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    Default Tilting at Windmills - Jan 16, 2014

    Brian Hibbs is now the owner of a second store, and he breaks down the how and why, as well as the many challenges new stores face.


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    As usual, a great read. Best of luck with the "new" store!

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    Good luck with the new store! Always love your column.

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    Congratulations! Good luck with the new store. I like reading your insights on comics retailing. Hopefully, you'll have time to post about how things are going bringing your new location up to speed!

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    Ooh, I'd love to spend a few days (weeks? Months? :p) organizing that stock. It would sate my hunger for ocd behavior for a while. Congratulations and good luck. :)
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    Just the thought of a basement full of unorganized long boxes.... Horrifying and delightful at the same time. A lot of us would love to go digging in there. I do wonder what would be the most profitable way to move something like that. "Mystery Long Box Sale" grab-bag type stuff would save manpower of sorting, but don't know how much someone would even pay for the off-chance of something good. $20 for 1 hour dig & grab? That'd give one the hope of finding treasure.

    Ship boxes off to that comics for troops charity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCatron View Post
    Just the thought of a basement full of unorganized long boxes.... Horrifying and delightful at the same time. A lot of us would love to go digging in there. I do wonder what would be the most profitable way to move something like that. "Mystery Long Box Sale" grab-bag type stuff would save manpower of sorting, but don't know how much someone would even pay for the off-chance of something good. $20 for 1 hour dig & grab? That'd give one the hope of finding treasure.

    Ship boxes off to that comics for troops charity?

    I suspect I can cut the wheat from the chaff fairly quickly (maybe 8 weeks total for the basement?), but organizing things for medium and long term sales will be the amusing challenge. There's barely enough room in the Basement o'Doom to TURN AROUND, let alone to sort and alphabetize. I'm envisioning a sorting party where boxes get taken outside, then we set up 26 long boxes in the back yard, one for each letter of the alphabet, and have 10 friends with pizza and beer brute-force it.

    Certainly a certain percentage of the sludge will go out to a charity, and there are also bulk buyers to be found, but much like my advice on throwing a sale (start expensive, work DOWN to the fire sale prices), you have to do the same thing in liquidation mode. See what you can get full price for, then see what will go at 25% off, then 50%, then $1, then 50 cents, then 25 cents, then a dime, then donated.

    I'm probably going to do "Mystery Short Boxes" for the recent overstock -- packed shortbox, no dupes, $99. I bet I can sell ten of those....

    But, I still don't have ANY idea what to do with the extra 800+ copies of INFINITY #1 that I inherited....

    I am having both the time of my life and the worst days....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hibbs View Post


    But, I still don't have ANY idea what to do with the extra 800+ copies of INFINITY #1 that I inherited....


    -B
    Look at some of the people using comic panels to decoupage short boxes, and create special Infinity Short boxes by using the plethora of Infinity #1 books to decoupage your mystery short boxes and add a few bucks to the price for the collector short box?

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