Or: how to get a lot of money for my old manga and keeping them in pristine order in case I get them back unsold.
Something we noticed at B&B stands thoughout the world: people love to get rid of their stuff, but can't be bothered to wrap it nicely. As a result, series are split up, books in general get mangeled, games get poached and no-one is willing to shell out €5 for a crooked manga.
So, what can you do about that? The answer is simple: wrap it up!
What do you need:
The things you want to sell, your inventory with price tags, clear plasic foil, a pair of scissors and some sticky tape.
Some people think you can just use clingy foil or Saran wrap. Think again.
You'll see why when you pull it off the roll.
Wrapping it around some manga drives the point home.
You see, this is what happens if manga wrapped in clingy foil is handeled by hundreds of people. Clingy foil is for food stuffs, not reading material.
This is the bee knees: transparent, non-stick cover foil! A roll of five meters sets you back around €1~1,50.
To finally answer the "Why": if your book contains a dust jacket and obi, those will be in tatters after one day of B&B, unless you make sure they won't.
Snip off a bit large enough to cover the book or books with and wrap them up. Put the seam on the back.
Fold the bottom flaps and fasten them. This might be a good time to slip your price tag in while you're at it. You can also put in a photocopy of some of the artwork: since people can't flip through the pages, they can get an idea of what's inside this way.
Fasten the top flaps and you're done!
Another benefit of using clear foil is to be able to cover naughty bits without ruining the cover.
This one didn't need it, though.
Same goes for series. Remember: a compete series is easier to sell than just parts 3, 8 and 14.
Obviously, you can do the same with DVD's, Blu-rays, games, figures and whatever else is fit for packing.
So yeah, wrap your stuff if you want to B&B it. It looks nice and only takes a minute.
If you have a group of small figures without the packaging, here's a top tip:
Go to the cheapo shop (Action, Euroland, Wibra, etc.) and get yourself a cheap set of freezer containers.
Put the figurines in a container.
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