Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is The Master List & why is it here?
The Master List began as a project of Cory Curtis Engel's in 1996 and went online 09/13/96. After he did extensive research on the web, he concluded that there was no complete resource of this kind in existence, because other listings are not meant to be comprehensive. They list only stores that pay for listings, or which carry a certain product or comic.
The Master List is (or strives to be) an extensive listing of every "brick & mortar" comic book store and trading card store (sports and non-sports) in the United States & Canada, with additional worldwide listings. TML does NOT list mail-order-only or web-based-only businesses within the main directory. However, where we know about a web or email address for a "brick & mortar" store, we will add those links to their listing.
In December of 1998, Cory had developed other commitments & decided to offer up the site to someone willing to take on the task. I consider myself fortunate that he accepted my offer to take over the site. I am deeply indebted to Cory for this.
Hopefully I have been able to add to the site's usefulness while maintaining his vision. If you would like to see an example of Cory's original site design for The Master List, you can view it here.
2. Why isn't my favorite store listed?
Because you haven't told us about it yet! *smile* If a store is missing, please use one of the Update Forms and let me know about it. Stores can only be listed on TML if I know about them. With several thousand stores to try and keep up with, I can use all the help that I can get in order to stay current.
3. Why are there so few International Listings?
Due to the trouble of verifying the information of International Listings, we don't plan to add listings for other countries with the same level of completeness as those we have for the United States and Canada. However, if you know of a store outside the U.S. and Canada, please use one of the Update Forms and let me know about it.
4. Does TML operate a retail store & sell comics/cards?
NO! I am not a retailer. I'm just the guy that has the website that ~lists~ as many of them as I can find out location & contact information on.
5. Do you know where I can buy/sell "xyz" comic/card?
NO! I'm sorry, but I have no idea what ~specific~ items any particular retailer may, or may not, have in stock, or be interested in buying. It's hard enough just trying to keep tabs on the basic store info. I recomend you try contacting local retailers in your area with what you are looking for, or what you're looking to sell. Just use the menu-bar up above to look up retailer's contact info for your local area. Good luck!
6. Will you buy my comic/card collection?
Maybe! Personally, I have little to no interest in collectible cards of any kind. However, I am an avid collector/reader of comics. If you have cards for sale, I'm not really interested. If you have a collection of comics for sale, I ~MAY~ be interested, if the price is right. Be forewarned, I don't buy "high-end" expensive books. I'm just not interested in paying a lot for my reading material. If you've got books you'd be willing to part with for a quarter to fifty cents per book, then give me a holler. Otherwise, you'll probably end up doing better elsewhere.
7. How much is this comic/card worth?
Good question! *smile* If you are looking for an online website to find out the value of a comic book, a good place to try is http://www.comicspriceguide.com.
For cards, to my knowledge, the is no online price guide. If there is one, please let me know about it & I'll link to it here.
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