- Oct 25, 2017
The buyer definitely has a legal recourse against the middle-man company. Question is: does he want to spend the money and time it'll cost him?
Lots of read flags here! Would definitely not trust the USPS to deliver anything with that kind of value. Especially overseas.
UPS/Fedex have shipping options specifically for big-ticket items like this. You can also hire a courier with an armored van lol
GTA V style. It's how they deliver jewelry, cash, bullion, etc.
Yeah I'm in the same boat. I think it's just cause it's rare and some person won it in a tournament which makes even less sense as the card itself does nothing, and it's congratulating a winner of a tournament, something the owner now hasn't done. But people spend their money on really dumb shit all the time
Lol what is going on here and how did you find this?The only thing I would pay $60,000 for is an old Disney VHS tape whose auction is obviously being used as a front for drug trafficking
Who wants to pay 1.5 million dollars for a collection you could assemble at Good Will for $20
I don't know that it's the only one, but as it was only handed out to tournament winners it is an exceptionally rare card. The bulbapedia article on it is pretty dense and doesn't have an easily-skimmable section about how many of each No.3 trainer printing are out there.
I mean on the one hand I agree with the implication that people who are doing mining for rare minerals, gems, and the like are severely, hell, literally criminally underpaid, but on the other hand a lot of these gems aren't really all that rare and are only as expensive as they are because of the fact that extraction is being done under the control of only a few companies, basically monopolies/cartels (i.e., deBeers).
I think you got the story wrong. USPS didn't lose it. Looks like a go-between courier lost it.Polygon has reported on a rare Pokemon card that was sold for $60,000 and was shipped using USPS, USPS has apparently lost the card which was insured at $50,000 but that amount cannot be paid out because USPS has a signature on record:
all the more reason to use a specialized courier or UPS/FedEx or DHL. you check the whole thing before you sign for it. but who the hell would be stupid enough
DHL, world courier, Axis global. buy a plane ticket.
nah, customs isn't going to know or care about a trading card.This is a terrible idea. You put yourself in danger at the exchange place and if anything happens, like getting mugged, you lose everything. Insurance and sending through a carrier is the safest and and smartest way to do it. If the middle man loses it, they're usual liable for it. also it's worth more than $10k so you would need to clear customs for it.
I'm willing to bet 60K that USPS lost the damn thing before it got to the middle man company.
Well, I guess they could have gone with the arrangement others have stated then, with the seller handing it directly to the buyer (and making the buyer sign confirming he received it).
"lost in the mail" is not the same as "lost by usps." Its explained in the story.
see above. lost in the mail is not the same as lost by usps.
I can only assume this will go to court and the middle man company has to be found at fault since they signed for packages without confirming the contents of the bulk package. Sure we all sign for things without confirming, but with a tracking number they would have KNOWN it would be delivered that day.But so who is losing money in the end? I vaguely suspect that since the items were not received by the buyer, their contract will force them to reimburse. Is this a case of aramex stealing the card and getting away with it because of bad contract between Pokemon place and aramex?
The Hope Diamond was sent from NYC to the Smithsonian via USPS Registered Mail, and it's worth a few hundred million more than this Pokemon card.
Registered Mail is tracked every step of the way, secured in a safe, and cannot be delivered without an in-person signature. If your carrier is cutting corners on priority expresses or certified mail, that's one thing, but on a Registered? At best they'll get fired; at worst, the Inspection Service will get involved.I cannot tell you how many times USPS has a signature on record for shit that was apparently never delivered anywhere. I even had to break out camera footage once to prove that no one attempted delivery all day (yep, sent them fuckers footage from 8AM - 8PM) and they still refused to honor the insurance.
I want to support them, but it's easy to hate them when they miss deliveries and their customer service is literally aggressive.