House of J wrote:All right, to all the water damage comments:
Yes, they were water damaged. It's been raining for 3 days. Many of the comics (not just that book) were damp on the top edge at the shop I went to. I managed to find a Cap and Incognito that weren't wavey on the top edge, but all the HP Lovecrafts had a wavey top edge from it. Honestly, for a $3 book I wouldn't even care probably, but I can't pay $5 for a fucked up book.
4th: I'm not sure they were going to trade them in or not. I didn't have time to ask, but it seemed like they weren't going to which made me think maybe the books got wet during transit by the shop owners. The reason I say this is they were sort of trying to dry the damp books out. (They weren't HORRIBLY messed up, just noticeable and maybe that one book was worse than the others.)
I figured if it sounds good I can make a stop across town.
Are they a chain, or do they go to UPS to pick them up? Not that you would know, but even in transit, if they aren't handling the books, they should be able to get them replaced... If it is there fault, then I am at a loss and wish them the best of luck, I can't even imagine what that would be like.
I know when we receive damages to a whole book or box of books we do what we can to sell them regardless, so that may explain why they were trying to repair damages. Most comic shops are on a pure cash flow basis and if the entire or majority of the order came in damaged, it could conceivably destroy the business. We are on 60 day terms and in the green for the first time in our six year history and I would still frantically be trying to make the books as sellable as possible. Between loss revenue from not having stuff that week, and the exact reason that you state in your post, if I don't have it, there are other shops to check out. When we are missing a book, we always end up with more going in the back issue bins than when they are on time, regardless of whether or not it emergency ships or not. The hardcore fans have to have it on Weds and loyalty be damned.