Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:07:43 PM
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They do offer a yearly service ($24.95 a year) but the only thing that gives you beyond the apps is the ability to log in and edit your database from any computer using a web site based interface.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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I've been using CLZ for over a year and a half along with CCL and about the ONLY reason I renewed my subscription here last month was because of the stores. CLZ's business is catalog software and they are not only for comics. If they had a similar store setup they would blow CCL out of the water. Their mobile app is FAR superior to the joke that CCL has and, unlike CCL, they actually update their software on a regular basis. It was a pain to re-enter my collection for a THIRD time (first with ComicbookDB, then CCL) but it was worth it. When my CCL subscription ends again next year, I am going to have to seriously consider if I want to endure yet another year of empty promises and absentee owners. I can still use the stores, but it will just be less convenient without being able to update my catalog.
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Location: Hendersonville, TN
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The discussion of what CCL does versus what other companies software products is one that has been discussed before. This is nothing new to us. We are happy to go over a few differences between CCL and others again:
Before you ever even register with ComicCollectorLive.com you can use the website FREE. You can browse the library, see the latest releases, read reviews, and review CCL sales history for just about every comic book ever printed. You can also browse our action figures, Statues and busts, and much more. All that and you haven't even logged in yet. And we don’t ask for a dime. No other collection system has that.
Once you create a free account, you can now create a wish list and purchase from millions of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive.com. Again, without spending any money, you can shop and create a wish list, visit with other collectors on the forums, write reviews, and much more.
CCL allows you to organize your collection with the purchase of our software, but it also gives you integration with our online store and database, as well as the wish list. Most other companies only offer cataloging, so… If you use the other guys for cataloging, and then purchase a comic book from a CCL store, you have to manually enter your purchases into the other collection software after buying from CCL. If you catalog and buy comics from CCL, you only need one click to add the item/s automatically to your CCL collection. Also, ComicCollectorLive.com software tends to handle variant covers better than the competitors, but that can be a matter of opinion.
ComicCollectorLive.com is a project that was born out of our love for this industry, and the people who head up that project are huge fans. Steve Boyd (TheValiantOne) who heads up this project has had a life time of collecting. He is on the Board of Directors for our local Literacy council and has used his knowledge of comics to help build awareness for young readers in our community. He has organized many local events such as Super Hero Day and school festivals to promote reading by giving away young reader comics, and making parents and kids aware of the industry. ComicCollectorLive.com has been on the cover of our local paper several times, and on the local news. Over the years we have managed the CCL Marathon Toy Drive which has allowed the CCL community to donate over $5000 worth of toys and much needed items for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Anyway, Comic Collector Live is a staunch supporter of this great hobby, and we would never want to demean another entity that is also a proponent of this industry. We would never bash on other companies that are contributing to the comic industry. In short, we’re all in this together.
Bottom line is there are some companies that do some things better than us and some things that we do better. We strive to bring a cohesiveness to everything comics, and to maybe bring excitement and fun to collecting. Basically, CCL offers the whole package while most other software's only offer a cataloging system. And we think that’s pretty cool.