Over the past few years, more and more publishers have begun selling directly to retailers, allowing retailers to access the publishers’ inventory, instead of relying on incomplete stock at secondary wholesale sellers. But this creates a problem for retailers, who must open an account with a new supplier for every publisher, often for just a handful of products. Now there’s a solution to that problem: on ICv2 Direct, retailers can buy from many publishers with a single account on an easy-to-use platform. 

Here are some frequently asked questions about ICv2 Direct:

What is ICv2 Direct?
ICv2 Direct is a platform where retailers can buy directly from publishers.  When you place an order on ICv2 Direct, it’s shipped directly from the publisher to your store.

How long has the company been in business?
ICv2 Direct is a new service of ICv2, which has been publishing news, sales reports, and opinion for retailers in the hobby games and comics, graphic novels, and manga businesses since 2001.

Why should I become an ICv2 Direct customer?
Rather than ordering from many individual companies, with all the paperwork and hassles that entails, you can order from multiple suppliers through the ICV2 Direct platform, saving time and money.  You get the benefits of dealing with publishers directly without the hassle.

Are there any requirements to be an ICv2 Direct customer?
In order to be an ICv2 Direct customer, purchasers must meet the following conditions:

  • Be a business operating a brick-and-mortar store in the United States.
  • Demonstrate retailer status by providing the store address and a resale certificate for the store at that address.
  • Be over 18 years of age.

How do I get access to the ICv2 Direct wholesale store?
If you meet the requirements above, send the following information to ICv2-Direct@ICv2.com:

  • Store name
  • Business name, if different
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Person authorized to transact with ICv2 Direct
  • Resale Certificate

You’ll hear back from us within one business day.

What are the wholesale prices? 
Products on ICv2 Direct have two prices displayed: the suggested retail price appears with a line through it, followed by your wholesale price.

What are the shipping costs and delivery time frames?
Each publisher determines their own shipping ranges and prices. If you order from multiple publishers via ICv2 Direct, the shipping and handling charges will be based on each publisher's specific ranges and prices for the products in your cart. Publishers specify their shipping and handling ranges and pricing in the Policy section of their Profile page.

Do you offer international shipping?
We’re sorry, but we are serving the United States only at this time.  We hope to roll out service to other countries at a future date.

How can I contact your customer support?
We offer both email and phone customer support.

How do I get more information on ICv2 Direct?
Subscribe to the ICv2 Direct Retailer Newsletter below.

Note: this is a digest version of our FAQs for retailers.  Full FAQs require access to the ICv2 Direct store, click here.