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When I was a kid, a comic book cost 12 cents, and candy bars (chocolate bars) were a nickel. Bubble gum and Penny candy were often 2 pieces for a penny-- sometimes 5 for a penny (Mojos).

Next up, just under the comic book, was a popsicle-- 10 cents or less.
Just over the comic book price was the ice cream bar, at 15 cents (either Creamsicle (Orange coated), Revello (chocolate coated), or Fudgesicle (frozen malted chocolate).

Fast forward nearly 50 years.

Chocolate bars are around $1.50 each now, less if on sale.
Price increase: 30x

Comic books are $4.00 for the same basic superhero style (no graphic novels or indie publications back then).
Price increase: 33x

But a single chocolate covered ice cream bar can go for $6.00 these days!
Price increase: 40x

Criminal!

If you buy in bulk, from a grocery store, the savings are considerable. But if you're at a 7-11 looking for a cool ice cream snack, open up your wallet.
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My brother and I used to take our allowance (50 cents each), and hike down to the 7-Eleven. We could spend a quarter on a Slurpee, and we could splurge and spend 50 cents on the Slurpee with the collectible plastic cups that had Major League Baseball players faces and names on them. Somewhere we have those cups in storage. They are over 40 years old now.
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in my day if you wanted ice cream you started with the cow and went down to the lake to get some ice!





no not really, we walked to the next neighborhood with a pocket full of change, we didn't have an ice cream truck in my neighborhood we had frozen lemon aid
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MABBY wrote:
When I was a kid, a comic book cost 12 cents, and candy bars (chocolate bars) were a nickel. Bubble gum and Penny candy were often 2 pieces for a penny-- sometimes 5 for a penny (Mojos).

Next up, just under the comic book, was a popsicle-- 10 cents or less.
Just over the comic book price was the ice cream bar, at 15 cents (either Creamsicle (Orange coated), Revello (chocolate coated), or Fudgesicle (frozen malted chocolate).

Fast forward nearly 50 years.

Chocolate bars are around $1.50 each now, less if on sale.
Price increase: 30x

Comic books are $4.00 for the same basic superhero style (no graphic novels or indie publications back then).
Price increase: 33x

But a single chocolate covered ice cream bar can go for $6.00 these days!
Price increase: 40x

Criminal!

If you buy in bulk, from a grocery store, the savings are considerable. But if you're at a 7-11 looking for a cool ice cream snack, open up your wallet.
Go to iceland, you can get a box of 6 for a quid.
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slatersteven wrote:
MABBY wrote:
When I was a kid, a comic book cost 12 cents, and candy bars (chocolate bars) were a nickel. Bubble gum and Penny candy were often 2 pieces for a penny-- sometimes 5 for a penny (Mojos).

Next up, just under the comic book, was a popsicle-- 10 cents or less.
Just over the comic book price was the ice cream bar, at 15 cents (either Creamsicle (Orange coated), Revello (chocolate coated), or Fudgesicle (frozen malted chocolate).

Fast forward nearly 50 years.

Chocolate bars are around $1.50 each now, less if on sale.
Price increase: 30x

Comic books are $4.00 for the same basic superhero style (no graphic novels or indie publications back then).
Price increase: 33x

But a single chocolate covered ice cream bar can go for $6.00 these days!
Price increase: 40x

Criminal!

If you buy in bulk, from a grocery store, the savings are considerable. But if you're at a 7-11 looking for a cool ice cream snack, open up your wallet.
Go to iceland, you can get a box of 6 for a quid.

I think you misspelled "squid" there.
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Ice cream bars = Ice cream novelties
Ice cream novelties ≠ Ice cream

Why anyone would pay more than a buck for that crap is beyond me. Six bucks?!!! You can get a full fledged ice-cream cone for less than half of that.

Stop being a sucker. Just say no to ice cream novelties.

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MABBY wrote:
When I was a kid, a comic book cost 12 cents, and candy bars (chocolate bars) were a nickel. Bubble gum and Penny candy were often 2 pieces for a penny-- sometimes 5 for a penny (Mojos).

Next up, just under the comic book, was a popsicle-- 10 cents or less.
Just over the comic book price was the ice cream bar, at 15 cents (either Creamsicle (Orange coated), Revello (chocolate coated), or Fudgesicle (frozen malted chocolate).

Fast forward nearly 50 years.

Chocolate bars are around $1.50 each now, less if on sale.
Price increase: 30x

Comic books are $4.00 for the same basic superhero style (no graphic novels or indie publications back then).
Price increase: 33x

But a single chocolate covered ice cream bar can go for $6.00 these days!
Price increase: 40x

Criminal!

If you buy in bulk, from a grocery store, the savings are considerable. But if you're at a 7-11 looking for a cool ice cream snack, open up your wallet.


Candy Bars = 5/12
Ice Cream Bar = 15/12

Candy Bars Now = 3/8
Ice Cream Bars Now = 6/4

In other words..

Candy Bars used to be 5/12th of a comic book, now they're 4.5/12th of a comic book. That's a 10% decrease.

Ice Cream bars used to be 15/12th of a comic book, now they're 18/12th of a comic book. That's a 20% increase.

Not really a criminal change. Could be that over time the increases in efficiency for paper printing have outpaced the efficiency gains for ice cream bars.

But compare that to inflation!

A comic book in 1962 cost $.12. In 2016 dollars, that's $.96. That means that comic books are four times more expensive than they used to be! The best explanation I can come up with is that the target market has shifted from kids to adults with disposable income. There has been some increase in quality, but I doubt that modern comic books take four times as long as the ones made in 1962.
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CasualSax wrote:
MABBY wrote:
When I was a kid, a comic book cost 12 cents, and candy bars (chocolate bars) were a nickel. Bubble gum and Penny candy were often 2 pieces for a penny-- sometimes 5 for a penny (Mojos).

Next up, just under the comic book, was a popsicle-- 10 cents or less.
Just over the comic book price was the ice cream bar, at 15 cents (either Creamsicle (Orange coated), Revello (chocolate coated), or Fudgesicle (frozen malted chocolate).

Fast forward nearly 50 years.

Chocolate bars are around $1.50 each now, less if on sale.
Price increase: 30x

Comic books are $4.00 for the same basic superhero style (no graphic novels or indie publications back then).
Price increase: 33x

But a single chocolate covered ice cream bar can go for $6.00 these days!
Price increase: 40x

Criminal!

If you buy in bulk, from a grocery store, the savings are considerable. But if you're at a 7-11 looking for a cool ice cream snack, open up your wallet.


Candy Bars = 5/12
Ice Cream Bar = 15/12

Candy Bars Now = 3/8
Ice Cream Bars Now = 6/4

In other words..

Candy Bars used to be 5/12th of a comic book, now they're 4.5/12th of a comic book. That's a 10% decrease.

Ice Cream bars used to be 15/12th of a comic book, now they're 18/12th of a comic book. That's a 20% increase.

Not really a criminal change. Could be that over time the increases in efficiency for paper printing have outpaced the efficiency gains for ice cream bars.

But compare that to inflation!

A comic book in 1962 cost $.12. In 2016 dollars, that's $.96. That means that comic books are four times more expensive than they used to be! The best explanation I can come up with is that the target market has shifted from kids to adults with disposable income. There has been some increase in quality, but I doubt that modern comic books take four times as long as the ones made in 1962.


I say this as a geek who grew up reading comics, but comic books have the WORST dollar to entertainment ratio I can think of.

Four bucks for 10 minutes (or less) worth of reading (unless you're talking a Gaiman, Moore, or Claremont)? No thanks. I'm perplexed how that publishing industry still exists.
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wmshub wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
MABBY wrote:
When I was a kid, a comic book cost 12 cents, and candy bars (chocolate bars) were a nickel. Bubble gum and Penny candy were often 2 pieces for a penny-- sometimes 5 for a penny (Mojos).

Next up, just under the comic book, was a popsicle-- 10 cents or less.
Just over the comic book price was the ice cream bar, at 15 cents (either Creamsicle (Orange coated), Revello (chocolate coated), or Fudgesicle (frozen malted chocolate).

Fast forward nearly 50 years.

Chocolate bars are around $1.50 each now, less if on sale.
Price increase: 30x

Comic books are $4.00 for the same basic superhero style (no graphic novels or indie publications back then).
Price increase: 33x

But a single chocolate covered ice cream bar can go for $6.00 these days!
Price increase: 40x

Criminal!

If you buy in bulk, from a grocery store, the savings are considerable. But if you're at a 7-11 looking for a cool ice cream snack, open up your wallet.
Go to iceland, you can get a box of 6 for a quid.

I think you misspelled "squid" there.
I am not from Calamari.
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Ice Cream Bars? You were lucky to have Ice Cream Bars! We had to take the cow down to the frozen river...

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Four bucks for 10 minutes (or less) worth of reading (unless you're talking a Gaiman, Moore, or Claremont)? No thanks. I'm perplexed how that publishing industry still exists.


Hence why I have a Marvel online sub for comics. I can blow through a year's worth of cost in no time.
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One of the many benefits of being diabetic is I can't eat ice cream bars. whistle

I've saved millions tens.
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CasualSax wrote:
A comic book in 1962 cost $.12. In 2016 dollars, that's $.96. That means that comic books are four times more expensive than they used to be! The best explanation I can come up with is that the target market has shifted from kids to adults with disposable income. There has been some increase in quality, but I doubt that modern comic books take four times as long as the ones made in 1962.


It's more economies of scale (more precisely, lack thereof); modern comic books sell a tiny fraction of what they used to back in 1962; or even 1982.
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I say this as a geek who grew up reading comics, but comic books have the WORST dollar to entertainment ratio I can think of.

Four bucks for 10 minutes (or less) worth of reading (unless you're talking a Gaiman, Moore, or Claremont)? No thanks. I'm perplexed how that publishing industry still exists.


Escape Rooms are the worst, but comics are a close second.

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fnord23 wrote:
CasualSax wrote:
A comic book in 1962 cost $.12. In 2016 dollars, that's $.96. That means that comic books are four times more expensive than they used to be! The best explanation I can come up with is that the target market has shifted from kids to adults with disposable income. There has been some increase in quality, but I doubt that modern comic books take four times as long as the ones made in 1962.


It's more economies of scale (more precisely, lack thereof); modern comic books sell a tiny fraction of what they used to back in 1962; or even 1982.


Right - they keep charging more and more because people are buying them less and less. Eventually, Bill Gates, a couple Russian oligarchs, and a Saudi prince will be the only remaining readers.

Really, the medium now just favors the bound/graphic novel format. It's just not realistic to collect multiple titles at over half the price of an ice cream bar to get a complete monthly installment... and then wait a month (or more) for the next breadcrumb on the plot trail.

The industry seems to be coasting on fumes from the movies and the former model of "collect 'em all" which worked great when they were at newsstands for a buck or less a pop. I realize there's the online comics component but... meh. I don't read books on my tablet, either.
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fnord23 wrote:
CasualSax wrote:
A comic book in 1962 cost $.12. In 2016 dollars, that's $.96. That means that comic books are four times more expensive than they used to be! The best explanation I can come up with is that the target market has shifted from kids to adults with disposable income. There has been some increase in quality, but I doubt that modern comic books take four times as long as the ones made in 1962.


It's more economies of scale (more precisely, lack thereof); modern comic books sell a tiny fraction of what they used to back in 1962; or even 1982.


I thought so at first too, but comic book sales have been growing consistently since 2003. The pricing from 2003 has kept pace with inflation. The total sales, again adjusting for inflation, have almost doubled.
 
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