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Buying for PC vs buying for eventual sale?15739

Collector Davethebrave private msg quote post Address this user
What percentage of books do you buy for PC vs spec/near term (<5yr)resale?

Asking because I am refining my market model for various keys. Trying to gauge a baseline demand estimate.

Through Ebay/HA I am able to get a rough sense of the above quantitatively. A survey baseline is helpful too.


Not looking to debate or defend valuation views as it is a (post-mortem)bruised and deceased horse already.

Wish there was a polling feature here…
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Pictures? We don't need no stinking pictures. brysb private msg quote post Address this user
For me it is 100% PC.
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Not trying to be an ass since February 12, 2020. HulkSmash private msg quote post Address this user
90-95% PC

Less than 10% of ~1000 books are purely spec. I have a full long box for grading que; less than half are spec purchases. My spec purchases are also dwindling.
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Collector Whynotv2 private msg quote post Address this user
Me personally, I buy for me. Covers or characters I like are what drive me. In the case of characters, I don't care about the condition (mostly) because I'm not buying it to sell. Example, I bought a Silver Surfer vol 1 #1 several years ago for cheap and might grade as a 1.0 if I'm lucky (we'll see in a couple of weeks when it comes back from grading) because the cover is detached and kind of crappy. The book is otherwise complete. I bought it because the Silver Surfer is one of my favorite characters and I wanted the first issue. I may do the same with a FF #48 to have the first appearance.

Just my thought/buying process to answer the question.
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Collector jake private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by brysb
For me it is 100% PC.


Same, 100% PC.
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Collector DWeeB1967 private msg quote post Address this user
99.95% for my own PC.

I used to buy a book here or there for spec but not really anymore.
When I used to do that (80s and 90s) I'd generally buy two copies of a new comic and trade one to a dealer for older SA/BA stuff for my PC. So it was never really a money-making deal.
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Collector Scifinator private msg quote post Address this user
At least 90% but probably closer to 99% of my acquisitions are for my PC. That said, some of those acquisitions are an upgrade to which I will then sell the lower grade copy
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Collector GAC private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by jake
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Originally Posted by brysb
For me it is 100% PC.


Same, 100% PC.


Ditto...100% PC with the understanding that eventually it all gets sold.
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Collector Jabberwookie private msg quote post Address this user
So, my answer is a mixed bag.

It’s all for my PC, but having 2-3k comics is unwieldy, so I’m selling the things I don’t value and streamlining my collection.

Some of those I’m sitting on until shows come out and then I’ll sell.

Right now, I’m keeping all Avengers, X-Men, Star Wars and Batman.

Everything else is fair game except silver age books and older.

I still keep those.
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Collector Nuffsaid111 private msg quote post Address this user
I'm at the age when I now am grading everything for eventual spec/re-sale. So 100% resale
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PLOD theCapraAegagrus private msg quote post Address this user
99% PC.
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Collector Darkseid_of_town private msg quote post Address this user
I buy about fifty percent resale and fifty percent I buy for my PC knowing fully well that most things I buy for my PC I already have that book and am upgrading which will allow me to sell the lower grade of the two, which lets me do some pretty cheap or free upgrading often
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Collector CatCovers private msg quote post Address this user
99.9% for the PC. Every now and then I'll pick up a few issues I think I can flip quickly (usually pretty good on that front). But virtually everything I buy is something I intend to sit in my collection until I'm gone.
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Collector Gotlift private msg quote post Address this user
90% resale. Resale profits (if any 🤣)goes towards PC…
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Collector Zombie_Head private msg quote post Address this user
100% PC until I retire then 90% selling off.
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Collector Byrdibyrd private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by Nuffsaid111
I'm at the age when I now am grading everything for eventual spec/re-sale. So 100% resale
I'm in this boat. I've had my large and unwieldy collection long enough, and I've been getting things graded and selling them off. Anything new I buy now (and that's not much) is purely with an eye toward spec. It's not that I have lost interest, it's just that the books have to move on someday, and I would rather be the one in control of that (and enjoying the profit) than someone else.
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Collector Nuffsaid111 private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by Byrdibyrd
It's not that I have lost interest, it's just that the books have to move on someday, and I would rather be the one in control of that


This!!
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
100% for the PC, unless my focus changes. If that happens, I may sell or trade some stuff. Flippers are the worst.
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Collector xvipah private msg quote post Address this user
I've come to realize that I am no good at speculating. I buy "hot" comics, and send them in to get graded, and by the time I get them back they're not hot anymore.

So, I decided that if I find good stuff in my old collection that I don't want, or I come across something really cool for a good price I may sell them. But most everything I buy is for the PC, just not worth the effort.
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Collector Sigur_Ros private msg quote post Address this user
Quick math = probably around:
30% for my little boy's PC.
10% for mine.
60% spec.
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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
Everything I buy is a candidate for resell in the right circumstances.
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Collector doog private msg quote post Address this user
My purchases were all about creating a retirement fund, so everything I buy is for eventual resale, although now that I am retired I buy far less, only good speculative deals, using money from sales. The more valuable keys I will keep the longest, longer than 5 years, but I intend to die with no books, except likely some magazines.
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Collector Jabberwookie private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by xvipah
I've come to realize that I am no good at speculating. I buy "hot" comics, and send them in to get graded, and by the time I get them back they're not hot anymore.

So, I decided that if I find good stuff in my old collection that I don't want, or I come across something really cool for a good price I may sell them. But most everything I buy is for the PC, just not worth the effort.


Don't get discouraged!

the way things are going right now is that you'll usually get a few whacks at the hot comic pinata.

And if that doesn't work, just hold on to them for about 15-20 years and the nostalgia factor this period kicks in.
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Collector xvipah private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by Jabberwookie

Don't get discouraged!

the way things are going right now is that you'll usually get a few whacks at the hot comic pinata.

And if that doesn't work, just hold on to them for about 15-20 years and the nostalgia factor this period kicks in.


It's not that big a deal, honestly. Now I just don't buy issues I see randomly to sell. I only buy them if I like them and, if in 20 years they're worth selling, I'll sell 'em then
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I'll probably wake up constipated. Pre_Coder private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by GAC
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Originally Posted by jake
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Originally Posted by brysb
For me it is 100% PC.


Same, 100% PC.


Ditto...100% PC with the understanding that eventually it all gets sold.

Same here,.. 100%. And I have no problem adding dupes... lower or higher grade, as long as the cover wrap is sweet.
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Collector Odinson2000 private msg quote post Address this user
I buy things I like that I think will go up in price. When the price they go up gets high enough, I sell them and buy something I like even more. So everything is PC and resale in sync simultaneously.
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Collector Paulbg2000 private msg quote post Address this user
40% PC
60% Future Sale or Speculation

PC being books that I will never move...
Speculation being books I'll read and then sell when the time is right...
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I'd like to say I still turned out alright, but that would be a lie. flanders private msg quote post Address this user
I'm all over the place. Things I intend to buy to resell seem to have a 50% chance or more of ending up in my personal collection instead. I don't really have a plan, unlike most people, of when I'm going to sell (either immediately or up to 5 years from now). I should probably do a better job of managing my investments, but my knowledge of the industry is still growing and I appreciate books from every era, so it's not easy to narrow down my personal collection.
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Collector southerncross private msg quote post Address this user
I just have books for pc.
Sometimes dupes are used for trade to get books I want.
I've been lately hoarding my dupes as well.
Grading is slow so now is the time to buy raws.
Maybe in a years time I'll go back to getting stuff graded and buying already graded books as the glut of them hits the market
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Collector Gaard private msg quote post Address this user
50/50
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418644 75 30
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