SporkBot wrote:Seriously? They went ahead with the 3D cover fiasco when they knew it was gonna cost them money, but they can't include this for subscribers? At least give them an option of paying a couple bucks more.
Right. There are two stupid things about this:
First, why the short notice? Surely they've known this was coming up (unless they can't count, which is always a possibility with these guys, I guess). I mean, it's been known since, well, the 1930s that Batman's first appearance was Detective Comics (volume 1) #27. So like, the freaking day they decided to start a volume 2
of it they had to know that 2 years and 3 months into it (well, 4 with #0), they were going to be at #27, and that this would be a special issue. Now, they might not have known it would be 96 pages, but surely they must have realized they'd do something and it might cost a little more, and try to figure out how to allow for it ahead of time. So this is just poor planning and lack of awareness of their own product.
Second, as you say, why not provide some options? If #27 is 96 pages, they didn't just figure that out now. Comics are planned and produced months in advance. My guess is, the artists and writers were working on this a couple of months ago. This is plenty of lead time. Why not send, not a letter, but a survey form to each customer with options? A tear-off form with 3 checkboxes:
Option 1: I would like to receive Detective #27 and have it count for two of months worth of subscription, rather than one. Please shorten my remaining subscription by 1 issue (11 total rather than 12) to compensate.
Option 2: I would like to receive Detective Comics #27 but I don't want to lose any months of subscription. Enclosed is my check for $3.99 to make up the difference in cost.
Option 3: I do not want to receive Detective Comics #27 as part of my subscription. Please skip that month and extend my subscription 1 more month to compensate.
If (see point 1) they had been on the ball about this back in say October, the whole counter reset could have been avoided. Additionally, starting in October, they should have warned everyone who subscribed to Detective Comics between then and #27's release what was coming and provided the same options.
I mean seriously, how hard is that?