While I may not be a regular reader any longer, I can assure you I'm quite familiar with the history of the industry and the nature of comic shops.
We have two comic shops in this little town. Ive been a customer of one shop for over 22 years, and the other almost that long, approaching 19 years. Despite not really doing much comic buying these days, I'm still familiar with what goes on at both, and know how much activity to expect at the shops on a Wednesday.
I'm familiar with pull-lists because I had them at both shops. As such, there are no surprises for me there. Back in my heyday I was buying no less than 10 comics a week, and there were others who put me to shame. Heck, Rob could tell you all about that.
And yeah, I'm well aware of the merchandising. They've had to branch out and accept many non-comics offerings from diamond just in order to stay afloat, because comic sales weren't cutting it by themselves.
Anyway, most collectors and readers prefer mint copies, regardless of eventual value. Not taking dinged copies isn't synonymous with Speculation. As a reader and collector I didn't want dinged copies if I could help it, and I had no intent towards eventual resale.
Speculators buy comics for investment purposes, and aren't really fans or readers. Hell, they barely count as collectors. Most speculators got out of comics following the crash of the speculator bubble that started in 1993, and for the most part they have stayed away. Even on eBay, where aftermarket sales are brisk, it remains a buyers market, not a speculators/seller's haven. Most comic speculators moved on to richer, albeit similar or related fields, such as action figures.
This reboot will have to do far more than just deliver neat covers with #1's on them, and a few good issues afterward in order to sustain any boosts in the readership. Its going to have to deliver consistently good stories in order to hold onto the new readers, AND to keep the established ones that might be torqued about the whole thing.
In my case, I was pushed out by a number of factors. First and foremost was cost, as comics (and all periodicals) were getting and continue to get quite pricey. Secondly, Marvel's CIVIL WAR helped chase me away as a regular Marvel reader. Thirdly, the gradual darkening of the DCU pushed me away from DC's titles. Last, the dawning realization that I was witnessing things that happened in continual cycles that would eventually be repeated again and again, took a lot of fun out of the experience. Since that time, I've only bought things periodically, usually events like ANNIHILATION, BLACKEST NIGHT, or THANOS IMPERATIVE (*grumbles*) for example.
Now, were my financial situation to improve, I'd probably start buying again. Believe me, I miss the weekly fix, even now.
"Fraud doesn't pay. Especially if you're an idiot." - Rhinoxchris parasyte - "Seriously, what car company is going to want their car released with the name "Breakdown" on the box?!"