I hope this doesn’t come off as condescending or holier-than-thou but for the last 6-8 months or maybe a little longer (well before the paper shortage) I have seriously cut my pulls back. It’s a combination of baby budget, saving for a house, and focusing on what I enjoy reading. For me, comics are an escape and I enjoy the characters. I’ll spec here and there and sell a book if the pro e is right but I can’t make it a priority of mine.
Also, my LCS closed one of their 3 locations due a landlord wanting a 10yr lease and increased rental rate. In the depth of the pandemic he felt that it would be irresponsible to commit to something like that so he closed the store. As an incentive to stay with him, he offered the customers of that location a permanent discount in product if they migrated their pullbox to one of the other 2 stores. For me, it means a 36 mile round trip for ~$10-25 worth of comics. However my Hyundai gets 32+ MPG on a windy day so I am fine with it.
Also, I have only purchased from an online comic store MAYBE 4 times. I only did it because I was worried the incentives I wanted wouldn’t be on the shelf when I got to my LCS. In all instances they were on the shelf and due to shipping I ended up paying at TFAW than I would have otherwise. I just don’t enjoy online shopping and I can’t bring myself to sell my community members down the river to maybe save a buck on a comic. Small business is so important! If you don’t have an LCS I totally understand needing to shop online.