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August 10, 2022

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #143 August 2022

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Tags: , , , , — cyberspace steve @ 7:36 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 Comic Books, Manga & Memorabilia section 4,396,542 -0.73% -24.79% +18.56%
Cyberspace Comics listings 147,082 +0.53% +12.97% +39.41%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 3.35% +1.38% +50.02% +17.38%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 286,685 +16.43% +20.99% +89.37%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 6.52% +17.28% +61.05% +59.82%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,263,018 -1.59% -15.82% +73.11%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 28.73% -0.87% +11.91% +46.05%

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

My current eBay feedback (unique): 96,154
My current eBay feedback (total): 220,661
My positive eBay feedback score: 100%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,832,154 +0.31% +8.02% +23.65%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 128,344 +0.67% +9.43% +26.81%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.01% +0.36% +1.23% +2.56%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 255,578 +0.51% +5.96% +3.38%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 50.22% +0.15% +3.26% +22.66%

Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 239,478 +0.13% +2.76% +64.06%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,354,487 +0.43% -0.89% -12.43%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,792,302 +0.25% +4.04% +24.93%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 47 +0.0% -6.00% -34.72%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 1,147,621 -12.06% +125.17% +406.94%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store 136,841 +6.38% +4.51% +31.12%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 11.92% +20.93% -53.59% -74.13%


eBay‘s reported number of listings is now removing suppressed listings and I’m now unable to find a way to add those back in to their total so from now on we’re going to go with their reported number. I know they are suppressing listings from this number because a prominent comic dealer (NK) had their reported figure drop substantially. They are known for listing multiple copies of the same book in a lot of different grades. A search in their store for Action 687 returns four results but, there is a small notation in their eBay store that they actually have 48 results for that search. I do not see a way to display all 48 results, though. Naturally, with a different method of calculating their number of listings now being used, our numbers are going to show some major swings over previous dates. Eventually, this will normalize. For example, their number of listings dropped this month but by less than 1%.

Atomic Avenue: The number of unique available issues on this platform has surpassed a quarter million. That’s an incredible selection of books! And, we are currently stocking over 50% of those unique books. After they changed their seller metrics eight years ago (in 2014), their number of listings plummeted. Finally, last month, they’ve surpassed their 2014 number of listings and they’ve continued to sustain minimal increases since.

Comic Collector Live: The number of stores has dropped by over 33.33% in the past five years.

HipComic‘s number of listings dropped by over 10% from last month. I’ve noticed my own sales are off there by nearly 50%. It appears that rough waters lay ahead for Hip in the near future.

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