People collect comics for many reasons. For some, their comics were a treasured collection that started when they were children and that grew with them. For others, comic collecting is an investment -- they purchase entire collections or rarer first print single comics. When you decide to sell your comics, there are many reputable options online and offline that will help you get the most money out of your assets.
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Check with local comic shops. Many comic shops and card shops will buy individual comics or entire collections. Speak with the manager or owner of the shop to find out if they offer cash or credit. Comic shops are more inclined to buy older or more rare comics to supplement an existing collection. Your local yellow pages should have a listing of local comic shops. They are sometimes listed in the phone book as card shops.
Sell your comics at auction. You can choose to sell your comics at online auction sites such as eBay or you can check with local auctioneers. To find local auctioneers in your area, you can look them up online at auction listing websites. If you plan to use an online auction service like eBay, you can check prior auctions to estimate how much your comics are worth. Local auctioneers will advertise your comics by listing them in a bill of sale available to auction-goers.
Find comic book conventions in your area. These conventions are held all over the UK throughout the year. Many comic book convention dealers will buy individual comics or entire collections. If you have an extensive collection and are unsure of the value, conventions are a great place to speak with experts who can help you appraise your comics as well. Comic shops often have lists of the dates and places that conventions will be held.
Consider placing an ad in the classified sections of newspapers. Many serious collectors do not advertise when or what they’re buying, but they are always on the lookout for sellers. When placing classified ads, make sure you submit the advert to several major newspapers around the country. Classified newspaper adverts are relatively cheap and sometimes free. You can submit your advert online to most major newspapers. Collectors are willing to pay top whack for the right collection or comic. The buyer will even pay to ship and insure the comics.
Tips and warnings
- To keep your comics at their optimal value, store them in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight in polythene bags designed for comic book storage.
- If you have an extensive collection or rare older comics, have them appraised and graded by a professional before you sell.