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In the previous comic book value post I talked about using the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide as a source. I also discussed the problems with “the guide.” Today I want to give you few free resources to help find the true value of your comic books.
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Since these resources are free, you know the old saying: ” you get what you pay for.” Don’t use just one of these sources as the means to come up with the value. If at all possible check out a few.
First off is comicpriceguide.com. This site has a semi-active forum, the ability to actually track your collection and several other features. You can use it to get some ballpark figures for your comics. The search can take a little time do to their tool and you do have to become a member to search, but it’s free.
Next we have nostomania.com. Again, it is free but you have to signup. It’s been a mixed bag for me, but you can use it in your value search.
Finally we have E-bay. I always use E-bay when I start my value search because it is free, easy to use, and contains so many up-to-the-minute sales prices. Anyone can go to E-bay and start searching for current auctions and get an idea of some prices. But to really get useful information you must do the free signup and it will let you search completed auctions. You must do this important step to get the most accurate information.
Here are a couple of little tricks for using E-bay. When you do an initial search for your comic books on the site, look for the “completed listings” box on the left of the page and then click on Show Items. Once you do this you will get a listing, if any, of the closed auctions.
The second little trick I use is to click on some of the actual auctions, especially if the price looks high, and then check the feedback. If the buyer, seller, or both have left positive feedback it is a good indication the sale went through and I can count on the value. If not I discount it and look for more reasonable numbers to arrive at my value. This helps weed out the scam auctions and bidders.
Finally, you can use the Google search tool to search for current retail values of your comic books. You’ll find the tool just below this text. The best way to use the search is to type in the title and issue number of your comic book, plus the term “value”, “price”, or “for sale”. An example would be “X-men 1 value”,”x-men 1 price” or “x-men 1 for sale”. Remember, this will give retail prices, if you are looking to sell your comic books a dealer will typically give you between 10% and 100% of the price depending on the desirability of the comic book.
Keep these sites in mind when you are searching for current sales prices on your comic books. They are good options to get the value and save money.