Comparative costs of home entertainment - January 2008
Comparative costs of home entertainment
Comments - I ran a quick comparison, showing what PC flight sims cost per hour in relation to other popular forms of entertainment. It is interesting to note the both the most expensive and the cheapest items per hour are comic books. The content is the same, the media has changed from print to digital. Flight Sims turn out to be nearly the cheapest form of home entertainment per hour!

Just what does it cost to have some fun these days?

January 26th 2008

I ran a quick comparison, showing what PC flight sims cost per hour in relation to other popular forms of entertainment.

Points of interest:

  • It is interesting to note the both the most expensive and the cheapest items are comic books. The content is the same, the media has changed from print to digital.
  • Perhaps publishers of comic books should rethink their pricing and delivery strategies?
  • Doing this analysis confirmed why I had stopped purchasing weekly comic books back in the 1980's, and why I still hesitate to buy a graphic novel.
  • The prices are in AUD (Australian Dollars)

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Calculated at a conservative estimate of reading 4 x 22 page comic books per hour. This allows for a broad range of reading skills and styles.

© 2008 MiGMan's Flight Simulation Museum - www.migman.com
Calculated at my actual reading-for-enjoyment rate of 10 issues per hour. A shocking result in terms of price!

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The Calculations:

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© 2008 MiGMan's Flight Simulation Museum - www.migman.com

My original estimate of 4 issues per hour was just that, an estimate. On 29th Jan, 08 I used the clock, started reading "50 Countdown", the sequel to "52", and was shocked to find I was getting through 10-12 issues per hour.

I've also been doing a bit of web reading on sales figures and the like. I can only conclude that the industry sees itself as a producer of "connoisseur items". Nobody can afford the whole (monthly) range.

Funny, because I thought comics were a form of popular art!

Even using the example of say, Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men comics, entertainment that I would place a high priority on, and looking at buying the weekly issues. Using my rate of $60 per hour, and 5 hours per week, $300.00 per week is still a totally unsustainable spend for me personally.

This was the most shocking find for me after crunching these numbers, that the publishers are charging the equivalent cost of say, Bollinger Champagne for what is ostensibly a pop culture mass produced item. Doesn't this need a rethink?

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