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#12784623 Yet More Craigslist Stupidity!

Posted by Kaipper on 04 July 2015 - 06:36 PM

Found this in the "wanted" section, but I still thought it was worthy of this thread.





#12736754 Tales from the Pawn Shop(s)!

Posted by Doomstink on 10 June 2015 - 07:49 PM

Picked up all the pictured for $40. First good Wii U games (ie not Funky Barn) I've found at a pawn shop.


#12733807 amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by Deader2818 on 09 June 2015 - 09:55 AM

Yeah the Wii sure did do terrible.

#12730854 The Official 2015 Yard Sale Thread Post your finds!

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 07 June 2015 - 05:53 PM

Well CAG, I didn't go out on Saturday morning due to being laid up with a 'roid; however, I did follow up a lead from last week's yard-sale action (without phone confirmation no less, I actually had to drive out without being sure whether my contact would be there). Fortunately he was, and like an expert magician he conjured a friend of his within 20 minutes. Needless to say I wasn't sure what to expect from this Dragon Warrior-like summoning-- though when Contact B brought out four tupperware bins that were barely portable from his car, I knew that groovy-time was about to occur. 
Okay, so maybe it wasn't all that easy. I knew right off the bat when facing a volume deal like this (a later count revealed nine systems and a little over 100 games in all) that a $5 or $10 offer wasn't going to fly. A part of me was tempted to look through the lot bit by bit with a piece of paper and pen just to get a handle on what was there. In situations like this, you don't want to insult the seller because they could come back with an enormous sum. Ultimately though I scrapped the full valuation idea or even looking at everything and pitched on what I saw so far: $60.
To which I quickly added that I could look some more. This was where it got tricky, since the seller showed no inclination one way or another and told me I could take my time. I could easily get caught in a situation of bidding myself up; what would I be comfortable paying?
After a time, I then asked the seller if they had any counter-offer thoughts. "One hundred dollars and it's yours," they said. Done.
So here's the neat thing about all of this, while I may not be able to sit squarely on my ass at the moment, this is the first time ever that I've encountered a Sega Saturn or Sega CD in the wild, over the course of my five years of active hunting and beyond. It was always, "Nah, I'll never break down and buy those systems unless they're bundled with games." NOW I HAVE DONE SO, IN USING YARD SALE POWERS IN TANDEM WITH VERY GENEROUS PEOPLE.
Note: Fuzzy pictures are of the highlights only; I won't bore you with the PS2 console, the n64 console, and the Dreamcast console. There's also a Wii which... HOW DARE YOU EXIST BESIDE THIS GLORIOUS SATURN?!?
Edit: Here's a list of the Sega Saturn games, as the pics may not give you the full impact.
- Dragon Force
- Command & Conquer
- Tetris Plus
- Mr. Bones
- Quake
- Sonic 3D Blast
- Shining the Holy Ark
- Tomb Raider (2x)
- Hexen
- D
- Saturn Bomberman
- Enemy Zero
- Braindead 13
- Lunacy
- Resident Evil
- Dark Savior
- Duke Nukem 3D
- Iron Storm
- Three Dirty Dwaves
- Bubble Bobble (also featuring rainbow islands)
- Crusader No Remorse
- Wipeout
- Bug Too!

#12716119 2015 Thrift Store Thread -- Share Your Findings Here

Posted by CGH on 30 May 2015 - 12:12 PM

I found these bad boys on Memorial Day at salvation army. At first I did not see the gb gba games I could not believe my eyes when I saw them could not believe my ears when the employee told me how much she would sell them to me for.




$1 each for the wii & gamecube games $0.50 cents a pop for the gb gba games sadly the pokemon games need new batteries.:(

#12695526 2015 Thrift Store Thread -- Share Your Findings Here

Posted by daver16 on 18 May 2015 - 12:32 AM

Haven't had too much luck lately but picked this up today because I thought it looked cool and pretty glad I did.



#12684582 The Official 2015 Yard Sale Thread Post your finds!

Posted by Doomstink on 10 May 2015 - 07:16 PM

Effort, I guess? I can't say the sellers aren't being stupid but it doesn't change the fact that the buyer's intentions are scummy and deceptive.

Also, I hate when scanners scan stuff right in front of a seller. Have some freaking manners - at least try to be discreet!

It's impossible for me to express my disdain for career scanners. As hypocritical as it is, I'm totally fine with scanning a few items here and there. I just can't stand people who couldn't function without their beloved scanners. Put some effort into learning about what you buy/sell.

I guess my root problem is that scanners call out to sellers that a pricing problem exists. As more scanners show up, I can guarantee good deals will start to dry up. Thrift stores and the like can only pretend to be oblivious for so long.

I had a pawn shop in the area that used to have a lot of good deals. Once a scanner found out about it, the owner jacked up all his prices because (in his words) "Resellers were coming by daily." They ruin good deals for folks who can be discreet.

#12638988 The General eBay Rant Thread

Posted by baengel98 on 14 April 2015 - 03:07 PM

I would if it was a normal seller, but seeing that it's Good Will, I don't want to screw them over.  The shipping fees alone are about $15 each way so they'd be losing out on $30.  Plus I opened the box so it's not new in (destroyed) box anymore.

I always thought of Goodwill as a place where people would donate stuff and Goodwill would then sell it at a cheap price and use the money they make to donate to charities.  Over the past few years I've seen crazy prices at goodwills and also the rise of them putting stuff on on ebay or shopgoodwill to sell to the highest bidder.  They have lost all "goodwill" from me at this point since their model is no longer favorable toward their shoppers.  From now on I donate only to my local thrift store rather than goodwill.  Already great prices are also negotiable and 100% all the extra money taken in (other than rent and electricity) goes to local charities.  Everyone is a volunteer including the owner.  I'm happy to support that charity.


I'd have no problem holding Goodwill to the same standard as any other ebay seller since they make far more money selling on ebay that they would in their stores.  That's just me though, and the few things I bought from then on ebay have actually come in excellent condition so I really don't have any complaints.

#12567368 The General eBay Rant Thread

Posted by GBAstar on 14 March 2015 - 05:33 PM

I have another scammer at the moment. Person with a total of 7 feedback (2 from the last year about 9 months ago) buys game, gets it, and now says the wrong game was in there. Was supposed to be Halo MCC and they say i was an old Black Ops discs all broken.


Game was factory sealed. I got it was Microsoft Store like 4 months ago, but had never opened it and since I didn't bother with the Halo 5 beta decided to just sell it.


This user sounds like a young kid.

  It is the wrong disk and damaged. It is a Call of Duty disk for the Xbox 360. I want this refunded fully and this seller to be punished for lying


I wrote back saying it was factory sealed and that I was insulted for saying I was lying, I've received 100's of feedback the last year without and problems, etc.


"I apologize for saying you were lying just want money back and I will not leave feedeback at all"


""I will return the disc to you via USPS certified mail Monday. If you see fit to refund my money (without Ebay getting involved) I will make sure to give a positive review of your services. Once again I apologize for my initial email message as I have never had that happen before in any of my purchase on Ebay. Please accept my apology"


This screams scammer. Do I have any chance of winning this dispute or eBay just deciding to do one of those on time both keep the money? or am I pretty much screwed anyways and should just refund to get it over with?


You need to stop engaging buyer's like this. You don't need to defend yourself or go on the offensive. In a situation like this where the buyer is claiming something ridiculous versus something possible (i.e. game arrived damage, wouldn't play in his console, etc.) I would always counter by stating:




Dear buyer,


I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with your order. My records show that you were sent a factory sealed copy of Halo: MCC for Xbox One. The order details state that this product was delivered to you on (insert date).


If you are claiming that you received a different product, that also happened to be used and damaged, then the only reasonable explanation is that the package and its contents were tampered with after being handed over to  the USPS (assuming that's who you shipped with). Before I can provide you with assistance I will need to file a mail fraud claim with the USPS Postal Inspector as tampering with mail is a felony and very serious offense. After I file the report it is possible that you may receive a follow up questionnaire from someone at your local post office; do not be alarmed, this is standard procedure and it helps the USPS figure out where the fraud may have occurred.


Once I hear back from the Postal Inspector I will let you know. Please hold onto the packaging and its contents as you will need to return them to me before I can process a refund. This is eBay and PayPal policy.





Look if the buyer is a scammer and they open a dispute via eBay (have they already opened one?) you are going to be forced to issue a refund. It's that simple. You need to make them understand they are going to be required to mail "something" back and you're not going to just bend and issue a refund without them doing that first. If you get stubborn then eBay will just give them a refund from your pocket without requiring they send something back to you.


Most of the time a buyer will disappear when they realize they have to go through the hassle of sending an item back because that takes work. They will also either disappear or get angry when they realize you're opening a mail fraud complaint with the postal inspector (this is a real thing and can be done online) because that puts them on the radar of USPS.


Did you send this via first class? If you sent it by priority mail it has at least $50 of insurance built in ($100 if you're a top-rated seller) so you could open an actual insurance claim with USPS if you went that route.


Another trick I try and do is talk to the other eBay sellers the buyer has done business with. You can typically find this out by looking at who has left them feedback as most bigger sellers, even individuals leave feedback at either the time they recieve payment or when they create a label.


Good luck

#12463474 CAG NFL Season Discussion

Posted by GBAstar on 02 February 2015 - 04:29 AM


#12342496 Apple iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad) -- Ongoing Sales

Posted by EYEL1NER on 19 December 2014 - 03:03 PM

Hey! That's My Fish is $.99.
The art style of the physical board game version made me assume it was a children's game for a while but the praise on BoardGameGeek for it finally got me to try it. The comparisons to chess are kind of apt: it is definitely a strategic abtstract that require a lot of thinking to win, depending on your opponent.
No online MP though, looks like local device MP only. Better than breaking out the boxed version and spending 5 minutes setting up the ice flows.

Here's hoping some more of Fantasy Flight's iOS board games go on sale. I would love to play Elder Sign on the go (though I understand there are some rule changes from the physical game).

#12299838 2014 Thrift Store Thread - Post your finds here!

Posted by sp00ge on 04 December 2014 - 10:32 PM

I had an interesting find at an out of the way GW (one that always disappoints when I go).  I had to go to the Kmart across the street to pick up some cheap games, so I dropped by to see what I could find.  Sure enough, all of there DVD's and games were special prices.  Some were the regular $3, some were $6 or more(!!) for no apparent reason.


Anyways, I was getting ready to leave, but I went down the craptronics aisle one last time and spotted this:




After looking it up, I didn't hesitate to buy it.  I still need to test it, but if it works....   :D/





#12269534 Tales from the Pawn Shop(s)!

Posted by leecy on 25 November 2014 - 11:44 PM

Had a pretty stellar find earlier at the pawns. Found one I never expected to see out in the wild:




Price paid: $4.99

#12138634 2014 Thrift Store Thread - Post your finds here!

Posted by Ironman8 on 05 October 2014 - 12:14 AM

What is it with you and the insulators? Do you just like the look of them?

I started noticing these in shops and on people's property.  They are a cheap glass collectable and I do like the look of them. They are a cool piece of Americana you can get cheap.  They don't have much value that I am aware of.  I only have 2, purchased at $3 or cheaper.  My price point seems to be $4 on these.  The going price in shops is $8 to ?.  I have them on a sweet chess board my Uncle made.  I cleared the family pictures off the board that doubles as a tabletop.  If I find more I would like to set them up as giant pawns on the board.  Bad lighting in the pic but the board my Uncle made is awesome.





My grandparents have land right next to a set of railroad tracks and I find a ton of them just sitting down by the tracks. Most are in pretty good shape. I've taken a couple over the years, they also double as decent bookends.


I was thinking the same thing on the bookends.




Added bonus pic of the marble dish that sits on the board.  These are the Marbles my daughter deems cool and different for display.  We have them in a glass candy dish.  I have marbles in a few glass containers around the house.



#12125470 How long is too long on having PSN+ prepaid ALSO what would be a better buy

Posted by eulogywerd21 on 29 September 2014 - 02:06 AM

Truly a slidecage-sized conundrum