Are you serious? Who buys this stuff?

Been browsing Amazon a lot recently, for obvious reasons. Even though I ended up spending pretty much all of the money on my Mom in Christmas presents for her, I've still continued to look around (and add stuff to my wish list, because they run a wish list sweepstakes every Christmas) and I am constantly shocked at just how much money certain Amazon-affiliated retailers are trying to charge for some things.

I mean, really? $400 for a still-shrink-wrapped copy of Sonic Advance 2? I've also seen $103 for a copy of Jet Set Radio Future, $93 for a copy of Konami Krazy Racers, $90 for a copy of Metroid: Zero Mission... but none tops this:


You're reading that right - nearly $1000 (plus shipping!) for a special edition version of the Ghostbusters videogame with the Slimer Statue - a videogame that came out barely even six months ago. Who in their right mind expects anyone to pay $1000 for Ghostbusters? Let alone $99.97 for a copy of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle? None of these games are even that rare! Are there actually idiots out there who pay this much for stuff like this? Because I can't imagine it makes too much business sense to say "Hey, yeah, I'll charge you $400 for Sonic Advance 2... or you could buy it from this other guy for $35. Better yet, $9 for a used copy. But if you feel like spending $400, I've got you covered!"  
 
I'm kind of speechless, over here.
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Posted by BlazeHedgehog

Been browsing Amazon a lot recently, for obvious reasons. Even though I ended up spending pretty much all of the money on my Mom in Christmas presents for her, I've still continued to look around (and add stuff to my wish list, because they run a wish list sweepstakes every Christmas) and I am constantly shocked at just how much money certain Amazon-affiliated retailers are trying to charge for some things.

I mean, really? $400 for a still-shrink-wrapped copy of Sonic Advance 2? I've also seen $103 for a copy of Jet Set Radio Future, $93 for a copy of Konami Krazy Racers, $90 for a copy of Metroid: Zero Mission... but none tops this:


You're reading that right - nearly $1000 (plus shipping!) for a special edition version of the Ghostbusters videogame with the Slimer Statue - a videogame that came out barely even six months ago. Who in their right mind expects anyone to pay $1000 for Ghostbusters? Let alone $99.97 for a copy of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle? None of these games are even that rare! Are there actually idiots out there who pay this much for stuff like this? Because I can't imagine it makes too much business sense to say "Hey, yeah, I'll charge you $400 for Sonic Advance 2... or you could buy it from this other guy for $35. Better yet, $9 for a used copy. But if you feel like spending $400, I've got you covered!"  
 
I'm kind of speechless, over here.
Posted by Suicidal_SNiper

Dude, it's Sonic Advance TWO. They're practically giving it away at that price!
 
Seriously though I was never sure if the people putting prices like that were kidding or were actually expecting something out of it.  Although the 1k for Ghostbusters is definitely a hoax.

Posted by ThePhantomnaut

*Looks at Slimer*
 
For that kind of detail, the price is fine.

Posted by Kazona

Anyone dumb enough to pay that amount of money for those games deserves to be shot in the face.

Posted by Dethfish

I have Sonic Advanced 3 around here somewhere. I should sell it for 80 bucks.

Posted by HatKing

That is crazy.  I don't know who they'd be marketing that towards... maybe hoping there is charitable rich person who just wants to give money away... or perhaps a person will accidentally click the $1000 game and then accidentally enter their credit card and shipping information and accidentally click buy.  I don't know... seems weird.  I wonder if that stuff ever sells. :/
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Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@ThePhantomnaut said:
" *Looks at Slimer*  For that kind of detail, the price is fine. "
When you could just buy it from another retailer on Amazon for 1/20th the price?
Posted by LiquidPrince

Huh... How much can you sell Sonic Advance 2, non sealed? Cause I have it... And I like money...

Edited by Emandudeguyperson

Amazon reviews are the worst thing ever, that's all I know.

Posted by ThePhantomnaut
@BlazeHedgehog said:
" @ThePhantomnaut said:
" *Looks at Slimer*  For that kind of detail, the price is fine. "
When you could just buy it from another retailer on Amazon for 1/20th the price? "
Hmm... I looked at a custom statue. But that price is weird.
Posted by Bones8677

Dude...
 
it's Heroin. Don't you know that Sonic Advance is a street name for that stuff?

Edited by Cadmus

Yep, a scary Sonic cult does exist.  I'm not kidding, they're all over the web and youtube .. I used to watch funny videos of this black guy bashing them I think his username was blackbustercritic or something, but I began to feel more sorry for him after a while, so I stopped watching.
 
  

  
Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@ThePhantomnaut said:
" @BlazeHedgehog said:
" @ThePhantomnaut said:
" *Looks at Slimer*  For that kind of detail, the price is fine. "
When you could just buy it from another retailer on Amazon for 1/20th the price? "
Hmm... I looked at a custom statue. But that price is weird. "
Check out the actual statue that comes with the game here
Posted by JJOR64

God, there are a bunch of idiots on Amazon.  That's why I hate shopping for used stuff on Amazon and prefer eBay.  Sure on eBay it's an auction, but I've gotten games off eBay for dirt cheap.

Edited by BlazeHedgehog
@Cadmus said:

" Yep, a scary Sonic cult does exist.  I'm not kidding, they're all over the web and youtube .. I used to watch funny videos of this black guy bashing them I think his username was blackbustercritic or something, but I began to feel more sorry for him after a while, so I stopped watching."

It's not just Sonic, though. How about $110 for a copy of Final Fantasy VI for the GBA? $106 for this Ironman Xbox 360 game. $200 for Warioland 2. $150 for Powerstone 2. $111 for Madden 09 on the DS. $100 for a N64 controller. $500 for a Gameboy Advance with Pokemon Crystal. $80 for Legacy of Goku on GBA.
 
I could keep going. It's not hard to go in to their videogame section and sort by most expensive.
Posted by strangeling

For some reason, people think things are worth more than they are. 
How much is a sealed Catrap worth to you?  It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. 
But this joker on ebay relisted it, because the winning bid the first time was just over $20 (and I didn't think that kind of thing was allowed if the auction didn't have a reserve price set).  He even says so in the item description.

Posted by MysteriousBob
@Dethfish77 said:
" I have Sonic Advanced 3 around here somewhere. I should sell it for 80 bucks. "
Ugh, its ADVANCE. Theres no "D". As the creator of this page, I find this common mistake incredibly annoying.
Posted by Dethfish
@MysteriousBob said:
" @Dethfish77 said:
" I have Sonic Advanced 3 around here somewhere. I should sell it for 80 bucks. "
Ugh, its ADVANCE. Theres no "D". As the creator of this page, I find this common mistake incredibly annoying. "
Whoops. Well the game seems advanced to me. 
 
I was going to say it should be called Advanced because it's on the Game Boy Advanced but I just went to the GBA page and it uses Advance too. Man, I've been saying it wrong since that thing came out.
Posted by Subject2Change

Posting something on Amazon doesn't cost you anything, however Amazon will take a cut from it. Same applies to Half.com. So posting things at ridicolous prices is fine, some people like to have a stock of what they have listed and then they can adjust their pirce if they ever want to actually sell it.
 
Also that Slimer Ghostbusters Bundle has been a daily deal a few times on Amazon at least the Wii version has.

Posted by ahriman22

People that shouldn't exist, that's who.

Posted by Bartman3010

Thats when you turn to Game Quest Direct for old games, my friends.
 
 http://www.gamequestdirect.com/785138321431.html
 
Check it out! Not only is Sonic Advance 2 reasonably priced, but $24.99? You dog you. Oh! They also sell games for older systems brand new at reasonable prices?
 
 http://www.gamequestdirect.com/01338823003.html - Why hello Mega Man 64 for $15. (Say whatever you want, Blaze. Any version of Mega Man Legends is great!)

Posted by Webby

WTF, why you can buy it on ebay for like £5 (In the UK anyway)

Posted by Wes899

The probable audience.
 
  

Posted by Willy105

That is way too expensive.
 
But those prices are from private sellers, and they can charge whatever they want.

Posted by RetroIce4

That is a steal. Man I don't know what the hell your talking about...

Posted by Halberdierv2

man you're kiding. that's chicken scratch!

Posted by ch13696

I understand that game. Released years ago. Still in the wrapping. And for GBA. Now as for the Ghostbusters game, thats a different story. Probably someone beggin for money. But look at FF VII. Brand new in wrapping it's worth $500.

Posted by scarace360

i could maybe understand paying what they are charging for power stone 2 but really the rest of that is crap.

Posted by George_Hukas

Looks like I need to invest in some sort of shrink-wrapping device.

Posted by Evilsbane
@Cadmus: What in the FUCK! But I like the dude who did the video lol.
Posted by TheHBK

Whats even crazier is that none of those games you mentioned was mind blowingly good or rare, that price is ridiculous.  I am ok as a gamer never having played any of those games.

Posted by deadFM

I'd never pay $400 for sonic advance 2.. even though it was a good game.

Posted by Video_Game_King

$4 for SHIPPING!? You can't charge THAT MUCH for SHIPPING, extortionists!

Posted by iam3green

dang that is crazy. i wish people didn't buy or sell things that are way to expensive. it is just stupid. i think there are some stupid people out that actually think that the games are worth that price.

Posted by Aljosa15

It's not just video games that appreciate in value, almost everything else does too. This isn't something new. If a game is high in demand but there's barely any copies available, the price raises. That's how business works.

Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@Aljosa15 said:
" It's not just video games that appreciate in value, almost everything else does too. This isn't something new. If a game is high in demand but there's barely any copies available, the price raises. That's how business works. "
I get that, but it can't be in that high of a demand if you have ten sellers, and at the bottom end of the spectrum somebody is charging $8 for a game and then you have some moron asking $400 for the same thing. That's like going down to a Farmer's Market and you have one crate full of apples that's $1 per apple, and then right next to that is another crate full of basically the same apples that wants $15 for one. 
 
Who's going to sell out of apples first?
Posted by PenguinDust

I don't understand.  Why would even a die hard collector pay $400+ for Sonic new when in the same add it states you can pay just $35?

Posted by ReaperOfLiving

I have thought about that before?  Putting something regular at a very high price (NOT lieing in description though) and maybe some collectors might think it is special and buy it?  They would have to be stupid but there are alot of stupid ppl out there... :P

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Posted by jonnyboy

Sometimes you might privately sell an item that's also on an auction or retail site, occasionally the website won't let you pull the auction, so you just knock the price up that high and let it end.
 
I've had to do it. But it does make you look like a bit of a dick. Or a bit more of a dick in my case.

Posted by Wolverine
@BlazeHedgehog said:
" Been browsing Amazon a lot recently, for obvious reasons. Even though I ended up spending pretty much all of the money on my Mom in Christmas presents for her, I've still continued to look around (and add stuff to my wish list, because they run a wish list sweepstakes every Christmas) and I am constantly shocked at just how much money certain Amazon-affiliated retailers are trying to charge for some things.

I mean, really? $400 for a still-shrink-wrapped copy of Sonic Advance 2? I've also seen $103 for a copy of Jet Set Radio Future, $93 for a copy of Konami Krazy Racers, $90 for a copy of Metroid: Zero Mission... but none tops this:


You're reading that right - nearly $1000 (plus shipping!) for a special edition version of the Ghostbusters videogame with the Slimer Statue - a videogame that came out barely even six months ago. Who in their right mind expects anyone to pay $1000 for Ghostbusters? Let alone $99.97 for a copy of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle? None of these games are even that rare! Are there actually idiots out there who pay this much for stuff like this? Because I can't imagine it makes too much business sense to say "Hey, yeah, I'll charge you $400 for Sonic Advance 2... or you could buy it from this other guy for $35. Better yet, $9 for a used copy. But if you feel like spending $400, I've got you covered!"    I'm kind of speechless, over here. "
Right under the Sonic Advance 2 price it says you can buy it from a different seller brand new for $35.99.
Posted by DrRandle

Is it too much to ask you to notice that most people are selling it for a reasonable price and that apparently there are just crazy folk?

Posted by cstrang

What the fuck is going on here?  I don't even understand how this is in any way viable.

Posted by BangJackRally

 
Damn.400 BUCKS?
 
Are they MAD?

Posted by Pepsiman
Posted by Kou_Leifoh
@BlazeHedgehog: I actually blog about this too.  
 
@ch13696 said:
" I understand that game. Released years ago. Still in the wrapping. And for GBA. Now as for the Ghostbusters game, thats a different story. Probably someone beggin for money. But look at FF VII. Brand new in wrapping it's worth $500. "
There are other brand new games that were release years that are selling for like four dollars. 
 
There is no reason as to why brand new games are selling for ridiculous prices. There are enough copies of the games that are being sold for huge prices made, so it shouldn't be sold at a high price. They would have to be rare in order to sold at shitty prices, but there not.
Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@DrRandle said:
" Is it too much to ask you to notice that most people are selling it for a reasonable price and that apparently there are just crazy folk? "
Did you read any of the comments following the initial blog post? Though, considering you made this comment, I already know the answer to that.
Posted by Solarus
@Wes899 said:

" The probable audience.
 
  

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That is by far the funniest thing I have seen today. You sir are getting followed.
Posted by jmrwacko

It's like that guy in WoW that always sells a stack of Iron Bars on the auction for 9999g. It just happens.
Posted by teh_destroyer

I remember shopping around for a copy of Shrek on dvd there a long time ago and someone wanted to sell it used for $85 >_>

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