Dishonest stuff going on in the Board Only Sales Area Forum...Sad.
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23 minutes ago, Buzzetta said:

I will do manufacturer blind boxes for toys and things like the Lego minifigures.

I would never do a Facebook, eBay, or CGC Board raffle and I am glad that they were outlawed here. 

Here is the easy scam to get rid of some suspicion. All you need are two people that are friends that live as far apart as possible.   I live in NY so let's say California is where my friend lives.  MOST know how this scam operates but here it is for the newbies that really have faith in humankind and think they have a shot. 

  1. Hold the raffle.  Let's use a book worth around $900 - $1100 like ASM 14 in a 3.0.  (Can't believe how that book has recently popped - Check GPA) 
  2. People buy in at $50 a 'ticket'.  When 25 slots are full, we hold the raffle bringing the seller, $1250
  3. Now, to show that I am on the level I show 25 "unmarked" priority boxes where one of the books is the ASM 14, another is a book worth around $100, another is a book worth around $50 and the rest are filler books "valued" at $50 at cover price. Prepare yourselves for a LOT of drek. 
  4. I said they were unmarked but I put a pencil mark where no one can see in the ad. 
  5. After payments are received, labels are printed and everything is actually going out or blind boxed to raffle participants EXCEPT ASM 14. 
  6. ASM 14 goes to my friend who participated in the raffle. 
  7. My friend can either ship the book back to me which is risky OR he can sell the book himself. 
  8. We split the money however the arrangement was made resulting in my friend and I roughly splitting almost $2000 for a $1000 book.  I am figuring $1250 in raffle money, $1000 auction or sale of the book - shipping fees, $100 2nd Place Prize, $50 3rd Place Prize, and cost of shipping. 

If anyone suspects anything, I can show documentation that all parcels were mailed out and that the winner that came forward does not live near me which diminishes but does not absolve suspicion. 

Rinse and repeat. 

That sounds more like the mystery boxes you see on E-Bay compared to the Facebook / IG raffles I've seen run.  Nothing is 100% but the format I used is very hard to cheat and gives you a very good chance of not getting played.  The house already gets 30% vig so it's not really worth it to cheat when you are making that kind of profits each raffle you do.

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1 hour ago, 1Cool said:

I put comic raffles in the same category as March Madness pools and Super Bowl squares - both illegal gambling but there is really no harm in my mind if done on the up and up.  Don't get me wrong - It's gambling plain and simple and has the thrills associated with gambling which is why people do it. 

only difference is that people have less ability to manipulate March Madness and Super Bowl Squares. 

Assuming everything gets shared publicly and you can see peoples brackets and squares before the event, which itself the holder has no control over. 

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2 minutes ago, miraclemet said:

only difference is that people have less ability to manipulate March Madness and Super Bowl Squares. 

Assuming everything gets shared publicly and you can see peoples brackets and squares before the event, which itself the holder has no control over. 

I was more comparing the legality issue with the various forms of gambling.  People have no problem throwing in $20 for superbowl squares but then it appears some people draw the line when it comes to raffles.  Both are illegal gambling but they are more in the grey zone in my opinion (everyone is free to have their own grey zone limits).

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3 minutes ago, 1Cool said:

I was more comparing the legality issue with the various forms of gambling.  People have no problem throwing in $20 for superbowl squares but then it appears some people draw the line when it comes to raffles.  Both are illegal gambling but they are more in the grey zone in my opinion (everyone is free to have their own grey zone limits).

ah yes, legally they are running into the same thing...

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1 hour ago, 1Cool said:
1 hour ago, miraclemet said:

only difference is that people have less ability to manipulate March Madness and Super Bowl Squares. 

Assuming everything gets shared publicly and you can see peoples brackets and squares before the event, which itself the holder has no control over. 

I was more comparing the legality issue with the various forms of gambling.  People have no problem throwing in $20 for superbowl squares but then it appears some people draw the line when it comes to raffles.  Both are illegal gambling but they are more in the grey zone in my opinion (everyone is free to have their own grey zone limits).

Well, that and what the "house" keeps.

Usually when entering a March Madness bracket where there is a payout, the organizer doesn't keep 1/3 of the fees. Additionally, March Madness, the Super Bowl, etc. are large events happening a handful of times per year (combined). These raffles occur simultaneously and repeatedly, amounting to huge fee-free gains.

Berkbridge had $100k+ in sales in a month and a similarly illegal/unethical method for getting around a 10-13% fee collection; this is nearly triple that amount of fee savings. And at the end of the day, there may not even be a real "winner".

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