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Subj: Re: Kids
Posted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 at 02:03:41 am EST (Viewed 8 times)
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Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 at 09:52:14 am EST (Viewed 220 times)

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This isn't exactly true.

American teenagers spend $100 billion per year (their own money*), at about $5000 each. This isn't "necessities." It's nearly all disposable income. That's about $400 per month for comics. But they're not. They're just finding lots of other things to spend money on. Why? Because comics are not popular things to be interested in. They're a niche, and they're likely to remain this.

Kids under 13 are directly spending $11 billion (their own money*), but are influencing their parents' spending for a total of about $165 billion per year. That's tons of comics too.

*The money mommy and daddy give them to creep around malls and stuff.

I brought two of my kids to the comic shop with me this morning. I intended to buy them each something. I wasn't willing to put down $8 for one comic each that I knew they'd leave laying around and would be destroyed before the week was up. Getting them each something more durable that could sit on a bookshelf would have put me back $24.

I ended up buying them PEZ candies, because it was about the only thing they could find in the store that wasn't more than $5. (The store has a 50 cent bin, but those aren't the books aimed at kids. Letting them pick up a random issue of the original run of X-Force isn't doing anyone any favors.)

So what is a parent who doesn't own 5,000 comic books going to think about it, bringing their kid to the comic shop and looking at the price tags?

I don't mind spending money on my kids. It's just that I know it's such a casual interest for them. The money I spend on them needs to be worth the experience, and at ages 7 & 8, it just isn't. For just a couple more bucks I can get them another Disney Infinity figure, that they will play with for hours.

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