Friday, July 31, 2009

Comic Book Price Increases

Via Polite Dissent, here is a letter from National Periodical Publications Inc. explaining their reasons for increasing the price of comic books.

reprinted from politedissent.com


How nice of them! A noble attempt at explaining the economics behind the comic book industry. Although the line that reads, "We feel confident that you understand the necessity for this slight adjustment and will remain loyal fans" struck me as a little odd. I mean, who are they to tell me how I feel? That certainly wouldn't work today. When comic book publishers raise their book prices by a dollar, I generally don't care how nice the paper quality is. Most likely, I'd drop the book if it was not essential.

Also, this comment is wonderful:

I wish Government would publish explanations like this one when they raise taxes.

12 comments:

graphicnovelty said...

I actually wrote up an economic analysis of comic book price increases on my blog. I figured since you guys were interested in the intersection of economics and comics you might want to give it a look.

jake said...

governement prints money and causes rise in prices and poor publisher has to apologize. that´s not fair. i would like this letter enclosed with comic book: "we are sorry for the higher cost of our magazine, but those crooks in washington just love to counterfeit our money. the editors"

ShadowBanker said...

graphicnovelty - Thanks! We'll definitely check it out.

jake -- Ha, I'm not sure that would go over well with those crooks in Washington!

Chad said...

jake said - "governement prints money and causes rise in prices and poor publisher has to apologize."

Oh, the poor corporations aren't making enough money so they have to whine and gouge consumers more in an already bad economy. I'm sure the CEO''s of Warner Brothers and Marvel are hurting big time. Maybe they'll even have to give up a yacht or that summer home they've had their eyes on. I feel so sorry for them.

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