I’m well aware that an item will only be as expensive as the amount of value we ascribe to it, but did anyone really ascribe the value of $129.99 to a copy of “Dragonball Advanced Adventure” for the Gameboy Advance?
Seriously, here is an electronic bay (Ron Swanson joke) listing for “Dragonball Advanced Adventure” (I’m not affiliated with it in any way. This listing just stands as proof of the crazy prices we are willing to pay for the things we want.)
Sure this particular copy has a box with it, but even without the box it cost around $40. I am a collector. Personally I love this stuff so it pains me to say it, but I have given serious consideration to buying $40 copy without a box. I understand that I am part of the problem.
Hunting down the things we seek at flea markets and yard sales is the best part of collecting video games and other tchotchkes. Getting a good deal is a thrill. I don’t think you’ve ever enjoyed purchasing something until you’ve haggled over the price of an item, with a vendor at a comic book convention, pretending you will walk away at any moment. Finally, you get the item that you have sought for so long. Perhaps it was the final piece to be collected? Maybe it’s just one of many more to come but the hunt is the thrill. The modern age has kind of taken that away from us.
I’m not about to go all “Old man yelling at the ocean” on you, I just want you to think about how the prices of things have gone up ever since we could just search for them on the internet. This isn’t an issue that only consumers have to deal with. Now that everyone has a smartphone, they can just look up a price to see if they are getting a good deal or if the vendor is getting a good deal of our money. That goes to show that internet pricing lists are not always a bad thing.
Perhaps you were able to avoid an overly expensive purchase because you did your internet research. Before internet forums and online shopping became the ubiquidous things they are today, consumers would have to look through sales papers, classified ads, and beckett pricing guides.
I could fill the rest of this post with hundreds more examples of awesome things that shouldn’t cost as much as they do, but that would be pointless (and a heck of a lot of work). I just want to know what items you feel would have been cheaper for you to purchase, if you didn’t have access to ebay. Or, let me know what item you could have sold at a higher price if there weren’t a million of them available to effortlessly purchase online.