We’ve all had that one seller. You know, that one guy who’s too lazy to purchase a $6 pack of top loaders to and just throws their NM card unsleeved into an envelope and calls it a day. I wanted to open up a thread where we can discuss and rant about our worst shipping/packaging experiences. Also, I apologize if there’s already a similar thread. I’m fairly new user, so this topic is new (ish) to me, but might be old hat to someone else.
These are my cases, which luckily didn’t end in total disaster, but in annoyance.
The FA Victini:
So, as an Instragram user, one of my favorite things to do is scroll through my feed on the lookout for claim sales. I’ve gotten some super sweet deals this way. One user had a FA Victini from Plasma Storm for sale for $7. Price seemed right to me, and at the time, it was the last FA I needed from Plasma Storm. Seemed like destiny! I happily commented claim, sent the seller a quick Paypal F+F payment, and patiently waited for the card to arrive in my mailbox. When the card did arrive, somehow safely, the card was completely unsleeved, only protected by a piece of printer paper. Who in their right mind ships an ultra rare with no sleeve, no toploader, no nothing? I’m sorry, but printer paper isn’t going to cut it. I messaged the seller, saying I’m happy the card somehow survived shipping, but very upset that my card had been sent without a toploader. The seller said he only shipped cards over a $10 value in a top loader. What? WHAT? Excuse me mister, but I’ve bought plenty of cards under $10 that were properly protected for shipping. Heck, most of my uncommon/common purchases come sleeved in top loaders. He couldn’t see my side of the argument, so I posted the card with a warning to not purchase from that seller, and went on my day, annoyed and with a NM- Victini FA.
The Over packaging:
I really appreciate it when sellers put in extra effort to keep a card safe and sound for shipping, but really, a sleeve, a toploader, and a teambag/piece of paper is all you really need. Recently I purchased a Flygon EX from Ebay (EX Legend Maker) and was happy to find the card shipped properly in a bubble mailer, top loader, and all that jazz. When I eventually got the Flygon out of the top loaders, to my horror, the seller had folded the penny sleeve onto itself, and taped the penny sleeve opening shut. Now, this Flygon is in NM condition for sure, and I’m not about to have a random piece of tape ruin this beauty. I tried to pick at the tape to free the card, but that made me nervous, as I had to apply pressure to the card to get a good grip on the tape. I have a strong anti-crease policy in my collection. Card creased? It’s outta there! This method of freeing the Flygon was getting a little too close to creasing for comfort. Too scared to continue my picking method I had to get the scissors. I hate doing this, so so much. I tried putting the blade of the scissors under the flap of the taped penny sleeve, but there was no room for the blade to fit. I had to use my last resort, cutting the side of the penny sleeve open. Luckily, the procedure went as planned and I was able to free the Flygon, placing it in an ultra pro sleeve promptly afterwards. So yeah, please PLEASE don’t tape the penny sleeve shut. Tape the Toploader = YES! Tape the penny sleeve = NO NO NO
Shipping and Kids
So, I’ve made some purchases/trades from younger collectors before. (Don’t worry, I’m not scamming/undervaluing, I’m not that kind of jerk) I guess everyone has to have their first experience shipping, but some of them just DO NOT GET IT. One person was going to trade with me, saying that the card would be safe because he had the “Strongest Sleeve in America” (which ironically had torn corners when it got to me.) I told him that wasn’t gonna happen, and had him ship his card in cardboard, which was enough to help it make it safely to me. This is a tangent, but if you’re a seller, out of toploaders, and not even willing to use cardboard to protect your cards, just don’t bother selling. Another incident was when a kid almost shipped his purchase in an iphone box. This wasn’t a packaged iphone box, but a plain ol’ iPhone box. Yeah, that’s not going to get stolen or anything. Luckily, crisis was averted, we came to an agreement that an iphone box wasn’t gonna cut it, (it’s funny how well bubble mailers work!) and the cards made it to me safely.
I’m very fortunate to have my packaging mishaps only end in annoyance, and not disaster. I’m sure I will not be so lucky in the future, and will be sure to add more mishaps and rants when the inevitable happens.
Now E4, I wanna hear from you! What are your packaging horror stories? Shipping gone terribly wrong?
Thanks for reading!
-Pokesoap aka Madison S.