Jay Fotos wrote:
#1. Retailers HAVE TO communicate with their customers and visa-versa, especially more so now-a-days. I hear way to many stories that when a customer walks into a retailer shop and ask to buy a book, they don't have it and then *crickets*.
I HATE that. There are two shops in nearby Modesto, and one of them I refuse to ever visit again. The last time I went there to look for boxes. I didn't see them, so I asked the guy at the counter if they had any. He was sitting at a laptop and just looked up and said, "No, we don't have any." No offer to order some if that's what I wanted to or anything. Just went back to his laptop and couldn't have sounded more disinterested in my question.
The LCS store I buy from 99.999% of my comics from is now called "Illusive Comic and Cards" in Santa Clara, CA. When I was in college I switched to these guys. They were near campus and next to a HUGE video game arcade!!!
I love Illusive Comics. I only discovered them last year, and I drove all the way from the Central Valley to pay them a visit. I was amazed and delighted by the sheer volume of stuff they had, both new and old, and the wealth of TPBs and HCs. Steve was working during both visits, and he's such a cool, friendly guy. The owner, Anna, is really great, too. Only been twice, but each time I walked out with nearly $70 worth of great stuff, including things I'd never seen at shops I tried. It's the single best comic shop I've found in the last few years as I've started getting back into comics heavily.
Quest Mar-Vell wrote:
It is a little different when its a job and there are mad random people coming through everyday....
I think it would be easier to remember people in comic shop though... as opposed to in a resturaunt
I agree on both counts. I was in the other Modesto shop (the good one) last week, and during the time I browsed about 3-4 different people came in at various times. The guy at the counter greeted each one by name, but obviously they are regulars. When I was a kid I went to my LCS so often after they opened the employees quickly knew me by name. It was like "Norm!" from Cheers
every time I came in. LOL! Lately I've been trying to frequent the LCS often to start becoming more familiar with the employees. Following Marvel's "AvX" mini-series should be a good opportunity since it will require almost weekly trips.
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