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Friday, December 16, 2011

Where To Buy Comic Books Offline

With the advent of the internet, no longer is one just subjugated to buying comic books from their area. However, there are advantages to buying comics in your local area than on the internet. Here are some of the best places on where to buy comic books offline.

Local Comic Dealer: Many places still have a local comic book shop. I'm fortunate to live in an area where I have three comic shops just within 10 minutes of where I live. I recommend buying comics from your local dealer, especially key Silver Age and Bronze Age books. In this case you can look at the books and make sure you're getting what you paid for.

Always have the comic dealer show you the high value comic book him or herself. Ask to look at it and if they can show it to you. Don't look at the condition with your own grubby paws. You just may mess something up, because many Silver Age books needed to be handled extremely delicately.

What's the disadvantage? Like I mentioned before, you're only regulated to what books your local dealer has. In some areas, like Tennessee for example, I had to travel at least 40 minutes to one comic shop. So if the Silver Age pickings were slim there...too bad!

Comic Conventions: If your area has an annual comic convention, this is a great place where to buy comic books offline, and it's fun, too. People do cosplay, there are dealer booths all around, and there's a ton of key issues to find at comic book conventions.

Unlike the online world, you can also have dealers show you the grade of the book, having them flip through each page to allow you to see exactly what you're getting. You definitely don't get that on ebay.

Craigslist: A lot of people use craigslist now to sell off their collection, or at least pieces of it. Sometimes you can find really great deals. Other times, some knuckle head has it in their skull that they're going to make a lot money selling mid 80s to present comics for full guide value. Good luck, buddy.

I've found quite a few good bargains on craigslist, so it doesn't hurt to look there. Even though, it's an online venue, you still have to travel to see the person so you can inspect them for yourself, unlike purely buying comics online.

Flea Markets: I use to sell at flea markets, and it was, indeed, fun. What did I sell there? Comic books. When I sold there, a lot of people found great deals from my booth. The only problem was I wasn't selling Silver Age or Golden Age books.

I remember one guy asking me, "You got any Silver Age books?" I just gave him a look like, "Dude, I ain't that stupid selling those here."

Finding high value books at these place is getting increasingly harder to find. More people are aware that comic books can be valuable. So don't expect finding a lot of Silver Age comics for dirt cheap. A lot of 90s books and probably some Copper Age if you hunt enough. However, if you just like reading comics or looking to fill in gaps in your collection, someone selling comics at a flea market can provide you with a cheaper alternative in doing so, as opposed to your local comic dealer.

Garage Sales: Once again, trying to find high value books here for a decent price is slim to none, but if you like reading comics or collect Modern Age books, you'll find some really great deals here. Buying comics at garage sales is a perfect place to haggle, as most are just trying to get rid of stuff they don't want anymore.


So there they are, some of the best place on where to buy comics online. If you haven't read my previous post, then be sure to visit the link to discover where to buy comics books online.

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