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April 6, 2016

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #68 April 2016

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 8:55 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 3,099,824 +0.87% +10.28% +103.96%
Cyberspace Comics listings 92,631 +0.37% +21.36% +1,201.18%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.99% -0.39% +9.86% +537.97%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 145,955 +1.89% -11.97% +64.40%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.71% +1.04% -20.20% -19.38%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,059,674 +6.29%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 34.18% +5.38%


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

My current eBay feedback (unique): 44,979
My current eBay feedback (total): 86,543
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

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 (19,443 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (14,206 listings)
Third Graded Comics Other Indies (8,613 listings)
Fourth Other Indies Image Comics (7,277 listings)
Fifth Image Comics Dark Horse (4,124 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,206,555 -0.43% +1.76% -8.58%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 88,581 +0.43% +18.84% +214.54%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.34% +0.85% +16.72% +244.06%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 10.71% -5.80% +82.76% +86.26%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 222,222 +0.85% +7.27%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 39.86% -0.42% +10.79%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 122,313 +0.63% +23.64%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 159,380 +1.83%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 86,138 -0.57%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 54.05% -2.34%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 145,249 -1.97%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 92,899 +0.56%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 63.96% +2.58%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 122,382 +8.22%

 
 

From October 2015 to February 2016, eBay was giving away 10,000 free listings to sellers with store accounts. Despite the elimination of this promotion, the number of listings have dipped but not dropped off sharply.

Atomic Avenue‘s total listings are continuing their slow climb out of their most recent 5-year low brought on by a combination of increased selling fees and stricter selling metrics that removed some members (other members left proactively). This month, that slow climb took a slight hit. However, more importantly, their number of unique issues continues to rise consistently – and has done so since I began tracking this data.

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace is too new to draw any conclusions – as is the recently-launched HipComic, which debuted in January 2016.

Bonanza continues to see consistent growth in the number of listings since I started tracking that data.

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