10 Tips for a Successful Black Friday

Black Friday weekend is the biggest shopping weekend of the year.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you have a successful Black Friday on COMC.

Tip #1: Start shopping now
We expect that about 90% of all items on the site will be on sale when Black Friday comes around.  So get things in your shopping cart or on your watch list so that you are ready to scoop things up as early as you can on Friday.

Tip #2: Purchase items with Store Credit
During big shopping days the fastest way to purchase an item is with Store Credit.  If you have to wait for PayPal or Amazon to notify us that they have collected payment for the items in your shopping cart, those items may get scooped up by someone else.  So get your account funded as quickly as possible and start shopping.  Plus, you get an extra $5 for every $100 of Store Credit you purchase on Black Friday Weekend.

Tip #3: Don’t wait for the search results to update
Once 12AM PST comes around, we expect to have more than 6 million items that need to be discounted.  It will take some time for the search results to reflect the discounts. However, the sale prices will be live everywhere else.  That is why having items in your shopping cart or watch list is so advantageous.  The Product Details, Item Details, and Make Offer pages will all reflect the discounted sale price immediately at midnight.

Tip #4: Use “full-price” offersFull-Price
When you put multiple items in your shopping cart you can make one offer to each different seller.  If that offer is equal to the seller’s discounted asking price, the offer will be instantly accepted.  This is very handy if a seller is running a steeply discounted sale.  It allows you to quickly purchase their items all at once.

Tip #5: Snag the biggest discounts first
Start by going to the Promotions page and use the new dropdown to sort the list of sales so that you can easily find the best deals.  If you already have a bunch of items in your shopping cart from that seller, you can bring that seller to the top of your Make Offer page by clicking Make Offer on any of their items.  If you don’t actually want to purchase that item, you can simply remove it from your Make Offer page, and then you can proceed with making a “full-price” offer to quickly scoop up their items.

Tip #6: Be sure to request shipment before midnight Saturday
You get 5 times the entries for our Cyber Monday Shopping Sprees on items that are purchased and shipped on Friday and Saturday.  Also, you will get a $5 store credit bonus for every 50 items you have shipped in November.

Tip #7: Be patient, and enjoy the hunt
We will be working around the clock to try to keep the servers running as smoothly as possible, but we expect to get more traffic than ever before.  So we might run into some new stresses.  We will do our best to help people out.  Some actions might take longer than normal because of the high traffic.  If one part of the site isn’t working optimally, try another part of the site.     

Tip #8: Remember this is just a hobby & enjoy the holiday
There will be a buying frenzy, and you will miss out on some great deals.  That is part of the game.  It is OK, keep shopping, and get as many deals as you can find.

Tip #9: Sellers, Respond to offers quickly or turn them off
If you will not be able to quickly respond to offers over Black Friday Weekend, we recommend making sure your Minimum Offer Percentage is greater than your promotional discount.  This will prevent buyers from making offers.  If you choose to accept offers over the weekend, please respond as quickly as possible.  The buyers are trying to get extra credit and prizes.

Tip 10: Sellers, be sure to approve your Black Friday Sale early
If your promotion is approved before midnight on Thursday, this will make sure that your sale goes live as early as possible.  We will try to get other sales live as quickly as we can, but they will need to be staged.  Worst case, the search results may not get updated until the following day.

Happy Hunting!

COMC Cyber Monday Shopping Sprees

Black Friday approaches!Cyber Monday is December 2nd (two weeks from today!) and we’re giving away 100 shopping sprees to celebrate.

Winners will be randomly selected based on the number of items that they both purchased and shipped in all of 2013.  Every item that was both bought and shipped counts as one entry into the raffle.  That means if you both purchased and shipped just one item this year, you’re already entered!  To really show our love for Black Friday buyers, items purchased and shipped on Black Friday or Saturday will count as 5 entries!  For example, if you bought and shipped ten items over the course of 2013 and buy and ship another ten items on Friday Nov. 29th, that would give you a total of 60 entries into the shopping spree drawing.

On Sunday, December 1st we will select 100 users at random from the entries to win a Cyber Monday Shopping Spree.  One lucky customer will win the grand prize: a $500 shopping spree!  The rest of the winners will receive shopping sprees worth between $5 and $100.  The winners will be announced on Facebook, so make sure you like our page to see if you win!  Winners will have until midnight (Pacific Time) at the end of Cyber Monday to spend their shopping spree and the winnings can be spent on any item or service on the site.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible to win you must have a COMC account (free to create).  Any items which were both purchased and shipped in 2013 from your account or that were bought using the email address associated with your account will count towards your entries.  If you did not have an account when you have purchased items, just create a free account using the same email address you used to buy your items, and your purchases will be retroactively credited as entries under your new COMC account name!

5 Black Friday Specials, Including a $500 Shopping Spree

It’s that time of year; there’s a chill in the air, the sun’s going down a lot sooner than it used to, and those jack-o-lanterns are sitting comfortably in the compost pile. (We hope so, otherwise “eeewwwww”…)

You know what else is coming up? Of course you do – the biggest holiday season of the year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years…and Black Friday.  Two words that mark the beginning of the biggest shopping weekend of the year. And COMC is going to be right in the midst of it.

For weeks, people have been asking us about our Black Friday Specials. Trust me, we were wanting to tell you. But, we also wanted to wait until the time was right, and we’re pretty sure that time is now.

Here’s what we’ve got planned for Black Friday!

Free Shipping

It’s one of our most popular specials and we’re bringing it back for the Black Friday weekend. We’re offering free shipping on all cards that are bought between Friday, Nov 29th and Monday, Dec 2nd. Please note, to qualify for this special, there is minimum purchase of 20 items and they must be purchased in Simplified Buying Mode.

Note: Items purchase from Advanced Reselling Mode, items purchased by buying another seller’s entire port via a Port Sale, or items purchased from the old CheckOutMyCards website do not qualify for free shipping, but you can still get a $3 discount by shipping 20 or more items.  You can switch your buying mode in the Profile and Options page.

$5 Bonus Store Credit for Every $100 Purchased

All Black Friday weekend (Nov 29th – Dec 2nd) you will receive an extra $5 store credit for each $100 of store credit you purchase.  Limit of $50 bonus credit per day.  That is a total of $200 bonus credit if you purchase $1,000 store credit each of the 4 days of our Black Friday weekend.

$5 Bonus Store Credit for Every 50 Items Shipped

Last August, we introduced a Shipping Credit when purchasing items in bulk.  Normally you have to purchase 100 items in a calendar month in order to get the extra $5, but for the month of November, you get the $5 for every 50 items you purchase and have shipped by 11:59 PM PST Saturday November 30th.

And, as the Shipping Credit is deposited on the 1st of the month, any credit you earn in November you can use in December…just in time for Cyber Monday.

$5 – $500 Cyber Monday Shopping Sprees

100 COMC customers will win a Cyber Monday Shopping Spree.  One lucky customer will get a $500 shopping spree, and the rest of the winners will receive shopping sprees worth between $5 and $100.

Winners will be randomly selected based on the number of items that were purchased and shipped in 2013.  Items purchased and shipped on Black Friday or Saturday will receive 5 times the chances.

We will announce the winners on on our Facebook page on Sunday November 30th.  You will have all day Cyber Monday to spend your winnings.

Free Promotions

On top of all the promotions that we are giving away, we are encouraging all of our sellers to run their own Black Friday Promotions. Since we are not charging them anything extra to run the promotions, we expect to have more than 1,000 sellers running promotions on more than 5,000,000 items. This means there will be lots of great deals happening across COMC.com – sellers will be able to customize their markdowns up to 80% off their original asking price.

There you have it. We have a little something for everyone, and you won’t even have to get out of bed to do your shopping…does it get much better than that?

As always, be sure to keep up with all the news and company updates by following us on our Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube pages.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

We would like to extend a Happy Thanksgiving to our northern neighbors and use the opportunity to offer some autumn news and specials.

COMC will be attending both the Vancouver Sports and Retro Collectibles Show in Langley, BC on November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd and the Sportscard and Memorabilia Expo in Mississauga, ON on November 8th, 9th, & 10th.

We will be accepting drop-off submissions of up to 5000 cards, so you can save on the cost of shipping.  In addition, we are offering our Canadian Fall Promotion from today until November 29, 2013.  Refer your friends to us and if you are a new consigner, let us know and welcome aboard!

This great deal is available for any batch sent to our Canadian office:

COMC Consignment
4311 Canada Way
Burnaby BC  V5G 1J3
Canada

The Special:

  • $0.20 per raw trading or gaming card
  • $0.50 per graded, encased, or jumbo card as well as any other supported collectible
  • 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
  • Maximum 5000 cards per household
  • Minimum 25 cards
  • Cards will be live within 10 weeks of receipt of shipment
  • All shipments must be postmarked no later than Nov 29, 2013
  • Mark your package “Canadian Fall Promotion”
  • Non-Canadians are welcome to use this special but will be responsible for all customs and duties associated with the submission.

COMC Canada also continues to support all regular services at this time in addition to this special except for consignment of comic books & magazines and COMC Mailbox.

Unlock Another Special Offer in time for Black Friday:

By taking advantage of our One Month Processing or our Fall Promotion Special, consigners with 200 or more cards can designate 20% of their submission to our 2-Week Processing at the One Month Processing Rate. This will allow sellers to segregate cards they want on the site for sale in time for Black Friday November 29, 2013.   Simply label 20% of your submission as 2-Week Processing and the remaining 80% as One Month or Canadian Fall Promotion.   Submissions of 2-week processing on its own will be processed as 2-Week processing at it’s regular price of $0.35 per regular sized item.   Cards must arrive (ie. not postmarked) before 11:00am November 14, 2013 at our Canadian Office to allow us to process them before Black Friday.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you at the show!

The Road to The National

It is that time of year when the team at COMC packs their bags and heads to the largest card show in the nation: The National Sports Collectors Convention!  This particular year, we are packing some slightly heavier bags than normal thanks to your help in filling up The Vault.  However, we are also bringing along a few extra goodies as well.

Where to Find Us

This is our first time in the Corporate Area!  You will find us at booth 850 in between Panini and PSA.  You will have an opportunity to see Tim, Julia, Geoff, Steve, Jim, me, and other members of our Team.  After you have met us, we have a few surprises.

For the first time ever, we will be doing On-Site Processing at The National!  You heard us right: bring your cards to us while we are at the show, and we will process your cards right there at the convention.

Breakdown of National Specials

  • New Consigners – 1 item free, same day, onsite processing
  • $0.50/item (200 items per user), One Day onsite processing for Vault items
  • $2/item (no limit) One Day onsite processing for COMC or The Vault
  • FREE (no limit) To Be Graded submissions (see details below)
  • $70 Flat Rate Special – 1 660 count box, 6 week processing (see details below)
  • Save on shipping by submitting to us at The National
  • Note: Due dates will be based off of when items are submitted at The National instead of waiting until we receive them back at the office.  
  • Beckett Collectible Cards- come by the booth for a chance to get access to a unique collectible card featuring COMC!
  • Blowout Raffles

How Onsite Processing at The National Works

If you have never consigned with us, we will process your first item for free while you wait!

Submit up to 200 cards at $0.50 per card to The Vault, and we will have the cards processed and on the site as soon as possible, for sure in One Day!

Submit any number of cards with our One Day, One Week, or One Month services.  Not only will we pay to ship your items back to Redmond for you, we will also start processing your items at the National so that your due dates will be based on when you drop off your items instead of when they get back to our office.

FREE – To Be Graded Submissions

If you would like any of your items graded by Beckett and than returned to your COMC account, you can drop them off with us, and we will put them in your COMC account within 24 hours for FREE.  Once they are in your account the only thing you will be able to do with them is to select a grading service.  The grading fees start at $12 for one month service.


$70 Flat Rate Special

To celebrate our 7th National and our 6th anniversary, we are offering a $70 Flat Rate Special for a 660ct box.

  • Use the Submission Wizard to notify us of the submission
  • Limit 1 660ct box per person
  • Single row, no jammed in minis
  • If you don’t have a 660ct box, please measure no more than 11.75″ of cards
  • These cards will be processed at a 6 Week Processing speed
  • All submissions must be postmarked by August 22nd

You may also elect to drop these cards off at the National and avoid any shipping costs!

Beckett Collectible Cards

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This year, Beckett has produced a full set of collectible cards featuring major sports stars from Chicago on one side of the card and details of major companies in the trading card industry.  COMC is happy to say that we are numbered among those companies selected for these cards!  There will be a very limited quantity of these cards.  Our card features Derrick Rose.  Here are three ways to get your hands on a copy:

  • First 10 people to fund their account with $100 of Store Credit at our booth
  • First 10 people to spend $100 in either The Vault or COMC at our booth
  • 5 of these cards will be raffled off Thursday and Friday in the Blowout Raffle and 10 on Saturday

These cards will be given out Thursday-Sunday at our booth, so be sure to swing by for your opportunity to collect them!

Blowout Raffles

Blowout will be hosting a raffle Thursday-Saturday at 3 pm, and COMC will be there.  Not only will you have a chance to win one of the unique Beckett Collectible Cards, but there will be 2 $20 COMC Gift Cards in the raffle each day as well!  Don’t miss your chance to have some fun with Tom Fish and earn a chance at some awesome prizes.

We Want to Meet You!

While we are at the National, Tim and the team are looking forward to speaking with many of our users face to face.  If you are at the National and would like an opportunity to sit down with Tim and chat, please email us with the subject line “Time With Tim” and let us know what days you will be at the National.  We will work with you to reserve 30 minutes of one-on-one time with Tim.

We are especially eager to hear from those of you that run group breaks or box breaks for your customers.  We are building some new innovative services that will help you save time and money.

Putting The Team in Gear

Well, there you have it folks.  Not only will we be showcasing hundreds of valuable cards from The Vault at this year’s show, but we will also be processing your items right there during the festivities!  So come by to say hello to the team, see some beautiful cards, and tell us your thoughts about the site in person.  We look forward to seeing many of you there as well as unveiling our newest service in front of one of the world’s most lively group of collectors.

Filling Up The Vault

This is the moment that many people have been waiting for.  Starting today, any seller who wants their items to be among the first to be displayed in the Vault and brought to the 34th National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Illinois may now make their items Vault-eligible.

The Vault – a quick summary:

  • Vault-eligible items can be for sale on COMC.com, on The Vault, or on both
  • 90% of the sale price of an item sold through the Vault will be given to the seller
  • The Vault will have no “cash-out” type fee
  • Storage fee starting at $0.01 per day (waived through the end of September)
  • Sellers can set minimum offers & auto-accept prices on each Vault card they offer individually
  • Cards from The Vault will be showcased live at shows such as the NSCC
  • To hear Tim talk about the service, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Vault Interview

Any items listed for sale on The Vault between now and Wednesday, July 24th will be showcased at our booth at the National Convention!  The first step will be making these items Vault-eligible.  There are three easy steps to make your item eligible for The Vault:

1)      Find your item, either in your Inventory Manager or by typing the item number into COMC’s search bar.

2)      In the ‘Actions’ dropdown menu, select ‘Make Vault Eligible’.

Part 1

3)      Graded items and COMC Reviewed items are both Vault-eligible already.  In addition we have added a new service under COMC Services which allows you to rescan an item with our new 36x zoom technology for only $0.50 which will also qualify an item to be Vault-eligible.

The $0.50 price is a limited time special available through the end of July to help celebrate our launch, so take advantage of it before it’s too late!

Part 2It’s that easy.  Shortly we’ll add a feature which will show users if their cards are already Vault-eligible (if an item currently Vault-eligible is submitted to this service the $0.50 charge will be refunded).  If a card is Vault-eligible you’ll soon have access to all the great Vault features.

Please note: Items listed on The Vault must have both an asking price of at least $40 and a high Beckett Book Value of at least $20 (unless they are not assigned a BV due to scarcity – “N/A” cards).

We’re very excited to roll out this service, as customers have been requesting it for a long time.  Vault eligible items will be able to be listed for sale on The Vault in mid-July, and any item listed for sale on The Vault by Wednesday, July 24th will travel with us to Illinois to be showcased at the nation’s biggest card show.

We look forward to displaying your cards at this prestigious show and hearing your thoughts about the Vault Service.  Be sure to take advantage of this limited time offer to have your items made Vault-eligible, and be sure to keep following us on  our FacebookTwitter, and new Google+ pages.

Canadian Spring Promotion!

A special promotion designed for our neighbors to the north, this great deal is available for any batch sent to our new Canadian office.

COMC Consignment
4311 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1J3
Canada

The Special:
- $0.20 per raw trading or gaming card
- $0.50 per graded, encased, or jumbo card as well as any other supported collectible
– 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
– Maximum 5000 cards per household
– Minimum 25 cards
– Cards will be live within 10 weeks of receipt of shipment
– All shipments must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2013

Non-Canadians are welcome to use this special but will be responsible for all customs and duties associated with the submission.

Our previous temporary P.O. box address is no longer in use.

Please mark your shipment “Canadian Spring Promotion” and send it to:

COMC Consignment
4311 Canada way
Burnaby BC V5G 1J3
Canada

We welcome drop-offs by appointment only by calling 1-800-517-3540

COMC Canada also continues to support the regular one month service in addition to this special; please mark your packages clearly.  Our Canadian office does not currently support the consignment of comic books, or any of our One Day, One Week, or Hot List processing options.