We’re gonna need a bigger bookshelf…
Today I stared into the glassy black eye of Amazon.com, like a doll’s eye, but it blinked. Well, as of this posting it hasn’t blinked yet, but I’m sure it will.
This morning, Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston hooked a brother up, as it were. I’ll give him credit for it, because, as far as I know, he was the first to spread the word. As stated on BleedingCool.com, Amazon experienced a bit of a malfunction, selling high-priced, hardcover comic book omnibuses (mostly Marvel) on an average of 90 percent off.
I myself snuck in under the wire, which is quite surprising considering I am a late riser due to working the night shift. If Amazon doesn’t call me on my shenanigans, I will receive no less than four hardcovers with a combined cover price of $425 for a mere $39.71.
I’m fairly confident they’ll cancel my order in no small part to me being so cheap that I opted for the Free Super Saver Shipping. Had I gone for the two-day shipping, I might have sped up the process enough to make it beyond their ability to rescind the order. Yes, with a savings of more than $380, I still went for free shipping. I have to save all my money to buy `80s toys from eBay. I can’t be bothered with paying $7 for $400 worth of books that I could potentially re-sell for five times what I paid for them, with ease.
One book I ordered was The Ultimates Omnibus, a collection with a page count of more than 800, normally $62.99, today for a price of $8.24. That is around .01 cent per page. An issue of any new Marvel comic book has a page price equaling at least .13 cents a page, not including advertising space.
Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for me and all the others who took advantage of Amazon’s generosity.