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Title: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: steelballs on March 26, 2009, 06:48:53 PM
I'm sure you all will have experienced stuff like this, something I got talking to about with someone recently and I thought it might be a nice post, if it's already been done then I apologise and please remove this post!!!

Ever have a moment when you wanted to kill the seller of something you bought at a flea market or via the internet?

Two that stuck out for me was the seller on a flea market in Eindhoven, I saw a really nice G7000 in the box(which I didn't have at that time) box was in almost perfect condition, few games with it none of note. When I asked him if the console was complete he proceded to rip open the box from bottom to top to let me see what was inside, it happened so quick I couldn't stop him!!!!!!!! >:(

The other was the 2nd attempt at a nice boxed G7000 that arrived with my address written on an A4 and stuck to the front of the videopac box with brown parcel tape!!!!! >:(

I'm sure someone here can beat that!   :)


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: grgh on March 26, 2009, 06:55:43 PM
The one I wanted to slap was a G7200 I bought on ebay.fr with a load of games. He chucked them all in a big box with extra space, no padding or anything. It was a miracle there was only minor damage to some of the game cases, and the console was actually fine.

At least you hadn't handed over any money yet  :)

Usually I just want to throw muck at people who outbid me  ;D


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Sweersa on March 26, 2009, 08:05:31 PM
I'm sure you all will have experienced stuff like this, something I got talking to about with someone recently and I thought it might be a nice post, if it's already been done then I apologise and please remove this post!!!

Ever have a moment when you wanted to kill the seller of something you bought at a flea market or via the internet?

Two that stuck out for me was the seller on a flea market in Eindhoven, I saw a really nice G7000 in the box(which I didn't have at that time) box was in almost perfect condition, few games with it none of note. When I asked him if the console was complete he proceded to rip open the box from bottom to top to let me see what was inside, it happened so quick I couldn't stop him!!!!!!!! >:(

The other was the 2nd attempt at a nice boxed G7000 that arrived with my address written on an A4 and stuck to the front of the videopac box with brown parcel tape!!!!! >:(

I'm sure someone here can beat that!   :)

Ouch, that blows!  I hate it when people snipe me on ebay 1 second before the end!


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Rene_G7400 on March 26, 2009, 10:34:17 PM
The other was the 2nd attempt at a nice boxed G7000 that arrived with my address written on an A4 and stuck to the front of the videopac box with brown parcel tape!!!!! >:(

I've had that same experience twice! (Both eBay auctions.)

One was a boxed Odyssey 500, the other was a boxed Interton 2800. Both had the same brown parcel tape, the box of the Odyssey 500 even had gotten a large hole during shipping which was taped together by the shipping company.  >:( >:( >:(  I was so mad that I completely ripped the box to pieces and threw it away.

Those stupid sellers don't seem to understand that for a collector a console with it's original box is worth a lot more than a loose console.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: grgh on March 27, 2009, 12:09:21 AM
Nowadays I always send a message to the sellers telling them I'm more interested in the box than the console, I did that just a couple of weeks ago with a G7401 box.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: steelballs on March 27, 2009, 07:29:53 AM
I do exactly the same thing these days, send the seller a message asking if they can put it "the boxed console in another box" and pack it thoughtfully.



Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Sweersa on March 27, 2009, 11:50:10 AM
These are great ideas, I will be sure to do the same when I need to.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Gorf on March 27, 2009, 01:31:17 PM
Two that stuck out for me was the seller on a flea market in Eindhoven, I saw a really nice G7000 in the box(which I didn't have at that time) box was in almost perfect condition, few games with it none of note. When I asked him if the console was complete he proceded to rip open the box from bottom to top to let me see what was inside, it happened so quick I couldn't stop him!!!!!!!! >:(

Now this guy is a horses ass. You can't be much more than a complete idiot to rip open the
box of a collectible like that. Has this fool been living under a rock? Worse yet, it shows that
this guy does little if any homework on the stuff he sells. He probably got it for nothing and
could have got a nice buck for it.

That is pretty unbelievable. Worthy of Ripley's even.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Ozyr on March 27, 2009, 04:16:03 PM
I've had too many bad eBay encounters to remember. One of the worst was a set of 20 O2 cart, with boxes. The guy actually duct tapes the boxes together, instead of just packaging them well, and shipped them to me. And I originally of course bought them because of the boxes. When I got that packaged, I was rather upset.
And typical ebay fashion, I didn't get any money back or such. :(


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: grgh on March 27, 2009, 08:59:55 PM
Hearing these stories, I think I've actually been quite lucky! So lets all take on board, it is worth sending one message after winning about not destroying game or console boxes, and that it is what you have actually won it for.

It's a side effect of what we collect, lots of the stuff comes in cardboard.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: steelballs on March 27, 2009, 11:20:17 PM
Didn't think I'd be the only one!

I also must add that I have had more than my fair share of very good sellers including the one who packaged a G7000 with what seemed like 6 months worth of his daily newspaper for me to dispose of!  :D



Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Janzl on March 28, 2009, 12:13:27 PM
I haven't really had any strange experiences. The only odd thing happening to me was a Colecovision blowing up after switching it on. I am sure you can remember Steelballs. The other bad seller experience I had that I could buy a G7200 for 150 guilders (say ?75). I had to make an almost 2 hour drive and then the seller told me somebody else offered her 250 guilders for it. I was not very happy with that but I ripped her of by buying a #48 backgammon for 25 guilders (?12,50) so that made my day a bit better.  >:D


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Sweersa on March 28, 2009, 01:29:35 PM
I haven't really had any strange experiences. The only odd thing happening to me was a Colecovision blowing up after switching it on. I am sure you can remember Steelballs. The other bad seller experience I had that I could buy a G7200 for 150 guilders (say ?75). I had to make an almost 2 hour drive and then the seller told me somebody else offered her 250 guilders for it. I was not very happy with that but I ripped her of by buying a #48 backgammon for 25 guilders (?12,50) so that made my day a bit better.  >:D

Dang, that stinks!  Here we have something called craigslist where you post items and people can show up to your house to buy them.  My brother and dad went to pick up a bike (it wasn't that far but still, maybe 15 minutes) and she sold it to someone else!  Not fun at all.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: steelballs on March 28, 2009, 02:36:30 PM
If I'm not mistaken Janzl I was there when that "lovely lady" told you the G7200 wasn't going to be sold for 150 guilders, and yes I do remember seeing backgammon change hands for an amount I would happily have paid  :D

And now that I think about it didn't the colecovision come from the same seller? but didn't she replace it or refund you? It's a few years ago, I remember hooking up the coleco in our old flat and everybody getting excited to play on it and "bang" followed closely by "whats that smell" ? that sucked!!!!  >:(


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: dronspa on March 28, 2009, 03:55:04 PM
xddd   ;:)


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Seob on March 28, 2009, 08:01:18 PM
I almost lost a winning bid on a vetrex. I was on vacation in spain, and had my laptop with me. Seems like nobody cared to secure there wireless network there. So i was looking on marktplaats and saw a vetrex, for 25 euro, nobody had offered on this for over a month, i wrote the seller that i wanted to buy it for 25 euro, and told him to take it of marktplaats, since it still would be 1 week before i got back from vacation.
When i was back i had to bring my wife to school, and decided to pick it up. So i gave him a call and said that i wanted to pick it up since i was in eindhoven, where he lived. He told me somebody else did a bid of 35 euro, i said i pay him the same amount and i would pick it up. He was oke with that, but i told him afterwards that i didn't like that he didn't hold his word. I got 5 euro back, so ended up paying 30 euro's for it. Still not bad for a vec.

A few months ago i was like 5 minutes to late to get myself a 32x. There is a weekly market here and it had been there for a long time, but since i had all ready send to much money i had to leave it. When i was able to buy it a other collecter was just before me and decided to leave the 2600 he had chosen to buy the 32x :(.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Rene_G7400 on March 28, 2009, 09:17:13 PM
That's one of the reasons to avoid Marktplaats.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Janzl on March 29, 2009, 11:20:24 AM
If I'm not mistaken Janzl I was there when that "lovely lady" told you the G7200 wasn't going to be sold for 150 guilders, and yes I do remember seeing backgammon change hands for an amount I would happily have paid  :D

Yup that's the "lovely" lady back up north hahaha MiekesGayRoom or something like that. Her website is long gone now... I still remember us walking out of her door thinking "what the f*** was that" hahaha. You were a bit jealous of her gameroom but yours has outgrown hers by plenty by now I guess.

And now that I think about it didn't the colecovision come from the same seller? but didn't she replace it or refund you? It's a few years ago, I remember hooking up the coleco in our old flat and everybody getting excited to play on it and "bang" followed closely by "whats that smell" ? that sucked!!!!  >:(

Thats right, it came from the same seller. It really smelled like burned electronics, and I still remember the little cloud rising out of the coleco which finally made us realise that something was wrong. She replaced it with another Coleco which worked.

I also made the worst trade in my life with her. I was just starting to collect and I thought the G7000 was really really rare. Yes I too have had that phase... so I traded my Amiga 3000 for a G7000. Every once in a while I still crawl into a little dark corner and weep for a while over that.  :'(  :D


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Gorf on March 29, 2009, 01:05:02 PM
I've had too many bad eBay encounters to remember. One of the worst was a set of 20 O2 cart, with boxes. The guy actually duct tapes the boxes together, instead of just packaging them well, and shipped them to me. And I originally of course bought them because of the boxes. When I got that packaged, I was rather upset.
And typical ebay fashion, I didn't get any money back or such. :(


I call that place E-Whore.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: steelballs on March 29, 2009, 10:04:04 PM
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Yup that's the "lovely" lady back up north hahaha MiekesGayRoom or something like that. Her website is long gone now... I still remember us walking out of her door thinking "what the f*** was that" hahaha. You were a bit jealous of her gameroom but yours has outgrown hers by plenty by now I guess.

I was indeed a bit jealous when I saw it all back then, but I have most of what I saw back then in the collection and I managed to stay sane doing it...........I think.................. ;)

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Thats right, it came from the same seller. It really smelled like burned electronics, and I still remember the little cloud rising out of the coleco which finally made us realise that something was wrong. She replaced it with another Coleco which worked.

Which reminds me, my purchase after our 4 hr round road trip was (drum roll) Dr. Seuss for the coleco........nothing more nothing less as her prices were quite insane for the majority of items.

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I also made the worst trade in my life with her. I was just starting to collect and I thought the G7000 was really really rare. Yes I too have had that phase... so I traded my Amiga 3000 for a G7000. Every once in a while I still crawl into a little dark corner and weep for a while over that.  :'(  :D
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Thats nothing when I started collecting, someone dragged me from one side of a huge fleamarket to the other to convince me I had to buy munchkin as it may be the only chance I had to buy it.................who was that again??? ???


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Janzl on March 31, 2009, 04:31:28 PM
Thats nothing when I started collecting, someone dragged me from one side of a huge fleamarket to the other to convince me I had to buy munchkin as it may be the only chance I had to buy it.................who was that again??? ???

Gee... erm... don't know... who was that again?

Oh my god... I feel so exposed now  :-[  :D

Did you ever find another by the way...  ;:)


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: grgh on March 31, 2009, 07:11:16 PM
I've got an EXCEPTIONALLY RARE paperbox version for sale, the cart comes in one box with a 3 on the front, and the manual comes in a separate box with an 8 on the front  >:D


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Janzl on March 31, 2009, 08:27:44 PM
 :D :D :D

well thats the end of my reputation as a serious collector  :'(


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: steelballs on March 31, 2009, 10:21:17 PM
Sorry Janzl, couldn't resist that one!  ;) I was fortunate enough to come across at least another 3000 copies (okay maybe not 3000 but you know what I mean) after that incident so I guess I was extremely lucky to find so many rare games......................

But don't worry about it, I remember paying way too much for an Atari jr back in my early days of collecting. 

How much do you want for that EXTREMELY RARE paperbox version George???  ;)


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: grgh on April 01, 2009, 01:07:15 AM
Well it's a double pack of course, which makes it twice as rare, which means it must be twice as rare and expensive as an O3 console what was extortionately and unrealistically priced recently, which put this proto paperbox 38 at a poultry THIRTEEN THOUSAND US DOLLARS.

Strangely enough the O3 seller previously mentioned seems to have stopped emailing me since I stated that I would not pay such a ridiculous price, and you know I pay good money where it's due, so it looks like he'll be keeping it.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: steelballs on April 01, 2009, 07:33:05 AM
Sounds quite reasonable to me, what about postage? I recently paid $4,000 for a G7000 that had been signed by "Benny Hill" so I have no concept or rarity anyway.  :)

I saw that thread on the O3, can't imagine anyone parting with that kind of money


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: grgh on April 01, 2009, 08:49:05 AM
hmmm... let me see... it's so ultra rare that it'll have to go with armed guards, and then we wouldn't want anyone trying to take it on the plane so it would need a private jet, then we'll need armoured cars each end... Lets just call it a round ?1 MILLION.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: steelballs on April 02, 2009, 07:19:15 AM
Let me think about it and I'll get back to you asap, it truly sounds like a bargain.....



Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Seob on April 03, 2009, 09:18:23 PM
You should take a fighter plane to ship it, so it can defend itself against high-jackers. It also has flare's so it can defend itself against missiles. Or maybe a chopper would be better, since it doesn't need a long runway. So you can deliver it right at steelballs garden. I'm sure he has a chopper landing pad in the garden.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: grgh on April 04, 2009, 12:53:17 AM
Can you just remind me, was the going rate for a fighter jet about $50 MILLION?


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Sweersa on April 04, 2009, 05:25:44 AM
Can you just remind me, was the going rate for a fighter jet about $50 MILLION?

Nope, 5 Billion. 


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Seob on April 04, 2009, 07:30:07 PM
Depends if you're going to buy a JSF or a Saab Viggen. :D Ask your ministry maybe they can tell.


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Rafael on April 04, 2009, 09:20:45 PM
My big frustation was not the things I received but the things I paid and not received. :(


Title: Re: aaaaaghhhhhh
Post by: Seagull on January 20, 2013, 12:18:49 AM

Dang, that stinks!  Here we have something called craigslist where you post items and people can show up to your house to buy them.  My brother and dad went to pick up a bike (it wasn't that far but still, maybe 15 minutes) and she sold it to someone else!  Not fun at all.

Yes, Craigslist is something else, for the interesting people you get to deal with. 

Round these parts, Odyssey 2/Videopac items are pretty much non-existent, and because of that, I rarely search for anything on the classifieds, such as Craigslist. But 2 weeks ago, a casual search in the 'Toy's and Games' section (of all places), reveals someone selling all the Parker Bros. / Imagic releases, complete in their cases with instructions, for $80 CAD!  I almost had an aneurysm, since I only have a loose copy of Demon Attack! 

Needless to say, I jumped all over that, but was amazed to find someone else had beat me to the punch..by 30 seconds...aaarrrgghhh!!!

As for ebay/packing issues?  Just got a Brazilian copy of Power Lords...shipped in a plain envelope...case cracked...and open up the case to find the cartridge has been opened at sometime, as someone had scraped the label away around the case screws...can't wait to see it the real game is actually still in there or not lol!