factor in the price of postage fees and storage fees.
Postage fees vary on location. You should have a list of the possible charges. Storage fees for the books are also important as you would need to store and package the book very well before delivering it to the buyer.
39. Research payment methods
As a seller you should use a payment method that is convenient for both you and the buyer. Payment methods such as cash may not be convenient for online selling when the buyer’s location is very distant from yours.
Consider means such as direct bank deposit or PayPal as they are a guarantee of receiving and not being conned.
41. Have personalized discounts
It is human for people to be easily lured where the deal is good. To get people to buy your comic books then you should consider having offers such as “Buy 5 get 1 free” or “Free graphic comic arts with a purchase of 3 or more books”. This way, you will gain many buyers to yourself.
42. Let’s Make a Deal
Having discounts is also a type of personalized selling. Having 10% discount tags on books will make people see and buy more. The trick however is to set the original price slightly higher hence not make a huge loss or even no loss at all. Psychology of the mind, it is!
Storing your comic books well is a good tip to a long lasting book that won’t need restoration in the future. It is an investment. Some of the ways to store your books is:
- Plastic bags.
- Plastic covers
- Cool dry place- Temperatures should be between 18-22 degrees Celsius.
- Away from the sun- Too much sun could cause discoloration of the comic books,
- Boards- Store in non-acidic files.
Take care of your comic books!
44. Selling your comics books in bulk
If you are in need of some quick money, then bulk selling of your comic books is the way to go! However, you will not get as much value as you are selling to a dealer who needs to forgo a ton of work to make a profit.
Note that the more the books , the more the weight hence the more the fees you’ll be needed to pay such as storage , shipping, postage and the likes.
However selling to someone who isnt as far will have you enjoy the little you’ll have gotten from the bulk selling.
46. Sell the comic books in small groups
Many buyers would appreciate having a whole collection of a certain publisher. For example, having all the Amazing Spider-Man comics in order and in a full run is better than having just some. Some collectors are willing to buy an entire run at once which makes them slightly more liquid for you the seller.
48. Selling offline
There are many ways to sell comic books. Sometimes, selling online is NOT the best way espeicailly if there is a lot of 1980s to present. They have nominal value. Have a garage sale & sell em for 50 cents each. Promote your sale on craigslist.com, gsalr.com, & your local newspaper.
49. Selling to a brick and mortar store
Search for a physical shop that accepts second hand comic books within your location. They may be a little bit choosy as they would only want books that are on high demand like the very ancient comic books, but if you do have them, then they are worth the resell to.
Don’t settle for too low, yet recognize that time is money.
50. Sell to comic book dealers
Search for comic book dealers online within your location and plan for a meet up. The only disadvantage of dealers is that they will only buy the comic books at low prices as they themselves resell them hence are looking for room for their own profit.
51. Selling Comics at a convention
Be on the lookout for comic book shows being displayed in cinemas or halls. New movie releases that are also comic books. People who watch comic movies would love comic books as well. You would definitely find buyers from those who have watched the show.
The only thing you would need to do is seek permission from the owner of the cinema or hall to display your books after the show.
Seek for opportunities to sell.
52. Selling comics at neighborhood events
Some certain events such as flea markets, school shows and trade shows are a good opportunity to sell your comic books. Where there is a gathering of people, there is definitely a comic book lover.
You may be wondering, why a school show? Studies show that the majority of comic book readers are aged between 11 and 17. If you can find a boys school event, the better!
53. Auction house
You should be on the lookout for auction houses that accept comic books, once again, RESEARCH! Watch out for slimy auctioneers that do not make an offer on the items you are consigning. There is a lot of overselling and “talk” it can go for “high price here.” If they are not willing to make an offer, why should you believe anything they are telling you whatsoever?
Call a dealer get some money and be done. Don’t wait 3 months to get paid, some of these guys are bad news and you will have to chase them down. Personally, complications are almost always not worth it.
54. Estate sale
Estate Sales are perfect for comic books if you are having one anyway and what you have has nominal value. I would not recommend for a 4, 5, or 6 figure collection. It’s when it’s worth $200 and you don’t want to do any work and the estate sale lady is coming ANYWAY. The key is low value and low effort. Time is money.
55. Garage sale
Unlike estate sales, garage sales are much more DIY. They are only advertised locally to the local residents of the vicinity. Although the number of potential buyers may not be as much, you may get one person who is interested in many comic books. It is worth the try, try your luck! The key difference between garage sales & estate sales is you work more and get more money. Estate Sales are better when you have lots of antiques such as jewelry, furniture, crystal, gold, paintings and more. A lot of estate sale shoppers are Baby Boomers and want antiques not comic books. Demographically, you will do better selling comic books (especially if cheap ones) at a garage sale. You will get the same price as an estate sale and not pay a commission.
57. Selling online
There are many online websites that buy comic books. You should however be careful as not all sites are legit. When a buyer online seems to have many conditions and your instincts are telling you the buyer is fishy, please, think twice!
Look for a trustworthy means of selling your comic books and stick to it if possible.
58. Selling on comic book channels
Here are the pros/cons of each:
MyComicshop is great for investors who only want to sell when the comic book hits a certain price. It’s bad for raws especially cheap stuff because there is a minimum fee.
Shortboxed is great for Golden Age CGCs maybe, a few mega keys such as Amazing Fantasy #15. The user count is still somewhat low, something such as Amazing Spider-Man #300 is not a good choice. Try Punch #12. It’s great for stuff hardcore comic book guys want especially the instagramers.
59. Selling on Amazon (to people who read!)
You can sell comic books on Amazon by adding the product on the comic section of the book category. However, this isn’t the best option for a first time seller as you are most likely to incur lots of fees. Amazon is a good selling platform for graphic novels especially if you can do scale. Buy a barcode scanner to speed your operation up. Be warned, that Amazon is very harsh on sellers, worse than eBay!
60. Selling on eBay
Ebay allows for anyone to sell. You can sell your comic book on EBay by opening an account and posting photos and writing descriptions. People will bid, then it is sold!
It is however important to note that it is time consuming and has a lot of procedures and fees involved such as shipping fee which must be done within usually 24-72 hrs and PayPal fees.
Also, EBay allows for refunds and returns which might not be an enjoyable experience as a seller especially where distance is involved.
61. Selling on local classified sites and apps
A local classified site or app such as Craigslist in America allows for one to post the items or services they are selling on the site or app. You can also sell your comic book on the site with only one picture.
The risk however of selling on the local classifieds is the fact that you have a limited geo location of buyers who will want them. The buyers are also really really cheap and generally scummy people.
62. Auction sites
The same way there are physical auction houses, so are there online auction sites. The auctions charge premium fees of often 20% and higher of the amount of the comic books sold for. This may be a loss if your item wasn’t bid at a high price. They also charge the buyer a buyers premium & aggressive shipping which means the buyer pays less for the item (known as hammer price)
It is however a guarantee that highly sought books will sell at high prices. Auction houses generally don’t want anything unless it is crazy expensive.
BEWARE of lazy auctioneers lotting up your prized comic books into a few groups. Many auction houses are notorious for being super wholesale oriented. This can be worse than selling to a reputable dealer because your results are not guaranteed whatsoever and there are lots of fees that prohibit strong profit. With no fees on both the buyer and seller end this would be the selling method of choice. Unfortunately, there are a lot of fees.
63. Selling on online forums
There is a huge mob mentality where buyers gang up on people often spreading hate, fake news, & insults. It’s worse than Reddit. Go on there, if you dare…
This is really a system of the past from the 1990s when the internet was small and the market was different. Craigslist is basically the modern version, but even this too is obsolete.
64. Selling using escrow services or a broker
Above all, ensure that your means of payment is favorable for both you and the buyer. To avoid cases of shipping and not receiving payment which disadvantages the seller or receiving payment and not shipping which disadvantages the buyer, services such as escrow/brokers can really come in handy. There should be mutual trust in a relationship between a buyer and a seller.
Brokers/escrow really come into play with mega six figure transactions when each side wants to be very protected because that is a lot of money. Escrow services are expensive so think twice before using this selling comic book collection tip.
65. Take quality photos
When selling online, taking photos is one thing you often cannot escape if selling one by one & dealing with the mega headache.
Ensure you take photos that are high quality and with good resolution. Take the front and the back cover very clearly. Scans generally come out better than photos. The best part is it is hooked up to your computer so you don’t have to deal with an image hosting site.
Most selling platforms do not allow images with poor resolution so be sure to make a test listing BEFORE photoing everything.
Pro Tip: Taking photos with a white background allows for the image on display to be on focus.
66. Image hosting sites
You should consider image hosting sites as they have unlimited space for storage of images (sometimes for a fee, try to find a really cheap one or free version).
Once you upload the image on the site, you can retrieve it whenever you want. The sites also allow for direct uploads.
An example of such an image hosting site is google photos. First take a picture on your phone, then upload it to the image host. This is cool because it is much faster than emailing the pictures. It will save hours if you have tons of photos.
67. Detailed descriptions
Some of the things that should never miss in a description are: Title, genre, issue number, volume number and publisher.
If the site you are using to sell restricts for number of words in the description box, eg. eBay, then you should avoid using unnecessary words and use relevant keywords and words that you know will likely appear on the search engine.
Titles should be pretty short & descriptions should be pretty long. Most people do it all wrong and fail miserably.
As mentioned earlier, there are many cons and scams online. Everyone is doing anything to survive, literally. To avoid being a prey to such, ensure you seek help where you feel you are in a situation like such. Wisdom is necessary. Listen to your instincts and that gut feeling! If something is too good to be true, it PROBABLY is.
A few common scams include:
The mail bait and switch I did not get it routine*
The complain and get money back routine*
The send it to me, I’ll pay you for it after routine*
*These all come from shady people often not even in the USA. Dealing with a known comic book buyer/seller is very different because of some with strong ethics, reputation and the power of the press.
An unknown party with no community ties is always much worse than a known verified trusted party. It is totally worth getting a little bit less to call someone trusted especially if they take the whole group.
69. Delivery options
What next after you have sold your item? Delivery! You need to organize your sold comic books to reach the buyer.
Some sites may have their transport means but others may not. You should weigh all factors before settling for which delivery means to use. You could choose to use a delivery company, delivery person or even be the one to deliver. Choose what is convenient for you but if you choose a company, then look for a legit one. USPS, FedEx, UPS, & DHL are some of the biggest, and best.
70. Meet up
When deciding on a place to meet a new buyer for delivery, for your safety:
Ensure it is a public place- Places such as coffee shops, cafes, malls, restaurants and busy streets are good places to meet a buyer. If it is a large transaction, vet your buyer. People are not always who they say they are. Secret agents, wink wink.
If you sell on eBay make sure to select local pick up as a second option. This can potentially save shipping & dealing with any post office headaches.
71. Pack like a pro
Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Would you want an item that isn’t well packaged and looks mishandled?
Of course not.
Ensure that as a seller you package your items for your buyers well. Ideally, the comic book is in a bag and board. If not, this video shows you how to make your own substitute at home:
Make sure to make a cardboard sandwich when packing your comic shipping to the buyer. This ensures that it will not get bent by sloppy post office people. Pack it for a warzone.
Selling and buying is business. You should be able to show buyers the value of the product through your words. Convince them as to why they should buy yours vs anyone else’s one. Does it have a special provenance or story? Is it signed? Is it in a really nice condition? Great price?
Note that negotiating correctly involves honesty. Don’t lie, because it is wrong and will hurt you later. This is a tough business.
73. Deal too good? Think twice
Sometimes a buyer may try to make offers that will seem too good to be true. Wisdom is needed here so as not to enter into commitments that you may regret.
Take risks, but calculated ones.
Certain platforms such as eBay give an algorithm bump for accepting offers. They do this because they want to promote sellers that actually sell stuff; Selling items makes eBay money.
74. Know your comic books like a pro
Whether you are a comic book lover or a comic book investor or collector, it is important to know the books you have with you.
This will help you avoid embarrassing scenarios where you don’t have answers to buyer’s questions.
Know about the history, page counts, publishers, creators, genres, and storylines. Anything is possible if you put the time in.
75. Advertise on social media
When you begin to sell, people might not recognize you as a seller. It is only once you put yourself out there that people will notice you.
The best way to put yourself out there as a seller is to post on your personal social media accounts that you are a seller. Get the word out. Then buyers will see you. Because as far as they know, you don’t exist.
76. Tell your family & friends
Just as family is important, so are friends. Sharing your comic book selling expedition with your circle may bring you many buyers.
Everybody knows somebody who loves comics.
They will ask their friends and develop connections for you. Within little time, you will have many buyers who almost magically appeared. Ask them for advice on how to make your operation better.
Friends & family are your best free marketing team.
Offer them a few comics, some money, or good food for free in return for helping.
78. Good Communication
Communication skills are as important as a seller as you will meet many buyers who will ask questions and seek answers. Being the one who gives answers will need you to be good at explaining and elaborating things about prices, deliveries and so much more.
Anticipate questions and answer them before the customer asks.
People say you can’t read minds but they just don’t know how.
Just like any other business involving selling, mathematics is needed. FRET NOT! You don’t need algebra and geometry, all you need is basic mathematics skills involving monetary transactions such as percentages, and the normal middle school math.
Thank goodness, for you that there are calculators.
However it shouldn’t be an excuse not to know math as you might meet a buyer who will play math tricks on you. Be sharp!
80. Develop a strong reputation
As a seller, a reputation is important. Be the seller who delivers on time! Be the seller who replies to people’s enquiries so quickly they are surprised you responded that fast!
That way, you will have people always coming back to you.
81. Attend comic related events
As much as you may hope to only attend the comic events to sell, sometimes it may be good to attend those events as just an attendee.
Through interacting with others, you will get to market yourself as a seller and find people who are interested in books you have hence they become buyers.
Get out of your shell you introvert! You won’t regret it.
Make sure to write down the people you meet contact info also. Lots of communication is lost from one party expecting the other to do all of the work.
It’s also the secret for a strong social life with many friends.
82. Use hardcopy advertising methods
As a seller, advertising skills are crucial. Your name may slip off the mind of a potential buyer hence the need to have hard copy advertising means such as business cards or flyers.
They should be eye catching and have a brief description of what you have.
Lengthy posters may be boring.
Don’t forget to include your contacts, plug yourself!
Spread the word about……..you.
83. Handling your comic books with care
Handling your book with care will ensure it remains in good condition hence sells at a good price.
Handle your book with care, turn the pages swiftly, keep far from oils, food and water.
Wash your hands both before and after touching the comic books. Everyone’s hands have natural oil on them which can damage the fibers of comic book paper. Also, some gross stuff has been found on comics so you definitely want to wash your hands after as well. Bugs, dirt, & mold have been found. Do you really want that on your sandwich?
84. Stellar Customer Service
Buyers need support through the process of purchasing books. Everyone has different levels of computer literacy and some would need a little help.
Always be there for communication be it through emails, calls or chat. Be involved!
BEWARE, some platforms prohibit external communication. You can hire a graphic designer for less than $50 to make a logo with your phone number so you can message buyers with ease!
85. Cultivate relevant skills
Some life skills such as honesty and fairness are really important not only as a seller but also individually. It will make you a happy person.
Be honest about the condition of the books. Be fair when multiple buyers want the same book. Favoritism will leave all buyers filling much excluded. Carve up the pie equally so everyone can have some.
Isn’t it ironic that something you really need, another doesn’t want while something another doesn’t want, you really need?
Look for opportunities to trade. For example, you might be in need of a study table and probably that was the reason you wanted to sell the comic books. Although it may be hard to find a meeting of the minds, if you find someone who might be interested in what you have to offer for what you want, then grab the opportunity!
Trading with friends is always great because they are interested in being fair with both sides & do not have any evil intentions.
87. The Golden Mindset
Be willing to learn & improve ALWAYS.
Life is a learning process! Everyday above ground is an opportunity to learn. Whenever you are free, take the opportunity to learn more about the comic book industry. Learning more will help you achieve more and have more knowledge as a seller.
88. Check in with your customers
When you have sold a book to a buyer, it’s good to check up on the buyer. Ask them how they found the book, ask them whether they received the book, and if there are any other ones they are looking for. Keep a spreadsheet of their wantlist. In the midst of asking, ensure you aren’t nagging one buyer too much. Always be professional when dealing with the buyers.
89. Start small
When starting out, you may want to begin small to earn a good name in the market as the “Affordable comic book seller”. Steadily increase prices with time.
Be careful not to lower the price too much so that people doubt the quality of what you are selling.
90. Start with a great book in your collection.
When you have that unique book that’s been highly needed in the market. You should consider marketing it first, that way, people will follow you more as they believe you have a great collection.
A great book is rare & expensive.
91. Handling tough customers
It would not be wise of you as a seller to return rudeness with rudeness. Try to understand your buyers and understand what they may be angry about. The customer is not always right, but talk to them like they are. If it is something unreasonable, just say no. Your “f*ck you” ratio to customers should be 1 in 100 if that.
If it is something you can easily and cheaply fix, just do it. Customers love sellers that work with them and ramify any sticky situation.
It might take days, weeks or even months to get all your comic books sold but as the old saying goes, and “patience pays”.
You need to learn to be patient with the process of arranging, patient with the buyer who says they will send the money and they fail to, patient with delivery. Just patience!
There is very little luck out there, but if you work hard and are patient, you will do well.
93. Seasonal Selling Tactics
You may be asking yourself as a seller, when is the best time to sell the comic books?
Truth of the matter is during summer you will get less sales compared to during winter. This is because, during summer, many people are on vacation mode travelling on the beach side while during winter, people are usually indoors cuddled in bed and need a book as company.
However, all this boils down to personal preference, so if you want to sell your comic books, start NOW!
94. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
When you want to sell your comic books, it will be like going into the world of the unknown. Pretty much, this is something new you are doing and you have a huge collection but don’t know how it will be received.
Hope for the best, hope that you will get fast sales but also prepare for the worst , in that, you need to have many strategies on how you will sell the books.
The strategies are those above.
95. Who will you be?
Do you want to be an individual or a professional wheeling & dealing firm?
Will it just be you? Will your family help? Friends? Get a partner? Get 10 partners?
Decide on whether you want to venture into this as an individual entrepreneur or professionally with a team. Both will work pretty well but if you have a collection and less time in your hands then you might as well consider it as a professional business that may run even beyond your collection.
For tips on selling comics as a professional business, read along.
96. What’s in a name?
Decide on a good name for your business if you want to sell your comic books professionally.
When choosing a name for your business, it would be wise for you to choose a name that has the word “comic” in it. Think about it: if you want to search for a comic book seller, wouldn’t comic be the first word you think of entering into the search engine?
Let the name of your business be creative and triggering for people to not think twice about you.
Comic books can be a good investment especially as a business. As you sell comic books, you can also choose to buy for future resell. If you chose to buy, buy rare comic books that have historical permanence & are iconic. Those have the biggest chance of bringing you strong returns when you decide to sell.
I generally see the following mistake:
“Yeah, I overpaid. Whatever, I’ll just hold on to it for an investment until I make money on it.”
Ok, first of all, overpaying has absolutely nothing to do with investment. Cut your losses & stop acting like a big baby. Secondly, if you were buying for resale, you are not planning to hold for investment; They are two completely separate ventures.
Here is the compromise, I see some major comic book dealers do: I paid X. It is worth X+ $200. I’ll sell it as soon as it gains enough value that I am willing to sell it. Unfortunately, what goes up must come down. This buy and hold strategy has worked for years because of an upshifting market but investors were scared in 2017 when DCs nearly dropped to half of their previous sky high value. Buy it because you love it. If it’s an investment, create rules for when you will sell it so you do not become emotional. There is nothing wrong with not selling it, just don’t call it an investment if you are not willing to sell & create strict parameters like a day trader who works on wall street.
98. Advertising methods
Let the world know of your business. Advertise using methods that you know will reach a wide “buyer,” audience. Bulletin boards, craigslist, & newspapers are definitely a way you get people to know you and know about your business.
Never forget to give an eye-catching description about who you are in your advertisements. They could pick anyone. Why should they buy from you?
99. Start a website?
Great businesses are usually digital. You definitely want your customers to have an easy time on your website. Ensure the website is not complicated, however it must be well structured. User goes in, & does what you want them to do that’s it.
Educate people on all matters comic books. Teach your fans about the creators, the publishers, the several genres of comic books. Promote others artwork relating to comics on the site. Engage people! Would you rather visit a website that is fun, engaging, & serves a higher purpose OTHER than just selling you something? Of course you would. Why do you think Celebrities can sell the exact same product for a huge multiple? It’s the following they have created through time.
Also, try to find a good host whose response time is fast regardless of geographical location especially if you live on mountain terrain such as Colorado or Upstate New York. You do not want your website saying, “loading…loading.” Because that is just annoying.
100. Create jobs
No man is an island. Search for & wide for team members who will help you achieve your goals. You might want to consider website developers, writers, truck drivers, shipping experts, managers, people who used to run a business who owe you a favor, lawyers, robots, delinquent children, monkeys at the zoo, and even accountants to help you run your business. The best way is to find a partner who is better than you in one main area & who you are better than in the rest. Your business will thank you for seeking help!
101. Identify the competitors (and burn them)
Just kidding; Do not burn them. We are not responsible for any burning, or associated actions that may or may not take place.
Identify other comic book sellers and buyers websites and learn through them. Try and do the things they are doing and learn from their mistakes as well. Do not copy or plagiarize their content, remember that is illegal. Have a domain that shows it is a comic book business. Take something they do, & do it better.
102. Have a business plan
Have a clear plan and vision of where you want to be in the next week, next month and even next year. Plan and strategize on what you will do to get there. If you do not do this, your progress and growth will be very stunted. Let your business plan be your driving force & you will dominate the competition. It’s all you.
103. Price Strategy
If a comic book isn’t selling, drop the price or keep it.
Do not get angry or frustrated as to why some of your books aren’t selling as fast as others. For instance, in the late 1930s, some comic books then weren’t selling because of poor economic spending due to the great depression. Ironically, those are the ones that are most in demand these days because they are so rare. Your comic books will sell eventually. Don’t give up. Generally, the reason a comic does not sell is if it is priced too high. If it sells immediately, you probably priced it just a little too low. There is a middle, & finding it is the goal most retailers even have trouble with sometimes especially if they are not familiar with the comics they acquired. Doing extensive real prices that sold research and you being willing to leave a little bit of money on the table will get you very far.
104. Be flexible
Easily adapt to changes in technology. Do not be rigid towards the changes. When you are rigid, you won’t grow. Learn from others. The easier you evolve as an individual, the easier the business will thrive.
Include systems such as e-payments on your website where people will automatically pay through the website. Be open to giving a discount especially if your customer is buying a lot of product. Everybody likes a deal. Ask your customers how you can be better. Seek to please, but not every single person as you will cut your margins quite too thin. There will always be a couple problem people, but be nice to everyone.
Form connections with other comic book sellers, creators, buyers and even publishers through joining online forums and events with regards to the same. Connections come in handy for blooming your business because you will get recommendations from them. It’s a free customer network you probably forgot to consider. No ads in the paper, or billboards! This method is absolutely free. Leverage your connections to achieve maximum returns. The more types of customers you have, the higher price you can charge per comic.
107. Have realistic expectations
Be open minded. Do not expect an overnight sale of all your comic books at once. Yes, it can happen but choose to manage your expectations, don’t put them too high as you might end up being disappointed if it doesn’t happen. Be optimistic of course but also, realistic. Selling in a straight shot is very realistic, the only downside is price. It really depends on what is there and how much money you are willing to leave on the table. If you paid thousands upon thousands for Disneys and Westerns 30 years ago, you are not going to be happy; The demand has dipped. On the contrary, ff you bought Amazing Fantasy #15, you will be very pleasantly surprised!
108. Explore new worlds
Do not restrict yourself to only the big countries like the US or the UK. Diversify. Advertise your business to all people and offer shipping means all over the world. You’ll be surprised at how much people love comic books and are willing to spend even up to incurring the shipping fees. There was a dealer who bought comics at shows in the USA and shipped them back to Mexico. The shipping is crazy expensive BUT the prices especially on cheaper comics can sometimes be higher overseas because they do not have nearly as many. The demand is still pretty strong, however the supply is low.
When you’ve done all you can to sell comic books but still they aren’t selling for any real money, it might be time to donate. We suggest donating them to schools, children homes or even to resource centers. They’ll surely appreciate it and besides you’ll have impacted the community. My friend Carl has a great charity where he donates comics to Veterans & hospitals. I highly recommend him! carlscomix.com/category/comic-book-donations/
110. Heirloom Option
Always save heirlooms for your future generation, your children and grandchildren. Save your best. Just as we watch in movies that a grandmother gave a granddaughter a necklace, hand down your comic books. Show them what you loved. You might be surprised to know that love for comic books runs down the family. If there is a low monetary value this is a no brainer. This is usually true of small collections from the 70s to the present although there CAN be value if you are lucky.
111. Follow the above 100 and you will be good to go!
All the above are all with regards to selling your comic book collection. Be positive. Enjoy selling.
Selling Your Comic Book Collection?
Now you’re ready to sell your comic books.
With these extensive and hopefully helpful 10 tips, you can confidently go off and sell your comic books like a pro (play epic music). With this new knowledge in mind, get in touch with us to get the ball rolling with selling your comic book collection today.