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  1. People used to know the difference between right and wrong, honest and dishonest. In the New America, that's long gone, hardly a memory. More evidence of it just above.
  2. Not one comment about this being ILLEGAL. The artwork copied does not belong to the seller. It's just like selling bootleg DVD's and should be shut down immediately, if not long ago. Maybe I should start copying Picasso paintings for profit.
  3. Now THAT I understand. Some people believe the company across the street (whose name is not supposed to be used here) has tighter grading than CGC. So when buying for their pc, they go with that company and keep it. Buying to sell at maximum price, something they are not emotionally tied to, they buy CGC to flip it. They are stating this as their operating procedure, their opinion of preference, not necessarily true or correct.
  4. I'm not sure what that expression (in bold above) was supposed to mean, nor how the personal collection aspect comes in. But we are looking at it out of its original context. Usually when the word "flipping" is being used, it means to buy something and quickly sell it, not to keep. So that heads in the opposite direction of personal collection, which usually is to hold. If they meant that they keep their personal collection raw, and then slab to sell (not really flip), that makes sense. Many people prefer not to slab, and spend their resources on additional comics instead of gradi
  5. I am not sure this is much help to you in total, but maybe one area. On the submission form, you would be putting your estimate of the Declared Value of each comic, and then selecting the tier. I would think CGC would use that value throughout the process - as an insured value while with them, customs value going out. They really don't have any other numbers to work with, so the DV is convenient for them to use. They don't insure international shipments, and you mentioned that you have your own, so that's not a factor. I hope you get some feedback regarding taxes. Just an opinion he
  6. It will make no difference. You determine the DV (declared value). That is the amount you are insured for while in CGC's possession - the maximum amount. If they lost your book, or a safe tipped over and crushed it, they will give you that value or its FMV, whichever is lower. So until there is an "incident", it's irrelevant. The tier limits are there because higher value items cost CGC more to insure, and are a larger responsibility when handling, grading, pressing, etc. If you submit a high grade $2000 comic at $200, that's probably not going to fly. They have the right to move th
  7. Yeah, that does not surprise me, though. They charge you as soon as they receive your order and set up the submission. At least I think that's when it's charged, been a while for CCS for me. So then when someone finally gets to do it, and can't for some reason, it's after the fact. You would think that there could be some sort of credit to apply to a future order, at least some of it. Not that it would help, as you have mentioned that you're not doing that again. You would also think that there would be some kind of indication of the reason why it wasn't pressed. It shouldn't
  8. That could be the situation. I know they can press regular foil issues like Venom Lethal Protector 1, which is also embossed, but it might be case by case. Still good to email customer service for guidance on that. I feel for you, waiting a long time and no joy.
  9. I believe it means it was rejected for Pressing. That's probably why it doesn't look pressed. There may have been some reason why it couldn't safely be pressed. You mention a window bag, so it might have something to do with the signature - that pressing would interact with the pen/marker material on the cover, maybe smearing it. You can check CGC customer service. They probably have the submission notated.
  10. If the slab arrived to you damaged, and the comic was injured from the impact, you can ask them to fix it (press it). Possibly they will, if it's reported within a short time of receipt. If it's a slab that was graded in the past, their "go to" move is to put it in a new holder with the same grade. But they reserve the right to regrade the comic if they see apparent problems that shouldn't be there in the assigned grade, like if it got damaged on the way to them. There is some "grade risk" with re-holdering.
  11. To date, there is no requirement to purchase Ebay Shipping labels to get Seller Protection. You can use any carrier, any interface that you want -,, USPS Click-N-Ship, Endicia, PayPal Shipping, etc. Personally, I prefer because it is free to use, labels are about the same price, they don't toy withe interface for no reason like eBay does, and best of all it's money eBay DOESN'T get. You have to post the tracking number to eBay, and most of those services are integrated so they do it automatically by association. In any case, you have to me
  12. It's interesting that new sellers on eBay have to have some type of vetting completed (confirmed accounts, ss#, etc.), and are limited to how much they can sell at first, payments held until the feedback is received, everyone quite satisfied that the seller did not rip someone off. Meanwhile, buyers can jump on and participate with no similar "warm up" process. Just order a comic for a couple of thousand right out of the gate, no buildup of credibility needed. EBay used to be based on an earned trust, feedback tracking performance, "trading partners". Now it's the mall. Anyone w
  13. That is a sorry state of affairs. Maybe we are operating under a false security, thinking eBay has the same protections that we grew accustomed to at PayPal. While writing this, I looked up Seller Protection on eBay and found this page: Seems to cover a lot of stuff, as before, even breaks it up between MP and the legacy system. Maybe the CS agent is just clueless. Did I say "maybe"? That's funny.
  14. You used to be able to do that on eBay, but they they converted to the "Strike" system. You can't block with 1 strike, but you can if 2 or more. If you go to the thread in my post above, there is an eBay screenshot of Buyer Requirements. Where it talks about blocking low feedback, it seems to only tie it in as a sub-rule to those buyers who are also bidding or have bought a large number of your items. Doesn't seem to be a stand-alone setting as it used to be. I do believe that you can add language to your description along the lines that bidders must have a minimum of "X" feedback
  15. Here's a recent similar situation, high dollar zero feedback, but the buyer didn't pay. Here's a bad situation "across the street" with zero feedback, po box, $1200 comic, report of empty package.