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SWAP MEET TUTORIAL #4: HOW TO TRANSPORT YOUR COMIC BOOKS

When you are planning your swap meet experience, consider how you are going to get your books to the event and what to do with them once you get there.

Most collectors store their books in a standard cardboard short box, (shortie) which typically hold from 150-200 books. However, there are some variations that include:

1. The Collapsible Fabric Comic Short Box

2. BCW Plastic Comic Book Bin

3. BCW Plastic Corrugated Short Comic Book Storage Box

If you don’t have enough books to fill a shortie, or you come ready to deal a few higher-level books, you may only need a BCW Stor-Folio or two.

Remember that you will most likely be moving these books around the room, so whatever your choice, be sure your books are protected. It is advised that if your shortie is not close to being filled, stuff foam, bubble wrap or another material in the box to secure your books and keep them from moving inside your box. You may also consider taping backing boards before your first and last book (or turning your first book around, so the back faces the front) to prevent the handle holes on the short box from leaving an impression on your books.

The goal of any Swap Meet is to have a fun, worry-free experience. However, you are advised to mind your books. Leaving your prized comics alone and unattended is never encouraged. In other words, always take your books with you. (DMV Comic Collectors and the venue are not liable for your books, if they are damaged or stolen.) Unless, you intend on lugging your two short boxes to each negotiation, a small-size hand truck, typically $35-40, will serve you well. In some case, a luggage carrier would also work.

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