I did it and stayed try to my word. I canceled my Aspen order for the color and black and white set (keeping just the Puddin Pack). Waiting on my refund as we speak. I received a CC on an email from a reader who has done the same thing. Thought it would be interesting to share. It has been redacted of course for anonymity.
Please respond as promptly as possible today that you are processing my partial cancellation and refunding my money as outlined below.
I would like to partially cancel my order #: [REDACTED], and receive a refund for those items cancelled.
Please cancel the following items:
1. 2 copies of “harley-quinn-1-color Harley Quinn # 1 Aspen Turner Variant (Pre-Order)” at $14.99 each; and
2. 2 copies of “harley-quinn-1-set Harley Quinn #1Aspen Turner Variant & Artist Edition Set (Pre-Order)” at 29.99 each.
My total refunded amount from Aspen to my paypal account (Paypal email: [REDACTED]@[_______].com) should be $89.96.
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that I had to cancel and refund over $300.00 in resell proceeds to buyers who purchased through my Ebay store. Say what you will about the secondary market, but you have caused me to incur significant costs on my paypal account due to what amounts to a bait and switch. Your customers purchased color and sketch variants that were printed at 3,000 copies and 2,000 copies respectively. They did not purchase color and sketch copies printed at 9,000 and 6,000 copies respectively. If you believe that your variants are sold in anything other than a small subset of a larger market place that places a premium on rarity and collectability, you are truly out of touch with your own market.
Please process my refund as quickly as possible. Your poor business practices have caused the balance of my Papal account to enter the negative. True, part of that is optimism on my part that there would be no need for a refund to my buyers, and poor accounting by using those proceeds to fund other parts of my online sales operation. But nonetheless, I wanted to convey my hardship to you to let you know that your actions had very real monetary side-effects. I will be making up for these losses for weeks with ebay sales. I am one man who only sells comics online to fund his own hobby. You didn’t “help the little guy out” here. You damaged the little guy! I am part of a larger community of people who resell to fund their own hobby who are in the same boat as I am.
If your hundreds of comments asking for more copies of this variant equated to thousands of more copies being produced, then my single email should amount to hundreds of small online sellers damaged by your actions who are not speaking out to you like I am. (At least based on your logic).
I’m sorely disappointed and won’t be ordering from you again. As a former retail professional, this amounts to nothing other than false advertising and immoral business practice in my mind.
Having said that, please send my “harley-quinn-1-puddin Harley Quinn # 1 Michael Turner Puddin’ Pack 3 Cover Set (Pre-Order)” as soon as it is available.I will probably keep one of those copies as my only copy of Harley Quinn for the personal collection. Perhaps I can sell two of those copies and mitigate some of my losses. However, probably not because this book’s collectible value has been diluted hundreds of times over.
Please respond promptly today that you will be processing my cancellation.
[REDACTED], attorney-at-law, former retail professional, comic book enthusiast”