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    Default Marvel Suspends Periodical Distribution to Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million

    Marvel has reportedly stopped distributing its periodical comics to Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.


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    How much of the newsstand business is left, without these two chains?

    I guess what I'm asking is, is this a significant shift in terms of how Marvel approaches the newsstand (as Bleeding Cool is suggesting), or is it just about their relationships with Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million?
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    Barnes & Noble is going out business & can't pay their bills,so MARVEL wants nothing to do with them!
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    I work at a BAM, and we actually stopped receiving new Marvel books a month or two ago, and only last week heard confirmation that we wouldn't carry them any longer. This article clears up some of the confusion we had. (Anecdotally speaking, my own store stocked twice as many Marvel books as DC, and sold that many as well.)

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    Congratulations Comic Book industry you have managed to shoot yourself in the foot again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maidman View Post
    Barnes & Noble is going out business & can't pay their bills,so MARVEL wants nothing to do with them!
    They are??? that sucks. Borders and B&N gone will leave me only with BAM. I hope they don't go out of business too! And never mind comics....both stores carry a wide variety of magazines that you can't find just any any drug store or grocery store.
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    Reports of Barnes and Noble's demise are, so far, premature.
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    In the end fans are the ones who lose the most in this situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonofspam View Post
    Congratulations Comic Book industry you have managed to shoot yourself in the foot again.
    Not necessarily. Marvel has a huge presence in BAM stores via the company-wide merchandise guidelines, so the loss of a fairly small part of their product line is no big deal. I can still point customers to a huge supply of graphic novels, (many of which are discounted), movies, electronics, action figures, clothing, and more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    They are??? that sucks. Borders and B&N gone will leave me only with BAM. I hope they don't go out of business too! And never mind comics....both stores carry a wide variety of magazines that you can't find just any any drug store or grocery store.
    2013 was a banner year for the company, with a huge increase in sales above projections in most regions. Exact facts will be available when the Q4 public investor report is published, but at this moment, BAM is doing fine.

    The other side to that, compared to B&N, is the question of scale. There are a lot fewer of us than there is B&N, which means that activities like store closings and downsizing, which may be proportionally minor to the B&N corporation as a whole, seem larger to observers. I know B&N has closed many stores this past year, but I don't know if that's endemic of a company-wide problem, or simply shutting down a few unprofitable locations to redirect resources to more profitable ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. Wilson View Post
    I work at a BAM, and we actually stopped receiving new Marvel books a month or two ago, and only last week heard confirmation that we wouldn't carry them any longer. This article clears up some of the confusion we had. (Anecdotally speaking, my own store stocked twice as many Marvel books as DC, and sold that many as well.)
    Any idea how many issues your store sells a month? I stopped by my local B&N every so often to flip through some titles I don't buy and I was always curious what type of sales they do. Not that I go there often, but I never see anyone looking at them.
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    So other companies are still shipping to Books-a-Million? it's just Marvel that stopped?

    Well, at least I'll still be able to get my regular issues of Megaman.
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    DC still has books at Toys-R-Us, at least the last time I was there (about a year ago).

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    I work at Toys R Us. They still do.

    Exactly which DC books we gets tends to change on a regualr basis, but we still get them.
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    I didn't realize they did stock monthlies at B&N. I've only ever seen trades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YouthofToday View Post
    Any idea how many issues your store sells a month? I stopped by my local B&N every so often to flip through some titles I don't buy and I was always curious what type of sales they do. Not that I go there often, but I never see anyone looking at them.
    None of our comics from any publisher seem to move very quickly, which is why it wouldn't surprise me if low sales are the motivating factor behind Marvel's decision.

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