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Help for New Collectors

Feeling the squeeze? Looking at items from your vast collection of Doctor Who merchandise to possibly sell?

Or are you looking to take advantage of a seller’s market, and trying to find a bargain? After all, there is a lot of new Doctor Who merchandise available since the series returned in 2005, from the every day toys and action figures to props and costumes.

Doctor Who merchandiseEither way io9.com have published a useful guide to buying and selling collectibles online, tailored for the current economic downturn.

While there is only scant mention of Doctor Who – the article focusses more on Marvel, Star Wars and Star Trek – the principles are the same across the board. However given that the road to success in online transactions is littered with ripoffs and failures, I think it is worth covering some of the points here:

  • * Provide lots of details in the listing.
  • * Look beyond eBay for online selling.
  • * Only buy stuff you like and know about.
  • * Try not to get the same stuff that everybody else has.
  • * Cut back on how much stuff you buy.
  • * Watch out for common eBay scams.

For a full list of suggestions and advice,visit io9.com – and good luck if you plan on selling or collecting online!

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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