Woops, we missed this one from a few days back, but Namako Team points to a fun recent 1UP feature called 'Instant Rarity', written by GSW columnist DannyC, and subtitled: "Are those 'rare' games really worth the dough?"

Danny notes in the intro: "In recent months, gamers have had to pay exorbitant prices at online auctions for titles like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, and the limited-edition version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. For these and many other games, secondary market prices often shoot up past the $100 mark within weeks of initial release, and the trend shows no sign of stopping. Fortunately, however, the commissioned reprinting of rare titles has recently become a common occurrence, and with a little smart shopping, you might just be able to avoid taking a financial hit due to the phenomenon that is instant rarity."

Another interesting bit relates to intentionally low print-run games: "Many games published by Atlus, for instance, have been the victims of eBay price inflation. The company's famously niche titles often sell out immediately, and they're almost always in demand by fans of quirk-filled Japanese titles like Disgaea and Riviera. "Our philosophy is to always leave the market a little hungry," says Zach Meston, Atlus USA's assistant PR/marketing manager." Those cheeky chappies!

Wow, and one more particularly intriguing bit regarding GameQuestDirect and GameStop with regard to Koei's Gitaroo Man: "It soon became apparent that GameQuestDirect was selling its new reprinted stock in bulk to GameStop, who would, in turn, open these sealed games and sell them as used. The reasoning behind this is that used copies of Gitaroo Man command a higher price at GameStop than new and sealed copies -- a strange but common occurrence for older, rarer titles sold at the retail chain."