MadGenius

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  1. MadGenius

    Alternatives to DCBS?

    Ridiculous on the part of DCBS. I will inform them that they have officially lost my business as a result of this "capital investment."
  2. MadGenius

    Alternatives to DCBS?

    So I asked DCBS to stop putting rubber bands around the comics in my order. This was their response: "We recently made a very large capital investment in a machine that places a bag around the bundles and shrinks them to a nice snug fit. This has been something we have been planning to add to speed up the process of hand taping each bundle into a magazine bag, which is the most cost prohibitive part of order processing. We did several trials with all types of product with the machine, to determine the best way to run product through and get the cleanest result. For bag and board customers we found the best way to run bundles through the machine would be to use the rubber bands to hold the flaps of the bags in the correct direction and then a board underneath for better protection. For non bag and board customers we use a board on the top and bottom of the bundle and then the rubber band length wise so that spines are not affected. Because the machine has a conveyor that the bundles are set on, and they move down to the bag maker, there is a bit of movement, so we decided to use a thin rubber band to hold them in place. This allows the bundle to stay stationary and keeps it in the nice, neat, little bundles that you would have received in your last shipment. " In other words: too bad, so sad we're still going to use rubber bands. I've already decided to jump over to Midtown. Now I just have to pray that the rubber bands don't strangle by last two DCBS shipments.
  3. MadGenius

    Avoid AtomicAvenue like the plague

    There are a handful of sellers that I trust on there, but the majority do overgrade books IMO. And the site has always offered inflated shipping costs relative to what actual costs should be.
  4. MadGenius

    2018 SET EXPANSIONS (ADDITIONS TO EXISTING SETS)

    Hi Mollie, Can you please expand the Runaways (Complete) set with the following books from Volume 5 of the series?: Runaways #1 (11/17) Runaways #1 Alphona Variant Cover A (11/17) Runaways #1 Alphona Variant Cover B (11/17) Runaways #1 Lim Variant Cover (11/17) Runaways #1 Stan Lee Box Edition (11/17) Runaways #1 Variant Edition (11/17) Runaways #1 Wada Variant Cover (11/17) Runaways #1 Young Variant Cover (11/17) Runaways #2 (12/17) Runaways #2 Variant Edition (12/17) Runaways #3 (1/18) Runaways #3 Variant Edition (1/18) Runaways #4 (2/18) Runaways #5 (3/18) Runaways #6 (4/18) Runaways #6 Variant Edition (4/18) Thanks!
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    2018 NEW SETS TO BE BUILT (COMPETITIVE)

    Hi Mollie, Can you please create a set for Runaways Volume 5 (2017)?: Runaways #1 (11/17) Runaways #1 Alphona Variant Cover A (11/17) Runaways #1 Alphona Variant Cover B (11/17) Runaways #1 Lim Variant Cover (11/17) Runaways #1 Stan Lee Box Edition (11/17) Runaways #1 Variant Edition (11/17) Runaways #1 Wada Variant Cover (11/17) Runaways #1 Young Variant Cover (11/17) Runaways #2 (12/17) Runaways #2 Variant Edition (12/17) Runaways #3 (1/18) Runaways #3 Variant Edition (1/18) Runaways #4 (2/18) Runaways #5 (3/18) Runaways #6 (4/18) Runaways #6 Variant Edition (4/18) Thanks!
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    2018 SET EXPANSIONS (ADDITIONS TO EXISTING SETS)

    Hi Mollie, Can you please add the following books to both the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Complete) and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2 sets? Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #20 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #21 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #23 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #23 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #24 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #25 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #25 Variant Edition Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 Lenticular Cover Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 Allred Variant Cover Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 Christopher Variant Cover Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 McKone Variant Cover Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 Stan Lee Box Edition Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #28 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #29 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #30 Thanks!
  7. MadGenius

    Unique CGC label error.

    For this reason, I'd like to see the Signature Series forms be available online. Hopefully this is something that CGC is considering in the near future.
  8. MadGenius

    Alternatives to DCBS?

    Who are you using for preorders these days?
  9. MadGenius

    Unique CGC label error.

    I just looked at my invoice history for the past 6 months. I've submitted 37 books including the 2 book reholder that they messed up by transposing the labels. I had 4 label errors out of 37 (10.8%) and that is not counting the one that was cracked. Small sample size, granted, but a 5-10% error rate seems about right based on my experience over the years. Is it bad luck? Possibly, but I've submitted enough books over the years for some of that bad luck to even out. It hasn't. In my opinion, an error rate of less than 1% is what I would expect, but I feel they are above that figure. And this is just QC/label errors. Don't even get me started on the various accounting errors I've experience over the years. I like the CGC product and they always, eventually, make good on these errors so I keep coming back. BUT, I would like them a lot more if I didn't have to deal with these sorts of this on a semi-regular basis.
  10. MadGenius

    Unique CGC label error.

    Thank you, Sean and Shane. It's in everyone's best interest that CGC improves in the QC department. How much time and money was wasted with this one submission that had to be sent back twice? Mistakes will happen, but if CGC had ensure they are minimized then that is better for their bottom line and will engender more good will from their customer base.
  11. MadGenius

    Unique CGC label error.

    Yes, whatever indeed. For the record, these have already been sent back. Now I have to battle accounting to have the credit for my return shipping applied to my account. Also, this would be the second time I've had to send these particular books back in for a reholder. The first time they missed a signature on the label for the book that was signed and the one that isn't signed showed up with a huge crack on the back on the slab. I should have had both of these in my possession over a month ago, but the comedy of errors with QC has resulted in me having to send them back twice. This is kind of par for the course and not an isolated incident. Rarely do I get a submission back without any label errors or slab damaged from shipping.
  12. MadGenius

    Unique CGC label error.

    Yep. QC is great. Nothing to see here.