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    I have noticed that we ave seen less and less of the "I am starting a card shop" threads and maybe this one will put an end to them once and for all. If the FCB store cannot make it in good economic times than the chances of anyone else making it are slim and none. I had a shop for nine years and cried nearly every week when I did the books because I was barely making a living at it despite the fact it was my dream for years.

    It is like someone once said to me when I bought a snowmobile......the happiest day of your life is when you buy it and the second happiest day of your life is when you sell (or close) it!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchenrycards View Post
    I have noticed that we ave seen less and less of the "I am starting a card shop" threads and maybe this one will put an end to them once and for all. If the FCB store cannot make it in good economic times than the chances of anyone else making it are slim and none. I had a shop for nine years and cried nearly every week when I did the books because I was barely making a living at it despite the fact it was my dream for years.

    It is like someone once said to me when I bought a snowmobile......the happiest day of your life is when you buy it and the second happiest day of your life is when you sell (or close) it!.
    I think it can be done as a part of something else. Sports cards can't be all you do. Look at major retailers, if they can carry them then so can you. However I think the days of the specialty shop might be numbered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgilmo View Post
    I think it can be done as a part of something else. Sports cards can't be all you do. Look at major retailers, if they can carry them then so can you. However I think the days of the specialty shop might be numbered.
    I think you are right to a point. The major retailers have someone set up the displays and sell the product basically on consignment and take zero risk if product does not sell. How many times have we heard about WalMart, Target and others dealing with a distributor who maintains their displays and only pays the distributor when product is sold. If you are a major retailer you have the power to demand these types of perks but a small shop owner, be it an antique store, a convenience store or any other small retailer, you must buy the product and be stuck with whatever does not sell. These small retailers are less likely to purchase the high dollar boxes we are seeing becoming the norm in our hobby and are only willing to risk lower dollar packs.

    Like it or not this hobby, in terms of unopened, is moving to online retailers or even box breakers because of the expense involved. As a vintage collector I have not been tempted to buy anything modern but I do have to admit the box break concept has intrigued me enough to make me consider getting into a few breaks for a fraction of the cost of what a modern box will run me.

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    I'm still opening a shop in the next few years


    I have a sugar mama though

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    Quote Originally Posted by CollectorsCorner View Post
    I'm still opening a shop in the next few years


    I have a sugar mama though
    good , I have over 600,000 commons to sell you

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    Chris- Sorry to hear about the store closing, but glad to see more of you on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyfan0417 View Post
    Chris is working a demanding full time job and then spending the rest of his waking hours working at the store. Knowing Mrs. Gilmore I'm sure she will enjoy the extra time she has with the big guy.
    or she will divorce him because he's around way too much now. jk and

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmath View Post
    or she will divorce him because he's around way too much now. jk and
    You ain't wrong.
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    Chris best of luck man. I am glad I got to meet the man, myth and legend back in '12 when my wife and I were visiting my brother at the Shepperd Center in ATL.
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    Didn't see this thread and stopped by today for some wax. Sucks
    Incoming:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgilmo View Post
    You ain't wrong.
    *aren't





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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Mario View Post
    *aren't
    you ain't from the south .I bet your one of them #$#$#%^ northern aggressor types .

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    "Ain't" was officially made a word a few years back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyjam1973 View Post
    Didn't see this thread and stopped by today for some wax. Sucks
    Sorry jimmy. I'll miss our talks.
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