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  1. Because they grade more strictly than most? That's generally a good thing if you're buying. As for selling to them, it really isn't difficult to predict their grading after a few transactions. The majority of books I send them now usually grade out at what I thought they would, or they get bumped up. Most of the time books that are significantly bumped down are because I missed an internal flaw. I also recently sold them back 2 $30'ish books previously purchased from them at auction; I was interested to see what the grading would be given some other stories I'd read. Both books were in Mylites, not the sleeves they were sent in. Both graded out EXACTLY the same as the grade I purchased them at. Works for me. At that point its not grading strictly its just not accurate if something is NM how can it possibly be set at VF? where is the logic in that. What is the point of having a grading scale if your just going to under grade every book not to mention the price they set are almost always higher for the grade then the book is worth in the assigned grade (8.0 is priced at a 9.2 or higher). I understand that buying a book in better condition then what is listed makes sense as a buyer but it defeats the grading process. Grading is subjective but when something is 3-4 points below in every grade its just not accurate. They grade according to their own tight scale. They use Overstreet as a basis, but go from there according to their own standards. Honestly, anything else I said on that would just be a rehash of explanations already given by MCS.
  2. Curious of what your purchased price and the sell back price if you don't mind sharing. I took trade, not cash, so that % would be skewed. I also would have to look through several hundred books I've sold to them recently to find the exact totals, and I just don't want to. I would guess around 60% of original purchase price (at auction), but I'm really just guessing there. Sorry.
  3. You have a better chance of finding a stack of AF15's that you "forgot about" in your underwear drawer than having a large stack all grade out at NM with them. You do have a decent shot at books purchased as VF from them coming back 9.4 or better from CGC, though. So it works both ways.
  4. Because they grade more strictly than most? That's generally a good thing if you're buying. As for selling to them, it really isn't difficult to predict their grading after a few transactions. The majority of books I send them now usually grade out at what I thought they would, or they get bumped up. Most of the time books that are significantly bumped down are because I missed an internal flaw. I also recently sold them back 2 $30'ish books previously purchased from them at auction; I was interested to see what the grading would be given some other stories I'd read. Both books were in Mylites, not the sleeves they were sent in. Both graded out EXACTLY the same as the grade I purchased them at. Works for me.
  5. Oh, do they have sprinklers now? I remember Chuck stating in one of his videos that they were listed as the #1 potential fire hazard in the county, as he refused to install them.
  6. If you click the drop-down menu, you'll see buy prices for 9.0 and 8.5.
  7. The only time I've seen that consignments noted on the website is for some CGC books. I've ordered raw books from MCS multiple times and I have no idea if they were consigned or not. In any event, I've always been very happy with my purchases. Consignment books are in a yellow box and have a notice denoting that they are consignment in the item description. The vast majority of their $50+ books are consignment.
  8. I lost an entire summer of my life trying to "beat" Pitfall (collect all 32 treasures). Never happened. perhaps if you had a map? Mind. Blown.
  9. I lost an entire summer of my life trying to "beat" Pitfall (collect all 32 treasures). Never happened.
  10. I've done well at all of them with unwanted books; at a local con, at selling locally on Craigslist, and at nearby flea market. Just understand that there are different crowds at each. The other dealers at a con will strip you to the bone before the show ever starts if you don't know your books/pricing, everyone at a local flea market is going to want to pay .50 or $1 per book, and Craigslist tends to bring out the true loonies. So pick your poison, but all can be fun and profitable if done correctly. You can donate for tax purposes, just make sure that you actually itemize your taxes before doing so. The deduction won't do you any good otherwise.
  11. I think that buzz was created almost entirely by "American Comics" (I believe it was them, and not East Coast Comics), the ones who apparently had a huge stock of Adventurers and were pushing them really hard in their monthly flyer. I actually really liked that series, but definitely couldn't see paying the $60 they wanted for that alt cover. I did pick up a copy many years later from LoneStar...for about $3.
  12. Then please explain this: "True near mints are very hard to come by--as they are practically perfect"---A direct quote from a MCS representative about buying NM comics vs this "Acceptable minor defects on a NM copy include: A very small amount of spine stresses without color breaks, very minor instances of denting (two or three at most), slight corner blunting, and minor (less than 1/8") bends without color breaks...On the ten-point grading scale, a lower grade like 9.2 will allow these defects in a greater quantity and degree than a higher grade like 9.8, which sometimes may have no discernible defects at all."-- Their own grading standards stated on their website for NM Those two comments conflict with one another. I don't see these two as in conflict, one is just more detailed than the other. :shrug: So you believe that 9.2 books are "hard to come by" and "practically perfect"? Obviously the two statements conflict, but you're kind of splitting hairs, since I've never found their grading - buying vs selling - to be inconsistent. The differential in those statements would matter a lot more if they applied one to their purchasing and another to their sales. I've personally never found that to be the case. I NEVER send them a book expecting them to grade it out as a NM - I suggest you don't do the same, either. I do, however, like getting solid NM books (by my own tight grading standards) that I purchase from them as VF's, and that happens frequently. So it works both ways, and that works for me. If it doesn't for you, there are plenty of other venues to buy/sell with.