Extending its reach to the world’s largest seller of trading cards, COMC has partnered with eBay.
The company has announced the BETA test of a platform that will allow sellers to cross-list their inventory on eBay beginning immediately. COMC has offered the same option through a deal with Amazon since 2011 and is currently the top seller of single cards in the Amazon marketplace. Not everyone has opted into the deal, however, because there’s an automatic 20% discount applied to any cards sold through Amazon. For now, that same fee will apply to eBay. However, the added exposure and opportunity to sell more cards could be very enticing to those who have room to accept lower prices for their items.
COMC sellers who already have the Amazon listing option turned on will automatically see their items offered on eBay as well. Those who don’t can opt in to both with no per-item listing fees.
COMC says it will be monitoring sales on eBay as it finalizes a new commission structure that includes a Final Value Fee “to better support high end cards.” They’re promising to reduce and perhaps eliminate the 20% Cash Out fee sellers must pay if they don’t choose to use proceeds from their sales to buy more cards on COMC or exchange for a gift certificate from Blowout Cards. Those details will be announced when the testing period nears its end.
COMC says it will eventually offer Best Offer support, auctions on eBay and customizable listings.
“We anticipate those of you who list on eBay will see a significant increase in your sales volume,” the company wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “When you expose your inventory to eBay, your cards will be seen by a whole new group of buyers who have not yet learned about the tremendous benefits of shopping on our site, like the ability to buy over time and combine purchases into a single shipment. Not only will we provide eBay buyers with our industry-leading customer service, we’ll also include marketing material in their shipments to educate them about COMC.”
If sellers opt into the eBay/Amazon program, their cards will be listed on COMC’s selling page, which currently has nearly 10,000 cards listed for sale. In the coming weeks, that number will increase as COMC And eBay process the new listings and more sellers likely opt in.