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Diamond changes the rules

Postby rumpusroomie on Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:07 pm

A few days old now but in case people haven't seen this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/books/27gust.html?_r=1&ref=books
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Re: Diamond changes the rules

Postby matt g on Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:52 pm

Most likely a sign that Diamond's glory days are coming to an end. All they're going to achieve with this is to encourage more people use non-diamond distribution and ordering. Props to Dan Vado and SLG for extending their infrastructure to smaller indys.

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Re: Diamond changes the rules

Postby iangould on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:22 pm

Yeah, the Diamond changes have prompted some other people to react too.

Ka-blam is looking to add distribution to their business model: http://www.comicsmonkey.com/blog/

The general reaction from retailers at the CBIA forum is that at 35% discount most stores will probably pass on this.

Hopefully the discount will improve as the volume of business increases.

There's also Haven Distribution: www.havendistro.com although until now they're focus seemed to be on pursuing the larger non-exclusive publishers.
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Re: Diamond changes the rules

Postby Egofreaky on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:43 pm

That's a major pain... I guess the options are now to simply get it up on a POD service, and attempt to sell it to stores in that method... Hopefully Ka-Blam will be offering an option for wholesale pricing as well. Failing that, there's always *sigh* LuLu
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Re: Diamond changes the rules

Postby matt g on Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:05 pm

Egofreaky wrote:That's a major pain... I guess the options are now to simply get it up on a POD service, and attempt to sell it to stores in that method... Hopefully Ka-Blam will be offering an option for wholesale pricing as well. Failing that, there's always *sigh* LuLu


Sadly, Comixpress's manufacturing prices are now about the same as getting stuff printed here, and Ka-Blam don't accept .pdfs, just flattened tiff files, so tough for you if you've got anything resembling a proper publishing workflow.

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Re: Diamond changes the rules

Postby The Wraith on Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:21 am

I print with Lulu now, though it's too expensive, but they have the quality I like. I may end up using ka-blam if they end up getting their distribution system to work. I'll probably continue with Lulu and go through Haven distribution once I have all my issues completed.
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