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April 14, 2009

This Is Sort Of Interesting, Just Not For The Reasons Its Producers Think

Brett's Comic Book Pile from Richmond Biz Sense on Vimeo.

I liked this for its glimpse into a comic book operation's warehouse space (one of them, anyway) and for its acknowledgment that comics shops are using their collectibles stock in creative ways in order to float through a period of economic uncertainty. That matches the anecdotal feedback I've been receiving from a number of comic shop owners. I also just like hearing people that are really into selling comic books talk, as much as this kind of person is foreign to my existence and the background music may be driving me nuts. The article seems to suggest some downturn in the collectible's market, but I'm not sure how true that is: pulling your books because you can't receive the margin you want on eBay could mean a lot of things. The figure given for loss of volume is pretty alarming, though, but certainly the claim of an 80 percent isn't reflected in the national market, so I'm not sure what to make of it.
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