Quoth a nice lady in my community:
Yeah, I've searched the reeeaaallly looooong boxes of TMNT (Image, Mirage, and Archie) comics at the local shop, and there's very few issues cheaper than $3. Most are around $3.50, $4. I found it strange that a lot of the back issues were more expensive than the current one(s). (I understand rarity, but I only ran across about four (that I didn't buy) issues that were $2.50)
Do you know how MAD that makes me?! COMIC BOOK STORES LIKE THAT?! It's STUPID and GREEDY but mostly STUPID!!
[Rant="other comic book stores"]
Let's pretend for a moment that a comic book store exists to sell comics and not to serve as an over-sized holding bin for some psuedo-business-minded collector.
Is it better to buy a collection of 12 long boxes with 400 books each and SELL them all at a dollar-fifty to two-fifty each?
Buy that same collection and mark up the books by twice that amount so that you get more money--but don't SELL more than a quarter of them?
Now, you can't be stupid about things. If you've got a book that's worth $20 on ebay, you don't sell it for that cheap. But trust me, out of a collection of that size? You'll have MAYBE a long box worth of books that should be actually sold individually.
The rest of them? Get RID of them and get your money back plus as much as possible (which we've established is NOT done by marking them up and sitting on them forever). Because, no matter how much you COULD sell those books for, until you DO sell those books, they're a WASTE. They waste floor space in your store that could be generating revenue. They waste your ability to buy new books that people WANT. They waste your name as a 'comic book store with good stuff!' b/c people come in more than once and you've still got the same schlock that they didn't buy the first time sitting there at the same prices! Even if you take them off your sales floor and put them in storage, now you're paying RENT for these stupid things.
You're a STORE.
SELL THE BOOKS.
*eats other store owners. Steals their stores. Sells their books. Buys an island. Be's queen.*