February 1, 2018 § 1 Comment
So here is the deal: I leave passive aggressive positive feedback all the time to show sellers that their slights don’t go unnoticed. Recently I won 7 auctions from the same seller. Some auctions had 3 cards, some had 1 card. I knew ahead of time that I was going to win multiple auctions so I messaged him asking his combined shipping price. He said 50 cents per auction after the initial $3. So for 12 cards I was charged $7 shipping. Shipping at most would have been $4. I didn’t message the guy, but I left said passive aggressive feedback on 3 or 4 of the 7 auctions calling him out for the shipping prices. He messaged me after it.
His parting shot was this:
“lol good talk over a 20 dollar deal… remember next time u sell shipping fees went up. next time don’t bid on something that u already know the price of. That would make everything easier for everybody including u as seller and a buyer… have a good night and enjoy your cards!!”
As much as I wanted to respond and call him out for handling this $20 situation like this, and then suddenly saying it wasn’t worth it because of the price, I just didn’t care. I was passive aggressive because I didn’t want to message him in the first place.
So do you have a take on this situation? We all know that sellers who charge an arm and a leg for shipping like this are bad for the hobby, but how about how this situation was handled? Is passive aggressive positive feedback alright to do or should I have messaged the guy in the first place? Was he wrong for how he handled it? Do I need to be put in my place? Do you leave passive aggressive positive feedback?
October 12, 2017 § 1 Comment
I didn’t want to do another hot pack review. Ebay suggested it to me and I put in a low bid. Next thing I know, I got it. Altogether I spend four bucks and change with shipping. Worth the flyer, I suppose.
An autograph that isn’t even worth the pack. Some things are better left a mystery; like this pack.
October 6, 2017 § Leave a comment
I had Ebay credit burning a hole in my pocket and it caused me to make an irrational decision on Ebay. Nevermind, let’s say I did it for the sake of the site. I can say that I bought it to test blasters on Ebay from a seller who isn’t a reputable dealer.
Truthfully between wanting a box with this great NFL rookie class, the look of Absolute base cards, wanting the Blitz pack code, and the price falling into my lap, I took the chance. I paid about $12 with free shipping.
Let’s get this out of the way, blasters of Absolute have been less than stellar. It feels like they took a set for hit chasers and made it one for set chasers. If I would have realized this, I would’ve collected Absolute instead of Contenders; especially because Absolute base cards are beautiful this year. I don’t care if McCaffrey busts, I will be stocking up on his rookies, and every Panthers rookie, because the cards are beautiful. I don’t know how you feel but when I see my favorite teams colors, I get a little excitement in my heart – Panthers, Dodgers, and the occasional Grizzly do it for me; I have opened enough basketball so I should know that feeling. I have seen people buy multiple blasters and go hitless. At $12 it was worth the price of one of blaster boxes from 10 years ago when they had blasters at this price point.
Unfortunately the free shipping cost me. The seller showed little packaging care and sent it just covered with brown paper. That Blitz code was nothing special either. I thought that I would have to pull a card inserted in packs but the code was written on every pack – my heart wants to share the code but my head says not to do that to Panini.
One pack was extremely damaged. Unfortunately it also included a rookie parallel in the top 15. Here is what I don’t get though. How can one pack be damaged and not the others? I wonder if it was via pack searching on the seller’s part. The bottom corner is dinged severely and there is fraying in an L shape in that whole said bad corner.
These are beautiful inserts though:
I will be more than happy to share the name of the seller via messaging. I left him positive feedback with a scathing comment on the packaging. Hey I got what I paid for and he didn’t offer to refund even a little bit of money. I made the mistake so you don’t have too. Don’t buy blasters on eBay unless it is with a reputable dealer, not an average Joe.
August 7, 2017 § Leave a comment
After the amount of chatter my last post about eBay hot packs got, I figured that I would try it again.
I bought the last Prestige 13-14 hot pack on eBay for $14. It was one of those where I asked myself if I would regret passing up on it, because there was a 0.0001% chance that it contained an autograph of value that I needed.
As I said, I have bought hot packs in the past and never had any luck – until my last post. I was open to spending the $14 because even if I failed, it would show you readers, how most hot packs are.
This would’ve been a bust when this came out. At $14, this is a major bust. An undrafted player who played 2 career games in the NBA- side tangent, this goes to show you how bad the rookie class was with the fact that he was one of the 40 rookie autos in this set. Having bought hot packs, I can tell you honestly that this is what you should expect. Probably something a little better but this is right in line with the hot packs.
August 1, 2017 § Leave a comment
Last week I reviewed hot packs from Ebay, this week I will take a stab at hobby packs. Will lightning strike twice? I could have bought anything but I chose what I know, mainly out of desperation to pull hits I need from it. This was a $7 exercise for 3 packs.
One thick pack but this product is heavy on spacers. You could I think hits in this product are one in 6, but it could be lower as some boxes in a case have 5 hits as opposed to the usual 4. Truthfully, I wasn’t about to pay for 6 packs knowing that they would probably be searched through.
As expected, I got junk. My best chance at a pull was a Giannis rookie or a case hit insert anyway. Overall, I suggest no one buys hobby packs online. I would go as far as to say not to buy Father’s Day/National type packs as well. If you want a hobby pack and can’t find a place, go to PackRip.com or buy a Loot Locker.
July 27, 2017 § 6 Comments
Recently I saw a question on Twitter asking if anyone got anything good out of Ebay hot packs. I have been avoiding hot packs for a while because I bought some about five to ten years ago and never pulled anything good. I feel that I did buy them for the right reasons though. I remember that I was curious about a set and with blaster boxes having no guarantees, I would rather take a flier on a hot pack, as opposed to a few retail packs for the same price.
I have nothing against the packs themselves, I just question the sellers. How did the sellers know there is a hit in there? How do they know what type when very few boxes list the specific types of hits you get. Were they the vilified pack searchers that we hate at retail stores? Were they resealed junk hits?
I felt like taking the dive for two reasons:
1. I felt that this would make for a great post.
2. I basically own every hit for sale for my Prestige collection. I figure the few that I am missing, that should be affordable, are in packs somewhere. So kind of out of desperation.
Obviously I bought a Prestige pack. After I won that I got a Donruss Racing pack for six bucks from the same seller. As a SoCal vegetarian who is a member of the LGBT+ family, Nascar and me kind of go like oil and water but I do own a few Nascar cards. Whenever I find a cool looking Nascar card in the cheap boxes, I grab it. They have some awesome event used material, that offers unique material – it feels wrong saying event used, but I don’t think they are called games. These two packs cost me around $15 when all was said and done. So basically $7 a pack. If they are unsearched, you really can’t go wrong at that price.
Bobby Allison autograph. I have no idea who he is but this card is selling for $10 right now on Ebay. So if it does sell for that much, when accounting for fees, I can make my money back.
I feel that I did amazing with this pack. A four colored patch numbered to twenty-five. I have the non-Prime version of this card. Funny story about this card, I went through a lot to get the one I had before. You cannot find this card listed on Ebay or COMC. It is just one of those that you think would be a dime a dozen but I had to buy Panini Points then get the card through that program to finish off my True Colors set. So not the hit that I was looking for but if I put it on Ebay, I will be the only one selling it so I will have some leverage. I will keep it for my personal collection though because it is a great card. It wasn’t the Isiah Thomas (Pistons) Bonus Shots jersey, Peja Bonus Shots autograph, Michael Finley Bonus Shots autograph, or Kobe Bonus Shots autograph that I need but hey, I did great.
Maybe I got lucky but I feel that I did great. A Prime patch out of a hot pack, I feel that I am the one that got away with murder when I probably did a little better than break even. Still this was a fun little exercise. I probably won’t buy many more hot packs but I have a little faith now.
July 8, 2017 § Leave a comment
This post has been triggered by my tantrum Twitter last night which led to some great conversations with the community. Recently I have buying up Panini Points in hopes of being prepared should Panini add a card that I need for my Prestige collection in its rewards catalog. I have bought 3 or 4 of them and paid for shipping for all but one that came in a plain white envelope. Now for the record, if I pay anything under $2, I have no problem getting my card in a PWE as long as it is toploaded. Recently one of those cards came in a PWE without a toploader for a card where shipping was $2.89. This leads me to two questions: the neverending PWE debate and should redemptions:
I have been burned so many times by people who charge me for shipping and ship in a PWE that I have included a message in the top of my Ebay profile:
“AngryCardCollector.com I don t run a card shop. Anything I sell is to get money so I can buy more cards. If I buy a card from you where you charge me more than $2 in shipping and don t ship in a bubble mailer, I will ask for a refund on shipping.”
http://www.ebay.com/usr/pandanwh. I am actually going to change it soon because this week I realized that I could say it clearer grammatically. I just haven’t changed it because I don’t want the seller that I am dealing with to call me out on it. I am also going to include that I will leave negative feedback if not refunded because that has been my modus-operandi: whenever I get a PWE and confirm that I was charged over $2 shipping I ask for a refund and leave negative feedback if the seller gets angry at me or refuses to do it. I know more than anyone that being a seller is hard enough but I do live by a few rules and this PWE issue is one of them. I also always ask for $2 back so the seller so can at least keep his stamp money; although in my mind a seller who sends a card in a PWE deserves to lose all of it.
For those that don’t know: shipping in a bubble mailer under five ounces within the US is $2.67. Now I have no problem if I am charged anything under $4 to account for the cost of a bubble mailer. Also while Ebay gives a discount on shipping, they negate that by taking a higher percentage of a seller’s shipping cost; probably because too many people get greedy and try to make money off shipping.
Before moving on to the redemption question, I am going to bring up a tangent. I will leave the seller that I am currently having an issue with negative feedback unless he refunds me in the time frame that I gave him for one very reason: he says that I didn’t ask nicely so he is refusing. So I must ask what is a nice way to say: “Hey, I don’t like that you screwed me on shipping. Refund me before midnight on this day or I will negative feedback.” Obviously I say it a tad nicer but you get the gist of it. As far as I am concerned, you can write this out in the nicest way possible, if that is even a scenario, and the seller will still call you out because he sees right through it. So as far as I am concerned saying that you won’t refund anyone for that reason, regardless of the issue, is a way of showing that you are the dick and not the person who you are accusing. Although, for the record: I do not deny being a dick in some of my messages with sellers. In a few cases, it takes the seller two messages to respond, so I am forced to get harsh.
Now moving on to redemptions. As far as I am concerned, any card being shipped in a PWE deserves a PWE; there are no exceptions. This included redemptions. Also redemptions deserve their own bubble mailer if you charge over $2 shipping. This is actually a perk for me as I reuse bubble mailers because I unfortunately live in a world where $2 matters to me – call me cheap but I am not denying that and that is the reality of someone living on a tight budget.
Panini points are a joke. I am not denying that, even though I have picked up cards that are valuable to me via the program. The points are at the bottom of the redemption ladder. Now just because points are the cheapest of the redemptions, doesn’t mean that they deserve any less than other redemptions. Taking away the Trout’s of the world, let’s use another example: take a redemption for a player like Justin Bohr, David West, or any late round NFL draft prospect. Their cards have always come to me in a bubble mailer. I would love to hear if they haven’t for you.
I have been collecting hardcore since 2003, and have bought several redemption cards. When shipped to me, they have always come in a bubble mailer when I paid for one. Truthfully I have never thought about redemptions deserving less when shipped. As far as I am concerned they are no different to me than base cards or inserts that are worthy of being sold individually. Some people have taken me to task for demanding my points be at least toploaded. Here is my rationale for this: while I throw the card away after I use the code, what if I was going to flip it? I would want it in the best condition possible. Card condition reflects on me regardless if it is a base or Ted Williams autograph.
I would love to hear people’s opinions on this. Also feel free to call me out if you think that I am wrong on any of this. My mind wants to be changed because I know that will make me easier to deal with when this inevitably happens again. This is a never ending debate in the card community so don’t be afraid to share. I also re-Tweet thoughtful responses on Twitter to this.