crassus

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  1. Just check out his avatar, while once an overachieving supervillain prodigy, he's now a humorous and adorable family oriented hobby guy with a secret complex under his house where hundreds of minions spend all day packing and shipping comics....and making jam....hopefully separately....
  2. What I want to know is, where's lizards2? He should be here chasing the high grade DCs... ...I have this terrible premonition about him being stuck on the road somewhere with bad wireless and only an IpeefreelyPad, desperately trying to log on....
  3. You two really need to coordinate important Board's sales better.... ...just sayin....
  4. Wow, fast pick up Sha, on that big muscular shirtless guy...I was wondering what you were collecting these days...
  5. I tend to agree with the philosophy "no grade no price", meaning you cannot have one without the other. I have heard it often too that putting grades on books just invites arguments, but I've never been clear on why that would matter, since conversely you don't need a grade to argue about a price. In fact as so often happens at shows and on the Boards, you can agree on the grade and still have bitter arguments about what is a "fair" price. As for returns, if you have a no questions asked return policy why would it matter if someone was arguing about a grade, either they want a return or they don't, and if they do what does it matter the reason? I am also not sure what value the disclaimer "I am not a professional grader" adds to it. For most of us that would be factually true, most of us are not being paid to do our grading, but that would also apply technically to dealers, as they are not paid, specifically and by salary, for the grading of their books. I have to conclude that what it really means is "I am not a grader from one of the third party grading companies that is paid specifically to certify a given grade". So finally this means to me "this is a raw book and not slabbed, so disagreements about grade are possible". In sum, to me, the fact that there can be disagreements about grade is not a compelling reason to not have a grade, indeed as we see for some people not having a grade is itself a reason to have an argument. Here I come back to the preponderance of buyers. If you are looking to attract the largest possible spectrum of buyers to your product than give as much information as possible about the product, and a grade represents a well known shorthand for basic information about a book.
  6. I agree completely. The difficulty with the entrepreneur is that they see a commodity, but the comic is only a commodity when its slabbed, because the slabbing is what removes critical levels of risk and creates the "gpa" effect of treating slabbed keys as stocks. But when the book is raw it is not a commodity, it is then only a "great unknown" embedded with massive risks.
  7. One thing that for me defines the relationship of seller to buyer is "risk". In deciding whether to buy a given book many factors either increase or decrease risk. For me the more information that is available to the buyer helps reduce their risk in making the purchase. We are all selling here mail order based on scans or pics and written descriptions, so the better the pics/scans, the more the information, the less uncertainty a buyer will have in making a decision. Some buyers accept more risks, yes, others much less so, but the more potential risks you get covered as a seller the greater number of potential buyers you have for any given item. As the books continue to get more expensive across the board, the risk level on raw books especially will continue to increase.
  8. Someone needs to add this to the Oxford Dictionary...although I'll leave it to you guys to provide the proper definitions and usages....
  9. That's Canucklehead from Canucklestan to you, bud...
  10. There we go, everything looks real deviant normal again...
  11. I think its missing an old school "img" at the front, no?
  12. I can spend lots of your money for you if you want, while you are sidelined....