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Wednesday, February 11, 2004
  If I Had A Million Dollars
Ed Cunard (yeah, that guy again) has written a fun column where he daydreams about what kind of comic shop he would run if money were no object.  I enjoyed Ed's ideas, and I certainly understand the impulse behind today's column:  There are many days at work where I fantasize about opening a comic shop.  (I also have a recurring fantasy about starting up a comic magazine, but that's even more pie-in-the-sky.)  About the only thing I'd add to Ed's list would be a suggestion to sell used books (trade paperbacks and hardcovers).  I don't know how Ed feels about back issues (personally, I think that market has been undercut by the popularity of eBay), but I think used trades would be a great draw for a comic shop.  I know it would succeed in drawing in bargain hunters like me:  I'm always dropping into used bookstores looking for great deals on used comics (like the copy of Drawn & Quarterly Volume 5 I got for $8 at a local Half Price Books).  Are there any retailers out there who already do this?
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