every time I meet with a seller that is not very educated in the Pokémon cards market, I Always have trouble negotiating a deal.
People that stumble upon a collection, or find one at a garage sale or thrift store tend to never do the research about variations or condition. They look up psa 10 prices and think that’s what their card is worth.
One guy had a bunch of heavily played holos and was trying to get top dollar psa 10 prices for each.
This is very frustrating when it happens multiple times back to back.
@elvisoak I haven’t had this happen myself but could see that being a common issue. I mean, it kind of falls along the same lines as people who see a headline of some bogus news article and then start spouting it off as being fact without researching further.
Best to just make the attempt as kindly as possible to educate them a little and show exactly how prices are dictated and how theirs fit into the equation of it all. Some might be receptive to it, some might not be, but at the end of the day if it doesnt work out id just move forward. Let them try to sell at those prices somewhere else and see how far they get before they come back to your offer.
I’ve had a few friends think this. They see the PSA 10 charizard price and think they have a gold mine. The worst offender is the 1st edition machamp that came in every starter deck. People think it’s worth a ton. Even the shadowless one isn’t worth much at all. My buddy wanted to sell me his so bad I’m like dude I have one in my cart already for $5 I don’t even need your machamp. He thought it was worth a few thousand haha
You can also get the opposite which is where I pick up most of my best deals… Someone knows the their cards have value but they are unsure how much and do not want to put in the time so they simply let it go for a decent amount of money. That was my last purchase of 1200 bucks. Got a couple stacks of base set first edition non holos and a whole bunch of unlimited holos. It was a good deal for both of us.
Or how about how they think every old unlimited card is 1st edition. Why do you think so many eBay listings have title saying 1st edition but it’s not. And the same reason I received so many unlimited cards that were supposed to be 1st edition on tcgplayer. (Tcgplayer doesn’t include pics)
there’s a couple psa 10 sales of the 1st edition shadowless machamp on ebay that were ~1k or higher. i think they printed those in the theme deck initially, not sure when they switched to adding a shadow.
“No rush to sell” Lol, and no one is in any rush to buy it. Honestly if I see a collection or card with a price many times higher than market I don’t even try, just leave them be, it’s not worth the time.