Here's an example of why comics are hard to deal with, well Diamond at least. I just got emailed an invoice with one item, a trade paperback that must have been automatically back-ordered a month or two ago. Being that the company is oh so advanced (and the system mindless), it automatically ships this crap out without anyone wondering if, perhaps, they may want to call me and see if I want a UPS shipment with a single book in it. Even Alliance does that.
Diamond Comics UPS-----5.00
TOTALS----------14.99-12.05 # USD
So my $14.99 book cost me $12.05. Sigh. It could have been worse. Many smaller press books have a 35% margin instead of a 55% margin like this one. One of those books at the same retail price would have cost $14.75! With the stamp required to pay for it, I would lose seventeen cents.
At least the electronic invoices have the billing address, unlike their print variety. You would think they would use the same form?