Marvel, The $4.99 20 Page Comic And Amazon

With books such as Marvel’s Wolverine And The X-Men HC collecting four issues of 20 page comics (rather than the seven issues on the Amazon’s listing), shipping yesterday for a whopping $19.99, some readers are in revolt.

Not so much the $3.99 twenty page comic, but four $4.99 twenty page comic in a stiff binder. That’s 25c a page. Damn.

Added to the fact that customers can buy the books close to what retailers pay for them in advance, from Amazon, there’s a fair amount of ruction.

Take the Avengers VS. X-Men hardcover, collecting the series and its spinoff, over 500 pages, knocked back from $75 to $39.

Or the Uncanny X-Force: Otherworld hardcover, which would be five comics for $24.99, now a more reasonable $13. Same with Moon Knight Vol 2, Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 2, and Wolverine Goodbye Chinatown.

It’s a similar (though better value) story for upcoming paperbacks such as Deadpool – Volume 9: Institutionalized, Daken: Dark Wolverine: The Pride Comes Before the Fall and Daredevil, Vol. 1.

However, one bright point for retailers is that these books don’t stay at these low prices forever. Also Marvel aren’t ones for keeping too many books in print, and soon those Amazon prices could rocket north of $100.  Then retailers can use Amazon to resell their comic for profit! Hopefully before their customers do…

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