Sunday, December 14, 2008

Manufacturer Collusion

I'd like to piggy back off a recent post by Gellman at Sports Cards Uncensored. While many may have suspected that this practice was going on it now appears that the level of arrogance and disregard for the collecting community has hit a new low. No longer is Beckett simply content to practice collusion with the manufacturers but the blatant-nous with which this practice is now occurring should be illegal.

I have known for quite some time that Beckett had no one's best interest in mind beyond their own, let alone that of collectors. However ,it now appears as if this disregard has grown to the level of downright disdain. How else would you explain such unethical practices?

Beckett's involvement, to this degree of collusion, has moved them from one-time respected and objective 3rd party voice, to nothing more than a glorified extension of each individual card companies PR and marketing departments. The means by which this occurred used to be much more subtle. Now Beckett apparently feels confident enough in their arrogance to come out of the closet and be much more overt in this deception.

What will the new low be for Beckett in 2009? Stay tuned.


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