Buying and Selling

cb7Collecting comic books is an inherent part of buying comic books. Once you start to buy comics and amass a certain amount, you have a collection. The depths of which you go to collect and protect that collection can be widely different. Collecting comic books can be a fun hobby and generally consists of buying, selling, and protecting your collection.

Buying

There are many ways to acquire comic books. The easiest comic book to find is going to be the newer ones. The most likely source of comics is to find a local comic book store and find what you like. You can also find new comics at large, “one stop shopping,” stores, toy stores, book stores, and some corner markets.

If you are looking for older comics, you also have many options. Most comic book stores carry some type of back issues. You can also find older comics on auction sites like Ebay, and Heritage Comics. Also look in newspaper ads or online posting sites like www.craigslist.com.

 

Selling

 

An obvious choice for selling would be a comic book shop, but they will not be able to offer you what they are actually worth, as they need to make a profit as well. You can also try to sell them on auction sites, but be warned, you need to make sure you are very forthcoming about the condition know how to protect your comic books during shipment.

1. Visit your local comic book shop. In addition to their racks of current titles, many comic shops also feature boxes of older comics as well as bagged rarer issues. Buying from a comics shop may cost you more than from other sources, though, because you’re also paying for the dealer’s overhead.

2. Deal with an auction house. Some estate sales may include a collection of older comics, and auction houses also provide a way to advertise a collection you’re trying to sell. However, these promotional services come with a price, which usually includes an auctioneer’s fee; many auction houses therefore prefer to deal with older, rarer comics.

3. Advertise in newspapers and trade publications. General-circulation newspapers and specialty trade publications are both places to advertise that you’re looking for certain comics issues to add to your collection or that you have issues to sell.

4. Check out second-hand markets. A number of second-hand bookstores and flea markets sell comic books as part of their inventory; many of them also buy comics to resell to others. You can also buy comics at yard sales.

5. Go to comic book shows and conventions. Conventions dedicated to comic books began in the late 1960s, providing comics fans the opportunity to buy and sell comics, as well as to meet their favorite writers and artists and the actors who have portrayed their favorite characters. Smaller shows run a half-day or full day, while larger conventions run 3 to 5 days.

The largest comic convention is Comic-Con, held in San Diego in July. Other major comic conventions are held in New York and Chicago.

If you can’t make a comic book convention, many science fiction conventions feature a comics programming track and include one or more comic book dealers among the vendors in their dealers’ rooms.

6. Go online. There are several ways you can buy or sell comics online.

Many comic book dealers have online storefronts. As with brick-and-mortar comics shops, however, you may be paying for dealer overhead as well as the comic book itself.

You can buy or sell comic books through online marketplaces such as Craigslist or Amazon.com or auction sites such as eBay. In addition, there are specialized comic book auction sites as comiclink.com and comicconnect.com.

You can network with other comic book fans through online communities and forums devoted to comic books. These forums will provide you with the chance to learn more about the comic medium and get advice on where and how to buy and sell comics.