Amazon Super-Sale on Comic Hardcovers: The Aftermath

On Sunday, March 7, U.S. customers woke up to discover that a huge number of normally expensive hardcover comics were available from Amazon.com for $14.99 apiece. Later in the day, some were discounted even further, to $8.24. Since these books included the Marvel Omnibus line, which normally is cover-priced at $100, lots of people jumped on the bandwagon and ordered wildly. Other affected publishers were IDW, Dark Horse, and Image, both preorders and current releases. As Bully points out, all of the publishers whose works were included were distributed by Diamond Book Distributors, which suggests a massive automated data glitch of some kind.

Another oddity about this event was the lack of cover price information. Instead of listing the book’s cover price at whatever it should be, and then showing the Amazon price as a discount (as you can see in the image below), the cover price was listed as a flat $14.99, with no discount. This unannounced “sale” pushed many of the comics into the Amazon top 100 sellers. At the time of this writing, with prices returned to normal, they’re still there, as shown by this screenshot. Note also that the books are no longer in stock (likely sold through the inventory), with delays of a week or two before they can ship.

The rest of the top 10 includes The Incredible Hulk Omnibus Vol. 1; Iron Man Omnibus Vol. 1; and The Death of Captain America Omnibus, and the trend continues through the top 20.

Plenty of people who took advantage of this error are feeling entitled, with some threatening class action suits if they don’t get their discount books. How selfish. You knew the pricing was wrong, and yet you ordered anyway. If you get any books at all out of the deal, you got lucky. Saying you should get them all is pig-headed. Trying to take advantage of someone else’s error isn’t good karma (although I ordered a few books myself). Trying to profit from it, by ordering multiple copies for later resale, for instance, is just greedy.

Similarly stupid is the idea that this shows that “Comics are too expensive. You make them cheaper, much cheaper, and people will buy them.” Well, sure, if you sell product for 85% off, plenty of people will jump. But you aren’t making any money if you’re selling books for less than it costs to print them.

So what will Amazon do? And who pays for this mistake? We don’t know yet. Plenty of people have gotten confirmation of shipped orders at the $15 price. Others, who ordered multiple copies of the same books, have been told that they’re only getting one of any given title. Preorders and orders on out-of-stock books are still pending as I write this. My guess is that those are likely to be cancelled with apology letters.

BleedingCool.com, which was pushing readers to order hard, with eight different articles about the event, has revealed that 14,071 items were ordered just through their links. At that level, they get a kickback of 8.5% on each shipped sale. Assuming a price of $14.99 (might have been less), if all those orders shipped (they won’t) Rich Johnston and crew made a shade under $18,000 off of their readers. No wonder they were encouraging multiple purchases!

But let’s examine the cost. (These are round numbers, of course, and note that I’m just discussing one source. There were likely many more orders that didn’t go through that set of links.) 14,000 books at a cover price of $100 would, let’s say, normally sell for an average of $70 on Amazon (somewhere between $60 and $80). They sold for $15 instead, for a loss of $770,000. Not in real money, of course, since nothing says the same number of books would have sold at the higher price, but in potential revenue.

What about Diamond? If Diamond normally gets $50 a book (half cover), or $700,000, and now they’re getting $7.50, or $105,000, they’re out almost six hundred thousand dollars. If the publishers expect to be paid at their standard rate, and Diamond has to eat the loss (if it was their data entry error), that could be rather significant, even potentially harmful to their business. Coincidentally, today’s news was that Diamond fired three people from their book arm, with their tasks being covered by employees on the Diamond Comic Distributors side.

Update: (3/9/10) I realize I was amiss in not taking the math example far enough. Let’s continue. If Diamond takes 5% off the top as their fee, then they owe the publishers 45% of cover price, which means $630,000. (Note that I don’t pay as much attention to the details of the direct market as I used to, and so I don’t know how accurate the 5% fee is. Those with more information are asked to update me, please.)

Given all the assumptions we’ve made, then instead of earning $70,000 for handling 14,000 $100 books, Diamond is in the hole to the tune of $525,000. I don’t think they can afford to lose that much right now. However, note again that this example is hypothetical. The 14,000 number comes from one site’s orders. More were ordered elsewhere, and regardless of source, not all of those books will ship. Plus, Diamond may not be held to blame for this, or the cost might be shared among participants (publishers, distributor, and Amazon), or lawyers might have to get involved to figure it all out.

One additional ramification, as Caroline pointed out, is that this little snafu has made the books involved rather scarce, even if you want to pay a more reasonable price. Those who ordered for speculative purposes may be able to turn the books quickly, until more make it into the pipeline.


66 Responses to “Amazon Super-Sale on Comic Hardcovers: The Aftermath”

  1. Chris G. Says:

    Class action? Really?

    I just figured it was a really good deal — Amazon’s been known to do those from time to time, even on big-ticket items. Of course, I only ordered two books. If I get them, I’ll be very pleased, and if I don’t, well, I don’t have a lot of spare shelf space anyway.

    Thanks for mentioning the stupidity of the idea that comics are too expensive — that’s arguably true of the monthly comics or of smaller collections, but $70-$100 for oversize hardcover reprints seems perfectly reasonable, albeit outside my comfort zone except in very rare cases.

  2. Greg McElhatton Says:

    “Plenty of people who took advantage of this error are feeling entitled, with some threatening class action suits if they don’t get their discount books.”

    There are times when I really hate people. On the bright side, all they’ll do is just waste their money if they follow through (which I’m sure they won’t), since the terms and services make it pretty clear that Amazon is within their rights to cancel the orders.

  3. Johanna Says:

    It’s true. It’s not a sale until your card is charged, and I think that doesn’t happen until the product ships.

  4. Rich Johnston Says:

    “Well, sure, if you sell product for 85% off, plenty of people will jump. But you aren’t making any money if you’re selling books for less than it costs to print them.”

    Indeed and that’s not what I’m saying. Comics price rises have outstripped both inflation and comparative entertainment. A recent survey discovered entrance to the Empire State, th New York Times, Slurpees and gold had risen more than comics in the last ten years – but that was all. Comics sales are in freefall. I believe that demand is there but as Marvel execs have admitted, they’re trying to maximise revenue by seeing if the market can bear the $3.99 price point. Sales are slipping fast, but they may well be making more money overall. Just at the expense of the long term health of the industry as another slice of the audience falls away. All this did was demonstrate a demand that is there – enough to make the entire top fourteen best selling books at Amazon all comic books.

    I was not pushing “readers to order hard” so much as pointing out the mathematics and the reality of the situation. In actuality it seems that those who did make multiple purchases of the Omnibi will be the ones who get one copy at the $8.24 or $14.99 price. Most others will not get anything.

    And I ran multiple stories because people were genuinely interested in what was happening. Also the rest of the comics reportage were asleep or doing other things. The industry was talking about it but it seemed that I was one of the few reporting on it.

    The first story has become the fourth most popular story on the site in the one day since it ran.

    Amazon Associate linkage is a bonus – as I’m sure you discover, but it’s only on $200 do far. Which will probably get spent on comics.

    Thanks for the link though! I should slip you $5.

  5. Rich Johnston Says:

    Absolutely, if people got a deal, great, if they didn’t, I find it insane that anyone could think they could sue Amazon over this – mind you people sue each other over far sillier things.

  6. Johanna Says:

    The only demand demonstrated is that people will buy products they think are ridiculously underpriced in the hopes of getting an amazing deal or being able to resell. That doesn’t mean anything in terms of regular comic pricing and demand — unless you’re suggesting that comics be cover priced at $10 so $3-4 seems like 60-70% off.

  7. Jer Says:

    Comics sales are in freefall. I believe that demand is there but as Marvel execs have admitted, they’re trying to maximise revenue by seeing if the market can bear the $3.99 price point.

    This is quite likely because Marvel and DC execs don’t actually care about the comics industry at this point. Neither of them seem to see themselves as magazine publishers – they’re IP licensors. The comics arms of these companies seem to be in a holding pattern – they make enough money that shutting them down isn’t really justified, but actually attempting to expand them would mean trying to figure out how to be magazine publishers in an economy where even the magazine publishers don’t want to be magazine publishers.

    There’s really no other way to explain how the industry has reached the point where we now have comics that don’t even sell 75K copies sitting in the top 10 in direct market sales every month. Neither of the “big two” are interested in expanding their comics market – they seem to figure that the IP itself is worth more than the comics. And, frankly, given how poorly they’ve handled the comics for the last couple of decades they’re probably right.

  8. Ray Cornwall Says:

    I ordered a number of books. I did get the 3 New X-Men Ultimate trades- but they were $15 each, normally $35 at retail. A great sale to be sure, but not as good as the $8 omnibuses. I ordered a few of those, but I really don’t expect the orders to be honored.

    I think the complainers are a small, ill-informed lot. Go ahead, try to sue Amazon over this. I’d be surprised if there’s a reputable attorney who’d take the case. This isn’t the first time this sort of error has happened, and Amazon has protected themselves well against this sort of thing.

    As for Rich Johnston making a profit…well, it was a very hot story. And I saved a bunch of money because of him. So if he gets a few bucks because of it, well, good for him.

    Also, I think that story about the three employees being fired was up on the web before the Amazon situation. Of course, for all we know, the Amazon error was a direct result of that firing- possibly a vindictive employee?

  9. Thom Says:

    “Plenty of people who took advantage of this error are feeling entitled, with some threatening class action suits if they don’t get their discount books. How selfish.”

    Agreed, I took advantage not realizing it might be a glitch right away… Amazon has done some crazy pricing on other products. But once I realized it was a mistake, I resigned myself to the fact I was likely going to not get these prices.

    As of this morning, I had not received any cancellation e-mails, but if I don’t get any of the books, I understand. Wait, they did ship the Rocketeer collection this morning. If they do honor the pricing for me, I will really appreciate the gesture, but by no means do I expect Amazon to honor a price glitch.

  10. Bill D. Says:

    Class action suits? Oh, please. Even for fan entitlement, that’s just ridiculous. As I saw someone wisely say on a forum somewhere, the best case scenario here is that you get some amazing deals on some books, and the worst case scenario is that you get to keep your money. If that’s not a win-win situation, I don’t know what is.

  11. Thom Says:

    People need to stick to honest and plausible lawsuits. Like my lawsuit against DC for the murder of Ted Kord.

  12. Thad Says:

    Argh, I really could have used an $8 Madman Gargantua. It’s probably for the best that I DIDN’T see this while it was active, as I am confident I would have thrown down $100 on comics yesterday if I had. (I’m a firm believer in supporting my local comic shop, but $90 off is a pretty hard bargain.)

    I realize that stuff like this DOES have a human cost, but if Diamond is making $50 on a hardback, as you suggest — well, I’d be curious to see where that $50 actually goes, because that sounds an awful lot like they’re fleecing both the consumer and the creators.

    Johnston’s picked a bad example to make a good point, I think. This is, absolutely, a unique situation that is not at all representative of what would happen if there were an actual line-wide pricing drop. But, a pricing drop could very well lead to increased sales.

    Of course, most of these $100 hardbacks are also available split up into $15 trades. I’m baffled as to why there’s no paperback version of the Fourth World Omnibus volumes — that’s DC and not affected by this glitch, but still relevant to Johnston’s point. (Doesn’t make a lick of sense to me — messageboards lit up with people kvetching that Final Crisis is incomprehensible; those are all potential sales of Fourth World just for the sake of explaining who the hell Sonny Sumo and the Female Furies are. But those people are going to, justifiably, balk at the prospect of spending $200 on hardbacks.)

  13. Thom Says:

    So, as of now, I have not received an e-mail to cancel my orders or change the prices.

  14. Alan Coil Says:

    You said: “…Rich Johnston and crew made a shade under $18,000 off their readers…”

    Johnston said: “…it’s only on $200 so far…”

    Just illustrates a point. I think I know what Johnston is. Know we’re just haggling on the price.
    ____

    I was tempted to order a bunch of stuff from Dark Horse, such as the Creepy, Eerie, Nexus, and Tarzan Archives, but my income isn’t what it used to be, so I had to pass.

  15. Andy Goldman Says:

    Who are these people who are planning on suing Amazon? I can believe that some people got excited at the deals and in their disappointment did some talking out of their asses, but I think the majority of people were like me in thinking, “What can it hurt to try? I won’t be surprised if they cancel the order but why not…” The surprising thing is how long it took Amazon to get it under control.

  16. Rich Johnston Says:

    “I think I know what Johnston is. Know we’re just haggling on the price.”

    Hardly. Johanna decided what my motivations were. She got them wrong. The kickback is a benefit, sure, but wasn’t the motivating force behind the pieces. No more than I’d ascribe other motivation regarding a postive review of a comic with the accompanying Amazon Associate links on this site.

  17. Johanna Says:

    Thad, Diamond doesn’t make $50 on a $100 book — I’m not sure of the exact details any more, but I think they take 5 or 10%, and the publisher gets the remaining 40-45%. Diamond may still owe that to the publishers if the glitch was theirs, only they won’t have brought in enough money to cover it.

    And yes, lowering prices might increase sales — but an 85% off computer error is not the way to demonstrate that to anyone.

    Bill, nice summary.

  18. caleb Says:

    I agree that some comics are way too expensive, more expensive than they should be, but I’m not sure how this event really supports that…these were all fancy-schmancy deluxe giant hardcover-y deals, right? Not a matter of a $4 comic that should be $3 to $3.5o.

    Does anyone decide they might dip their toe into the whole comics-reading thing and start with a $100 omnibus…?

  19. Rich Johnston Says:

    Caleb, they might if they take over the top 14 Amazon books…

  20. Ray Cornwall Says:

    Followup- I got the cancellation letter on the omnibii. Not a big deal- I’m happy with what I did get.

  21. Hooper Triplett Says:

    Just got word from Amazon that my order was also canceled. Too bad, but not unexpected. My life will go on.

  22. Thom Says:

    So far, my Omnibii orders are still showing as being processed, no cancellation note yet. How are they determining which orders to give the discounts and which they are not?

  23. Andy Goldman Says:

    Oh well. I haven’t received a cancellation notice, but everything I ordered–except for the X-Men: Mutant Massacre hardcover that has shipped already–has disappeared from my “Recent Orders” page. At least I got something and it was fun to hope while it lasted.

  24. Caroline Says:

    I ordered 2 Alias Ultimate collections, which were priced about 50% off, and one X-Men omnibus for $8.49. I ordered fairly late in the day so I figured they would likely not be able to fill the order, and indeed today I got an email saying they were out of stock and wouldn’t be shipping.

    I got the impression that they were selling what they had in stock at the low prices (and I imagine for a lot of these, it couldn’t be THAT many books on the scale of the business Amazon does) but not honoring the prices for subsequent orders. But I’m just speculating.

    And for the record, not at all bitter; I would have appreciated the windfall if I’d gotten it, but I figured it was a glitch. Also, I’m guessing there’s something in Amazon’s order agreement that says they can cancel an order and refund/not take your money in case of a pricing error (or for any reason at all — ie, the people who have had Kindle books erased due to rights issues), so I can’t imagine what people are being entitled about. I tend to think Amazon should have canceled all the orders as soon as they found the error, but there may be a logistical reason that wouldn’t work.

  25. Johanna Says:

    Thom, I don’t know how they’re selecting what to ship. It may be a case of first come, first served. It may be that “better” customers get priority, or those with Prime to ship sooner, or any number of other factors we can’t guess at. As Caroline says, those orders where the books were out of stock appear to have been cancelled. I still don’t know how they’re going to handle preorders.

  26. Thom Says:

    Yeah, Amazon has a policy about incorrect pricing. So that they are letting anyone have the books at discounted rates is generosity on their part.

  27. Thom Says:

    Yeah, I admit…I am dying of curiousity, as all my books are still showing in my recent orders and I have not gotten any e-mails to cancel anything yet…though I am betting Howard the Duck will get canceled. It is out of stock and currently has no estimated arrival date like all the other books have.

  28. nicholas Says:

    I ordered the 3 Grant Morrison “New X-Men Ultimate Editions” at $14.99 each, the Ultimates Omnibus for $8.24, the 2 John Byrne’s Next Men hardcovers for $14.99 each, and pre-ordered the upcoming 3rd JBNM HC that comes out in July for $14.99. Yesterday, the 3 X-Men books and 2 JBNM books shipped; today i got a cancellation e-mail about the Ultimates book and the pre-ordered Next Men book. So, I’m guessing that pre-orders are going to be canceled across-the-board. I wouldn’t have cared either way if Amazon had just decided to cancel the whole thing; I can’t imagine someone being dumb enough to try to sue them.

  29. Thom Says:

    Oh, it isn’t hard to imagine. I just can’t imagine someone suing them successfully. :)

  30. Rob J. Says:

    Y’know, the arguments about possible legal issues(Hi, OM!) aside:

    I think it’s worth noting that Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Borg and Target do 50-60-70-80% discounts on backstock DVDs all the time($5 DVDs and $10 Blu-Rays, anyone?), including major hits/quality movies that they clearly over-ordered or the publisher/studio over-printed, so even the consistent markdown to $15-alledged-Amazon-price for books in the $50-$60 cover price range doesn’t even remotely sound fishy to me since most of these books are at least a couple of years old. When the Omnibi were reduced to $8.24, *then* it seemed obvious that there was a glitch somewhere in the system, but even then, the discounts on the rest weren’t so outrageous in the sense of being potentially remaindered that the Omnibus Glitch couldn’t have been construed as these Omnibi accidentally being included in a real sale of everything from a $50-cover on down.

    On that basis, I don’t feel the least bit guilty about ordering the stuff that I ordered before the topic of it being a Glitch was confirmed. Okay, I wasn’t really expecting the Omnibi or Madman Gargantua to happen because I expected *those* to be an error. But I think it’s not unreasonable 1) to have thought it to be a legit sale with some mistakes anyway, 2) to be amused by the foofarah that built up as the confirmation that it was all a Glitch spread, 3) to be disappointed when some of the stuff disappeared from my order but 4) nevertheless not-resentful that they disappeared and 5) grateful to both luck and, more imporatantly, Amazon, for the stuff that I’ll receive if I am fortunate enough to get any of it.

    If that reads to anybody as entitlement, then I have to respond to them with, “Chill, dude.”

  31. Johanna Says:

    The thing about the $14.99 prices is that they didn’t appear as discounts. They appeared as though Amazon thought that was the cover price. Anyone who regularly shopped there might have reason to suspect something was wrong.

    Interesting thing to note: the hardcovers I ordered, I’m getting, but they were $40-50 list price, not $100. Amazon shows many of those books now priced at $26 or so. The Omnibus orders have apparently mostly been cancelled. Is it possible that they have a cover price cutoff? Under $60, ship the order; over, don’t?

  32. Mark Says:

    What Rob J. said. Given that Amazon often does 24 hour sales with vastly reduced pricing, and that you can find $100 coffee table remainders at bookstores for $10 all the time, I wasn’t particularly surprised to see the Omnibus/collections even at the $9.00 price. So I ordered some. (Single copies of titles I didn’t already have.) It just seemed like an especially good deal. And since I pay an annual fee for Amazon’s “free two day shipping” (an oxymoron, yes, but there you go) I didn’t even have to cover shipping. Apparently my $14.95 Boris Karloff Vol. 2 is coming today…

    That said, if it was a mistake and the other books don’t ship, I’ll survive…

  33. Chris G. Says:

    This morning I had my Madman Gargantua and Tellos Colossal orders canceled; since the latter is only around thirty dollars normally, I don’t think the cutoff (if there is one) relates to price. Ah, well. Would have been nice.

    As an occasional Amazon shopper (4-5 times a year, maybe) I honestly did not pay attention to whether the glitch prices were listed as cover price or otherwise.

    I find the idea that Bleeding Cool “reported” on the story amusing. Did the coverage take any form other than “There’s a big sale at Amazon!”? Were there attempts to contact Amazon or Marvel or Image or Diamond to find out what was going on? Was there mention of BC’s interest in having readers click on its own Amazon affiliate links?

  34. Thom Says:

    Rich’s stories progressed, first it was “crazy sale!” Then it was, “Might be a glitch-we’re looking into it” and then later Rich had an article noting it was confirmed as a glitch.

  35. Johanna Says:

    No mention of the Amazon affiliation that I saw. At one point, BC did have a quote from Avatar’s Christensen that the prices were wrong — that was probably the closest thing to reporting. Balance that against the piece that started out talking about how many people, including pros, had thanked them for pointing out the discounts.

  36. Caroline Says:

    Just to follow-up, some people are reporting that books that they were told were out-of-stock are actually available for regular order (although I’m not sure if anybody actually tried to order them; if so, they might have gotten a backorder notice, I guess). So that suggests that they didn’t in fact ship their whole stock, and also that my shortage-concern probably wasn’t valid.

    Although, for something like the Ultimate Alias collection, which I can’t imagine is a huge seller and wasn’t ridiculously discounted, they might genuinely have sold everything they had.

  37. philip Says:

    Many years ago I worked in “hardlines” at Amazon (tools, kitchen stuff, etc.) and we’d have pricing glitches once in a while. The standard was to say, “Sorry, that price was wrong. We’re canceling your order” though in much more politic terms.

    They still have a disclaimer, somewhat buried, on their site that reads,
    “Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items in our catalog may be mispriced. If an item’s correct price is higher than our stated price, we will, at our discretion, either contact you for instructions before shipping or cancel your order and notify you of such cancellation.”

    I’d be more surprised if Amazon fulfilled all of the orders. I also doubt that any lawsuit by the angry and entitled would have legs.

  38. Rob J. Says:

    Regarding how the $14.99 price appeared as the given item’s regular price — Since I was figuring that it could have been not just a temporary sale price but a remainder-level permanent price reduction, I gave that data no heed. I’ll keep it in mind in the future, though, but even then, Amazon’s regular prices for DVDs and Blu-Rays are lowered to loss-leader/remainder level like this all the time regardless of the original SRP. It doesn’t even matter that books have an SRP printed somewhere on their covers/jackets and DVDs never do — the point is that the retail prices for items get lowered, even permnanently and even for quality material, by these sorts of proportions, 60-70-80%, all the time. In other words, sure a mistake was made, but not by the customers who were ordering the books.

  39. Johanna Says:

    You expected remainder-level pricing on pre-orders and newly released books? Well, if you were only looking at some of the stock, like only Marvel omnibuses, maybe that wasn’t apparent.

    It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes everything to get back to normal, now that none of the affected publishers’ books are being offered right now.

  40. Thom Says:

    I am really surprised. I have heard about e-mails and open orders just disappearing. Nothing has shipped, but my orders are still active. Granted, it sounds like I did not order as much as some. If I *do* get all my books, there are a couple I am considering giving away to people on Twitter who mentioned being bummed that they missed those particular books.

  41. Johanna Says:

    It is kind of weird, isn’t it, that those being all vocal about how much they took advantage of are getting cancelled, while the people I’ve seen who said “if I get a deal, that’s nice, but I’m not going to get upset” are getting at least some of their books? That’s probably just my observation bias.

  42. Rich Johnston Says:

    Johanna,

    It was an ongoing story that looked at many aspects – whether that be books that were discounted, people’re reaction to that and the nature of the glitch. While Amazon declined to give response to inquiries, even employees were unusually tight-lipped, DBD sources confirmed to me the glitch nature fairly early on – and I reported that. Avatar, and other publishers, told me that it wasn’t a promotion on their part which indicated thst this was an offical glitch, but it was the DBD sourced report that confirmed it.

  43. Rich Johnston Says:

    Oh the other hand, Johanna, you tweeted “Did Rich Johnston make $18000 off of you?” linking to your article, which, by any reading, answered “No, no he didn’t.”

    Can I ask why?

  44. Johanna Says:

    Why, to get people to click through, of course! You know how that works, Rich.

  45. Rich Johnston Says:

    Just checking.

    But if I were to run a similar tweet –

    Did Johanna Draper try to close down your comic shop?

    – linking to a piece quoting an article you wrote about Archie digital comics, I’d deserve all the criticism I got.

  46. Johanna Says:

    The difference there would be that I wasn’t bragging about anything at all related to your proposed headline. You’re the one that revealed your sales figures. I just did a little math on them.

  47. Musical Shore Says:

    I got every book that I ordered (18 of them) except for the books that were out of stock when I ordered them. Anybody want to buy a Golden Age of Marvel Comics?

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  49. Johanna Says:

    Well, that’s nice — without me asking, Amazon sent me a $25 gift certificate. Even though I received all but one of the books I ordered. The one I didn’t get was the Howard the Duck Omnibus, which was out of stock when I ordered, so I didn’t really expect it anyway. I feel a bit guilty about that.

  50. Thom Says:

    No e-mail. No canceled orders. I am royally confused.

  51. Thom Says:

    BTW, over at Rich’s site, I am noticing a backlash growing against the entitlement attitude.

  52. Jonathan L. Switzer Says:

    Has anyone taken a good look at Amazon over the last 24 hours? No IDW books in stock. No Dark Horse. No Udon. No Image. Looks to me like there’s still fallout to come.

  53. Thom Says:

    Very little Marvel, either.

  54. Jonathan L. Switzer Says:

    Cripes! I didn’t even notice; I’d just been going thru my Amazon recommendations and going, “Oh, well, they WOULD be all sold out of those …” (I’d just gotten the Iron Man omnibus, preordered so it was BEFORE the kerfluffle, so naturally they’re recommending omnibi upon omnibi.) But yeah, plunk “Wolverine” or “Spider-Man” into Amazon (filed under “books”) and it’s all associate sellers. Unaffected publishers seem to include DC, Viz, Fantagraphics, TokyoPop, Vertical, and surprisingly Boom (I forget, they got with a non-Diamond distributor once they got the kids line, with the Muppets and Pixar properites, going, right?) — and, y’know, REAL publishers like Del Rey and Pantheon. This, of course, just from fifteen-to-twenty minutes of fiddling with various searches.

  55. Thom Says:

    Everything I ordered is a 3rd party only at this time. But interestingly, they just cancelled one book (Howard the Duck) and put one in “Shipping Soon Status” and everything else is still in process.

  56. Thom Says:

    So, I just checked my e-mail. I got the $25 buck, even though, so far, they only canceled the one item. Honestly, if I get the rest of my order? I’m gonna feel like I gotta tell them I can’t accept the $25. Unless they really want me to.

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  58. Rich Johnston Says:

    Johanna, I wasn’t bragging. I was listing statistics for analysis. You’re inferring stuff that wasn’t there and I think it’s affecting the general tone of your commentary.

  59. Mike Says:

    I’d love to see Diamond take a hit! Maybe open the door for some other distributors to break up the monopoly and drive down the prices even just a little bit. Or at least see if they can get one weekly order both correct and without damages. That would be nice.

  60. Johanna Says:

    If Diamond goes out of business, or radically cuts back, abruptly, due to some issue like this one, no other distributor would have room to move into the industry before lots of stores and publishers went bankrupt.

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  62. kris devereux Says:

    well i’d only ordered one book and that was the ultimates omnibus unfortunaly i was one of the unlucky ones i just wished i’d jumped on the deal earlyer and i probally would have gotten the book but i did get a $25 credit so i’ll be using that to get what i really wanted in the first place which is the strike witches season 1 boxset that’s coming out next month and i don’t have to pay very much for it less then $12 with the credit so i’m happy about it through i am a litttle disapointed about not getting the book thorugh

  63. Thom Says:

    Whoops. I guess they were just not caught up. My orders disappeared. Oh well. It was a fun run. :)

  64. Thom Says:

    And…heh… I just checked my balance…they used part of the $25 to pay for the book they just shipped… so I got the book for free. Yeesh.

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