How To Use PREVIEWS To Order From Comic Shops
Aug 06, 2015
If you've ever taken a peek inside PREVIEWS, then you know there is a lot of awesome comics and products to look through. "A lot" might be a bit of an understatement, as each month's catalog contain hundreds and hundreds of pages of upcoming comics and related merchandise! It can be easy to accidentally overlook a new series you've been dying to read or a figure you've been pining to add to your shelf when there's so many things to browse. That's why we've put together this guide to help you learn how to use PREVIEWS like a pro to order the awesome titles and products you'll want to add to your collection!
So, what exactly is PREVIEWS?
PREVIEWS is a monthly catalog that gathers together listings of all of the upcoming comic titles and related products from your favorite publishers and vendors in one convenient place. Each catalog is packed with single issues, collected trades and hardcovers, books, magazines, trading cards, apparel, toys, statues, models, imports, collectibles, games, and more! And don't worry—PREVIEWS is organized by publisher and product type (and color-coded to boot), making it easy to find and flip to the section or items you're looking for. You'll be able to find the information you need in each item listing, such as format, size, page count, price, release date, stock or item code, and descriptive text, and nearly every listing is accompanied by artwork or images. PREVIEWS is also packed with creator interviews, staff picks, sneak peeks at interior pages for upcoming titles, and a listing of the top-selling titles and products from the previous calendar month.
The most important aspect of PREVIEWS to remember is that items solicited in the catalog are anticipated to ship out two to three months later (or more). For example, if you found a comic you wanted in the May issue of PREVIEWS, you could expect to see it turn up in your local comic shop in July. The catalog can be a great resource for figuring out where your favorite comic series is going or for discovering new ones that you'll want to add to your library (not to mention all the other awesome products that you'll want to keep your eye on)!
When you've picked out all of the items you want, you can fill out the Short Order Form included in your copy of PREVIEWS and submit it to your local comic shop. You can also ask your friendly neighborhood retailer about obtaining a Customer Order Form, a booklet that contains a complete listing of all the items made available for that month. These forms make pre-ordering your comics and products a breeze and can help your local comic shop decide what to stock in the store for other customers too! Be sure to also ask your retailers about their pull and hold service or subscription practices (which you can learn more about here). Once you've submitted your order, you can sit back and relax, or try to contain your excitment until your comics and merchandise arrive!
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