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    If you have a dream about out-posting me, you better wake up and apologize.

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    I used to live in Chicago...

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  1. When I ran the magazine department at Borders we got stuff from 5 different distributors, though most were from either our local distributor (for the weeklies and other big name magazines) and Ingram (which distributed the second tier ones). Borders at the time (94-97) carried no comics, but I suspect that if they did, they would have come through Ingram. (Also, we returned the magazines to our local distributor full copy, cover and all, whereas we stripped the cover and returned only that for all other avenues.) The only thing I had control over as far as ordering was the out of town newspapers. Pre-internet, people still looked at the newspaper to apply for jobs, and certain papers and areas were getting more popular so I was allowed to add to that. Edit: I ran the section at just one store, obviously. Not the whole chain.
  2. I don't think this is true. Barnes and Noble gets their periodicals through a few different distributors. The store didn't count how many of a certain issue was sold, just that there were X issues sold at a certain price point. And when the unsold copies were returned to the distributors, they did a count to see how many of a certain issue of Time or Rolling Stone or whatever sold overall. There are too many periodicals and too many stores to do that sort of store by store inventory. Magazines are a pretty volatile market, too,so if they sold 0, 4, 2, 1, and 8 of the last 5 issues of Superman, it wouldn't be surprising. Each store did not order its own number of titles. That was done by the home office, and for magazines, they looked more at how many copies were sold overall throughout their stores rather than how many of each issue was sold at a specific location.
  3. You should come out and do a show in my neck of the woods and you'd get twice the price for most of those books. It took me a while to realize that there's a significant Midwest discount on comics, and I really underpriced my stuff here. (I still have great prices, obviously...)
  4. To piggyback on RMA, it's very likely that Marvel and DC still distributed a significant number of newsstand copies even up to the end of their program. They may not have sold that many (because no comics were selling a lot at the time), but they still printed them. Think of how comics are printed. First, they print the guts of the book -- the 32 or 48 or 62 pages -- which have the story. Then they print the cover -- which is usually on a heavier stock. And then they bind them together. Back in the days before digital printing, setting up an issue to print was pretty costly, so they more they printed, the cheaper the per-copy cost was. I'm making up a number, because I don't know the specifics, but it maybe cost them $10,000 to set up the issue to print (creating the plates, setting up the plates to run, QC, etc), $18,000 to print 50,000 copies, $25,000 to print 100,000 copies and $35,000 to print 200,000 copies. For them to print a newsstand copy, all they had to do was change the plate for the cover alone, and usually it was only the bar code and price area. So if they were already printing a lot that was pre-sold for the direct market, it wasn't a financial burden to have them print some newsstand copies.
  5. THEY HAVE NO LIQUID IN THEIR BODIES! Final drop to $310.
  6. It looks as if my beautiful children will go thirsty...
  7. For those of you who want a key early Silver Age DC but don't want to break the bank, I'm offering up this always exciting JLA #1 (again).... It is complete -- and everything is attached, though that seems to have been helped by two extra staples on the spine and some tape. I honestly don't know if those were necessary, but little Jimmy must have thought so several decades ago, so there you go. Pieces out of the back cover spine, too. The latest Overstreet (and we all know how accurate that is) has it at $525 in Good. This is $350 -- NOW $325 -- NOW $310!!!! shipped in the US. (If you're ex-US, I'll take $12 off the cost of shipping). Payment in Paypal G&S. The family is headed down to Universal in a few days (God help me) and I'd like to add a little extra to the coffers, because that $350 may pay for 4 lemonades. PM me with any questions.
  8. This is around 35 years ago and an N of 1, so take it all with a grain of salt: I placed probably a dozen different 35/50-cent orders from Mile High starting in the early-80s. I had to get a money order from the Post Office to pay, and they took a while to get to my house. (I never bought from their individually priced ads nor from their catalog, even though I got a new one every few months.) I remember not getting a book perhaps 3 or 4 times and being replaced by something I had on a back-up list. All of the comics I received (that I can recall) were in very nice condition. I stopped buying from Mile High before their first Mile High 2 ads, as I had already started getting a CBG subscription by then and was spending my money on those books.
  9. The placement of the sticker would be my biggest concern for its legitimacy. The price is not nearly as troubling, even though this is the first one people have seen.
  10. Things that shouldn't be happen a lot in comics, and unless they are proven to be impossible (like that ASM #121 Mark Jeweler's), I tend to think that they are legit. Printing and distributing are not exact sciences, and things can happen due to many different hiccups in the process. The two Canadian-variant Mark Jeweler's I found in a random box of stuff are good examples. They should not be, and yet they are. This All-stickered ASM with a price shouldn't be, but I can see how it could have happened.
  11. It looks like I will be there. I'm bringing boxes and boxes of 50 cent and 1 dollar books, most of which have never seen the light of day. I don't want to bring any back home with me, so make an offer!
  12. Is he the guy with the monster shop on Harlem? (Is it Harlem?) He has more stuff than he knows what to do with.