Aug 06 2010

What is “trade waiting” in the comic book industry?

Category: Entertainment


Trade waiting is a growing trend on the retail side of the comics industry in which consumers wait until the trade paperback is published before purchase. Readers not only save money, but get more for their buck. This has caused a major shift in the economic structure of the entire industry as the monthly comics often make only enough money to fund the production of the trades. Now, trade paperbacks and graphic novels are the only reliable ways for publishers to make a profit.

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One Response to “What is “trade waiting” in the comic book industry?”

  1. Bob says:

    Is there a list and/or price guide for variant comic books? When buying a variant comic book, how do you know how many other variants there are?

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