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Has there been an explosion of grandfather/dads buying cards for their sons?

ndleondleo Posts: 4,038 ✭✭✭✭✭

I'm so happy that more grandfathers/dads are buying cards for their sons. In fact I get many messages on ebay of said grandfather/dad wanting to buy a high price card but would like to have a discount for little Johnny. I feel so guilty that Johnny won't be able to get the card for the below market price, it would make him so happy.

Seriously, did someone on YouTube post this is as an idea to get cheaper cards on ebay? They are persistent.

Mike

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  • StatmanStatman Posts: 597 ✭✭✭

    I got something like this the other day on Ebay - somebody asked if they could have a better price on a card because their grandmother was going to buy it for their birthday and they were seeing if they could get a discount for the grandmother.

  • ndleondleo Posts: 4,038 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well on the bright side, I am glad the seniors in our society are fluent on ebay. That wasn't the case 10-15 years ago.

    Mike
  • Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just bought a graded Pokémon for my grandsons birthday. How funny. 👍🏼

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  • Chicago1976Chicago1976 Posts: 441 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All kidding aside, I've noticed buyers not regularly engaged in the hobby don't understand established comps and market values. They see eBay as a big neighborhood garage sale where everyhing is negotiable and never pay sticker.

  • RonSportscardsRonSportscards Posts: 731 ✭✭✭✭

    @Chicago1976 said:
    All kidding aside, I've noticed buyers not regularly engaged in the hobby don't understand established comps and market values. They see eBay as a big neighborhood garage sale where everyhing is negotiable and never pay sticker.

    Isn't that exactly what ebay is? I often negotiate even when a seller doesn't have 'make offer' eligible. I mostly get the item, but I don't offer insulting lowballs. As a seller, I do get crazy lowballs offers though.

  • Chicago1976Chicago1976 Posts: 441 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RonSportscards said:

    @Chicago1976 said:
    All kidding aside, I've noticed buyers not regularly engaged in the hobby don't understand established comps and market values. They see eBay as a big neighborhood garage sale where everyhing is negotiable and never pay sticker.

    Isn't that exactly what ebay is? I often negotiate even when a seller doesn't have 'make offer' eligible. I mostly get the item, but I don't offer insulting lowballs. As a seller, I do get crazy lowballs offers though.

    Agree...I was referring to the crazy low ball offers for vintage high end cards from inexperienced card buyers. Grandpa doesn't know its crazy low ball. He's not in the hobby.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,229 ✭✭✭✭✭

    lowball offers never ever bother me. you can either counter or decline. i couldnt care less about pleas for a lower price because of "little johnny"

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  • RonSportscardsRonSportscards Posts: 731 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't buy any of those, "I'm buying for little Johnny who has 2 months to live", backstories some of these buyers use to play on your sympathies to get a steal of a deal.

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  • or246or246 Posts: 107 ✭✭

    @ndleo said:
    I'm so happy that more grandfathers/dads are buying cards for their sons. In fact I get many messages on ebay of said grandfather/dad wanting to buy a high price card but would like to have a discount for little Johnny. I feel so guilty that Johnny won't be able to get the card for the below market price, it would make him so happy.

    Seriously, did someone on YouTube post this is as an idea to get cheaper cards on ebay? They are persistent.

    I think I would respond by telling the buyer how you are selling that card for your grandson and how disappointed he would be if he didn't get the price he was asking for.

    Currently working on 1970 Topps Hockey PSA 9 set
  • erikthredderikthredd Posts: 7,887 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Buyers have been using this excuse for a very long time. I even had one guy contact me thru ebay one time about a 1985 Nike Michael Jordan BGS 9 that I was trying to sell telling me it was his young son's birthday and this was his favorite card.
    He then told me he couldn't afford the card because he couldn't work due to being in a wheelchair.
    I remember he sent me like 3-4 messages practically begging me to at first give the card away free,then to sell it to him for like 95% off my asking price. Ironically once I replied back that he could always buy the reprint, which were selling for just a few bucks at the time, I never heard from him again.

  • 82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,256 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @erikthredd said:
    Buyers have been using this excuse for a very long time. I even had one guy contact me thru ebay one time about a 1985 Nike Michael Jordan BGS 9 that I was trying to sell telling me it was his young son's birthday and this was his favorite card.
    He then told me he couldn't afford the card because he couldn't work due to being in a wheelchair.
    I remember he sent me like 3-4 messages practically begging me to at first give the card away free,then to sell it to him for like 95% off my asking price. Ironically once I replied back that he could always buy the reprint, which were selling for just a few bucks at the time, I never heard from him again.

    Obviously a scam, but I do wonder if it ever works with a Sports Card Dealer.

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