What are History Points?
Displaying historical sales data is one of the coolest features we have added in a long time. We recognize that this data is very valuable, but rather than just selling the data, we have decided to come up with some more creative ways for people to earn access to this data. This is where History Points come in.
How to Get Points
There are three ways to acquire History Points. One History Point is added to your account for every $1 in Store Credit you add to your account. Or you may purchase History Points directly, 100 are available for $10 here. History Points can also be earned at no cost by completing COMC Challenges.
COMC challenges award 10 History Points for every 100 Challenge Points.
How to Use History Points
One History Point is used each time you click on an asking price to view the historical sales data. Once you use a History Point, it is good for all conditions of that product for the next 24 hours.
Historical Sales Data
COMC is an active marketplace in which items are frequently bought and sold without necessarily getting shipped. Because of this, we have decided not to make any historical sales data available while an item is still in our possession. We may reference how many times transactions occurred on the site, but we won't release any information about the sale price until an item has shipped.
Once an item has shipped, we calculate the total price paid by the buyer. For example, if a buyer buys an item for $1 and then pays $4.99 for shipping, that would be a total purchase price of $5.99. If another buyer buys 100 items for $1 each and pays $4.99 for shipping, that would average out to a total of $1.04 per item. This is a more accurate representation of what people are actually willing to pay for an item. Since we are continuing to find innovative ways to reduce the cost of shipping (e.g. in-store and at-show pick-up programs), we will continue to get the estimated price that a seller collects closer to the amount that the average buyer is willing to pay.
Example of History Points Data
Item data without using History Points:
Item data with using History Points: