Question: Dragon back issues
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Poll: How should I sell this collection of Dragon magazine back issues?

Poll ended at Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:23 pm
eBay - Individually 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
eBay - As a whole collection 45%       45%  [ 5 ]
eBay - In lots of 10 or so 45%       45%  [ 5 ]
Other (Please include a reply to this topic with your chosen method.) 9%       9%  [ 1 ]
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:23 pm 
 

I recently unearthed a large collection of Dragon magazine back issues. Some are in fine shape, others are not so good. The oldest I have is #38, and the collection spans well into the 220's. I don't think that many of the more popular issues with inserts have the inserts. If there are some key issues I should check, please let me know.

I need to get rid of them. I was hoping to solicit some opinions on how to go about this.

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:28 pm 
 

I would list the first ten if you have isues 1-10 individually, and issues 11 through 100 in lots of 5 and 101 and above in lots of 10. Hard work but probobly more proffitable.


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:46 pm 
 

I would list any decent conition ones Pre-Dragon #50 individually and whatever is left over as one or two big lots.  That is IMO the best way to maximize your take on it.  Post #50 Dragons just don't sell very well individually and even if you list them for $0.99 each, you are not likely to any bids as, no one wants to pay $5 or $6 to get a Dragon #103, etc..  Listing a big lot or 2 big lots will make the shipping total high, but when you break it down to less the shipping cost being than a $1 per magazine, it will make it more attactive to potential buyers.


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:49 pm 
 

For issues in the 30s I would probably list separately. In the 40s maybe as lots of 3 or 4 issues.  50s and 60s into lots of 10 maybe.  After that bundled into lots of 30 or 50?  To be honest, I think Dragon magazines after issue 60 are a really tough sell.

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 7:14 am 
 

I'd try selling individually up to about issue 40.  But , from memory, I think that there were some very good issues well into the #80s and #90s.  So, don't make the lots too big.  But you're really going to struggle with the later #100s and early #200s.  In fact, if you cost your time, it might just be worth using them as packaging/freebies.  Either that or off to the landfill! :cry:

Not sure about the legality of this.  But if you have a Dragon magazine archive, it could be a useful marketing ploy to offer the PDF of the particular magazine(s) in the lot you are selling.  Any thoughts on that one?


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:09 pm 
 

I'm sure selling the PDF along with the magazine is a breach of copyright - especially if you are taking it from the archive.  There must be a statement that says you are not allowed to reproduce or alter any of the archive without written authorization.

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:00 pm 
 

Dragon Mags are basically worthless (except early issues as already noted on this thread).

I just sold about 125 different issues of them - offering them up at just 25 cents each! If you auction them at ebay, you may expect the same (or very little more).

There are only a few exceptions:

Dragon #100 can potentially get you around $5 - $7 if it still has the Sago of Old City poster attached.

I have sold Dragon #148 on three different occasions for at least $15.  Of course, this is only if it has an intact, uncut Deck of Many Things.


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:34 pm 
 

Sell them as a lot.  Most people are unwilling to even pay S&H costs on small lots or individual copies, the exception being Dragon magazines in the mid to low 30's and down that are in great shape.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 4:07 pm 
 

Beyondthebreach wrote:Dragon Mags are basically worthless (except early issues as already noted on this thread).

There are only a few exceptions:

I'll add one group: the early 3e issues.

I don't have my list in front of me, but I think the group I'm talking about here is roughly from about #278 to about #310. I've never had any trouble unloading these, either as a group or by individual issues. I'm not sure what the deal was: distribution problem? excitement over 3e? lower print run? Whatever it was, most of these issues will fetch more than cover price.

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 4:34 pm 
 

Thank you for all your input. I'll be posting auctions soon enough.


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