Isn’t Nerdy Stuff All The Same?

, , | Right | February 8, 2021

We sell merch related to films, manga, TV, and comics.

Customer: “Sorry, but do you have anything related to physics?”

Me: “Sorry, we’re a comic book store. We sell merch related to films, manga/anime, and comics like Spider-Man.”

Customer: “See, my friend, he’s studying physics and it’s his birthday.”

Me: “Maybe The Big Bang Theory merch?”

Customer: “Okay!”

I show her the merch; she doesn’t want it. 

Customer: “But anything else related to physics?”

Me: “I‘m sorry, we’re a comic book store.”

Customer: “What about maths? He loves maths! ‘Cause he’s studying physics!”

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Wonder Woman’s Outfit Is Much Skimpier Than I Remember

, , , , | Right | January 20, 2021

The comics store where I work buys card games and comics for either store credit or cash. We often have people bring in their collections to get them appraised or to just clear out of their house. One day, a customer in his early forties comes in with a long box of comics. It should be noted that I am the only female working in the store, and I am also only sixteen.

Me: “Welcome to [Store]! Looking to trade or get them appraised?”

Customer: “An appraisal, please. I have some Marvel and DC sets in here from the 1960s and ‘70s that I’m looking to try and sell online.”

Me: “Not a problem. Go ahead and put the box here and we’ll see what you’ve got!”

I start pulling out his comics, all bagged and boarded, without really looking at them. I suddenly realize that the boards and bags are the wrong sizes to be regular comics, and they feel heavier than they should. When I do finally look, my face, neck, and chest turn red from blushing.

Me: “Uh, sir… we… we don’t buy these kinds of magazines here.”

The customer looks down and stares at his collection of vintage Playboy magazines on the counter.

Customer: “Oh. My. God. I grabbed the wrong box. And I just showed my Playboy collection to a teenager. I am so sorry!”

Me: “It’s okay, sir. If you want to bring the right box back, I’d be more than happy to appraise comics for you.”

He quickly gathered his magazines back into the box and shuffled back out the door. He did come back later with his comics, as well as a bag of Hershey’s chocolates as an apology.

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All That Blood Will Probably Make Their Value Even Lower

, , , | Right | December 1, 2020

The comic shop I work at will buy and trade for comics and cards, including sports-related cards. I handle a lot of the trade-ins since I am familiar with the system we use for rarity and pricing. I am a teenage girl, so I can get some… difficult customers sometimes.

A man in his late forties or early fifties comes in with several boxes of sealed baseball card sets, wanting to either sell them to us or online. He starts putting them on the trading counter, and I start looking up prices.

Me: “Okay, so we have four sealed sets of Fleer and Topps 1989 to 1993 sets. Let me see what we can offer you for them.”

I am not familiar with sports card pricing, but it becomes apparent very quickly that the cards are worth little more than what he originally paid for them when they came out. I write down the offer and hand it to him.

Me: “So, it looks like we can offer you about ninety-five dollars for all four.”

Customer: “Ninety-five dollars each? That’s kind of lowballing me isn’t it?”

Me: “No, sir. Ninety-five dollars total.”

Customer: “Now that is a ripoff! I paid more than that when I bought them!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but according to our system, that is what their current value is. Let me see if I can find out why.”

Looking into it, I see that the reason the sets he has are so devalued is because they were massively overproduced, which tanked their value as collector items. I relay the information to the customer, who has turned an angry tomato shade of red.

Customer: “This cheating store can go f*** itself!”

He slams his hands down on the glass counter, shattering it. I feel some small pieces fly into my cheeks, cutting me. His clenched hands are both bleeding from numerous cuts. Without another word, he simply walks out, bleeding all over our carpet and door as he left.

Me: “I… Sir, your cards…”

We still have them. They’re great for propping the door open when it gets hot.

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Can Someone Tell Him What X-Men Is REALLY About And Watch His Mind Explode?

, , , | Right | October 22, 2020

I’m a straight male in my thirties. I’m at a comic book shop picking up the newest issue of a comic called “Life is Strange,” which is a sequel to a video game about a teenage girl who learns she can time-travel. I am a big fan of the game, so I’ve been excited about the comics. I pick up the issue and an action figure I think would look cool on my computer desk and head toward the register. Another person is behind me, and he notices the comic in my hand.

Customer: “What the heck is that?”

I give him a brief rundown of the comic.

Customer: “That sounds dumb to me.”

Me: “Well… I’m sorry, I guess. But I like the characters and the story.”

Customer: *Becoming aggressive* “I don’t like all this PC garbage! They shouldn’t even be carrying that crap here! Everything is all for girls and [slur for homosexuals] and casuals now!”

Me: “Okay, dude. It’s not like you have to read it. I like it. End of story.”

Customer: “You’re part of the problem. People like you are ruining things for everyone else.”

I am through with his attitude.

Me: “Dude… I’m not ‘ruining’ anything. You still have your comics. The existence of this one doesn’t change that. Leave me alone.”

He continues on a tirade behind me for the next thirty or so seconds. I ignore him. Finally, the cashier motions me forward and chimes in, pointing to the customer behind me.

Cashier: “You keep that up, you’re banned. I am so done with you coming in and starting s*** with other people. We carry stuff all people like. Not stuff just for you. Grow up.”

This customer threw a hissy fit, slamming his books down and storming out. The cashier was pretty awesome to me. I ended up getting a discount on the action figure. It was nice to see someone with an actual backbone running a store for once.

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Not Exactly What It Says On The Tin

, , , , , , | Working | October 13, 2020

I am looking for a specific comic book that recently came out, so I’m going to various comic book stores in the area. I see one I’ve never been to before, “[Name] Comics & Games.” I pull into the parking lot, open the door, and freeze when there are clearly no comics in sight. The place is pretty bare, mostly empty folding tables and chairs. Three people are sitting at one of the tables staring at me.

Employee: “Uh, can we help you?”

Me: “Um, I’m looking for a comic by [Comic Book Artist]–”

Employee: “Yeah, well, we don’t carry comics.”

The employee stares like I walked into a hardware store and asked where they keep the milk.

Me: “Uh… Okay. Thanks.”

I walked outside and double-checked the sign, and yep, it said, “[Name] Comics & Games.”

Apparently, it’s a trading card game shop that also carries some collectibles, but surely they realize that having “COMICS” in their NAME is going to lead to a lot of people coming in looking for comics, right?

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