ComicsPRO Member Benefits from BCW

ComicsPRO is a trade association for comic book retailers. The goal of ComicsPRO is:

  • to develop better marketing and daily business practices for comic book retailers
  • to improve the condition of their industry by educating the public about comic books in general
  • to provide a voice for independent comic book retailers

Marco, the ComicsPRO Director (center), with Ken and Nancy from BCW Supplies

BCW supports the ComicsPRO organization, and its member comic shops, through several methods.

ComicsPRO retailers are pre-approved for a BCW wholesale account. All you have to do is complete a simple registration form and you can begin enjoying the benefits provided by BCW as a ComicsPRO member.

BCW offers a Comic Book Supplies Sample Kit for new ComicsPRO members, when the shop places a $200 BCW wholesale order. This sample kit includes comic bags, backing boards, boxes, and more. If your shop is a new ComicsPRO member, please contact Nancy or Ted at BCW to request this new member perk. Contact BCW

As an ongoing ComicsPRO benefit, members can save 5% off their BCW wholesale online order of $200 or more. To get this savings, members can request the coupon code after their wholesale account is established. Again, contact Nancy or Ted for details.

BCW offers Free Shipping on wholesale orders of $1,000 or more, when the order is delivered to a single commercial destination in the 48 contiguous United States. Complete details

Nancy Booksh, BCW’s Wholesale Account Manager, is available to assist ComicsPRO members with any questions related to BCW products, shipping, and the status of an order. Nancy is normally available from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday. Contact BCW

Retailers and manufacturers share ideas during the ComicsPRO “Roundtables”

BCW attends the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting and appreciates feedback from the retail members. ComicPRO members are invited to give us feedback about our current products, suggested new products, and our service.

View the ComicsPRO website to learn more about membership and other benefits.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund charity auction at the 2016 ComicsPRO Annual Meeting

Comic Supplies Sweepstakes

This sweepstakes has concluded. Congratulations to our winners, listed below.

Enter on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win the prize pack listed below.

Two identical prizes will be awarded. One winner will be chosen from the eligible Facebook entries, and one winner will be awarded from the eligible Twitter entries.

HOW TO ENTER ON FACEBOOK
To enter on Facebook, users must locate the relevant BCW Supplies Facebook post from 3/24/17, and share the post by 4/2/17.

HOW TO ENTER ON TWITTER
To enter on Twitter, users must follow BCW Supplies (@bcwsupplies), locate the relevant BCW Supplies tweet from 3/24/17, and retweet (RT) the post by 4/2/17.

PRIZE SELECTION AND AWARDING OF PRIZES
No purchase is necessary to enter. On or around 4/3/17, winners will be randomly selected.

The Facebook winner will be selected from the eligible entries. The Facebook winner will be notified by a Facebook private message and the user’s Facebook settings must allow the person to receive private messages.

Congratulations to the winner on Facebook, Anthony W.

The Twitter winner will be selected from the eligible entries. The Twitter winner will be notified by a Twitter Direct Message (DM), hence the user must follow BCW Supplies (@bcwsupplies).

Congratulations to the winner on Twitter, James S.

After the winners are messaged, they will have 72 hours to respond and claim their prize by providing their name and mailing address. BCW will pay for the shipping, provided the winner resides in the 48 contiguous United States. If a potential winner does not respond and claim their prize within 72 hours of notification, that person will be disqualified, and another potential winner will be selected, and so forth, until the prizes are awarded.

SPONSOR
This sweepstakes is sponsored by BCW Supplies, Anderson, IN, USA. Dark Horse Comics, Mike Mignola, ComicsPRO, Facebook, Twitter, and their affiliates are not responsible for the management of this sweepstakes.

What Size of Bags and Boards Do I Need to Protect my Comic Books?

While today’s comic books are normally 6 5/8″ wide by 10 3/16″ high (Current size), these dimensions were not always standardized. Throughout the history of comic books, publishers have made comics is different sizes (learn more). For the purpose of bag and board sizes, BCW has simplified the sizes into three groups, or ages.

  • Golden Age – circa 1938 to 1955
  • Regular/Silver Age – circa 1956 to 1969
  • Current/Modern Age – circa 1970 to present

To keep comic books preserved, they’re normally stored in bags with boards and you’ll want to get bags and boards sized appropriately for your collection. If you’re not sure what size of bags and boards you need, please measure your comics.

BACKING BOARDS
Modern Backing Boards
Same width as Current comics
6 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBMOD
Current Backing Boards
Slightly wider than Current comics
6 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBCUR
Regular Backing Boards
Same width as Silver comics
6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBREG
Silver Backing Boards
Slightly wider than Silver comics
7″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBSIL
Golden Age Backing Boards
Slightly wider than
Golden Age comics
7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBGOL
BAGS – Polypropylene
Modern/Current Bags
Fit with Modern or Current boards
6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-CUR
Modern/Current Bags
With Resealable Strip
Fit with Modern or Current boards
6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-CUR-R
Modern/Current Bags
For Thick Comics
Fit with Modern or Current boards
7″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-CUR-THICK
Modern/Current Bags
With Resealable Strip
For Thick Comics
Fit with Modern or Current boards
7″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-CUR-R-THICK
Regular/Silver Bags
Fit with Regular or Silver boards
7 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-SIL
Regular/Silver Bags
With Resealable Strip
Fit with Regular or Silver boards
7 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-SIL-R
Regular/Silver Bags
For Thick Comics
Fit with Regular or Silver boards
7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-SIL-THICK
Regular/Silver Bags
With Resealable Strips
For Thick Comics
Fit with Regular or Silver boards
7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-SIL-R-THICK
Golden Age Bags 7 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-GOL
Golden Age Bags
With Resealable Strip
7 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-GOL-R
Golden Age Bags
For Thick Comics
8″ x 10 1/2″ 100pk 1-GOL-THICK
Golden Age Bags
With Resealable Strips
For Thick Comics
8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-GOL-R-THICK
ARCHIVALS – Mylar Bags
2 Mil Mylar Current Bags 7″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-CUR-M2
4 Mil Mylar Current Archivals 7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 25/pk 1-CUR-M4
2 Mil Mylar Silver Archivals 7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-SIL-M2
4 Mil Mylar Silver Archivals 7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ 25/pk 1-SIL-M4
2 Mil Mylar
Golden Age Archivals
8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-GOL-M2
4 Mil Mylar
Golden Age Archivals
8 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 25/pk 1-GOL-M4
PREMADES – Boards already loaded in bags
Current Premades 6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-CUR-BAGBRD
Current Premades
With Resealable Strip
6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-CUR-R-BAGBRD
Silver Premades 7 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-SIL-BAGBRD
Silver Premades
With Resealable Strip
7 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-SIL-R-BAGBRD
Golden Age Premades 7 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-GOL-BAGBRD

Holiday Gift Ideas for Collectors

BCW offers hundreds of affordable products that collectors will appreciate as a gift. Find the hobby of your friend or family member to see a few gift ideas:

Comic Supplies Combo Pack

Gift Ideas for Comic Collectors

  1. Comic Supplies Combo Pack
  2. Comic Collector Starter Kit
  3. Printed Comic Boxes
  4. Comic Book Stor-Folio
  5. Stor-Folio with 10 Comics
  6. Comic Book Showcases
  7. More Comic Book Supplies
Trading Card Combo Pack

Trading Card Combo Pack

Gift Ideas for Sports Card Collectors

  1. Trading Cards Combo Pack
  2. Trading Card Starter Kit
  3. Card Sleeves and Toploaders
  4. Magnetic Card Holders
  5. Pages and Albums
  6. More Trading Card Supplies
BCW Card Gaming Combo Pack

BCW Card Gaming Combo Pack

Gift Ideas for Card Gamers

  1. Gaming Card Combo Pack
  2. Deck Guards
  3. Deck Lockers
  4. 12-Pocket Z-Folios
  5. 9-Pocket Z-Folio LT
  6. More Gaming Card Supplies
33 RPM Record Sleeves, Dividers, and Storage Box

Record Sleeves, Dividers, and Boxes

Gift Ideas for Record Collectors

  1. 33 RPM Record Boxes
  2. 33 RPM Record Sleeves
  3. 33 RPM Record Dividers
  4. 45 RPM Record Boxes
  5. 45 RPM Record Sleeves
  6. More Record Supplies
Coin Collector Starter Kit

Coin Collector Starter Kit

Gift Ideas for Coin and Currency Collectors

  1. Coin Collector Starter Kit
  2. More Coin Supplies
  3. Currency Supplies
Baseball Cubes

Baseball Cubes

Gift Ideas for Sports Memorabilia Collectors

  1. Baseball Display Cases
  2. Basketball Display Cases
  3. Football Display Cases
  4. Jersey Display Cases
  5. Helmet Display Cases
  6. Hockey Puck Cases
  7. Soccer Ball Display Cases
  8. Other Display Cases

Holiday Discount for Hobby Shops

Get Your Hobby Shop Ready for the Holidays with BCW Supplies!

BCW wholesale accounts receive 10% OFF all orders of $500 or more
when they order at www.bcwsupplies.com and enter promo code Holidays at checkout.*

*Promotion code is valid through Monday, October 24th, 2016 for wholesale orders at www.bcwsupplies.com. 10% savings is valid for in-stock items only (backorders will be at the regular price). Discount does not apply to shipping charges.

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Hobby shops are welcome to apply for a BCW wholesale account to get the selection, pricing, and shipping services needed for a profitable business, and then get their orders directly from BCW Supplies. Shops can apply for a wholesale account here. Shops can also contact their distributors to request BCW products (although the distributors are not obligated to honor our holiday discount). See BCW’s list of distributors.

 

Recommended Receiving Procedure for BCW Wholesale Customers

When BCW wholesale customers place a sizeable order, their products are normally shipped on a pallet by a freight company. We call this LTL (Less Than Truckload) as the freight truck likely has many pallets for various pick-ups and deliveries at any given time. BCW’s Shipping Department works hard to prepare these LTL orders to make sure they arrive to their destination safely. We also work closely with the freight companies to make sure they are handling these pallets professionally. From time-to-time, mistakes are made by the BCW staff, or our freight delivery partners. We want to correct these issues as quick as possible so your business gets the products you need, or your BCW account is credited accordingly. Assistance from our wholesale partners is essential to help us correct these issues.

When receiving freight shipments, your signature on the delivering carrier’s Bill of Lading (BOL) constitutes acceptance of the merchandise “as is”. If you do not inspect the shipment before signing, or note the BOL “Subject to count and inspection”, you may be waiving our mutual right to collect on a loss or damage claim. Remember, once you sign, the product and the responsibility are yours.

RECOMMENDED RECEIVING PROCEDURE

Inspect, examine and count your delivery as it is unloaded.

  1. Any and all shortages or damaged items must be written down on the BOL. Note the item(s) that are visibly damaged or missing on the BOL before you sign it.
  2. Open cartons if there is the slightest doubt that the merchandise could be damaged. Any damaged or missing product must be noted on the BOL at the time of delivery or your claim may be denied.
  3. Do not be intimidated by the driver. The driver cannot leave until the BOL is signed (regardless of how much of a hurry they are in, etc.). If the driver is unwilling to wait while you inspect the shipment, always sign “Subject to count and inspection.”

DAMAGED OR MISSING PRODUCT AT THE TIME OF DELIVERY

When damage to, or loss of, contents of a shipment is discovered at time of delivery you must immediately;

  1. Document the shortage and/or photograph the damage and note the shortage and/or damage on the BOL.
  2. Call your BCW representative to report the problem. Then, e-mail the photos, a copy of the signed BOL, and any other documentation to freight@bcwsupplies.com. If we prepaid the freight with the carrier, we will begin the damage claim.

CONCEALED DAMAGE OR MISSING PRODUCT AFTER DELIVERY

When damage to, or loss of, contents of a shipment is discovered that could not have been determined at time of delivery you must immediately;

  1. Document and photograph the packaging and the damage. You must keep the packaging until told by BCW or the delivering carrier to return or dispose of the item(s).
  2. Call your BCW representative to report the problem. Then, e-mail the photos, a copy of the BOL, and any other documentation to freight@bcwsupplies.com. If we prepaid the freight with the carrier, we will begin the concealed damage claim.

Remember, at this point, you’ve signed the BOL free and clear, or possibly “Subject to count and inspection.” So, the sooner you can inspect the goods and report any concealed damage or missing product, the better the chances of collecting on the claim. In accordance with National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) regulations, concealed damage claims must be reported to the carrier within five calendar days of the date of delivery.

FURTHER MEASURES THAT MAY HELP IN THE CLAIMS PROCESS

  1. Take photographs of the damaged goods while still on the carrier’s truck if obvious mis-handling is evident.
  2. Call your BCW representative immediately, preferably with the driver still present.
  3. Be sure to keep a copy of the BOL noting the damage and/or shortage with the driver’s signature.

There are many things that can happen to shipments between the time they leave our facility and arrive at your store. Therefore we are asking you to do a small, but critically important amount of work to protect us both. The BOL is our only documentation of the condition of a shipment when it arrives at your place of business. Without this proof, we cannot effectively hold carriers accountable for damaged or missing items.

2016 BCW Warehouse Sale

Save on your hobby supplies during the BCW Warehouse Sale!

Thursday, July 14, 9:00am – 4:00pm, and
Friday, July 15, 9:00am – 4:00pm

GET 10% OFF your BCW purchase when you order on www.bcwsupplies.com by Tuesday, July 12th and then follow this pick up procedure. During the checkout process, use promo code PICKUP and select “I prefer to pick up my items at BCW” in the Shipping Calculation box*. Then pick up your order at the BCW Supplies headquarters on Thursday, July 14th or Friday, July 15th between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. BCW is located at 514 E. 31st St., Anderson, Indiana (map). Please go to the front door, under the black awning.

*In order to select the “pick up” shipping option, online customers must be signed-in to their BCW account. If you’re a retail customer and do not have a BCW account yet, you can register as a new customer during the checkout process, and then select “I prefer to pick up my items at BCW.” Sale price valid for in-stock inventory only (all backorders will be at the regular published prices).

BCW Supplies, Anderson, IN

Can’t attend those days? BCW offers free shipping on retail orders of $80 or more and for wholesale orders of $1,000 or more (restrictions apply). Sorry, the 10% discount is only available on pick-up orders during our Warehouse Sale.

Printed Comic Book Boxes

Although white comic boxes are the standard for protecting and storing comic book collections, there are now several great options for colorful, printed comic book boxes. Until recently, finding a printed comic box was rare.  A Little Shop of Comics in New Jersey had the Marvel box seen below in their collection. This Marvel Comic Book Collection Box was offered by the Collectors Marketing Corp. in 1989.

Marvel Comic Book Collection Box, Collectors Marketing Group, 1989

Marvel Comic Book Collection Box, Collectors Marketing Group, 1989

BCW Supplies now prints several designs of comic book boxes. These are all based on the BCW Short Box which can hold 150-175 bagged and boarded comic books and are made from a strong cardboard with double thickness on the ends and bottom of the box. These are BCW’s printed comic boxes, as of June, 2016:

BCW is considering more designs. See all BCW printed Short Comic Boxes to find an up-to-date list.

BCW Supplies also sells printed comic boxes from Boxes in Action. BiA introduces new designs often, so please check for an up-to-date list.

See all BCW comic book boxes.

 

Four Methods for Displaying Comics on a Wall

BCW offers several options for displaying your favorite comics on the wall. Which of the four methods below is best for your needs?


BCW Comic Book Toploaders
Current Size: 1-TLCH-COMIC | Silver Size: 1-TLCH-SIL | Golden Size: 1-TLCH-GOL
BCW Toploaders are designed for storing comics on a shelf or in a box, hence they do not have a hanging mechanism. However, with some simple MacGyvering, Comic Book Toploaders make an economical method for displaying comics on the wall. The simplest method is adhering a BCW Hang Tab on the back of the toploader and hanging over a flat tack or nail. Adhesive backed flat magnets or Velcro work great in many instances. You can also look in the hardware aisle at your local home center or craft store to find hanging systems from 3M and others.

Comic-Toploaders


BCW Snap-It
1-BCW-SI-CB-BLK
The BCW Snap-It is a modular system designed to create an attractive display for your comic books.


BCW Comic Book Showcase
Current Size: 1-CBS-CUR | Silver Size: 1-CBS-SIL
The BCW Comic Book Showcase has a crystal clear cover that snaps over a black, wall mountable back.


BCW Comic Book Frame
Current Size: 1-CBF-CUR | Silver Size: 1-CBF-SIL | Golden Size: 1-CBF-GOL
The BCW Comic Book Frame is an attractive black frame with a glass front. Your comic is neatly displayed in a mat border you can easily access from the rear.