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Mis-Listed Variant Opportunities Page

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Hi everyone, from time to time I spot an eBay listing for a book on my watchlist, where the seller has pictured what is clearly a price variant (or other type of variant)… but where the title and description of their listing make no mention whatsoever of this fact — making their listing unfindable in refined searches (in other words, the usual buying competition may not find it!).

For example, here was a mis-listed $1.50 cover price variant copy of Amazing Spider-Man #275 which was recently auctioned for a starting bid of one dollar (plus shipping) on eBay.ca and sold for the opening bid:

The same seller also mis-listed a 75 cent variant copy of Amazing Spider-Man #265 which ended on the same day:

There are basically two possibilities to explain such situations:

(1) [Typical] The seller simply had no clue that the cover price of the book they owned is any different from the rest, hence they didn’t know to include those relevant keywords in their title; or,

(2) [Atypical] There is a purposeful bait-and-switch happening.

Fortunately, in my own experience anyway, most mis-listed variant situations are the former (where the owner simply has no clue they own a variant), and the latter can be guarded against by (a) messaging the seller before you bid and asking “hello, can you let me know if the winner will receive the *exact* comic pictured?” and if you receive this assurance, then, upon package arrival (b) making a cell phone recording at the time you open the package, just in case.

This way, if you don’t receive the variant in the picture, you can let the seller know that unfortunately the pictured comic was not the one you received, and that you recorded the package opening (you could include one screenshot/still showing the book you received). Chances are, you’ll find they simply made an honest mistake, such as having multiple copies available and pulling a different one from inventory than the intended one, by accident.

But, if they’ve purposefully teased a variant only to send you a plain ole direct edition as a bait-and-switch, then your video showing what was in the package should prove to eBay that you are due a refund or return, i.e. should you receive something other than the picture and the seller is not cooperative in resolving the problem, then you can open a case with eBay together with your documentation.

Going after mis-listed variants in this way does require more work on the part of the bidder, but can also be a great opportunity, because such listings don’t come up in a refined search (i.e. since the seller left out the variant keywords and went with a plain-vanilla [Title Issue#] style title, any competing bidders searching on keywords like “Canadian” or “Variant” or “CPV” or “Newsstand” etc. will not find it).

Less competition means better chances you’ll be able to win for a better price at auction, or negotiate a better price on a best-offer listing! Just the other day I myself won a book at auction for under $10 that has recently been going for $30, simply because the seller “mis-listed” it!

Going forward, my plan is to share the occasional mis-listed variant opportunity with you, in the Comments Forum section of this very page. Clicking any of the links I post here will pass an ID to eBay that will associate that click/”lead” with the CPV Price Guide through their affiliate program — so if you win any of these after clicking my links, then we’ll in turn earn a small commission from the sale which will help towards offsetting the recurring domain/SSL costs necessary to bring you the CPV Price Guide each year as a free service!

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– Ben

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  1. Hi everyone, I find that a great way to hunt eBay for mis-listed Type 1A price variants (of all sorts — Australian, UK, and Canadian), is to use the country-specific eBay domain for the country where they were originally distributed, type in the search, and then set the “location preference” for only that specific country (using the toolbar along the left-hand side of the eBay search results page).

    So for Canadian Price Variants, for example, you’d first go to ebay.ca (as opposed to ebay.com), then you’d type the title and issue you’re hunting for, and then along the left-hand side in the toolbar you’d select “Canada Only” — this narrows down the search results page to a manageable 30 results as of this moment for the Amazing Spider-Man #238 mega-key, as one example.

    And sure enough, within those 30 results, there’s this mis-listed ASM #238 up for auction — which interestingly the owner did recognize to be a newsstand copy and they attempted to include the “newsstand” keyword in their title (but misspelled it “newstand” with one “s” as you quite often see out there), but they did not meanwhile include “Canadian” nor “Variant” nor “CPV” … nor, interestingly, the word “Amazing” (as in Amazing Spider-Man)… They just put “Spider-Man 238” without the Amazing: so anyone searching on “Amazing Spider-Man 238″ would not even see this particular listing in their search results!!

    Here is a link to the aforementioned mis-listed ASM #238 presently at auction, for anyone who might be interested in checking it out; unfortunately the top staple is popped as it looks like the original owner roughly tore out the tattooz insert.

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  2. Here’s an interesting one: While this seller does realize they own CPVs, personally I think they made a mistake choosing to exclude the keyword “Canadian” from the title for their no-reserve auction listing that just went up for ASM #252 & MTU #141.

    I checked, and the listing does not come up in the main search results when you search on “Amazing Spider-Man 252 Canadian” — in other words, eBay’s search algorithm is not (yet) smart enough to recognize the CPV abbreviation. Thus, I think a lot of potential bidders who might otherwise have been interested, may fail to find this listing, keeping bidding competition lower than had it been listed with the right keywords in the title.

    Side note: Out of curiosity I checked and there are 3 grand-total listings on eBay at the moment that include the keyword “CPV” but not the keyword “Canadian” and the above new listing for the pair of Amazing Spider-Man 252 and Marvel Team-Up 141 75 cent variants represents the only no-reserve auction opportunity among the three (the other two being buy-it-now listings).

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  3. Here’s a couple of interesting “lot” listings up for auction in Australia, where there are pictures of stacks of comics and some of them you can see in the picture are the APV… but the seller is apparently completely unaware of the difference and in the listing description only lists the issue numbers included, and not what type they are. I messaged the seller and asked for pictures of the other (hidden in the stack) comics, but I received no reply. So although I’m sharing these listings with you, I unfortunately have no idea whether, for example, their Venom Lethal Protector #2-6 are the APV, or not (their #1 isn’t)? Owning the APV of the 1st appearance of Scream or the 1st appearance of Phage would be pretty awesome; but whether the APV or a disappointing direct edition would arrive would be a total gamble. (However, maybe you will have better luck messaging the seller and getting a response; my own message went unanswered). But what I do know is that the Amazing Spider-Man #375 pictured in this same listing as the Venom set, is the APV:

    … and in another of their listings, the Spider-Man 2099 #1 pictured is the APV:

    Their listing titles made these practically pure luck to even find at all, with one of them entitled “Marvel comics collection, vintage rare” and the other “Marvel 2099 comic collection, vintage.”

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