So yes, British politics seems to be in a bit of a turmoil. I may have a better grasp of what's going on tonight but for now… how does all this affect the prices of comic books?
In 2016. as a result of the collapse of pound sterling after the referendum vote, Diamond UK put the price up of Amerian comics to British stores by around 25%. There are, naturally, increased costs associated with shipping and selling US comic books on the same day – hours earlier indeed – than in the USA. In 2016, the price of a $3.99 comic in British comic books stores was around £2.90 to £3.10, while a $4.99 comic book went for around £3.60 to £3.75.
Diamond UK increased their prices by 25%. Many stores chose not to increase prices as much and to eat the cost, for fear of putting off readers and customers. As a result, £3.40-£3.50 became common for a $3.99 comic and £4-£4.20 for a $4.99 comic.
Today, as Bleeding Cool previously reported, Diamond UK prices have jumped again, as UK sterling continues to fall, so even with shops taking less of a profit margin, the prices have risen.
A $3.99 comic seems to be going for £3.65 in most places, though the Diamond UK recommended price is higher. While $4.99 seem to be at around £4.55. Some stores will, of course, vary, depending on local markets, rental costs and the like.
So how much are your comic books costing you today?