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    Has Anyone Seen New Comic Prices?

    I stopped by local comic shop today to pick up my comics and my jaw dropped when I just realized Amazing Spider-Man was $5.99!!

    I buy a bunch of different comics including the Walking Dead which is $3.99 and probably didn't pay much attention to the price until today because of a bunch of variant covers and wow....it is just about unaffordable anymore to buy at that price and I like to buy the variant covers because of the art work.

    Definitely need to cut back on that monthly expense!!
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    I liked it when they cost twenty five cents! I thought it was a rip-off when they went up to thirty five cents.

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    Comics are now a niche product, not a mass market product, and priced accordingly. Print runs are so small now, economy of scale works against them, while printing prices and shipping prices continue to increase, and creator page rates rise to meet cost of living expenses. SO they cost more to produce and they are making fewer of them, so the price per unit has to increase to keep pace. Plus niche market prices always cost more than comparable products in the mass market because of the much smaller potential audience for them.

    Add in the fact that there are levels of distribution each needing to make money. That $6 Spider-Man comic is sold by Marvel to the distributor for $1.50 (which is all they get per issue to pay all their expenses/costs for creation and production of the book) who sells it to the retailer for $3 who then sells it at MSRP $5.99, so each layer has to make its money out of that tiny slice of the cover price. Sure I'd love for comics to be a quarter or even a buck again, but those small cover prices are why mass market retailers no longer wanted to carry comics and why they disappeared from places like 7-11 or the corner drug stores. But I'd also like new cars to cost under $3k and houses to cost what they did in the 70s etc. but they don't because time and costs ahve continued to march on.


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    I also remember when comics were printed on old newsprint paper. Now its all glossy paper, and slick looking. I wonder if that is why they're more expensive?

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    My comics reading and collecting are all HC reprints and TPB collections now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonnyG View Post
    I also remember when comics were printed on old newsprint paper. Now its all glossy paper, and slick looking. I wonder if that is why they're more expensive?
    Newsprint costs almost as much if not more than regular paper stock now, plus there are fewer actual presses running offset printing for newsprint so it is no cheaper t produce books on it now. Most of the supply stock and the time on the presses available has been scooped up by the newspapers who actually still use newsprint, so it's hard to get and hard to get time on the presses if you do, and that was prior to pandemic related labor and production issues causing prices and printing press time to be at a premium.

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    I only buy old comics. On the off chance I do buy a new one, it's usually a reprint of a classic comic book story.
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    I definitely enjoyed buying the $1 reprints of classic comics that were usually up at the front counter of my local comic shop, but they don’t seem to be making them anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    My comics reading and collecting are all HC reprints and TPB collections now.
    I went digital years ago and have amassed a far larger collection of scanned comics than the 20 long boxes of physical comics I had.
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