Silver Age Iron Man Comics Get a Boost from Film Release

As the big budget film Iron Man hits theatres this week, demand for Silver age Iron Man comics has soared as well.
According to results found using Terapeak’s Hot Categories research tool, Iron man comics from between 1956 and 1969 are super hot on eBay this week.

This trend chart shows the last two years of activity in category #32735:Terapeak Iron Man trending

As you can see, listings and sales are both way up. Last week over 600 listings were posted in this category, generating $27K in sales.
That’s impressive activity for 40-50 year old collectibles.
Notable listings this month:
IRON MAN & SUB-MARINER # 1 (1968) sold for $4650.00, making it the highest priced listing in this category in April.
The INVINCIBLE IRON MAN Complete Collection DVD ROM was the most frequently listed title in April. Digital formats for comic books are a growing industry.
Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, opens in theatres across North America on May 2nd, 2008.
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March 14 eBay Workshop – Create Your Sales Strategy, Boost Your Profits

Topic: Create a Sales Strategy to Boost Your Profits – The How and Why With Market Research
Host: Terapeak
Date: Friday, March 14th
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST

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Whether you’re just starting out on eBay, a hobby seller, or a top grossing Power Seller, it’s important to consider your selling strategy and how your business goals affect your auction listings. This month’s interactive workshop will review different sales strategies, and how to make decisions based on these. Are you an ASP seller or an ASR seller? And how will this influence your listings? Join Denise from Terapeak to determine your selling strategy and the way it will help maximize your profits!

HD DVD and Blu-Ray Continue to Compete for Sales on eBay

Netflix to drop HD DVD format, Best Buy to focus on Blu-rayTwo more setbacks for the HD DVD were revealed this week as Netflix moved to support Blu-ray exclusively while Best Buy announced they will display Blu-ray products more prominently in stores, and recommend Blu-ray hardware.Blu-ray is poised to become the standard format for high-definition discs, following Warner’s high profile decision to stop producing HD DVD products after May 2008.How are the two formats faring on eBay’s market place?

According to market research from Terapeak, in the last 30 days, the total number of listings for each format in all categories was very close (52,221 Blu-ray listings vs. 53,457 HD DVD listings), however, the number of HD DVD items listed was greater by a margin of 75%, as sellers have begun unloading whole movie collections in lots.

Blu-ray listings in the Consumer Electronics/DVD & Home Theatre category, had an average selling price nearly double that of HD DVD player listings.
Despite a higher average price, Blu-ray players had a 74.26% success rate compared to 63.02% for HD DVD players.