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(Ars Technica)   Some copies of the Legend of Zelda are worth their weight in gold. In fact, some are worth several times their weight in gold. Behold the economies of ultra-rare sealed NES games   (arstechnica.com) divider line
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2021-12-04 10:56:43 PM  
Wata bunch of fraudsters
 
2021-12-04 11:12:18 PM  
Hey, there are worse ways to launder money. Imagine running your ill-gotten gains through cartoon monkey JPGs or something equally inane. At least Zelda has some cultural value.
 
2021-12-04 11:33:05 PM  
Who leaves a NES game mint in box for decades?
 
2021-12-04 11:33:54 PM  

JesusIsNowBlind: Who leaves a NES game mint in box for decades?


A serial killer.
 
2021-12-04 11:35:16 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Hey, there are worse ways to launder money. Imagine running your ill-gotten gains through cartoon monkey JPGs or something equally inane. At least Zelda has some cultural value.


You also get what you intend to purchase, ostensibly a product that works, a transfer of ownership of something real.

You don't get a pointer to a box on someone else's shelf.
 
2021-12-05 12:13:56 AM  
So how do we know there is even a game in the box if it has never been opened?
 
2021-12-05 12:16:16 AM  
Wata is a huge scam.

https://youtu.be/rvLFEh7V18A
 
2021-12-05 12:29:58 AM  

JesusIsNowBlind: Who leaves a NES game mint in box for decades?


That would actually be a problem.  The original Legend of Zelda was saved using battery power.  Have to think there are parts inside corroded by now if it was still in the box.
 
2021-12-05 1:40:22 AM  

the_rhino: Wata bunch of fraudsters


Somebody looked at Star Citizen and said "I can top that."
 
2021-12-05 1:51:57 AM  

YodaTuna: Wata is a huge scam.

https://youtu.be/rvLFEh7V18A


Came to post this. Leaving satisfied.
 
2021-12-05 2:23:05 AM  
Wata is a scam, yeah, but it's also true that a bunch of morons with money that are unrelated to this have made older video games out of reach for many people who actually want to own and play them on the original hardware instead of collecting them in boxes like beanie babies. The price for the Japanese carts are still close to the original price and there's far fewer of them, but also no soulless drones that think everything should be a currency.
 
2021-12-05 5:45:13 AM  
Hmmmm, I believe auction houses would be wonderful targets for new taxes
 
2021-12-05 6:56:41 AM  

JesusIsNowBlind: Who leaves a NES game mint in box for decades?


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2021-12-05 7:12:49 AM  

JesusIsNowBlind: Who leaves a NES game mint in box for decades?


Brad at toys r us who sucked at keeping the video game cage neat.
 
2021-12-05 8:07:34 AM  

JesusIsNowBlind: Who leaves a NES game mint in box for decades?


Some body who had to leave their warehouse suddenly and wasn't allowed back in the country for 30 years
 
2021-12-05 9:00:31 AM  
"Company that makes money when you buy a thing they aren't even selling tells you that you should go buy that thing, you know, for your own good."
 
2021-12-05 9:17:38 AM  
I actually have a sealed copy of Zelda: Oracle of Ages. I bought it and Seasons at the same time, and played Seasons first but never finished it and never got around to Oracle of Ages. Then I went to college, grad school and moved to Qatar and then Toronto and then back to my parents house, and found it in the basement after 20 years.

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2021-12-05 10:01:47 AM  
The writers are getting savaged in the comments. And for good reason, what a bunch of whores.
 
2021-12-05 10:49:39 AM  
Huh. I guess "sealed NES games" have jumped "Magic the Gathering Beta booster boxes" in my fictional time machine pop culture investment scheme.

/all those people who told me to buy muscle cars from 1962-1969 couldn't tell me where I'd store them
 
2021-12-05 10:56:56 AM  
Legend of Zelda games were produced in the millions. They can't possibly be worth more than 5-10 bucks on the second hand market.

Also, came for the youtube video detailing this scam. Leaving satisfied!
 
2021-12-05 12:27:39 PM  
fark Wata Games and Heritage Auctions.

The Retro Video Game Scam Gets Worse...
Youtube mKbuNwS-gaI
 
2021-12-05 12:30:51 PM  

Stupid Guitar: Legend of Zelda games were produced in the millions. They can't possibly be worth more than 5-10 bucks on the second hand market.

Also, came for the youtube video detailing this scam. Leaving satisfied!


A cartridge seems to be going for about $20

A complete boxed copy (with manual etc) seems to have been around $100 before the scam kicked off.
 
2021-12-05 3:51:32 PM  

Fisty Bum: fark Wata Games and Heritage Auctions.

[YouTube video: The Retro Video Game Scam Gets Worse...]


Just saw those two videos a day ago and holy crap.  You'd think some regulatory agency might be interested in this kind of stuff, but who knows?
 
2021-12-05 6:23:02 PM  

Stupid Guitar: Legend of Zelda games were produced in the millions. They can't possibly be worth more than 5-10 bucks on the second hand market.

Also, came for the youtube video detailing this scam. Leaving satisfied!


I'm waiting/kinda hoping for some news on someone finding a pallet load of one of these carts, brand new in box, in some random disused warehouse.  It would certainly nuke the market for sure.
 
2021-12-06 12:39:38 AM  
Wata are art appraisers.

... anyone familiar with how art appraisers work will know that "is worth" is a phrase that should never, ever be applied to one of their estimates.  It's more of a "certain people (implicitly usually money laundering operations by criminal organizations) will be willing to involve this item in an exchange with an overall value of".

Like... calling what they do illegal is a stretch (in theory, obviously illegal activity is involved in art sales and auctions especially all the time), since by definition art sales are voluntary transactions purely for the purpose of conspicuous consumption and there's no real practical reason for the law to regulate those much, but calling it a scam isn't necessarily inaccurate, albeit in the same sense that something like gambling at a casino is a 'scam'.
 
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