I know I often post about all the good experiences I have while collecting, but sometimes things go south pretty quickly and I miss out on something amazing. I have these problems often, but nothing compares to one of the first huge letdowns I ever had when my collecting really took off this past summer.
Many months ago when I first started this blog, I made a few posts talking about a game lot that my boyfriend and I were trying to buy from a seller and how frustrated I was about this particular seller’s etiquette. The woman selling had initially accepted our offer and took her ad down off of the classifieds site as a reinforcement of our written agreement. We only had travel arrangements and a pickup location to discuss, and I had given the seller many options since I had taken some time off and could travel freely. A short time later, despite saying she had removed the ad from the classifieds site, she told us that she had received a better offer from someone else and had agreed to sell to them instead. Despite my protests and requests for a chance to put in a higher offer, she suddenly stopped emailing me. It was one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve ever had since many of the cartridges in that lot were extremely rare/uncommon NES games that her and her husband were getting rid of. They had owned a video store at some point and were finally selling off the end of whatever they had left of their rental stock. There were about 40 games in total, and I remember some of the games included Little Samson, Action 52, Bubble Bobble 2, Duck Tales 2, Chip and Dale 2, Dragon Warrior IV, etc. Any rare NES game you can think of (except the Nintendo World Championship cartridges), it was part of this game lot, and from what I understand, the person that ended up with everything only offered them $750, a mere $100 more than what we had originally agreed upon that I would’ve gladly paid in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Although I didn’t get a chance to save the ad photos of the game cartridges, these are some pictures the seller sent me when offering boxes and manuals to us while we were still negotiating a price. It makes me so sad to know that this probably all went to a reseller who likely laughed all the way to the bank.
I still get a pit in my stomach when I think about missing out on this. There were some seriously rare and awesome things to be had here, and I ended up getting the shortest possible end of the stick in this non-deal. I don’t know why I felt compelled to share this after all this time, but I figure in a collecting blog, it’s good to see some of the bad as well. This is definitely the one that got away.
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