I'm no fan of Diamond and their monopolistic practices, but... I'm probably being dense, but I just don't get the latest controversy at all.
As I understand it, Diamond are asking all publishers to put a bar code on their comics. This is being interpreted as a way to force small publishers out. There's a huge leap there that I'm just not getting.
My band's CDs have bar codes on them. I can guarantee the profit margin on them is lower than any comic in Previews, by quite some way, yet the cost of the bar codes is minimal.
Yes, it can cost a lot to get registered to produce your own bar codes, but you don't need to do that - bar codes can be purchased from resellers for approximately £20.
I really, really don't see how this decision harms anyone. Could someone explain?