I won't dismiss what MHC is doing, but I will note that the number of (paid) man hours he suggests it will take him to add newstand issues to his system is well beyond what CCL's volunteers can bear. As he states, they've been at work on this for a full year already, and expect another full year of intense effort. We, on the other hand, have a hard time getting all the new issues for this week listed (we get it done, but only because there are a few people who carry more than their share of the load).
Catching up in this thread...
Two things to add comments about:
2. Time needed to update CCL Database...
1. I would like to challenge this idea and throw it out there for verification, if possible, on exactly what would be considered a "NICHE" market or NICHE group of collectors, and how that should be defined.
CCL has a NICHE group of SELLERS. If You look at the MISC STATS (link on left column), and you see the majority of same sellers in that TOP TEN list each month. I wonder how many sellers are actually having SALES period. I would not be surprised if the number is about 20 to 30. I would call that a NICHE compared to the number of CCL subscribers. How many Subscribers are ACTIVE and PAID? How many sales are there really going on here on CCL? Enough to say that their is a NICHE out there on any topic?
2. If you take all the comic collectors out there, off of CCL and on CCL, I would not be surprised if you found that CCL is a NICHE compared to the ALL COLLECTORS. For what ever reason. Evidense of this is look at MILEHIGH's prices. Who would pay them if you compared them to CCL's sellers? This is evidence that CCL is lacking BUYERS. MILE HIGH should lose buyers to CCL, but I really believe that Buyers at MILEHIGH just have not seen CCL stores. That is a NICHE. MILEHIGH obviously wants to get sales from the buyers looking for Newstand variants, so they have made it a priority and goal to list them separately, and made time for it.
Why can't CCL allow collectors and sellers to add them to the DB as they become available? CCL does not currently list all new variants as they are created and found, only adding it when requested. My point is, you do not have to take this NICHE thing like it is a major project. Add them as they are requested. Let collectors/sellers scan them and add them on their time. The value is, now it can begin to ACCURATELY COLLECT DATA ABOUT IT. You can not gather factual data about NEWSTAND VARIANTS if you do not separate it from regular issues or Direct Issues. Same with a signature. That check box is helpful to a buyer/ but gather's no separate data once it sells. Once it is sold, the sales data effects all sales of that issue. In the chart, you have no data there to reflect that a comic that sold was signed or not. You just have the price and condition.
I once had a buyer purchase a bunch of comics, and then return some of them, because they were not the SPIDEY LOGO ones. This is a rare person to do this, but that buyer found a way to get those he wanted most, and made extra work for buyer and seller.
* All items must be returned prior to refund at your expense. Return shipping not refunded.