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Hi, luvs!

I have several boxes of comics I'm planning to sell in the near future. Have any of you sold comics? If so, how did you go about it? I know Ebay is a resource but I can't afford the fees nor do I have a scanner to put up pictures, so that's out. Is the local comic shop a good place to go, or will they severely under-price my collection? Have you sold on-line in places like dusty_corners? I am thinking of buying the Overstreet Comics Guide for prices, and to try and evaluate the condition of the books. Some books are from the '70s and others from the '80s. They are mostly DC, but I have some Marvel and Archies and a few other randoms.

Does Heritage Auctions look legit or is on the scam side? It's tough to know who to trust.

Anyway, any advice you can give me is welcome! I'll be selling more zines soon, too. I want to clear out as many boxes as I can in the coming months. Thanks!

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wabbitseason
Jun. 6th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
You might look at these people: https://www.mycomicshop.com/webuycomics

Friends on twitter have used them to sell their collections or at least trade in floppies for credit. You'd provide them with a list of what you have, they'll make an offer, and you ship it to them and they send back credit or payment.

I don't know what it's like where you are, but a lot of the stores here aren't interested in back issues -- they don't have the space or the ability to deal with them. I've seen Heritage but it's usually used for pricey Golden Age auctions.
bradygirl_12
Jun. 6th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, luv! That will be a resource I will definitely check out. :)

I noticed that about Heritage, too. Sadly I do not have an original Action Comics featuring Superman. ;)
gilda_elise
Jun. 7th, 2014 10:14 am (UTC)
I've sold some on eBay, getting about $1 apiece for them since none would be considered collectables, though they're all bagged and at least "very good." I don't get much interest from the LJ selling groups or those on Yahoo. There's a local comic shop I keep meaning to try out but haven't yet.
bradygirl_12
Jun. 7th, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
I might try my LCS for some of them. And Ebay just isn't practical for me. When they started, it was a good place to sell things, but I hear from people now that the fees are ridiculous.

Some of the comics will have to be dumped because of their condition but that's just a small portion of them. I love my comics and plan to keep one box but eight boxes just isn't practical anymore to keep around! :)
jen_rock
Jun. 8th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
My mom and I had a tag sale this weekend to try and clean out the basement. I put out a box of duplicate/unwanted comics but I didn't really expect them to sell. This guy came along who said he'd just got back into collecting and he bought the entire box for $10. I was pretty happy but comics are hard to sell these days.

Midtown Comics in New York buys comics but they're a big three-store chain. Most smaller stores aren't likely to pay much if they buy it all. I've never sold anything on eBay but it probably isn't worthwhile unless you have something rare or you're selling them as a lot.
bradygirl_12
Jun. 8th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
It seems as if I only own things of no value! :)
ava_jamison
Jun. 10th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
I would avoid Heritage Auctions. Several people I've known worked there, but all but the most um... distastefully greedy one quit. I also interviewed there (before I knew what they were like, but oh boy did I find out on interview) and did not like them one bit. Very very bad feelings about their practices. I feel like they'll just try to take your money and run and they don't appreciate the items - they could care less about your stuff. It's all about money.

About this suggestion I know much less, but have you looked into Etsy? I did a year or so ago and I'm about to set up shop there again. Sadly, I haven't done my homework there yet this time around (and I'm not selling comics, it will be crafts and vintage clothing, if all goes to plan) But anyway, they didn't use to take a fee until you sold it, and it was much more reasonable than ebay's. Also I think setting up shop there was free. A lot of people who used to sell on ebay moved there because of ebay's fees. Hope whatever you decide works out well for you! (And etsy does have comics listed. Go here: https://www.etsy.com/search/vintage?q=comics&ship_to=US
bradygirl_12
Jun. 10th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ava! I hadn't thought of that! I have some new sources to check out. :)
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