Zap-Kapow Comic Book Collection Management and Price Guide
Zap-Kapow Comic Book Collection Management and Price Guide
Zap-Kapow Comic Book Collection Management and Price Guide
Zap-Kapow Comic Book Collection Management and Price Guide
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hat is the difference between the new Zap-Kapow Comics and the older iOS app?

The short answer is the new Zap-Kapow Comics has more features and works for more people.


Zap-Kapow Comics new browser-based app means no matter the device you switch to, or the device you're on, you can login to your account (another feature missing in the iOS app), access your full comic book collection, and see changing values for them with our price guide. You can download and print out a list of your collection, see stat widgets showing you your most valuable single issue, most issues in a single title, percentage of your collection by publisher, etc., and more.


You can also now perform mass additions of full comic book runs to your Collection without adding them one at a time, and view the most recent price updates and changes by issue.


We have a TON of additional features — including a Live Price Guide — coming in the very near future. The new Zap-Kapow Comics finally puts us in a position to better control the implementation and release of these features than the App Store would allow. We've wanted it, you've wanted it, and now we have it!


If there are any future features you would like to see in Zap-Kapow Comics, please let us know!



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oes the iOS app work with the browser-based app and vice versa?

No. There was never a good way for us to identify your activity in the app via an account system or anything in the iOS version of Zap-Kapow. This meant changing to a new iPhone or using two devices didn't bring over your price guide purchases or Favorite Lists across with them.


The data (prices, issues, titles, etc.) will remain the same across both the iOS app and the new Zap-Kapow Comics browser app, only the features and your account are different.


Eventually, the iOS app will be retired in favor of the new browser-based version of Zap-Kapow you are on now. We recommend you use this version for purchasing price guide updates and creating favorites lists exclusively.


If you purchased the iOS version of Zap-Kapow BEFORE July 1, 2016 don’t worry, we have you covered. You can migrate your account over to the new Zap-Kapow Comics Bronze Age Plan for free. Instructions are at https://comics.zapkapowcomics.com


If you purchased the iOS version of Zap-Kapow AFTER July 1, 2016 please contact us at info@zapkapowcomics.com and we'll help you get your account transfered.



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see some negative reviews on the Apple App Store. Are the problems factual? Why don't you respond to these reviews?

In all honesty, most of the negative reviews you will find on the App Store are either due to user error or written with malicious intent. This is not to say that there are no legitimate negative reviews, but they are indeed quite rare if you ignore the noise. We do take every single review, legitimate or otherwise, very seriously and do our best to resolve real questions and problems. Before you leave a review on the App Store, please contact us and give us a chance to address your concern.


Why do we not respond to these reviews via the App Store? Apple does not have a mechanism or allow developers to respond to reviews, whether positive or negative.


So if you're one of the thousands of people enjoying Zap-Kapow for iOS already, PLEASE take a moment to let the world know on the App Store! We thank you and your country thanks you.

“ One of the key characteristics of the comic book medium is that it is not brought to life by just one voice. ”
Jim Lee
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just spend weeks loading my whole collection into the Favorites on the iOS app and now they're gone! What's the deal?

Easily the number one question we get. The long and short of it is that the Favorites feature was never meant to hold entire collections on the iOS app. Anything over 400-500 issues will cause your app to timeout when it's communicating back to our old server, thus not loading them and giving the appearance that they're "gone". We've made some changes with Version 2.0 that will allow for offline browsing (storing the fave issues locally on your device), but it's still not the intention of this feature on iOS to catalogue entire collections.


The Favorites are meant to be used for the cream of the crop issues in your your collection (or ones that you wish you had!). Kind of like sticking a dog-ear on an old paper price guide's pages to mark a frequently referenced spot. Dog-earring every page would be pointless.


However, because of our users desire to utilize Zap-Kapow in a more robust way, we rebuilt Zap-Kapow Comics from scratch into a full-blown desktop version you can sign-up for here. This version can manage entire collections and more!



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here do Zap-Kapow's prices come from?

Zap-Kapow averages several sales areas for comic books, including online auction sites, comic shop retailers and other industry resources. If you are a retailer who would like to be included in Zap-Kapow price surveys, drop us a note at info@zapkapowcomics.com.



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hat currency are Zap-Kapow's prices listed in?

Prices in Zap-Kapow are listed in U.S. dollars.



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ow often is the price guide updated?

Zap-Kapow is refreshed with the latest comic book title and price guide information on a monthly basis. Updates to Zap-Kapow are 99-cents and are accessible from within the app op on your My Comics page if you've moved over to the new browser-based version. Please note that your initial purchase of Zap-Kapow, either version, comes with the very latest edition of our price guide and data. From that point on you can update it as often as you like, but whenever you do you'll be getting everything updated to that point. So if you were to purchase Zap-Kapow in August and then update your price guide in December, you would be getting all the prices and updates made to our database between August and December for the same price (99-cents). How often you update is completely up to you!



Additionally, we offer a Silver Age and Golden Age plan on the new browser-based version that includes lifetime updates for no additional charge.



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hat is the difference between Near Mint and Good?

Mint, Fine, Good, Poor, etc. are terms used to describe the condition of a comic book, which in turn affects its value. Think of Near Mint as an "A", Very Fine as a "B", Fine as a "C", and Good as a 'D'. Learn more about these comic book grading terms and others here.



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o you have CGC prices?

Good question. We hope to bring specific CGC (Comics Guaranty Company) graded comic book prices to Zap-Kapow Comics in the future.



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ou're missing some stuff ...

We know, we know ... It takes a village as they say, and we could always use some new citizens. If you see something that you believe is in error or that needs added to Zap-Kapow's comic book data, please let us know at info@zapkapowcomics.com or better yet, hit the action icon in the upper-right of the issue detail and click the "Report Issue Error" button from within the app itself, or under the Full Price Guide box on the browser-based version ... This method passes us important info that helps us troubleshoot what you're seeing (or not seeing). And thanks ahead of time!



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ow do I submit a cover scan or pricing info?

Drop us a line at info@zapkapowcomics.com. If you are a retailer who would like to be included in Zap-Kapow price surveys, drop us a note at info@zapkapowcomics.com.



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ow do Zap-Kapow price guide updates work?

Your initial purchase of the Zap-Kapow app comes with the very latest edition of our price guide and data. From that point on you can update it as often as you like, but whenever you do you'll be getting everything updated to that point. So if you were to purchase Zap-Kapow in August and then update your price guide in December, you would be getting all the prices and updates made to our database between August and December for the same one-time price (99-cents). How often you update is completely up to you! Anytime you chose to update, you'll get the very latest for 99-cents Much, much cheaper than most printed price guides.



You can read more about price guide updates for the browser-based version of Zap-Kapow Comics at https://comics.zapkapowcomics.com/about-price-guide-updates.



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hy don't your prices match other price guides?

Better question (from our point of view) would be how come their prices don't match ours! Actually, since prices on comic books vary from region to region they'll never be identical across multiple sources. Another factor in varying prices can be the time it takes for them to be gathered and then sent to a printer for printing in a magazine or book format. Zap-Kapow updates its prices all constantly, and then releases those to the masses on a monthly basis (with several updates happening and showing up throughout each today). Ultimately, your comics are worth whatever someone is willing to pay you for them though, Zap-Kapow is meant to merely be a guide to what a comic book may have sold for recently, and to get a conversation started on a potential purchase or sale.