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I’m a voracious ebay shopper myself, and I’ve got a few favorite sellers. I though I might start a bit of a on again off again column that showcased some amazing ebay deals I’ve found, but which I won’t be going for. Now that I’ve got a lot of the books I’m looking for, it’s time to share some of my ebay hunting knowledge!
First, I want to say – always bid at the last second. It may seem a little shifty, but it’s the only way I’ve found to win on a regular basis. Figure out what price you are comfortable paying and bid that exact price in the last 10 seconds of the auction (minus whatever the shipping cost is, remember that’s usually listed under the item price!)
That way, it won’t go over your maximum price and you will usually get the book for much less than that, since others won’t have much time to respond. It’s called Sniping, and people hate when it happens to others, but watching that clock tick down in anticipation… and then getting the win, well, that’s a good feeling. For rare items, it’s the only way to get what you want, unfortunately. If it goes over your maximum price, just let it go – save a search for the item and wait for it to come around again!
The picture at the top is a lot going on right now from my absolute number one favorite seller, tzbastuff. I’ve gotten every single Showcase Presents volume, all my chronicles, and tons of hardcovers from this guy. Him and I have actually built a relationship over time where he’ll let me know if he’s got something on my pull list – so don’t worry too much about buying something out from under me with him. (Although I’ve actually got half an eye on this complete 100 Bullets lot, though I can’t really afford it.)
His showcase lots were my favorite – you get 8 500ish page books for about 50 bucks plus shipping. Really good deal, and he reposts them on a regular basis. He currently has one Showcase Presents lot, a Batman Chronicles lot, Crisis on Multiple Earths, and Blackest Night, all for bid, so they could go for very cheap. I got my Batman Chronicles books from him for about 30 bucks for the lot – an amazing steal.
Another seller I’m liking a lot right now is fearlessreadersonline. He’s got a bunch of Marvel and DC trades up for pretty cheap. I already got the ones I wanted from him so feel free to go crazy. He had trades up from around 2.50 and tons of hardcovers for under 10 dollars, including some pretty rare ones. I bought my books from him the first day they were posted, and they’ve already gotten here before the other auctions have even ended! Definitely a guy to save in my favorite sellers.
That’s it for this post, but I’ll have more of my favorite sellers to share as I see good deals pop up.
I’ve done amazingly well with collecting through ebay and I’m really happy to be able to share the wealth in a way that supports this site as well! Hopefully you’ll find some really good deals and we’ll all be the better for it.
Any click to Ebay helps (though purchases help a lot more, I think!) and anything you buy on Amazon after you click one of our Amazon links sends us a 4% kickback. I think this system is preferable to donate button or something, because you get a book or two for your trouble!
I’m going to start a forum thread for ebay finds, so feel free to ask me any questions you have (or your own hot ebay tips!) in the comments here or over there!