Trades or single issues?

So I always struggle with which I prefer. 
 
Trades make it so incredibly easy to read the story and get the info you need... but there is just something so awesome about having the whole set in single issues. It's almost like completing a puzzle when you have them all. 
 
Does liking one or the other really say something about a personality. Am I super materialistic because I like to have the individual issues? Am I lazy and/or cheap because I want to get books in trades? 
 
The advantage to single issues... it's maybe 25 pages (post ads) and you're done with that issue... .you can continue later if you want.... with a trade it's all right there... easy to lose yourself... both have a good side and a bad side.... I think this is something that will forever plague me... 
 
Though thinking about it... I have a comic box at my local comic shop, they have my card on file and will automatically pull the weekly books I want and keep them aside so I can pick them up later and not miss anything.. with a system like that I am almost always going to have the single issues.... so perhaps its environmental... maybe people with easier access to a comic shop are more prone to by individual issues and people who don't are just so satisfied to read anything they go for the trade.... interesting theories floating about here.....

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Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Trades for me please
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Posted by Darkseid Elite

I like single issues.  
 
Trades are good to because you can just read it all right there.
Edited by Caligula

I read both. If a series is already going and i hear something good about it, instead of picking up the back issues i'll just wait for the trade. but if i catch a series early in the run, i get the singles. it's all in the timing for me.

Posted by Larkin1388

I like them both, but I have to say I prefer single issues. It does feel like completing a puzzle after finishing a set of singles.

Posted by drphilter

Good call Larkin! *high five*
 
I find it a little funny though because when I look at trades... namely Earth One Supes I think.. man that's so expensive... but I will gladly drop 25 or 30 a week on single issues and those are a fraction... weird haha.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Timing for me mostly, and simple economics now.  Going the way of trades is just more economically sound for me, unless of course I'm seeking back issues.  Its all centered around what story/arc/crossover/event is going on for me, and at this point I'm slimming it down to the point that by may I will only be getting 5 DC monthly titles, and one monthly title from Marvel and IDW while getting the Walking Dead Weekly issue each week, and for the latter I only started with issue number 7 since I have the first six issues already in the Days Gone Bye TP.  

Posted by drphilter

Definitely makes sense there red.  I wish there weren't so many Batman titles that makes it so hard, now there's the Flashpoint event that's going on, X-men has their dealio goin on which I'm pretty stoked for and then there's the Fear Itself that has me a little intrigued. Damn comic makers....

Posted by War Killer

Personally if I could, I would chose both because with trades (especially if you like taking your comics with you on a trip) they're easier to transport instead carrying around a box of comics with and instead can just slip the soft/hard covered trade in a bag or backpack and just pull it out on a plane or something. And by collecting the single issues you're still able to keep up with what's going on in comics where when just collecting trades you have to wait months at a time to know what's going on (which also means avoiding spoilers which for a site like this would be almost impossible). Not to mention money and what not would be a major factor in all of this.
 
Really I'd say collect the single issue and if a certain storyline stands out for you, then buy the trade as well.

Posted by Mercy_

Trades (for the most part) for me.  

  • I like being able to read an entire story at once. 
  • They're more durable (especially if you splurge for the hardcover, although I do prefer the paperback ones, they're easier to read)
  • A lot of the time you get bonus material
  • They cost less than if you were to buy the single issues and you usually get more content. 
 
The only drawback is that you don't get to read it as soon as it comes out, you have to wait for the trade to be compiled and avoiding spoilers on a comic book website can be very tricky.  
 
There are things that I will double up on, though. 
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Posted by Donovan Montgomery

I personally still prefer single issues, but I like the convenience trades offer for bookshelf/library reading.

Posted by speedlgt

Trades all the way 
 
there is something special about single issues but there totally not worth the money any more with the price gauging!  
 
they cost too much with little to no payoff and provide 10-15 min of entertaiment value.  
 
trades for the all the reasons stated are better for me and IMO for everyone
Posted by THALASTDRAGON

i definitely prefer single issues.  i only pick up trades for questionable stuff or a series whose back issues cost too much.  and even with that, if i really like tha trade, i'll grab tha back issues anyway like im doing with umbrella academy.  i just luv seein all my comics in my room, its a beautiful sight.

Posted by humanfly26
@The Dark Huntress said:
" Trades (for the most part) for me.  
  • I like being able to read an entire story at once. 
  • They're more durable (especially if you splurge for the hardcover, although I do prefer the paperback ones, they're easier to read)
  • A lot of the time you get bonus material
  • They cost less than if you were to buy the single issues and you usually get more content. 
 
The only drawback is that you don't get to read it as soon as it comes out, you have to wait for the trade to be compiled and avoiding spoilers on a comic book website can be very tricky.  
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this is pretty much exactly what I was going to say so I'll just quote it! I started on trades because I didn't have a comic shop nearby so I would just buy trades from bookstores. Now I live close to a comic shop and still buy trades mostly out of habit, but also for the reasons above.
 
i usually run into spoilers on comicvine though, so I guess there's that..