WHERE TO BUY COMICS ONLINE BESIDES EBAY
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There’s no arguing the fact that eBay is often seen as the main source for comic collectors to buy comic books online. As of this writing, there are over 5.7 million comic book listings on eBay. But just because eBay has the most aggregated comic book listings, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best platform to buy comics online.
Over the years I’ve bought (and sold) many comics on numerous other platforms. As a part of my mission to share as much as I can about buying and selling comics, I thought I would put a list of these sources together for anyone who wants to expand their comic buying horizons beyond the Electronic Bay.
Please note this is not a list of every single website in the world where you can buy comics. I’m simply sharing a list of websites and platforms that I have personally used to buy comics and have had positive experiences on.
JUST GOOGLE IT
In the original draft of this blog, I had Google down at the very end, almost as an afterthought. Then based on the realization that more than a few comics were selling for more money on eBay than what you could have bought the exact same comic for from my shop (or many other online shops), I bumped it all the way to the top.
Point is, if you’re about to pull the trigger on the purchase of a comic on eBay — especially if it’s a graded comic — do a quick Google Search for that same comic in the same grade and see if any other online retailers have it available for sale and at what price. You just might find yourself saving more than a few dollars.
I’ve bought and sold quite a few comics via Facebook Marketplace the past couple of years. While you probably won’t find a huge number of listings to peruse locally, it’s always worth doing the occasional search to see what comics are being offered for sale in your area. That said you can always expand your search beyond your general area as many sellers are now offering shipping in their listings.
I’ve personally managed to pick up more than a few comic collections from sellers on Facebook Marketplace that contained key issues that I was able to have graded to make available for sale here on the shop. The end result was new inventory and a positive ROI — what’s not to like about that?
For the longest time I stayed away from joining Facebook Groups that focused on the buying and selling of comics — mostly due to my general dislike of the way Facebook manipulates their algorithm (that’s a blog post for another time), and I’m really kicking myself for that. There are some amazing groups out there where I’ve been able to both buy and sell comics in a straightforward and safe way.
Here are a couple of the groups that I’m a member of and have had great experiences on:
Note that these groups are private and require you to “apply” to become a member. Don’t sweat it though, just answer the few questions that you’re asked, and usually a group admin will have you approved pretty quickly.
Once you’re in, you can certainly peruse the group feed looking to see what others have already made available. But if you’re searching for a specific comic, title or character you can create your own “in search of” post where fellow group members will comment with what they have available that meets your desires.
While I was certainly aware of Reddit in general, it just wasn’t a place where I spent any amount of time personally or professionally. However when I started the Certified Comic Shop, I created a Reddit account for the shop so I could dive into related subreddits to help keep up with industry news.
It was then that I discovered r/ComicSwap — a subreddit initially dedicated to the trading of comics between redditors, but also fully supports the buying and selling of comics.
While anyone can subscribe to the subreddit, you should know that there are quite a few rules and a certain etiquette regarding how you do business there. So before you dive in head first, take the time to read the rules and look at some recent posts so you can get a feel for how the group works.
Immortal Hulk #2 and Ultimate Fallout #4 are just two of the comics that I’ve purchased from fellow redditors in that group at more than reasonable prices.
Ask me four years ago if I thought buying comics from strangers on Instagram was a good idea, and I probably would have responded with a mighty “Oh hell no!”. But as I discovered for myself over the past few years, Instagram can be a great place to buy and sell comics.
Of course you need to take some care in determining if you’re dealing with a legit and reputable seller, but there are plenty of comic book sellers on Instagram who don’t sell on eBay and/or don’t have their own website.
I have personally have recently purchased comics from these trusted Instagram sellers:
Also, take a dive into the never ending stream of comic book posts on Instagram by following these hashtags to get an idea of what’s out there:
Back in 2018 DIGAuction.com came online and started running weekly comic book auctions. I was so impressed with their website experience and overall customer service that I even wrote a review post for them right here on the blog. Read the article to get the entire scoop, but better yet, just visit their website to see for yourself!
CERTIFIED COMIC SHOP
And lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can buy graded comics right here at the Certified Comic Shop. You’d think I wouldn’t have to state the obvious, but I know a lot of my website visitors end up here because they were researching topics like “How much does CGC grading cost?” or “Is CGC worth it?“. Once they arrive on my site, they take in the info that I publish, and don’t even realize that they’re visiting an online comic book shop.
So just in case you found this article because you were searching for a place to buy comics online besides eBay, I’m just letting you not-so subtly know that you are on a website where you can buy comics online right now…just sayin’ 😜
WHERE HAVE YOU SHOPPED FOR COMICS ONLINE?
Have you bought comics from any of the places I talked about here? Do you have personal positive experiences with other online comic book shops not mentioned? I’d love to hear about your experiences, so feel free to post them in the comments section below!