Well, I had a subject for this most recent opinion all picked out and ready to discuss...that was until I came home to see the mail that I received today.
Long story short - I hate PWE's!!!
PLAIN WHITE ENVELOPES!!!
Having bought and traded for cards via ebay or online trading card sites for 10 years now, I feel that it is pretty much standard practice that when shipping or receiving cards that they be sent in an appropriately sized bubble envelope (unless we're talking about a huge lot of cards in which case a box is necessary).
For years, PWE's have been heavily frowned upon. To the point that collectors appreciate knowing who these PWE users are. People will avoid purchasing from sellers who use PWE's. There is no place in this hobby for them.
Why do people use PWE's? I think there is a very small percentage of people who are naive to the practice. A very small percentage. For the most part, I think it is cheaper and easier. Hey, I agree - but when I am paying for the shipping and handling of a product (and we're looking at $3-4 to ship), I expect it to be properly packaged and protected.
What really bothers me is the seller's attempt at justifying using a PWE. "Your card is just as well protected in the PWE as it would be in a bubble envelope." or "Your card will ship faster in a PWE." or "Your card won't be held up in customs as long in a PWE."
Take a poll - I'd like to see the overwhelming amount of people against the PWE. Most people would easily sacrifice a day or two - even a week or two - knowing that their card is given the best chance of arriving safely.
"You were only buying a $2 card." Doesn't matter. The same courtesy should apply.
"I ran out of bubble mailers." My personal favorite. There's lazy....and then there's lazy.
I realize that the PWE people won't go away. I accept that. My wish is that these sellers would have the balls to advertise that they ship in PWE's.
Oh yeah, that's right....you'd lose a ton of business. Doesn't that turn some sort of a light on in your head?