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Seller FAQ

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.

Seller FAQ

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?

How do I become a seller?

Steps to becoming a seller:
1. Go to My Account to register.
2. Once you’re signed up, go to the Seller Dashboard and fill out the application. 
3. A link to the subscription options will be emailed upon approval.
4. Choose your subscription option and you’re ready to sell!

Be sure to fill out all relevant information (store info, PayPal address, shipping charges, etc.) before listing products.

What can I sell?

– 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.

What can I NOT sell?

– 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.

What’s a zine?

– 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.

What’s a mini-comic?

– 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.

Can I sell items not published by me?

– If you acquired them legally, absolutely!

Can I sell digital items?

– Yes, as long as they fit the guidelines and you have the authority to sell. Selling the digital work of others without their explicit approval is not allowed.

Can I sell at the Mini Mart as a distro?

– Yes, distros are more than welcome as are collectives. The more the merrier!

Do I need a PayPal account to sell at the Mini Mart?

– Yes. Other payment options may be added if there’s enough demand.

What if I don’t see a category that’s appropriate for my item?

– If the item meets the guidelines above, please send a message to Rick Bradford to see about having a new category added.

What are the fees?

– There are several reasonable options available for sellers which are detailed on the Seller Plans page.

How do I get paid?

– Payments are made via PayPal. Payments are initiated manually and will usually go out the same day an order arrives.

 

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