Buying Cards on the Cheap

Recently I sort of stumbled upon a new way to buy cards cheaply on eBay. How cheap? For less than the price of a postage stamp in most cases and I didn’t  even have to leave the house!

If you’re in a similar situation (my closest card shop is about an hour away), you’ve probably explored new ways to purchase cards in a cost-effective manor. In my explorations, I began purchasing cards of Bryce Harper for my personal collection for $.99 with free shipping using the Buy It Now option. Then one day I thought I’d take a shot at some auctions that a seller had started at a penny but these also had the perk of free shipping. So, I bid $1 thinking that in a worst-case scenario I wouldn’t be paying anymore than normal but there would a chance of me saving a few cents if I won the card  for less than my $1 bid. 

As luck would have it, I won one of the auctions for less than $1. I don’t remember the exact price but this buying method struck a nerve. 

For whatever reason I stopped using this method for a little while. However, I’ve recently started using this again and I’ve expanded my searches to include other players I collect such as Frank Thomas, Brooks Robinson, and Manny Machado. 

It’s working, too! I’ve been able to get a few steals and I’m loving it!

Here are some of my recent purchases:

Bryce Harper: 35 cents

Manny Machado: 38 cents

Brooks Robinson: 17 cents

Frank Thomas: 30 cents

I was able to get all four of these cards delivered to my house for $1.20! That’s a bargain for any card collector with the way the card shops have dried up. 

Give this method a whirl. I’m sure you’ll get a few bargains here and there. 

Apparently, this @eBay user has cable, not DirecTv

I don’t understand why people have issues just fixing mistakes they make.

One day in the mail, I received a “postage due” not from USPS for a package shipped to me.  Not only is it annoying because, well, I’d ALREADY PAID POSTAGE, but also, I had to wait an additional five days to receive my item.  I have a job and a life.  It’s not always an easy thing to just “head over” to the post office.  I had paid $3 shipping, which is completely fair.  When I received the bubble mailer, it had 98 cents postage on it.  I don’t know how any seller can think this is a legitimate amount of postage on a bubble mailer.

Again, I was in the middle of a busy couple of weeks.  So about a week later, I messaged seller “slapshot58,” simply asking for a refund for the money that I had to pay the post office to pick my item up.  All I asked was that amount, which I felt was completely fair.  I didn’t ask for anything else, regardless of the time and inconvenience this caused.

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I felt that my message was polite and to the point.  To be honest, I thought I’d get something to the effect of, “my apologies, I have refunded the amount.” I thought wrong.  This was the reply:

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Well, the reason is because you didn’t pay enough. Regardless, I politely replied with the message and two pics below.  I sent the pics so that the seller knew that I was being legit.

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After waiting more than two days, I still hadn’t received any form of response from the seller, so I followed up.

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At least I received a reply this time.  However, the seller still seems to think that I work for the postal service.

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I’m getting pretty annoyed at this point, but I’ve decided that I will be civil through all of this.

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I received no reply or refund and it had been four days at this point.  I’d never been through anything like this before, so I filed a claim.  Perhaps I did it incorrectly, but again, I’d never dealt with such a ridiculous situation before.  So, I filed as not received but put into the text of the claim that all I was looking for was the refund for the shipping.

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It didn’t take long for the seller to respond through the claim with these three messages:

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In addition, I received these this message, but not through the claim.

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Can anyone tell me how I’ve been a hassle?  I’ve simply asked for something that should legitimately be refunded.  I’ve been polite (at least in my opinion) the entire time.  When I read this (the next day) I had no sympathy whatsoever, hence my reply:

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At that point, I went to bed for the night and saw this message the next day:

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So, I withdrew the claim so that he could get access to his account, refund my money and we could move on.  More than two days later, still nothing (shocker), so I messaged again:

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Finally, after more than a week, I received a resolution and one more classy message:

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Well, it was the end of the communication, no doubt.  Am I in the wrong here?  I’d love to hear your opinion.

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