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10) Manage your budget.
Think about the money you want to spend every month for comics. Having some knowledge on your consuming capabilities helps a lot. Obviously.
9) Actually create a list.
Putting things in paper always helps concentration. Think about the titles you want and which you think you can trade-wait. Rank them from favorite to least favorite. Then you will see which ones you truly care about.
8) Drop the Collector's habit.
If you are buying comics because "you want the complete set" or think about its future worth then you are wasting money. Most of these comics you are "completing" aren't worth the money you spend on them. If you don't like them, drop them. So new better titles can take their place.
7) Think about the price of the titles you buy.
Some titles cost more than others. So think about that too. If you buy more 2.99 titles you will have money left to add more titles.
Don't stick only to a company or genre. You will get a much better, more complete experience if you expand wider than the ten obvious Super-hero titles.
5) Be vigilant!
New titles come out all the time. Try to be up to date. You will always find something more interesting out there.
4) Choose which titles to buy monthly and which to trade-wait.
Batman, Spider-man, Avengers and other AAA titles will always make money and they aren't in danger of being cancelled. Titles like those get collected in trades very quickly too. If you like titles that don't sell well, don't trade-wait for them. If you do, it is highly possible that they will get cancelled. And not all of them are collected in the end....
BONUS TIP: See which stories read better in a monthly basis and which collected. Some writers, write with the trade in mind.
3) Leave an open slot.
Why not? Leave some money open for some "emergency buying" or even better for an impulse read. You never know, you may hear, see or pick up a title that seems to be good why not give it a chance. That may just as well be your new favorite.
2) Don't follow only characters....
Yes, I know Super-heroes are what brought most of us into comics but that doesn't mean their titles are always good. If a title of your favorite Super-hero isn't good, just drop it. That way the company will understand they are doing something wrong. Its a win-win situation.
If you think a certain creator is a good fit for your tastes, give their other titles a chance. And even better their creator owned stuff. Most creators give their best selves on those.
1) You will never get everything you want.
Well, except if you are Richy Rich. Understand that there will always be something you are missing out. But it is okay. Everything is only one comixology sale away :P