COMC @ The Upper Deck 2019 Certified Diamond Dealer Conference

Hello, COMC Nation!

The first destination in our itinerary for 2019 will be Los Angeles, California for the Upper Deck 2019 Certified Diamond Dealer Conference at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. If you own a hobby shop and are an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer then be sure to join us January 8th-10th for what is sure to be another great Conference hosted by Upper Deck!

COMC will be in attendance with our own booth set up for the duration of the conference. We will be available to meet with hobby shop owners to discuss how COMC can help their shops become more successful. We’ll also be available to help shop owners set up and manage their accounts, offer demonstrations of our service, and answer any and all questions they may have about our service.

If you will be in attendance at the event and would like to drop off consignment submissions, we will be accepting submissions at our booth throughout the conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

COMC Bulk Price Editor Tutorial

Last month, we released an updated version of the much requested COMC Bulk Price Editor for our sellers to utilize. Please refer to our original blog post for download link and instructions. Please note that the Bulk Price Editor will only work on Windows Operating Systems.

This tutorial is intended to walk you through the experience of using the Editor for the first time. In this tutorial, we will show you a basic overview of how you can reprice a large segment of your items using this tool.

When you run the Bulk Price Editor, you will be prompted with the following Microsoft Access Security Notice:

Do not worry, this is to be expected! Simply press the Open button to launch the Bulk Price Editor. Once you do so, you will reach the Introduction page of the program. This page outlines all of the steps necessary to utilize the Bulk Price Editor. The <back> and <next> buttons found in the lower right portion of the red menu will be used to guide you through the six steps found on the left.

Click <Next> to continue to the Sign in page from the introductory screen. This will take you to the Sign in page:

Enter your COMC Username and Password on this page, and click the Sign In button to get started. Once you have done so, you will be prompted to download all of your account’s inventory into the Bulk Price Editor as seen below:

On average, this process takes about 10 seconds per 10,000 items in your account, but could take longer depending upon your internet connection speed among other factors. Once your inventory has been downloaded into the Bulk Price Editor, the spreadsheet below the menu will be populated with items from your account.

( Please note that although it is recommended that you download an updated version of your inventory every time that you launch the Bulk Price Editor, if you have not made any changes to your inventory since the last time you used the tool, you can use the data previously downloaded in an earlier session.)

Once you have downloaded your inventory into the Bulk Price Editor, you are now able to search your inventory in order to filter which items you would like to edit in bulk. The options for searching are as follows:

Storage Fee Status: Subject to Fee or Exempt from Fee
Currently For Sale: For Sale or Not For Sale
From Batch: Choose items a specific consignment batch number
Acquired less than ____ months ago
Acquired more than ___ months ago
Acquired Between Date Range
Suggested Retail Price Range
Asking Price Range

Additionally, on the right of these options is the ‘Modified Recently’ box with three radio button options. Items that have not been modified over the last 90 days are free to update using the Bulk Price Editor. Items that have been modified in the past 90 Days can also be modified, and those modifications are currently free as of this tutorial being posted. Please note that there may be a charge to edit items that have been recently modified in the future. 

Using these filters, you should be able to carve down your inventory to the exact parameters, of the items that you want to reprice. For this walk through, we’ve chosen all of the items within our account with an asking price of $0.01 to $1.00. This has reduced our matching items from the 9,414 total items in our account down to 3,193 items.

Clicking the <next> button on the right side of this screen will then take you to the Apply Price Changes page seen below. This page will give you several options to choose how you would like to reprice your items in bulk.

There are four bulk operations that you are able to customize to your liking. You can choose from the following options:

Percent Off Current Asking Price – This will reduce all specified items by a percentage that you determine. If you have an item with a current asking price of $10, and use this option to lower your prices by 20%, your new asking price will be $8.

Percent Off Suggested Retail Price – This will reduce all specified items by a percentage off SRP that you determine. If you have an item with an SRP of $25.00, and use this option to lower your prices by 50% off SRP, your new asking price on that item will be $12.50.

New Fixed Price: This will set a fixed price for all specified items. If you’ve filtered your inventory to 250 items, all items will receive the same fixed price using this option.

Clear New Price: This option will clear all of the asking prices for the specified items found on this page and reset your changes. Use this option if you are unsatisfied with the prices in the spreadsheet below once you have already used one of the other three update new prices buttons.

In the box to the right of these options, you will find price rounding options to make your listings more visually appealing to buyers. Additionally, you will find options to drop full dollar prices by $0.05, set a minimum item price, and a maximum percentage off as well. Choose your price rounding options, determine which of four bulk pricing operations you want to use, entered your percentage off or fixed price, and press the update new prices button that is next to the bulk operation that you’ve chosen.

For our walk through, we’ve chosen to to reprice all of our items to 20% off of our current asking price, with prices rounded to the nearest $0.05 , and a minimum asking price of $0.05 as well. Depending on the quantity of items that you are editing, the Bulk Price Editor will need a little time to prepare these price changes. Once this operation is complete, press the <next> button to preview your changes, as your specified changes have not yet been populated to COMC.

Hit ‘OK’ on the prompt letting you know that changes have been made in the spreadsheet below. The spreadsheet will now contain a preview of all of the pending changes that you have specified on the previous apply price changes page.

IMPORTANT: Please review these prices to make sure that the perimeters that you’ve specified are your desired changes, as COMC is not responsible for erroneous changes to your asking prices made by the Bulk Price Editor.

Once you’ve reviewed your pending changes, hit the <next> button to move forward to the submit price changes screen.

If you are satisfied with your changes, hit the ‘Submit Pending Price Changes’ button the began updating your specified prices in bulk. Please wait for this operation to finish before exiting the tool. Hitting cancel before the operation is finished will result in some of your items prices being changed, but not all of them.

Once all of your changes have been implemented, you will see this prompt. At this point, you can return to the download inventory step if you wish to continue making more pricing changes to your inventory.

We hope that this walk through helps you with a better understanding of what is possible using the Bulk Price Editor. This is a very powerful tool, and not all of the advanced options, such as setting multiple search perimeters for defining your inventory, have been covered in this walk through. We recommend that you spend some time experimenting with the tool to get accustom to all that is possible. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comment section belong and we’ll be happy to answer them!

Commission Structure Changes – Cashing Out, Blowout Gift Card Rates, & Legacy Store Credit Update

Hello COMC Nation!

We hope that you had a fantastic Holiday Bonus Sale! Now that 2019 is here we want to tell you about some changes that have gone into effect today on COMC. Some of these changes were already covered in our previous announcement regarding changes coming in 2019.

Cashing Out COMC Credit for Paypal/Check:

Our 20% Cash-Out Fee has been replaced with a 10% Cash-Out Fee and a 5% Transaction Fee. The specific details of this change can be found in-depth in our earlier blog post.

Cashing Out COMC Credit for Blowout Cards Gift Cards:

Our rates for redeeming COMC Store Credit for a Blowout Cards Gift Cards have changed as well. Out with the old, and in with the new:

Legacy COMC Credit Explained

To qualify for cash outs under our new commission structure, COMC credit must either be earned after January 1st, 2019. Store credit earned prior to this date is considered Legacy COMC Credit. While this credit will spend the exact same as new COMC credit earned in 2019 and beyond, the key difference between Legacy COMC Credit and new COMC Credit earned after January 1st is that it Legacy COMC Credit cannot be cashed out until it has been converted to new COMC Credit via the Request Refund page.

When Legacy COMC Credit is converted to New COMC Credit, a 5% conversion fee is assessed, and the credit is now eligible to be cashed out under the new commission structure. Alternatively, if you have Legacy COMC Credit in your account, you can simply choose to wait until January 1st, 2020 when the concept of Legacy COMC Credit is retired, and any existing Legacy COMC Credit still in your account will be automatically converted to new credit without the 5% conversion fee.

Legacy COMC Credit only needs to be converted to New COMC Credit if you wish to cash out. Otherwise, it spends exactly the same as credit earned after January 1st on COMC. When you use COMC Credit to consign items, make offers, buy items, request a shipment, or pay for any other COMC services, we will use up your Legacy COMC Credit first. When you Cash-Out COMC Credit, we will use the new COMC Credit first.  We will always use the credit that is most advantageous for you.

Regardless of how you use your Legacy Store Credit, you will ultimately be better off than before with our previous 20% cash-out fee. If you wish to maximize your cash out earnings, the best option would be to wait until January 1st, 2020, when all COMC credit, regardless of when it was earned, is eligible for the new commission structure. Waiting until this date to cash out Legacy COMC Credit will allow you to circumvent the 5% conversion fee, putting that savings directly into your pocket.

If you still have questions, our Customer Service Team is here to help! Simply send an email to staff@comc.com and our team will get back with you shortly. Happy New Year and here’s looking forward to a great year of collecting!

Sale Promotions and Port Sale Update

We hope that your Holiday Bonus Sale is off to a good start! As we talked about last month in our major announcement, we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you more in detail about the changes coming to Sale Promotions and Port Sales starting on January 1st, 2019.

Sale Promotions

On December 31st, we’ll be retiring the current Sale Promotions structure of $3 per day with a 3% transaction fee based on the sale price of an item at the time of sale.

On January 1st, COMC Sellers will be able to set up their sales under our new Sale Promotions structure, which has a $1 per 10,000 items insertion fee and a Promotional Transaction Fee of 1% of your original Asking Price, assessed at the time of sale. You can run a Sale Promotion for 1-11 days and pay only one insertion fee.

When you set up your sale, you can choose not only your Base Sale Discount (not editable once the sale is live), but also set custom percentage off rules for individual items in your inventory as well.

Sale Promotions are a great way to have your item stand out from others on the COMC Marketplace. Items on sale are seen by prospective buyers in green text with a sales tag icon. In addition, your sale is featured on the On Sale page and on the main COMC homepage.

Port Sales

Starting on January 1st, we’ll be reducing the cost of Port Sales from $10 to $5 per week, or until the port is sold. Port sales are a great way to sell a lot of inventory at once to one potential buyer.

Thank you for your consideration, and as always, if you have any questions, our Customer Service Team is here to help! Simply send an email to staff@comc.com and our team will get back with you shortly! Happy New Year!

COMC Bulk Price Editor Available for Download

The much requested COMC Bulk Price Editor is now available for our sellers to utilize! You can download it from here:

https://www.comc.com/BulkPriceEditor/BulkPriceEditor.accde

You will need Microsoft Access 2010 or later to run it. If you don’t have Microsoft Access, you can get the free Microsoft Office 365 Access Runtime. You must use the 32-bit version.

You will see a message like this the first time you open the Bulk Price Editor.

Click open on this prompt.

After opening it, there will be a new shortcut on your desktop.

We will have a full walkthrough and tutorial for using the Bulk Price Editor published to the COMC Blog later this week.

In the meantime, if you follow the prompts, or have used it in the past, you are free to began using it to reprice your inventory. Enjoy.

The COMC Holiday Bonus Sale is Coming! (Dec 25th-31st)

Browse On-Sale Cards Now!

‘Yule’ love this! The COMC Holiday Bonus Sale is coming! We know that the Holiday season is the busiest time of the year, but we want you to join us from December 25th through 31st as we end 2018 in spectacular style! Millions of items from all of your favorite teams, players and sets will be marked down throughout our week-long sale. Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to the cards that you’ve wanted all year long!

It wouldn’t be a bonus sale without a bonus, now would it? ‘Tis the season for giving, so we’re giving you a 5% bonus on Store Credit purchases December 25-31! Simply deposit at least $100 of Store Credit throughout the duration of the Holiday Bonus Sale to qualify!

Purchase $100 in Store Credit – Receive $105 in your account!
Purchase $250 in
Store Credit – Receive $262.50 in your account!
Purchase $1000 in
Store Credit – Receive $1050 in your account!

COMC Members who make qualifying Store Credit purchases at any point throughout the sale will receive this bonus. Credit purchased must be spent on COMC.com. Bonus credit will be removed from accounts if you request a refund on any Store Credit purchased during the promotion.

With the giving spirit still in mind, we’re giving our sellers the opportunity to run a Sales Promotion throughout the Holiday Bonus Sale by waiving our usual $3/day promotion set-up fee. To get started, simply head on over to the Promotions Page and set up your Sales Promotion now! We want you to end 2018 with a bang, so be sure to offer buyers the best prices they’ve seen all year, so that they can enter 2019 with new additions to their collection!

One of the biggest advantages of shopping with COMC Credit using your COMC account is that you can INSTANTLY purchase items when you find them and ship everything all together at any time in the future! When you buy items with COMC Credit using your COMC account, they stay safe and secure in our warehouses until you’re ready to request shipment of them. You can buy items throughout the Holiday Bonus Sale and request a shipment for your items next week, next year (so, next week…), or even in 2020 and beyond! You pay shipping just once, regardless of how many items you buy.

Maybe you found an amazing deal on an item throughout the Holiday Bonus Sale, but you had a change of heart or don’t collect that particular player. Why not flip it for profit!? With a COMC account, you can purchase an item on sale and instantly give it a new asking price. When that item sells you receive COMC credit, without ever taking possession of the card! It’s that easy!

If you’re not already a COMC member, register your free account today! In addition to up to 15% off on ALL orders, COMC members also have exclusive access to additional shipping options, services, and features! All of this and more, but only if you have a COMC account!

Happy Holidays! Reduced Customer Service on December 25th and January 1st

Happy Holidays COMC Nation!

He’s making a list
He’s shaking off the catcher twice
Gonna strike you out with a curve ball that’s really pretty nice!

As 2018 comes to a close, all of us here at COMC just want to take a moment to wish you, your loved ones, and collectors all around the world a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!

In observance of the Holiday Season, we will have limited customer service support. On December 25th and January 1st, phone support will not be available, but our Customer Service Team will still be available via email. If you have any questions or need assistance, simply send an email to staff@comc.com and one of our friendly customer service agents will be glad to help!

We are very excited for all the new changes that we have planned in 2019. We fully intend to continue to serve all of your collecting needs like no one else can.