In addition to researching values and needs, collectors are also urged to familiarize themselves with proper care. To make money on collectibles, including sci-fi collectibles and anime collectibles, all items should be in new or like-new conditions. Anything else will decrease in value and possibly significantly. For that reason, many professional collectors, especially those who collect anime or sci-fi, are encouraged to leave all items as is. This means leaving all figurines or plush characters in the box. The same can be said for movies, puzzles, and books. If they must be taken out, a display case is often advised.
As touched on above, there are thousands of collectors in the United States and many of those collectors choose to collect different items. Sci-fi and anime collectibles were given as examples multiple times above. With that in mind, it is important to remember that you do have other options. One of the best ways to develop a collection of valuable collectibles, which can later be sold for a profit, is to choose a topic, issue, or hobby that you enjoy. For example, if you regularly find yourself tuning into the Sci-Fi channel to watch their science fiction movies or television shows, sci-fi collectibles may be best for you.