Latest eBay updates (Dec’ 2010 – Jan’ 2011)

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Here’s a round-up of some recent bargains on eBay, so you can get a feel for the current market. How much should you be selling or buying items for? This article includes the following omnibuses:

  • Tomb of Dracula: Volume One;
  • The Amazing Spider-man: Volume One;
  • Brubaker’s Captain America: Volume One;
  • Miller’s Daredevil: Volume One;
  • Amazing Fantasy;
  • Devil Dinosaur.

Let’s start off, all the way back at the beginning of December, when a Tomb of Dracula, volume one omnibus went for the amazing price of just £50.99, with a postage price of £2.75! Despite its rarity, this edition – showing the cover of Tomb of Dracula #01 on the front – only got 2 bids. It was described as in “good condition,” and slight curling on the dust jacket could be seen in the photo. Perhaps this is the reason for its low price.

However, another Tomb omnibus sold for a similarly-low-priced $93.67 (about £58.48) on 24th December, with just four bids. It was in near mint (NM) condition, still in its shrink wrap, but high postage rates ($47.60 for UK delivery) might have cost it a few bidders.

Art by Gil Kane

Don’t worry though; it’s not all doom and gloom for the horror title. On 17th December, a NM copy went for $118.16 (c. £73.77), with three bidders battling it out to win the auction. It proves that cheap postage and packaging can attract a big market, with free US delivery and a greatly-reduced UK rate of just $9.50.

Recently, a Tomb of Dracula, volume one omnibus has been put on eBay, with a Buy-It-Now price of $349.00 (around £217.88). It is described as having “little imperfections,” and only sold – with free p+p – within the US. Its price seems a bit optimistic, but you never know…

An Amazing Spider-man, volume one omnibus went to auction on 5th December, and, despite 16 bids, achieved a price of just $51.00, or about £31.84. Still in its shrink wrap, with a NM condition, it sounds like a massive bargain. However, with an international postage rate of $45, you might think again!

Silver-acre currently have the Spider-man omnibus for £79.99 – free delivery – but it might be worth waiting to see if there are any more bargains to be had over the next few months.

Brubaker’s Captain America, volume one omnibus has been all over eBay recently; with various covers and various conditions. On 10th December, one normal edition went for $62.51 (c. £39.02), but with limited postage, only within the US. Another went for £62.00, with 10 bids, on 15th December, described as ‘used’ but NM.

The following day, a shrink-wrapped variant edition had six bidders fighting over it, with a winning price of £66, with £2.75 postage, while Silver-acre had a normal copy on a Buy-It-Now price of £59.99. Despite being classed as ‘used,’ a variant edition – featuring the cover of Captain America (vol. 5) #06 – was also described as “in excellent condition”, but only attracted one bidder, at the starting price of £47.99 (UK recorded deliver: £9).

Current Buy-It-Now prices range wildly, with one at $108.49 (c. £67.73) and another $199.99 (about £124.85), so it’s probably best for anyone looking to sell to put one on at auction. Currently, one copy has only attracted six bids, reaching just £20.05, but don’t be put off; with over three days left – and an unmet reserve – anything could happen. Most jump up large amounts in the last few minutes!

Art by Frank Miller

A couple of greatly-sought-after Miller’s Daredevil, volume one omnibuses have gone on sale these past two months. One variant, described as “new,” “sealed” and “perfect” was sold for £163.00, with 23 bidders, but the best deal ended in late December. Silver-acre had the black-and-red variant edition on sale with a Buy-It-Now price of an incredible £89.99, with free normal delivery (or £2.75 recorded). Bet you wish you’d have got that one!

Two Devil Dinosaur omnibuses went on eBay recently; one of which was shrink-wrapped with a Buy-It-Now price of $29.99 (c. £18.72). However, a high international postage rate of $25.52 may have put some prospective buyers off.

Another – read once, then stored safely – did not sell before its end date on 16th January, with a Buy-It-Now of just £40.00. An offer of £25 was declined, and so the item was relisted, with a new price of £30.00. Alongside a postage and packaging rate of £3, this went fast.

It seems that the market has little place for Kirby’s usually-popular Devil Dinosaur at the moment, so perhaps it’s a good time to nab a bargain!

Finally, to my ‘eBay Bargain of the Month’… which comes in the shape of some AmazingFantasy omnibus copies, sold through A-Place-In-Space, who are having a graphic novel sale. These NM shrink-wrapped variant editions were sold at the astonishing price of just £20.00. Unable to believe my eyes, I snapped this up, as did eight others.

Let me know of any recent deals that you’ve nabbed!

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Price List Round-up: 25th October 2010

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Namor and Sue

Art by Jack Kirby

It’s pretty unbelievable that there are still copies of the very first omnibus about.

Amazon’s prices have zig-zagged recently. A couple of weeks ago, certain omnibuses, especially pre-orders, were selling for just over £10. While this didn’t last long – and all orders cancelled, thank you very much – it’s no reason to increase prices so dramatically. While the very first omnibus, Fantastic Four Volume One, was previously between £40-50, it’s now rocketed to £71.25. However, it is quite a rare edition, released in 2005, so it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth that extra dough. Be wary, though; Amazon will probably drop the price pretty soon anyway.

And never forget to look at the independent sellers; the variant edition of Fantastic Four Volume One, by Alex Ross, is £64.99. Variants are always rarer, so grab that one up.

Their only competition is Forbiddenplanet.com, which is pretty much a wasted order. Just like Howard the Duck, Tomb of Dracula, Brubaker’s Daredevil Volume One and countless others, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the omnibus, despite their promise of receiving it within 21 days. It’s really not worth it, considering that, from my experience, they don’t even let you know it’s unavailable. This inability to obtain omnibuses apparently extends to recent releases, with the exception of Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron. Their pre-order prices, however, are quite competitive, so it’s always good to have a look at them.

There’s still the opportunity of obtaining the complete Lee/Ditko run on Amazing Spider-man from Amazon for £53.67. The price might go down a bit sometime, but it’s still a good deal.

I’m constantly surprised that copies of the brilliant Amazing Fantasy omnibus are still available. For me, that’s an omnibus everyone should have. If you’re interested, it’s best if you order from Amazon for £41.99, because there’s the option of free delivery.

Following the hit movies, Invincible Iron Man Volume One is very sought-after, so it’s a surprise Forbiddenplanet.co.uk have it for just £48.75. The same goes for Incredible Hulk, which suddenly disappeared overnight from Amazon.

I’ve recently grabbed a copy of Elektra, and highly-recommend it to all. The variant edition, with cover by Bill Sienkiewicz, is available at just £33.49 from Forbiddenplanet.co.uk.

Women of Marvel

Art by Olivier Coipel

The two volumes of Secret Wars are also popular, so you might want to snap those up. The same goes for The X-Men Volume One, a follow-up of which is released in April. Speaking of which…

Get over to Forbiddenplanet.co.uk for a massive 40% discount on The X-Men Volume Two. It’s just £45, if you order before Wednesday 10th November. This is the normal edition; the variant, by John Cassaday, is just £50.25, which is still a brilliant offer.

The most recent release, Squadron Supreme, can best be obtained from Forbiddenplanet.co.uk, at £37.51, but the price will probably go down imminently. It looks as if it may soon become hard to find though, so if you’d rather not risk missing out, order within the next couple of months.

Coming soon is the Women of Marvel omnibus (at the start of November), and, again, Forbiddenplanet.co.uk is best on price. The same can be said of all pre-orders, except the aforementioned X-Men Volume Two. Prices will probably remain the same upon release, but they’re pretty unreliable.

Walt Simonson’s Thor is sure to be a massive hit, so get those orders in now! Prices aren’t too bad at the moment (hovering around £65), despite its RRP of £95. It’s well worth it; the 1192 pages make for one of the biggest omnibuses ever. Nobody really knows when it’ll come out, though; some say January, others March, so let’s play it safe for now with February.

Of course, independent comic shops will vary omnibus prices, so it’s always worth sneaking along to the nearest one. Bristol’s Excelsior!, found on Bond Street, is brilliant at discounting hard-to-find tomes.

Feel free to add a comment regarding local comic shops, and/or discounts, alongside other omnibuses I might have missed out. There’s no official omnibus list, so getting it right is extra difficult. Fantastic Four by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch (ISBN 13: 9780785133711): Omnibus or not? It may call itself an omnibus, but at just 400 pages, it pales into comparison against the likes of New X-Men and Frank Miller’s Daredevil. But then again, there’s Devil Dinosaur

Opinions please!

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