For many years my trade buying has consisted of pre ordering off Amazon and seeing how low the price will go, sometimes mitigated by having to wait for the price to top a tenner before ordering.
Now I have a new amusement: Once the trade comes out through diamond start checking ebay and the Amazon New & Used for a cheaper copy. This has been reaping results :-) OK only 50p off Origins II tonight but I've been finding Epic Collections a fiver cheaper than the lowest Amazon pre order price. Book Depository are proving a good source as are Wordery. Frequently they have the trades before Amazon too
This week's Wordery saving over Amazon involves the new Captain America Epic Collection which I've paid £17.41. Had it preordered at £19 something, it's a bit more than that now. Sadly they can't beat the £8.66 I've got the new Amazing X-Men trade pre ordered at.
The current targets are:
Ant-Man/Giant-Man Epic Collection: The Man in the Ant Hill, pre ordered at £22.01, and Howard the Duck: The Complete Collection, pre ordered at £19.51, both of which I expect to make a saving on. However Cyclops 2: A Pirate's Life for Me, £9.04, might be a little tricky to beat especially as it's current Amazon price is £12.99
A big pile of Marvel trades (softcovers abd hardcovers, recebt stuff and things from many years ago) appeared in a discount store in Edinburger's St James Centre about a month ago. Seems to be a regular thing as the stock has recycled a few times. Essentials are now appearing. I will continue to monitor.
Torn on whether to buy this epic; I made it my mission a few years ago to collect the Joe Kelly issues but never got round to reading them and never expected them to be collected. I think I'd prefer the reading experience of an epic, but I feel like it undercuts the efforts I made! Too damn sentimental sometimes...
(ISTR the Chichester / Weeks issue which ends v1 was pretty good, too)
It's marginally more expensive than Wordery, and like them is a wholesaler selling direct in order to survive against Amazon, but they give a percentage of each order to a local independent bookshop of your choice, and apparently you can also collect orders from local bookshops sometimes.
I've only just made my first order, so time will tell, but I think they could become my go-to place (apart from bricks and mortar stores).
Sadly the Glasgow Sauchiehall Street one hasn't got them out (popped in on my way back from the Mitchell Library to the Andersonian - someone needs to update the percentage chance of my appearing as a Wandering Monster in "Library" up to about 75% I think). They did have a mound of Dark Horse SW stuff that they hadn't had before - lots of KoTOR and Knight Errant stuff.