So, it looks like DC books are going to cost $1 more come March. Seems like Future State was an opportunity to kick prices way up (some up to $9), so that after that event when they dropped prices back down, maybe we wouldn’t notice the overall price increase. Sneaky. Makes me wonder if that was the actual purpose of Future State entirely.
I’d guess Marvel will follow suit sooner than later.
Does this impact how you buy? I mean, a 25% increase in costs on new books is fairly significant.
I don’t see Marvel following just yet. They do use thinner paper to keep costs down. I’m not a big fan of the thinner paper for covers but then again, I’m not a fan of DC’s cardstock covers they were selling the same books for $1 more over the regular stock covers…
I’ll start buying DC again though if the damn books were worth the damn read… as of lately, none of them are worth the cover price even if they were $2.99 each…
It certainly impacts how I buy as a store. DC has done a lot in this past year to aggravate retailors and alienate small businesses, but they do not seem to understand the position they are putting themselves in. I know of multiple stores that have already stopped selling DC all together and are not really seeing much impact.
For my store, DC is only makes up 10-15% of sales, yet their minimum purchase requirement is higher than Diamonds, their stories are just not as good as Marvels (in my opinion), and Lunar customer service is awful. If you are going to add a higher price tag as well (more expensive comics see less sales overall), why bother with DC at all?
I also am looking to cut back. I will likely drop Venom after Cates walks away as well…
… Stranger Things: Science Camp and Autumnal are coming to a close so that will help as well. Stranger Things: Dungeons and Dragons I think is halfway done? That will be 4 books worth of money saved.
I’ll probably still pick up the main Batman title because, well, DUH. I MAY drop Detective Comics, we shall see how Tamaki handles the book.
I will continue to read Nightwing because Tom Taylor is one of my favorite writers in comics and he just picked up the title. I have to give it a shot. I told myself I would cut it out of the pull list then he goes and announces he is writing Nightwing…
Speaking of writers, Josh Williamson is going to wrote a Damian Wayne Robin book and that has me intrigued too. I like Williamson. I’ll like read the first couple issues to see how it does. If nothing else I’ll grab issue 1.
It’s strange, but the best quality book out there right now in my opinion is Walking Dead Deluxe. The paper stock is fantastic and I feel like I get 9.9 quality books each month. The colors just jump off the interior pages. It’s just really well done. Makes Marvel paper stock look like tissue paper.
I’m dropping Venom from my regular pull list after 200 too. Not that I’m a Cates superfan. I just kinda over it, and this is as good a time as any. Trading that with High Republic.
Zero DC pulls on my list anyway, so this impacts me more if Marvel does the same.
Batman was my character of choice back during my first stint as a collector. Back in the Legends of the Dark Knight days. Have a bunch from that era. And, I’ve found myself picking up a handful of the current Batman books. I think Punchline is the best new character of 2020. But, it’s not something I’m getting every issue of.
I’m also looking for reasons to cut back and this is a big one. In 2006, the jump to $2.99 was part of my final push to drop floppies, and ironically ten years later, $2.99 DC Rebirth titles were part of what enticed me back. Batman is the only title I’ve picked up religiously over my past five years back collecting, but #106 is likely my last issue for a while.
Call me cheap, but it’s hard to justify $5 for regular issues.
Yeah, particularly when you can wait for the trade and get the first one for $10-$12. Or if you want to spend like $80 a year, get the Marvel Unlimited app and you can read them all + 10k+ issues anytime you want.
Sheesh…and I was ticked when comics increased from .65 cents to .75 cents back in 1985 or so. Adjusted for inflation that isn’t even $2 in today’s money. $5 to $9 range for new comics is a bit…much. I’m sure I will still collect a few each month but more and more I am shifting my spending $$$ to completing older bronze and copper age sets.