A bunch of positive experiences recently got me thinking about what it was like buying Baseball cards back in the day. I started attending shows in my mid-late teens (late 70's / early 80's). Maybe I'm remembering just the bad, but I recall that most (all?) of the sellers had two common traits. 1) they were all fat. 2) they were all incredibly rude. "Comic Book Guy" on the Simpsons is a funny stereotype but he is a stereotype that is dead-on. Back then, every card dealer looked like him and behaved like him.
I sold a Football card to a high profile card dealer a few years back. I'm not going to name him but he used to have a prominent mail order business and a store close to Yankee Stadium. I sold him a $2 card that he considered to be over-graded. It was agruable but he certainly may have been correct. He sent me a scathing e-mail accusing me of being corrupt (among other not-so-nice things). Of course I refunded all of his money and offered a sincere (unaccepted) apology. That just reinforced what I remember about all of the "old-time" card dealers. Not that I think he cares, but he has since been blocked by me. There is no place on eBay (or in this world for that matter) for people that behave like him.
I'm happy to report that it is not like this anymore. There may be the occassional jerk at the shows but by and large, the sellers are polite and accomodating (and slimmer). As they should be. I refuse to give my money to someone that is rude to me.