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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Investing In Comics Online Buying Strategies Revisited

Alright, let's talk a bit about buying comics online strategies. I've detailed some of them in a buying strategies post I did a while back, but I'll expand a tad on it some more.

I've been talking a lot about how hard it is to find deals now concerning buying comics online and how over bloated prices are rampant and blah, blah, blah. However, there are still some deals out there to be found.

You just have to do a bit more digging and find over-looked keys and over-looked grades as well as places that still have deals, coupons, and sales. I've detailed some over-looked key issue comics in my most recent Vault posts. There's a reason I have that section and the last reason for it is to brag.

So, with my last snag of Showcase #24, 3rd appearance of Silver Age Green Lantern, I found that online and got it for quite a bit under guide. Do I consider it a long-term investment comic? Sure, I do. It's in my Vault for the long haul and I have no plans of dumping it any time soon.

Yes, for some older and more important key comics, I still prefer slabbed copies if I can find a good deal on them. It all depends on the key comics in question.

If it's older, there is a higher chance it might be restored, or it could be an over-graded copy. There's always a chance a seller didn't properly look through the entire comic to check for all sorts of defects in older books.

In cases concerning comics like Showcase #23 or #24, I prefer the insurance of getting what I paid for. Like I mentioned, it depends on the comic in question and what I can get for it.

In a few posts, I've talked a lot about eBay Bucks and Quadruple and 10% eBay Bucks special offers. This is one of the ways I get key issue slabs cheaper, but I've got to buy in order to get those.

In my earlier and original buying strategies post, I talked about Double Dipping. Now, I spread that out a bit more. Instead of one big purchase, I break it up into various purchases if there is a Quadruple eBay Bucks or 10% eBay Bucks promotion.

For example, if I snag two slabs at $400 bucks each, I'll get $40 eBay Bucks back for each of those comics if it's a 10% promotion. Simple enough and the total is $80 eBay Bucks back when that coupon arrives.

Usually, I'll set aside a $1000 budget and go to town. I can buy several purchases, one large purchase, or two purchases like I did with the Fantastic Four #52 CGC 6.5 and the Fantastic Four #44 CGC 9.4 NM, which was an over-looked comic at this grade at the time.

Don't get me wrong here. With that method it still takes careful buying online for sure. As I've said before, it's better getting something back you can use to chop down the cost of another comic on your want list as opposed to just a thank you. 

Signing up for eBay Bucks is probably the best thing I ever did in terms of buying comics online. If you've yet to do this, I highly recommend you do.

If you really look hard enough to find over-looked keys and sellers online that still offer good deals or reasonable prices for some key comics, they can be found. As for big key issues or ones already swept up in hype or scarce in the market finding good deals might be harder, especially for CGC copies.

The key is I look for over-looked keys and grades for certain comics like Showcase #24 at CGC 5.5 FN- or Fantastic Four #44 CGC 9.4. I detail all sorts of reasons why and how I snag certain key comics in the Vault section. 

There's deals all around online still and not just on eBay. You just have to hunt and find your sources when it comes down to finding comics to invest in and key issue comics.
Also, look to see if a site has coupons or sales running. NewKadia has sales running all the time for comics. Just click the link to find their 24 Hour Sales Page. 
Everything at one point or another gets out of reach. Hell,  I'd love the highest graded Action Comics #1. Actually, I'd love all the highest graded Golden Age Batman keys, and I highly doubt they'll ever come down drastically enough for me to afford them. I just accept it and move on or find other options in my comic investing quest.

You can take a risk and go unslabbed if you really think a certain key issue comic still has potential growth or if you can get Instant Return. If you're new here and have no idea what I'm talking about concerning Instant Return, just click the link below.

Investing In Comics Buying Methods and Strategies Part 1
Another thing you can try is to wait for a peak to subside and get a key on the downswing before it hits another peak. I've discussed peaks before as well.

It's always best to get a key issue comic well before any hype. That's always been the case. I don't have to keep saying that, but I will.
There's also comic lot snags you try online too, and you can get certain comics cheaper. Only problem is that the hype has even made buying comic lots more expensive on average. Most of these lots will be raw comics and more often than not in the lower grade realm.

Still, you can find ones with higher grades in them - mostly the FN to VF range. It will be a hunt though for sure, and there is risk. I highly doubt that most sellers actually go through them and make sure all the pages to every single comic are there and no ads or coupons were cut out.

That painful risk can be especially true if some dude got a huge lot of comics at an Estate Sale and says in the listing that they nothing about comics. Can we say buyer beware?

Buying online comic investments is still very viable, but just remember that peaks usually happen online a lot quicker. There is a reason this era is called the Information Age after all.


  1. i wish i could use e bay bucks:(( its only available in the usa.

    1. Where are you at? I wonder if the market is big enough, not just for comics, but in general and for a lot of items, that if you're country petitioned for eBay Bucks they'd expand on the program?

  2. Mayhem, I'd like to ask your thoughts on this (especially since I know we're both X-men collectors). X-men #4 buy now or wait? It's already shot up from DoFP and I'm pretty sure that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be around for a movie or two. So the big question is do you think that post Avengers 2 the book will come down some or will it only go up and stay up?

    1. X-Men #4 is an early X-Men comic that has the first appearance of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants for one and the first appearances of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, whom are two very popular X-Men characters and Avengers characters also. Not only just that but it has the 2nd appearance of Magneto as well.

      When you're asking that...all comics fluctuate from year to year or even month to month and it also depends on the grade as well. Yes, the comic just might cool off after the movie, but it is and has been a desirable and solid key X-Men issue. Also, Quicksilver is set to appear again in X-Men Apocalypse so demand will still be there for his first appearance.

      9.6s and 9.8s and even 9.4s there's no telling what will happen with those, because there's absolutely nothing to regulate those prices. It's purely blind demand as those grades are not listed in the Overstreet Price Guide so gauging how they'll perform is harder.

      Would I buy an X-Men #4 9.2 for $9,000? Absolutely not. $5000+ over guide? A bit too much for my blood. However, X-Men #4 is still in a peak and most are keeping their copies in their vaults instead of dumping. I have personally passed on the book. As much of a fan as I am, I do not want to pay the prices currently for that book.

  3. Mayhem -

    Just finished reading this saga. Wow! You delivered a lot of information. Some of it I already knew / figured out, but lots of it is tasty new food for thought. I cannot stress how valuable I find your articles. Thank you, and your associates, for sharing the knowledge. I am certain there are many more readers in the dark benefiting from your words.

    Keep up the good work!

    - Craig Coffman