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September 11, 2019

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #109 September 2019

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 4,846,136 +1.09% +15.14% +67.60%
Cyberspace Comics listings 127,706 +1.01% +14.44% +66.78%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.64% -0.18% -0.55% -2.28%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 227,032 -1.25% +25.54% -45.48%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.68% -2.40% +8.95% -67.47%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,142,458 +1.58% +2.17%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 23.57% -11.27% +63.71%


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

My current eBay feedback (unique): 70,208
My current eBay feedback (total): 156,137
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,431,084 -8.39% -6.84% -9.40%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 116,646 -0.03% +13.07% +58.48%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 8.15% +9.11% +21.29% +74.91%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 7.01% -3.44% +27.45% +38.81%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 226,942 -0.66% +3.76%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 51.40% +0.64% +8.97%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 183,322 +2.06% +10.04% +88.89%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,458,691 -0.97% -1.39%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,440,590 +0.18% +4.36%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 63 -4.55% -16.00%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 467,707 +4.95% -3.60%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 125,289 +1.25% +15.65%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 26.79% -3.54% +19.96%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 186,612 +7.75% -7.55%

 
 

eBay‘s number of listings continues to hit all-new highs. Much of this increase is due to MHC trying to crowd the market. They’ve made multiple listings for the same book in the same grade at different prices. Unfortunately for them, this spike in sales has resulted in a lot of negative feedback. It also generates a lot more listing fees. I wonder how long they’ll continue this practice.

Atomic Avenue: This marketplace stands in sharp contrast to eBay. While eBay’s listings have grown by 67% in the past five years, Atomic Avenue’s has shrunk by more than 9%.

Comic Collector Live: This is another sharp contract to eBay. CCL’s number of stores has dropped to 63. This is down from 101 stores in May 2016.

HipComic‘s number of listings have plateaud.

Bonanza‘s number of listings have plateaud, as well.






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