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Old 12-27-2017, 11:26 PM
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Not to derail the thread, but what about when the reverse happens, when a buyer tries to do it to a seller (or in my case, a trader)?

Recently, I was contacted out of nowhere by someone who wanted one of my more valuable cards for basically nothing in a trade, because (his story went) it was for his sick father-in-law who always wanted the card in his collection, and he wanted to give it to him as a glorious (final?) Christmas present. (The clear indication was that he wasn't long for this world.) The arrogance of it all was what struck me the most. I had never communicated with this person before, had no idea in heck who he even was, and he just assumed I was going to hand over a prized card, because he concluded his message with something to the effect of, "Send me your address so I can get these cards (which were a basically commons from my need list) out to you right away and I'll give you my address so you can send your card quickly, because Christmas is almost here." In his mind it was a foregone conclusion that I had (with apologies to REM) bought the myth and was going to readily make the 'trade.' And it was all in a single e-mail, too. There was no back and forth of, "Hey, you don't know me, but I'm hoping you can you do me a favor?" No discussion. Nothing. So, I was like, "Huh???? No communication whatsoever and his first contact with me is to request that I hand over a very expensive card???? Geez, yeah I'm that stupid. I'll send your card out tomorrow, buddy." I didn't bother responding to him and I haven't heard a word from him since. And, yes, it was obvious he was a BS'er. This wasn't me being mean to an unknown dying man.

And, I'm sad to say, this isn't the first time this type of ploy was attempted on me and other people. Pathetic.
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Old 12-28-2017, 03:48 AM
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Not to derail the thread, but what about when the reverse happens, when a buyer tries to do it to a seller (or in my case, a trader)?

Recently, I was contacted out of nowhere by someone who wanted one of my more valuable cards for basically nothing in a trade, because (his story went) it was for his sick father-in-law who always wanted the card in his collection, and he wanted to give it to him as a glorious (final?) Christmas present. (The clear indication was that he wasn't long for this world.) The arrogance of it all was what struck me the most. I had never communicated with this person before, had no idea in heck who he even was, and he just assumed I was going to hand over a prized card, because he concluded his message with something to the effect of, "Send me your address so I can get these cards (which were a basically commons from my need list) out to you right away and I'll give you my address so you can send your card quickly, because Christmas is almost here." In his mind it was a foregone conclusion that I had (with apologies to REM) bought the myth and was going to readily make the 'trade.' And it was all in a single e-mail, too. There was no back and forth of, "Hey, you don't know me, but I'm hoping you can you do me a favor?" No discussion. Nothing. So, I was like, "Huh???? No communication whatsoever and his first contact with me is to request that I hand over a very expensive card???? Geez, yeah I'm that stupid. I'll send your card out tomorrow, buddy." I didn't bother responding to him and I haven't heard a word from him since. And, yes, it was obvious he was a BS'er. This wasn't me being mean to an unknown dying man.

And, I'm sad to say, this isn't the first time this type of ploy was attempted on me and other people. Pathetic.
I had a sort of similar thing happen on eBay many years ago. I was selling some very old New York Giant football programs. A user contacted me and said that he was a "man of the cloth" and that a relative played in the programs. He thought he was entitled to a very steep discount because of those things and I should sell him the programs directly. I don't think I even responded. The "cajones" of some people is amazing.

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Isn't ironic that this story is posted just when a musical about P.T. Barnum is coming out?.
Nope, but it is a coincidence.
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Unless I know the "Storyteller" personally, stories have no impact on my buying or selling decisions.
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:54 AM
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I also find it interesting that someone 'has' to sell something because they need to buy medication or pay whatever emergency, yet the asking price is more than recent market price. Then its listed for months and months. I guess the medication or emergency isnt too urgent...
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:57 AM
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Unless I know the "Storyteller" personally, stories have no impact on my buying or selling decisions.
I agree and I think we see less of the "GLWS" going forward. Anyone quoting prices in other members BST threads will be dealt with quickly and swiftly. It is the sellers choice to leave pricing or not and other members shouldn't circumvent/deny that choice by quoting a price.
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:52 AM
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Deal stands.
If you really paid more than you wanted because you were moved by a bs story, you are a good person and he is a louse. Lesson learned. There are creeps out there who will lie about family members being sick to make a few bucks. Sad but true. Karma is a bitch. Their day will come.
just like there are people who will lie about their situation to get a card on the cheap. Awhile back I used to hear "I am a homeless vet on a fixed income. I will offer you ---- on the card."...and of course the amount offered was considerably less than what the card was worth. Granted, I haven't heard that statement much in a while, and I never fell for it back then.
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:35 AM
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just like there are people who will lie about their situation to get a card on the cheap. Awhile back I used to hear "I am a homeless vet on a fixed income. I will offer you ---- on the card."...and of course the amount offered was considerably less than what the card was worth. Granted, I haven't heard that statement much in a while, and I never fell for it back then.
Right but its still worse when a seller says they HAVE to sell something due to many emergency things, yet instead of making a deal at market price (ie. if cant get the price they want they continue to lower or send to no reserve auction) they do the ole 'i'd rather keep it then take that price' .

Sounds like not that big of an emergency

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Old 12-30-2017, 09:59 AM
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I hate that we are at a point in our society where lying is considered negotiation. It's not new...it's been going on for some time, but seems to be becoming more common.
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I agree and I think we see less of the "GLWS" going forward. Anyone quoting prices in other members BST threads will be dealt with quickly and swiftly. It is the sellers choice to leave pricing or not and other members shouldn't circumvent/deny that choice by quoting a price.

I'm Glad there is a decision, and not sure why it was ever up for debate.
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