I'm now buying pulps in bulk. I just completed a purchase of 39 issues of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE.
I now have 78 issues which, considering that the magazine ran every week for oh, around thirty years from 1921 to 1954, is really a drop in the bucket.
I do have valid reasons for buying all of these. I'm researching the life of Daisy Bacon, the longtime editor of the magazine, and I'm fascinated by the fact that this magazine was so spectacularly popular - in the early 1930s its circulation was 600,000 - every WEEK. Another reason I bought these is because, like a lot of fiction magazines from that era, one of LOVE STORY's practices was to run longer novels broken up in installments over 5 to 6 issues. So I've been wanting to build up uninterrupted runs so I could read these serials. It's not that easy when you're buying them piecemeal through places like eBay. I did buy quite a few last year at PulpFest - more on that in a minute.
A few months ago I contacted a dealer who I knew had a big inventory of LOVE STORYs. Believe it or not, this dealer has even MORE issues, but I had to have SOME restraint.
This purchase does illuminate the fact that the best way to buy pulps is to go to the conventions, like Windy City and Pulp Fest. There you meet these great dealers and you can buy in bulk, or whatever way you want to buy, because there are thousands of pulp magazines for sale in one place. It really beats trying to build a collection through eBay - that could take you centuries.
So, excuse me but I have to go. I've got some reading to do.