Diamond Raises Wholesale Benchmark Minimum for Publishers (Update 2)
posted on by Egan Loo
The Comics Reporter website is reporting the same changes in Diamond's policy, but was unable to confirm them directly with Diamond. The Diamond Comic Distributors company is run separately from Diamond Book Distributors, the affiliated company that deals with more traditional book trade retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Borders. Some retailers deal with manga publishers directly or through another distributor, and not through Diamond.
Update: Jones posted a new piece that describes the difference between a purchase order minimum and the general sales threshold. He also explains in more detail how the higher purchase order minimum could affect smaller publishers.
Update: Jones has clarified, based on input from Slave Labor Graphics publisher Dan Vado on the Comics Worth Reading blog, that the US$2,500 is the wholesale benchmark, not the purchase order minimum. That effectively raises the number of publishers and titles affected by this policy change.
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