Sales are up, that's a fact. They might not be up by a large margin, but the pattern of steadily decreasing sales over the past decade has ended. The New 52 worked. AvX worked. Marvel NOW is working. Sure, they use gimmicks to help them out, but that has been the case for decades. The highest selling comic of all time is X-Men #1 from 1991, and it did so because it was a shiny new #1 by the biggest writer in the industry and had several variants. These trends you're bashing are nothing new.
Like I said, there are plenty of great, fun, and even kid friendly comics out there. If you don't see them, then you're not looking or asking.