Thread idea stolen from shmups.com. Yeah, so sue me.
Mad eBay prices, then. You tend to see them every now and again - either absurdly high or items that sell for a tiny fraction of their true value.
The best example I have of the latter comes from about five years ago, when I saw somebody selling a complete set of boxed official Ibara figures, with the official soundtrack, with no reserve price set on the auction. I fully intended to grab it for myself, but managed to forget all about it until a couple of hours after the auction had come to a close.
Final selling price? £0.01. Straight up. One penny. I think the p&p was listed at somehere in the £25 region. Fuck, at the time the soundtrack on its own was going for £50ish, if not more. I will never stop beating myself up about missing out on that one.
Just seen some stupidly massive BIN prices on boxed NGPC games. Every now and again, I'll have a quick check on eBay to see if any of the few UK releases I'm missing are up, hopefully at a point in time when everybody else has forgotten about the machine. Checked a few minutes ago and found these:
That's the black & white NGP version of Pocket Tennis, listed with a BIN price of £149.00. Speaks for itself, really.
Faselei, at £124.99. This is marginally less ridiculous, because it's always been talked about as relatively rare (which is questionable) and highly desirable (which is true, because it's superb). It's still nearly twice the price it was going for a couple of years ago, though. And it's incomplete, missing some of the inserts.
Cotton, for £179.99. That's four-and-a-half times what I paid for it a few years back.
The one to watch, though, is this:
Evolution. The difference here is that this is an actual bid, not a BIN price. £120.00 at the time of posting. Best thing about this? The game's shit!
I notice there are people watching these. I suspect they're doing the same as me: waiting to see if they sell and how much they sell for, before making a decision as to whether to put their own copies up. It looks like prices have risen across the board on boxed games - even the common titles are listed at between £20 and £40 now - but this bunch is a whole other level of madness.