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jonah warlord
10-17-2010, 03:44 PM
Does anyone have any preferences and/or opinions on comic book subscription services such as TFAW? Any favorites? Who's cheap? Who's expensive? Who's good? Who blows?

GreatLakesAvengers
10-17-2010, 06:21 PM
Give these guys a look/email about their subscription service.

http://comicsonthegreen.com/

Tell them Cyberspace Comics sent you.

GreatLakesAvengers
10-17-2010, 06:25 PM
Previous to my current subscription with comics on the green, I'd used mailordercomics.com

Unfortunately, some of my comics and even Hardcovers got dinged up in transit from my MOC orders.

And, even though MOC offered me partial refunds to cover the losses (they didn't have the stock to replace the book - because they don't order more than their customers request), I'd rather have ended up with the NM books that I ordered .... so I switched over to COTG.

Awesome!
10-17-2010, 07:25 PM
I use Heavy Ink (heavyink.com) for all my current comic book purchasing needs and they are great. You can add or cancel anything right up until orders are finalized on wednesdays (no two month+ order lock-in) and the shipping is cheap. And they have a forum where you can talk to other customers and even the guy who ships your comics every week.

DeeSnider
10-19-2010, 02:15 PM
I've been using Sci-Fi Genre for over three years now and have seldom had any problems. The couple of times something was missing, or mischarged, they were very easy to deal with. You can cancel subscriptions at any time, and don't have to pre-pay, and they have a sliding scale of discounts based on how many monthly books you order. I choose them initially because I found their website much easier to use then some other options, and I'm glad I did.

https://www.scifigenre.com

b_davis22
10-20-2010, 10:57 PM
It really depends upon how you want to manage your purchases. If you want the option of changing/adding/dropping books frequently, and you want to start your subscription immediately, do yourself a favor and go with Midtown Comics (http://midtowncomics.com (http://www.midtowncomics.com)) in NYC. They pack expertly, give you lots of freebies including Comic Shop News and offer a variety of shipping options. Midtown offers modest discounts and will occassionally have special sales. Another cool thing about Midtown is that you can add back issues and trades and other cool stuff to your subscription shipments. Many of these are discounted too.

Impulse Creations is also good, though I've never had a subscription with them. I ordered recent back issues at a discount and their shipping was ultra-fast. They also included a bunch of freebie stuff so and their shipping charges were decent. You might want to give them a look-see at http://www.impulsecreations.net

Sci-Fi genre is similar to Midtown in that you can make changes at any time, add back issues (when available and this isn't always the case) to your subscription order. Overall they aren't terrible, but I wouldn't recommend them. I had too many issues with their "customer service." Not horrible but there are simply better options for ordering your comics.

If you prefer to use a pre-order (3 month advance ordering) company (and this is where you biggest discounts come from) I highly recommend Discount Comic Book Service (http://www.dcbservice.com). All my books have arrived in excellent condition, discounts are unbelievable (!) and shipping and packing are fantastic. This is who I currently use.

Whatever you do, though, steer clear of Mail Order Comics. As GreatLakes experienced, they have some serious issues with packaging and getting you what you actually ordered. From damaged comics to missing issues to getting other peoples orders...yeah I've had all of these happen to me and I only used them for a couple months! :tongue:

CyberCoyote
10-21-2010, 06:21 AM
+1 for DCBS, I've used them and their sister site Instocktrades.com for well over a year now. For a little while I felt guilty denying business to my LCS, but for the savings it's insane(I get 4 titles there only, now, just to make myself feel better). If you don't have to talk about the comic the DAY it comes out, this is a great way to go. As for the unbelievable discounts noted above, often new #1's will come out for .99c, 2.99 books run an average of around 1.79 and 3.99 books are around 2.39(?)

it's a flat shipping rate, I get a good stockpile of books monthly for under $40 including the shipping, it would have run me often twice that at the LCS (I get my 4 books there for just under $20, then pick up 15 online for less than $40)

Midtown is good too, used them a long time ago.. they were one of the first I can remember that supplied this kind of personalized service so they've got a LOT of experience. If you can wait for trades, the online sources are even better.. Midtown's great for picking up back issues, also.

Ben Akers
10-22-2010, 11:46 AM
I've used DCBS for about 2 years now, and haven't had any problems to date.

If you can wait to read the comic, then it's a great deal.

jonah warlord
10-26-2010, 12:59 PM
I use Heavy Ink (heavyink.com) for all my current comic book purchasing needs and they are great. You can add or cancel anything right up until orders are finalized on wednesdays (no two month+ order lock-in) and the shipping is cheap. And they have a forum where you can talk to other customers and even the guy who ships your comics every week.

Wow--Heavy Ink almost seems too good to be true: 20% discount and 99 cent shipping... Any downside or complaints?

ippolit
10-26-2010, 01:56 PM
I've been using Sci-Fi Genre for over three years now and have seldom had any problems. The couple of times something was missing, or mischarged, they were very easy to deal with. You can cancel subscriptions at any time, and don't have to pre-pay, and they have a sliding scale of discounts based on how many monthly books you order. I choose them initially because I found their website much easier to use then some other options, and I'm glad I did.

https://www.scifigenre.com

I'm pretty sure I've been using scifigenre.com for about the same amount of time and, like Dee, I got no complaints. Site is easy to navigate and adding or dropping titles is simple. When ordering back-issues, TPBs, or merchandise from "store" there is the option to "ship now" or pack it in with next comic book delivery.

Books are bagged and boarded and usually ship bubble-wrapped in a cardboard box. On ship day an email goes out listing titles sent along w/ USPS tracking number.

I've only used customer service once or twice to inquire about backorders and they were very responsive. I want to note that the reason I had backorders was connected with me adding a title last-minute.