your comic books on eBay.
The single most popular place on the web
for selling comic books.
Thousands of comics sell there every day. However, the big downside is that you won't get the best price
for your comic books here. eBay is like a huge garage sale. Everybody
there is trying to buy comics there at low ball prices. So, if you really don't know what
you're doing, you'll get robbed -- without a gun! So if you do use eBay
and are firm on your price, use a reserve price auction so that if you do sell,
you sell at your price....and if you don't sell at your price, no big deal...and it only cost you a
few bucks to try. There are basically two ways to sell comic books
on eBay, either individually or in lots. Due to the
way that they charge their fees as well as shipping costs it really
isn’t practical to sell items for much less then $10. Because
of this, most comics which would normally be sold for less then $10
have been grouped into lots.
(2) Sell your
comics on other less popular online auction sites like uBid.com.
doesn't attract as much traffic and as many eyeballs, this site can sell your comics and has
thousands of buyers that visit there everyday. It's also easier
and cheaper to use than eBay. No matter which
auction site you use, you must register and give a credit card number.
If you're underage,
perhaps you can get a parent to post a card. Otherwise, the auction
houses will accept checks and money orders.
your comics for free on Craigslist.org.
This can be a great resource for comic
sellers. You place free ads for your comics and you can sell them to buyers in
your community. If you live in or near one of the major cities (San
Fran, Chicago, Boston, etc), this is definitely a way to go. A
short classified ad is quick and easy to create, doesn't cost anything to
run and you can sell lots of your comic books in short order when you do
(4) Sell your
comics for free on comicbookclassified.com.
This is one of the newer and best free
online classifieds site for comic book fans! Your can buy, sell, trade your
comics on this site and ...even promote your auctions on eBay! Your
ads stay up for 90 days. If they don't sell, you can try it
again and again. Your choice.
flyers on bulletin boards to sell your comics.
If you don't want to
mess with the web and want to go low
tech, turn your list of comic books for sale into a one page flyer. Flyers are usually 8 ˝ x 11
inches, printed one color on one side – and usually gives a detailed
description of the comics you're selling. And you can get them
duplicated for ….pennies. Once you’ve developed your flyers,
you can distribute them a lot of different ways. Post them on public
bulletin boards in: colleges, churches, hospitals, factories, banks,
union halls, convenience stores and shopping malls as well as many
fraternal, ethnic and social clubs, under the windshield wipes on cars,
schools, laundromats, trade and associations, flea markets, and street
(6) Sell your comics
to a local retail comic shop dealer.
This is the first place many
people first think of when they want
to sell their comics. The problem with selling comic books to a
local comic book store is that they've got to make money on what they
sell to keep their store open. What this means is that they
won't pay you as much for your comics. So, you'll get a lower
price by going this route. However, there's a good chance
they'll buy what you have for a flat price if you have some popular
comics. Don't be surprised however to get offers for 10-25 cents
apiece even for the best comics you have. Here's a comic shop locator that
will help you find a comic shop near you. However, if you do
have comics that comic shop dealers want, there are three elements
determine the success of your sale: condition, condition, and
(7) Consign your
comics to a comic shop.
In some cases, a comic shop dealer will take your comics on consignment.
This means he will display your comics in his store or on his website
and will pay you only if they sell. This allows you and the
dealer to share in the profits for your comics. Typically the
profit split is 50-60% in favor of the dealer. But, everything
is negotiable. And this could be great deal for you if you are
selling some high priced comics. However, you should
agree in advance on the minimum price for each item, rate of
commission and terms for payout. Make sure you get the agreement
in writing, and make photocopies of your comics to avoid the
possibility of confusion or disagreements later on. the
advantage to consignment are that you have a voice in setting
prices and potential for a higher payout exists. The disadvantage
is that if you put 10-20 items up for consignment, the money comes in slowly over a
period of time and only the
better items to sell. With consignment, you agree
to take back any unsold comics.
a table at a local comic convention and sell your comics
I don't for the life of me know why more people don't set up at comic
That's where most serious comic buyers hang out. Just about every city or
town has either a large or small comic con that happens on the
weekends. It'll cost you about $25-$40 to set up a table. If you
have lots of comics you're selling, it can be very worthwhile.
You'll need to make sure that the show you want to set up at is right for
you, so before you pay the show promoter his table fee, ask a few
questions--or better yet, go to one of his shows. Analyze the crowd in
terms of quality and quantity. See if they look like the sort of folks
who would buy what you have to sell. Virtually all major comic
conventions can be found at
your comics at a local flea market.
Flea markets can also be a good option for selling your comics because
they are a
proven way to meet large numbers of prospects and potential buyers....at far less cost than most other ways of
selling. But there are thousands of shows ranging from trade shows to
conventions, expositions, state fairs, county fairs, church bazaars,
neighborhood festivals, chamber of commerce mixers and shopping mall
fairs. Check your newspaper classified section for flea markets
appearing in your community.
Have an auction
house sell your comics.
The auction house could be an option for you, but
only if you have a large collection or comic books that are 20-30
years old or comics that have real value like Golden Age Marvels or
DCs or Silver Age Spider-Man comics, for example. The auction house will have to promote, advertise and
pay staff to sell your comics Heritage Comics, Morphy
Auctions and Christies are all auction houses that specialize in
selling rare collections and have had great success selling rare comic
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Alan Collins is the author of many books and articles on
comic book buying and selling. More
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