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Sundancer
09-17-2006, 08:06 PM
I may have to go the cheaper route for Moon Knight, maybe Iron Fist. But last I knew (and this was awhile ago) subscribing wasn't too safe for the condition of the comics.

Does anyone subscribe and can they tell me their experience?

Kraven
09-17-2006, 08:13 PM
I subscribed to FNSM for a while, and my first three issues came in great condition, but two of the last three have come in late, and there was a small rip through all of the pages in the latest issue. The other two of the last three came in what I'd say is a low very fine condition. I've since switched to Daredevil, but I'll be mad if the problems continue.

i'm Spider-Man
09-17-2006, 08:44 PM
I subscribe through Forbidden Planet, and they're fab. We get our books a day or two late over in England anyway, so I don't mind waiting an extra one to get mine delivered. The books are always well-preserved!

CConn
09-17-2006, 10:03 PM
If you get 5 or more books a month, www.dreamlandcomics.com is a good option. They give you a good 35% off, and I've never had any problems with them.

Anubis
09-17-2006, 10:03 PM
I have a few subscriptions through Marvel. I've been doing so for years. Sometimes, you get the books before everybody else does. Sometimes, you get em late. I recently got the last ish of DD like, Three weeks late. Two months in a row. As far as the condition, well, that depends entirely on your mail carrier. If your guy is a lazy douche who would fold it up and stuff it in the mail box, then I can't recommend it. If they aren't, then you might be okay. Your best bet would be to subscribe to one of the many websites on the net. I get most of my books from Midtown comics. I get a 15% discount on all comics and the waiting time is like, two days most of the time so instead of getting your books Wednesday you'd get em Friday.

CConn
09-17-2006, 10:28 PM
Dude, I used to use Midtown. You should switch to Dreamland - it's tons cheaper.

Anubis
09-17-2006, 10:30 PM
Dreamland has it's own problems. Like missing books.

CConn
09-17-2006, 10:44 PM
Really? That's only happened to me once in a year. Granted, it was an ish of 52... :o

Kraven
09-17-2006, 10:47 PM
If you get 5 or more books a month, www.dreamlandcomics.com (http://www.dreamlandcomics.com) is a good option. They give you a good 35% off, and I've never had any problems with them.
How is their shipping? Do they ship with bags and boards, or do you have to specifically ask for that?

CConn
09-17-2006, 10:50 PM
They use to ship with bags and boards but they stopped like a month ago for some reason. :(

Shipping's like 5 bucks for me, but then I have mine delivered weekly. There's an FAQ on the site about it.

i'm Spider-Man
09-18-2006, 12:16 AM
Forbidden Planet bag all the books together, then its wrpped in a cardboard-sleeve type thing for transit. plus a receipt, so you know which books should be in the bag, (and which you have just paid for, lol)

CConn
09-18-2006, 01:25 AM
Yeah, Dreamland does the same thing now. Before they bagged them individually too.

iloveclones
09-18-2006, 09:50 AM
I had nothing but good luck with my Marvel subs. I bought a bigger mailbox and talked to my mailman (and bribed him with some cookies), so that might account for a lot of it.

WOLVERINE25TH
09-18-2006, 10:15 AM
Forget Dreamland. They screw up yer orders an' their customer service sucks. Instead of a book I ordered they sent me two of th' same book, an' still haven't gotten back to me on correctin' that.

That said, I got Wolvie directly as an Xmas present fer a year. As stated they sometimes arrive late, but all of mine were in great shape when they arrived. Which I was shocked to see considerin' their flimsy packagin'.

Phaedrus45
09-18-2006, 01:41 PM
About a year ago, I looked into getting my comics at a lower price by going through Marvel. After getting passed onto one person after another, I finally reached someone who said Marvel couldn't handle my request. Of course, I wanted everything Marvel put out weekly that wasn't a reprint or trade paperback (with the exception of the Essential titles.) They just don't do that. They recommended me try a few online places, like Milehigh and Midtown.

I did find the place that offered 35% off, which would have saved me an additional 15% of what my local comic shop did...but, after asking the same question as you on the Marvel boards, I changed my mind. As one of the regulars pointed out, I could get my comics cheaper online, but it's up to us to support our local comic shop if we are able. Sure, I might save an additional 15%; but, I know with the amount of comics I get each month that I am helping them stay in business that much more than if I went away. They are really the only comic shop within about a 45 mile radius. And, they have stuck around while the other shops that went out of business after the comic boom of the 90's.

Sometimes it is more than just about saving money.

Sundancer
09-19-2006, 06:56 PM
I think with Midtown you have to order at elast 10 titles.....

Anubis
09-19-2006, 09:34 PM
Fifteen actually.

KingOfDreams
09-19-2006, 09:48 PM
I subscibed to FF from 1998 to 2004 directly through Marvel. I don't remember getting any that were damaged in any substantial way.

Uncanny
09-19-2006, 11:32 PM
I have a subscription through Marvel to New Avengers, Uncanny X-Men and Astonishing X-Men. All come a week late, but Uncanny X-Men. Then again, sometime I get it late too. I might stop being a subscriber and just go to "Comic Town" every Wed.

KingOfDreams
09-20-2006, 01:20 AM
Yeah, that's right. They do come late.

Wolfwood
09-20-2006, 03:15 AM
I subscribe through Marvel and I've never had any problems. Occasionaly the mail man will bend my comics, but nothing on Marvel's side.

squeekness
09-20-2006, 12:39 PM
I subscribe through Marvel and I've never had any problems. Occasionaly the mail man will bend my comics, but nothing on Marvel's side.This was the same with me way back when I did it so I stopped. All of the above posts pretty much cover the way I feel. I don't like my comics bent or late and just the fact alone that Marvel doesn't ship all of their titles was enough for me to head back to the shop. I'm glad I did because, like Phaedrus said, it is important to keep the local guys in busines. I have built a great rapport with my local guy. Sometimes he gives me free comics or goes out of his way to get me alternate covers at no extra cost without me having to ask. :)

hippy fascist
09-20-2006, 02:08 PM
forbidden planet international are very good on this, you get a 25% discount ofr subscribing and they come with pretty hardcore cardboard protection. Basically they come in one bag and the carboard casing is actually like amazon's but with better coverage and thicker. Can't fault them :up:

Spidey Rules 2
09-20-2006, 03:25 PM
I use to subscribe to Marvel, but most of the time I would get my books late. There was a time that a book arrived damaged. I called and got a replacement (free of charge). I just had to wait even loner. I'd rather just go get them myself at my local comic shop.

Eddie Brock
09-20-2006, 04:47 PM
my first issue of USM (USM 98) came with some pages unstapled
it would have been confusing if i hadn't already read the issue when it came out

Wolfwood
09-20-2006, 05:29 PM
This was the same with me way back when I did it so I stopped. All of the above posts pretty much cover the way I feel. I don't like my comics bent or late and just the fact alone that Marvel doesn't ship all of their titles was enough for me to head back to the shop. I'm glad I did because, like Phaedrus said, it is important to keep the local guys in busines. I have built a great rapport with my local guy. Sometimes he gives me free comics or goes out of his way to get me alternate covers at no extra cost without me having to ask. :)

That is true, I try to go out and get to the shops, but they are so far away from me. :( There was one right by house that I would go to every week, but he moved....not cause of me of course. :o

squeekness
09-20-2006, 06:29 PM
Yeah, my regular guy moved once too, further away, but I was able to keep going. I am pretty loyal when it comes to a guy who has done me a few favors now and again. :) If he ever closes down I'll be screwed. I'll have to drive 30 minutes away to get to the next nearest shop. :(

Arkady Rossovich
09-20-2006, 09:29 PM
I hear that subscribing can be both good and bad.Good in the sence if you cant get to a comic shop,the comics are mailed to you.But bad in the sence,if you subscribe to a comic,and it starts to go down hill,you cant stop the subscription for a while.This bothers some fans who dont like to pay for bad comics.

Ahura Mazda
09-21-2006, 11:37 AM
I do and get them in paris generally....after I have read the summaries here

Xplicit Content
07-06-2007, 11:38 PM
Bumping up this topic just so I can get a little more info on subscriptions. I used to subscribe wayyyyy back when I first started collecting as a kid...didn't like it mostly because it came late and the comic was not protected well at all. From what I remember, it came in a clear bag, no backing board or anything. Didn't like the lack of protection the dinky plastic bag provided.

Now I'm in a position where it would be a lot more convenient for me to subscribe and the lateness problem wouldn't be as big of an issue for me...as long as we're not talking more than 2 weeks. I wanted an update seeing as how this topic is about a year old. How does Marvel ship their subscriptions? And can I get an update on the best sources for subscribing? I saw a few mentioned in the topic...do those still rank the highest? Thanks in advance.

iloveclones
07-07-2007, 10:09 AM
Whatever I said before still applies. It comes in a plastic bag with a cardboard backer. I put up a large mailbox so they wouldn't cram them in. Otherwise, you're at the mercy of your mailman (leaving them a polite note goes a long way towards not having any problems.) You'll never get them in as good a shape as at your LCBS, but for me the savings (nearly 50% at times....and no tax) are clearly worth it. I have gotten comics from time to time that have a bent corner, or some small defect. But I would say that's less than 5% of the time.

iloveclones
07-07-2007, 10:13 AM
Oh, and the ones that are late are only late by 2 or 3 days. But I get the majority of them 3-5 days earlier than everyone else. (I even have a thread for it.. The Official Early Bought/Thought thread...My reviews suck, but they are early!)

Xplicit Content
07-07-2007, 11:43 AM
Thanks for the response. Yeah, I think I'm gonna suck it up and subscribe.

Anubis
07-07-2007, 02:36 PM
Do so for the ones you don't mind being in bad shape. Not saying that it will always come in bad shape, but if it does, at least you wont be too broken up about it.

SuperMonkey
08-19-2007, 11:03 PM
I used to subscribe. PLEASE DON'T.
Every comic you get is pretty much destroyed beyond collectibility. And if you try to cancel. It takes their retarded customer service months to put it through.

One thing I do like though. not sure if it wwas a mistake or what. but when i cancelled mine. instead of deducting the proce of the issues I already got, they just refunded the whole price :confused:

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