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Ebay Friend Or Foe?

822 views • Mar 28, '09 • (6) Comments

First off I have to admit I am guilty of buying some comics off ebay. I am pretty torn about the whole thing because they make it so easy to get exactly what you want. On the other hand alot of them are also greedy bastards and want you to pay way over what something may be worth, not to mention the crazy shipping costs. It can be more than what you paid for the book!

The reserves are set high off the bat so that the bidding has no way but to go up. As a re-offender, I made the mistake of getting rid of my comics and my action figures a long time ago, big mistake! Now I have to regain my collection of favs the hard way. I have even tried looking for stuff on craigslist and so on, you can usually get a pretty fair deal there, but sometimes it's hard to come by and you need to have good communications witht the seller.

I know I should'nt complain if I participate in the whole "ebay" thing but this is just a rant and I want to know what my fellow comic book fans feel about the whole thing. I think that ebay is a great idea in theory, I suppose an agruement can be made that it's up to the indiviual to pay what they want and the seller is'nt to blame they just want to make money.

I don't know still pretty undecided if ebay is a good guy or a bad guy?

  • Mar 28, '09 by dough boy's avatar dough boy
  • Well...there is a reason I call it feeBay. You take it from both sides.

    I love it because I can usually get a large lot for pennies on the cover. This makes filling in holes on series that much easier. But the old adage applies here. "You get what you pay for".

    When I go to bid I look for 2 things.

    1. I will not bid on a reserve priced auction. I got burned one time because I said I would pay UP TO $20 for a book. The current asking price was $1. Well, because the reserve was set to $20, that was my bid.
    2. I know how much it should cost to ship comics. In the US you can get about 50 shipped for $10 via priority mail. So someone selling 10 books for $20-30 in shipping can kiss my ass.

    Another problem I often see are misrepresntations on the books. I.e. a stock photo showing it in NM quality but it is actually F.

    I personally have found some steals on it. But as we say here..."A comic is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it".
  • Mar 28, '09 by OldSkewlPantz's avatar OldSkewlPantz
  • exactly. i got an Adventures of Superman 500 in mint for 50 cents, but I've go a lot of BS from eBay as well. Why do you think I have over 800 comics for sale now. Most were from a lot I bought on Craig's List, the rest were from eBay....
  • Mar 30, '09 by smeggie42's avatar smeggie42
  • i think its hard to say if ebay is a good guy or bad guy because it all depends on the seller. i haven't gotten comics from ebay but i have gotten a lot of old sega games with no problems. i feel better getting comics from LCS but its hard to find everything i want.
  • Mar 30, '09 by tt_cook1963's avatar tt_cook1963
  • Like Smeg says... There are some scammers out there. I was off ebay for a couple of years because of that. Now i just bought a couple of comic off there, but i dont do the paypal thing it is a rip off. I contact the seller and discuss doing a MO for payment and i have had a problem yet. But to buy Back issues you should really check out

    http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=56

    The prices are in line for what you will get an even on the low side. There is no bidding on comics there though, but guys will discount there threads from time to time so there are a lot of bargains to be had.
    i have made over $800 in purchases there in the pass 2 months. Haven't had a deal go bad yet and all the members are collectors themselves so they don't want to be ripped off. There is a probation list that if you are going to buy you should read first( just the last couple of pages there will be a list of sellers to avoid)

    Anyhow you should check it out there will comics that you have never seen before for sale and rare ones too. I watched a set of MARVEL COMICS(193Cool go up for sale there #1 up
  • Mar 31, '09 by jkoswald's avatar jkoswald
  • i will NOT purchase off of ebay unless I get to use my credit card...it is the ONLY way to guarantee safekeeping of my money...I use Paypal just fine, I just have to always say from my credit card rather than from my bank account...and never settle a dispute through paypal...they only give you 80% back, if you settle through a credit card, they give you all your money back

    that being said, most single issues are pointless to purchase off of ebay, large lots are great, but you rarely, if ever, get to choose the books you want...you have to get the whole lot....the best way to gauge whether to buy or not, is by the seller's feedback, even if they have a high rating, I still look at the feedback to see if small amount of negatives are all in a recent group, I also dont discount bad feedback averages if the negatives do not sound deserved.

    I got the majority of my books from a 20,000 book ebay auction, and I was VERY happy with the condition of the books...I am still making my money back (2 years later), but some day I will break even, or maybe even make a profit
  • Apr 6, '09 by RustyBones's avatar RustyBones
  • I once bought a Les Paul Guitar Sunburst Design (very hard to find) on E Bay. The bidding took forever, but I won after three days, witha a bid of 2,200 dollars. (IRS rebate check yahoo!) As far as comic book, I stay away from them, because as you said, the shipping is ridiculous, and the condition is always in question. I stick with trading the good folks here, and scouring the back issues at retailers that I can find.
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