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Revisiting the ridiculous price of comics (vs. value)

My frustration with the pricing of current/new comics continues. But I do love my local comic shop: the bargain bins and bargain tables honestly put most convention dealers to shame…perhaps all the more by my ability to visit the shop weekly, rather than a one-shot experience.

I’ve largely ignored the bargain-TPB/HCs the last few weeks, but as of this week, we’re up to 80% off. Which makes the X-Men: First Class vol. 1 and X-Men: First Class Finals $3/each–$1 cheaper apiece than most of Marvel’s current new single-issues. (And these each have about 5 issues’ content in ’em!). For that price, and prior enjoyment of First Class issues…yeah, why not?

Sweetening the deal, there were several stacks of books free with a purchase (turned out, purchase 1 book = choose 1 free book; purchase 2 free books, choose 2 free books). So for $6, I got FOUR new TPBs. Roughly 50 issues’ content.

Meanwhile, for regular-sized TMNT #19, Harbinger #9, X-O Manowar #10, and Superior Spider-Man #4 I paid $3.99 apiece; and extra-sized Hellblazer #300 was $4.99. $21 for 5 new comics…while the content of a mere $6 purchase DWARFS the stack of new stuff.



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