While many people use craigslist to increase collections that they have, I am surprised to find out that there are not very many comic book collectors that are taking advantage of the possibilities. As a comic book collector who has reaped the benefits of craigslist, I can explain how you can increase the value of your comic book collection with little effort, and as cheaply as possible.
At three recent comic book conventions, a group of college students took polls to see how many comic book collectors used craigslist to increase their collections. They were very surprised to find out that only about ten percent of those that answered their survey used craigslist to find sellers, or buyers of comic books.
There have been multiple times in which I have posted ads in the, “Wanted,” section of craigslist pointing out that I am a collector who is looking for comic books. Each time that I posted an ad, I received at least thirty responses back in the next few hours. Most were from people who had no idea how much the comics were worth that they had, and just wanted to get rid of them.
In one such instance, a woman had three boxes of comic books that her son had left in the house years ago. She stated that since she had not spoken to her son for over ten years, she just wanted them out. Without even looking at the collection, I offered the woman $50. She was more than happy with this, and stated that she did not want to go all over town trying to find out how much she could get for the collection.
In this instance, I made out fairly well. While there were no major winners in the boxes, there were many issues that I did not have that have gone a long way to completing some run collections. Through condition I would say that the market value of the comic book collection that I bought off of craigslist was probably worth about $500. Not bad for a $50 investment.
Often, if people want to sell their comic books, they will post them either in the, “Collectibles,” or, “Books,” sections. A collector who is searching craigslist for comic books should look in both sections. Currently in my area (Detroit), there are about 30 listings for people selling comic books in the area. In many instances, the former collectors are selling the comic books well under the market value due to the state of the economy. They want these items moved fast, so they are hoping that a collector can jump on them.
About a dozen time, I have seen people posting comic books in the, “Free,” section of craigslist. Just like the woman that I told you about previously, many of these people are interested in moving the comic books as soon as possible to make room for something else, or because they are moving. Even if the comics would not fit into your collection, grab them because you might know someone else that would buy them.
Many people post on craigslist when they are having a garage sale. They will usually list comic books since they know that some of us will go out of our way to take a look. I have been to garage sales where people are selling all of the comic books for a dime or a nickel. While they might not be in the best shape, these make great reader copies. Plus, you never know if you might find a diamond in the rough thanks to craigslist.
Keep these ideas in mind the next time you think about adding to your comic book collection. craigslist is a great tool to finding deals that you might be talking about for years to come. You might find an issue that would fill a certain run, or you might find a rare copy for next to nothing.