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September 13, 2007

Pundits React to Diamond’s POS System

News that Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. will be working with retailers to supply them with a POS system geared to streamline store operations vis-a-vis the giant distributor has brought with it a variety of reactions. The two best ones I've seen so far today are 1) Johanna Draper Carlson's catch that the system means Diamond will require UPC codes, something that might have an effect on small or self-publishers, and 2) Dirk Deppey's long list of questions and potential objections. By far the most compelling questions Deppey asks are about the notion of the system as a way to limit competition from other distributors already working the market, and any distributor wanting to work the market.
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