Trying to Understand PCGS Order Flow
Maybe I am on a fool's errand, but I am trying to understand how this happens with PCGS orders.
Example 1: I have two orders in for in-slab trueview pictures. That's it. Just pictures. The first is a box of 15 Morgans, the 2nd is a box of 19 Morgans and 1 quarter. Box 1 was received 6/6 and has been in Quality Check - Imaging for quite some time and is still there today. Box 2 arrived 2 weeks later (6/20) and is shipping out today (7/6) just over 2 weeks later and all images are complete and posted. No images posted for Box 1.
Example 2: I have an order for "Regular" tier restorations of 3 Peace and 3 Morgans which were received on 3/9 and are still in Grading mode. About 2.5 weeks ago I emailed customer service and they said they would put on Expedite since it has been 80 business days (now we're above 90) still no movement. I had a second order for Regular restoration of 3 Morgans and 1 Nickel received on 3/16 that shipped out to me about 6 weeks later on April 24, after about 30 business days.
What is going on? Why do some orders sail through and some get stuck? I can think of a few explanations:
1. PCGS temporarily "loses" orders
2. Some orders get stuck in some kind of process black hole that derails them for some reason
3. Luck of the draw.
I have done 43 orders so far this year and most of them get turned around reasonably quick. But it's just weird how some just languish and these aren't any kind of odd ball coins requiring special attention that I know of. Maybe the graders are anguishing over what grade to assign like when my mother tries to pick new carpet or furniture for the house and can't decide?
I would think there would be some kind of FIFO buffer (First in First Out), but Maybe graders and photographers just pick from a pile and sometimes boxes get pushed to side or to the back and ignored?
I would die to have a behind the scenes tour to just understand why things work this way. If anyone has any insights I'd really like to see them.