It’s an uncomfortable topic that’s been getting a lot more traction in casual comic shop conversation. With the economy where it is, and prices where they’re going, how are you managing your weekly pull list at the comic shop? If you were to look at your weekly list, how do you determine overall what stays and what goes? What’s the bottom-line criteria for your bottom line?
I know that my situation is a little different than a lot of people. Though I buy a lot of things for myself, I have a number of purchases that are guided in the interest of doing things for Newsarama. However, as a general customer, I find that it’s harder for me to sometimes “sample” a new title if that’s $4. I’m much less likely to go past the first issue if it doesn’t immediately grab me.
In terms of that great burden that a lot of us long-timers bear, completism, the decisions become a little harder. It can honestly be difficult to kick a book to the curb if you have, say, the past ten years of it. It gets tricky when you now have to balance the price of a single issue against, say, an upscale coffee or a fast food value meal or a half-way decent beer (actually, in that context, if you skipped the comic, the coffee, the value meal and the beer, you’d have $16 or more for a trade).
So, my question to you: how are you managing, and is there something that you had to drop in the face of this?