Monday, February 22, 2010

Peer Pressure

But mom..... all the other kids are doing it... a lot of bloggers have been using Check out my cards as an online alternative for buying their cards. They're more expensive than the other options, but for some reason, the kids dig it. So far be it for me to resist... let's re-affirm our individuality by doing what everyone else does. It's like being a teenager again.

But I can't just go to the site and buy cards. No. That would be too easy. And I don't do things the easy way. So let's make it an experiment. Yeah. Buying cards in the name of research. Maybe I could get a grant or something.

The experiment. Spend no more than $20, including shipping, on COMC and Sportlots. And no buying a $20 autograph... they have to be cards off of my wantlists, or vintage cards for my impending TTM auto attempts.

First up, the $20 COMOC bounty. or booty. No. Let's go with bounty.

Some '75's...
but not regular old '75's...
they're all OPC baby!!!
If you like the '75's....
you should realy check out the 1975 Topps blog
no OPC goodness there though...
for that, you'll need to go here....
a Brave, of course. Gotta have at least one...
hell, even a Met.
I can't forget about my '71 OPC set... I already had Billy, but this one is an upgrade.
and one of the worst announcers of all time. No, not Joe Morgan....
and if you hadn't seen a '71 OPC back...

Next up, some hockey inserts. High book value here folks. Start yelling mojo.
the best player in the game....

and the goat of a nation...
more Alex
and three cards from the All World subset. only 7 more to go to yummy completion....
Book value $8!
Ilya has a book value of $10!

Danny has a book value of $10!!!
and the funny thing is, I forgot to scan a '74 Bob Lilly and a '75 Blaine Nye. Funny because the Lilly card is what prompted me to buy in the first place.
So that's it. 18 cards for $19.40.
$7.50 of which was shipping. Highway robbery. And another odd thing about COMC. They have this thing where you can make an offer on a card, instead of paying full price. Well I made an offer on all 18 cards from 8 different sellers. They were all accepted. This isn't a feature. It's a scam. The cards are all priced higher than what the seller is willing to take, and then when an offer is made, it is actually what the seller wanted in the first place.
If you buy a card off of COMC without using this "feature" you're badly overpaying.
This site seems to be a place for people who still buy Becketts hang out, desperately trying to hang on to their perceived book value, all the while cursing ebay for not paying attention to book value.
It has it's place in the community. No one forces anyone to use it. Buyer beware and all that. Like anywhere else, some cards are cheaper than everywhere else. Just be warned that as a whole, they are a lot more expensive than other sites.
I would like to know from someone who sells on that site to let me know what the fees are per card... if anyone does that, shoot me an email...
coming up next, the $20 sportlot portion.

3 comments:

dogfacedgremlin said...

Don't be so hard on Marty. He just had an off day.

Nice pick ups though. I still have yet to pull the trigger on COMCs. I add stuff to my cart but never finish. Same with Sportlots for that matter. Maybe it's psychological?

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

I prefer COMC for buying many single common cards to use for autographs. It works for me to pay .15 a card and then .15 shipping as opposed to having to pay $1 for the card with free shipping on eBay.

Offy said...

The shipping fees on COMC can add up fairly quickly, but unless you happened to luck out and found all of those cards from the same seller, one who combines shipping, you're going to pay a heck of lot more in shipping fees when buying those cards on eBay. The COMC fee is for both shipping and processing since the card has to be pulled from their warehouse and packaged up for shipping. I don't mind paying for the job that they do with their shipments.

Sportlots can result in cheaper shipping costs, but that site doesn't have the quality control that COMC does. On COMC, you get to see a scan of the exact card that you are going to receive. I've ordered plenty of cards on Sportlots that make their way to me with soft corners or in a condition that I would rather not have in my collection for a modern card even at .18¢ a pop. You never know how cards are going to be shipped on a Sportlots order and half of the time it's not in a way that's acceptable by my personal standards. COMC packages their cards well and you know they are going to arrive in good condition.

I won't even get started on the user interfaces on each site because there's no comparison. I plow through Sportlots to complete sets because it's the best means to do so, but it's always such a chore.

The fees to sell on COMC aren't bad at all especially if you don't have to have your cards on the site immediately. When you are picking up cards with funds from other cards you've sold, COMC is great because you aren't losing a huge chunk of it to fees like on eBay.