Active Content in Ebay Listings

Hi all.

Many apologies for 6 months without a post. That really is pretty awful.

Earlier this month I attended the Toymaster fair in Harrogate where it was good to hook up with many of our suppliers once again. We now have lots of new stock flooding in so expect a flurry of new posts on these in the near future.

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Firstly a quick mention of the current craze everyone is talking about – fidget spinners. You will probably be aware that they come in all shapes and sizes. Ours are fairly basic in design, but are heavy and very good spinners with a nice smooth action. Check them out here.

Secondly, here is a tip for other Ebay sellers out there. We signed up with Auctiva some years ago, who provided free rolling banners on our Ebay listings displaying other items in our Ebay shop. Unfortunately the html used in the past to generate these – active content- is now outdated since it is not mobile friendly. Ebay have recently announced they will disable all active content in June. Unfortunately this means nice rolling banners and the like will be replaced with a string of unattractive web code. See Ebay’s page on this.

It is quite easy to look up what the offending code is in each listing. However, if you have 200 plus listings the thought of going through all of these individually is quite daunting. I got on to Auctiva’s site where I discovered they are now rolling out Ebay compliant code, however to address the problem on existing listings (at least in the required timeframe) you would need to opt for one of their paid plans.

A little homework however soon led me to a free online tool at http://www.isdntek.com/ebaytools/ActiveContentScanner.htm, see the full instructions here. All you have to do is enter your seller name and let the bulk tool find all your listings. You can then scan them and get the tool to generate new descriptions for your items minus the offending content. Follow the instructions to download the ammended data (I also downloaded an unaltered set as well just in case) and sign up to Ebay’s file exchange programme to upload them to Ebay.

The upshot? Within a few minutes hundreds of active content free listings without either hours of frustrating html crunching or the need to pay a cent.

Here’s to 2017

2017

Sorry, there’s been no new posts for a while, but it’s been a very busy couple of months. A Chinese factory just sent me this, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Posh Paws Plush Toys at Comaco

A new line we added earlier this year was this fantastic range of branded soft toys from Posh Paws. These are all characters from popular movies in plush toy form and they come in 3 sizes. Small at around 7″, regular at 10″, or extra large at a massive 20″. We had buy new bags in specially to ship the big ones!

We have a range of fun characters from 3 film franchises so far – Star Wars, Marvel Avengers and Finding Dory. Why not start a collection? Here is small selection of what we have in stock:

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Check our full range of soft toys here.

The Big Summer Toy Sale

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Bargains galore at Comaco Toys.

Currently as I write from the north of Scotland, summer seems to have bypassed us this year and gone straight into late autumn. However, it is still the school holidays with perhaps the prospect of empty days left to fill for the younger ones in your family.

Hopefully this first proper sale since our website relaunch will help. We have literally dozens of items with significant price reduction. Click to see the full list of bargains. Handily you will the normal price crossed through with the sale price next to it. Don’t forget that we also have free standard UK shipping on all orders!

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There are items across all ranges included. We have pre school toys, Marvel super heroes, Transformers, die cast cars and trucks, loom bands, sports toys, inflatables, army soldier sets, toy guns and swords, Bing, Barbie, Doc McStuffins, Star Wars, Schleich, MegaBloks, Hello Kitty and much, much more. All the pictures you see here are products you will find in the sale – and they are just the tip of the iceberg!

So why not have a look? If you haven’t visted the site for a while you might also be surprised at some of the big brands we now have, and the wide range of quality items we offer. Enjoy!

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Toymaster Show Harrogate 2016

These are exciting times for Comaco Toys. We have more suppliers, more lines and more stock than ever before in our history. A couple of weeks saw me heading south to Harrogate for our first visit to the Toymaster show at the Majestic Hotel.

After experiencing the less subtle delights of the London Toy Fair and NEC Spring Show, it was something a relief to find that this was a slightly lower key and less formal event. This is largely due to it being a trade only fair with only fairly limited stand space for the exhibitors.

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The venue for the Toymaster show

After a long drive from the north of Scotland, I arrived early afternoon and gave myself a good hour or two to recaffeinate and aclimatise. My pre-booked appointments were all for the following day, so the afternoon was free to browse and explore.

Mutant Ninja Turtles were on display at GP Flair, as well as Shopkins – currently a big seller. Teletubbies (which I once wrote a dissertation on) were making a reappearance at a couple of stands, and Paw Patrol and Angry Birds also had a definite presence. Super Hero Girls looked the business at Mattel.

H Grossman had a range Of Ghostbusters tie ins to come out later in the year, and I had already earmarked Posh Paws Ltd with its range of movie related plush toys. A little different was Stikbot from Brainstorm: fun figures with suction arms and feet who are designed to make simple stop motion animation using a mobile phone app.

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Turtles at GP Flair

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Super Hero Girls at Mattel

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Stikbot is meant to be big. The green screen studio set is forthcoming.

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Star Wars plush toys from Posh Paws, shortly to be stocked at Comaco

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The Marvel range from Posh Paws – also in its way into stock

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A Finding Dory toy from Posh Paws; another forthcoming addition to our range.

The following morning I had a number of useful meetings with current suppliers Papo, Schleich, Peterkin, Padgett, Grossman and HTI. All had show deals on that we took full advantage of. In addition new orders were placed with Casdon -with their range of domestic role items, Posh Paws and Character Options.

Character’s new Weebles Peppa Pig range is definitely going to be of interest, but in the meantime we have already received stock of Weebledown Farm, Minecraft and Doctor Who figures. From H Grossman we have a selection of scooters and Minions/ Despicable Me related outdoor items are on their way. Whilst we were particularly excited about some of the new dinosaur figures from Schleich. Check out the Dunkleosteus below!

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Doctor Who Time Squad figures http://www.comacotoys.com/Doctor-Who/

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We got a couple of these displays from Papo. Check out the full range http://www.comacotoys.com/Papo-Dinosaurs/

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The Dunkleosteus from Schleich. Cant wait to get these in!

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Minions Tents. Due in stock shortly.

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Brookite Skybird kite from Peterkin, new in for the summer http://www.comacotoys.com/Brookite-Skybird-Kite

So a very busy and successful trip – I just hope we can find enough space in the warehouse! After all that a little garden therapy was called for, at Harlow Carr in Harrogate:

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Papo Marine Life Figures

We love stocking Papo figures. Not only is quality guaranteed but you can always count on some exciting new additions to the range each year.

We’ve made  posts before on Dinosaurs and Knights, so I thought it was high time to highlight the fabulous Marine Life range. Especially since we have recently received three brand new figures for 2016; the Sperm Whale, the Sawfish and the Narwhal. These are now added to the impressive collection of sea creatures available.

The two whales in the range come in at an impressive 30 cm in length and are heavy duty toys. However all the toys – larger or smaller – are fabulously detailed. For an idea of this click on the pictures below; my favourite is the octopus, but I am sure you will have your own! Full dimensions and pricing for each can be found on the main website links.

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Trudi Hand Puppets at Comaco Toys

This is something of a departure for us. We have never particularly gone in for plush toys before, apart from a few Ty Beanies way back. However as a former primary teacher, the use of puppets was one of my stock in trades. I always found them a great way to get younger children engaged, whatever the topic.

And so it was when of our reps offered us this range of luxury plush hand puppets we decided to take to take the plunge. The clincher was quality; they really are lovely to the touch. Also the 20 different models available offer a wealth of choice, and the potential to make up the dramatis personae of any drama you might wish to present with them.

The puppets are produced by Trudi of Italy, already a well known name in the world of plush toys. If these puppets do as well as we hope, then you might well see more of Trudi’s range stocked by Comaco in the near future!

 

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Check out the full range at http://www.comacotoys.com/Trudi-Hand-Puppets/.

Star Wars Toys at Comaco

There’s obviously no need to tell you about the huge hype which surrounded the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens in late 2015. As far I could tell 40 somethings, whose childhoods were indelibly coloured by the original three films seemed to be at least as enthusiastic as anyone from the younger generations.

Needless to say a whole slew of toys and other tie in products have been released. The more cynical amongst us might even wonder if potential merchandising sales were not a major factor behind the new films being produced at all. Having said that The Force Awakens had good reviews and certainly met with broad approval from my family (despite some rather obvious retreading of A New Hope).

Leaving aside the film review, we got some Hasbro Star Wars toys in last November, and our range has been supplemented in trickles ever since. Basically we now have 12″ figures, 12″ figure and vehicle sets, 3.75″ figures and light sabres. Judging by sales, Kylo Ren seems to be the character everyone wants – small Kylo Ren figures and Kylo Ren light sabres all sold out within days of getting them in.

12″ Figures and vehicle sets:

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3.75″ Figures:

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3-75″ General Hux Figure

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3-75″ Guavian Explorer Figure

Electronic Light Sabres:

We also have the Luke Skywalker Electronic Light Sabre and Obi-Wan Kenobi Electronic Light Sabre.

May the force be with you!

Peppa Pig Construction Sets

Since Peppa and her family first appeared in cartoon form over decade ago she has gone from strength to strength. Some brand new Peppa Pig Toys just in at Comaco are these great Lego style construction block sets from Big.

We currently have 3 to choose from, but there are more available in the range. The mega size big box sets are the Peppa Pig Hospital Set

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…and the Peppa Pig Fun Park:

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Both these these sets contain over 100 pieces and include 4 Peppa character figures. The boxes are a whopping 58 x 47 x 12 cm.

If you fancy something a little smaller then there is the Peppa Pig Train Stop Set:

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This one is a more modest 15 pieces and includes a Peppa Pig figure. The box size is 18 x 12 x 9 cm approx.

Have fun!

Thomas The Tank Engine Toys

Hi all

We have just received a selection of Thomas the Tank Engine Toys we would like to share with you.

Thomas first appeared in print 70 years ago and the popularity of this little engine and his friends seems to show no sign of waning. Many parents who are now buying the toys and books for their own children will have strong memory’s of Ringo Starr’s distinctive narration in the original TV series.

We have three train sets available. The Fisher-Price Flip and Switch Thomas/ Percy cunningly transforms from one engine to the other – two toys in one!

Meanwhile, also from Fisher-Price we have Thomas’ Double Delivery. Two in one is the theme again, but this time this train set has two different destinations and two areas for cargo play. Children can help Thomas on his journey and raise and lower the crossing gate as they send him on his journey.

Finally there is a 50 piece Mega Bloks construction set: Thomas and Friends Sodor Wash Down. This time Percy is the hero and washing the engine is the name of the game. This smart play set comes in its own tough zip up carry case. Whoo Whoo!