Welcome to COMC Canada & Black Friday

Let the countdown begin! We are weeks away from a significant advance in the North American card collecting experience.

Over the next couple months we will be rolling out services that make it safe & easy to buy & sell items between the US and Canada. No more hassling with customs forms.

We are essentially creating a private shipping service between our Seattle area warehouse and our new Vancouver area warehouse. We will electronically file all the necessary paperwork to transfer items to and from Canada. No more worrying about items getting hung up at the border!

Sam, Barry & Julia

Barry Mah & Sam Kassam at the Vancouver Fanfest

New Canadian Warehouse
Assuming things continue to go according to plan, we will announce the address of our new location in about 2 weeks. It will be in Burnaby, near Vancouver, and will be available for dropping off consignment submissions and picking up orders. Everyone in Canada wanting to consign items online will now be able to simply ship to our Canadian address instead of dealing with customs forms when shipping to the states.

Geoff HollandAccepting Submissions at the Toronto Expo!
November 9th-11th we will be at the Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo in Toronto. Come meet the head of our shipping department, Geoff Holland, and the two newest members of our Canadian team, Sam Kassam & Barry Mah.

Processing Special: Canadian Pilot
Until we are fully operational, we will only be accepting one processing service in Canada. We are calling it our “Canadian Pilot” service, and it is only 20¢ per card. We guarantee items will be deposited by December 31st.

Canadian Pilot Details
– Raw trading & gaming cards cost $0.20 per card
– Graded, encased or jumbo cards & other supported collectible costs $0.50 per item
– 5,000 item limit
– $5 minimum processing fee
– 5¢ fee per toploader we have to remove
– No condition note fees
– No batch fees
– Must be postmarked from Canada no later than December 1st

Bring your consignment submissions to the Toronto Expo. We will be giving out $20 off coupons for first time sellers, and we will ship your submissions back to Vancouver for you. This allows you to submit your first 100 cards without any processing fees or any burden of packaging or shipping the items.

Those of you in Canada are welcome to continue shipping items to our US warehouse if you would like our faster services.

What about our US customers?
In order to use the Canadian Pilot service the items must be submitted at the Toronto Expo or shipped from a Canadian address to our Canadian warehouse. We encourage those of you in the US to use our Black Friday processing special.

Black Friday Processing Special: 2 Week Service
We are 4 weeks away from Black Friday, and we will be running some significant promotions to attract buyers. To help get your items on the site in time for the promotions, we are offering a 2 Week processing service for only $0.25 per item. This is the same as our One Month service in less than half the time, but you must write “Black Friday” on your submission to get the increased speed.

Details
– Raw trading & gaming cards cost $0.25 per card
– Graded, encased or jumbo cards & other supported collectible costs $0.50 per item
– 5,000 item limit
– $5 minimum processing fee
– 5¢ fee per toploader we have to remove
– No condition note fees
– No batch fees
– Must be postmarked no later than November 13th
– Must be received by November 8th to guarantee that the items will be live by Black Friday

Lots more news to come
We are excited about all the new offerings we will be rolling out over the next several months. Keep an eye out for more news, Eh!

9,000,000 Stats

2010 Topps Series 2 Attax Code Cards #15 - Jon Lester - Courtesy of COMC.com
I just bought item #9,000,000 from bonds0128! We are going to have to do a contest for item #10,000,000. Leave a comment with your suggestion for a contest.

I also noticed that we recently crossed 250 million total page views over the past 5 years. Wow! A quarter of a billion page views… what a ride.

Q3 Stats

Notice the spike in cards added this quarter thanks to the the 5th Anniversary special. We have increased our quarterly processing capacity over the past 4 years from 115K to 1.17M. That is 10x the capacity. Not an easy feat. We have an awesome processing team that just keeps getting better. A special thanks to Jade Aspiras and the Identification Team for many long nights.

It is also good to note that while we have increased our processing capacity by 10x over the past 4 years, the demand on our shipping team has grown by 13x. That is a great sign. It means that the demand from buyers is growing faster than the supply from sellers. Hence sellers are getting better sales rates today than they did 4 years ago.

COMC @ Vancouver Sports & Retro Collectors Show

Things are moving at a blazing pace here at COMC. We have so much exciting news to share that it is hard to keep you up on everything. Here is a quick update with a teaser of more to come.

Card Show This Weekend
COMC will have a booth set up at the Vancouver Sports & Retro Collectors Show this weekend. The show is at the Langley Events Centre Friday October 19th through Sunday October 21st. Stop by and say hello! Our CEO, Tim Getsch, will be available for questions. You WILL be allowed to drop off consignment submissions. Details below.

2010 Playoff National Treasures Timeline Materials Signature Player Name Prime #4 - Warren Moon/5 - Courtesy of COMC.com
Autograph Guests
Warren Moon
John Garrett
Cliff Ronning
Ryan Kesler
Jack Mcilhargey
Gary Valk
Darcy Rota

Canadian Warehouse
More news about the new Canadian warehouse will be announced shortly, but the quick version is that we are accepting Canadian consignment submissions and job applications.

Submission guidelines for our Canadian Warehouse Pilot Program:
– 20¢ per raw trading or gaming card (No $3 batch fee!)
– 50¢ per graded, encased, or jumbo card as well as any other supported collectibles
– 5,000 card limit per household (Please, no toploaders)
– Cards will be live by December 31st
– $20 first-time seller discount is applicable

Please note we will be accepting submissions only for the pilot Program at this time. All other submissions must be shipped to our Redmond, WA address.

FREE SWAG!
Swing by our booth to pick up the following FREE gifts
– $20 off, first-time seller coupons
– Mouse Pads
– 550ct boxes
– COMC Stickers

As always, thank you for making our service possible. We’re very excited to be visiting Vancouver, and hope to see some of you there!

Come See the New ComC

As promised, we launched the new COMC.com today. We still have a lot of polish and new features to launch, but you will get a good idea for the direction we are heading. You can easily compare the old and the new versions of any page by clicking the corresponding logo of the other site.

Over the next several weeks we will be doing posts that focus on different areas of the site. Today we decided to make a youtube video to discuss the most popular topic regarding the new site… Beckett Prices.

Quick note: you can turn on Beckett prices on COMC.com by clicking on the Book Prices link at the bottom of the page and following the instructions to subscribe to Beckett prices.

Kudos to youtubers. I have a lot of respect for people that put out videos. It takes a lot of effort even to make a simple video.