Berkley >Bookstores > Time Travelers Comics Cards & Collectibles
3277 12 Mile Rd, Berkley, MI | Directions 48072-134142.502756 -83.192116
Mon-Sat 11am-7pm ; Sun Noon-5pm
THE WORST "STORE" EVER!!! – I actually travel the country visiting comic and game shops as part of my job. It's a great way to earn a living and it makes me very happy... usually. In my 20 years of experience as a comic book collector, I never dreamed a store as unprofessional as this ever existed.
First, calling this place a "store" is generous because it implies that it a legitimate business, owned and operated by educated individuals, when in fact, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Second, it implies that the location is even shop able. The product is not at all easily accessible in neat organized displays, but rather lost in dusty heaps of damaged product. I have been to garage sales that are better merchandised and frankly, as a collector, the mangled products are disgusting. It broke my heart to open boxes only to find bent cards, broken toys, and comics that were neither bagged nor boarded.
Third the prices are OUTRAGEOUS!!! The collectibles market is like the stock market, it fluctuates over time. Any single product's value rises or falls based off the principles of supply and demand. As demand goes down so do the prices, except at Time Traveler's, where prices remain at each products all time high no matter how out dated or obsolete. They even charge above suggested retail prices on current regular retail products. I pity the poor fool who pays their ridiculously overinflated prices.
Parking is horrible. You are better off finding some place down the street to walk from your vehicle (and shop).
Lastly, I have NEVER, EVER, witnessed such HORRENDOUS customer service in any business any where! The staff is overtly hostile to customers and they are not joking with a smile on their face either, they flat out scream and yell at anyone who dares interrupt their surfing the internet, hanging out with friends, or ask a question about the rows and rows of product that is hidden away behind the counter. They do not hesitate to make it clear that they neither need nor want your business over the merest perceived slight and frankly they don't deserve it.
In summary, I could not possibly give this business a positive review in any category. They are ignorant, rude, and overcharging their customers for inferior product. You the reader would be best served taking you money somewhere, ANYWHERE else.
Amazing Store for collectibles/MAGIC/D&D/comics – Ok for everyone who hasn't been to this shop, they have the following:
-Collectibles (New and Used) of any kind
-HUGE collection of MAGIC The Gathering cards
-ANY old trading card (YuGiOH, Pokemon, World/Warcraft)
-thousands of Comics, prolly every comic ever made
-Movies/DVDs of variety
Play tables on Friday nights for Magic tournments/casual playing/hangout
They Buy Magic Cards too. Take in your cards, they look through them, and give fair prices, however, they only buy Rares and Mythic Rares for good prices. Bulk/uncommon/commons...good luck. They stock alot of modern Magic cards. They do NOT match buylists from websites (e.g. MTGfanatic, TrollandToad etc...) uhm as far as the prices, they only go by the employees knowledge, they search some values on the computer (sometimes). I sold a 'Wrath of God -Portal' for $11. so yeah they only look for rare cards.
Alot of reviews on this page are negative, prolly because they got ripped off because they weren't knowledgeable. As a first time visitor, I was very pleased. It is a very cool store. The parking is behind the store (but they have a back door entrance, so I don't know why people complain)
It's a BUSINESS – Okay, so there aren't 50 employees, waiting to serve your every need. He's just a SMALL business owner - NOT Wal-Mart. I think the owner does a VERY GOOD job - given the CRAPPY economy that we've had in Michigan, for years. He makes MOST of the new product available every week. If you want to ensure you get something, he takes advance orders. If you were under his amount of CONSTANT stress, you'd get grumpy, sometimes, too - and, if you come in with an attitude, you're likely to get it thrown back at you (like, I suspect, a couple of people who've commented here did). You Reap what you Sow!
Running ANY small business is TOUGH, nowadays. And, from *my* experience, collectors are about the most difficult to work with. He DOES buy collectibles. However, he's NOT gonna pay you anywhere near what he hopes to get for it (it's a BUSINESS, after all). The Collectibles Market is worse than the Stock Market, lately, with it's Downs, Ups, and even more Downs.
For over 30 years, I've known Mike, the owner; and, yes, like most people, he has his bad times. But don't let the fact that he has flaws (like MOST humans), stop you from visiting his well-stocked store. If you can't make it to his store, check out his web site or the eBay listings.
Stay away from this place. – Although upon entering Time Travelers you may find quite a wide selection of comics, trading cards, and other interesting items, be ready to have quite a struggle with the staff.
The staff are terrible at helping the customer. Once while browsing the store, I witnessed a staff member being very rude to two little kids, who were simply asking him to grab a box of pokemon cards from behind the counter. Secondly, the owner is possibly the grumpiest person I have ever encountered in ANY comic/trading card store. The man carries a wire thin threshold of anger that can snap on the customer at any moment. I personally have experienced this myself, after asking a simple question I was brushed off with an, "I have better things to do" attitude. Third, don't ever expect to get any information over the telephone. Numerous times I have called in advance to see if they had certain items in stock. 9 times out of 10 I would get the generic response, "You'll have to come down here and see what we've got". Talk about useless, they might as well not even pick up the phone.
The worst part about it is that once you get down there good luck finding what you are looking for. The store is just piles and piles of comics, cards and other trinkets. Once again, think twice about asking someone for help.
In my opinion, it is highly advised you check out some other stores such as Warp 9, or Collectible Investments if interested in recieving a shred of customer service.
Great Collection of Everything You Could Possibly Want and More – Time Tracerlers is a great place to go to find all sorts of old trinkets. The owner is a little sour but thats only until you get to know him, which then he becomes a pretty cool guy with lots of knowledge about everything. The card shop guy's are very smart about what they do. Magicwise they have very reasonable prices for single cards and have a large knowledge about decklists, single cards, new sets, and prices. They also have many other cards and are knowledgeable to in-depth rules of most games.
A Referred View – I was referred to Time Travelers by a friend who started me playing Magic: The Gathering, because it was the closest card shop to me, and the next nearest one was out in Livonia.
They have a very good selection of Magic cards, along with a selection of other types of card games, as well (such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Naruto, etc.). They employees also play some of the card games they sell for, and will order the cards for you at the prices they sell them for (which are quite reasonable for Magic, I'm not sure about the others) if they do not have the cards in stock (which isn't that common, but is useful if you're making a competitive deck).
I honestly like that the employees are brutally honest. They give advice on how to play that I think is quite useful. The employees actually like to joke around with the customers (mainly the younger ones, such as the ones that show up to play Magic on Fridays/Saturdays).
I can't find anything I really dislike about Time Travelers. The atmosphere in the store is a little bit darker, but that's part of the feel of many card shops. I would recommend this shop to anyone with a sense of humor that is fueled by sarcasm.
Worst Customer Service I've Ever Experienced! – If you are a large, homely man with a sour attitude and a surly demeanor, why not open a comic book shop? That's certainly what the owner of Time Traveler's did! His store is nothing special. While it is stuffed with tons of different toys, comics, and collectibles that would make comic enthusiasts and kids alike drool, it is also stuffy, dirty, and a lot of the stuff in the store is just junk. He will offer his brutally honest opinion about the comics you are interested in and if you try to sell him stuff, he will rip your stuff apart before offering an insultingly low price for it. Although I'm sure you could find some interesting things in there, I'd be happy never to see the owners ugly, unfriendly mug ever again. Go to Warp 9 in Clawson instead. It's smaller, but much more shopper-friendly. After all, isn't that what a store is supposed to be?
Pretty Sweet Comic Shop – Tons and tons of awesome stuff. Great comic book pull service. All new comics are 20% off!!! Staff is always entertaining.
Bad customer service – I went there to pick up two books, I skimmed through each and the attendent basically told me to read them at home. He gave some lame excuse saying someone came in and read 6 books and didn't buy. I don't think a customer should be pressured to buy and go home. It's bad business. I wouldn't recommend going here. They need to understand customer service and realize that the more people are given the chance to read the books chances are they will buy the ones they plan to buy and maybe pick up a few more they never read or new existed. I'm not shopping there anymore.
Great Store – My best friend worked there for over 12 years. They have everything you need if you're a comic fan. Plus they have tons and tons of collectibles, probably the biggest this side of the country.
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