" If you think about it, Hallmark cards cost just as much (sometimes more) than comic books...and I feel like a lot more work is put into comics. "Agreed.
" @Babs said:Yup! And the increasing number of people who feel that they are entitled to download all their comic books, doesn't help the industry one bit. So if you feel like pointing a finger, you need but to look around you." If you think about it, Hallmark cards cost just as much (sometimes more) than comic books...and I feel like a lot more work is put into comics. "Agreed.That and there are numerous ways that you can look at the rise of comic prices. America's 'hard' times are not just affecting us the comic readings, but the people who produce them as well. "
Thing is, Marvel has to pay writers, artists, letterers, inkers, editors, printers, cover artists, etc. to produce their comics, if you don't keep a stable income Marvel would have to fire personal or those same people would go to other mediums to work.
Besides let's face it 3.99 ain't that much
" money is the reason I don't try and collect single-issues, I'd much rather wait for a series to be put together in a volume before purchasing. "Thats a great way to do it!
From the article:
"Marvel titles from $2.99 to $3.99 is part of an ongoing process of testing just how much money they can make from publishing comics."
"our company is a cash machine"
"Our goal is to maximize our revenue, and if we’re not maximizing our revenue then our pricing is wrong and we have to take a look at that. So you can hope that we see that attrition and our prices come down."
" @Chaos Agent said:They give us comics for free on their website, though." Besides let's face it 3.99 ain't that much "It's that mentality that allows them to raise the price this much without offering anything more to the reader. "
" From the article:"Marvel titles from $2.99 to $3.99 is part of an ongoing process of testing just how much money they can make from publishing comics.""our company is a cash machine""Our goal is to maximize our revenue, and if we’re not maximizing our revenue then our pricing is wrong and we have to take a look at that. So you can hope that we see that attrition and our prices come down." "That's sounds like every companies business model. If we're not making money and people are buying our product we need to raise the price. Its called good business. Now if they start raising prices closer to $6-$7 dollars for a regular 24 page issue, that's when you start complaining about prices.
"Marvel declared bankruptcy in 1996... I hope they go there again with b.s. like this. "It reminds me of the card-o-polooza that happened during the 90s. all their effort went into merchandising and not as much into comics.
The cover price of new comics is shocking... but this isn't news. It's old. The article you linked to was a month old, and it was old news by the time Rich Johnston wrote it.
well 1st you dont buy 5 or more hallmark cards a month! and 2nd hallmark cards are a must Buy in most cases that require a card Mothers day and such.
3rd. I am all for giving the creative staff the money they deserve but we dont know that they are getting that money from this price increase. There is no one who can justify that this increase is a good thing for Comics or fans anyone who thinks this is all fine is dead wrong.
comics cost too much for entertaiment DOLLAR and thats at 2.99 a book! you make it 3.99 a book or 5.99 which is what are all gonna have to live with since all of are us "meant to suppot the industry the the local comic shop" every time I hear that it sounds like some tree huger save the planet jazz.
look people are stealing comics like nothing.....then the king MARVEL says let me raise the price! Yeah that worked really well for the music industry! its like that video in the other thread you have to compete with the pirate NOT raise the price to where fans cant buy it! or put your fans in jail.
look you marvel zombies dont pay them! we have control stop buying there crap and the sales will drop and so will the price.
switch to DC for just 2 months and they will learn.
bunch of greedy suits.
better yet buy TRADES and nothing but JOIN THE DARK SIDE LOL!!!
Stop producing crap, sales will rise again, and prices will drop.
I doubt that prices will ever drop. It doesn't matter if sales fall too much either. Marvel is a business, they are going to try and make the most money possible. If they raise prices, sure sales may fall, but that alone doesn't mean they will make less money. Some titles will probably have to be cut, but when they cut a title, they also cut a lot of jobs necessary to produce that title, which could save them in the long run. Titles that are selling well, and that are extremely popular will most likely continue to sell well, despite price increases. If you figure a comic cost $3.00, and assume Marvel isn't raising salaries, depending on how much of a percentage of that three dollars goes to the actual creation of the book adding another dollar per issue on say "Amazing Spider-Man" for example, will make that title's profits soar, and possibly cancel out a weaker title being cut like say, "Captain Britain and MI13".
The only way that prices will come down again is if sales for only the books that's prices increase drop off. So, when you go out to buy your comics, check the price tag, if it says $2.99 or less, go ahead and make the purchase, if it says $3.99 or higher, leave it alone. Even if it's a must have issue that changes the status quo for your favorite character, that's just a trick they throw at you because they think you are stupid enough to fall for it. The only way to get prices to drop, is to show the company that comics that exceed a certain price tag will not sell. This goes for events too. Sick of Marvel using gimmicky events to rope you into buying fifty tie-in comics in a week? Don't buy them. If enough people stop, they'll eventually get the hint. The real reason Marvel, and any company, can get away with high prices and bad stories is because we keep buying instead of "just saying no."
Also, on piracy: I'm against pirating comics, other things I really could care less, but there is a specific reason why comics piracy irks me; I hate digital comics. Now, I know that a lot of people will try to argue against piracy because it hurts the artist/publisher/whoever, but I don't care about them at all, and haven't seen any real data to believe that's necessarily true. The real victim of comic book piracy is the medium itself. Now, in Babs' thread from a few days ago, I posted a video about how to beat pirates companies may need to figure a way to compete with them. The theory behind that, is the pirates often have discovered a "better way" to receive whatever it is they are stealing, and as far as music goes, this is very much the case, and companies such as Apple have created means of competing with the piracy with things like iTunes. The problem with competing with pirates in comics, for me anyway, is I don't want to read comics on my computer screen, and for companies to compete with the pirates, they'll have no choice but to digitize everything. I really would prefer not to have iComics some day. Of course, I could be the minority there. If the market decides that digital comics is what it wants, then who am I to argue? I may not like it, but all things eventually evolve, but until then, I propose that comics fans who don't like comics prices just stop buying the expensive ones, because piracy will lead to a less expensive maybe, but also less interesting product.
I am a huge support of an icomics store its what basically the industry and fans need its the next step...however the price must be correct 1 dollar NO MORE fans must feel like they are geting a deal for a digtal file. it must be cheaper since in owning a digtal file I have something that is not collectable in ANY fashion. to make that appealing (not having a collectable) it must be cheap.
I think it would be great to be able to get 10 comics a month for 10 dollars!
collectors who want to buy cardboards and plastic proctors can keep paying 5.99 a comic I want the digtal stuff.
"If you think about it, Hallmark cards cost just as much (sometimes more) as comic books...and I feel like a lot more work is put into comics. "
"It's part of life, ink cost more, paper cost more, artist cost more, blah blah blah....ect ect. "According to the article, it really doesn't have anything to do with cost of production. It's all about maximizing profits, which I'm also okay with since we do live in a capitalist society, which I prefer.
" @pixelized said:Their Movies see a nice return, surely they aren't hurting too badly." Stop producing crap, sales will rise again, and prices will drop.I don't think Capitalism works that way. Maybe in theory, "
I agree that if the prices go up the quality needs to step up as well. So far I think Marvel has done a good job keeping up with the quality of their comics. There are some that are complete garbage, but just stop buying those and eventually they will cancel that series.
Someone also mentioned that Marvel offers comics for free online so if you can't afford comics for a time period you can check those out to get your fix. There are also tons of other comics out there that are really good from such publishers as Boom Studios and Dark Horse Comics. I am sure there are many more, but you need to search around and check out some reviews of different stuff. You actually may find some new cool comics you would have never found otherwise.
so that's about £2.50 sterling... well, we're already paying about £2.75 to £2.99 anyway because of import costs and all that... so if Marvel put their prices up another doller, then prices will be about another £1 for us after costs.
so we're talking about £4 for a comic... No thanks...
Sorry, but i've got more important things to spend £4 on, i'll just give up buying Marvel and stick to just DC whose comics are still at £2.25 over here
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