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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Can You Haggle With Comic Book Dealers- Buying Or Selling Comics?

Whether you are buying or selling your comic books, you should know the answer to the question of, "Can you haggle with comic book dealers?"

The answer is absolutely, but remember there is smart and dumb ways to haggle and a few factors should always be considered and researched.

For instance, if you want to buy that Hulk 181, you should know that this bronze age comic book is pretty high demand, and haggling on a ridiculously low price will just get you laughed out of the store.

On the flip side, if you are trying to haggle in selling and you have a bunch of junk that isn't in high demand don't try to haggle the price up. If you have key issues that are in high demand and want to sell to a comic dealer, do research on your collection....ALWAYS!

Know the grade and try to get 2nd or 3rd opinions from different dealers on the grade if you don't know how to grade comic books. Always research the price at the books' grades. Remember, you wont get 100% guide value when selling to a comic book dealer.

That's why you will need to know the things listed above to determine if you can or can't get a better price for your books selling them on your own. Research it on ebay as well and see what auction prices are ending at your books particular grade. If you can make even a few dollars more after all the ebay and Paypal fees on particular books you may have, list them.

If not, you can always try Craigslist before trying to sell directly to a dealer. Selling directly to a comic book dealer is ALWAYS my LAST resort. If you are on good terms with a particular comic dealer and know them quite well, you can always strike up a consignment deal. They usually take 25% of the sale price, however.

Remember, this works both ways for selling and buying. If you've got an eye on a book that isn't quite in demand in the current comic market climate then of course it puts you in a better position of haggling. If you walk into your local comic shop and see that same book still on the wall for the last three months or more, try to haggle the price down.

Lot's of times, comic dealers want to get rid of books they've been sitting on for a long time. So Can You Haggle With Comic Book Dealers? Always try to won't lose anything. All you have is to gain,  especially if you hit a desperate dealer at the right time.

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