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After Years Of Working In Comics, Greg Pak Realized The Preorder System Isn't That Great

Written by Tim Midura on Friday, January 19 2018 and posted in News with Benefits

After Years Of Working In Comics, Greg Pak Realized The Preorder System Isn't That Great

If only other creators could be as astute.


Source: Twitter

After a decade and a half working in the comics industry, Greg Pak came to the realization that something was wrong. No, it wasn't the fact that the industry runs on an inefficient pre-order system where stores have to order comics three months before release and leaves stores on the hook if a customer doesn't pick them up. It was that there isn't a website that lets readers pre-order books.

 

A single point of ordering is likely to get more customers as it would remove barriers to entry. Diamond is already a non-monopoly monopoly on the comics distribution market, so it would be likely easiest and most streamlined if they were the ones to allow online pre-ordering and in-store pickup.

Pak went on to mention some stores that already offer online pre-ordering.

 

Pak took it upon himself to compile a list of stores that offer this service.

 

This is apparently something that Diamond has been working on, with Pak linking to an article from October. The system would let you pre-order comics through PreviewWorlds and choose your LCS.

 

If Diamond does develop this system, it would be unheard of as Diamond pretty much doesn't do anything to make ordering easier.




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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.


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