Monday, July 21, 2008

Ridiculous eBay Item #00001


2007 Allen & Ginter Retail Blaster Box
4 available
Buy It Now - $44.87
Shipping - $5.75

My favorite part about this entire deal is that the seller has scratched off the price in the right hand corner that was so lovingly printed there for Wal-Mart. Everyone knows that retail boxes go for $19.99 (give or take some pennies) off the shelf.

Until last week, I had NEVER seen a retail box of this stuff. I found two dusty boxes at...well, I'm not gonna tell you because then you might go get them... They were going for $23.97 apiece.

You can bet that I'll be watching this auction and if by happen chance this guy ends up with some sucker buying them, I might have to go invest in a 100% profit endeavor on two boxes of my own...

7 comments:

Wax Heaven said...

Well, he needs the money to pay off his worthless Pontiac Grand Am.

jv said...

lol...I suppose...

But, Dude, don't knock Pontiac. I bought a used 1996 Sunfire a month after graduating High School in 1998.

It just rolled 10 years and I've put less than $1,000 into actual repairs. Most of it was based on a recall anyways and I didn't know about it until 2 years later...

William Noetling said...

You said:

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You can bet that I'll be watching this auction and if by happen chance this guy ends up with some sucker buying them, I might have to go invest in a 100% profit endeavor on two boxes of my own...>>

Please don't - it's that kind of attitude that permeates the hobby - if someone else can make a buck doing something that's unethical, then you have to do the same?

I'm all for a free-market economy, but if you're going to take the high road on issues, then you can't backslide and do the same thing that you're complaining about.

jv said...

It's not unethical. It's commerce. If I hold a gun to someone's head, take $50 bucks, and drop a box of this stuff in their lap, that's unethical.

Obviously, these things are hard to come by and the supply weakens under the demand... If someone wants to pay $50 for it, that's their business. If they don't, they won't... I can guarantee you I wouldn't put a "buy it now" price of anything more than I paid for it. ASKING for a price more than I paid feels unethical. If multiple people wanna "duke" it out over them that's their business.

But, I think we're kicking a dead horse. I have a feeling that this guy won't sell them for anything, much less what he's asking for them...

And if I buy them, they'll only go towards trying to complete that 2007 set...

thehamiltonian said...

Its unethical. Sellers taking advantage of people who don't know the difference between retail and hobby are right down there with patch fakers under the 'sucking the fun out of the hobby' heading.

In a perfect world, everyone would educate themselves, and nothing like this would happen. In the real world, you aren't fooling a dedicated hobbyist. You are fooling someone who isn't really hardcore, shells out $50 and gets a blaster box. Or maybe someone who buys it for their kid thinking they have gotten them something really nice. That's not conducive to introducing people to the hobby, nor keeping them in it.

jv said...

The auction does clearly state that it's for retail boxes, not hobby...

But, I can definitely see your point if someone unwittingly buys this thinking it's something else. I wasn't even going to post about this until I saw that the MSRP was scratched off.

thehamiltonian said...

Retail vs. Hobby is a distinction that can be easily missed by someone just starting in the hobby. I know I didn't realize the packs sold in 7-11 were different from the packs in a hobby store until a shop owner enlightened me several years back.

'Retail' to most people outside the hobby just means something that is sold directly to the consumer. Its only once you start to realize the nuances of the hobby that you notice things like this.