Quick Checklist for Sellers:
• Please follow the guidelines for what’s allowed on the site.
• Remember that the site currency is US$ so set your prices accordingly. Here’s a currency converter to help with that.
• Please pack orders well and ship as soon as possible.
• If a customer has an issue, please address it as soon as you can.
How do I become a seller?
What can I sell?
What can I NOT sell?
What’s a zine?
What’s a mini-comic?
Can I sell items not published by me?
Can I sell digital items?
Can I sell at the Mini Mart as a distro?
Do I need a PayPal account to sell at the Mini Mart?
What if I don’t see a category that’s appropriate for my item?
What are the fees?
Is there a commission percentage taken out of the shipping charge?
How do I get paid?
– Go to Seller Dashboard and register for the site (be sure to check the “Apply to become a seller” box. If you’re already a member of the site, then log in and you’ll be taken to the My Account page. Click the “Become a Seller” tab and fill in the blanks!
– The primary rule is staying in a zine/small press/self-published/underground frame of reference. What you CAN sell are mini-comics, zines, small press comics, comic zines, fanzines, alternative/indie comics, underground comix, digital publications, original art, art prints, buttons, t-shirts and other items as long as they’re closely related to that indie/zine/small press kind of spirit. Check below for elaboration on some of these formats.
– No mainstream comics from Marvel, DC, Dell, Warren mags, etc. Nobody who competed against those companies on the newsstands or spinner racks. Generally speaking, no “mainstream indie” such as Image, Dark Horse, IDW, Crossgen, etc. Fanzines about those publishers would be fine to list. On a related note, Wizard, Hero Illustrated, etc. are not fanzines and their bonus inserts are not mini-comics (at least for the purposes of the Mini Mart). A good rule of thumb is to look at how much corporate interests tied into the publication.
– A zine is generally a self-published, limited-run, independent publication. Often printed on a photocopier but could also be printed by hand or even through a print-on-demand service.
– A mini-comic (aka “comic zine”) can be explained the same way as a zine (see above). The main thing to know is we’re not talking about other things sometimes called “mini-comics”. Not Wizard magazine inserts, Masters of the Universe comics, cereal premiums, Halloween promos you find at comic shops. None of those fit the purpose of the Mini Mart.
– If you acquired them legally, absolutely!
– Yes, as long as they fit the guidelines and you have the authority to sell. Selling the work of others without their explicit approval is not allowed.
– Yes, distros are more than welcome as are collectives. The more the merrier!
– Yes. Other payment options may be added if there’s enough demand.
– Send a message to Rick Bradford to see about having a new category added.
– There are no fees to sell at the Mini Mart as there’s no fee structure that works for every seller. Instead we’re operating on a “pay what you can” donation system. Essentially, I encourage sellers to pay what they think the service is worth. How much you donate and when you donate is entirely up to you. Your donations help keep the Poopsheet Foundation running (including the Comic Zine Database and the PF Community site) and benefit everyone who enjoys what we do here. At the bottom of this page are some more details on this setup and the available payment options.
– Payments are made via PayPal. They go out manually, ideally the same day an order arrives.
In addition to the Products tab in the Seller Dashboard, you can also edit, delete or duplicate a product from the product page itself. The options are above the tags (if you use the Short Description they’re right below that).
Buying postage online and printing the shipping labels at home is cheaper than going to the post office if you ship via parcel/package rates (basically, stiff or thick packages). You’ll need a scale to get accurate weights. Free options include PayPal, Pirate Ship and USPS (Priority Mail only).
The order status “processing” means the order has been paid for but not yet shipped. If a customer has placed an order but hasn’t paid it won’t show on the Dashboard until the order is paid.