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    Moderns that are heating up on ebay!

    I'm 39, I exercise 5 times a week between a variety of sports (hockey, baseball, squash) and strength and cardio (gym, yoga, biking). I consider myself in very good shape for my age, but lugging these boxes is still very tiring, regardless of how good of shape you are. I just don't think it's worth the effort lugging 50 cent boxes, again maybe it depends on your show but I ran this experiment for 4 months and realized it was just not worth my time. The worst are guys that spend an hour in them to dig through for a number 1 issue you purposely left in there as part of a run of 5-20 comics that you left in there, thinking someone would buy the whole run. I put a stop to that, I created cheap sets of readers that averaged $1/piece give or take, but the sale was for a higher dollar amount because I'm forcing the buyer to buy the lot and not cherry-pick. Also, there were a few months I was running these 50 cent boxes where I had unlimited space.....it was lugging the damn things back and forth that was super annoying.....just dealing with 50 cent boxes took time away from me bringing and pricing higher-priced books, bagging/boarding personal stock, listing stuff on ebay, etc. etc. Sorry for the rant, if 50 cent books work for you guys, then definitely keep doing it!
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    Moderns that are heating up on ebay!

    I should also note that I often dump longs and shorts at around 40-50 cents each, I often throw in some minor keys in there so the buyer is getting good stuff. I can dump a recent collection much quicker that way....
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    Moderns that are heating up on ebay!

    The floor is limited for a number of reasons: 1) having people dig on the floor inhibits people looking in boxes, space is limited. 2) If I wanted to put boxes down there I would put boxes of discounted trades/HCs, which sell far better and at much higher margins than discount bins. My cost is about as lean as it gets, it's just not worth the hassle lugging those boxes, storing, sorting, pricing, etc. I'm guessing you're not a dealer? There is significant time and energy that goes into the show, the preparation is several time multiples to the actual event time...just like going through collections, it is very time-consuming....
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    Moderns that are heating up on ebay!

    5-10 boxes of $1 books take up A LOT of real-estate; you have to understand it's huge effort to lug and haul those boxes. I had a stack of 50 cent books I was bringing to early shows and even though I was dumping them on a free table I brought, and was moving a fair amount of them, it wasn't worth the effort.....I only have one $2 box, it moves well but it's stuff you cannot find anywhere else for $2...bigger shows where it costs serious money to setup at it's not economically feasible to bring dollar boxes.
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    Got a comic room??? Showcase it here!

    Looks like batman will crank open that window and catch some crooks in the park!
  6. These are great! And who knew that superman was a foot guy!
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    Selling CGC Keys from Canada

    No way dude, bring them across the border so we can all read about it in the news.
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    Selling CGC Keys from Canada

    Oh actually, they might think there's drugs in the comic slabs. Just to be sure, they will have to break the book out of the slab, and start tearing away pages to inspect for contraband.
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    Selling CGC Keys from Canada

    If you were bringing books like the OP has, several thousand dollars worth and didn't declare it you're talking a very serious offense. And don't take the guards lightly, don't think they won't ask a pile of probing questions, if they see comic books especially graded ones they will take the time to research them on the internet to find their approximate value. I have a former roommate from university that worked at a Canadian Border crossing. He told me a story of scanning through, page-by-page the internet browsing history of a guy's laptop - I think he had some kind of illegal porn or something on there. Meanwhile while this search of books is going-on you're sweating it out thinking, why did I ever start that thread sell my CGC keys from Canada....
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    Selling CGC Keys from Canada

    Great story, an even more better story would be if it was a comic guy bringing slabs!
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    Selling CGC Keys from Canada

    That's what I meant, maybe I didn't phrase it correctly....there's a huge risk if you don't declare this, you're bringing (importing) goods across the border from Canada into the US, it's clearly illegal if you don't declare them.
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    Selling CGC Keys from Canada

    Your plan is to bring books across the border to ship out of the US....better hope you don't get caught!