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Baron Blood




I have my local comic shop save back a few comics for me each month because I travel for my job and can't make it there frequently. Also, they give me a decent discount on the one's I have held. I show up on Wednesday and they are sold out of CAP #25 so, I don't get my issue. This has happened a few times. The last time it happened I told the owner "If nothing else, make sure I get my Cap comic". What the shop does is set out new comics for the general public and whatever comics don't sell that day go into the saved bin. There's been a few times where they were sold out of the comic I had saved but they held back comics for me that I could care less about. I'm a nice guy; if it looked interesting enough I would go ahead and buy it. I had a subscription for years. But, I like going to this shop now and again so, I thought I might as well give him more business. Is this common practice? The owner's a nice guy but it seems disrespectful to me.


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evyllsummer




> I have my local comic shop save back a few comics for me each month because I travel for my job and can't make it there frequently. Also, they give me a decent discount on the one's I have held. I show up on Wednesday and they are sold out of CAP #25 so, I don't get my issue. This has happened a few times. The last time it happened I told the owner "If nothing else, make sure I get my Cap comic". What the shop does is set out new comics for the general public and whatever comics don't sell that day go into the saved bin. There's been a few times where they were sold out of the comic I had saved but they held back comics for me that I could care less about. I'm a nice guy; if it looked interesting enough I would go ahead and buy it. I had a subscription for years. But, I like going to this shop now and again so, I thought I might as well give him more business. Is this common practice? The owner's a nice guy but it seems disrespectful to me.


no, that's not standard procedure...at least, not at any comic shop I've ever frequented. Protocol SHOULD be that they take out the comics for their customer pull-lists FIRST, then AFTER that, they put out the comics for the rest of the customers. If the average customer got priority over someone with a pull list, that would be negating the purpose of the pull list in the first place. My advice is to either explain to your comic shop the way that they should be doing it, and, if they refuse to acquiesce, then find another one that will. On the bright side, I went to my comic shop today, and they said that they will be shipping more Cap #25 to stores, and that they will be first printing, so, worst case scenario, you should have another chance to get it without losing the collector value.


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Baron Blood




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> no, that's not standard procedure...at least, not at any comic shop I've ever frequented. Protocol SHOULD be that they take out the comics for their customer pull-lists FIRST, then AFTER that, they put out the comics for the rest of the customers. If the average customer got priority over someone with a pull list, that would be negating the purpose of the pull list in the first place. My advice is to either explain to your comic shop the way that they should be doing it, and, if they refuse to acquiesce, then find another one that will. On the bright side, I went to my comic shop today, and they said that they will be shipping more Cap #25 to stores, and that they will be first printing, so, worst case scenario, you should have another chance to get it without losing the collector value.

He's supposed to get some more next Wednesday. Is it bad form to ask the store to hold a varient cover for you if it's a title you currently have held for you?


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kev




I'm in a similar position to you. My comic shop is an hour's drive away, and sometimes it's two or three months before I can get there to pick up my subscription issues from the pull list. Now as part of the subscription arrangement, I had to put a desposit of $20 to the store, which they keep until the day I cancel my subscription issues. So that obliges them to hold my issues. After seeing Cap 25 sell for stupidly high prices, I called my store to see what they had in my sub box, and if they had 'misplaced' my Cap 25. They still had it. Good for them. Your store owner owes you an apology. I wonder if they were selling them on ebay.
kev.


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kev





> He's supposed to get some more next Wednesday. Is it bad form to ask the store to hold a varient cover for you if it's a title you currently have held for you?
You're one of his regular paying customers. He should do whatever it takes to keep you happy.
kev.


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Ironguy




>What the shop does is set out new comics for the general public and whatever comics don't sell that day go into the saved bin.

In the store owners defense....that sounds like a reasonable policy although understandably
less than a 100% guarantee of saving you a book that's in high demand on the day its released.

He's giving preference to customers who come into his store on the day of release but he's giving you preference over customers who come into his store Thursday. That seems reasonable to me unless you've prepaid for the book ala a subscription.

In the case of Cap #25 he no doubt had dozens of people calling on the phone to hold a copy while there were dozens of people in his store trying to buy one or five.

Unlike a hotel or restaurant reservation...first come first serve rules retail! : )




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evyllsummer




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> > He's supposed to get some more next Wednesday. Is it bad form to ask the store to hold a varient cover for you if it's a title you currently have held for you?
> You're one of his regular paying customers. He should do whatever it takes to keep you happy.
> kev.

exactly...I didn't ask for a specific cover when I got Cap#25 Wednesday, so I got the variant cover with him running on the cover, but I asked them today to hold me one with the "bloody hand" cover (for lack of a better title) if they can, and they told me "no problem"...the bottom line is that, if you're keeping a folder there, that's a guaranteed customer (well, as guaranteed as you can get, anyway, for a comic shop), so I think that a little extra effort to keep the customers with folders happy isn't that much to ask...it's not like I'm asking for a discount or anything....


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Baron Blood




> I'm in a similar position to you. My comic shop is an hour's drive away, and sometimes it's two or three months before I can get there to pick up my subscription issues from the pull list. Now as part of the subscription arrangement, I had to put a desposit of $20 to the store, which they keep until the day I cancel my subscription issues. So that obliges them to hold my issues. After seeing Cap 25 sell for stupidly high prices, I called my store to see what they had in my sub box, and if they had 'misplaced' my Cap 25. They still had it. Good for them. Your store owner owes you an apology. I wonder if they were selling them on ebay.
> kev.

Jeez...didn't think about that. Now I'm pissed!!!!
Have they ever held anything you didn't want?


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kev





> Jeez...didn't think about that. Now I'm pissed!!!!
> Have they ever held anything you didn't want?
They only hold what's on my list (currently FF:The End, the regular FF title, Cap, and Civil War). However sometimes they'll add a related issue in case I'm interested. Usually I'm not. But it's no problem if I don't want it.
kev.


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Ironguy




> I'm in a similar position to you. My comic shop is an hour's drive away, and sometimes it's two or three months before I can get there to pick up my subscription issues from the pull list. Now as part of the subscription arrangement, I had to put a desposit of $20 to the store, which they keep until the day I cancel my subscription issues. So that obliges them to hold my issues. After seeing Cap 25 sell for stupidly high prices, I called my store to see what they had in my sub box, and if they had 'misplaced' my Cap 25. They still had it. Good for them. Your store owner owes you an apology. I wonder if they were selling them on ebay.
> kev.

The right or wrong being completely based on having a deposit and therefore having a guaranteed sale.

Someone just asking a retailer to hold something isn't a guarantee imo regular customer or no.


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kev





> The right or wrong being completely based on having a deposit and therefore having a guaranteed sale.
>
> Someone just asking a retailer to hold something isn't a guarantee imo regular customer or no.
Agreed.


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Baron Blood




> >What the shop does is set out new comics for the general public and whatever comics don't sell that day go into the saved bin.
>
> In the store owners defense....that sounds like a reasonable policy although understandably
> less than a 100% guarantee of saving you a book that's in high demand on the day its released.
>
> He's giving preference to customers who come into his store on the day of release but he's giving you preference over customers who come into his store Thursday. That seems reasonable to me unless you've prepaid for the book ala a subscription.
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> In the case of Cap #25 he no doubt had dozens of people calling on the phone to hold a copy while there were dozens of people in his store trying to buy one or five.
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> Unlike a hotel or restaurant reservation...first come first serve rules retail! : )

Why offer the service then? I guess he knew that I would be back where as the guy in there at the time might go down the road. I haven't prepaid for anything with this arrangement and he has to look out for his best interest. Maybe a subscription is my best interest. He's jeopardizing $20-30 per month for life (mine or his) to make an extra $2.99.
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Baron Blood




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> Someone just asking a retailer to hold something isn't a guarantee imo regular customer or no.

I see. Ok. I had no idea. However, I neglected to mention that he offered the service to me 2 or 3 yrs ago when I came into his store and Cap was sold out. He even offered a discount to me if I would go that route. That leaves me to assume he will hold my comics back before he passes them on to the general public. I look at it as a gentleman's agreement that says "If you will guarantee that I get the comics I want, I will shop only here for the comics I want". Maybe my $20 to $30 bucks a month isn't enough for him to remember me one way or another.


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Baron Blood




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> > Jeez...didn't think about that. Now I'm pissed!!!!
> > Have they ever held anything you didn't want?
> They only hold what's on my list (currently FF:The End, the regular FF title, Cap, and Civil War). However sometimes they'll add a related issue in case I'm interested. Usually I'm not. But it's no problem if I don't want it.
> kev.

I've had off the wall issues held back that had nothing to do with what I read. I have Iron Fist, Cap, DD, NA, MA, Black Panther and Civil War held for me. I used to have Astonishing X-Men but he would only have one for me about every 3 issues.


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Baron Blood




> >
> > > He's supposed to get some more next Wednesday. Is it bad form to ask the store to hold a varient cover for you if it's a title you currently have held for you?
> > You're one of his regular paying customers. He should do whatever it takes to keep you happy.
> > kev.
>
> exactly...I didn't ask for a specific cover when I got Cap#25 Wednesday, so I got the variant cover with him running on the cover, but I asked them today to hold me one with the "bloody hand" cover (for lack of a better title) if they can, and they told me "no problem"...the bottom line is that, if you're keeping a folder there, that's a guaranteed customer (well, as guaranteed as you can get, anyway, for a comic shop), so I think that a little extra effort to keep the customers with folders happy isn't that much to ask...it's not like I'm asking for a discount or anything....


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Maquiavelo 2099




> >
> > > Jeez...didn't think about that. Now I'm pissed!!!!
> > > Have they ever held anything you didn't want?
> > They only hold what's on my list (currently FF:The End, the regular FF title, Cap, and Civil War). However sometimes they'll add a related issue in case I'm interested. Usually I'm not. But it's no problem if I don't want it.
> > kev.
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> I've had off the wall issues held back that had nothing to do with what I read. I have Iron Fist, Cap, DD, NA, MA, Black Panther and Civil War held for me. I used to have Astonishing X-Men but he would only have one for me about every 3 issues.



It sounds to me that your comic book owner does not deserve your loyalty, I am lucky that my comic book shop (Dr. Volts Comics – Utah) is nothing like that, I called them when I found out that Cap was dead and they will add the issue and the upcoming arc to my hold. I do not have a deposit and get a discount in all comics. I really think you need to change stores or if that is not an option, order your comics online…. The shop’s holds are the first ones to be done in any decent store, or at least to a store that wants happy and recurring customers.

Maq


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GammaSpidey




The shop I go to, they do the pulls before they put anything up on the shelves. The only time I miss an issue of anything that's on my list is when Diamond screws up their order. Then I guess it goes by seniority of the pull-list if the shop gets shorted on something.

Plus I get 20% off everything all the time.



> I have my local comic shop save back a few comics for me each month because I travel for my job and can't make it there frequently. Also, they give me a decent discount on the one's I have held. I show up on Wednesday and they are sold out of CAP #25 so, I don't get my issue. This has happened a few times. The last time it happened I told the owner "If nothing else, make sure I get my Cap comic". What the shop does is set out new comics for the general public and whatever comics don't sell that day go into the saved bin. There's been a few times where they were sold out of the comic I had saved but they held back comics for me that I could care less about. I'm a nice guy; if it looked interesting enough I would go ahead and buy it. I had a subscription for years. But, I like going to this shop now and again so, I thought I might as well give him more business. Is this common practice? The owner's a nice guy but it seems disrespectful to me.


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Baron Blood





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> It sounds to me that your comic book owner does not deserve your loyalty, I am lucky that my comic book shop (Dr. Volts Comics – Utah) is nothing like that, I called them when I found out that Cap was dead and they will add the issue and the upcoming arc to my hold. I do not have a deposit and get a discount in all comics. I really think you need to change stores or if that is not an option, order your comics online…. The shop’s holds are the first ones to be done in any decent store, or at least to a store that wants happy and recurring customers.
>
Know any good online options?


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Ironing Man




I say look for a new shop if you can. My store orders issues specifically for their pull list client, so you never have to worry about not getting an issue on your list.

But I could see a small store in a small town not having the budget to do this.


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billy bob




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The Comic store guy owes you an apology.
And if he is not smart enough to know your 20 bucks a month =
240 a year go some where else. Cash is king as an adult you
need to be respected as such.

Thanks
Billy Bob


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Baron Blood




> I say look for a new shop if you can. My store orders issues specifically for their pull list client, so you never have to worry about not getting an issue on your list.
>
> But I could see a small store in a small town not having the budget to do this.

It's a large city. He seems to do pretty good business too. This store is the least inconvenient of the three w/in reasonable driving distance. I would just mention something to him but I would only do that when I'm the only customer. But, that opportunity never seems to present itself.


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Ironguy




> >
> > Someone just asking a retailer to hold something isn't a guarantee imo regular customer or no.
>
> I see. Ok. I had no idea. However, I neglected to mention that he offered the service to me 2 or 3 yrs ago when I came into his store and Cap was sold out. He even offered a discount to me if I would go that route. That leaves me to assume he will hold my comics back before he passes them on to the general public. I look at it as a gentleman's agreement that says "If you will guarantee that I get the comics I want, I will shop only here for the comics I want". Maybe my $20 to $30 bucks a month isn't enough for him to remember me one way or another.

In your original post you explained the store pull policy as holding anything that doesn't sell the day of release.


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Baron Blood




> > >
> > >
> The Comic store guy owes you an apology.
> And if he is not smart enough to know your 20 bucks a month =
> 240 a year go some where else. Cash is king as an adult you
> need to be respected as such.
>
> Thanks
> Billy Bob

No doubt! I'd never ask for an apology but I do plan to ask that he quits screwing me around. That conversation needs to take place when I'm the only customer. However, that hasn't happened yet. His store stays pretty busy.


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Ironing Man




> > I say look for a new shop if you can. My store orders issues specifically for their pull list client, so you never have to worry about not getting an issue on your list.
> >
> > But I could see a small store in a small town not having the budget to do this.
>
> It's a large city. He seems to do pretty good business too. This store is the least inconvenient of the three w/in reasonable driving distance. I would just mention something to him but I would only do that when I'm the only customer. But, that opportunity never seems to present itself.

I say find a new place unless you really feel committed to this store. I once had to find a new store because of a similar situation (I think I was 12 \:\) ) and I remember it being hard to do because you almost feel an alleigance.
I'm SF,CA and every other store in the city has a pull list service where you get all your issues specially ordered and 10% off all merchandise. Well, I get %10 off everything, but I think its because I'm a long term customer, I think most stores just do 10% off the comics pulled only.


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Phillydawg




Well, it would've been great if the owner had saved you a copy, but you said you go there "now and again" and can't make it frequently, so I can understand why he let a customer in the store purchase it. He probably had no idea when you would be in next (unless you make it a point to come in every day an issue of Captain America is released) and decided to get you a copy when the next batch comes in next week (if he re-ordered).

If he doesn't have another order coming in, then he definitely should have saved you one.












> I have my local comic shop save back a few comics for me each month because I travel for my job and can't make it there frequently. Also, they give me a decent discount on the one's I have held. I show up on Wednesday and they are sold out of CAP #25 so, I don't get my issue. This has happened a few times. The last time it happened I told the owner "If nothing else, make sure I get my Cap comic". What the shop does is set out new comics for the general public and whatever comics don't sell that day go into the saved bin. There's been a few times where they were sold out of the comic I had saved but they held back comics for me that I could care less about. I'm a nice guy; if it looked interesting enough I would go ahead and buy it. I had a subscription for years. But, I like going to this shop now and again so, I thought I might as well give him more business. Is this common practice? The owner's a nice guy but it seems disrespectful to me.


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Baron Blood




> Well, it would've been great if the owner had saved you a copy, but you said you go there "now and again" and can't make it frequently, so I can understand why he let a customer in the store purchase it. He probably had no idea when you would be in next (unless you make it a point to come in every day an issue of Captain America is released) and decided to get you a copy when the next batch comes in next week (if he re-ordered).

He knows I travel alot with my job and can't always be there the day an issue comes out. I have never went two months between visits.
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> If he doesn't have another order coming in, then he definitely should have saved you one.
>
He said he will save me one of each cover when he gets another batch on Wednesday.
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> > I have my local comic shop save back a few comics for me each month because I travel for my job and can't make it there frequently. Also, they give me a decent discount on the one's I have held. I show up on Wednesday and they are sold out of CAP #25 so, I don't get my issue. This has happened a few times. The last time it happened I told the owner "If nothing else, make sure I get my Cap comic". What the shop does is set out new comics for the general public and whatever comics don't sell that day go into the saved bin. There's been a few times where they were sold out of the comic I had saved but they held back comics for me that I could care less about. I'm a nice guy; if it looked interesting enough I would go ahead and buy it. I had a subscription for years. But, I like going to this shop now and again so, I thought I might as well give him more business. Is this common practice? The owner's a nice guy but it seems disrespectful to me.


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Baron Blood




> > > I say look for a new shop if you can. My store orders issues specifically for their pull list client, so you never have to worry about not getting an issue on your list.
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> > > But I could see a small store in a small town not having the budget to do this.
> >
> > It's a large city. He seems to do pretty good business too. This store is the least inconvenient of the three w/in reasonable driving distance. I would just mention something to him but I would only do that when I'm the only customer. But, that opportunity never seems to present itself.
>
> I say find a new place unless you really feel committed to this store. I once had to find a new store because of a similar situation (I think I was 12 \:\) ) and I remember it being hard to do because you almost feel an alleigance.
> I'm SF,CA and every other store in the city has a pull list service where you get all your issues specially ordered and 10% off all merchandise. Well, I get %10 off everything, but I think its because I'm a long term customer, I think most stores just do 10% off the comics pulled only.

This store gives %20. No complaints there.


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cold_war_myth




> I say look for a new shop if you can. My store orders issues specifically for their pull list client, so you never have to worry about not getting an issue on your list.
>
> But I could see a small store in a small town not having the budget to do this.

One could always order from Midtown Comics.com. They list the following week's titles on Saturday and that's how I was able to get 2 copies through pre-order. If you order before Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. online you will get copies shipped to you. They usually pack/pull the week's releases between Tuesday and Wednesday and ship them out Wednesday night.




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cold_war_myth




> > I say look for a new shop if you can. My store orders issues specifically for their pull list client, so you never have to worry about not getting an issue on your list.
> >
> > But I could see a small store in a small town not having the budget to do this.
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> One could always order from Midtown Comics.com. They list the following week's titles on Saturday and that's how I was able to get 2 copies through pre-order. If you order before Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. online you will get copies shipped to you. They usually pack/pull the week's releases between Tuesday and Wednesday and ship them out Wednesday night.
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Ironing Man





> This store gives %20. No complaints there.


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Stranger




> The shop I go to, they do the pulls before they put anything up on the shelves. The only time I miss an issue of anything that's on my list is when Diamond screws up their order. Then I guess it goes by seniority of the pull-list if the shop gets shorted on something.
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> Plus I get 20% off everything all the time.
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I definitely agree with Gammaspidey here. The shop I go to sold out in fifteen minutes, but mine was there two days later, sitting in the box waiting for me.

A challenge you might face is consistency. You have to do regular business with the store, else they will cut your subscription. That happened to me once while I was deployed. At my shop, if you miss two months, your subscription is cancelled.


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