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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
    Originally posted by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
    The majority of $3.99 DC Comics will drop back to $2.99 in January, as announced Thursday afternoon by the publisher.

    This news means the effective elimination of the company's "Second Feature" back-up stories, that ran in 40-page titles including Action Comics and Detective Comics. Additionally, $3.99 32-page comics that featured the traditional 22 pages of story will now have 20 pages of story for $2.99.

    In the company's official press release, co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee stated that the move is a reaction to fan and retailer complaints that $3.99 was too much to ask for a single issue of a comic book.

    "As Co-Publishers, we listened to our fans and to our partners in the retail community who told us that a $3.99 price point for 32 pages was too expensive," DiDio said in the statement.


"DC Drops 2 Pages Of Content" is probably not as a good a headline.

I feel like this story ties into another subject we've been talking about recently.

From what I gather, $3.99 was a really big breaking point for a lot of people. Certainty was enough for DC to retrench to a lower price for the time being (and maybe, next time, they'll move it up a little less at a time.)

I wonder if this is actually going to help. If you've stopped buying the books because the price was too high, might you have figured you didn't really want the books that much in the first place? Or will this just get people who switched to waiting for the paperback to switch back buying it monthly?



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$2.99 is too expensive too, if the companies expect you to buy all the different titles they're cranking out.

I know it's just not the way things are done anymore, but I'd like to see a line of titles printed on newsprint and priced at 1 to 2 bucks each. I'm just not fond of the glossy paper most comics are printed on. I think some art just looks better on newsprint. If you need an example of this, check out the paperback edition of Marvel's "Wonderful Wizard of Oz."



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Halle-fricking-lujah.

Will make it much easier to take a chance on some "marginal" DC books again now that I'm not going to be paying "extra" for some of the books I *really* want!



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.78
Marvel follows.

"Less than an hour after their primary competitor announced an across the board drop to a $2.99 price point, Marvel Comics today also announced at least a partial move away from the often criticized $3.99 price for new serialized superhero comics.

During the ICv2 Conference On Comics & Digital – a Thursday afternoon industry pre-event to New York Comic Con – Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales & Circulation David Gabriel confirmed that new books launching in January 2011 will not debut at $3.99. "A lot of talk I've heard [today is] about the pricing increases overall...because of the digital comics sales, prices will decrease," he said as part of a panel whose focus was "Print Vs. Digital.""

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=28740






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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.54

too bad most DCU titles aren't worth 2.99 right now either.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.56
I have to look, but I don't remember paying $4 an issue, but I was going to hit the comic book store today and see. Superman, GL, Flash and depending on who is in the Brightest Day issue, they are worth $3.00 an issue. I would prefer it to go back to $2.00 an issue.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
This is great news, honestly. I've never objected to a price increase before the jump to $3.99 - between inflation and the shrinking market, that was just the way it had to be. But a full dollar increase on a $3 book, a full third of the price, was ridiculous. I had to drop several books just because I couldn't afford them anymore.

Of course, one good thing about the price increase was that it finally broke me of two of my worst comic-buying habits - sticking with a series I wasn't enjoying, and picking up the big event comics even if I didn't particularly like the talent involved. Fortunately, I don't think dropping prices will get me to go back to doing either of those.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.54

The best and worst thing about the comics buying audience is "inertia buying."



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    Originally posted by DrewDewce
    Halle-fricking-lujah.

    Will make it much easier to take a chance on some "marginal" DC books again now that I'm not going to be paying "extra" for some of the books I *really* want!


Great! Give R.E.B.E.L.S. a shot, it's well worth it and it needs readers so it won't get canceled.



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    Originally posted by Cerebus
      Originally posted by DrewDewce
      Halle-fricking-lujah.

      Will make it much easier to take a chance on some "marginal" DC books again now that I'm not going to be paying "extra" for some of the books I *really* want!


    Great! Give R.E.B.E.L.S. a shot, it's well worth it and it needs readers so it won't get canceled.


Excellent idea, done!



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