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bh


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Starting with this issue, the price of ACTION is now $3.99. Instead of the usual 22 pages of the main story, we were given only 20. Justifiying this price increase is the Captain Atom "Second Feature" (I like to call it a BACKUP), which is a mere 10 pages long. So in reality, I'm paying a dollar extra for the story I buy the book for, only to get two pages less of that same story. Additionally, I'm paying for a story I wouldn't buy on its own.

In spite of all the competition (videogames, DVD, cable TV, the Internet), it's still no wonder nobody buys comics anymore. Prices that historically rise faster than the rate of inflation, combined with asinine editorial decisions, are killing a once-great medium.

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    Starting with this issue, the price of ACTION is now $3.99. Instead of the usual 22 pages of the main story, we were given only 20. Justifiying this price increase is the Captain Atom "Second Feature" (I like to call it a BACKUP), which is a mere 10 pages long. So in reality, I'm paying a dollar extra for the story I buy the book for, only to get two pages less of that same story. Additionally, I'm paying for a story I wouldn't buy on its own.



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    In spite of all the competition (videogames, DVD, cable TV, the Internet), it's still no wonder nobody buys comics anymore. Prices that historically rise faster than the rate of inflation, combined with asinine editorial decisions, are killing a once-great medium.


Unfortunately, the companies have crunched the numbers and realized a dollar price hike, even if they lose readers because of it, is still going to increase their bottom line. Take, for example, a comic that sells 50,000 units per month. Increasing the cover price one dollar, even if it costs them 25% of their readership, is still bringing in more money ($2.99 x 50,000 units = $149,500 vs. $3.99 x 37,500 units (25% of 50,000) = $149,625). Looking at the immediate future, it is the best strategy for them. (Long term, it can do nothing but harm, but comics aren't historically known for looking at the long-term picture.) I don't like it any more than you do, but these are the realities we face. The bright side is that we are getting, for now anyway, something for that extra dollar. Over at Marvel, the only thing they're giving readers for that extra dollar is a lighter wallet.




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howlermouse




Somewere in my collection is an editorial in a DC comic apologizing for a 3 cent price hike. From 12 cents to 15 cents IIRC. They apologized and gave a break down as to why they were raisng prices and then apologized again. Today's price increase is simply a slap in thhe face and I'm convinced they could find a way to do a price increase that's less than a dollar.


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darth-sinister




So you complain at $3.99, but didn't at $2.99 or $2.50. People have always complained about price increases, then plunked down their hard earned cash. Everything goes up in price over time.

Anyway, in the case of Action Comics, we got a co-feature that ties into the overall New Krypton storyline. DC's been talking about Cap being in the Superman books for a year and the last four months or so, being a co-feature. Also, as DC has been saying for the last several months, the co-features help expose certain characters, allowing them to hopefully get a new title.


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Smithville Thunderbolt




>Everything goes up in price over time.

But not at the same rate. Comic prices are outstripping inflation:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18583


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Lorendiac


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omike015 

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I think you're smart enough to realize a jump in the price of the floppies will -- will -- inevitably lead to a jump in the price of the trades.




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Would be Watcher


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...but it's more a matter of not pre-ordering my comics and taking the complete story arc that I want to read about. I no longer just buy to collect. This time is over for me. No more continuity means stories are more and more self countained anyway so why buy a periodic that doesn't pick-up where the previous writer left? I don't regret the move so far.



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Though we disagree on the definition of "substantially" (and likely the whole "wait for trade" philosophy being good for comics as a whole), what I was replying to is that the jump in price of the floppies will be "unnoticeable" to trade readers. I just don't see that being a logical line of thought.




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Kaiser The Great




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$1.99 at DCBS. Of course you'll have to pay for shipping, but if you're buying enough books per month, it would work out cheaper.


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bh


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The Anti-Rob Liefeld




No. I don't think I feel ripped off.

I like the fact there are double features which brings more bang to than some of Marvel's $3.99 titles like New Avengers & Thor.

Although I think another character should be spotlighted other than Captain Atom but I'll read it anyway.

If I had my way, instead of Captain Atom, I would of done a rotating feature similiar what the series did in the early 80's rotating Atom, Aquaman & Air Wave. Would be great to feature the two Atoms, maybe Congorillia & Aquaman.




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bh


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I don't know, man. It just seems far too steep for me. $3.50, I could've lived with. But this... hate to say it, but I'm jumping ship. I don't have the same disposable income I had in the 90's and early part of this decade to justify the rising price of comics.


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jwd





Several years ago I spent $20 on cable and had about 30 channels. Today it costs me nearly $60 and I have 100 channels. Its not because I wanted more channels and upgraded. Its just that was the smallest package with what I wanted and they kept upgrading the smallest package adding channels I had no interest in.

I imagine if I go out to eat and tell them I don't want a salad or one of the sides on my meal I won't get a discount on it.

More is added to something to justify the price increase. They just don't ask customers if they want it.

Eventually the extra story will be cut but the price will remain the same.




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Webwalker57




I agree! I paid to read a Superman story in Action not some off brand one DC is pushing. I won't have titles pushed on me. In addition, their price increase in todays financial situation is a slap in the face to their readers! x\(


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