I read an interesting article by Frank Santoro on tcj.com, where he suggests that the bottom has fallen out of the back-issue market because everything gets reprinted nowadays, and you can ust hunt for back issues on the internet rather than having to do the legwork.
"We talked about how it’s crazy that there is this generation of comics collectors that basically all have the same collection. Exactly the same. Like the one we just saw. And how it’s (basically) worthless. And how those collections were worth real money even ten years ago."
It's probably not news to any of us. If you were present at the 'On The Ration' panel at Caption a few years ago, we probably mentioned it there. But twenty years ago if you wanted a particular back issue, you had to hunt around for it at your local stores or your local mart. Now, it's generally just a google away. I saw a comic the other week at my local store, and mentioned that I probably had that issue still. He told me it sells for £12, and my reaction was, and still is, one of incredulity.
But anyway, here's where I'm going. Old comics are cheap now, whether it be collections or individual issues, but for the committed bargain-hunter, which of the two do you feel is the best option?