So here’s a big exciting new announcement made in conjunction with our overhaul of the site … we’ve dramatically lowered the pricing on our perfect bound paperbacks!
We’ve long had the best quality perfect bound paperbacks (if you’ll pardon the immodesty) and now we’ve coupled that with the industry’s best pricing! Seriously, go take a look if you doubt me …
At the risk of repeating myself … we’ve dramatically lowered pricing on paperbacks …
What’s more we’ve even instituted quantity-based pricing. So if you order at least 25 units your price drops even more! And there’s another price break for 100 copies or more! Plus any order of at least 100 copies also qualifies for a free ISBN and bar code (for that item only, btw)!
But wait (as they say) … there’s more …
We’ve made the new pricing retro-active to the beginning of 2010. So if you’ve already ordered paperbacks this year we’ll recalculate your invoice to reflect the new lower pricing. If you’ve already paid for paperbacks this year then we’ll credit you account the difference between the price you paid and the new pricing.
Now there is one caveat to this … because the pricing is so much lower, we’re exempting paperback printing from all other discounts. So — for paperbacks only– there’s no longer a 10% discount for 42 turnarounds or a 5% web banner discount or for any other discount coupon code you might have. Discount codes still apply to other items, just not to paperbacks.
Well, what does that mean? That means you can have a 100 page color trade and sell it for less than 20$ (should fit in 17.99$). That means 4 issue mini + some extras, or even a 5 issue mini (as long as each issue wsa only 18-20 pages long and you skip on any extras whatsoever).
The biggest price change is on manga/digest sized ones I think. My 136 page trade of Din Krakatau dropped thanks to that from 19.99$ to 14.99$ (I actually caught the cost change before they announced it while checking my sales and adjusted the final price).
Just play around with their calculator (as linked in the quote above, just like in the original calculator) and see.
Personally I think this is a very good thing. It'll help with pricing the Comicsmonkey trades (where you HAVE to sell things at at least 150% of printing cost so that everyone can get their cut). I had problems pushing my book to people cause I felt it was overpriced. Their TPB prices are right now comparable to Comixpress I'd say (and it seems they've added non-laminated cover option, so that I guess will help with the lamination peeling off, which I think is the ONLY problem I have with their books). All in all good developments.
One minus: all the site updates over the last several months (first Indyplanet being partially broken, then all the Comicsmonkey work, now the Ka-Blam site redesign), rebuilding the office last summer, etc. All of the things going on seem to affect negatively their printing time. Sometimes people receive my books within a week, sometimes it becomes three weeks.
So, any thoughts? Are you happy at the changes? Or do you see it as some sort of a doom and gloom scenario?
(oh, and sorry for the plug, haha)