***Post updated based on feedback.***
Hello COMC Nation,
Today we are launching the changes we announced back in October regarding how we will handle and manage Beckett Book Values with the launch of COMC.com. As we’ve grown as a company, our partnership with Beckett has had to change. With this change, we’ve been able to provide features like our Grading through COMC service. Unfortunately, as we’ve grown and our inventory has gotten larger, our inventory has become too large to give away the Beckett Book Value data as we had in the past. As it’s Beckett’s business to supply pricing data, we can’t simply give away a third of their data for free. Yet it is important to us to find a solution that works for all parties. We hope you understand, and we are working hard to innovate and continue to make COMC a great place to buy, sell, and flip. While this may be a difficult change, we won’t stay here as a company, and there will be some positives. We will continue to listen to you and come up with creative ways of helping you enjoy the hobby. This step can perhaps move us away from book prices determining asking prices and truly let the market decide.
Starting today, users will be able to purchase and utilize their Beckett Subscriptions directly through COMC.
Now when you look at cards on the site, you should see this:
The Subscribe link now displays next to Beckett BV. When selected, it leads you to a page to purchase a Beckett subscription through COMC:
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On this screen, you will have the option to purchase the level of service that best meets your needs as a buyer or seller. If you only need to know the value of a single card, player, or sport, you’re covered. If you like to shop for all kinds of cards, you’ll want to consider a Total Access subscription, which grants you full access to the millions of items listed in Beckett’s Online Price Guide. All subscriptions purchased on COMC will also be accessible on Beckett.com.
Existing OPG Subscription
What if you already have a Beckett OPG subscription? As you can see in the photo above, you can link your current subscription to your COMC account to view the book values for all the COMC listings to which you’re currently subscribed to. After clicking the link, a popup will display requesting you to log in to your current Beckett account. Once successful, your accounts will be linked and any subscriptions purchased on either site will be reflected in both your Beckett and COMC accounts.
Physical Beckett Guide
There’s another option if you’re “old-school” and still want to have that physical copy of the Beckett Guide. If you choose the “Dynamic Duo” option, you’ll have access to the OPG as well as receive your physical copy in the mail. So, you’ll have your Beckett access however you need.
Finally, to all our consignors don’t worry. You still have the ability to see Beckett book values for items you submitted to COMC as it’s built into the cost of our processing services.
While this is a big change, we have something else waiting in the on-deck circle that we’re just about ready to announce, which we hope will be a game-changer. Tim is busy working on it right now. Stay tuned for details, and in the meantime, feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below and stay in touch by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.