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#1 Posted by McLovin123 (11 posts) - - Show Bio

So my dad just told me that buying comic books are a waste of money. I don't agree. Anybody else have a problem similar to this? How do you deal with it?

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#2 Posted by cameron83 (8327 posts) - - Show Bio

.........ok....?

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#3 Posted by PrinceIMC (5506 posts) - - Show Bio

You know what else is a waste of money? Buying music, movies or any kind of food that is more than your basic dietary needs. But hey it's the things we enjoy that make our life worth living.

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#4 Edited by joshmightbe (27412 posts) - - Show Bio

Its actually a pretty common problem that's existed since comics first became a thing. The reason all those Golden Age comics are so valuable is that parents would toss them out with the garbage or donate them to paper drives for the war effort. And that was back when they cost a nickle I imagine now that they can run you 3 to 4 bucks an issue its probably any even bigger problem now.

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#5 Posted by mtrakos (581 posts) - - Show Bio

Hobbies cost money. Hobbies are needed to keep folks sane. I value sanity so I pay the $ for comics.

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#6 Posted by cameron83 (8327 posts) - - Show Bio

@PrinceIMC said:

You know what else is a waste of money? Buying music, movies or any kind of food that is more than your basic dietary needs. But hey it's the things we enjoy that make our life worth living.

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#7 Edited by Dynamo8 (463 posts) - - Show Bio

^^ Agree

Back in the day (I'm a 90s kid) where they used to cost about $1.50 to $1.99 which was no biggie so it's understandable why your pops would say "It's a waste of money" since their prices sky rocketed. But then again novels run about 5.99 to 14.99 and if your dads says"That's a good investment" then I find that ironic.

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#8 Posted by mettlekm (435 posts) - - Show Bio

They are expensive! Gotta do a cost value analysis for yourself.

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#9 Posted by longbowhunter (9350 posts) - - Show Bio

Doesn't your Dad have a hobby?

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#10 Posted by PurpleCandy (984 posts) - - Show Bio

@cameron83 said:

@PrinceIMC said:

You know what else is a waste of money? Buying music, movies or any kind of food that is more than your basic dietary needs. But hey it's the things we enjoy that make our life worth living.

this

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#11 Posted by fesak (8586 posts) - - Show Bio

Anything and everything you buy is a waste of money, that's kind of what money is for...

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#12 Posted by JonSmith (4502 posts) - - Show Bio

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#13 Posted by AssertingValor (7663 posts) - - Show Bio

@fesak said:

Anything and everything you buy is a waste of money, that's kind of what money is for...

True Dat

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#14 Edited by comicace3 (10512 posts) - - Show Bio

Who gives a *bleep* if its your money spend it your way. Unless your addicted to comics, and pay 100,000 dollars a month on it.

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#15 Posted by Billy Batson (59584 posts) - - Show Bio

@fesak said:

Anything and everything you buy is a waste of money, that's kind of what money is for...

Scrooge McDuck disagrees.
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#16 Posted by Dreadmaster (16257 posts) - - Show Bio

Anything that makes you happy isn't a waste of money. That's my view anyway.

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#17 Posted by tomlikesfries (5341 posts) - - Show Bio

@PrinceIMC said:

You know what else is a waste of money? Buying music, movies or any kind of food that is more than your basic dietary needs. But hey it's the things we enjoy that make our life worth living.

This.

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#18 Posted by tupiaz (2259 posts) - - Show Bio

Money is waste of cotton/tree/metal or what ever material they are made of.

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#19 Posted by laagamer (18 posts) - - Show Bio

Who cares. Do you like them?

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#20 Posted by Dernman (21579 posts) - - Show Bio

They are but I'm ok with that.  
Just wish it wasn't such a wast per issue.

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#21 Posted by Epicbeast3000 (1012 posts) - - Show Bio
@PrinceIMC@cameron83 said:

@PrinceIMC said:

You know what else is a waste of money? Buying music, movies or any kind of food that is more than your basic dietary needs. But hey it's the things we enjoy that make our life worth living.

this

true dat.
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#22 Posted by Loki2u (324 posts) - - Show Bio

Since when does anyone listen to what their parents say?

Move out!

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#23 Posted by colonyofcells (2039 posts) - - Show Bio

Comics are not a waste of money, but spouses and children are.

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#24 Posted by Crom-Cruach (8935 posts) - - Show Bio

@McLovin123 said:

So my dad just told me that buying comic books are a waste of money. I don't agree.

You're right and he's wrong. Ignore his comment.

@McLovin123 said:

Anybody else have a problem similar to this?

I've never had that problem. It's a valid hobby and reading cultivates the mind. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong period

@McLovin123 said:

How do you deal with it?

If someone ever told me this kind of crap. I'd just ignore them, it's not worth my time to waste on debating this.

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#25 Posted by vance_astro (89883 posts) - - Show Bio

Unless you're spending your dad's money on it, he doesn't really have a say in what's a waste of money. If it's coming out of your pocket...it's up to you, what you want to do.

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#26 Posted by hunter5024 (130 posts) - - Show Bio

In terms of sheer money per minute they are probably the most expensive form of entertainment. 3-4 dollars for something that takes 15 minutes to read at most? Movie theater is 10 dollars for 2 hours, paperback books are like 8 bucks for like 10 hours, games vary wildly, but an RPG is usually at least 30 hours for 60 bucks. Not to mention you still have to put up with ads, in a manner that's generally much more intrusive than the three entertainment mediums I just listed (if they have them at all). I wouldn't call them a waste of money, but I would definitely have a lot more to do with my check if I didn't read comics. And honestly I think that the cost of comics is really one of the reasons that the industry isn't as big as it could be, and mostly relies on support from existing readers. I don't know anything about the cost of printing, but if publishers could get their books out for cheaper, then I think they would be doing themselves a disservice not to.

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#27 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (7370 posts) - - Show Bio
@tupiaz

Money is waste of cotton/tree/metal or what ever material they are made of.

Lol
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#28 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

Anything that is seen as a simple hobby is seen as a waste of money. Hell I'm grown and the 'rents still chide me for spending $$$ on comics.

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#29 Posted by trickarrow (18 posts) - - Show Bio

It depends which comics you're spending the money on.

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#30 Edited by nerdork (4055 posts) - - Show Bio

The time you spend worrying about your father's perception towards comics, is more of a waste than the money you spend on the hobby that makes you happy.

Reading is never a waste, regardless of the medium.

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#31 Posted by lvenger (28163 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerdork: What about 'adult' magazines? Would they be seen as a waste of money? I mean they do contain writing but people are otherwise distracted if you catch my drift? ;)

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#32 Posted by danhimself (21430 posts) - - Show Bio

he's pretty much right but if you enjoy reading them then keep doing it...just don't expect any of the current day comics to ever be worth anything comparable to the Golden Age stuff...heck don't expect them to be comparable to some Silver age stuff

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#33 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (21616 posts) - - Show Bio

@comicace3 said:

Who gives a fuck if its your money spend it your way. Unless your addicted to comics, and pay 100,000 dollars a month on it.

You might want to censor that.

@PurpleCandy said:

@cameron83 said:

@PrinceIMC said:

You know what else is a waste of money? Buying music, movies or any kind of food that is more than your basic dietary needs. But hey it's the things we enjoy that make our life worth living.

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#34 Posted by Goldenboy_Prime (173 posts) - - Show Bio

If it's your money, then it doesn't really matter. If he's giving you money to spend as you please, then it still doesn't really matter.

@longbowhunter said:

Doesn't your Dad have a hobby?

That's the million dollar question.

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#35 Posted by nerdork (4055 posts) - - Show Bio

@Lvenger said:

@nerdork: What about 'adult' magazines? Would they be seen as a waste of money? I mean they do contain writing but people are otherwise distracted if you catch my drift? ;)

Thats funny, I wondered how long it would take for someone to respond to my post with this. 5 minutes. lol

IMO, if he/she is reading the articles and not just going through the act of self-gratification...then no, its not a waste.

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#36 Posted by guttridgeb (4881 posts) - - Show Bio

I used to have the same thing with my parents, I just told them that I enjoy them so I'm happy to "waste" my money on them. They eventually stopped going on at me about it.

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#37 Posted by The_jackolantern (501 posts) - - Show Bio

They are a waste of money but so is smoking and drinking and there is less enjoyment in smoking at least so do wha you want

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#38 Posted by PurpleCandy (984 posts) - - Show Bio

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

@PurpleCandy said:

@cameron83 said:

@PrinceIMC said:

You know what else is a waste of money? Buying music, movies or any kind of food that is more than your basic dietary needs. But hey it's the things we enjoy that make our life worth living.

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This

Lol quoteception

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#39 Posted by fodigg (6237 posts) - - Show Bio

They are, like any other hobby. He probably means that they're not worth anything in a collector's market and it's true. Few paper products are these days. Thank the overprinting that went on in the 90s for fully killing that market.

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#40 Posted by PowerHerc (86164 posts) - - Show Bio

My Dad told me that for years. It didn't sway me.

Comicbooks for life!

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#41 Posted by Jean199999 (571 posts) - - Show Bio

Beats buying drugs or weapons, now that's a real waste of $.

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#42 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3975 posts) - - Show Bio

I could argue that excessive saving is worse than excessive spending.

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#43 Posted by colonyofcells (2039 posts) - - Show Bio

I did not listen to my dad when he was alive since there were lots of other people who were smarter than my dad. Just get advice from other people and avoid becoming a clone of dad.

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#44 Posted by wimble23 (1189 posts) - - Show Bio

My parents actually support it. On my last birthday they gave me money and told me I better spend at least half of it on comics. You just have to let your dad know it's something you really enjoy.

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#45 Posted by lvenger (28163 posts) - - Show Bio

In any case, they're only as much a waste of money as anything else enjoyable. As long as you don't get obsessed by them then it's perfectly fine.

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#46 Posted by x_29 (2375 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like an a-hole.

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#47 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2845 posts) - - Show Bio

who pays for comics?

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#48 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (15330 posts) - - Show Bio

Money you enjoy wasting was not wasted.

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#49 Posted by GypRosetti (349 posts) - - Show Bio

@McLovin123: Yes I had this problem about 25 years ago when my father threw away thousands of pounds worth of comics!

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#50 Posted by jesusdisciple001 (547 posts) - - Show Bio

@DarkKnightDetective: u read jl8?