Anybody grab baggin it?
I've done it once before and was not happy with the jerseys that were sent out. I ended up with a Joel kwiakowski jersey.
The Ovie jersey would be a steal, but I think I'll wait for the Brodeur (hopefully)
I will never grab bag again either, although I feel fortunate that I got a Dandenault, Habs with a good photomatch. Honestly, I think this is the stuff that MeiGray can't move due to the economy, the costs, and/or lack of wear. If I got a high ender (except for the Ovechkin), I'd move it. I remember when they had a Kariya in the Grab Bag and it had little wear on it, but yet they wanted $2999 for it. As "Shaggy" would say, "Zoinks!"
I really like MeiGray and their standards, but I sometimes have a hard time with the favortism of past collectors getting items that many new collectors want as well. Let's take an instance as what happened last season with Langenbrunner. The guy is hurt and then on the 3rd of December is named Captain. I race to email them requesting the sweater and find out that I am first to contact them. However, two other collectors that have bought from them in past have requested the VERY first "C" of each new captain of the Devils. So I get knocked down the list even though I am first to contact them. Not happy, but I eventually get offered a third set pick.
Personally I think this is wrong and created a huge headache for them and probably why the preorder process takes so long. They have to figure out this tangled web that they created on who gets what and when did they make the initial request (yesterday or five years ago). I've said this many times in person, on the forums and to MeiGray, but this is Barry Meisel's choice. I don't like it, but I will continue to buy from MeiGray.
In addition, I think the sales he has made have really changed the buying patterns of the people. KC Devil and I spoke at length on this several times in stating that people wait for the sales to buy. Not a lot of people buy during the non-sale periods and wait for a GOOD Sale. 10-25% isn't good in my opinion and I shall label these sales as "Bobby Wild West Sales". "Significant savings" were promised, but under impressed... wait, I mean extremely disappointed with him or MeiGray's dealings with him. However, that subject is best left for another thread. But back with the sales. The summer sale has yet to make me WANT to buy much. To date, I've spent $100.00 I believe. I bought a pair of gloves and two pairs of Devils socks. The way the past sales have worked makes you have to go in with someone to split the costs, but you have to find someone who is going to split the exact same dollar figure for it to work. So that creates difficulty. The sale isn't announced until the day of the expo so you have no idea how much or little the sale will be. It forces me NOT to participate as I cannot tell what the sale will be. I hardly figure knowing a week before the event or even two weeks would cause that much of a problem as MeiGray closes for a couple days to a week to do inventory and price items. Last year a senior memeber of MeiGray's staff asked me specifically what I thought of the sale (because that person noticed like many of us did...that not much was moving). I told them that while MeiGray's sales were generous (because they do not have to have one), it wasn't what collectors like myself and others were looking for. We (some collectors) are frugal with our money and I'd rather pay $900.00 for an 1987-88 Devils with great wear than for an Elias/Parise with minimal stick marks. The new Edge sweaters offer me as a collector ZERO. Last year the Devils stuff at the sale had virtually no wear (unknown poster please feel free to chime in). Then when I did spot a Lags or somebody with wear it was a Bobby West Special Return and not on sale. I'd rather let his stuff sit personally because I have a lot of anomosity with that guy.
With this summer's sale approaching faster than I can save, I'm holding onto the cash I have for the Devils Draft Day sale. THe potential to get something I want, is affordible and MeiGray doesn't have it are all there. You cannot get Shanahan, Parise, or Rolstons gloves at MeiGray (well, there is a pair of Rolston gloves there for $250.00, but I asked last year if the seller would take $150.00 and they didn't even bother asking the seller, they said, "$225.00 is as low as we'll go") Helmets, sticks, gloves, and such that you can get nowhere else. MeiGray will have all those sweaters as I do not think any Stimulus cheque or grand economic turn-around will put any more money in our pockets sadly. I think the economy is going to get a little worse yet before it gets better. Personally, I'm thankful to have a job even if it sucks. Buying MeiGray stuff second-hand seems the smartest way to get a deal. If they want the summer sale to really be good this year... 1/2 off any sweater (including Brodeur) is the only way to go. That intense perceived savings is huge and will sucker many people including myself into buy from them as opposed to having my sights set on the Devils Draft Day Sale.
After tonights win versus the Bruins, I want the Langenbrunner Set II White; however, I will NOT pay $750.00 (plus shipping) like I did last year for it. I wouldn't mind another Elias or Parise either, but NO way am I going to spend $1200 on either of their items either regardless of the wear they might have (or most likely not). So, I'd have to wait until 2010's sale to get either of these items at a cheaper price and by then (let's face it), I'd have most likely found something else and skipped over them. MeiGray makes the summer sale items from the current year only 25% off so the items are still pricy. The buy two get one at half off was last year's sale and I do not think much has moved since it.
Personally, I'm at a loss in terms of dealing with MeiGray. I would love to buy more, but not at those prices. Buying from people like Milt and trading second-hand is the way to go. The Lags I have with the "C" is the last MeiGray purchase I made and I cannot speak for the future. I cannot see them lowering prices and think no matter what those prices are here to stay and will only go up in the future.
Again, I love what they stand for and their selection, but pricing is not there for a growing number of people. What will the future hold? Buy one get one free? That would be fantastic. Although I won't hold my breath.
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