Just wondering what your expectations are when purchasing ratio variants or store exclusives. When I purchase non-variants, I tend accept that some of the items I receive will be 9.4 standard and not necessarily better. I accept these as par for the course. (Luckily I have two suppliers who hit 9.6/9.8 standards on the vast majority of books.)
However, if I pay £25-£150+ for a variant, I have always expected to see a really clean item which is free from tics, creases, dents, etc. I will accept small pressible imperfections, as I tend to press before most gradings.
Am I being reasonable in this expectation? I have had one seller turn a bit nasty when I wanted to return a brand new ratio variant that I purchased for £50 ($70 US) with a couple of colour-breaking tics, so wondered what standards you expect?
My reasoning is that if I buy a 1:100, 200 or 500 and it grades at 9.4 I am unlikely to have an item that is worth the purchase price + pressing/grading cost…unless I get very lucky.
If I am paying a premium on some exclusive I expect a 9.8. The least would be a 9.6 condition. They should have comics put to aside to make sure of this. As for the ratio comic it should be the same thing, but it would be more understanding that some type of damage occurred. I would think you should get at least a 9.6 and if a customer complained they should work something out with them.
Absolutely agree. What is the point if it’s a 9.2 or even 9.4? It’s going to be worth less than the purchase + grading cost. I wouldn’t want any modern in 9.2 even for my PC if I had paid a lot for it.
Yeah, that’s pretty much what happened. I was super-polite when indicating I wasn’t happy, but he just went off at me. He let me return the book and I tried to be concilliatory and appreciative, but he just asked me not to come back. So I didn’t.