Originally Posted by George Anderson
Has Ebay ruined the market in that during preinternet days it was not as easy to find a particular card unless you went to a card shop or card show? If a certain card was harder to find I would assume the price would be higher.
Ebay was and is great. Before the internet, card shops had a general monopoly on things. You had two or three card shops in town? That means they can charge top dollar for their stuff because you don't have much of a choice. With ebay, you are now paying 20% on the dollar of what you would have paid at a card shop. It is fantastic for the collector. It has probably killed a lot of card shops though.