Selling Action Figures on eBay | What You Need To Know

selling action figures on eBayAs a collector you can sometimes acquire items that don’t really fit into your collection. If this happens to you then maybe you should consider selling action figures on eBay. There are some things you should know before you start selling action figures on eBay though.

Do Math

If you want to sell your extra action figures on eBay then you will want to calculate your costs before starting an auction. There is a calculator that I use to figure out the fees assiciated with the item I want to sell. You can find that calculator here. This calculator will allow you to calculate the break even point for your item. You can even calculate your desired profit after fees. Be sure to consider the shipping box cost when you are using the calculator.

Consider eBay Trading Assistant

If you don’t have time to sell your collection or extra figures then you should consider using a eBay trading assistant. A trading assistant will sell your items for you and you will have to pay them a small fee when your item sells. Generally you can expect to pay 30%-40% of the final selling price. You can find a local trading assistant here. I would only used this option if you have absolutely no time to sell your own items.

Know Your Action Figures

One big mistake you could make selling action figures on eBay is listing a figure that you know nothing about. You need to do your research before you sell anything. You need to know the name of the figure, if it is a variant, what accessories the figure should have, and how to assess the package condition if applicable. You can find this by looking up action figure checklists and price guide online. You can also search eBay completed auctions to see what your action figure has sold for in the past.

Selling Figures Separately

Split your figures up and sell then each by themselves. Your figures will sell for higher prices when they are separated. Don’t sell groups of figures unless they all fit together. I wouldn’t even recommend this because if someone is looking for just one figure they don’t want to buy 10.

Writing Descriptions

Take the time to write complete descriptions and describe your item accurately. Describe how big the figure is, the condition, the manufacturer, and what is missing or what it comes with. Having complete descriptions will drive more interest to your listings because they buyer can know exactly what they are getting. Describe the item exactly how it is and you will have satisfied customers.


Pictures can tell 1,000 words. Try to take pictures of your action figure from a bunch of different angles. Get as close as you can to show all the details. Use pictures to go along with what your description says. If you sell figures all the time I would recommend that you check out my guide on how to make a cheap light box for photographs.

Selling Action Figures on eBay

Selling on eBay is a great way to clear out your extra and unneeded figures. There are fees associated with selling action figures on eBay, but how else are you going to get your listings exposed to 100+ million people?

By Nick Lenihan

Nick is toy fan, geek, and action figure collector. When not geeking out about action figures and keeping up with the latest Toy News, he likes to pretend to play guitar. He's just another one of those pop culture fanatics that likes to share his passion with the world.

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