COMC SPRING CLEANING: 6/14 – 6/21

COMC Spring Cleaning

I am happy to announce that COMC’s Spring Cleaning Deal will run from June 14th through the 21st. This special is a great way to close out spring with a bang!

Now is the time to get in some good deals. We have offered sellers a limited time special to help shed some inventory in time for summer. There are plenty of cards to choose from, with many priced to move quick. To make the deal even better, we’re offering a Free Shipping special. Request a shipment of 30 cards or more, and we will waive the $3 shipping cost for a standard order.

We are excited for this next season and we hope you will take advantage of these specials and make this spring a huge success!

COMC Customer Service closed for Memorial Day

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Hello COMC Nation! Memorial Day is next week, and for this reason:

Customer Service will be closed Monday, May 25th & will reopen Tuesday, May 26th at 9 PDT.

If you need to contact us over the holiday, please email us at staff@comc.com or leave a voice mail message at 1-800-517-3540.

To all who served our great country, past and present, we are grateful for you and thank you for your service!

Canadian Promotion and Sportscard and Memorabilia Expo

A quick update for our Canadian users.

COMC will be attending the Sportscard and Memorabilia Expo in Mississauga, ON on May 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. We will have free giveaways for everyone who stops by – while supplies last – as well as store credit draws and more giveaways for all registered COMC users.  We will also be accepting drop-off submissions so you can save on the cost of shipping.

In addition, for a limited time, we are offering our Canadian Spring Promotion starting from today until April 2, 2015.  Refer your friends to us, and if you are a new consignor, let us know so we can welcome you aboard!  This great deal is available for batches sent to our Canadian office under the guidelines outlined below:

Ship to or drop off at

COMC Consignment
4311 Canada Way
Burnaby BC V5G 1J3
Canada

The Special:

$0.20 per raw standard-sized or tobacco-sized trading or gaming card
All other cards of different sizes will be sorted out and processed separately under either basic (for tall boys) or premium (for graded, encased, booklets, oversized, sports poker chips, coins, or pins)
User Account not required to be funded at the time of shipment (account still required to be funded before cards are uploaded)
Cards in penny sleeves are acceptable
Cards in toploaders and cards requiring condition notes subject to $0.05 handling fee per card
Additional 50¢ upgrade charge is required to list a card for $50 or more
Additional 25¢ charge for cards that are valuable, fragile, or thicker than 3.5mm (138pt) and must be scanned in a toploader
Maximum 5000 cards per household
Minimum 125 cards (or $25.00 batch fee)
Cards will be live within 10 weeks of receipt of shipment
All shipments must be postmarked no later than Thursday April 2nd, 2015
Mark your package “Canadian Spring Promotion”

Non-Canadians are welcome to use the Canadian Spring Promotion, but will be responsible for all customs, duties, and taxes associated with the submission.

Mailbox Announcement

Hello COMC Nation! We recently sent an email to those members of the COMC Nation who have ever used our Mailbox service. This email was to let those Mailbox users know that some changes were being made to the Mailbox service, and that these changes were going to take effect on March 7th.

If you didn’t receive that email or you have never used the Mailbox before, please check out this link (COMC Mailbox FAQ) that explains the service and details the changes:

Unfortunately, there was one issue that we neglected to discuss in that email that we wanted you to let everyone know about – so, with that in mind, we sent out another email and we also wanted to highlight that issue on the Blog.

We’re talking about “Bonus Cards” – those extra cards that sellers sometimes send with the card(s) you purchased. As we have done in the past, we will process ALL the cards that come in under your name at $0.50 per card, with a $2.00 minimum per package..

While you may still donate any “unwanted” cards to Charity, we will no longer reimburse your processing fees.

Please note that it’s your responsibility to urge your sellers to either not send bonus cards or mark them with a big “X” to signify they are just spacers or packing material. Cards that are so marked will be disposed of by the Mailbox team.

If you do receive “bonus cards” and they get deposited into your portfolio, please remember this: you have a COMC account and are able to price any unwanted cards for sale on the site. And, with the processing at only $0.50/card, this makes selling and recouping your processing fees that much easier.

As always, stayed tuned for the latest news and developments at our FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Instagram pages.

 

Card #15,000,000 & The Modern Baseball Card Investor

TheModernBaseballCardInvestorAbout a week ago I got an email from Jeff Hwang, author of The Modern Baseball Card Investor.  I first met him at the Industry Summit in Las Vegas a little more than a year ago, and we had a really good conversation about the baseball card market.  His book is now done, and he wanted to send me a copy of it. I just got my copy in the mail the other day, and was pleasantly surprised with how well he described COMC.com in his Enhanced Liquidity section of the Introduction (pg 30-31).  eBay got a paragraph and we got nearly a full page.
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Jeff did a great job of summarizing the difference between COMC.com and other sites.  It captures the essence of what has made us successful.

Here is an excerpt…

The online consignment site COMC.com has further enhanced the liquidity of lower priced cards by creating a centralized online exchange where all the cards listed online are in one physical location, and can be traded multiple times without being shipped.  Launched in 2007 as CheckOutMyCards.com, COMC.com allows users to submit cards to the company’s website in Seattle, where the cards are scanned front and back and listed online for a small fee, as little as 25 cents per card.

In contrast to eBay, where a seller typically incurs both eBay and PayPal fees for every transaction made, a seller on COMC instead receives store credit for the full amount of the sale, and pays a further cash-out fee only upon cash out – similar to the way a stock investor only pays a capital gains tax upon selling a stock, and not while holding.  Meanwhile, a buyer only pays shipping if/when he wants to have the physical item shipped; he can turn around and relist the item without incurring a shipping cost (the card is already located in COMC’s warehouse), or can otherwise save on shipping costs by waiting until he has acquired multiple cards.

As such, users can flip cards for profit on COMC.com without ever physically being in possession of an actual card, the same way a stock investor can trade stocks online without ever physically being in possession of a stock certificate.  But more importantly, the site dramatically improves the liquidity of low-priced cards by lowering the otherwise prohibitive transaction costs associated with them – most notably shipping costs, as well as the time it takes to list and sell and then ship such cards.

At the sports card and gaming collectibles Industry Summit in Las Vegas in March 2013, the company announced that it had listed it 10 millionth card, and had to that point shipped 3.6 million cards to 75 countries.

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I thought it was fitting to announce that just today (writing this on Friday July 11th, 2014) we identified item #15,000,000 as 2000 Upper Deck MVP Pro Sign #IB – Isaac Bruce, deposited it in Fiber1’s account, Fiber1 put it up for sale, and I purchased it.

Not only have 50% more items been consigned with us since March 2013, we have also shipped 50% more items to buyers.  That is more than 5 million items shipped all over the world.

Thank you COMC Nation for making this possible!
 

 

 

COMC is heading to some Card Shows this weekend!

Hello COMC Nation! We just wanted to let you know that COMC representatives will be attending card shows this weekend!

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Those of you in Northern California can drop by and talk to the head of our Shipping team, Geoff Holland, at the show in the Serramonte Center in Daly City, CA. Geoff says you can give him a call on Saturday, if you’re having trouble tracking him down – his number is 1-425-260-8025.

Folks in the Portland area can drop by and say “Hi!” to the head of our Processing team, Jim Osborn, at the COMC table at the show in Mall 205. Jim will be there on Saturday only, but he didn’t give us his phone number – but, he’s tall and it’s easy to find him in a crowd!

Geoff and Jim will be accepting submissions for COMC, so you can drop your cards off and save a little bit on those shipping charges.

Have a great weekend!

COMC Offices closed Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day

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Hello COMC Nation! We wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that this coming Monday is Memorial Day.  As it’s a national holiday, our doors will be closed and our staff will not be in their offices. With this:

Customer Service will be closed Monday, May 26th & will reopen Tuesday, May 27th at 9 a.m. PDT.

If you need to contact us over the holiday, feel free to email us via staff@comc.com or leave a voice message at 1-800-517-3540 – Moe or Norbert will get back to you as quickly as possible when we return Tuesday morning.

Everyone at COMC wishes you all a safe and happy long weekend, as we remember those who have put themselves into harm’s way for this country – those who have come back to their country, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.