This interview is with a longtime seller and group moderator, Jourdan DeMoss. I thought what better person to get a perspective from than someone who not only sells but moderates a Facebook group as well. Be sure to check him out on Instagram here.
What got you into comics?
- I got Batman: Mask of the Phantasm as a kid for Christmas one year. It came with a mini comic, so that was my first exposure to a physical comic book. I didn’t start actually buying comics regularly until well into my 20s.
- I would say it would be more geared toward tv/film as far as my childhood memories go, but that’s an easy one. I beat up turtles in time daily at my local pizza shop, as well as beat the brakes off my TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze VHS. So one of those 2 things are my fondest comic related memories as a kid.
- I think I got started like a lot of people; upgrading my current pc, then it turned into what it is today. I have a lot of fun doing it, and I will continue until it is no longer fun, which I don’t see happening any time soon.
- Not getting information on some local Dbag before selling. Can I say dbag on this thing? Advice to other sellers or aspiring sellers, asking around about big local buys/sales before committing. Chances are if the buyer/seller has some awesome books, someone you know will know them. Just shoot a quick text, it will save you a gigantic headache. Better safe than sorry they say.
- My grail is Tec 27. Maybe I’ll find one in the gutter someday. Next big thing I add to my PC is a tough one. I have ADHD like no other(I’m sure you can tell with the amount of freebie gifs I post in my sales). With how the groups and different sale sites operate today, it’s pretty hard for me to stay focused on one specific book. Put a gun to my head, and had to spend what free cash I have right now on one book, it would probably be a mid grade Tec 168 raw.
- Probably my low grade Tec 168 haha what can I say? I love the Batman.
- Each has their spot in my PC. With how things are going these days though, if you want to sell, slab it!
- Attic find a few years ago. Ton of Marvel grails. Complete runs of Tomb of Dracula, Marvel Spotlight, Big Fantastic Four run from like 22-150, it was insane. I wish I could go back to that day, frequently.
- New collectors: enjoy it friends, it’s not going anywhere. And don’t forget about the little guys. Stan Lee was a little guy at one point.
- New sellers: keep it real, be yourself, and always put the customer first. Good customer service is like 90% of selling. Try to carve out your own niche with your personality on your sleeve. Let’s be real, people can buy these books from anyone, give them a reason to buy from you. Also, give back more than you take. Support other “local” sellers. It’s a great community to be a part of.
A big thank you to DeMoss for taking time out to do an interview for us! Be sure to check him out on Instagram here.