I took an unscheduled trip to 2nd & Charles yesterday as the family needed something to do and Emily wanted to sell some books. I have spoken about this store before but for those who don’t know, 2nd & Charles is a store that sells mostly used books but they also have a nice selection of used DVDs, CDs, and video games. The stock comes for various places including buy backs from customers. You simply take in what you want to sell and they make you both a cash offer and a store credit offer with the store credit always being more than the cash offer for what I would assume are obvious reasons. I hadn’t been to the store in several months and I was surprised this time with a new category of merchandise…comics books.
I browsed through the “collection” and noticed a few things. First, many of the books were bagged and boarded. This told me the books didn’t come from left over stock from the parent company’s (Books-A-Million) book stores. No, these books either came from a comic book shop or a personal collection of some kind. The second thing I notice was that the pricing was almost entirely uniform at $1.00 per book. A few books had higher prices but overall any standard books was $1.00. I saw books from the 70s to books released within the past year all priced the same way. The pricing seemed to mean they are taking whole collections at pennies per issue. I found out later that evening that they are only taking comics for store credit which means it basically costs them nothing to carry the books. All very interesting.
I spent a few minutes flipping through the books but something didn’t feel right. It was just weird scrubbing through back issue comic books in such a corporate type of store. I spotted many books that I have in my own collection. Even now I am not sure how I feel about that but I guess mostly indifferent. It does make me feel like it is time to liquidate the boxes of books in my closet though. Most of them don’t mean much to me today anyway. I am not sure that I want some corporate entity to reap the profit though. Then again, it is not like they are easy to sell by yourself. The market of buyers is fairly small. Anyway, all I know is that the whole experience was odd for me and I can’t exactly say why.