Friday, August 4, 2017
Being a cheapskate has its drawbacks
I buy my Topps NOW cards from various sellers on eBay when they come out.
I know that most of us have found it’s a little easier to stomach $5-$6 for a single card versus $9.99. The sellers order the cards in bulk at discount, and offer them at cheaper rates back to the buyer. They also receive reward points, so it’s worth it for both of us. I get the cards for cheaper, they make a small profit plus accumulate points from Topps.
However, being a cheapskate can have its drawbacks.
For starters, if you bought one of the HR Derby participant cards (above) from Topps and that player won, you got a bonus card depicting the winning feat (below).
I bought the Aaron Judge participant card from an eBay seller. And guess what? No bonus card.
Truth be told, I knew going in that this would be the case. However, I still played dumb and reached out to the seller, saying that when the card arrived, I was surprised (I wasn’t) to see that the Judge bonus card wasn’t included.
I was thinking he might feel guilty and say, “Yep, you caught me. I’ll send you one.” He actually responded, “I didn’t see and don’t know of any eBay seller listings that included the bonus card.”
I responded and said it he was unfairly profiting off of me, and to an extent, he is. With the buyers dictating how many cards he orders from Topps, for each card he sells he replaces it with an equally valuable card that he can also sell. So if he ordered 40 Judge cards, he got a stack of 40 additional cards that he was free to sell individually. I honestly didn’t expect to get it and was hoping to be surprised with a good deed. Anyhow, I then used some macho words and told him I didn’t think he was an honest seller, and I wouldn’t be buying from him again. He didn’t respond, and I’m sure he’ll very much miss my $5.25 every few weeks. Sucker.
Here are a few more cards I bought from him that were shipped with the Judge.
One last thing. He tapes his toploaders, so clearly he’s an uninformed weenie.