The literate pay for our strong dollar


And more Comics!!!

Originally uploaded by ELFSAR COMICS.

One of the draw backs of having our dollar pass the American one is that suddenly we’re paying quite a bit more for printed material than they are south of the border. Books, magazines and comic books have always had higher Canadian pricing to compensate for our lower dollar, but now that the equation has reversed we’re still paying the higher cover price. During a recent trip to Bellingham I stopped in at a comic shop and with the dollars at par, was surprised how much I could buy.

I’ve heard this issue covered on CBC radio, specifically focusing on books. For comic books the issue was raised by a listen question on the comicbook podcast iFanboy during an an interview with Marvel Comics’ PR guy Jim McCann [if]. Since Quebecor [wp] is one of the largest printers of comics (and other stuff too) in North America, it’s sort of ironic that we’re getting screwed on pricing.

With no change on the horizon local comic book shop Elfsar is offering most of their new comics and graphic novels at a discount to help compensate for the strong dollar [efb].

What else are we now paying too much for in this Bizzaro world we live in now where white is black, people ride cows and milk horses and the Loonie is stronger than the American dollar?

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