Selling Comics Online - What to Sell?
When I began selling comics online back in February 1997, the internet was a different place from today.  Back then there were a few hundred websites selling books.  Almost all of them fell into two different camps.  One group sold mostly silver and golden age comics.  They specialized in harder to find comics that generally were expensive.  The other camp carried new comics.  The offered subscriptions and sold the books that were hot at the moment.  I knew that I was closing my comic store in a year, so I had no interest in selling new comics.  I also knew that I did not have a big selection of silver and golden age comics and did not have the desire to search for them.  So instead, I decided to do something different.  I decided to offer low priced comics that were good reading books.  I did not put a big emphasis on condition, but instead wanted true readers.  I filled a niche that was not being filled.  I also found that I could go to almost any comic show and find a near endless supply of comics to resell. 

My basic plan for the comics that I bought to sell on my site were that I would buy them for a quarter and sell them for a dollar or more.  I would make money on volume and high profits.  It did work well and for six years, I increased sales each and every year.  But after awhile, I decided that I would rather step away from selling online.  While I did good sales, I found the amount of time I needed to commit and the return on the investment did not equate.  There is alot of time involved in going to shows to buy comics, sorting the comics, inventorying them on the website and then adding them to your inventory.  I also had to update the website every time I had a sale or added new comics.  I had to email people, mail packages and more.  With the large selection of comics that I had, I needed a storage facility, which meant pulling comics in the cold of winter or the heat of summer.  So I ended up selling off my comics to one buyer and the video games to another buyer.  But I kept the site as an information site.

Enough about me, you want to know what comics sold well for me online.  Here are some comics that I found regularly in the  bargain bins and sold very well on the website.  Some will be pretty obvious to you, but others may not be.  If you are planning on selling online, consider some of these as they are a great way to make money.

Anything Movie or Television Related
If it is a television series or a movie, there is a very good chance that there are some fans out there.  I cannot tell you how many Star Wars comics I picked up in the quarter boxes.  I would sell the new ones for $1.50 each and they sold.  Star Trek comics did not sell as well as Star Wars, but they were still consistent.  Just avoid the awful Malibu series.  Stick with the DC Star Trek books and you will be safe.  Others that do well are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, GI Joe (they are much harder to find now than when I first started), Transformers, Thundercats and even odd stuff like The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy.  I would even do well with stuff like Quantum Leap.  Some of the best deals I ever got were the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  I used to get those for $0.50 each and sell them for $2.50 each and sell out.  I even sold out of all the Saved by the Bell comics that I could find.

Anything Horror or Sci-Fi
While many of these are movie based, there are quite a few that are original series.  Both genres have a ton of fans and they are always looking for stuff.  A few that sold very well are things like the Deadworld series.  I was always able to find these dirt cheap and they sold fast.  Some of the Pacific Comics series would do well.  The Twisted Tales and the rest would sell fairly quickly.  But they are not as easy to find as they used to be.  Just make sure the books are done well.   Anything with vampires especially sells well. 

Manga Based
Pretty much any Japanese comic series would sell well.  I was able to find a steady supply of Robotech, Star Blazers, Fist of the North Star and others in the quarter boxes.  Every so often someone would come along and spend $500.00 to $1,000.00 on them.  I used to sell most for $1.50 each, with the bigger ones for $2.50 (the ones with the $4.95 covers). 

Funny Animals
The Disney stuff always has sold and that will always hold true.  But you do not see as much in the bargain bins as you used to, but every so often you will come across a big stock of them.  Buy every one you can afford.  Also the Richie Rich, Casper, Little Lulu and others sell and sell well.  All the Looney Tunes do well.  I picked up a bunch of the Looney Tunes cheap and they were gone in days.  Animaniacs also sold very well.  The Simpsons are super hot but hard to find.  One you may not think would sell well but does is Boris the Bear. 

1980's Independents
I was able to get many of these as cheap as a dime.  I would put them at $1.00 each and they sold very well.  All the First Comics stuff would sell very well.  Nexus, Jon Sable and the rest sold very well.  Many of the odd funny animal ones sold well.  Stuff like the Radioactive Hamsters, Boris the Bear, Fish Police and Usagi Yojimbo.  Of course the Ninja Turtles sell fast.  If you get early prints, you can still get a premium for them.

Archies
I remember buying a huge box off a dealer at a show.  He was tired of carrying them.  I got something like 300 comics for $20.00 (around $0.06 an issue).  I put them up for $1.00 each and easily sold over half of them.  It also got me looking for more Archie comics.  The nice thing about them is that someone will come along and buy $20.00 to $30.00 worth at a time. 

I hope this helps.  I found that by selling on average of half the value of books, I could sell them quickly and still make a nice profit.  I also found that if you asked a dealer for a better price on a whole box, you could get them even cheaper.  I could usually fit a little over 300 comics in the average comic box.  If you have the time and patience, you can find a ton of great deals in the bargain bins.  And almost every show has a ton of them.  Good luck and have fun!

       

 

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