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Comic Stores Both Good and Bad

February 28, 2008

You’ve all been there. Some stores the staff are so surly they make bad manners a art form, The stock is overpriced and bad information is given to the customers. Then the flip side of the coin Friendly knowledgeable staff, Well laid out stores, reasonable prices.

Now I may just be getting on my soap box here, but, Surely the idea of a comic store is to sell comics. Sure you can rip someone off a few times but inevitably all they will do is move to another store. Now I am no hard edged businessman but surely three or four sales does not equate to continuation sales. Take my habit, I mean my comic purchases. I have a good comic supplier and i spend approx £400 to £ 500 pounds a month breaking that into dollars it’s approx $800 to $1000 a month. Yes I am sure that the comic shop owner appreciates the revenue, but I get good advice, told in advance what is coming out and an actual apology if something has gone wrong. On top of this I have been drinking with the Guy, He’s one of the Tobacco Lepers so I regularly smoke with him and we phone each other.

 Now this is your chance to let me know of the good guys out there, and also the ones to watch out for.

Name and Shame folks

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One comment

  1. Hi Richard,

    Came upon you by accident (great name!) and read some of your words… and since you asked, Another Dimension Comics is a great shop (where I buy my books) in Calgary, AB Canada!

    It is bright, clean, nicely planned out and has EVERYTHING (I need)- all Marvel/DC trades and comics in print,Image and the rest too – at least 10 book cases of Indies – statues and… did I mention it is a BIG store? (and everything is U.S. prices!)

    Staff are friendly and if they don’t know something they will go out of their way to find out for you.

    All my friends shop there and it is nice to feel comfortable in a comic shop.

    I used to go to a couple of the smaller ones because they were closer but, I don’t like being ogled like I am a martian by the staff and with the fan-boys all loitering around the counter, in stores so small, it is impossible to get out of their range and have a pleasant shop around… and they all seem to think ‘real’ comics are only by Marvel… and, if they don’t know something, they tend to just make up s**t…

    That is my take on ‘my’ comic shop… if you are ever in Calgary, you should go there!

    Best from Canada,
    Wendy



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