Just received this from DC, regarding their gigantic New 52 HC.
[quote]DC COMICS ANNOUNCES SPECIAL TUESDAY ON-SALE DATE FOR DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 HC
Due to a printing delay, the DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 HC (AUG110243) will not arrive at retail for Wednesday, December 7. It is now is scheduled to arrive in stores for Wednesday, December 14.
To allow the maximum pre-holiday selling season for the DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 HC, retailers who receive shipments from Diamond on Tuesdays will be allowed to sell the DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 HC beginning Tuesday, December 13.[/quote]
So retailers are secret shopped and harangued to make sure no comic ever goes on sale before Wednesday, even to the point of ridiculousness in cases where manga is regularly available on Tuesdays in bookstores.
DC has a printing problem and suddenly Tuesday is a great day to sell their massive $150 tome that I can’t see anybody actually buying.