Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Reader Poll on Comics Retailing -- As you are probably aware, we spend a lot of time hereabouts discussing what makes for a good comics retailing experience. I've been thinking about doing a poll the past few days, and some email discussions have made me decide it's time to do it. Please email me your responses. The best response received by 11:59 on Sunday, February 17th will win a prize pack of free comics. I'm not sure yet how many or which ones, but it'll probably be worth about $50.00 or so, so please send your best responses along with your name and address, and whether you'd like to remain anonymous or don't mind having your name used in connection with your responses, which will be posted here next week.
1. Do you regularly buy comic books and/or graphic novels in a brick and mortar comic book store?
2. If not, why not, and where do you buy them?
3. How much would you estimate you spend on comics in a year?
4. Have you ever bought something at a comic book convention that you had previously pre-ordered through a comic book store? How did you handle the situation? Did you buy the second copy when it arrived at the comic book store, or did you refuse to buy it?
5. If you do shop regularly at a comic book store, how satisfied are you that your retailer is knowledgeable about the comics you are interested in and committed to getting the books you want into your hands as quickly and efficiently as possible?
6. What is the best experience you've ever had in a comic book store?
7. What is the worst experience you've ever had in a comic book store?
8. Do you believe the majority of comic book stores adhere to professional business standards that make them competitive with mainstream bookstores such as Borders and Barnes and Noble?
9. Do you believe the majority of comic book stores you have shopped in actively seek out customers of all ages, genders and interests? Do you believe professional comic book stores should do so?
10. Do you believe the majority of comic book stores you have shopped in have adjusted well to the development of the graphic novel market?
11. Do you believe overall that the direct market for comic books is functioning well and has positioned itself to thrive in the long term? If so, why? If not, why not?
12. What is the direct market doing right?
13. In what ways could it be improved?
14. Please include any other comments you have about your experiences as a consumer buying comics and graphic novels.
Remember, email me your responses; the best response received by 11:59 on Sunday, February 17th will win a prize pack of free comics. If you have a blog or website and would like to let people know about this poll, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
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