There are several reasons I prefer NGC, although parts of the dealer community, and some series specialists, have a PCGS fetish. Here is why I like NGC.
1) They are highly professional and courteous without the apparent need to tout their supposed superiority ad nauseum. I don't know about you, but whenever I keep hearing from a service about their superiority, I get the feeling I'm being conned. I get that feeling from PCGS.
2) NGC acts as though the world won't come to an end if they deal directly with collectors. Maybe they should tell PCGS. They haven't gotten that memo, it seems.
3) Both services have gotten a little crazy about special labels like Early Releases and show labels, but at least when you see an "ANA Show" or "Whitman Show" label from NGC, it really means the coin was purchased at the show. At PCGS, it may mean it was flown in from Denver or Philly or Washington during the show. NGC seems to care more that their show related items mean what they say on them.
4) Yes, this one is subject to change, but darn it, I just prefer the NGC holder! The smooth surfaces without various levels for the label and the coin makes a better presentation to me. The rims of the rectangle make for a secure interlocking stack that won't topple, and if you want the ultimate, they have a beautiful Scratch Free holder. The "fingers" that hold the coin are smaller, although opaque, and enable you to see more of the edge of the coin.
5) They are the official third party grading service of the ANA and the PNG, and that's good enough for me. Besides, it also means they financially support the ANA, and that's nice.
6) Most of all - PCGS acts like they're doing you a favor even talking to you. And for a company whose up front spokesman seems to have no shirts other than Hawaiian ones, that's a little tough to stomach. Dude, seriously, buy a necktie. Sheesh!
Note: For occasional exonumia categories that NGC does not slab, I use ICG.
5 years ago