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Midtown Pre-Order Problem

Like many collectors, I pick comics up from a few different sources, for a few different reasons.  I maintain a pull list at my LCS— Albany’s Earthworld Comics for books that I want to read at release, and sometimes pick up certain limited/ratio variants when visiting the store.  I also may order from various online sources to get copies of books that I may have speculative interest in, including  for CGC/CBCS signing opportunities.  One online source that I utilize is mail-order giant Midtown Comics.  While I have heard many online complaints about Midtown, I have had great experiences with them… up until now.

In recent months, I’ve been picking stuff up to build inventory for the webstore that I’ll be launching on this site.  Venom related books are definitely part of my targeted buys, given the passionate fan base for the character’s stories and art – – particularly the wildly popular current run written by Donny Cates, with art by Ryan Stegman and others.  As such, back on October 14, 2020 I pre-ordered a couple of copies of the King In Black #2 Cover D Variant Declan Shalvey Spoiler Cover from Midtown.  Since my Midtown pre-orders are set to ship to me monthly and this book was scheduled for release on December 23, 2020, I expected delivery sometime in January 2021.

Since I ordered the books over two months before scheduled release date, and with ample time before FOC, I was quite surprised to receive the following email from Midtown on January 23, 2021 which indicates that the book isn’t available, and I’ll be receiving a refund. Digging into my account a bit further, it looks like one of the two copies ordered has shipped, so it looks like I’ll be expecting a refund for the second copy.

This wasn’t a huge order – I was shorted one book. Nonetheless, it is frustrating to pre-order so far in advance and have that order disregarded. I’ve emailed Midtown and ask that if my order can’t be fulfilled in total, that I be prioritized to receive a few books that I have on my Wish List. I’ll post a follow-up piece discussing their response, if any.

King In Black #2 Cover D Variant Declan Shalvey Spoiler Cover

Gary Govel
Gary Govel is a life-long fan and collector of comics, with a particular interest in Bronze and Copper Age Keys. He recently launched Collector Syndicate to share his experiences and promote the hobby.

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