Join Publisher Tracy Hackler and radio star Tim Trout as they open a box of the brand new 2009 Press Pass Eclipse NASCAR cards.
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Wow…you admit you have a loaded box but bust anyway. How stupid are you guys?
You know, I had faith that you guys weren’t doing anything unethical up until this point.
So, let me get this straight… (and see if you can stay with me):
… if a card company prints and packages its cards in the Dallas area and a company rep drops off a box …
… and both said rep and the Beckett crew acknowledge that the box “could be” a case hitting box as it was just pulled off the line (neither one knows) …
… and they offer to give away the cards if it appears that way …
… we’re supposed to be outraged?
I see no conspiracy. In fact, I see generosity.
Yes, I used to think the same thing. However, shouldn’t paying consumers have the chance to get a loaded box instead? Also, how this is a good representation of what an average collector is supposed to pull?
This whole notion of “loaded boxes” is propegated by people who don’t leave their basements and don’t go to work but need something to blog about — and are pissed they don’t get free boxes to open for their few-hundred readers (and sell for themselves afterward).
Yes, there have been noteworthy pulls from boxes from Beckett. But guess what, guys? They open a sheeetload of products. Do you think card companies consciously plant boxes in their hands when it’s obvious that they have their hands full getting products out and (cough, cough) redemptions fulfilled? And what sense does it make for them to do that when it can inspire expectations that can’t be delivered upon just as easily as it can hype collectors up for a product?
Use common sense people. If anyone’s at fault here, it’s manufacturers who have bad collation or are, god forbid, trying to work the whole system.
Beckett magazines appear in nearly every Walmart around the country — and probably almost every hobby shop, too. Whether you like them or not, they have a potentially huge audience and that alone makes sending them sample/review boxes make a lot of sense.
Show me a video game reviewer or a movie reviewer who pays to see movies or buys DVDs … ah, I’m done. This argument is pointless.
Very well stated, Mark. And I’ll leave it at that.
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