I did a post similar to this one several years back, and in the past few days, this occurrence has emerged once again. Maybe it's an idiosyncrasy of mine, but I find it very intriguing when an eBay auction finishes at such a low price that the seller is actually losing money on shipping. I think it's the accompanying idea that the person selling these cards ultimately would have been better off just throwing them in the garbage. It's been over five years since I've reported on this phenomenon, and, oddly enough, the opportunity for another pair presented itself within days of one another. Here is the first instance.
Rifling through the 'Bay one night, I saw that a seller had some pretty decent stuff up for auction with free shipping. I've bought but a single pack of 2015 A&G, but when you have a chance to scoop up some minis of a few decent players, you don't hesitate very long. The auction I ended up winning was for mini cards of Edwin Encarnacion, Pablo Sandoval, Matt Cain, and Addison Reed. Not a major windfall, but a tidy enough score.
This was the stamp on the envelope that arrived earlier this week. Its safe passage was paid for with a Purple Heart Forever first class stamp from 2014. The post office itself confirms that this stamp was released on October 11, 2014, a full nine months after the most recent rate hike (from $.46 to $.49) went into effect. Fair enough, nothing to see here.
Yes, it's true, I ended up winning the auction for $0.47. So this seller essentially paid two cents, plus a variety of other fees, to send me these cards. Not to mention, the value of the cards themselves. Now, you might claim that I overpaid by a bit, since these minis do end up in dime boxes, but you have to factor in the time and energy I saved by completing this transaction from the comfort of my couch.
Thanks, benjifire, we salute you and your collecting benevolence.