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    Quote Originally Posted by newparisian View Post
    Gotcha. That makes sense. I'll see about ordering March only books for now. For Jan/Feb I'll keep trying my luck at IST.
    Thank you!

    How long does one have to pre-order for a given month? Is it until whenever the following month's solicitations are released?
    Correct.

    Give DCBS a shot. You don't have to order any more frequently than once a month, and it takes the guesswork out of the game. I was skeptical at first about paying for stuff so far in advance, but now I wouldn't have it any other way. I haven't missed an issue of any of my monthly series (and there's a lot!) in 10 yrs, and the only collections I've missed out on is because I decided to wait for reviews concerning quality/build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJNeal View Post
    Correct.

    Give DCBS a shot. You don't have to order any more frequently than once a month, and it takes the guesswork out of the game. I was skeptical at first about paying for stuff so far in advance, but now I wouldn't have it any other way. I haven't missed an issue of any of my monthly series (and there's a lot!) in 10 yrs, and the only collections I've missed out on is because I decided to wait for reviews concerning quality/build.
    So when I read DCBS policies I was a bit confused. To follow up on something you said, what if you want to order less than once per month? Say you have a month or 2 straight where nothing appeals to you. Do you have an obligation to order every month?

    I guess what I'm looking at is this: I want to order omnibus through DCBS in order to be 100% guaranteed - or as close to 100% as possible - to get my book. I have been fortunate so far with ToW and IST but I know my luck could run out. The 50% discount is also attractive. I'm fine ordering TPB from IST because there is not usually such a mad scramble for them. So, is DCBS the way to go for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor_Von_Doom View Post
    So when I read DCBS policies I was a bit confused. To follow up on something you said, what if you want to order less than once per month? Say you have a month or 2 straight where nothing appeals to you. Do you have an obligation to order every month?

    I guess what I'm looking at is this: I want to order omnibus through DCBS in order to be 100% guaranteed - or as close to 100% as possible - to get my book. I have been fortunate so far with ToW and IST but I know my luck could run out. The 50% discount is also attractive. I'm fine ordering TPB from IST because there is not usually such a mad scramble for them. So, is DCBS the way to go for me?
    Like SJNeal, I've been ordering from DCBS monthly for a decade. Other than their responsiveness falling apart during COVID, it's been a dream.

    You're under no obligation to order every single month. When you order, they're going to ask you to set up a shipping frequency. Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. When you check out with an order, based on that shipping selection, you'll be charged for one two or three shipments. The way I understand it, you'll receive your shipments at whatever frequency you selected until everything you ordered has been delivered. For example, if you order four omnis with monthly shipping spread across three orders (three shipping charges), and those omnis aren't released in a way that allows them all to go out in three shipments, DCBS is either going to want you to pay an additional shipping charge or they're going to sit on your outstanding items until everything comes in and can go out together.

    That might sound complicated, but it's not. If you're making regular IST orders for trades, my recommendation would be to start making one DCBS order a month for everything you want, and going with monthly shipping. Prices on IST will NEVER be lower than the DCBS preorder price, and you get the peace of mind knowing you don't have to fight people for limited stock on release day. It's the "set it and forget it" way to buy your books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJNeal View Post
    Since some collections are solicited as much as 6 months in advance, it can vary. However I've been using DCBS for nearly 10 yrs, and have never had a pre-ordered item not show up (unless it was canceled by the publisher). More often than not, you'll get the book at 50% off, which is the best deal anywhere online.
    Using DCBS for 10 years? Haha what a nerd.

    *checks own IST order history*

    oh. oh my. uh

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    Quote Originally Posted by doolittle View Post
    Like SJNeal, I've been ordering from DCBS monthly for a decade. Other than their responsiveness falling apart during COVID, it's been a dream.

    You're under no obligation to order every single month. When you order, they're going to ask you to set up a shipping frequency. Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. When you check out with an order, based on that shipping selection, you'll be charged for one two or three shipments. The way I understand it, you'll receive your shipments at whatever frequency you selected until everything you ordered has been delivered. For example, if you order four omnis with monthly shipping spread across three orders (three shipping charges), and those omnis aren't released in a way that allows them all to go out in three shipments, DCBS is either going to want you to pay an additional shipping charge or they're going to sit on your outstanding items until everything comes in and can go out together.

    That might sound complicated, but it's not. If you're making regular IST orders for trades, my recommendation would be to start making one DCBS order a month for everything you want, and going with monthly shipping. Prices on IST will NEVER be lower than the DCBS preorder price, and you get the peace of mind knowing you don't have to fight people for limited stock on release day. It's the "set it and forget it" way to buy your books.
    Thanks for articulating what I've been struggling to explain, doolittle! I blame my covid-addled brain .

    I think the DCBS model is tougher to wrap your head around if you're strictly using them for omnis/collections. It makes much more sense if you're a floppy buyer with a regular monthly pull list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ER Prest View Post
    Using DCBS for 10 years? Haha what a nerd.

    *checks own IST order history*

    oh. oh my. uh
    Actually, my 11 year anniversary is next month! *Stamps nerd card*.
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    The response from IST in regards to the New Mutants and Excalibur omnibuses.

    "Hello,

    Neither of these items are available from the distributor any longer so we are currently unable to restock them.

    Thank you for your business! We appreciate it!

    Thanks,"

    Granted, I didn't specify regular or DM cover, but it does appear they're gone. Damn. I've been out of the Omnibus and OHC game for a couple years due to finances and almost everything I had wanted being released anyway. Had no idea it had gotten this bad with short print runs. Going to make sure I order Uncanny Vol. 4 on day one of release now. Ended up ordering from Amazon while I could. Fingers crossed they don't arrive damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doolittle View Post
    Like SJNeal, I've been ordering from DCBS monthly for a decade. Other than their responsiveness falling apart during COVID, it's been a dream.

    You're under no obligation to order every single month. When you order, they're going to ask you to set up a shipping frequency. Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. When you check out with an order, based on that shipping selection, you'll be charged for one two or three shipments. The way I understand it, you'll receive your shipments at whatever frequency you selected until everything you ordered has been delivered. For example, if you order four omnis with monthly shipping spread across three orders (three shipping charges), and those omnis aren't released in a way that allows them all to go out in three shipments, DCBS is either going to want you to pay an additional shipping charge or they're going to sit on your outstanding items until everything comes in and can go out together.

    That might sound complicated, but it's not. If you're making regular IST orders for trades, my recommendation would be to start making one DCBS order a month for everything you want, and going with monthly shipping. Prices on IST will NEVER be lower than the DCBS preorder price, and you get the peace of mind knowing you don't have to fight people for limited stock on release day. It's the "set it and forget it" way to buy your books.
    When do you pay for the pre-orders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theegreatone View Post
    When do you pay for the pre-orders?
    Upon shipment, not at the time of the order.

    Which is nice, because if the publisher cancels a book you're not stuck chasing refunds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJNeal View Post
    Upon shipment, not at the time of the order.

    Which is nice, because if the publisher cancels a book you're not stuck chasing refunds.
    Thanks. Going to look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJNeal View Post
    Thanks for articulating what I've been struggling to explain, doolittle! I blame my covid-addled brain .
    It was my pleasure to help out a pillar of our community here! Hope your Covid case is as much on the mild side as possible.

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    All this DCBS talk has me wondering if I should preorder thru them. I checked and the only Omni I’m interested in that’s available for preorder is Star Wars. Based on the 7.50 shipping charge I’d have to buy at least a couple of Omni to start saving money, but the peace of mind could be worth it. I noticed that only DC and Marvel have a “collected” view option. Is there a better way to search for preorders for all publishers and exclude floppies? Is it only Marvel and DC that gets the 50% discount?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCinOntario View Post
    All this DCBS talk has me wondering if I should preorder thru them.
    You should.

    I checked and the only Omni I’m interested in that’s available for preorder is Star Wars. Based on the 7.50 shipping charge I’d have to buy at least a couple of Omni to start saving money, but the peace of mind could be worth it.
    It is.

    I noticed that only DC and Marvel have a “collected” view option. Is there a better way to search for preorders for all publishers and exclude floppies? Is it only Marvel and DC that gets the 50% discount?
    Yes, it's usually only the Big Two that get the big discounts. Indy publishers tend to run 30-40% off, I believe. As far as the search function, that's a good question; I preorder all of my monthly floppies as well, so I've never tried to filter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCinOntario View Post
    All this DCBS talk has me wondering if I should preorder thru them. I checked and the only Omni I’m interested in that’s available for preorder is Star Wars. Based on the 7.50 shipping charge I’d have to buy at least a couple of Omni to start saving money, but the peace of mind could be worth it. I noticed that only DC and Marvel have a “collected” view option. Is there a better way to search for preorders for all publishers and exclude floppies? Is it only Marvel and DC that gets the 50% discount?
    When I make my monthly order, after going through the specials for the month, I go through each publisher's books on the preorder tab. I sort descending by price. Outside of some crazy prices for certain variant covers, this puts all the collected editions near the top. Since I mainly order collected editions, but also mix in a floppy or two, I just work down from highest price to lowest while adding books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJNeal View Post
    You should.



    It is.



    Yes, it's usually only the Big Two that get the big discounts. Indy publishers tend to run 30-40% off, I believe. As far as the search function, that's a good question; I preorder all of my monthly floppies as well, so I've never tried to filter.

    Thank you.

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