BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,
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Oh, and speaking of eBay ...

I'd not been in much action over there of late ... things ebb and flow in regards to the stuff "needed" by Daugther #1 for the collection, and I'd been seeing "a lot of nuthin'" when surfing through my Pokemon searches of late. I guess that last increase in listing fees pulled the rug out from under a lot of the small-time card dealers that I'd been getting stuff from who had previously started listings at a penny ... there are still a few, but they tend to be the high-volume guys that are on everybody's watch lists (so things seldom stay that low).

Tonight I stumbled over what ended up being a deal, or at least a "buy" that hit dead on my target "1/7th of retail" zone. I ended up winning sixteen auctions for a total of 37 cards (13 holos and 24 reverse holos), and was thrilled to find that the shipping for the whole mess was just $3.00! Frankly, the starting bids on these (especially the individual holo cards) were pretty much at my threshold, but I knew from previous experience that the seller was very fair on shipping charges, although they don't list them in their auctions (which, I suspect, scares off a lot of bidders). However, knowing that the seller doesn't soak buyers on shipping, I went ahead and bid on a lot more stuff that I probably would have othewise. And I only had to go over the minimum on one item (a block of reverse holos from the Emerald set).

There is a certain pleasant smugness waiting when one gets a card for 99¢ which is listed on various "retail" sites anywhere from $7.00 to $24.99 ... it certainly feels like one's had a "successful hunt"!


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