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Old 04-23-2017, 07:48 PM
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Default Card Show Etiquette ? what would you do.

Heres a "what would you do" scenario ...

Midsize card show...You see a collector wandering around with a decent size cigar box...walking up to dealers looking to sell stuff.... You slide over and observe its good stuff..vintage 50s 60s cards ... lower grade HOFers, many early 60s high #s,etc..

It appears nobody is offering what he's asking... You see he still has box for 30 min or so

Do you -
A) stay away,knowing its not right for a customer to buy cards from a " non dealer/table" paying guy
B) give him the nod to " come out of the building" and look or buy in the parking lot
C) You saddle over to the guy in the show... and hand him 25 bucks for the 1959 T Mantle...pocket it and keep wandering around
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:00 PM
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Heres a "what would you do" scenario ...

Midsize card show...You see a collector wandering around with a decent size cigar box...walking up to dealers looking to sell stuff.... You slide over and observe its good stuff..vintage 50s 60s cards ... lower grade HOFers, many early 60s high #s,etc..

It appears nobody is offering what he's asking... You see he still has box for 30 min or so

Do you -
A) stay away,knowing its not right for a customer to buy cards from a " non dealer/table" paying guy
B) give him the nod to " come out of the building" and look or buy in the parking lot
C) You saddle over to the guy in the show... and hand him 25 bucks for the 1959 T Mantle...pocket it and keep wandering around
D) As soon as they walk away from a dealers table go up to them and make a deal if there is anything you want. The guy is selling cards why would you let a dealer buy them first?
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:22 PM
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I would ask to take a look at the cards off to the side. What difference is it whether they are at a table as a dealer or not. Two of my lcs have trade days where this happens all the time whether it's trading or selling.
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:24 PM
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If I had the money I'd probably see about making a deal. If it's done discreetly, it really shouldn't be a problem.

At least twice I've even made deals at a shop, Once with the dealers permission, just after the seller left with no offer, the other at the dealers prompting. "Can you use these RC cans? No! But that kid will buy them"

Having a really great relationship with a dealer can be very beneficial.

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Old 04-23-2017, 08:25 PM
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D) As soon as they walk away from a dealers table go up to them and make a deal if there is anything you want. The guy is selling cards why would you let a dealer buy them first?
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If the last dealer "passed" - he's fair game.
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:31 AM
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I tend to think dealers and show promoter would be against any " selling/cash transactions' on floor ".

Does paying for a table ...give the dealer " exclusive rights" ?


Dealers might feel - " even though I passed on this guys selling price for the box of cards...I don't want the " competition" from a customer"... thinking the guy will then come back and sell his stuff cheaper
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If I see someone walking around a show with a briefcase, box, bag, etc., and they look like they're friendly, I'll ask them, "Whatcha got in the bag"???

Sometimes they're buying, sometimes they're selling, sometimes they're trading, and sometimes they just stop and show me some cool stuff...
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:04 AM
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D) As soon as they walk away from a dealers table go up to them and make a deal if there is anything you want. The guy is selling cards why would you let a dealer buy them first?


Was just about to post almost the same thing-I agree with option D!
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I avoid people with bags, but admit I have been in the Middle East for awhile now
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:19 AM
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D) As soon as they walk away from a dealers table go up to them and make a deal if there is anything you want. The guy is selling cards why would you let a dealer buy them first?
Agree with Ben...but would certainly be discrete about it.

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