Monday, October 31, 2011

Trade Stack 31: Seriously now, How Many More Cardinals & Rangers Do I Need to Add to the Stack?

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  10/31/11

The Cardinals won the World Series by beating the Rangers.  The trade stack is up to five cards, featuring only the two World Series teams.  Won't someone claim the stack so I can stop scanning Cardinals cards now?

2011 Topps Lineage:
189.  Jaime Garcia - Cardinals  

2011 Topps:
334.  Cardinals
  

2010 Topps National Chicle:
188.  Rich Harden - Rangers
  

2011 Topps Heritage: 
411.  Michael Young - Rangers


1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest - Special Delivery
SQ41.  Ray Lankford - Cardinals  


Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  ?? by ?? 

Pack Break: 2011 Phungo Cards

I recently completed a trade with Paul over at Phungo.  As is often the case with bloggers, Paul included a bunch of cool "extras" for me - definitely more than I was able to procure for him this time around.

One of the coolest things that Paul often includes in a trade package is a "pack" of Phungo cards.  For those that haven't had the opportunity to trade with Paul, a Phungo pack is basically a pack of cards containing some homemade cards (often including at least one from your favorite team) and some other "official" cards, often from your favorite team or want list.  Basically, a Phungo pack is what all of us want every pack of real baseball cards to be like - full of our favorite team and/or cards we need!

I'll show off the rest of the trade in a later post, for now, let's just take a peek at the cards in the Phungo pack.

First up, three Phungo cards:  Joey Votto, Big Ben, and Aroldis Chapman.

The Phungo set has a bit of Ginter in it in regards to non-baseball subjects.  However, the Phungo set one-ups Ginter this year in that department since Ginter didn't feature any places or weird objects...did anyone else notice the distinct lack of planets, revolving doors, and natural landforms in this year's Ginter set?  I did, and it saddened me.

I also realized that I must have landed a "hot pack" since all my base cards were of the black bordered parallel version!

Next up, a shiny Aroldis Chapman.

And a 1966 Topps Super Rare error card featuring Floyd Robinson of the Reds rather than the White Sox as most of his cards depict him as playing for.  

This is probably worth a million and half easy.  Super mojo!

And finally, speaking of Allen & Ginter, how about a couple of ginter cards from previous year's sets?  A 2010 Bridge card and a 2009 Papelbon mini, both of which I needed for my sets.

The Papelbon was one of the few remaining 2009 mini cards that I need for the complete set - so that's an extra exciting inclusion.

Thanks for the pack of Phungo cards Paul, lots of fun as always!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Topps Tier One Group Break - Need

I detailed a possible Topps Tier One Group break on my blog yesterday.  As of now, I have 6 or 7 slots claimed for the cheaper break (and 1 fewer for the 12 box case break).  Is there enough interest out there to fill all 15 slots?  Let me know.

Here's what has been "claimed":
Reds - Me
Cardinals - Ike's Cards
Phillies - DaddyOhoho
Rangers - Daniel
Braves* - Colbey
Dodgers - John
?? - Cheap Card Collecting

*Option 1 only.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Topps Tier One Group Break?

Is there interest in a Topps Tier One Group Break?

Here is the information on the set (as known so far).  I don't usually do sets like this, but it does look intriguing.  Each base card is numbered out of 799 (plus plenty of rarer parallels) so everyone ought to get something interesting, even if it is only base cards.  However, looking at price, I see a couple of options:

Option 1:
1 Six Box case (1 pack per box, 7 cards per pack).
Each pack contains 2 autographs, 1 relic, 1 parallel, and 3 base cards.
$34.00 per slot
(Each slot has one team of your choice (first come, first serve) and one randomly assigned team.)

Option 2:
1 Twelve Box case (1 pack per box, 7 cards per pack).
Same pack expectations as above.
$65.00 per slot
(Each slot has one team of your choice (first come, first serve) and one randomly assigned team.)
A twelve box case guarantees one Top Tier on card autograph (see the list of players here)

I would need to sell all fourteen slots (I'll take the Reds in either option) in order to make this work.  Team trading will be allowed.  If you think you'd be interested, leave a comment (and the team(s) you would like).  I won't require any payment yet - this is just a "feeler" to see if this might work.  Make sure you say which option(s) you'd be interested in.  If it looks like I can make this work, then I'll post a true sign-up page where everyone who commented here will get first dibs on their team(s).

Trade Stack 31: Congratulations Cardinals...

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  10/29/11

The Cardinals won the World Series.  I'm happy for the Cardinal bloggers I know as they all seem like good people...but I'm not happy for the Cardinals themselves.  Way too much whining and complaining (especially when they play my Reds).  Anyhow, here's a Cardinals team card for the trade stack, you know, collect the winners and all.

2011 Topps:
334.  Cardinals
  

2010 Topps National Chicle:
188.  Rich Harden - Rangers
  

2011 Topps Heritage: 
411.  Michael Young - Rangers


1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest - Special Delivery
SQ41.  Ray Lankford - Cardinals  


Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  ?? by ?? 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Delivery Time! A Boat Load of Shinys from Robert!

I recently completed another trade with Robert over at $30 a week habit.  Like myself, Robert is a set collector  - and for awhile, we were at odds with each other since we were both trying to collect the Topps Diamond parallel set from this year's base set.  Luckily for me, Robert decided to ditch that project and chose an even tougher task (but much cooler if you ask me).  He's now trying to complete a 1500 card "set" featuring only serially numbered cards (and an even 50 cards per team).  Even more lucky for me, Robert sent me a nice sized stack of diamond cards that he no longer needed but that I still was missing.

Robert ended up sending me 21 cards, which means he gets an addition 21 entries into my contest. You can see the up-to-date contest standings on the right of my blog - there are a lot of entries...but there are a lot of prizes too so keep the diamonds comin'!  (You can find what I still need here).

Of the 21 cards Robert sent, 4 of them stood out:

405.  Ian Kinsler

I like the occasional horizontal shot in my baseball card sets (and this one is a good one).  I don't like a pure horizontal set though since I keep my sets in binders and horizontal cards don't look nice in 9 pocket pages.

417.  Miguel Cairo

Ok, so Cairo isn't the most exciting player - but he's a Red so he gets his time to shine (pun intended) on my blog.  In fact, I'm guessing no one else has bothered to show this particular card except me.

443.  Brian Roberts

Cairo is known for being a hustler and a "scrapper" but based on the baseball card photos of Cairo and Roberts, I would say that Brian Roberts wins the scrapper award hands down.  The dude looks like a ballplayer.

502.  Jeff Baker

All cards with the green ivy of Wrigley Field should be required to be of a refractor/diamond variety.  The green background looks awesome, even if Baker isn't awesome, at least his card is.

Thanks for the trade Robert!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ignore Everything I Wrote About Game Six's Earlier Tonight

This **** just got crazy.

7-7, Top 10.

I'm going to be grumpy tomorrow morning.

Game 7: Will there or Won't there be?

In a seven game series, each of the seven possible games has its own sort of identity.

Game 1:  This is the prom queen of the series.  Everyone's there, everyone's attention is focused on one thing, and every is on an even playing field (hypothetically) though both teams' fans fully believe the other team sucks.

Game 2:  The victorious team in game 1 has two choices here:  hangover or crush the opposition.  Being up 2 games to none is a nice luxury but not a necessity.

Game 3:  In baseball, this is the first game of the series back in the other teams' park.  Although they want to win, the game itself is usually only interesting if the series is tied 1-1.  A 3-0 lead is virtually insurmountable (sorry Yankee fans, I did say virtually not guaranteed) which takes all the luster out of the series.  However, a 2-1 series is usually interesting, so game 3 is often a deciding game as to whether or not the series will be "good."

Game 4:  Short of going for a sweep, game 4 is boring.  Your choices are 3-1 one team up or a 2-2 tie otherwise.  

Game 5:  Game five is probably the best game of the first five games of the series.  A team that is up 3-1 and wins game 5 wins the series while if the losing team wins game 5 they head back to the other ballpark with a bit of momentum.  If the series happened to be tied 2-all, then game 5 determines who has the advantage heading into the final pair of games.

Game 6:  Unlike game 5, game 6 isn't quite as exciting.  One team has the option to win (that's exciting I suppose) while other team has to win just to get the opportunity to play again.  The pressure is entirely on the team that is behind, but even a win in game six doesn't assure them of anything other than another day.  It's hard to get real excited when the best thing that can happen is "another day."

Game 7:  The one good thing about a game 6 is that it can force a game 7, probably the best possible game in the entire series.  It's the classic win-or-go-home that makes sports like college football and events like the Super Bowl so wonderful.  It's a one-shot jolt of excitement for a sport punctuated with long periods of inactivity and treading water.  Game 7 is the spiked punch bowl of the prom - you don't know what exactly will happen but after the night is over you know that a lot of people are going to have a good time.  Yep, that's game 7.

So, if I had to rank the world series on "best games to watch" from worst to first, I'd rank them as follows:

#7:  Game 4
#6:  Game 6
#5:  Game 2
#4:  Game 3
#3:  Game 1
#2:  Game 5
#1:  Game 7

What do you think?  Which game(s) of a typical World Series are best for you?  I don't know whether history has proved my rankings accurate (certainly the game 6 between the Reds and Red Sox is one of the most famous World Series games of all time).  However, even in the Reds/Red Sox game, what's often forgotten is that all that win did for the Red Sox was allow them to play another day (which they ended up losing anyhow).

And finally, will we get a game 7 in this year's World Series?  Will we make it through what I think is one of the most boring games to the really exciting game?  I'm curious for your predictions.

One more thing, if you missed it:  I've got a trade stack that is brimming with World Series goodness.

Trade Stack 31: World Series Game 6 Edition

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  10/27/11

Blogging is an interesting thing.  A few years ago, it seemed like there was an overwhelming majority of bloggers that were Cardinal fans.  Since then, I've seen a run on teams like the Mets and Red Sox along with the Yankees and Dodgers.  I have yet to see an explosion of any west coast team (excluding the Dodgers) nor have I seen an explosion of Rangers collectors.  Will Texas' second consecutive World Series appearance change that for next year?  I have no idea - but the current trade stack will give someone a head start to a Rangers' collection...

2010 Topps National Chicle:
188.  Rich Harden - Rangers
  

2011 Topps Heritage: 
411.  Michael Young - Rangers


1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest - Special Delivery
SQ41.  Ray Lankford - Cardinals  


Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  ?? by ?? 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Delivery Time! Attax, Heritage, Diamonds, Larkins, and Roger Maris!

It was only a couple of days ago that I wrote about the second envelope in the last couple of weeks that I received from blog reader Adam.  Today, it's time to go through the first envelope.  I don't have any great reason for the order in which I post trades - mostly it's whichever package seems like the most fun to write about on a given day. 

This particular trade package is a lot of fun - mostly because it is chock full of cards that were once residing on my want list.

First up, a bunch of Topps Attax cards.  This set appeared in stores, had about 15 minutes (no exaggeration) of discussion on the blogs, and then disappeared altogether.  I don't know if I'll ever finish the set - and I already know I have no plans to try to collect a similar set next year - but it would be nice to finish this one off.  Adam certainly helped - he sent me 18 cards from the set that I needed! 

A couple of my favorites:
Bronson Arroyo

I believe that Topps Attax is a decent product, but it could have been so much better if a little love went into the design.  For instance, Arroyo shouldn't have a high fastball number and crappy specialty and change-up numbers.  He's a crafty pitcher, not a speed guy. 

Rangers Captain

First, if the Rangers mascot really has a name of Rangers Captain, that's totally lame.  Lame even for mascots.  A quick Google search informs me that, yes, it really is Rangers Captain.  I'm sure there is some reason for the Lucky number 72, but I don't know what it is off the top of my head and I'm afraid of Google-ing it for fear of being let down once again.

Topps Heritage:
Cincinnati Reds

The team photo for my favorite team - and one of the few remaining short prints from this year's Heritage set...double extra awesome!

Adam also sent me a pair of diamond parallels...

And a Roger Maris 60 Years of Topps card...

And a few Larkins - but you'll have to wait to see the Larkins in all their glory in later posts.

Thanks for the trade Adam!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Is Anyone Else Excited?

I talked about it almost a year ago...

Uncharted 3 for the PlayStation 3 comes out next week...
crappy image from IGN.com

...and IGN.com gave it a perfect 10/10 in yesterday's review.

Guess I know what I'll ask for for my birthday in a couple of weeks...and I guess I know what might make graduate work suffer...

Trade Stack 31: Keepin' the World Series Dreams Alive.

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  10/25/11

As a Reds fan, I've been pleased with the way the World Series has gone so far, though I'll admit that I would like to see St. Louis win game 6 (only) to force a game 7...  

2011 Topps Heritage: 
411.  Michael Young - Rangers


1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest - Special Delivery
SQ41.  Ray Lankford - Cardinals  


Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  ?? by ?? 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Trade Stack 31: World Series Edition

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  10/24/11

The World Series is in full force - so let's celebrate by starting up another Trade Stack.  However, in the true spirit of a Reds' fan, I have no interest in celebrating the current Cardinals in the World Series...so how about we start stack #31 with a Cardinal's insert card from back when they weren't so good?  

1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest - Special Delivery
SQ41.  Ray Lankford - Cardinals  


Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  ?? by ?? 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Final Chance to Vote

Due to a scheduling error on my part, I must announce that today is your last chance to vote for the next Theme Week theme on my blog.  Right now, Autograph week is still winning but there are some other options that could win given a late flurry of voting.  Make your voice heard!

The (current) plan is to have whatever theme "wins" the vote to be the Theme for next week (Oct. 31 - Nov. 5)...  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Did You Vote Yet?

Did you vote yet?

As of the time of this post, Autograph Week is leading the pack for the next Nachos Grande Theme Week theme - but it's a pretty poor voting turnout at the moment (only 9 votes thus far) so I suppose anything could happen.   Currently, Autograph Week is leading by two over Trade Bait Week.  TV Weeks, Massive Flops Week, and Origami Week all have one vote as well...every other option is getting shut out.  Don't let your favorite idea be shut out - vote now!

Nachos Grande Theme Week Poll

A few days ago, I solicited ideas on what the next theme week for my blog should be, here are the various choices.  Please vote for the one you like best...



Thanks for all the input - and for voting!

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Stupid Files: Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Welcome to my latest feature - The Stupid Files.  Basically, I examine something that I deem to be stupid and call it a blog post.

For today's edition of The Stupid Files, I present Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Here's what happened:

Today, I had an appointment for my car's second oil change in less than a month.  The service garage is within a short walk of a large Barnes & Noble bookstore so I decided to spend my time looking for books rather than sitting in the waiting room of the garage.  As some of my readers may know, I've recently added woodworking as a hobby to go along with my baseball cards.  I bought a table saw at the beginning of summer and was fortunate to add a bunch of my grandfather's old tools to my fledgling collection at the end of the summer.  Since the time of the table saw purchase, I've made a three-tiered shelf for my garage, a raised vegetable garden bed, a bookshelf for inside, and most recently, a recycling center for the garage.
Many of those books came from Barnes & Noble.  Don't expect that to continue.
The recycling center after adding the three drawers. This was constructed without any true plans.
The final product!

As you can see, I've had a fair bit of success building some simple (and not-quite-so-simple) things - so I figured I'd take a gander at Barnes & Noble's selection of woodworking books to see if anything looked interesting to me.  Of course, as is always the case when I walk in a bookstore, there were plenty of things that looked interesting to me.  After a fair bit of hemming and hawing, I finally elected to purchase the most expensive woodworking book they had (which also happened to be the most complete in terms of both techniques and woodworking plans) - a book aptly titled The Complete Book of Woodworking.

Now, money is quite tight for me right now with all the driving that I'm doing (not to mention the reduced paycheck) so I decided to see what the book was selling for online by using my phone.  A quick scan of the bar code and I find out that the book is available online for the following prices:

Amazon.com:  $19.77
Barnes & Noble.com:  $22.02
Books-a-Million:  $24.28

In the store, the book was listed at retail price for $29.99.

Now, when you are looking at a $30 purchase, a savings of $8 is quite a bit - and if I had elected to purchase the book from Amazon, the savings would be even more.  However, I wasn't trying to be greedy - but I wasn't going to be stupid either...so I took the book with me up to the cashier and asked why the book was so much cheaper online and if they would price match.  Her reply?

"Sorry, we don't price match our own online store."

I asked why not (logical question I thought)...and she replied:

"The online prices are lower but you have to pay for shipping so it evens out."

That would make sense, to an extent, except Barnes & Noble offers free shipping for orders over $25.00.  So I could have purchased the book, plus a greeting card or something else cheap, and got the book (plus something else) for less than what the store was trying to sell the book for...and Barnes & Noble would have had to "eaten" the cost of shipping.  So a quick check of the math:

Option 1:  I buy book for list price off shelf:  $29.99
Option 2:  I buy book from B&N online, plus something else to equal $25:  $25.00 after free shipping
Option 3:  B&N price matches their own website, I pay $22.02 and no one has to ship anything.

Now, you may think that's the stupid part (and it is stupid of course), but it gets worse.  According to the Barnes & Noble website, I can choose the "Pick Me Up" option where I buy the book online, and within 60 minutes of placing the order, I show up in the store and pick the book up from behind the counter...

And yet, the lady wouldn't do a simple price match when that's exactly what "Pick Me Up" is for anyone with a smart phone and Internet connection...

What ended up happening you ask?  Well, I told the cashier that the policy didn't make any sense and that I'd return the book back to the shelf.  She offered to do that for me so I left her with the book and Barnes & Noble lost a sale.  Not only that, I'll be doing all my book shopping with Amazon.com - not only does Amazon offer the best prices, they don't make me angry with stupid policies.