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May. 30th, 2016

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E-Mail ... Backup Contact Info

Every now and again, the issue with using a legacy e-mail domain comes and bites us. We've had the address (salvom@prodigy.net) associated here for over a quarter century, so it's difficult to quickly divorce ourselves from it, but there are times it comes with a penalty. Today, something seems to have broken the e-mail and password server for the domain, on a holiday when nobody is around to address the issue. So, we have to wait until the service is back on to handle the issue.

For now, I'd kindly suggest you take note of our general e-mail address, mikescomics@mikescomics.com. We own the domain, and that e-mail has been reliable for a decade or more on its own. And, when all is well in e-mail for us, this address will forward to the one most of you use, and have used in reaching us sometimes for more than 25 years, and we'd then answer from that one. But, for now, please understand it's best to use the mikescomics.com address, or simply to call us at (508)756-9836.

We're here. We're not going away. We're happy to help you, always. And, I'll hope this helps you find your way if you need to be in touch.

Thank you, as always, for your support!

Michael Salvo

May. 13th, 2016

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Missy In Black, and related stuff....

Some months ago, we contacted our supplier for Doctor Who action figures regarding the Missy in Black action figure. You can imagine, having dealt with them since 2006, we try to get reasonable, reliable, advance information about releases. Then, we try to give reasonable, reliable, advance information to our customers. To the best of our ability.

Now, understanding things do change, it's also certainly understandable their advice, late in 2015, of an expected late-May, 2016, ship date, might also be a bit...shall we say, flexible. Personally, I think that's fair, too. If an item is imported, and is held up in Customs for some reason, it's hard to plan on exactly what consequences that may have.

But, until yesterday, there wasn't any official solicitation for Missy In Black, and as the company's history hasn't been so robust with examples of reasonable, reliable, advance information, it would have been foolish and inconsiderate of us to publish a mid-May, 2016, release date on our web site, even if that's the date we had. Why? Because, frankly, on average, especially with this line, business is an imperfect science, to date. In fact, allowing for some level of variance, we listed an estimated date for June, 2016. Not "Expected," as with some more reliable lines, but "estimated," because, honestly, it's too strong a word to say we really expect a date to be met at this point, when there have been delays none of us could have forseen or prevented.

So, people often look at those dates we give and go, "How come you're getting yours in June, when everyone else says they'll arrive in May." We're getting them shipped to us, from the direct and licensed source at the same time as everyone else. We're just honest about potential issues. If it comes in May, great. In June, that's more what we estimate. In August, or October, or 2017, or later,...that's possible, too. It's not always bad news. But, yet again, the last 48 hours or so again provided the unfortunate answer to that question of why we'd post a later date. To give you some of what went on behind the scenes, let me explain.

An unfortunate member of their sales team was (apparently) not told they had decided on an "exclusive window" of 90 days for the Missy In Black USA release. Along with an actual solicitation, he sent out a note to the retail community saying the figures were available now. Immediately. In May. And, as you may imagine, we followed up to see our order was being filled, that everything was on track, and so on. After all, this pretty much met with his own expectations some months ago of availability, and I was happy to receive the news. From what I gather, after a couple of other exchanges, they were basically about to invoice, pack, and ship the order, and he had his hands on it trying very hard to help us, when he was finally told he couldn't ship except to one exclusivee. As you may imagine, that's not us. And, he wasn't even told after the solicitation went out (probably six months later than good and prudent business practice would have had it go out); even after he was discussing with us getting the order shipped to us that day, yesterday. Not a detail that should wait until a shipment is about to be put in transit.

So, for those who Advance Ordered Missy In Black, you're going to have to pardon us. Including shipping time from California from that warehouse to us, we're about 100 days away from receiving it in stock, if nothing else changes. Friday the 13th, so I guess I should have expected something.You're at the mercy of another exclusive, even if it's just an "exclusive window." It'll take us beyond August, I believe....with shipping time, perhaps into the Fall before we see it. (As of 3:30 PM Eastern Time today, the estimated date we'll receive it here, including time in transit to us, is now something like September 10, 2016, with the hope it will actually ship from the CA warehouse early in September. We'll see if that holds.) When they ask us why we're not selling more, this game with exclusives is at the top of that list. We're more concerned with our customers than with some game with exclusives that just makes some stockholders rich on the back of your wallets. Other businesses show their colors by continuing to drive a parade of exclusives. We all make our choices. Ours stand with our customers, and a long-term commitment to give you value.

But, what's so breathtaking about this...they don't even communicate within their own business structure. They'll let us retailers pay a penalty. And, their own employees who need to know things aren't told, so get to look awful in telling us to place an order for items supposed to be available immediately...that aren't! It's not the first time this has happened. But, their license is so strong (here in the case of a Doctor Who action figure), they don't even understand they could be doing better, because we really do want this stuff. All of us do, else we wouldn't carry it, and you wouldn't be buying so much of it. They don't tell their own sales staff what's happening, so, instead, a letter goes out telling us to take the time to consider what we need, do it now, and commit the money to place an order. Now. So, we have to stop what we're doing with the little emergency they've sent to all of us, make sure money is there for them, and so on. Then, they have to do the equivalent of printing a retraction. And we've all wasted time, disappointed customers (some of whom we've already talked to or e-mailed, quite correctly trying to hawk our wares because retailers do buy merchandise to resell it), and someone else somewhere believes it drives goodwill and sales while he laughs all the way to the bank because exclusives work for his bottom line...or so he thinks. Seriously. As much as that ultimately turns off customers and helps kill future sales, they have the idea this helps them (else they wouldn't do it). Go figure.

Many customers continue to give us the great good trust of placing Advance Orders here. We're still going to deliver on those when Missy In Black arrives. And, you also know, we care enough about our customers, and want them to return in the future, that we're going to give the best price available when time comes to sell this figure.

However, for all you others, VOTE WITH YOUR WALLETS. Be informed. If you see the exclusive out there and want to buy it, understand that buying it elsewhere right now means, by definition, you're paying more. For nothing. To give a gift to a corporation that deserves scorn instead of custom is not a reason. After all, the rights to exclusive windows, almost every time, are bought, and those costs passed along. The figure was coming out regardless of that window, when last I'd discussed it with the company prior to this week. And, it's done to enhance "margins," which also give you a higher price. For these action figures, it's healthy for you to ask if something is an exclusive, and if you're paying for that exclusivity. You don't need to. BE PATIENT! Let a more reasonable price prevail before sticking yourself with that enhanced cost. Stop buying something that basically insures you're buying the higher future price, too...yes, YOU are paying to increase your own future price! That's how your wallets vote. As long as exclusives succeed to drive more money into the hands that run them, the more they'll be done. The more you'll pay. Forever. And, you're smarter than that. You can do better.

We're still capitalists here. We honor the profit motive in what we do. But, the value proposition is behind healthy business. It's behind building a clientele that looks forward to coming back to us. Wanting customers to come back time and again, keeping us prospering for what, in July, will be 40 years in business, we actually have this quaint old belief in trying hard to give you value for your money. Omigosh! Would you believe a business that actually wants to keep customers happy enough to come back? Well, that's us.

For now, we continue to say "Exclusives exclude." We've no choice but to wait for that exclusive window on Missy In Black to close, since the business involved simply isn't shipping to us sooner. Anyone who has them aside from that one business, before that time, has them in violation of the license. And, it's a fair bet to say it's possible some WILL have them early when they shouldn't. It's happened before.

But, this time, instead of just telling some about a schedule slip (which, honestly, wasn't a slip but an exclusive window...we could have received these figures next week if the company didn't decide on certain business practices), it seemed fair to answer some of the questions we're already handling, and give you an idea we're not to blame that you need to wait longer to get these orders filled.

Considering the way things were communicated, this is also breaking news, and, possibly, some poor retailers out there still expect the "available now" Missy In Black will reach their doors in May, 2016, when it won't. They'll be surprised. Sadly.

We thought you ought to know, and, this time, to know more than the usual "it's going to be late." We're all stuck with it here.

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com

Dec. 4th, 2015

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Price Gouging ... 'Tis The Season

The year 2015 has been a busy one for us. We've had to leave this blog to lie fallow longer than we'd have liked, but chose the priority of fighting to get more of the right products in our hands, and to keep our prices fiercely competitive. That competitive pricing of ours doesn't take a holiday during the Holidays, either!


But, of course, some of the corporate...and some of the not-so-corporate interests out there seem to think their customers become fish in a barrel to be shot at during this time of year.


Exclusives abound. Which, I suppose, works out to be good news for us, because, the exclusives being offered are now time-limited, and we tend to get things being called "exclusives" a little later, and save our customers a lot of money for their patience. Those foisting exclusives on their customers are paying for the privilege, and, in turn, pass along a healthy (or is that unhealthy?) price premium to their clientele. I suspect it's a mixed metaphor to say fish are paying through the nose.


There are also one or two competitors who are importing around the licenses...or so it would seem. They don't want to wait, think they're special, and think their customers are fish in their barrel. By doing so, they seem to feel their best customers are pretty happy to pay inflated prices. For example, we've received (and twice sold through supplies, and have more supplies already in transit) the Night Of The Doctor 8th Doctor figure, which we priced to everyone at $16.99. We can still get them to your door (as of the time I'm writing this) in time for Christmas. After seeing other prices out there, even dealers are flocking to buy at our prices...tells me we're doing something right. But, I'm not finding another seller with licensed product selling theirs within $5 of our price. On that item, so far, not one. Why? It's Christmas. And it's a time for...wait, don't tell me...fatter profits. No, no, that's not it, is it?


Seriously, if you like what we do and how we do it, support us by simply continuing to buy from us. That's not charity. It's custom. It's what we're supposed to be here to do. Every day of the year. Our prices don't change because the wind blows, or blows harder in some areas of the world this time of year. (If anything, in gratitude to our customers, we really have tried harder to sharpen our pencils and come up with lower prices for the Holiday season.) Just keep coming by. Buy when it's right, and tell others about us. We're about halfway through our 40th year in business, and we don't exist because we drove folks away. We're here because the value proposition, respecting our customers, is what's right.


Seeing a host of competitors out there now, though...sheesh! Guys, if you're going to price as high as you have on some of these figures, at least give your own customers free shipping. We're still going to cost less for most after we add in appropriate shipping charges (which are free on some media orders from us, too!), but at least when you shoot yourselves in the foot this Holiday season, and make these the last purchases those customers will ever want to make with you, it'll look less like you used military hardware to do it! Buyer's remorse usually goes with long memories. For the corporate giants who are offering free shipping...catch your breath and ask what that means about their price if they can afford to do that. You're still paying for the shipping charges somewhere, and just because they bundled it into the price of the item doesn't guarantee a good value.


So, the Holiday season is upon us. We're going to prove we want your business, today, this year, and forever into the future, by NOT trying to take advantage unfairly. Remember us when you're looking for the kinds of merchandise we sell, and your wallet will thank you for it into the coming year.


As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com

Mar. 23rd, 2015

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Competition

I'm about to write something that's probably more editorial than usual, and not intended to be a short sound byte, so, be warned. But, if you're interested in the business of business, and how it is impacting us all, it's an important read.

We just received communication from one of our suppliers today. I'm not saying which one. We weren't a target by ourselves. It's not the first of its type we've ever received. In fact, it's getting fairly common. But, getting any such things is troubling, and it seems it's how big business thinks business is done.

Normally, we "only" hear about exclusives or limited supplies or some reason the shipments going out were mishandled or delays.

The latest, though, is about a supplier telling us we're not allowed to sell their products in certain places without their prior approval. Anything. Probably including items we bought and paid for a decade or so ago. Retroactive. It isn't clear, and they don't want to clarify, so, basically, we shouldn't do it. It's a new policy, and we just happen to be one of many hearing about it. Or, so it seems, and I'm not trying to assume a motive that I just don't think is there. For the moment, we don't even sell there on that newly-restricted venue, but to increase sales, we were mulling it over. After all, business is about making money, and we're capitalists here. Just sayin'.

Still, the first thing this does is it limits, in certain venues, YOUR ABILITY AS A CUSTOMER to get a competitive price, maybe even a fair one. Why? If many aren't allowed to sell their wares in certain places, they can't compete against others who do, and that artificially keeps prices higher than they should be, since you can't get their lower prices (when they have them) on those items. If the manufacturer is choosing which sellers can and can't sell on those venues, too, it becomes fairly clear the manufacturer is getting to select whose pricing policies it wants to promote, and is controlling price. Since we pride ourselves on the value (including low prices) we offer, being told items we purchase outright from a supplier can't be sold as we choose not only interferes with how we can do business, but makes business more difficult. Instead of just worrying about selling things, (which, I promise you, is the full time job it seems to be!) we have to worry also about where and how and to whom we sell, and have to take time, energy and effort to verify we're not trampling on someone's "policy"...which, if we're being honest with the situation, is someone's attempt at ginning up higher prices and forgetting to respect the supply chain and retail customers without whom they are nothing. And, those of you who have dealt with us probably are well aware we NEVER forget to be grateful to our customers for their custom. We're nothing without our customers.

In trying to educate ourselves about this further, we found the following at http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Restraint+of+Trade discussing whether such policies are even legal:

"Restraint of Trade

Contracts or combinations that tend, or are designed, to eliminate or stifle competition, create a Monopoly, artificially maintain prices, or otherwise hamper or obstruct the course of trade as it would be carried on if it were left to the control of natural economic forces.

As used in the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.), unreasonable restraints of trade are illegal per se and interfere with free competition in business and commercial transactions. Such restraint tends to restrict production, affect prices, or otherwise control the market to the detriment of purchasers or consumers of goods and services. A restraint of trade that is ordinarily reasonable can be rendered unreasonable if it is accompanied by a Specific Intent to achieve the equivalent of a forbidden restraint.
"

Now, am I saying what is happening here, and in other situations we've had imposed upon us, "illegal"? I'm not a lawyer, and I don't know.

But, what I will say...as the reason for bringing this to an open forum to inform and enlighten those who would come here and read what we write...ANYTHING that restrains retailers from legal competition is likely to limit your supply and increase your price. And, with breathtaking frequency, that seems to be the goal of many manufacturers lately. Beyond that, when a supplier or manufacturer takes the step of controlling WHICH venues are allowed and to WHICH retailers, it becomes hard not to ask how price fixing isn't at play. So, legal or not, it's against our interests and yours. We'll let the lawyers figure out how to parse the exact language.

The counter-argument being used often now is "too many offerings of the same item tend to tarnish the brand." Actually, my first instinct is to think something in such demand shows signs of health, and is first and foremost showing strength, not "tarnish." But, what sometimes happens is manufacturers or suppliers cut special deals to help them sell their products. That can happen in the course of business...you sometimes cut prices or use certain venues in order to sell what you need to sell. (Which, of course, policies restraining trade are stopping the rest of us from doing freely!) Then, the business that got the special deal tries to use its lower costs to its advantage and sell at lower prices than others can...in order simply to sell what it bought and make a profit. So, for a time, price goes down. That's a good thing for retail customers, as a rule. But, if too many deals are constantly being cut, it undermines price, and makes it tough to profitably produce and resell a product line. So, it fails. The answer: stop trying to cut deals that hurt yourself and work with the market to maintain healthy business practices, without artificially suppressing sales. If you have an item people want, sell it in quantity at a value price. That's how American business has succeeded really since the invention of the assembly line, and, certainly, since World War II, through the boom times of the 1950's and beyond. When it's gone away from that, usually for corporate reasons that have nothing to do with sustained success, and everything to do with the short term, business tends to fail and fail badly.

So, why should you care? If those manufacturers fail and fail badly in the long term, the things we sell that you want will no longer be available. Not from us. Not from anyone.

In the same spirit, we've said for years (actually, it's decades), "exclusives exclude." Well, this is one more gimmick. This excludes, too. Making venues available only to a chosen few retailers is just as bad as making product available only to the chosen few, or limiting supplies when demand is there for far more sales.

Ultimately, we need our suppliers to supply products we can sell. How else can one have a business than to have something to sell?

But, what we're seeing more and more in the 21st Century is a corporate attempt to take over anything successful. Ok, I don't mind them making money, either...remember, I'm a capitalist. But, rather than worrying about customers, forcing higher prices that don't offer value seems to be the goal. It's a bad one. Customers tend to walk away at some point. In droves. And, if the manufacturer or supplier are complaining today about tepid sales, maybe, instead of looking at how many are competing, more attention could be paid to whether there have been too many exclusive deals, or policy set by lawyers and MBA's instead of people who have had to deal with other REAL people across a counter and know there's more to it than supply v. demand charts the classrooms tell you are all you need to know.

Now, having said all of this, it's also right and fair to point out, on some venues, there are some retailers selling just about at cost. Or, far below cost. Sometimes many of them trying to unload items they bought beyond their ability to sell profitably. That's not healthy, either. So, they try to cut a deal and sell at a lower price. Just like the manufacturer might do. And, if someone pays their money and buys recklessly, well, as much as I may not like the kind of competition that perpetually sells at unsustainable low prices, they should also have the right to deal in a healthy manner with their merchandise in order to survive. So then they can buy more from the manufacturer later...hopefully learning to moderate their purchases...rather than going bankrupt and imposing that cost on all of us. That's the natural consequence of healthy business in a healthy economy. By stopping these competitors, the manufacturer only hurts itself, even if the short-term result is a market price lower than you might want in a perfect world...as a supplier. (Actually, as a repeat customer, you want a HEALTHY price, always, as it protects you from artificially higher prices in future. You want good value, and that's a partnership between customer and business.)

What we have always tried to do for our customers is provide the best possible value. No scams. No cheats. Partnership. And that's part of our job in serving our customers.

At a point where the corporate policies of many license holders seems to be trying hard to remove the ability of retailers to give you such value, it seemed a good idea to comment, explain what we see, and also explain why we don't dive in to every possible product line anymore. Being told we're not allowed to bring you the value proposition is a bad place to start relationships. We're in our customers' corner. They're the ones we've stayed in business with...nearly 39 years, and counting...and we don't forget who got us here.

Now, having said all of that.... We have an absolute and utter monopoly on OUR web site. Instead of the corporate attitude that foists artificially high prices on customers, we intend still to remain a haven for value and customer service. If you don't see us listing on certain venues, well...visit our site. That's where value prevails. We're still beating prices from anyone dealing fairly on anything except clearances from their inventory. We hope we continue to earn your support, and we value the loyalty so many have shown for so many years. We have no desire to "go exclusive" and ignore those most deserving of our respect.

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com

Jan. 15th, 2015

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Big Finish Audio Subscriptions

The 2014-2015 Holiday season seems to have put some things off their normal stride in some areas, and, among these things, our shipment from Big Finish for December shipped instead in early January this time.

That shipment has just arrived, and all subscription parcels were just mailed. However, as part of the somewhat late arrival this time, we were only just informed Big Finish is no longer furnishing subscriber bonuses. From Big Finish: "There was no bonus release for 2014 and there will not be any more of these going forward...."

We are told to expect yet another shipment from Big Finish next week, if all runs as they plan, and hope to have the next main series audio, and many others besides, to ship to customers then.

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com

Dec. 21st, 2014

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Obverse Books

Where most relationships we have with our direct sources give us quality items as soon as they are available, some of those relationships can be a bit more...involved. Such is the case of our more recent dealings with Obverse Books.

In trying to focus on the means of making copies of their book offerings more affordable for the US market, (which we feel has been a total success,) we had to also take a little time in working through some details.

But, we've finally sorted out an initial shipment, with the expectation of more rapid re-supply in the future.

We know some of you were expecting us to stock copies of these titles quite some time ago, especially the Iris Wildthyme and Faction Paradox books. And, we certainly tried to do so. But, at times, the supplier can only handle so much at once, so we needed to be patient for a time. Still, we know you readers of Obverse's offerings will find it's been worth the wait, and, again, our pricing will beat competitors on these books, while saving you some complications and costs from buying them from the reputable merchants who have them overseas.

For the horror and mystery offerings from Obverse Books, not currently listed on our site, please feel free also to inquire with us, or to our sister operation, Annie's Book Stop of Worcester (anniesbooksworcester.com) to see what we have available. As many of those titles are a perfect fit with a traditional bookstore operation, we're seeing first how they sell at a traditional bookstore!

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com

Nov. 22nd, 2014

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ABSW Doctor Who Event on December 13, 2014

Our sister operation, Annie's Book Stop of Worcester (USA), will be holding a Doctor Who event on December 13, 2014. The store is located at 65 James Street, in Worcester, MA, in the center of New England.

There will be substantial prizes offered at the event, with suggested retail prices and cover prices of items totaling well in excess of US$1000.00, with many of those items already pulled and set aside for the big day! This will include two trivia contests with First Prize of each having retail value well over US$100.00 (when I say "well over," it's not US$101.00, it's a good bit more), door prizes and a costume contest during the day. Mike's Comics is the exclusive supplier of the items being given as prizes at the event.

The store is also well-stocked on a wide assortment of Doctor Who merchandise, and there will be in-store sale prices prevailing on much of that merchandise during the special event. Pricing there starts out already as the best available (typically 30%-45% below local competitors or SRP's), and we're taking those prices down just for one special day (which becomes an effective 40%-65% off on a great deal of Doctor Who merchandise)!

Further information has already been posted HERE, and we hope to refine and add details in the coming few days, including a schedule for events and sign-up, as needed, for selected events.

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com

Update: December 21, 2014
A quick thank you to all who attended and helped make our event a special day! We actually pulled well over $2500.00 in merchandise for prizes, and First Prizes from each Trivia Contest were valued over $500.00 (nearly $600.00) apiece! While it's a shame some missed the event, we're hoping to hold another next year at ABSW!

Nov. 3rd, 2014

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5" Doctor Who Action Figure Releases

For those of you who know and care, which is many of you, you know Doctor Who action figures are sometimes a tad difficult to order in the US market. You know there's no good reason, and, I think it's fair to say, only a bunch of bad ones.

We were originally told we would be getting the Silver Nemesis Ace in early October, and are finally getting them here tomorrow. We delayed shipping the Time of the Doctor sets for those, but will be getting those out presently.

What's news to us today is the Asylum of the Daleks Collectors Set is actually available. It shouldn't be news. We asked after this set numerous times, even after hearing it wouldn't be coming to the US anytime soon. We never got solicitation materials, so can't even guess if others got them. We just found them already in the hands of a competitor.

Now...as to the word "available"...does this mean WE can order it? Well, it's on the distributor's price list, so we're ordering them. Unless that's shut down for some reason, we'll also be getting them. Better late than never. Stay tuned.

But, for those of you who we've already sent searching elsewhere, we can only apologize and explain we've gotten incorrect information yet again...many times over...and I can't honestly tell anyone why. We're trying. This should be as simple as asking, then receiving, then getting you what you want. We'll see what the suppliers are able to do for us at this point...so we can do what we should for so many of you!

[Edit November 5, 2014: We confirmed just now an initial allocated supply will ship to us immediately to cover Advance Orders of the Asylum of the Daleks set already on our system, and a little more. We also confirmed (A) solicitations didn't go out yet to the US for the set, (B) another retailer having these already in the US market is the recipient of a happy accident in their favor and nothing more...it shouldn't have gone out to them before today, and (C) the sales department of Underground Toys is aware their handling of this item did nobody any favors. We're hoping to see initial supplies now in under two weeks, and we appreciate your patience. Our price will be BELOW that charged by the other source who already has them in stock, as our price is ALWAYS BELOW their pricing. Your patience this time will be rewarded by continued savings.]

[Edit November 13, 2014: All but the most recent Advance Orders on this item are processed, shipped, in some cases delivered. The remainder of supplies is still in transit, with confirmed tracking of orders to be delivered within a few more days to fill all Advance Orders, including those placed in the last two days. Some orders, where it was possible, also got a free shipping upgrade on this item. There is still no solicitation material for the item, so supplies to other retailers are likely to be delayed still further. We understand now this was also listed in a wholesaler's magazine/catalogue, with suggested retail price on the order of $75.00. Our retail price, we believe, is lower than the wholesale price paid by retailers ordering from that source...who still have none of their supplies in hand.]

[Final? Edit November 21, 2014: Supplies were just received to allow us to finish processing all Advance Orders on this item, including those taken in the last two weeks. All those orders are processed, packed, and will ship with mail pickup tomorrow. Additional supplies are currently now available, with further supplies already on order.]

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com

Oct. 21st, 2014

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Upcoming releases

We are expecting shipments of The Time of The Doctor Set and the Silver Nemesis Ace Set within the next few days.

In light of the repricing of The Impossible Set upon release, we are forced to anticipate the same change in pricing when this item is released, despite no firm news yet from the supplier. Regular customers will be aware we will certainly lower our retail price immediately if a lower wholesale price is available upon release, and we will beat other pricing elsewhere. We are aware our pricing on this item, currently well before arrival, may appear less competitive than it will ultimately be, but all new releases in this line are now solicited to retailers from the distributor with prices specifically listed as "Subject To Change," which impacts how accurate our information to customers can be in advance of any new release!

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com
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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #479 now in stock!

DWM479_COVER

Just in time for Halloween! The newest monthly issue of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE has arrived, with the scary cover caption “HEAVEN OR HELL?” Articles in DWM #479 include a preview of the Series 8 finale and the challenges faced by Peter Capaldi as he wraps up his first season as The Twelfth Doctor, interviews with actors Paul McGann [the Eighth Doctor] and Samuel Anderson [Danny Pink], writer Peter Harness and producer Derrick Sherwin, and more!

Order your copy today! This and other magazine titles can be ordered at http://www.mikescomics.com/MAGS2.html.

Thank you, as always for your support.

---Michael Salvo & Patty Cryan
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com

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