Comic books are serious business. Conrad Vosloo of Kraaifontein has around 300 comics listed on Gumtree, South Africa’s biggest online trading site, and says he’s contacted by interested buyers almost every day.
He has been trading them for over four years now; “I started buying and selling anything that I could make a profit from – watches, furniture and other bits and bobs – but when I saw the amount of money there was to be made in comics, I started to specialise.”
The world’s most expensive comic was sold for $3.2 million (R48m) on eBay, Gumtree’s sister site in the USA. It was an original copy of Action Comics #1, which introduced the world to Superman and originally cost just 10c.
Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing for Gumtree SA, offers six tips for getting the best price for comic books on Gumtree.
- Know Where To Look – browsing comic price guides online can give you an idea of what your comics are worth.
- Know the Condition – creases, yellow paging and marks all affect pricing. The better the condition, the higher the price.
- Take Your Own Photos – using your own images when uploading your comics for sale online will generate more interest than an ordinary google image.
- Give Proper Descriptions – when searching, collectors look for very specific comic editions. Ensure that you include the title, issue and volume number, publisher, story arc as well as characters mentioned in that specific comic.
- Sell Collections Together – selling a collection attracts bidders and gives the potential buyer the impression of a bargain.
- Be Tactical – when the new Avengers movie was released, thousands of comic book iterations popped up all over the net. Buyers paid extreme amounts for them.