Thursday, July 23, 2009

The insanity of collectors

I'm not one to use Ebay too often. I let the little woman live on there. However, I was looking for a collectors item Mega Man for the original NES that my little brother wanted, and figured that'd be the best place to find it. Of course, I could just as easily let him have mine, but then I'd have to replace it, so either way you look at it, one way or the other I'd be bidding on it.

Anyway, I did the usual bidding and such. The auction was about to close at $34 plus shipping and handling. Then all of a sudden some random person come in and starts running up the price. We're not talking like minor increments, either.

The price of this thing went from $34 with 5 minutes left to $4309.22! You could get a used car or something else more useful for that amount. Am I alone in thinking that's a bit much? Unless it some sort of Mega Man or NES museum curator, there is no reason to be paying that much for a video game. *SIGH*

Well, back to find another one, I suppose. This is the reason I hate ebay, btw!


MamaFlo said...

I've never participated on ebay but it sounds like someone thought they would get more for the item and when they didn't, they ran it up to a price no one would pay.

Lola said...

That sounds like some funny business that should be reported to ebay. That's against their tos. A seller can't artificially inflate the bids.

Shhh, don't tell anyone, but the comment whores are duking it out this month.

The Hawg! said...

I still love eBay, but here's a tip -- you can find a lot of great old games at Amazon for cheap. I've picked up a few over the years and have found some bargains compared to some of that eBay insanity...

The Bee said...

I agree with the ladies - that was totally the seller bumping up the price.

Mystery Man said...

MmaFlo- you know, I think you're right

Lola- I'm not sure reporting it would do any good. apparently this kid of stuff happens all the time.

Hawg!- i looked over there, but couldn't find what I was looking for without having to pay international shipping rates, but I'm keeing my out

Bee- yeah, but i guess it happens