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    LCS owner called "Toughest job in sports" by Yahoo...

    No new info here for most Collectors, but still interesting to see the General Public's view of it:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-bi...143326636.html
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    The industry has to make some changes to get the young collector back into the hobby, not the "business".

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    Long article, I'll bookmark and come back. Thanks for posting!
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    Thanks for posting the link


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    I wish a LCS owner had the balls to call Marcus Lemonis and go on the TV show THE PROFIT. My gut feeling tells me most of the cases is the LCS owner's fault a shop goes out of business, not knowing how to run a business "if you build it, they will come", not carrying the right product mix, not using online sales or ebay to augment in-store sales, not having an acceptable mix of margin products.

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    Just read this. Decent read and from an outsider's view at that.

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    Decent read for sure. Sad bringing back memories of collecting back in the 80s and 90s

    They make it sound like the 90s were awesome. I feel like that's when the hobby was at it's peak but clearly started to fall towards the late 90s

    Being a shop owner is becoming more and more a thing of the past. Too bad too. I think the article got it right with (1) You need to appeal to kids more and (2) it's a form of gambling today, that needs to change too.
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    A shop owner can't change the products produced.

    A shop owner can diversify.

    A stand alone card shop isn't realistic these days and shouldn't be attempted.

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    Well let's see....

    Minuscule margins
    Cheaper competition with unlimited selection
    Boring repetitive products
    Outrageously expensive products
    Expensive products which constantly yield crap
    Exclusives
    Redemptions
    Not enough customers
    Lack of advertising (company wise)
    And so on

    Yep, pretty much spot on


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    The article fails to address the impact internet auction sites, most notably eBay, had in decreasing brick and mortar sales. Probably the biggest shop killer of all, and it's not mentioned.

    Many of the same factors that killed shop sales also factored into the demise of sports card shows. And since many dealers displayed at these shows and supplemented their store sales with them, the near-death of card shows is also a contributing factor to store closings.

    What's a tougher job these days? Shop owner or sports card show promoter? I'd say show promoter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gracecollector View Post
    The article fails to address the impact internet auction sites, most notably eBay, had in decreasing brick and mortar sales. Probably the biggest shop killer of all, and it's not mentioned.

    Many of the same factors that killed shop sales also factored into the demise of sports card shows. And since many dealers displayed at these shows and supplemented their store sales with them, the near-death of card shows is also a contributing factor to store closings.

    What's a tougher job these days? Shop owner or sports card show promoter? I'd say show promoter.
    The autograph guests are what keeps things like Tristar alive and well. The issue with the shows is...everybody wants to take their heavy hitters and sell them there. 98% of the guys setting up pay no mind to the local teams. And it's stupid. Why the hell would you come all the way to Houston to set up and not have any Houston related items to sell? Especially if you're from a place a great deal away from Houston and you can't sell Houston stuff where you are at. And also, why only bring the super expensive stuff? It'll sell on ebay easier. But hey...go ahead and do what you want. Those guys bringing in the 25 and 50 cent boxes or even the dollar boxes are going to keep raking in the money while you sit there and wonder why you don't make squat at shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gracecollector View Post
    The article fails to address the impact internet auction sites, most notably eBay, had in decreasing brick and mortar sales. Probably the biggest shop killer of all, and it's not mentioned.
    It was mentioned - the article said LCS owners have used the internet and other things to augment their sports card shop. And if done right, I'd say eBay might actually be beneficial to a shop instead of a brick/mortar killer. If a LCS owner acquires a card for cheap on ebay that would sell in the shop quickly because of being a local favorite team or player, a LCS owner should be able to have a great profit margin, or if a card comes in the shop as part of a trade or purchase and you can quick-flip it on ebay for a decent profit margin rather than have it sit in your shop for weeks or months.

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    good read, thanks for posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgilmo View Post
    A stand alone card shop isn't realistic these days and shouldn't be attempted.
    Do you still carry Comic books, they were great for us back about 5+ years ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBCgalaxee View Post
    Well let's see....

    Minuscule margins
    Cheaper competition with unlimited selection
    Boring repetitive products
    Outrageously expensive products
    Expensive products which constantly yield crap
    Exclusives
    Redemptions
    Not enough customers
    Lack of advertising (company wise)
    And so on

    Yep, pretty much spot on
    How do you stay in business? I don't mean that as a snarky comment at all. I'm genuinely interested how you've managed to keep your card shop alive all these years despite all the negatives you mentioned.
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