If you’re a comic book collector and you want to earn a few bucks, it’s important that you know how and where to sell your comics. With a few simple tips, you can increase your return and become more profitable.
The comic book industry is a burgeoning one. What used to be a niche for geeks has scaled into a very serious space for collectors. And if you know what you’re doing, you can command some serious money in return for your investment and time.
But if you’re like most collectors, you’ve probably seen wild swings in prices and values from one place to the next. So your question is, how do I get top dollar for my most valuable comic book? And though there’s no simple cut-and-dry answer, there are plenty of factors that come into play.
Here’s a look at some of the top tips you can use to get top dollar for your comics.
There are two basic ways to sell a comic book: in store or online. And where you sell has a significant impact on how much you’ll get in return for your comic book. While convenience is certainly a factor, it’s not the only element to consider.
“Selling in a store means dropping the price so the store owner can then sell the book at a profit,” Quality Comix notes. “The store owner may try to decrease the purchase price even further in anticipation of potential buyers making a lower offer. When selling online, it becomes possible to sell directly to the buyer with the help of an auction site.”
Think of it like selling your car. If you walk into a dealership and offer to sell it to them, they’re going to pay you less. (After all, they have to turn around and sell it to their customers. If they pay you the same price that their customer pays, they won’t make any money.) But if you sell it on your own through Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, you get to price it fairly and keep all of the profits.
You can always sell a comic book online through a dedicated comic book sales platform, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or any number of other channels. However, the best way to maximize profit is to build your own captive audience and sell to them.
Audience building is something that everyone should do. And the best place is on your own personal social media profiles. Facebook and Instagram are natural places to begin. By slowly building yourself up as a trustworthy and knowledgeable figure in the comic books industry, you can attract followers who are interested in purchasing comic books when it comes time to sell. This gives you instant demand and sets the table for generating maximum value.
There are always going to be high value comic books – the ones that people want. The problem is that they’re few and far between. The rest of your comic book collection might sit weeks or months before someone decides to buy a certain issue.
One strategy to liquidate your inventory and bring in more money is to bundle your comic books together. People see value in quantity and will be much more likely to purchase if they know they’re getting multiple issues in return.
- Partner With the Right People
Why not join forces with other comic book collectors and industry insiders? Comic book clubs and private exchange marketplaces can be a great way to maximize your enjoyment in this hobby and simultaneously bring in a little cash for your most valuable books.
Just because you can get top dollar for a comic book, doesn’t necessarily mean today is the day. Comic book collecting is often laced with memories, nostalgia, and personal value. Consider whether the timing is right, or if you get more value and joy from simply owning your comic books.
As historical price trends have shown over the years, you might even consider doubling down and buying more comic books. It all depends on your goals, wants, needs, and financial situation.