Well, for all of you who don’t buy comic books as though life itself hangs in the balance, today was New Comic Book Day (NCBD). I have to admit, I went crazy today. I don’t always get to the comic book store on a weekly basis because it’s a little far away, so I have to consolidate my visits. I actually have a store near me that sells used back issues so I do visit there a bit. They sell new issues too but, the selection is limited…mostly mainstream stuff. And obviously, some of the stuff I like is from smaller publishers and more obscure (like the White comic book).
I first went to the used comic book store, Vintage Stock. This is a cool store. They’ve got movies, games, comic books, all for super cheap. So, I spent about an hour going through back issues at $1 each. I finally chose 27 issues for $27. I found some old Judge Dredd, a CSI comic book (I love true crime and crime drama), and a bunch of other stuff I had no idea existed.
Then, I went to my actual comic book store. The guys there are super nice and super cool. The owner is a really cool guy and these guys know me by name (some know my voice) and it’s just the best customer service. They had my pulls (the issues they pull automatically for me) and it was a lot. Multiple Punisher issues, Grimm Tales of Terror, The Shadow, The Shadow/Batman and more.
Now, every time I buy new comic books, when I get home I enter them into my collection on my Comics Price Guide account. This is particularly useful for knowing what exactly you have in your collection AND the value of it. So, I’m entering my books and calculating my profit and it turns out, I made a $52 profit on the used comic books today. This batch was worth $79 and I only paid $27. Score!!!
So, not only did I make money from spending money and build my investment, I got a lot of new stuff for reviews. All in all, a winning day.