Let's start with one of the craziest goddamn things I've ever witnessed in my time as a Gamer:
Batman: Black Mirror HC
Amazon min: $45+
This book JUST CAME OUT. The listed launch date on Amazon is December 16 and yeah, that sounds about right. We're talking about a single month on a Batman title from a fairly significant comics publisher - and it appears completely out of print.
It's not available. Amazon is out of its stock. Barnes & Noble says it has some, but it also has that "usually available in 1-2 weeks" nonsense attached, which would read "don't hold your precious breath" if it were at all honest. Instocktrades? Nope. None at Lone Star or Mile High, either.
If you want this Batman book, the one that came out a month ago, you have to go to the secondary market. IDW thinks that's fucked up.
I just don't understand it. I mean, I guess people might be finally catching on to the idea that Scott Snyder is putting down a seminal run. I guess the New 52 might have a few extra people interested. But how would that catch DC by surprise? We didn't know people would want the really good Batman book??? It not compute.
At any rate, I"m not suggesting you back up the truck if you see this on your LCS shelves, but then again, I'm not suggesting you don't. My assumption is that this is is a hiccup quickly remedied. But ah, my assumption is that the thing wouldn't be effectively out of print 30 days after launch, either. So my predictions are a bit lacking.
This I do know - Black Mirror is a fantastic read, I believe it ages well, and I'm certainly glad that I got a copy. If for some reason DC doesn't go to press on this again in short order, this could be a huge earner. This whole situation.....I've never seen anything like it. Stay tuned!
Dead Space # 1-6
Going rate for the set: $50+
In 2008 Image went to market with this as a prequel story to the video game. Said video game is pretty popular, the print runs on this are extremely modest, and this is that classic wheelhouse situation where a niche audience really needs something it can't easily find.
Because print runs are so tiny, the odds of you finding stacks of these at your LCS are not good. On the other hand, I went searching for Dead Space issues a few days ago and found 1 full set and 2/3 of another, all for cover price or less.
This is significant because the going rate for complete sets of the Dead Space mini is $50 or better. If you can score the Dead Space Extraction one-shot (previously featured on Market Spotlight) you can sometimes reach $100 for the works.
Those are nice margins, and it's good to break out of my continuous "TPB or bust" mindset. There's lots of earners out there, especially in little niche markets like Dead Space. Take this next book, for example....
Art of Dead Space HC
SRP: Free (declared $10 value)
Amazon Min: $45/$250
This adorable little hardcover (it's practically the size of your wallet) was given away for pre-ordering the Dead Space video game at places like Game Stop, Best Buy, or Game Crazy. It came with a pair of 3D glasses, and it's important to have them intact and included for collectors. And if you're selling this thing for $50 or better, you can bet your ass you're selling to a collector.
I just bought one of these on eBay for $13 and flipped it for $50 the very same day I posted it. This is what the pros call arbitrage. I almost feel guilty pulling shit like that, but whaddyagonnado?
The key is to think outside the box. I stumbled upon this when I discovered the Image Dead Space comics doing well. What else is out there for Dead Space that I can sell? I ran a completed search on eBay for Dead Space and just started looking for things that appealed to me. That hardcover looked interesting, so I typed it into Amazon. Oh look, min is $50, that's interesting.
And listen, these are always experiments with some degree of risk. I believe in it now, because when I sell something quick like that it shows active interest. At any rate, it's a strategy to add to your tool box.