thehumantorch

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  1. Margins on keys are tough. If you buy a collection that contains some keys and lots of bulk you may get the keys at a decent margin because the seller doesn't want to do the work to sell the commons. But there's a new generation of 'collectors' who are buying keys as speculation or as an investment and many of them don't have runs of books. They can easily sell their keys on facebook or ebay or walk them around a convention offering them to dealers. I've been paying 90% of market for strong keys. If it's a book I don't mind keeping for my collection I might even pay 100%. Watch for other dealers who've had a bad show and might be receptive to a 75% of market offer on a key or keys.
  2. Books that are moving best are large coffee table books and books dedicated to popular artists with lots of great images of their work. But also moved some reprint hard covers and other assorted books. The key to us is that they display quite nicely in boxes on the floor with the spines up so people can bend over and scan quickly - never underestimate how lazy customers can be, the easier it is to browse the more customers will buy. We've always found the space under our tables hard to sell from and we've finally found the ideal items to place there. The collection we bought also included Overstreets from # 2 to current and I sold $150 worth to one buyer.
  3. Variety is important. I try to bring something for every comic buyer who comes through the door and I want every one of them to drop money off at my booth. $1 books, sets, 50% off, GA, SA, BA, CA, MA, variants, Dynamic Forces, wall books, run builders, it's all important. Wall books are big sales but sometimes those buyers don't show or they're not buying what you're selling. $1 book sales are pure gravy but sometimes you don't move enough and a big wall book or a couple of nice sets pay the bills. And we're always looking for new formats to sell. We had a bunch of trades that had accumulated from collections over the years. Tossed 3 boxes of them on the floor under our booth last year with a $5 each sigh and sold 1/2 of them to another dealer right away and a bunch more trickled out. Proof of concept, trades will sell at a comic show if priced cheap. The last collection we bought had tons of hard and soft cover books. At the last 2 shows we tossed boxes of them on the floor under our booth with the spines up. Moved about 100 of them for a rough average price of $20 per. Proof of concept, books about comics will sell at a show. The last collection also had tons of magazines and fanzines. Took 4 boxes of them to the last show and sold quite a few. Proof of concept, fanzines and magazines will sell at a show. Which reinforces another concept. Unusual inventory is important. I love bringing stuff I've never seen and nobody else has and I love bringing stuff I think is cool, if I'm crazy enough to want it there's probably other guys who'll feel the same. And when a buyer finds something they like they won't find it in any other booth.
  4. I like to put the Title, Issue #s, year published, and if the run is a complete run so they know they're getting the entire read, and price
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    New Collection We Looked At

    Well said. As we go through this collection and other collections we can't help but think about the person who built the collection and the amount of time and love that went into it.
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    New Collection We Looked At

    Ain't that the truth.
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    New Collection We Looked At

    Everything he bought was related to an artist he collected, most notably Steranko but also Gulacy, Stevens, Boris, and a bit of Jack Kirby If Steranko attended a convention, was mentioned in a fanzine or magazine, etc, this guy bought it. If his art was on a card, tshirt, book cover, toy, he bought it. There are tons of price guides, books, other research materials with bookmarks at spots that mention Steranko and I'd imagine he used those to track down everything Steranko related.
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    New Collection We Looked At

    Cool, thanks Chip
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    New Collection We Looked At

    Jehovah's Witnesses I think. It's all about the evils of comics..... Can't find any for sale.
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