Well, there actually is a place to trade codes and it’s called ComicCodes.com!
Site creator Andy Kirby had the same questions and decided to create the answer and share it with everyone:
It’s a great idea and has more than enough potential to be one of the most helpful sites for comic book fans as Kirby points out:
Yes, you read that right: all the codes you can trade for just $5 a month!
View what codes are in there before you buy to make sure it’s worth it for you.
But what about people just taking your codes and not offering any up, you ask? Well, it’s “A code for a code,” according to the press release, “A user can’t claim a code without first submitting one. It’s a one-for-one system. No freeloaders. No code hoarding.”
So, an easy and cheap way to check out new books or lighten your pull list some. It’s a grand idea and one that is not being discouraged by Marvel, which benefits them because if people are able to check out their books through a more affordable source then they are more likely to check out the books beyond digital.
Below is more from the press release
Kirby’s hope is that his site will expand the exposure of lesser known Marvel titles and, in turn, drive up sales of those and other titles. A frequenter of his local comic book store, Kirby says he hopes that his site will aid his and other stores by getting fans excited about new titles.
The system is basically an archive of Marvel digital codes. A subscriber can access this database by submitting a code from a Marvel comic they have already purchased. Kirby addresses the difference between his system and simply swapping codes on the internet:
The problem with just swapping digital codes on the internet is that you don’t know who should send the code first. If you send first, you have no guarantee that
the other party will give you his or hers. They may just use yours without giving one back. ComicCodes alleviates this concern by keeping all the codes behind a password on the front end. You can submit as many as you want and with each submission you receive a credit to claim a different code in the library. Use all
your credits at once or wait for that one book that you want to show up in the library.
ComicCodes also allows users to report bad codes, which affects the “reputation” of the user who submitted the code. Reputation can be seen by users next to the codes that are available to claim. Users can choose codes submitted based on the submitting party’s reputation.
ComicCodes is a fee-based subscription. For $5.00 a month, users have full access to the database. This is billed monthly and there is no long-term contract. The cost of the subscription covers database upkeep and administration costs.