1. They like ripping us off2. They assume that no one knows how to use the internet to shop around.3. Upper Deck influences some more than others4. Sometimes, one of their new purchasers picks up a Beckett and realizes how underpriced they are.5. This proves what I've often thought. They use the "Dartboard" approach to figuring out prices.
DA and Blowout get left over products from distributors who dump stuff on them. Thats why they can sell it 2 bucks above normal cost. If they pay for a couple cases at one price, it doesnt mean that the other place will get it for similar prices. Its all about supply versus demand, and distributors.
yeah, what gellman said was my #6...
many local shops have protested them getting product this way because of how problematic it is for their costs. Ebay may produce the best prices, but most of it is artificial in creation. Its created by time on the shelf versus demand rather than the actual worth of the cards.
Time on the shelf is then a function of how many products there are. The more products on the calendar the more pressure to dump the products. With Topps' new sales policy, this could get very interesting.
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