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Saturday, March 10, 2007

There's more than one way to dupe a rube...

First, there's this Ebay auction, courtesy of the folks who run the most widely circulated comic book price guide:


Then there's this Ebay auction from some very clear-thinking folks at the Astro Books comic shop in Montreal, Canada:


Which would you rather buy?


I'm uncomfortable with WIZARD directly influencing their own price guide... what do you think? Free market? Buyer beware?

(Additional note: I have been -uh- disenchanted with WIZARD MAGAZINE as a price guide ever since some years ago I saw them list a comic over its cover price that had been delayed and had not yet come out!)


UPDATE: Second link is now dead... it was a link to an Ebay auction where the seller listed a CAPTAIN AMERICA for $3.99 (cover price) and had a long statement saying you should not have to pay more than cover price for a copy.

SECOND UPDATE! Second linky is fixed!

7 Comments:

At 3/10/2007 8:47 AM, Blogger phatmogera said...

Great Post!! You speak the truth! Not if it was a one-of-a-kind chromium cover paw-etched by monkeys wearing monacles, I'd still just want the regular edition. But that's just me.

 
At 3/10/2007 3:42 PM, Blogger shadow said...

There is no post on the "clear thinking folks" auction, it was removed.what did it say? The first post is the "regular edition just CGC graded(which I hate except for Golden and silver age books)and quintupled in price. What person would pay that much money for that item when you could get 10 copies of the first(Marvel) appearance of Cap in Captain America 100(NM condition) plus have a couple hundred to spare!

 
At 3/10/2007 3:49 PM, Blogger shadow said...

footnote- Wizard's prices for the most part are a sham and mockery, unfortunately it's difficult to find another way to price newer comics (GUIDE being the key word), otherwise comics like "THE WALKING DEAD #1" according to Overstreet would be cover or 5 dollars which is also a bit silly.

 
At 3/10/2007 5:06 PM, Blogger Craig(Box13) said...

Wizard is a great magazine.........................................to read on the crapper. I get it but not for the price guide.

That's my 2 cents.

Craig box13

 
At 3/10/2007 7:13 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Sorry about the second link. It was either yanked or pulled... it was for a copy of CAP #25 that had it at $3.99 and had a long statement about the fact that you can get this book for cover price and you shouldn't pay an inflated price for a copy.

 
At 3/11/2007 2:53 AM, Blogger shadow said...

why would anyone pay more than cover price for a book in its week of publication, especially when there are over 200,000 first printings the VAST majority of which are in mint condition, bagged and boarded? It's a damn shame that this is how the market is but unfortunately its nothing new, we are lucky here that our local LCS stores such as Comix Connection care about the customers enough not to rip them off and jacking up the price on a book that just came out...kudos to you BILL and NED... it shows that you are truly in this for more than just financial gain( which is nice too, gotta make a living) but for the love of the genre....thank you, that is why I support your store and will continue to, regardless of the fact that I work at a friendly"competitor". Since day one you guys have gone the extra mile to make the customer feel valued.

 
At 3/11/2007 12:37 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

shadow - Yeesh, dude, you're making me blush...

Thanks for the kind words and support!

Our philosophy is: Why rip you off today? You won't come back tomorrow!

And as far as speculators: We would rather sell one copy each to twenty people than sell twenty copies to one person.

Hey, all of you go vote in the poll in the next post! I'm curious to see how my new toy works...

 

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