Sunday, April 13, 2008

Just Something to Think About"

You know, you don't have to spend a LOT of money to have a lot of good, newer comic books (or, in some cases, even OLDER ones). Here lately I've won a number of auctions on line for good size runs of various comics and have spent less than $50. even counting postage costs.

And I've won, in return, at least 75 comics total. For instance, I won a full fun of the Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil limited series for a mere $3.99. Had I purchased these seperately the cost would have been more than $25.

I've won a set of the first 14 issues of the current Blue Beetle series for around 5 bucks, and retail that would have been over $40.

15 misc. issues of Powers V1 & 2 for $2.50

The Golden DC Dr. Fate mini series 1-5 for .99,

29 different issues of Big Bang Comics for $1.99,

And from the 1980's the first 9 issues of Charlton Bulleye for less than ten bucks.

And there's no secret in how I did this. The keyword is simply: patience. You've got to remember that if you get outbidded on some comic or group of comics on an on line auction site (such as eBay), that there are hundreds more sellers that'll eventually put a similiar item up for bids. When the number of people that have already won a lot of such obtains the item, 99.999% of the time, they just aren't going to bid on that item again, right? So it finally gets to be YOUR turn to win, and then it's usually at a minumum bid (which is what I've won ALL of these books by).

I save a lot of money by doing this. I don't get a chance to visit my regular comic shop but a few times a year, and when I do, it's more than often on a special day they're having, such as a sale where back issues, etc. are discounted.

I win auction by minumum bids all the time, in fact, just by being patient. You just got to realize your spending limit.

For instance, you could put 40 different bids on lots that cost .99 each. Odds are that aren't going to win them all, but the ones that you do win, you got for less than a buck each. Before you start doing this however, start looking at those postage fees. They may be as high as $8.00 or more. So you need to figure out how much the grand total will be to keep your head above water, and also, you may actually be able to buy the items cheaper at a comic shop individually than pay the postage fees, especially on newer comics which the shop may still have at cover price (or just a little above).

A newer comic will cost you many times at least $3.00 a copy, so if you want the buy them at a comic shop and there's 5 issues in the run, then there's at least $15. you'll have to shell out. It's in cases such as this that on line auctions may prove (as they have many a time for myself) much cheaper.

Just something to think about when you're buying comics.

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