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I’ve had poor experiences with Mike High. I’ve purchased hard to fond books just to fill holes and the condition is much ooorer than advertised

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Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:36:39 pm
I’ve had poor experiences with Mike High. I’ve purchased hard to fond books just to fill holes and the condition is much ooorer than advertised
I haven't run into that as much as having some opinions as to where their entire grading spectrum sits. Like.... they are fairly consistent from when I've filled back issue gaps from them, but that consistency is sort of along what grades were perceived to be before CGC came along and really starting drawing a hard line on scrutiny. I would never buy a Mile High advertised "9.8" to submit for grading, but generally speaking their VF's fall into that VF "family" LOL!

But they have to do it because their online sales are so large. This as opposed to Graham Crackers who has a significant brick and mortar and convention presence, but they won't throw a grade on a book to save their life. They just price 'em, lmao!

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Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:30:25 pm
nycjadie wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:36:39 pm
I’ve had poor experiences with Mike High. I’ve purchased hard to fond books just to fill holes and the condition is much ooorer than advertised
I haven't run into that as much as having some opinions as to where their entire grading spectrum sits. Like.... they are fairly consistent from when I've filled back issue gaps from them, but that consistency is sort of along what grades were perceived to be before CGC came along and really starting drawing a hard line on scrutiny. I would never buy a Mile High advertised "9.8" to submit for grading, but generally speaking their VF's fall into that VF "family" LOL!

But they have to do it because their online sales are so large. This as opposed to Graham Crackers who has a significant brick and mortar and convention presence, but they won't throw a grade on a book to save their life. They just price 'em, lmao!
I could see that, they are definitely in the old school grading system, meaning if there are 3 color breaking spine creases, it's NM! I recall when just about every store I visited, that was the modus operandi. I worked at a store in high school (paid in store credit) for a time and the owner just had me price everything at NM prices at the highest guide price, which I think at the time was Comic Buyer's Monthly, or something like that.

He was a hilarious owner, and not in a nice way. All smiles to customers, but not so nice behind the scenes. He once was charming this small group of game developers into a publishing deal, and he smoothed his hair down and brought cans of soda and a pack of chips ahoy or something, thinking this was the way you have business meetings. Quite amusing.

Another terrible story, I was on the road near the shop and really needed to have a *SQUEE*. It was diarrhea in the worst way. I asked him if I could use the bathroom, and he sent another employee to watch in the back to make sure I wasn't stealing books. In reality, I was pooping away, ran out of toilet paper, and left a hugely smelly mess. Embarassing for everyone all around.

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chucks an *SQUEE*

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IMJ wrote:
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I am very aware of his inflated pricing habits. I had always wanted to buy a comic from there just to say that I did, due to the nostalgia element of growing up seeing his ads in comics for so long. Every time I actually see something if his listed on eBay, I usually laugh at the price. It does not surprise me that he uses that tactic of offering "crazy" sales discounts to offset this. There is a local vendor who is at the Toronto Fan Expo [ComicCon] every year who does the same thing. Most people are onto him but he still makes lots of sales.
LOL ya there's always that 'convention guy' with what I've always called "convention pricing". That guy who has all of his books in expensive mylar with double boards and overprices every single one using big round sticker tags. You flip through that guys bins and and every comic, no matter the book is no less than $20 a pop, but usually $40, or $60. Cracks me up. Finding a version of that guy at the cons is as predictable as going to any flea market on Earth and finding a "weapons master", an "old computer guy" and an "area rug lady".
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Still wondering if his announced sales discounts count towards artwork or not... :?
Just walk yourself through the checkout process and try it! Take it as far as the discount code and if the final cart price doesn't agree with you, then just abandon the checkout. I've never bought art from them, so I don't know otherwise I'd tell you. So just do that and try it.....
Thanks for the advice - I tried running it through the checkout process and no deal on original art. I shall have to be patient and wait for a time when I can afford to grab them at reg price.
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When I first began buying comics online, Mile High was definitely one of my first sources. Unfortunately, it wasn't long after (probably around 2001 or so) that Mile High began flagging any orders for duplicate books. So, there was a way to see that Mile High had 8 copies of a book in stock, but if you tried to order all 8, you would get 1 or 2 and they would just not send the others. You could, of course, try to order the remaining 6 or 7 in your next order, but then you're paying more shipping costs and you'll probably only get 1 or 2 instead of the 6 or 7 you wanted, and it wasn't worth it.

Mile High never really had any quantities for pre-Unity Valiant books (or if they did, there was no way to know if coupons/cards were missing). Before Mile High figured out that giving customers the quantity in-stock could let customers buy them out, I was able to get about 50 copies of Shadowman #19 in a single order from Mile High. When Ebay was young (1997-1999), Aerosmith fans were happy to pay $5 for Shadowman #19 and Mile High had them for about $1. Easy money, while it lasted. :D

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When I first began buying comics online, Mile High was definitely one of my first sources. Unfortunately, it wasn't long after (probably around 2001 or so) that Mile High began flagging any orders for duplicate books. So, there was a way to see that Mile High had 8 copies of a book in stock, but if you tried to order all 8, you would get 1 or 2 and they would just not send the others. You could, of course, try to order the remaining 6 or 7 in your next order, but then you're paying more shipping costs and you'll probably only get 1 or 2 instead of the 6 or 7 you wanted, and it wasn't worth it.

Mile High never really had any quantities for pre-Unity Valiant books (or if they did, there was no way to know if coupons/cards were missing). Before Mile High figured out that giving customers the quantity in-stock could let customers buy them out, I was able to get about 50 copies of Shadowman #19 in a single order from Mile High. When Ebay was young (1997-1999), Aerosmith fans were happy to pay $5 for Shadowman #19 and Mile High had them for about $1. Easy money, while it lasted. :D
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:rant:

During the latter part of last year I was blocked from Mile High on eBay!

I have never had any issues with Mile High Comics. I have sent much cash to Colorado over the decades. Never a negative customer service experience with Mile High Comics at all. However, shortly before the blocking, I had a spat with Lone Star (no :censored: love lost on my part) ... but after that spat, Mile High blocked me. I think they share a mutual block list of some sort. I had myself unsubscribed from the Mile High newsletter out of principle.

I do not miss buying from Lone Star, but my money spends just as well locally.
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OhioValiantNut wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:56:02 pm
:rant:

During the latter part of last year I was blocked from Mile High on eBay!

I have never had any issues with Mile High Comics. I have sent much cash to Colorado over the decades. Never a negative customer service experience with Mile High Comics at all. However, shortly before the blocking, I had a spat with Lone Star (no :censored: love lost on my part) ... but after that spat, Mile High blocked me. I think they share a mutual block list of some sort. I had myself unsubscribed from the Mile High newsletter out of principle.

I do not miss buying from Lone Star, but my money spends just as well locally.
I've bought from Lonestar several times. They are a good resource for filling in the occasional back issue in a run you've been hunting for a long time. That's a crazy story you have there though....

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OhioValiantNut wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:56:02 pm
:rant:

During the latter part of last year I was blocked from Mile High on eBay!

I have never had any issues with Mile High Comics. I have sent much cash to Colorado over the decades. Never a negative customer service experience with Mile High Comics at all. However, shortly before the blocking, I had a spat with Lone Star (no :censored: love lost on my part) ... but after that spat, Mile High blocked me. I think they share a mutual block list of some sort. I had myself unsubscribed from the Mile High newsletter out of principle.

I do not miss buying from Lone Star, but my money spends just as well locally.
I would find that disappointing. Such a tribal culture decision.

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Mile High use to be a treasure trove for reading copies of dead universes. Just a couple of years ago, their fair grade books were priced at 75 cents. Add a 60% discount and you had comics 3 for $1 plus free shipping after $40 spent. Was a huge help in my completing my VALIANT, Defiant, Broadway, Crossgen, and numerous other runs. Nowadays, their fair priced comics are 1.50 minimum and $60 minimum for free shipping. Sad to see.

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A lot of people have mentioned Mile High and Lone Star but has anyone used NewKadia? I've used them a lot over the years, only about 2 hours from where I live, but they do not have a storefront you can visit. They have IMHO better customer service, better grading, better shipping, shipping fees and estimated delivery times compared to the other two mentioned.

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I have checked out their website many times but have never bit the bullet and put in an order. Their prices looked fair to me.

There used to be a paragraph on their website where they were describing how they give away free comics with an order and said that they gave away good comics, not something like Warriors of the Plasm 7. I never held much of a grudge over that but it always stuck in my mind.

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maraxusofkeld wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:37:56 pm
A lot of people have mentioned Mile High and Lone Star but has anyone used NewKadia? I've used them a lot over the years, only about 2 hours from where I live, but they do not have a storefront you can visit. They have IMHO better customer service, better grading, better shipping, shipping fees and estimated delivery times compared to the other two mentioned.
I used Newkadia quite a lot when i was filling Dead Universe gaps.
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I think I'm a little late to the convo, but one time I went to the Mile High "Mega" store in Denver, and they had some sort of convention going on, with lots of different vendors. The whole building was pretty packed.

My point is that, at the "main stage" (for lack of a better word), some drag queens were giving a presentation to kids about what it means to be a drag queen, and stuff like that.

It was strange, and now reading this thread makes it even stranger.

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Use the codeword PENISDUCTTAPE.

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depluto wrote:
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Use the codeword PENISDUCTTAPE.
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