Yesterday, it seems that all of Comicdom was under the spell of Amazon.com and their temporary pricing glitch. As far as I know, Bleeding Cool broke the story that Amazon had discounted many high priced items like Absolutes, Omnibuses, hard covers and trade paperbacks from a number of companies including DC, Marvel IDW, Image, Top Cow and more. The sale in most case was up to an astounding 75% off! As expected fan-boys bum rushed the store and ordered in droves.
I found out about it via my good friend Jason Wood (11 O’clock Comics), but only on a whim. For me, Sunday, especially Sunday morning, is a time when I take a break from all things internet related. I have breakfast with the family, go to church and as it happened we had family catechism at 1:00. I also like for the TV and computer to be turned off so the kids can play outside, finish up any homework or practice piano. Also, late in the day the kids had a swim meet and then we decided to go out for dinner. So all in all I was not home from 9:30a to 7:30p. Long day indeed!
Now then the only reason I found out was because while getting bagels at Panera early Sunday, there was long line and I checked my e-mail and subsequently Twitter. My first reaction was, “Wow, can this really be happening?” I know that Amazon has weekend specials from time to time, but this is insanely outrageous. Then, like most of you, I thought that it had to be too good to be true. And that is why I didn’t want to get too involved.
It turns out it was. Partially.
Later Sunday, Bleeding Cool, reported that it was indeed a glitch and that most, if not all orders, would be canceled. Apparently, some orders have been honored, which is excellent news.
Look, I know breaking news happens and in some cases I have a responsibility to Blog, Twitter, Facebook, E-Mail, Post, or Comment on what is happening in the wonderful world of collected editions. But sometimes, my responsibility to my family and my life comes first. I am flattered by the fact that many of you consider me to be a prime source for such information, but sometimes, I need to step away. I make no apologies.
Now, something has been bothering me and I have to get it off my chest. Speaking of bum rushing Amazon; I wonder how many customers wanted to get the deal of the century only to turn it around and sell it on eBay in a few weeks to turn a profit. If this is you – shame on you. The books you bought (or wanted to buy) should first be read or shared, after that, do with them as you will. Each of you should blog or Twitter about your positive experience and write a review of the books you bought. Don’t just speculate and brag to your friends in the comic shop on Wednesday.
In closing, in the future be careful not to be duped by errors and glitches. I know times are tuff and the wallet is a bit smaller then it used to be. Sometimes you get lucky and you should take advantage. I just feel bad for those who lost out that really wanted to read the stories but can’t afford the regular price.