While I only get to drop by my friendly neighbourhood comic book store around once a month these days, I'll try my best to support this initiative (both as a self-publisher and comic books buyer) you've put your time and effort setting this up.
Statistically and from a data collection point of view, I think it will be very interesting to see how this database will be perceived and utiltised once it's "live." I might be wrong in assuming this but I think some might start to get competitive when they start seeing their book figures compared to others. Which can be good or bad.
My reluctance to respond to this thread originally was also the anonymity with regards to the internet. It might be just me, but I find it a bit hard to trust a "nickname" let alone someone I've never met face to face before with what is "my business". And dealing with different retailers requires different tact a lot of times. I also believe it's ultimately the publisher's responsibility to keep stores up to stock. So while I can't imagine someone from this forum actually approaching any of the retailers about their lack of a certain title on this database list (or is this the point?), if I was a retailer I'd be a bit annoyed that it's not the publisher him/herself approaching them about the stock.
I hope I'm making sense. It's not like I don't want to be always stocked at every comic book retailer around Australia (I still can't get it in WA, NT or Tassie and I never really know which store wants to stock more issues of what). I do want all these and I'd really appreciate it if this community effort actually works and becomes successful. It's just that I have my hesitations.
Comics R Us are on Bourke St. Melbourne. For me, both Mark and Mitch from that store have been very supportive of my work from the get go, so I do not share the same opinion as Avi on them. However, it might be stressed that all dealings regarding stock is only with the Prahran/Windsor Comics R Us, where the owners work. In fact, while I bring up this point, almost ALL the local comic book retailers, you have to speak to a manager of some form or rather if you wanted to deal about stocking/selling Aussie comics at their store, and not just any clerk working at the time (again, this is if all this is intended for some to go into a retailer and actually approach said retailer about the stock numbers).
Sales for local products, to my limited knowledge, are never high enough for a retailer to physically approach creator/publisher to constantly or proactively restock. I'd love to see this happen one day (to anyone of us).