B.) I will take that as a no, you compared no other factors when deciding double shipping was, heh, proven to be bad.
$.) These are 1's and 2's, they have a completely different ordering method than a double shipped 24 and 25. Ask your own retailer. I've known mine for 20 years. We talked all this to death years ago.
I don't mind the double-shipping. I've loved getting Uncanny X-Force more frequently. But, it's the $3.99 price tag that bothers me. At least, if I felt I was getting more for my money, but $3.99 for 20 pages? Because of the title's popularity or prestige? Nah, you're going to lose people over time.
If Uncanny X-Force was the only book on the market, then I could justify them charging $3.99. It's the only book on the market! But, historically, and also encouraged, we're fans of multiple characters and creators and comic books. We want to pick up more books, but we only have so much money.
And why does marvel have to justify why they raised the price of their books to anyone, especially people that already complain about anything on the internet? Do you really think that "testing" is the ONLY reason for the price increase? Some tattoo mags i read has gone up in price a bunch (& im sure that goes for a bunch of mags and books as well), so im sure there is more to it. Yes it sucks to pay more, but there are ways to pay less: subscriptions to marvel, or some internet sites sell comics way cheaper and theyre not hard to find. If you want to support your lcs, get a pull list. My store gives me 20% off for having a pull list.
Support titles that need supporting. Quit buying, reading and complaining about comics you don't enjoy.
This is true, and any business would do the same. The only way to change things is to vote with your dollars. If there there is a drop in sales correlated to the 3.99 price point then that would likely cause Marvel to give it a second thought. I can understand if there was a correlation between the quality of a book and the 3.99 price point, but there isn't. There are lots of good 2.99 books on the market too. Although not intentional, buying a 3.99 book when there is a quality 2.99 book with the same amount of content besidemitmon the shelf is a vote to keep the 3.99 price point.