Tutorials

SWAP MEET TUTORIAL #1: INVENTORY

In this first installment of our Swap Meet Tutorials, we are going to offer some tips on how to decide what to bring to the event.

Since you are only permitted two short boxes (raws and/or slabs), determining what books you will offer for trade is a critical decision. The most important consideration is your want list. If you want big key, blue chip books, then you must bring books that have enough value to acquire those books. Simply, you are not going to take home an Incredible Hulk #181 with a box of dollar books. If you are looking for run fillers, then an assortment of similar-value books will suffice.

Collectors have diverse interests; therefore, consider the tastes of others when choosing what books to bring. You may not be a western, war comic or pre-code horror fan; nevertheless, having a variety of books (and not just comics you like) could create opportunities for you.

The key is to know what you have and have a realistic understanding of the market for the books you are bringing. However, bringing at least one book that has some wow factor could ensure that you take home a personal grail.

Lastly, know your books. If there is damage, be sure to disclose the defects to your potential trading partner to avoid any issues later. In other words, treat others as you expect to be treated.

NEXT: Pricing your Books

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