I’ve recently returned 4 cgc slabbed books I’ve bought off eBay in the past few months because they were grossly over graded by cgc, and/or damaged during the cgc handling process. All were graded by cgc in the past year.
I also sent in a 5 Naomi #1s into cgc that were not pressed and would have been happy if 2 came back 9.8s…they all came back 9.8s and they didn’t deserve it. And I did not send them into cbcs, despite some great incentive deals going on at the time, because of the fear they would all get 9.6/9.4s totally destroying any chance of profit.
Yes, cgc does tend to get a higher price on eBay because of their long-standing reputation, but cbcs grades tougher, on average, in my experiences. I’ve yet to receive a cbcs 9.8, yet I’ve received probably a dozen 9.8s from cgc. They hand them out like candy these days…Anyone who has submitted books to both companies recently and is honest with themselves and really studies the End product knows this to be true…add the Newton ring blemishes and you got an inferior product, IMO…I’ll take the 9.8s and flip them…and buy a nice 9.6 cbcs for the PC and pocket the profits.
I’d say there’s a good chance (25-50%) that Alana’s WD #1 would have come back 9.8 if it were graded by cgc…unfortunately cgc doesn’t recognize cbcs witnessed sigs so we’ll never know. But that shouldn’t stop her from asking the cgc price.
But unfortunately the masses are blinded by cgc propaganda and eBay sales and therefore what MonoJack is saying is partially true…it’s a hard trend to fight. You can get cgc prices for cbcs books, but it’ll likely take more time until the right buyer comes along. I am one of he few who actually look for cbcs books first when it’s for the PC…I actually look for cbcs 9.6s at bargain prices which have a high probability to be graded as 9.8s by cgc…let that sink in for a moment.
Either way, I’d say to move the book quickly you’d need to price it at 10% lower than cgc prices.