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(MassLive)   Comic book store honors 25-year-old gift certificate. Customer was apparently eager to find out what this new "Sandman" title was all about   (masslive.com) divider line 12
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2014-07-15 11:42:04 AM  
In 1989, that $10 certificate would have bought at least 10 books.

Now? Two books, if you're lucky.
 
2014-07-15 12:40:50 PM  
Isn;t it the law in many states that gift certificates purchased for cash cannot ever expire? I think Washington State has a law that says that. It ought to be universal - the vendor already has the money, they never supplied any product for that money, and inflation is decidedly in favor of the vendor.
 
2014-07-15 12:44:51 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: In 1989, that $10 certificate would have bought at least 10 books.

Now? Two books, if you're lucky.


In 1991, that $10 gift certificate could have bought at least 6 copies of X-Men #1.

Now? 1,000 copies.
 
2014-07-15 12:46:28 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: FirstNationalBastard: In 1989, that $10 certificate would have bought at least 10 books.

Now? Two books, if you're lucky.

In 1991, that $10 gift certificate could have bought at least 6 copies of X-Men #1.

Now? 1,000 copies.


Hey, the value of X-Men #1 must have went up recently.
 
2014-07-15 12:56:30 PM  
I bought my first comics at and spent so much money at That's Entertainment in my younger years.

/including on X-Men #1
//poor investing story bro
 
2014-07-15 01:11:26 PM  
Once he finishes Sandman, he should check out Preacher.
 
2014-07-15 01:21:25 PM  

JohnBigBootay: Isn;t it the law in many states that gift certificates purchased for cash cannot ever expire? I think Washington State has a law that says that. It ought to be universal - the vendor already has the money, they never supplied any product for that money, and inflation is decidedly in favor of the vendor.


California also has such a law, however, the certificate did not have an expiration date printed on it, so it is still valid regardless of the law.
 
2014-07-15 01:34:28 PM  

SilentStrider: Once he finishes Sandman, he should check out Preacher.


Then Transmetropolitan, then Y The Last Man, then Fables, then Ex Machina.

Vertigo sort of went to hell after that.
 
2014-07-15 04:03:34 PM  
i.huffpost.com

Not so new anymore
 
2014-07-15 06:48:04 PM  

haemaker: JohnBigBootay: Isn;t it the law in many states that gift certificates purchased for cash cannot ever expire? I think Washington State has a law that says that. It ought to be universal - the vendor already has the money, they never supplied any product for that money, and inflation is decidedly in favor of the vendor.

California also has such a law, however, the certificate did not have an expiration date printed on it, so it is still valid regardless of the law.


I worked at a golf course in PA in 2001, we had to put N/A on the expiration field when issuing GC's.
 
2014-07-16 06:45:24 AM  
There's an excellent exhibit in the British Library right now about comics and social movements.
 
2014-07-16 08:52:40 AM  
WORCESTER - At That's Entertainment in Worcester recently, a gift certificate was cashed in that was older than many of the employees and the current location of the store itself.

"When we say it never expires, we really mean it,"That's Entertainment Assistant Store Manager Sierra Wales said, who spoke with the man and his wife who brought in a gift certificate from 1989. "They were so nice. They have been customers for years and years and years."

That's Entertainment has been open for 34 years providing comics and pop-culture items to the city. The $10 gift certificate from 1989 had been sitting in a drawer for much of the time the store has been open, Wales said. The customer said that he had been meaning to bring it in for some time and finally remembered over the Fourth of July weekend.

"He just always forgot to bring it in with him, for 25 years," Wales said.

The first employee who saw the certificate did not know what to make of it, she said. The certificate not only pre-dates many of the employees, but also the store's current location. The certificate was issued before the store moved from its Chandler Street location 22 years ago.

"He handed this to us and some of the employees were like 'What do we do with this?'" Wales said.

Once the certificate was sorted out, the customer used it to buy a new graphic novel book.

"We have regulars who have been coming to the store since we opened up," she said. "It's really nice that we have such a good customer base. We appreciate the people who have been coming in so long. They are the reason we're still alive."
 
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