Sold: Fables complete set

This post is for historical purposes so I can track how much I have sold my comics for.

So this was my first real foray into selling some comic books.  I had finally got around to reading all 150 issues of Fables and realized that I wasn’t going to be re-reading them anytime soon so it was time to give them to a good home.

Behold, the entire set in all its glory!

Now, I have sold video games before on Ebay and Vero made me realize I should try and sell them on Kijii first so I can avoid the hassle of shipping and paying fees on Ebay.  It worked out for the most part.

This time around I had placed an ad on both Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace and there were no bites.  A couple of months went by and I was trying to figure out how to ship 150 comic books on Ebay before I went ahead and posted it.  Then THE SEQUEL was getting close to being born so I didn’t bother doing anything more about it.

Kijiji took my listing off automatically after a few months but I had forgotten about the FB marketplace ad and out of nowhere someone from Montreal contacts me wondering if they were available!  He even drove to Gatineau to pick them up.  I had my good pal Benoit handle the transaction as he lives in Gatineau.

So, all in all, it was successful sale, it just took awhile to get going.

I did learn a few things in my first sale though:

  • It looks like selling comic books is NOT the adventure I had imagined when I was 13 years old.  The world has changed.  Now people can either have trade-paperbacks or digital comics on their iPad.  There is a very small minority actually collecting comic books.
  • Knowing that, I really have to price things accordingly.  From what I’ve read on forums, if you want to get rid of your comics, you have to price them really low (except for the ones you know that are valuable of course!)
  • With 10,000 comics in storage, I know that maybe 5% are going to bring in a lot of money.  It may be hard to get rid of others priced at $1 a comic!  That’s a tough pill to swallow when I was paying $4-$5 a comic book.  But much like going to the movies, I have to realize that I’m paying for entertainment and if I can get some money back, I should be happy with whatever I get.
  • I’m now contemplating what to do with my actual valuable comics.  Do I get them slabbed for future investment sake?  I’m not sure yet.

$150 for 150 comic set.  Definitely took a loss on this one considering I’ve been buying most issues priced at $2.99 or higher.  I suppose most of the sales will be like selling at a garage sale.

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