I've been trying to get back into the habit of looking on eBay for various things I collect, like old soda bottles, antique linens, and things that strike my domesticated fancy. I used to check on pulp fiction magazines to see how many are for sale and how much they are going for. Then I got out of the habit when I got out of the market. But I decided to check the other day for what was going on in the pulp fiction magazine world. And I about "dropped a chop," as my friend Timna says.
I couldn't believe how many are for sale, and some good titles. Pages and pages and pages. The prices range - most start at about $9.99. But there is very active bidding going on. I checked on a Top Notch from 1929 that sold last night. The winning bid was over $100. I only saw one Wild West Weekly, which makes me wonder if now might be a good time to put up for auction all of the extras that I've been meaning to sell.
So maybe because of the economy, people are starting to sell their collections. But then, people are buying them too, which means that at least the economy in the pulp world is thriving. On that point, here's an article on how more people are trying to sell their collectibles but are finding that the market has sunk, just like everything else. I could have told them that a year and a half ago when I got out of the used and rare book business.
Back to pulp mags on eBay. I've been trying to rein in the spending, so I don't know how much I'm going to indulge and buy any. But chances are I'll weaken at some point and buy one. I know I've got some money stashed in my PayPal account....
Check it out, if you're interested in buying pulps. Run a search on "pulp magazines". Do yourself a favor and avoid running a search just on "pulp fiction," because then you'll get all of the paraphanelia from the movie Pulp Fiction, and probably a lot of listings for lesbian paperbacks from the 1950s. Unless you want to check those out. To each his (or her!) own.
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