Bargain Boxes! I love them!
My mom was quite the shopper. She’d always come home from the stores and provide a detailed account of the amazing price she paid for each and every item, detailing the sales she’d find and the arcane combinations of coupons she’d use. Looking back, I think she just wanted to my dad to say, at the conclusion of her sales presentations, “Gee Cassie, you convinced me – you couldn’t afford to not buy it!”
There is great love between the two of the them, and anything she wanted to do was just fine with my dad.
I think (worry?) I inherited some of this discount mania from my Mom. And one way it translates is with Comic Shop Bargain Boxes.
In some ways, the jury is out on these boxes. Some stores don’t like them. One of my favorite shops, The Joker’s Child in Fairlawn, NJ has never had them, subscribing to the notion that they devalue the new, full-priced product that’s on sale. Other stores, like Comics For Collectors, in Ithaca, NY, always has a few bargain boxes ( 5 comics for a dollar). For them, it’s a great way to blow through old inventory, and provide an occasional treasure that adds to a customer’s in-store experience. Continue reading “With Further Ado #071: Rescued from the Bargain Box”