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Re: Selling FREE autographed cards, part 4
My feeling is that no one waiting for an autograph at a comic convention
could sincerely say that the artist wouldn't mind if they turned around
and sold the autograph the next day ("Uh, hi, could I have an autogrpah
so I can sell it on ebay?"). It is fairly obvious to me that in the
case of Mr. promoman - given his timing and coincident posting of
Sakai's autograph also - his intent was to take advantage of the
artists' generosity and make a quick buck off it.
And I don't think you can really compare a promotional flyer to Sergio's
autograph. Further, I just don't see a scenario where a lay man would
buy his autograph and *then* be inspired to buy some Groo or Fanboy or
While I am somewhat sympatheic to the folks that rely on sellers to get
their autographs, I really don't think that you should have pay for one
(and you don't!).
My last one (on the Groop),
"Vaughn H. Seward" wrote:
> getting signed cards, I wouldn't be surprised if many of them are unaware
> of the pretense (I could be wrong as I have never attended a con).
> BTW, a closer analogy might be the following:
> Your neighbor, Mr. Red, is in the business of selling fire wood. You meet
> him downtown at a booth in the farmers market and after a brief chat you
> accept a flyer advertising his hand-chopped wood. The next day Mr. Red
> opens up the local newspaper and notices an ad in the classified section:
> "RED'S FIRE WOOD FLYER -- $2 OR BEST OFFER, CALL FRED AT 555-1234". Mr. Red
> is somewhat amused and wonders why someone would pay $2 for a flyer they
> could get from him for free. He is certainly not upset... in fact it dawns
> on him that by placing the ad you have actually provided him with free
> advertising for his fire wood business. And perhaps if the flyer does
> eventually sell, maybe the purchaser will be so intrigued by it that he/she
> will actually buy a box of wood!
> ~Vaughn Seward (cFlat7)
> >Here's an analogy: Winter is approaching and you notice that your
> >neighbour, Mr. Red, has a decent stock of wood set aside for his wood
> >burning stove. You saunter on over and ask for a box or two of it,
> >since you didn't stock up when the wood was readily available. Mr. Red
> >gives you a couple boxes 'cause you're a swell guy with a fine family
> >and he wouldn't want you to get cold when the power goes out in the dead
> >of winter. Well, the next day, Mr. Red spots you with a sign up on your
> >front lawn -- "Firewood, $2 a box." Should Mr. Red NOT complain,
> >because you're only making a few bucks?