REVIEWS FROM CUSTOMERS WHO DROPPED
US AN eMAIL:
To whom it may concern,
Yesterday I happened to pass
by your store and decided to stop in. I looked around for about an hour and the only thing that kept me from buying something
was the upcoming Motor City Comic Con this weekend (what can I say, I'm on a budget.) But I felt compelled to write you and
let you know that in 31 years of collecting comics, your store, hands down, was the nicest store I have ever been in. You
have the biggest selection of old/new comics, toys, and collectibles I’ve ever seen! The only bad thing about your store
(in my opinion) is you location. I live and Warren and you are just too far away for me to visit on a weekly basis. I
will definitely visit from time to time (after the convention.) I'm sure you get this kind of praise all the time, but I just
wanted you to know that I will be telling all of my comic collecting friends from the north side of Detroit about you. Expect
to see us in the future.
Have a wonderful day,
REVIEWS FROM BLOGGERS ON
I've been once and their selection of toys is astounding. They
have a ton of action figures that stretch back to the early '90s at the very least. If you are looking for a figure, chances
are they have it in stock. Their hardcovers are pretty well-stocked (I noted one or three rare ones at cover price) and they
often had deals. Be sure to bring your wallet. :)
REVIEWS FROM CITYVOTERS.COM
KRISTEN V. - GREAT store! My boyfriend
& I took his son to Big Ben's..He is hooked & calls it HEAVEN!!! Best comic store ever! He loves Marvel comics &
he loves the band KISS...Big Ben's is a place where he can enjoy 2 of his favorite things!! There are so many cool things
there for ALL budgets. From $1.00 comics to high end collection items..From kids to adults...Every customer looks like they
are having fun in Big Ben's. The service is GREAT! Staff is ALWAYS friendly & ready to assist. Gotta check the store out.
You won't be dissapointed...We guarentee it !!!
- Big Bens is the BEST!!! THey have soo much stuff floor to ceiling. Staff is such a great help and is definitely
surpasses any other comic book store in SE Michigan! They have everything here. I would reccommend them to anyone.
BIGBADRAD72 - Big Ben's Comics is by far
the Best comic shop in the state of Michigan.
I have visted all of the comic shops that are up for this vote and none
of them are in the same class as Big Ben's Comics Oasis.
I have been a regular weekly customer at this shop for the
past 12 years.
Ben and Gary go above and beyond the normal dealer/ customer business relationship with their customers.
Most dealers in these hard times do not care about people who come in every week only about making a quick buck, by this I
am saying alot of the other shops that are up for this vote would rather sell their rare or variant covers on E-bay rather
then give the people who are loyal weekly shoppers a chance to buy them.
Big Ben's Comics always offers anything they
buy to the Customers First !!!
They really do care about the people who come in week to week and treat them just like
If you have never been to Big Ben's Comics Oasis I highly Recommend you check it out for yourself, it's worth
Ben Davis, a Dearborn Heights resident and owner of Big
Ben’s Comix Oasis in Allen Park, sorts through 200 boxes of comic books on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, which he recently
acquired from a long-time customer. The customer, according to Davis, was running out of space to store his collection and
sold off the comic books to make room at home
ALLEN PARK/DEARBORN HEIGHTS -- Behind
the yellow brick façade, past the rows of action figures and collectible statues, the walls of graphic novels and comic
books, and the tables of long cardboard boxes hiding gems from the Golden Age of comics to recent back-issues, is “Big”
Davis, 48, owner of Big Ben’s Comix Oasis, has been in the comic book business since 1984. An
Allen Park resident, he’s made Allen Park the home to his shop, which has had four different locations throughout 26
years of operation.
“My mother opened a used book store,” Davis said, on how it all began. “I
was never a comic book fan growing up, and we ended up buying out an estate that had a bunch of comic books.
ended up making a lot more money on the comic book end of it than on the paperback end. Five or six years later, the paperbacks
were gone and we were selling comic books, then action figures shortly after, and collectibles.”
as The Book Bank grew into Comix Oasis, an expansion that required moving to a larger shop. After roughly a decade of continuing
growth, Davis had to move the store once again, rebranding it as Big Ben’s Comix.
“I got full of myself
and wanted my name up in lights,” Davis joked.
The name change actually came down to a matter of business
logistics. When the Book Bank opened, and then turned into Comix Oasis, Davis and his mother operated as business partners.
When the time came to expand once again, his mother was no longer involved, and the name change served as a “clean break
in the partnership,” he said.
Further growth required yet another move, to the store’s current home
at 6711 Allen Road in downtown Allen Park. Housed in a 5,000 square foot retail space that was once a Hallmark store, Davis
re-opened in June 2009.
“Now we’re Big Ben’s Comix Oasis, to kind of tie everything in.”
Despite a troubled economy that has left many businesses looking for ways to cut costs and downsize, Davis’s
business has stayed profitable thanks to Internet sales.
“We’ve had to expand internationally,”
he said. “If we were just dependent on our Michigan base, it’d be scary. We didn’t have to sell to anybody
else six or seven years ago.”
According to Davis, 40 percent of his revenue comes from Internet orders placed
through the Comix Oasis eBay Store. The online site shows a number of positive responses from eBay users, and a 99.9 percent
positive feedback rating score. Davis is expecting a dedicated Web site and Internet store for his business to go online over
the next few months.
Adult collectors, rather than kids enamored with the comic book mythos, make up the majority
of the customer base, he said. It’s the back issues and collectibles that pay the bills.
He’s had first
issues of all the old Marvel comics come and go through his store, and several notable issues are still for sale, including
the third issue of Fantastic Four from 1962. When it was published nearly 50 years ago, it sold for 12 cents. On Davis’s
eBay store, it now carries a price tag of $699.
The economy is still a problem, of course. He’s lost customers
who have been laid-off and could no longer afford their hobby.
“We had a nice clientele of Ford guys who
just can’t do it no more,” Davis said. “I had one Ford guy who was spending probably $50,000 a year in here,
then woke up one day and found out he’s out of a job.
“I’ve had a lot of long-time, good customers
that just have not been able to maintain their hobby with this economy.”
Davis’s biggest concern is
that he, “just doesn’t see kids buying comic books anymore.”
The decline in young readership,
and the economic troubles of both adult consumers and the comic book industry, has changed his outlook on conducting business
in a niche market.
Over the last few years, national print runs of comic book is-sues have shrunk dramatically,
according to Davis. Titles that once had a million copies printed for each issue have been reduced to around 100,000.
“I wanted to be the last store standing,” he said. But changes in the economy have fostered closer ties with
other comic shops, favoring camaraderie over competition.
“Now, I talk to different store owners every day,
and it’s all about how we can keep the interest going. There are people out there that will buy this stuff, but how
do we get these people back in to buy the stuff? I’m not going to be able to do that by myself. There’s enough
of the pie out there for everybody.”
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