It mostly boils down to the sales tax I'm now required to pay over on COMC and eBay. Now I realize 9% isn't going to make or break me financially, but anyone who knows me on a personal level will tell you that I'm sort of a cheapskate. Sure, I might spend $100 on a card every now and then, but I always do my research and want to make sure I'm getting a good deal.
So now that I'm forced to pay an extra 9% in taxes, I'm willing to spend 9% less on the purchase price... which has made my card purchases less and less frequent. To help you paint a picture, I went back and counted my eBay purchases in 2020. Here's a breakdown by month:
January 2020: 17 eBay Purchases
February 2020: 8 eBay Purchases
March 2020: 5 eBay Purchases
Side Note #1: Out of the thirty eBay purchases I've made so far in 2020, four were not card related and three were cards purchased for other people. That's twenty-three hobby related purchases from eBay during the first three months of the year. I realize that might sound like a lot to some of you, but this is a fraction of the business I have done in the past.
Side Note #2: Eleven of those twenty-three purchases were for my 2019 Topps Holiday Relic set build.
At first I was annoyed with having to pay sales tax on my COMC credit and eBay purchases, but I've started to realize that it's really a blessing. I have thousands of cards sitting around at my house, at my dad's house, and in my buddy's garage that haven't seen daylight in years. It's time to start appreciating what I already have more than investing time on tracking down cards that I want.
Obviously, I'm not saying that I'm finished with purchasing cards on eBay or COMC. But the cutbacks are real.
Now that I've gotten that little tidbit out of the way, I wanted to show of the latest addition to my Tony Gwynn PC:
2001 UD Legends Legendary Lumber Autographs #SL-TG
I've come across this card a few times over the years and probably should have picked it up when they were selling in the $25 to $40 range. Oh well. This card popped up on my eBay search list with a BIN price of $55 (free shipping) and I decided to treat myself to a nice on-card autograph of my favorite athlete of all-time.
I never purchased any 2001 UD Legends back in the day, because that's right around the time I dumped my collection. But even if I did, the odds would have been against me in pulling this card. These signed Legendary Lumber memorabilia cards were case hits inserted in one out of every two hundred eighty-eight packs.
$55 might not be the typical bargain price I wait around for, but it sure beats buying and busting unopened product of this stuff in hopes of pulling this card. Plus... after being locked up the past three weeks, I deserve a special treat.
What about you?
Has sales tax or the coronavirus impacted your hobby spending?
Happy Thursday and sayonara!