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.

SPRING: TIME FOR SOME DEALS!

Ah, spring. How does the old Tennyson quote go?

Spring, when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

Or baseball spring training… or March Madness brackets… or the NBA playoff race…

Here at COMC, our spring fancy has turned to Spring Cleaning. We need to make room in our warehouse for all of these great new 2013 cards that many of our sellers have been sending in, not to mention the new comic book program that we just launched. And we thought that since many of you might also like a spring refresh of your inventory or collection, this seems like the perfect time to offer a couple of seasonal promotions.

BUYERS

First up, for buyers – we’ll have many of our sellers offering some great limited-time Spring Cleaning specials. (More information on that below.)  So you’ll have plenty of great items to choose from, many at incredible sale prices. But in addition to that, we’ve decided to offer a Free Shipping special! From now until midnight on March 30th, we’re offering:

  • FREE Standard shipping on 25 or more items
  • FREE Rapid shipping on 50 or more items
  • FREE Priority shipping on 75 or more items (Domestic shipments only; orders going outside the US will receive a $7.99 shipping discount)

Please note that these Free Shipping offers only apply if you’re using Simplified Shipping Mode. Advanced Reselling Mode users who meet these shipment quantities will receive $3.00, $4.99 and $7.99 discounts instead of free shipping.

SELLERS

And what do we have in store for sellers? Well, in addition to an influx of buyers looking for deals and enough cards to earn the Free Shipping special, we’re offering three weeks of free Spring Cleaning promotions where you can mark down all or part of your listed inventory and have it be featured in the COMC Promotions section at no charge. Just log in to your account and head into your Promotions Manager to select the details of the sale you’d like to run.

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Each Spring Cleaning sale week runs from Sunday through Saturday, starting on March 10th. Just select how long you’d like your sale to run, and how much of a discount you’d like to offer. The discount will apply to your entire listed inventory, but you can still customize individual items with larger discounts or even no discount at all.

So there you have it – great COMC specials for buyers and sellers alike, running from March 10th through March 30th. We hope you’ll take advantage of them.

And stay tuned for news of more new COMC features and developments, coming VERY soon!

“Hot List” Processing Special!

Hello collectors and sellers! COMC is offering a new special that we’re excited to tell you about – we’re calling it The COMC Hot List and we’re hoping it’ll put a little extra excitement into your COMC experience.

2011 Playoff Contenders #227B - Colin Kaepernick no logo AU/250* [Mint] - Courtesy of COMC.comWe’ve asked our passionate team members: who are the hottest players, teams, and card sets currently on the market? We’ve boiled the list down to an even ten, and added a bonus two in honor of the Super Bowl:

The Hot List
Colin Kaepernick
Kyrie Irving
Damian Lillard
Kevin Durant autographs
2011-12 & 2012-13 Panini XRC redeemed (Basketball)
2012-13 Panini Prizm Prizms Green and Prizms Gold (Basketball)
Mike Zunino
Jurickson Profar
Mike Trout autographs
2010-Present Bowman Chrome serial # /50 or lower (Baseball)
Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers

Hot List Special = One Week -> One Day
Starting today, each player, team, or set on the Hot List will qualify for our “Hot List Special” processing. With this service, you will receive One Day processing at the One Week price. That is $0.50 per raw trading card and $0.75 per graded, encased, or jumbo card.

How to Submit Hot List Items for Consignment
* Clearly write “Hot List Special” on the outside of the package
* $5 minimum batch fee (We recommend submitting 10+ items.)
* 200 item maximum per week
* Must be post marked by February 6th, 2013
* Must be mailed to our US address
(Our Canadian warehouse only supports One Month service currently.)
* Submissions with non-Hot List items will be downgraded to One Week service

You are welcome to submit multiple batches with different service levels in the same package, but you must clearly label each service level you would like.

The most exciting thing is that this Hot List special is a trial run of an ongoing feature we’d like to offer. Soon, we’ll be posting on Facebook and Twitter and ask you, our followers: who do you think is “Hot”? Based on your input and our team’s research we’ll put together a list of players/teams/sets for future Hot Lists. Together we can heat up the site for everyone!

Thanks!
COMC

Cyber Monday – $10 COMC Gift Certificates and More!

It’s Cyber Monday!  There are five things that make this Cyber Monday great.

  1. COMC Cyber Monday Special – To cap off our “Perfect 10 Weekend” we are giving away $10 gift certificates for COMC.com.  All you have to do is buy $100 of store credit or spend $100 with the new “Pay with Amazon” checkout option, and you will receive a $10 COMC gift certificate!  For every additional $100 you spend after the first $100, we will give you a $5 gift certificate.
  2. Cyber Monday Promotions – It should be easy to find $100 to spend, as Sellers are slashing prices for the final day of our Black Friday Weekend Specials with great Cyber Monday deals!
  3. New Feature Announced – You may have noticed we mentioned something we previously have not offered…Gift Certificates!  We are announcing our new gift certificate feature, which will be released early December in time for the holidays.  In the next week or so, you will be able to buy COMC gift certificates yourself.  More information to come.
  4. Extended Customer Service Hours – Cyber Monday, Customer Service hours will be 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. PST.
  5. New Pay with Amazon – We want to encourage people to use the new Pay with Amazon feature.  It is so easy!  Here are some screen shots of the checkout process below.

Find the card you want, Add to Cart…

Under Payment Options, select “Pay with Amazon”…

Enter your login info for your existing Amazon account…

Make sure you select the correct Shipping and Payment info.  Then review your order and click “Place Order.”

Then you’re done! You can even click “Continue Shopping” to take you back to COMC.com. It’s that simple!

Happy Cyber Monday!  Happy Holidays!

EXTENDING “Get Paid To Buy”; Clarification: Specials NOT on www.CheckOutMyCards.com

More good news!  Technical issues should be fixed, and we should now be running at full capacity!  In light of the technical difficulties, we are EXTENDING the “Get Paid to Buy” Special through tomorrow, Saturday, November 24th.

For this Special, we will pay you 10 cents store credit for every item you purchase & ship from COMC.com.

Weekend Specials are on www.COMC.com ONLY and NOT on Check Out My Cards.com

Please keep in mind that all Black Friday Weekend Specials only apply to www.COMC.com and do NOT apply to Check Out My Cards.com, as they were designed for the functionality of Check Out My Cards.com and do not fit with http://www.COMC.com.  Also, we are in the process of retiring Check Out My Cards.com and want to encourage you to try out http://www.COMC.com if you haven’t already!  We hope you will grow to love your experience on http://www.COMC.com as you have on Check Out My Cards.com.  We are investing a lot to give you many new reasons to love http://www.COMC.com.  If you have been confused regarding the Black Friday Weekend Specials, please contact Customer Relations: staff@comc.com, 1-800-517-3540. Here are our Extended Customer Service Hours.  We want to go the extra mile to ensure you are a happy customer.

We regret any inconvenience you’ve had purchasing today!  Not only has our system been taxed, but also the systems of a few vendors we rely on, like PayPal.

Hopefully, extending the Special will make things a bit sweeter and offering some clarification will make things more understandable.  We hope that erring on the side of getting you new features and specials as quickly as possible pays off more often than it does not.  We appreciate you working with us as we refine the experience for you.

Thank you,

The COMC Team

10 X the traffic = some site hiccups

Let’s start with the good news: we are getting TEN TIMES our normal traffic today!

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This means we have the necessary traffic to reach our goal of increasing sales by 10 times (as part of the previously announced “Perfect 10 Black Friday Special”).

As for the not so good news, as you may have noticed, there have been some site issues today.  Please know that we are working very hard to resolve them all and expect to be fully up to speed very soon!

Even so, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Relations Department if you need help with anything.  You can reach us until midnight tonight at staff@comc.com or by 1-800-517-3540. Here are our Extended Customer Service Hours. Thank you for your patience!

Check out our Black Friday Special Ads!

Hello!  Black Friday is this week, and more than 650 of our sellers have their sales live NOW! We’ve briefly touched on how our new Sale Ad feature works in previous posts, but our CEO Tim has made a video explaining how to use these ads in greater detail (along with some tips and tricks):

So far, we’ve been getting great feedback about this and our other new features.  Thanks, you guys!  Please let us know how these ads are working for you!

New Referral Program! Black Friday Specials & Canada Update

Julia & Tim w/ Warren Moon

Hello, Julia Getsch here!  You may remember me as Business Manager and Co-Founder from the early years of CheckOutMyCards.  I am happy to announce that I am back at COMC, as Director of Business Development.  I am here to drive business, launch new offerings, and free up Tim’s time to focus on feature implementation.  I look forward to seeing you in the near future at a card show or here online!  I want to announce our upcoming specials that are unprecedented and unmatched.  We are gearing up for the biggest sale of the year!

Item #10,000,000 & “Perfect 10” Black Friday Special

Today is 10 days from Black Friday, and we are quickly approaching item #10,000,000.  This calls for a “Perfect 10” Black Friday Weekend Special!  What better way than to launch a 10,000,000 Penny Giveaway as a token of our appreciation for our buyers and sellers.  It is our buyers and sellers being a “10” that makes COMC a success. This special will run Black Friday, November 23rd through Cyber Monday, November 26th.

In order to give away 10,000,000 pennies, we are giving 5,000,000 pennies ($50K) in buyer specials and 5,000,000 pennies ($50K) in seller incentives.

Black Friday Weekend – Buyer Incentives

  1. Get Paid to Buy – COMC will pay 10 cents store credit for every item purchased & shipped from COMC.com* on Black Friday only!
  2. Free Shipping – Just order 10+ items from COMC.com* and get Free Shipping, Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
  3. Huge Savings – On top of the COMC incentives, hundreds of sellers will be slashing their prices to bring you extraordinary deals!

* Note: CheckOutMyCards.com and the Advanced Reseller Mode on COMC.com will direct buyers to the specials and promotions that are only available from the default COMC.com Simplified Buying Mode.

Black Friday Weekend – Seller Incentives

  1. Restock for Free – For every item sold with a “Sale Promotion” (see below) from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, we will give you $0.25 of FREE processing!  We will send you a processing voucher that can be used on our One Month, One Week, or One Day services.
  2. New Sale Promotions – We are creating a new Classified Ad type that is called a “Sale.”  Starting Friday, we will let you create a “Black Friday Sale” for FREE.  A Sale is not just a Classified Ad; it will actually adjust your visible asking prices so that people browsing the site will see SALE stickers with your lowered prices.  Sales will be very easy to create, you just specify a base discount percentage, and then we let you customize the discount percentage for any of your items.

We want this Black Friday to be the best one yet!  Our goal is to increase sales by 10 times!  We have launched an extensive online and print ad campaign, including Beckett, Facebook, Google, Bing, and more!  We also want to empower you to help us get the word out with our new “10” Referral Program.

$0.10 -> $10.00 Referral Program

Use the new “Share” command, and we will give you $0.10 store credit for each new visitor you send our way.   If s/he creates an account, we will record you as the referrer.  Once s/he spends $100 on either purchasing items or processing items, we will give you $10.00 store credit!

Achieving a “Perfect 10”

There is a lot to strive for this Black Friday Weekend, summed up in our “Perfect 10” Special.

  • We are approaching item #10,000,000
  • We have 10 days until Black Friday
  • We want everyone to rate this Black Friday Weekend a “Perfect 10”
  • We are launching a 10 Million Penny Giveaway
  • We are giving free shipping for buying 10+ items
  • We are giving buyers 10¢ for each item purchased & shipped on Black Friday
  • We have a goal to increase sales by 10 times
  • We are giving you $0.10 for referring a new visitor
  • We are giving you $10 for referring a $100 user

Mark your calendars for this Black Friday to make history with us.

Canada Update

As we previously announced, we are opening a warehouse in Canada!  This is one of the projects I have been working on since my arrival.  We assembled a great team and found an ideal space from which to launch.  Unfortunately, there have been a few more hoops than initially anticipated in order to secure the space for November.  Due to this and our current focus on Black Friday, we won’t be opening the new Canadian warehouse until December.  Nonetheless, we are still on track to process items received for the Canadian Pilot Special by December 31st.  We received a number of submissions at the Vancouver Fanfest and the Toronto Expo.  We are still receiving submissions for the Canadian Pilot Special – postmarked by December 1st.  You can send these submissions to our temporary PO Box:

COMC
PO Box 50062
South Slope RPO
Burnaby BC V5J 5G3

Shipments must be sent only from Canada and only by Canada Post.