From my earlier posts, I think I made it clear I'm somewhat new to comics. At the very least, I consider myself brand new to the whole comic book culture.
I just went to a local comic book store today and some questions came up that I was afraid to ask:
First Print/Second Print/Third Print, etc - Ok, so I was getting some back issues of some Green Lantern that isn't collected yet. The store had the 2nd printing of Green Lantern 36 for the cover price. I then saw on a shelf, the first printing of the same issue for $5. Now, I know the series is going to release 39 soon so 38 is the current issue. I just find it interesting that the store marked up an issue from 2 months ago. My understanding is that when an new issue comes out, it is the first print. Once all of those are printed, if there is demand for more, then they will often times do a 2nd print, 3rd print, etc. I also know that the cover is often times different as well.
My perspective is that they often times do these prints to try to buy the same issue again, since the cover is different and sometimes done by a different artist. If that is the case, I can see why the publisher would limit production on a first issue, but then print more of a second one.
If my perspective from above is correct or close, then why would a comic book store markup a two month old comic by 167%? I mean, do first prints really appreciate that quickly? I could see down the road a scenario that a first print may be more valuable due to their being less copies out there, but I just thinking marking it up that high that quickly seems strange. If you had extra copies of a print that didn't sell, shouldn't you be making them for less to try to encourage stock to clear? OR, does raising the prices make a reader feel like "they need" to have that first printing.
Ok, so I guess with all of this said, I really have two questions:
First, does it make sense as to why a store would see unsold older copies for more than cover price, especially ones that are 2-3 months old? I mean we aren't talking about multiple years old.
Second, if you were to miss out on an issue and didn't want to wait for a TPB, would you pay the extra $2, or would you just buy the 2nd print and use that $2 you saved towards another comic?
In my situation, I know $2 doesn't seem big, but if I was in a situation where I wanted to buy 10 missed issues across different series, paying an extra $20 starts to add up.
Just curious what everyone's thoughts are regarding this. Do people approach their comics as a collection they are trying to make as valuable as possible, or are you reading the comics for the content with hopes of never selling them? To me, the difference between buying these prints seems to just be what your philosophy is regarding your comic book collection.
Thanks for your input!