A couple of nights ago I held forth about my Media Anxiety. In the comments for that post I had this:
Nostalgia & Comics Shopper said...
I've been trying to stick to a similar rule, but it's made very hard by 2 things:. 1. The never-ending list of internet special offers, especially good discounts on books and graphic novels from amazon, which vanish once the book is new. 2. The speed with which graphic novels and dvds can go out of print if you don't snap them up when they're on offer or in the shop....
I was going to answer this in the comments but it's got me thinking about the whole thing again.....
Firstly, what are you doing buying Graphic Novels from Amazon? Hell, I feel bad enough buying books from Amazon when we've got a wonderful independent bookshop in Pocklington. Every so often we'll go in and spend some money just to assuage the guilt!
So if you can get to Nostalgia & Comics, or any other good quality comic shop - use them. Otherwise you'll see them close up and although it might be a few quid cheaper on Amazon, there's nothing quite like being able to properly browse in a good comic shop, being able to actually pick up a book you've heard a few things about and see if it's any good.
Nothing in the online experience can replicate a proper bookshop or comic shop.
So stop it. Go to Nostalgia & Comics, say you're sorry for straying and buy more stuff. Thanks.
I used to think that way about things as well; the fear of missing out on a bargain and the desire to have stuff in the house that you wanted was great. Looking at the hot new releases on Amazon and other places and thinking that I have to get them there and then. Of course all this meant was that I had lots of unread discounted books on the shelves causing me media anxiety and screaming out "read me, read me".
I have to disagree with the commenter about how quickly some things get deleted, I've found the reverse; that 90% of what you want to buy will be available for an awfully long time, things just aren't deleted anymore it seems.
This means that in two years time when my bookcase is all read I'll be able to go onto Amazon or ebay and buy the books I wanted in great condition and at least as cheap as the initial discount would have made them.
As for graphic novels it's exactly the same; most publishers are looking for the long term sales potential of keeping the book available. All you have to do is go into Nostalgia & Comics to see that that statement is true. We could fill the shop with nothing but graphic novels and still not have enough room to rack everything we wanted in the way that we wanted.
And for dvds it's almost impossible to find anyone who does buy them when they come out anymore. If something goes on sale for £14.99, you can almost guarantee that it will be down to £10 by the end of the month and under a fiver by Christmas. There's just no point buying them new.