DOES IT PAY TO SELL COMICS ON EBAY ?

Ebay is the greatest and easiest place online to sell collectibles

BUT

can you make any money doing it ?

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Here are some examples at different price levels of what it really costs to sell on ebay!!

EBAY & PAYPAL FEES – SELLING A  $2.99 ITEM !
List an item for $2.99 plus $2.50 shipping – here is what you actually get from your sale
Ebay charges you $0.25 to list the auction = $0.25 to ebay
Ebay takes 13% of commission of the $2.99 = $0.39 to ebay
Ebay also takes 9% commission off your shipping charge EVEN if you charge exact shipping rate at post office = $.23 to ebay
Customers pay through Paypal whom gets a flat rate of $0.30 plus a further 3% rate of the full $5.50 amount which is $0.17 + $0.30 = $0.47.   (If shipping outside North America Paypal takes another 1%)

So in total you had to charge $5.49 for your item = Ebay/Paypal take $1.34 if this amount plus you have to pay the $2.50 at post office for a total of $3.84 costs you do not see.

The amount left is $1.66
So you get $1.66 minus the cost of what you paid for the item in the first place. Let’s hope you didnt pay more than $1.66 !

Your ebay costs were 45% of listing price !

Also if you spent any money on packing materials (box,tape,envelopes,gas) that also has to be included into your original shipping cost or you are losing even more money!        What about your time ?

EBAY & PAYPAL FEES – SELLING A  $5.00 ITEM !
List an item for $5.00 plus $2.50 shipping – here is what you actually get from your sale
Ebay charges you $0.50 to list the auction = $0.50 to ebay
Ebay takes 13% of commission of the $5.00 = $0.65 to ebay
Ebay also takes 9% commission off your shipping charge EVEN if you charge exact shipping rate at post office = $.23 to ebay
Customers pay through Paypal whom gets a flat rate of $0.30 plus a further 3% rate of the full $7.50 amount which is $0.23 + $0.30 = $0.53.   (If shipping outside North America Paypal takes another 1%)
So in total you had to charge $7.50 for your item = Ebay/Paypal take $1.91 if this amount plus you have to pay the $2.50 at post office for a total of $4.41 costs you do not see.
The amount left is $3.09
So you get $3.09 minus the cost of what you paid for the item in the first place. Let’s hope you didnt pay more than $3.09 !

Your ebay costs were 38% of listing price !

Also if you spent any money on packing materials (box,tape,envelopes,gas) that also has to be included into your original shipping cost or you are losing even more money!        What about your time ?

EBAY & PAYPAL FEES – SELLING A  $10.00 ITEM !
List an item for $10.00 plus $5.00 shipping – here is what you actually get from your sale
Ebay charges you $0.50 to list the auction = $0.50 to ebay
Ebay takes 13% of commission of the $10.00 = $1.30 to ebay
Ebay also takes 9% commission off your shipping charge EVEN if you charge exact shipping rate at post office = $.45 to ebay
Customers pay through Paypal whom gets a flat rate of $0.30 plus a further 3% rate of the full $15.00 amount which is $0.45 + $0.30 = $0.75.   (If shipping outside North America Paypal takes another 1%)
So in total you had to charge $30.00 for your item = Ebay/Paypal take $3.00 if this amount plus you have to pay the $5.00 at post office for a total of $8.00 costs you do not see.
The amount left is $7.00
So you get $7.00 minus the cost of what you paid for the item in the first place. Let’s hope you didnt pay more than $7.00 !

Your ebay costs were 30% of listing price !

Also if you spent any money on packing materials (box,tape,envelopes,gas) that also has to be included into your original shipping cost or you are losing even more money!        What about your time ?

EBAY & PAYPAL FEES – SELLING A  $20.00 ITEM !

List an item for $20.00 plus $10.00 shipping – here is what you actually get from your sale
Ebay charges you $1.00 to list the auction = $1.00 to ebay
Ebay takes 13% of commission of the $20.00 = $2.60 to ebay
Ebay also takes 9% commission off your shipping charge EVEN if you charge exact shipping rate at post office = $.90 to ebay
Customers pay through Paypal whom gets a flat rate of $0.30 plus a further 3% rate of the full $30.00 amount which is $1.00 + $0.30 = $1.30.   (If shipping outside North America Paypal takes another 1%)
So in total you had to charge $30.00 for your item = Ebay/Paypal take $5.80 if this amount plus you have to pay the $10.00 at post office for a total of $15.80 costs you do not see.
The amount left is $14.20
So you get $14.20 minus the cost of what you paid for the item in the first place. Let’s hope you didnt pay more than $14.20 !

Your ebay costs were 29% of listing price !

Also if you spent any money on packing materials (box,tape,envelopes,gas) that also has to be included into your original shipping cost or you are losing even more money!        What about your time ?

EBAY & PAYPAL FEES – SELLING A  $50.00 ITEM !
List an item for $50.00 plus $15.00 shipping – here is what you actually get from your sale
Ebay charges you $1.00 to list the auction = $1.00 to ebay
Ebay takes 13% of commission of the $50.00 = $6.50 to ebay
Ebay also takes 9% commission off your shipping charge EVEN if you charge exact shipping rate at post office = $1.35 to ebay
Customers pay through Paypal whom gets a flat rate of $0.30 plus a further 3% rate of the full $65.00 amount which is $1.95 + $0.30 = $2.25.   (If shipping outside North America Paypal takes another 1%)
So in total you had to charge $65.00 for your item = Ebay/Paypal take $11.10 if this amount plus you have to pay the $15.00 at post office for a total of $26.10 costs you do not see.
The amount left is $38.90
So you get $38.90 minus the cost of what you paid for the item in the first place. Let’s hope you didnt pay more than $38.90 !

Your ebay costs were 23% of listing price !

Also if you spent any money on packing materials (box,tape,envelopes,gas) that also has to be included into your original shipping cost or you are losing even more money!        What about your time ?

EBAY SITE – EXACT CHARGES !

http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/storefees.html

http://pages.ebay.ca/sellerinformation/news/Feecalculator.html#

 

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.

Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics.   hoknes@hotmail.com

31 thoughts on “DOES IT PAY TO SELL COMICS ON EBAY ?

  1. Yes we all sell on ebay cause it is the best option by far. But my point is to show that if you are selling individual comics for likely $3.50 or less than you really are making NOTHING on them – so be careful.

  2. There might be an option soon boys and girls. A friend has something…..well you’ll have to wait and see 🙂

    1. Jay, what a cliffhanger!!! How long do we have to wait for the news?This sounds awesome and I can’t wait for you update!

  3. This is an excellent article.

    Quick question…How many incentives and variants have gone under it’s retail value since 2005+? I ask because some of us like to hold onto stuff for 20 years, then sell. Could the 90s repeat itself and we miss bank?

    Here’s an observation: Bedlam and Revival have taken a lowered in value. Will they eventually go below their original retail price of $3.50 5 years from now? Hmm…

    1. Comics are all supply and demand. If in the future Bedlam and Revival are cancelled and nobody has interest in the series than yes in theory ALL issues regular AND variants will be worth less than cover if NOBODY wants them. In fact the majority of comics printed go out of style and demand. That is why you can buy so many comics for way below cover price. I do NOT personally recommend buying any new comics to sell 20 years from now. If you want long term sales to go UP then you really should be looking at 1970’s or older books that are guaranteed to go up

  4. HELP! I bought a rare comic via ebay with an autograph, but no COA. I believe it’s legit, but what can you do?

    Can I still get it graded? What are my best options?

    Thanks!

  5. Hey CL! Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about the legitimacy regarding the autograph. CGC does not recognize a signature without having one of their witness grader’s present. You can send it to get graded, but CGC will not list the autograph as part of the grade.

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