Tips for Selling Items on Ebay Auctions

 

1. Schedule to end on a Sunday night
2. Schedule to end at 6pm PST or 9pm EST
3. Schedule to end around the 1st of the month for maximum payday profit
4. Space multiple auctions end times out over 3-5 minute intervals apart
5. Start at 99 cents
6. Use a reserve but only if the item is too rare or hard to find that people don’t know of its existence
7. Free shipping inside US, global shipping program outside US
8. Clear concise well lit photos, not blurry or cropped out
9. No reflections of faces, naked body parts, or evidence of a crime
10. Use sensationalism words like: “WOW!”, “RARE”, “HTF”, “LOOK!”, “SEXY”, “AMAZING” in your description and titles (it works for fruit and vegetables)

Selling on ebay can be fun and rewarding as a buyer and a seller.  Want to sell comic books or toys on ebay?  First of all, buy all shipping supplies on ebay:

You will also need boxes and cardboard gemini media mailers. For comics you can use 12x12x4 boxes which are cheaper via USPS because they are under 12″. Graded books should be shipped the same way but inside a 14x14x4 box instead.

You should know that from January to March it is a buyers market and not a good time to sell.  From April through the summertime, it is a great time to be a seller and not so much as a buyer.  Keep this in mind when selling collectibles or luxury purchase items on ebay.

Learn how to properly mail your ebay packages through the US Postal Service System at this link.

And, if you sell comic books on ebay, it should be required by law to purchase this book:

There are far too many sellers on ebay who overgrade their books on auction items. This causes people to overbid or bid aggressively on a FINE copy of a golden age horror book but ends up being a VERY GOOD condition comic book due to a tear or piece of tape. The Overstreet Guide to Grading Comic Books is written by Robert M. Overstreet. This book will greatly detail and cite examples with images on each grade of the ten point comic book grading system. This book is incredibly valuable to any buyer or seller on ebay of comics. You also can use this book to argue with a seller on why you justify that a book is graded less than advertised by a seller.

HOW TO PROPERLY SUBMIT COMIC BOOKS THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MAIL

HOW TO PROPERLY SUBMIT COMIC BOOKS THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MAIL

Greetings! I’m here today to help prevent your beloved comic books from getting damaged in the mail. This will also help you to be a better ebay seller, too if you are one of “those” people. These are strict recommendations if you are submitting books to me directly.

This is the exact way I submit books to CBCS or CGC or my convention facilitator.

I will provide links to everything I have purchased on ebay. Always buy your shipping supplies on ebay. It’s the cheapeast and quickest way to ship your books. Trust me.

You will need:

5lb. Weighmax Mail Scale
Clear Shipping Tape Rolls
Shipping Tape Gun
BCW Comic Book Backer Boards
BCW Silver Age Bags
1″ Blue Painter’s tape (skinny roll)
Fragile Shipping Tape
Knife
Sharpie Marker
Computer with a Printer for Printing a USPS Label

You will also need boxes and jiffy mailers. For comics you can use 12x12x4 boxes which are cheaper via USPS because they are under 12″. Graded books should be shipped the same way but inside a 14x14x4 box instead.

Gemini II Comic Book Mailers
12x12x1 Boxes
14x14x4 Boxes
Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

 

Now that you have your supplies and for super cheap on ebay…you’re on your way to buying and selling comic books through the mail. Let’s begin, shall we?

Today we are going to mail SPAWN #9 to myself. The first appearance of Angela, Thor’s sister! Place your comic book carefully inside a mylite2 with fullback (preferred) or use BCW silver age bag and boards.

Fold up the Gemini II comic mailer along the perforated edges for the comic book. You can safely ship up to 10 books this way, alternating spines along the staple line. Be sure to use a yard stick or ruler to pre-fold out your lines or you will damage your spines.

Place the comic book(s) face down. You are going to place strips of blue painters tape along the sides. Do not be a “Jerry Smith” and put blue tape over the scotch tape on top flap.

Place 1 strip of tape on each side as pictured below:

If you are super worried about sharp corners and razor sharp sides (attempting to obtain a 9.8 or higher grade) you should definitely tape the corners at a diagonal was well. See below:

Carefully fold over your flaps, checking slowly that there is no bend to the comic book. See method below as pictured:

3 (Three) peices of tape when it’s all closed up carefully. 2 along the top and bottom flap edges and one for good measure in the centerline. See pictured:

Back of Gemini II Mailer. You can see the top and bottom tape flaps over side.

Print your name clearly in black sharpie. Write your email address. Write your phone number too in case there is a problem. Also you should write out the name of the comic book title(s) and issue #. Write clearly and legibly. You are not a doctor.

Okay now set that aside somewhere. Somewhere safe from children, coffee, mountain dew, or anything else might sprinkle on it. We are going to build a box! Get ready. It’s hard. Let’s make sure that box survives the USPS. Use 3-4 pieces on the bottom outer flaps. Use tape to tape in inside bottom flap too.

On the sides, I’ve seen boxes get blown out from stress or other boxes on top. Use tape on that corner seam that’s merely glued. Tape the inside too. Don’t be lazy. Go beyond what’s necessary. After all, you just bought like 25 rolls of clear packing tape, right? Okay then, tape away!

So now I’m going to show you the inside of the box to re-iterate what I was stressing about the corner seam of these boxes. Tape away with all that extra tape, brah.

Sprinkle some magical fairy dust otherwise known as styrofoam peanuts in the bottom of the box, only enough to where you can’t see the bottom. Shipping peanuts is fun to give, but never to receive. So you have that going for you, right?

Place your books with the writing side up and place some remaining packing peanuts on top of the comic. Only enough to which you still have a half inch to an inch of space between the top of the box and the top of the layer of peanuts. You do not want to crush your books with the box flaps because you overstuffed the box with peanuts!

Now you are ready to seal the box up. Place fragile stickers/tape on the corners and bottom of the box. Print out your USPS shipping label from the USPS website and affix it to the top of the box.

Bottom of box:

You have now packaged a box of comics inside a box to be shipped out. Congrats! See? Wasn’t that easy? I hope this guide helps you as it has helped me over the years. I have been selling on ebay since 2010 and I learned slowly over time all of these tips. I’m here to share them all with you on this page.  I’ve had 2 boxes damaged in 10 years.  Pretty good odds!

Thank you!

THE GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE 1 of 1 Motorized Walking Action Figure Prototype in Box

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE 1 of 1 Motorized Walking Action Figure Prototype in Box

GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Custom One-of-a-Kind 1 of 1
Unreleased Prototype Toy from the 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog
GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
New, with box featuring custom box art.
Created by Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design in the Netherlands.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle Custom One-of-a-Kind 1 of 1

Previously Unreleased and Unauthorized Bootleg of a Prototype Conceptual Toy from the 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog

Commissioned by Michael Frederik Sorensen aka KaptainMyke, this one-of-a-kind concept prototype was first spotted by myself in the 1994 Playmates Toy catalog. I had to have it. I said to myself, “this figure has to be made!” So, I made it happen. I commissioned legendary Netherlands sculptor, artist and custom toy builder Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design. www.hits-design.   I would recommend his quality and highly detailed craftsmanship to anyone I know. I am proud to add this figure to my legendary TMNT Collection.

Sealed, new in box.   Completely original packaging and box art courtesy of Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design.  Playmates Toys Custom Netherlands Release, not a licensed real Playmates Toys figure.  I rarely seek bootleg figures or desire unauthorized toys. When you see a toy figure of this caliber and detail, you cannot resist!  The figure has real walking actions, laser sounds and talking sounds! The laser pistol, eye visor and stomach cavity all light up with bright flashing red laser lights!  Also included is original sketches, conceptual art, top secret build photos, notes, and a certificate of authenticity from Alvin, that states this is the first ever figure made by him and it is 1 of 1.

  • Giant 12″ Hand painted Motorized Walking Action Figure
  • Stock # 3405 as featured in the 1994 Playmates Toy Catalog
  • Custom box art design
  • Original sculpted head
  • Motorized Walking action
  • Laser pistol with working firing sounds and lights
  • Swivel turtle mounted machine gun turrets on both left and right shoulders
  • Swivel turtle mounted machine gun turrets on both left and right knees
  • Left hand features working grabbing hand
  • Includes mutating 2.5″ baby turtle that transforms into Ninja Turtle co-pilot featuring 2 sai weapons
  • Shell cockpit control center
  • Gold paint
  • Purple Metallic Pearl paint on body and weaponry
  • Working blast sounds with talking voice and red lights on eye visor and torso
  • Includes a detailed laminated original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants
  • Includes a laminated original signed Certificate of Authenticity stating #1 by artist Alvin Silvrants
  • Includes a detailed art sketchbook with photos featuring the design and creative process
  • Encapsulated inside a custom measured 14″ acrylic case from Collectible Grading Authority, Inc. (CGA)
  • More photos can be found at www.kaptainmyke.com.
2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Light up action and Walking action

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Left Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Left Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Right Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Right Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Front of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Front of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Top of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Top of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Bottom of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Bottom of box art.

 

 

 

Scan of Original page from 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog showing the Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle

Scan of Original page from 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog showing the Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Original certificate of authenticity by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Original certificate of authenticity by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Instruction manual by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Instruction manual by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Back of box art.

Alvin Silvrants information can be found at his website  www.hits-design.  You should look him up for his creative acrylic and oil paintings or commission him to do a custom action figure, or even illustrations for children’s books.  This guy is really talented and you should keep him on your radar in the future.  Thanks, Alvin!

SEE THE TESTING VIDEO RIGHT HERE: 

New eBay store link is up: “TMNTToys” by thekaptainmyke

 

New ebay store link is up now.  You can type it in your browser as: http://stores.ebay.com/TMNTToys .

Know a shellhead?  Get ’em a truly valuable and vintage original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mint on card action figure.  Just in time for Christmas shopping!  Free shipping to anywhere in the continental United States of America!  I will ship globally to anywhere in the world.  Shipping charges will apply to international orders.

Thank you

Myke

 

Good Mail Day, imo

The mail came today.

The following action figure has been a saved ebay search of mine for a little over 5 years. 5 YEARS. I give you:

1994 TMNT SLAM DUNKIN’ DON Exclusive Walmart Variant WHITE JERSEY repaint version, with Collector Card, MOC, sealed, NEW. Moderate Shelf wear on top of blister bubble. EXTREMELY RARE HOLY GRAIL ITEM

 

1994 TMNT SLAM DUNKIN' DON Exclusive Walmart Variant WHITE JERSEY repaint version, with Collector Card, MOC, sealed, NEW. Moderate Shelf wear on top of blister bubble. EXTREMELY RARE HOLY GRAIL ITEM

1994 TMNT SLAM DUNKIN’ DON Exclusive Walmart Variant WHITE JERSEY repaint version, with Collector Card, MOC, sealed, NEW. Moderate Shelf wear on top of blister bubble. EXTREMELY RARE HOLY GRAIL ITEM

1991 TMNT 11″ Krang’s Android Body with unpainted veins Krang Brain inside. Loose, antennas broke off head. I bought this one so my son wouldn’t lose his mind over my boxed sealed 11″ version of this toy. LOL

1991 TMNT 11" Krang's Android Body with unpainted veins Krang Brain inside. Loose, antennas broke off head. I bought this one so my son wouldn't lose his mind over my boxed sealed 11" version of this toy. LOL

1991 TMNT 11″ Krang’s Android Body with unpainted veins Krang Brain inside. Loose, antennas broke off head. I bought this one so my son wouldn’t lose his mind over my boxed sealed 11″ version of this toy. LOL

1989 TMNT Retromutagen OOZE, sealed in the can, never opened, with original Toys R Us price tag on lid! VERY SCARCE!

1989 TMNT Retromutagen OOZE, sealed in the can, never opened, with original Toys R Us price tag on lid! VERY SCARCE!

1989 TMNT Retromutagen OOZE, sealed in the can, never opened, with original Toys R Us price tag on lid! VERY SCARCE!

The rest of my custom made acrylic cases for the Giant Turtles came in today. So now I can display a group photo of all 7 figures from the GIANT TMNT series that spanned from 1989-1991

Complete full set of GIANT edition TMNT figures! 1989 Giant Turtles, 1991 Giant 11″ Krang’s Android Body, and 1991 Giant Bad Boys Bebop and Rocksteady, sealed in custom acrylic cases!

Complete full set of GIANT edition TMNT figures! 1989 Giant Turtles, 1991 Giant 11" Krang's Android Body, and 1991 Giant Bad Boys Bebop and Rocksteady, sealed in custom acrylic cases!

Complete full set of GIANT edition TMNT figures! 1989 Giant Turtles, 1991 Giant 11″ Krang’s Android Body, and 1991 Giant Bad Boys Bebop and Rocksteady, sealed in custom acrylic cases!

1991 TMNT SUPER SHREDDER All Purple German Euro Variant. These are extremely rare, especially in the United States. Allegedly they are from the Sears catalog and you received them via mail in Germany. I’m told they were also Mint on Card, though as well so I’m not sure.

1991 TMNT SUPER SHREDDER All Purple German Euro Variant. These are extremely rare, especially in the United States. Allegedly they are from the Sears catalog and you received them via mail in Germany. I'm told they were also Mint on Card, though as well so I'm not sure.

1991 TMNT SUPER SHREDDER All Purple German Euro Variant. These are extremely rare, especially in the United States. Allegedly they are from the Sears catalog and you received them via mail in Germany. I’m told they were also Mint on Card, though as well so I’m not sure.