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Newbies / Re: New Here
« on: March 14, 2004, 03:41 PM »
Hey IOC, nice to see you across the street here from GH...  Always nice to see familiar faces show up and say hey.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Not to start a Scalper Topic, but.....
« on: March 13, 2004, 05:16 PM »
That is my point on Selling them too HMI.

One guy sees a profit froms elling his one-offs, then starts making repro weaons...  Then knock-offs, or repro cards for vintage trying to dupe somebody, and then making bootleg prototypes like Missle Firing Fetts.

I remember one day, you never saw that figure, then another day 90 of them appear...  Odd that there were that many unpainted Rocket Firing Fetts suddenly to flood the market, ya know?

That's my gripe against selling customs in a nutshell.  It's like the argument that marijuana use leads to more harmful drugs.  Custom sales leads to more unscrupulous sales of "customs" and passing things off as the real deal if you can.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When They Were Funny...
« on: March 13, 2004, 01:30 AM »
Mel Brooks is a good one...  Never would've thought of him.

Martin Short's a very unfunny person.  Was he ever though?

And Steve Martin could be tacked onto that, but he was funny in that movie he made  with Eddie Murphy.  Actually Eddie Murphy wasn't bad in that come to think of it...

Bowfinger it was maybe?

Rosie O'Donnel was funny at one time.  She's just scary now.

I'd say the CURRENT cast of SNL but they sucked from the start.  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Not to start a Scalper Topic, but.....
« on: March 13, 2004, 01:24 AM »
Eh, Dave's gone...  

Ya know what?  Now people are DEFENDING her in a thread in teh Saga part at Scum.

WTF?  Defending a scalper's behavior?  I never thought I'd see the day.

GNT and some guy named TickTock are leading the charge...

I don't get this though.  I agree, dislike the buyer and fault them as much as the seller, but at what point did we determine the SELLER has NO FAULT in the situation?

I'm just saddened to see collecting at this level...  WHo cares if someone makes money off it!?  All is ok...  Good for them!  

What the **** happened to helping people out and being an asset to a collecting community rather than a hinderence?

Christ this is so stupid...  I'm so amazed anyone would feel this way.  It's sad to see the hobby so deep in the *******.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 13, 2004, 12:05 AM »
I am a Pens fan...  Imagine how I feel?   :P

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Not to start a Scalper Topic, but.....
« on: March 13, 2004, 12:02 AM »
hah, don't worry Dave...  It seems to have gone well.

She's kissing your ass in an attempt to sway you against me...  She's been trying this with other people too.  Tried dropping names of people I actually know semi-well in an attempt to drag them into this in her defense.

Poor soul...

You posted quite eloquently, and I agree with you mostly...

She doesn't want me involved in the "private" conversation she's trying to have with you on the side now...  May post anyway.  It's my right and I think she's being a hypocrite on quite a few things, like:

-First she said she used a card of someone else's and wasn't "nice" about her feelings about the person who reported her for using their card...  Now she's trying to say her and this person are friends and that they talk on the forums, and that all is forgotten.

-For the scalping thing, she keeps trying to drag other Ebay sellers into the debate who order direct from Hasbro, and say that I'm degrading them when I degrade her, yet she doesn't see that I'm taking shots at her because she buys from Wal-Mart and sells her stuff then.

-She is resorting to insults now too...  I wish JoshEEE or some decent Mod were around tonight and would lay into her.

I've found I'm often left to defend myself from insults though by the mods...  It'd just be nice if one would step in in this case and point out that I haven't called her ANYTHING but what she's already admitted to.    

-She continually posts that she has "support" but as of now nobody's shown up to support her.  I've gotten a couple PM's about it...  I like to think you guys support my view on this as well, as a simple matter of "her actions", and "My opinion on her actions".

She's a scalper, she's admitted as much (won't admit to the title though) and feels she does nothing wrong.  I'd hope you guys would see the flaw in that logic as I do.

And in short, this chick's whack...  Yo.   :P

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Not to start a Scalper Topic, but.....
« on: March 12, 2004, 09:17 PM »
OOOOoooo Dave, you HAVE to man.  

I don't expect you to read that thread, but check out her first post (Bitchin' about who "tattled on her" for using their card on her figure), and all that jazz...  If that was your card, and she's calling YOU the "idiot" that tattled on her, then you have to say something.

If you guys want a synopsis, here goes...

She came in bitchin' about the Sith Infiltrator on Ebay getting pulled or taken down.  

She said she got a carded figure she made pulled because it was someone else's card (and the person recognized while browsing Ebay) and they told Ebay.  She can't post more customs, so she's bitchin'.

I said "Selling customs is detrimental to customizers in general because it causes increases in bootlegging, knock-offs, and faking vintage stuff".  

Then I said "I see you have a ton of stuff you're scalping on Ebay" (In less harsh words).

She's mad at me over this stuff, but it's true
AAAANNNNNNDDDDD
She admitted to both actions.  She admitted to the carded custom she tried passing off as her own, and she admits she goes to stores (retail stores) buys up figures and sells them for profit.

Like I said, I'm not one to bring up scalping guys...  It's there, and it's not going anywhere.  I accept that.

BUT...

I do NOT like seeing these ******** come into a site like Scum and basically GLOAT about what they do.  Do they not deserve some less than civil feedback given to them?  I think so, and I really hope you all would too.

I know you guys don't want to get involved too heavily, but if you dislike scalping and scalpers...  And I bet you ALL do...  I would take the opportunity to voice that opinion.  People like her, when they out themselves like this, shouoldn't be allowed to think THEIR actions are any better than the individual who insists on "having it first".  That they do not shoulder some blame.

I accept scalpers are there as much as you guys do, but I'd never have even mentioned them if she weren't showing other unscrupulous activity like selling another customizer's work like she tried.

I agree with you MisterPL that the buyers are 50% of the problem or more.  But that doesn't mean we shouldn't tear into a scalper when one presents itself on a message forum.

She asked for it, and she deserves it at this stage.  She just happened to make the wrong remarks in a thread I posted initially.

She's getting a lot of crap from me, and nobody's really jumped in (Darth Ball did though, haha...  I thought he'd take interest in it) as of right now, but I think it's time to get a point across to at least one individual.  

I wouldn't even want this person in my community if they were helpful in some way.  What she does is wrong to me, quite simply.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 12, 2004, 04:41 PM »
That's a good point on the compression of the NHL season...  I agree, I think you'd see more vehement fanatacism out of Canadian fans, and fans in general...

I disagree on the dramatic expansion of the NFL season though.  

I can safely say that Pittsburgh would still sell out.  I can't speak for all cities, but I would wager Pittsburgh at least would still sell out all year.

I really don't doubt Canadian fanatacism about Hockey, and that's not my point here, but I do think NFL fanatacism is 10x higher in every respect.  It's born and bred into us, as I believe Hockey once was to Canadians.  I just see a decline there.  I don't agree with it...  I want more Canadian Market teams personally because I'm "old School" like that I guess, but I really just don't see the same vehement support in Canadian Hockey that I do in U.S. Football...  I don't see much of ANY sport that compares short of possibly NASCAR (Believe it or not) in the southern U.S. and Soccer on a global scale.  Soccer's downright frightening at times.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: March 12, 2004, 04:09 PM »
Thanks Scott...

May pre-order Vintage OTC from them then...  May as well go to the source right?

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 12, 2004, 04:08 PM »
Yeah, but fanatacism should know no bounds right?  And Football's a hell of a lot more expensive here for its short season than Hockey is...  Shorter season, but equally high costs then when you look at season tickets and things.

People SHOULD be coming out to support their team if they are truly fanatical...  They don't always though.  The Leafs wouldn't be selling as well if they weren't so great.  It wasn't that long ago they weren't so great actually, and their ticket sales were down dramatically...

Like I said, I don't doubt canadian fanatacism (and some US too) of Hockey, but the NFL just dwarfs it as I can see.  Even with a shorter season, it's generating more revenue even.  I don't know who has more teams though?  NHL I'm guessing?

I wish Hockey sold out all year everywhere (North and South) but it just never seems to.  Even some solid, winning teams don't sell out all the time...  Including in Canada.

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Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Jedi Luke (Jabba's Palace)
« on: March 12, 2004, 04:03 PM »
Thanks Mosnab.

I'm trimming some of the extra fabric inside the cloak at the seams, very carefully mind you, to get it to set a little better on my figure.  I too have a tough time getting it look really great.

Hopoefully with some work...  That or I'll make a new cloak out of a limper fabric someday.  For now it's all I have though.  :)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 12, 2004, 03:49 PM »
I'm not doubting Canadian Fanatacism of Hockey...  U.S. fans can, and often are just as fanatical...  Something Canadians don't seem to see.  Pittsburgh, even though we're one of the worst teams in history right now, is still drawing SOMEWHAT of a crowd.  It's impressive for here...

But Football fans deal with as many problems as Hockey Fans in Canada often deal with...  Not all stadiums are nice, nor have been nice.

I'm not even a HUGE football fan, just a passing one, but when you look at the attendances of even the worst teams in the NFL...  Bad stadiums, bad towns, bad weather...  You'll see that the NFL is just so damn big here that it's on-par with the absurd fanatacism of European Soccer...  

I don't doubt Canadian's hockey fanatacism...  They love it, and I've spent enough time up North to know they love it both when I was playing and just going up there on my own, but the fact that the Jets weren't selling out (no matter what excuses like a bad arena or weather) tells me something.

The Steelers had a dismal season, but sold out every game...  Rain or shine, Snow and cold, it didn't matter...  It's just that HUGE here.  

Sadly, hockey doesn't get that kind of treatment in the U.S. save for the Northeastern states...  Pittsburgh is a good  hockey town, but support is waning in recent years.

I don't doubt hockey fanatacism up in Canada...  I just think the NFL dwarfs it in every respect.  I love hockey, and simply enjoy Football, but I have to admit that the support cities give to football teams in the NFL (And football in general...  Friday night HS Ball is damn near as big as the NFL, as Canuck HS Juniors and things are as well I'm sure) is downright absurd...  They love football.

Only in the NFL could a city lose a team, and  have one back within what, a year?  I think that's how quick Cleveland got their team back...  

I agree about Bettman with you as well.  he doesn't care, and he doesn't realize there is a market for Hockey up north in the cities it originated in.  He sees dollar signs though, and unless you're selling out arenas you won't compete.  The Jets didn't sell out, no matter how fanatical people were, and that's gonna equate to the team leaving every time.  The Pens are on the verge of this exact same thing actually.

We have the oldest building in the NHL, and quite likely the worst...  Fans don't want to go, the team is losing games and $, Lemieux wants a new stadium...  I want him to get a new stadium, but if they don't start selling out instead of just bringing in 13,000 a game, they will go the way of the Jets and move...  I wouldn't doubt Lemieux would try moving them to Canada actually.  He wants them here, and I want him here, but we're in the SAME boat as you are in Winnipeg where we need a new stadium...  Nobody wants to fund it.  So we're in limbo as to whether we'll have a team or not in the next couple years.

By no means do I doubt the way Canadians love their hockey though, so I think you misunderstood me.  I just see that the NFL outperforms it.  Perhaps it is their salary cap...  Perhaps it is their marketing...  Perhaps they're simply run by a more competent group of people than Bettman and the NHL is, but damn near every NFL team sells out no matter how craptacular they are it seems.  

And it's like Baseball here...

We get TONS of baseball coverage here, just like you get tons of Hockey coverage, and the people are always geared up for the games, but that sport is failing here now as well...  New stadiums and arenas seem about the only thing to keep teams planted.  The pirates are improving too, and attendance was up last year I think, so maybe there's something to that.  Maybe all it would take is new arenas for Winnipeg and Pittsburgh.

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Saga '02-'04 / Not to start a Scalper Topic, but.....
« on: March 12, 2004, 03:25 PM »
I posted this over at Rebelscum, as that's where this whole thing took place (In the customs section) but I was appauled to see someone blurt out how proud they are to scalp things.

No misunderstandings, this person simply scalps and is proud of it...

Wanna read the thread?  It's all  RIGHT HERE for your viewing pleasure.  I actually got into a debate with this woman about selling custom figures, and stealing other people's work like custom cards and selling them in particular.  

I did a little snooping of this person's Ebay auctions though, and found that she scalps brand new Saga figures as well...  

I called her on it, and she as much admitted that she buys up stuff to make a profit off it.

Some of my particular favorite quotes of hers in her lame arguments include:

Jedimasteraimster Wrote:

 
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The reason why you see the saga figures on Ebay right now is because they are hot off the shelves and I can make money off them. I have probably 1000 carded figures from POTF, POTJ, EP1, SAGA and vintage. I collect them because they are there, but that doesn't mean I think they are any good. I see people scuplt much better figures with their own 2 hands. Hasbro is purely out for profit and not to please us collectors. That is the "real" shame of this hobby.

& Jedimasteraimster Wrote:

 
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Nor, do I like people calling me unscrupulous because I engage in activites that 100,000+ others engage in, such as making profit off a hobby. Hell, people paint, cross stitch, and do tons of things and sell them on Ebay for profit.

Like I said...  Far be it from me to start a scalper thread here...  I'm often as tired of them as you are, but when I see a scalper proudly discussing his/her actions on a collecting forum, I flat out chuckle about it...  Then I let everyone know who is out there gloating about what they do.

What a charmer that person is!    :)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 12, 2004, 01:55 PM »
No shot to the Hockey fans in Canada, but in 13 years playing and watching the game for even longer (And in canada quite a few times), I can honestly say I've NEVER seen anything that rivals the tenacity of Football fanatics.

Football fans even love their teams when they lose.  Hockey, sadly, doesn't have that kind of support South OR North of the border.  The fact it's an expensive sport just to watch probably doesn't help either, but that's beside the point.

I'd liken hockey more to the US's national passtime of baseball...  The country loves it overall, but a lot don't avidly support it.

You really don't see that problem with the  NFL ever.  

Even when the Browns were leaving Cleveland, I remember seeing their stadiums at least near capacity, if not sold out.  Why they left, I do not know.  And the new Browns pack in the seats again.

The Steelers, even though we had a dismal year, sold out every game I am pretty sure.  

Getting tickets here is like pulling teeth unless you get season tickets.  

Crappy Hockey teams in Canada often go about as well as Crappy teams in the U.S.  They don't sell out the arenas like they need to, to compete with the rest of the league.  Baseball is the same way here.

Pirates have a brand new and GORGEOUS stadium.  I mean, it's amazing if you see it.  And it rarely gets over half full I think.  Pirates suck...  And it shows with empty seats.

NFL though, that is more cmparable with the world's love of soccer...  The way European stadiums are crammed with people.  THat is what I'd cmpare US Football to instead.  It's mind boggling.

I almost expect them to change the US pass-time at some point to football.  It'd make sense, as Baseball slowly fades away.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When They Were Funny...
« on: March 12, 2004, 01:48 PM »
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#1 Chris Rock
#2 Jon Stewart
#3 Will Ferrell
#4 Larry David
#5 Dave Chappelle
#6 Ellen DeGeneres
#7 Bill Murray (not sure if this counts LiT or not)
#8 Jim Carrey
#9 Jack Black
#10
#11 Dave Letterman

Chris Rock is overrated...  I think he's funny, but not $90 a ticket funny, ya know?  I'd pay $90 to see Lewis Black or Dave Attel, or Dave Chapelle first.  All 3 Comedy Central Vets, and all 3 damn funny comedians.

Jon Stewart I'll go with...  He's a pretty funny guy overall, and definitely a plus on the Daily Show.  Comedy Central has a few shows that I wno't miss ever right now, including the Daily Show, Chapelle, Insomniac...  Good stuff.

Ferrel is funny, but was funnier on SNL.  He was good in Old School, but crap like Elf is going to ruin his career.  He's a guy who needed to stay on SNL.  With him gone, that show's gone off the face of the Earth.  I always picture Lorn Michaels offering to get these comics on SNL hookers and booze if they'll just stay, and them walking out with him on his hands and knees begging.  Usually both end up in the crapper afterward too.

Larry David...  I'd comment if I could tell you who he is.  As I don't have a clue off-hand who he is, and I like to consider myself a comic conneseur of sorts, then I think he's not worthy of that title.  Could be wrong...  He's not that guy with the HBO series is he?

Dave Chappelle...  Damn funny.  He should be higher than that though.  The guy is a riot, and he's just getting started with his show on CC.  "I'm Rick James Bitch!"  

Ellen Degeneres...  Funny before gay.  Show sucked after she came out because it REVOLVED around her gayness (it didn't flop because of anti-gay sentiment, and that's BS when she claims it did).  I've seen her standup since and it's passable but I'd never rate her in the top 10 or whatever...  This was a sympathy "We love Gays" move by that lameass magazine, plain and simple.

Bill Murray...  I like Bill still, but he's hardly a "Comedian" anymore.  This was only listed because of Lost in Translation.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I think he's still funny, no doubt, but he shouldn't even be on this list.

Jim Carrey...  Was he really funny in the first place?  Ok, that's harsh, and he was mildly entertaining on In Living Color...  Beyond that, he's not that funny.  The poor man's Robin Williams.  

Jack Black...  Someone shoot me.  This douche makes it in the top 10 or whatever?  I have a friend who looks and acts just like Jack Black.  Being fat, obnoxious, and unkempt isn't funny.  It's especially not funny when you're out at Chiji's and your Jack Black friend is there with sauce dripping down his shirt right before you're going out.  

Nobody for 10?

David Letterman...  For him to be put ahead of Conan O'Brien is a travesty.  For him to be ahead of Lewis Black is a travesty...  And to even label him a COMIC is a travesty.  His show isn't interesting, just like Leno's, and he isn't particularly interesting as a person either.  I'd have put Howard Stern ahead of him, and Howard's not even a comic either.  They both have pretty much the same job, and Howard does his better.

I'm surprised George Carlin isn't listed...  Carlin still has it when he wants to make the crowd go nuts.  

And where's Colin Quinn?  Or half the regulars on Tough Crowd like Nick DePalo?  

I think a lot of that list is simply ass kissing on the part of who wrote it.  Blah...  It's unfair to REAL comics that are genuinely funny and working hard.

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