This blog post is about my impressions of the current misprint market on eBay. "Sexy Dumpster Fire" is the most accurate way I can think of describing it. For buyers, it's bight and shiny and we are naturally attracted to it. However, the closer we get, the more we get enveloped by the stink cloud of burning garbage (you know what I'm talking about New Jersey.... <3).
To be a little less vague, there are a few things happening on eBay that put a sour taste in my mouth. The first, and most unavoidable, are the massive amount of cards listed as misprints that just aren't. The worst offenders being the scumbags who list NFC cards as misprints. They're just not. The more honest NFC sellers usually include some sort of statement such as, "Alter" or "cut from a sheet" embedded within their descriptions, but will exclude that information from the title of the listing. Technically this is against eBay's listing practices, but it's something that will never be enforceable.
The next one is more of an annoyance for collectors like myself who constantly check eBay. These are the folks who list cards at an above the average market price, and use various means to constantly relist them when they don't sell. I call these sellers "fishermen." All they're doing is fishing for the occasional overpriced sale. They flood the marketplace, and artificially inflate people's perception of misprint prices. I highly recommend learning how to create some saved searches that filter these sellers out of your browsing results. I will admit, that it is occasionally worth checking out the bait because the fishermen are usually very prominent misprint collectors, and can list some neat things that are just difficult to find.
Enough negativity, lets talk about why this dumpster fire is a sexy dumpster fire. As a collector, I have gotten some of the best deals ever on eBay. This frees up more $$ to spend on other misprints. What's not to love? I will admit that I have gotten deals at criminally low prices. It's an odd mix of happiness and guilt when that happens.
I'm almost hesitant to write this, but I do not recommend selling your misprints on eBay. If you do, get an idea of what it should go for before you leave it up to free market auctions. I don't think eBay has as much active visibility to misprint collectors compared to more active marketplaces such as the Misprints and Rarities Facebook Group. If you're looking to maximize the amount you get for your misprints, eBay is not the place to do it (unless you enjoy fishing).
Let me know what you guys think! Have you gotten any absurd deals on eBay? Where do you think is the best place to buy and sell? Are you a fishermen or do you list NFCs? Have I offended you? Comment below!
(If you guessed $5.95 for the double crimped standing stones, congratulations! You're really good at guessing!)