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Collector stanley_1883 private msg quote post Address this user
I’m sure we’ve all seen some head scratchers for sale. What I mean is a book that is just ridiculously overpriced. There’s a comic shop here in the greater Seattle area, (I’m not going to advertise for them) when I went there, saw some nice books. Key issues even, slabbed, but the price is just ridiculous. I believe it was a Fantastic Four 45, the grade was around 3 or 4, somewhere in that range, and this ass clown had a price tag nearing 1500. It took every ounce to restrain myself and I exited without saying a word.

I’d like to go in with one of my graded books, ask him if he’s buying and see what he offers. Just to gauge his…idiocy.

Long story short, would you ever just call out and LCS owner for books that are astronomically overpriced?
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being an ass and being a clown are two very different things. WMorse private msg quote post Address this user
Why bring clowns into this?
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Collector stanley_1883 private msg quote post Address this user
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Why bring clowns into this?


Because they’re giving real clowns a bad rep.
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Collector Element_Lad private msg quote post Address this user
Seen this with vendors at cons too. Seriously overpriced. I know they need to recoup but seriously?

I would walk away (which is what I do and wish them luck selling it).

This one store in my area (not going to give them free advertising) has had the same issue graded and slabbed of a Plastic Man signed (but modern) for $2500 for years. Always there. It is like a monument, touchstone or place marker. Never moves. And it gets bathed in light so I am sure it's cover is fading. Never a decrease in price or open for negotiation. Not my business but isn't the nature of a business to move inventory?
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Collector PhilCoulson private msg quote post Address this user
I went to a con this summer and was really disappointed when looking for slabs. I had the priceguide on my phone and all the vendors were listing comics about 50% higher than current pricing. Literally couldn't find a single good deal and nearly nothing at market price.
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Collector drmccoy74 private msg quote post Address this user
They can do whatever they want I guess. Buy 2 tables at a convention and set up thier museum of wall books. They probably don't care if they sell a book and may not even want to. They may go through the trouble just for fun and conversation
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TL;DR Davethebrave private msg quote post Address this user
It’s usually unproductive to call someone out on mispricing their wares. But calling them out is (to me) different than attempting reasonable negotiation, even if you are implicitly calling their ask BS.
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Collector SixgunSamurai private msg quote post Address this user
What would I do? Nothing. It’s not like they’re committing a great injustice by overpricing and not selling a book.
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I'll probably wake up constipated. Pre_Coder private msg quote post Address this user
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They can do whatever they want I guess. Buy 2 tables at a convention and set up thier museum of wall books. They probably don't care if they sell a book and may not even want to. They may go through the trouble just for fun and conversation

Whether the books sell or not, they want to show everyone who has the biggest d*ck.
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TL;DR Davethebrave private msg quote post Address this user
My guess for conventions is many price to grab the person who feels obligated to spend $. Like the tourist who needs to buy the overpriced merchandise near the Eiffel Tower. Just takes a few to make it worthwhile.

Then they unload their stuff nearer FMV in their usual channels.
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Collector stanley_1883 private msg quote post Address this user
I would counter that having books that are priced way way to high dissuades some people. Apparently I’m one of them.
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The apple sauce and pudding were the best part... Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
What difference does it really make to you? Maybe the books are sentimental and he doesn't want to part with it. Obviously he is doing something right if he is still in business.
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TL;DR Davethebrave private msg quote post Address this user
I agree. If you don’t intend to buy, say nothing.

If a book interests you, offer FMV or something you feel reasonable. If they then escalate/feign offense, you can call out their BS. If they politely decline, maybe they are worth dealing with again in the future.
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It was a one trick pony show but always hilarious. GAC private msg quote post Address this user
Asking prices are just that....asking. If I was genuinely interested in buying the book I'd ask if he's open to offers. If so, I'd make a reasonable offer as it relates to FMV (not the asking price). If he declines but not offended then I'd continue the discussion as to why I offered what I did and hopefully enter into further negotiations. If he gets offended, I'd apologize and it ends there. If I have no intention of buying the book I wouldn't care at all what he prices his books at.
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Collector drmccoy74 private msg quote post Address this user
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They can do whatever they want I guess. Buy 2 tables at a convention and set up thier museum of wall books. They probably don't care if they sell a book and may not even want to. They may go through the trouble just for fun and conversation

Whether the books sell or not, they want to show everyone who has the biggest d*ck.
I think it's more along the lines of there older gentlemen and have some good raw books in ex or better and had them for years and years and know that if they sell they wont be able to afford as nice of a copy in today's market if they wanted to own one again
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Collector stanley_1883 private msg quote post Address this user
All valid points. Just irks me sometimes, that’s all.
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being an ass and being a clown are two very different things. WMorse private msg quote post Address this user
All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.
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It was a one trick pony show but always hilarious. GAC private msg quote post Address this user
I've walked into Home Depot and found prices higher than I'd like so I'm off to check Lowes and Rona...and vice versa. Bottomline is anyone can price their wares at whatever they want and we as buyers have the right to buy...not buy...or sometimes negotiate.
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Feel free to use my post as a checklist. multi007 private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by stanley_1883
I’m sure we’ve all seen some head scratchers for sale. What I mean is a book that is just ridiculously overpriced. There’s a comic shop here in the greater Seattle area, (I’m not going to advertise for them) when I went there, saw some nice books. Key issues even, slabbed, but the price is just ridiculous. I believe it was a Fantastic Four 45, the grade was around 3 or 4, somewhere in that range, and this ass clown had a price tag nearing 1500. It took every ounce to restrain myself and I exited without saying a word.

I’d like to go in with one of my graded books, ask him if he’s buying and see what he offers. Just to gauge his…idiocy.

Long story short, would you ever just call out and LCS owner for books that are astronomically overpriced?


Nope. His business, he choice of pricing. Take it or leave it.
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It was a one trick pony show but always hilarious. GAC private msg quote post Address this user
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All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


The difference between an ass and a clown is usually demeanor
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being an ass and being a clown are two very different things. WMorse private msg quote post Address this user
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All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


The difference between an ass and a clown usually is demeanor


Can we get @DrWatson to weigh in on this?
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Collector Ginosdad private msg quote post Address this user
We also have no idea what it cost him. Maybe it cost him more than market price also and he is just trying to get some of his cash back. Regardless, his book, his price.
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It was a one trick pony show but always hilarious. GAC private msg quote post Address this user
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All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


The difference between an ass and a clown usually is demeanor


Can we get @DrWatson to weigh in on this?


Are you paging @DrWatson?
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being an ass and being a clown are two very different things. WMorse private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by GAC
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Originally Posted by WMorse
All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


The difference between an ass and a clown usually is demeanor


Can we get @DrWatson to weigh in on this?


Are you paging @DrWatson?


Will he show?
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It was a one trick pony show but always hilarious. GAC private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by WMorse
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Originally Posted by GAC
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All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


The difference between an ass and a clown usually is demeanor


Can we get @DrWatson to weigh in on this?


Are you paging @DrWatson?


Will he show?


If he's doing his rounds this evening, he'll show.
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Not trying to be an ass since February 12, 2020. HulkSmash private msg quote post Address this user
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What difference does it really make to you? Maybe the books are sentimental and he doesn't want to part with it. Obviously he is doing something right if he is still in business.
this sounds like the LCS I was going to before he closed his doors (not for poor business practice, but for moving on to different things). This guy was super cool, down to earth, and would actually cut a deal if it were worthwhile for the both of us. He did have some outrageously overpriced collectibles spanning decades. I have almost burst into laughter hearing the absolute sarcastic exchanges between him and someone trying to “haggle” with him. He knew what he had, what’s it’s worth, how much he paid, and the price was the price (unless you’re cool and shoot the breeze with while unloading your pockets; he throw something in for you).

There were a few times I could not make out the price tag. One was a RAW ratio variant. I thought it read $25.00, hey could I look at that?, he gets it off the wall, I inspect the book and notice the tag actually reads $250.00!, I very carefully handed it back to him, said thank you for letting me see it and moved on.
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It was a one trick pony show but always hilarious. GAC private msg quote post Address this user
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All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


But here is where the two meet.


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being an ass and being a clown are two very different things. WMorse private msg quote post Address this user
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All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


But here is where the two meet.




They seem lost and in need of guidance.
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TL;DR Davethebrave private msg quote post Address this user
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All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


The difference between an ass and a clown usually is demeanor


Can we get @DrWatson to weigh in on this?


Because we already have the clown’s perspective?
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being an ass and being a clown are two very different things. WMorse private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by WMorse
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Originally Posted by GAC
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Originally Posted by WMorse
All I have to say is being an ass and being a clown are two very different things.


The difference between an ass and a clown usually is demeanor


Can we get @DrWatson to weigh in on this?


Because we already have the clown’s perspective?



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