oogy wrote:He's a nice guy, but in his mind if he doesn't sell something for the absolute most he can get out of it, he's losing money. He'd rather have something sitting on a shelf marked-up, than sell it for a few bucks less.
That's a big reason why I get most of my back-issues elsewhere. If he finds out though, he tries to lay a guilt trip on you for not buying from him and says that he would match the price.
There is no way I would buy from a shop like that.
My local shop, Acme Comics, goes out of its way to make people happy. I've never seen them do something like mark prices up on the day of release. I can't honestly imagine them doing it even a couple of weeks later. Usually by shop policy, they have shelves out front with this week's release, and then last week, 2 weeks ago, etc. Everything sells for cover price for the first month. Then things get shifted to the "back room." If there is space (and there usually is) they leave stuff out at cover price on company specific shelves (DC, Marvel, IDW, etc). Once they run out of room, older stuff gets bagged, priced at Overstreet values (I assume), and stuck in boxes. So it's only after about 2 months that they start marking things up as "back issues" - sometimes more. When I decided to try Thor, God of Thunder, issue 7 had just come out, I picked up 1-6 on the Marvel shelves for cover price.
That is how to do it. Marking things up day-of is just not acceptable. I'd find another shop, for sure.