Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ebay and Shipping

The great conundrum of my return to card collecting is the fact that if I want to buy a handful of Mets off of ebay, I wind up paying more (sometimes 2x 3x more!) for shipping than for the cards themselves! 

This is frustrating, and ultimately makes me question why I do this in the first place.  I know some of you buy cards elsewhere (sportlots? comc?) but I don't really know how those work, and don't really know if I'll feel the same way there!  Since I try to follow a budget, and also am quite haphazard in my colleting tastes, I struggle with my approach to building my collection.  Right now, it's old Mets that have me intrigued, and I've bought 4-5 small lots from ebay in the past few weeks.

So, help me out here...  is this a terrible approach?  I don't feel like chasing down auto's and relics from the past 10 years - and I seem to get more joy at looking over these old cards and learning about my favorite team's past.

Thanks for reading, and here are the backs, if you'd like to look them over!


  1. I've been doing the same thing lately, focusing more on lots and I've also been looking at auctions with free shipping. It cuts down on the options, but helps me keep within budget.

  2. I'm the same way: looking for sellers with free shipping. Even if you use Sportslots, shipping costs will still be more than the cards you're buying. One way to try and save money is buy auctions from the same seller if possible; sometimes there's no extra shipping.

  3. Same advice - lots, free shipping (although shipping is often buried in the price of the card) and look to get multiple things from the same seller.

    The other thing I might suggest is vintage lots of more than just Mets. That way, you pick up some trade bait to go with the cards you wanted.