NostoNews, May 1, 2013
by Tommy Jasmin

Market timing

As movie season approaches with Iron Man 3 here and so many more in the works, it occurred to me Nosto can serve as a great tool to help dealers time the market and sell key books at the right time. Think Guardians of the Galaxy for the moment. Not only should you be watching pricing on Marvel Super-Heroes 18, but on early appearances of Drax, Gamora, and of course Thanos.

We should all know Iron Man 55 has quickly become a $1,000.00 book in CGC NM 9.4, featuring the 1st appearance of Thanos. If you don't know, go check the Nosto pricing section! Even an uncertified VG 4.0 copy brings close to $300.00 now.

But let's say you were a dealer with several copies of Marvel Super-Heroes 18 (1st appearance of Guardians of the Galaxy), and you were trying to figure out if you should sell. Here is a great way you can use Nostomania to your advantage:
  1. First, bring this issue up in My Lists. Use the Nosto feature which tells you if a particular book is slab-worthy (sorry, Premium Subscribers only). We use our pricing data to tell you if you can make a significant profit by getting the book CGC certified.
  2. Next, since you are clearly a savvy dealer using our site to help with inventory location, with one click you know exactly where this copy is - for example Shelf 10, Box C. If it warrants slabbing, get it sent in pronto!
  3. Last, you sell it in the most appropriate venue. If you are lucky and you have a high-dollar book, let's be realistic - you are much better off sending the book to Heritage Auctions than selling it here on Nostomania. Our electronic marketplace is much better suited to the eBay store model. More on that next month, for now let's hope the new Iron Man movie is the best of the three.

Thanks, we'll see you all next month.

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