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April 5, 2017

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #80 April 2017

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 6:42 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,669,746 +1.84% +18.39% +124.50%
Cyberspace Comics listings 105,818 +1.29% +14.24% +1,145.50%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.88% -0.57% -3.56% +454.79%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 151,459 +8.30% +3.77% -15.46%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.13% +6.37% -12.37% -62.34%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,104,217 +6.41% +4.20%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 30.09% +4.48% -11.97%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 52,857
My current eBay feedback (total): 109,424
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (21,208 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (16,923 listings)
Third Clearance (↑) Other Indies (11,112 listings)
Fourth Other Indies (↓) Image Comics (7,942 listings)
Fifth Image Comics (↓) Dark Horse (4,552 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,420,301 -1.53% +17.72% -7.92%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 100,165 +1.32% +13.08% +115.70%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.05% +2.95% -3.92% +134.24%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 9.55% +0.32% -10.83% +82.60%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 240,982 +0.72% +8.44%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 41.57% +0.59% +4.28%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 138,814 +1.06% +13.49% +63.40%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,566,983 -1.26%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,199,181 +0.74%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 90 -1.10%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 109,040 +2.85% -31.58%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 99,512 +1.92% +15.53%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 91.26% -0.91% +68.85%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 223,348 +10.18% +53.77%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 104,813 +1.41% +12.82%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 46.93% -7.97% -26.63%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 162,825 +3.88% +33.05%

 
 

The eBay marketplace continues to show consistent growth.

Atomic Avenue hit a slight bump in the road on their way to regain their previous number of listings. However, their number of unique issues available continues to show steady growth. I think selection is a much more important factor than total number of comics listed.

Comic Collector Live consistently averages a little over 1% growth each month of their userbase. They lost another store this month – a pretty steep drop considering they had 101 less than a year ago.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace has started on their way of regaining their numbers, as well, after a huge hit last month.

HipComic continues to show steady growth. A good sign for a marketplace that isn’t even a year and a half old.

Bonanza‘s number of listings has shown strong gains in the past year – up nearly 35%.

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