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Jan 06
By Matt Gander In Features No Comments

It’s fair to say that most people who use eBay have a love-hate relationship with the auction site. For every bargain buy or smooth transaction you’re forced to patiently wait weeks for items to arrive, or simply put up with people’s stupidity.

We’ve been using eBay since the days when sending a cheque through the post was an acceptable, and common, means of payment. As such, we’ve come across all kinds of bizarre messages, requests and complaints over the years.

Sit down and get ready to seethe as we rattle off thirty things that infuriate eBay users.

eBay Sellers

When you receive a ‘Question for Seller’ and the answer could have been discovered by simply reading the item description

When you receive a ‘Question for Seller’ and it’s in a foreign language

When you receive a ‘Question for Seller’ and it’s in English, but due to poor spelling and grammar it may as well be in a foreign language

When you’re selling a large item and state that only inland buyers can bid, only then to receive a message from a buyer another country asking if you’ll ship it to them…

…which you eventually agree to as long as they cover postage costs. And then they don’t bid

When you’re selling an item on a standard auction and somebody simply messages you with “Buy it now?” No rough price, pleasantries or anything of the sort

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Jul 12
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Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is a very special game, so it’s fitting for us to give it a special eBay round-up.


PR types sometimes send a few little gifts out alongside review copies of games – usually a T-shirt or two, or maybe a bottle opener with the game’s logo on if you’re lucky.

Sony’s specialist press freebie defied all convention however – a foam brick. What purpose it’s supposed to serve we’re unsure, but people wanted one regardless – this auction ended at $76.00 after 13 bids. We should point out though that the auction also included a T-shirt featuring Angel Knives – a faux videogame Ellie is a fan of.

This leads us onto the next auction nicely – a promo E3 t-shirt signed by various Naughty Dog developers, esteemed voice-actor Nolan North and others. It ended at $320.00 after 12 bids. The buyer best make sure it doesn’t accidentally end up in the laundry basket.


A couple of other promo items now – not one, but two different torches. Or flash-lights, if you prefer.

The Taiwanese-exclusive torch shown on the right is the more curious of the two, apparently only given away alongside the game on launch day if purchased from “Flag Store”. One sold for $152.50 following 12 bids. We’re not sure if the seller meant the Sony flagship store – Googling ‘Flag Store Taiwan’ doesn’t bring up anything specific. We like that dark green torch far more than this promo flash-light given to UK press, although it does come in its own metal box.

Also more practical than a foam brick: a back metal bottle, featuring the game’s logo. Boxed and unused, this seller is yet to find a buyer. At £99 they may be waiting a while. One did however sell for £60, so they might get lucky.


That’s still a small price when compared to this press kit. It’s one of 2505, apparently, and sold for £450.00. Included inside the cardboard case was an artbook, various DLC codes, the game itself and a replica of an old Sony cassette tape. Ingeniously, it’s actually a USB device containing the soundtrack. Another press kit sold for fifty quid less.

Think that’s a lot? A collection of promo items sold for even more – £456.02. This little bundle included the aforementioned torch and bottle, as well as a metal cup, a holdall featuring The Last of Us logo and a foam drink can. That metal cup looks close to being indestructible. Shame the same can’t be said for the foam can – it looks a little cheaply made.

The statue available with the US-only Pandemic Edition has been selling for a lot on its own too – everything from £215 to £140. The 12 inch model features Ellie and Joel, both clutching a rifle.

At just over $20, this variant cover of issue #1 of The Last of Us comic book seems relatively inexpensive.

Jan 25
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Owning a rare game is one thing; owning a sealed version of a rare game is quite another. But to own something that was never commercially available to the public? That’s taking collecting to the extreme.


Plenty of things only available to industry insiders have been sold on eBay recently. A good example is this prototype GBA cartridge containing an unreleased Capcom game – Rocket Dog – which was acquired by the seller from a liquidation asset auction. It ended up selling for $457.67 after 16 bids. The screenshot of the start-up screen informs that it was in development in 2002 at 3d6 Games, who bought Tetris Worlds to the GBA. They also worked on the better-than-you-may-expect Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms.

A couple of consoles now. Firstly, a rental Atari Jaguar from Blockbusters that’s boxed in a padded briefcase. The seller claims it looks like new. We wonder if that’s because not many people took up the chance to rent it? As well as three loose cartridges it also comes with a Jaguar CD game (Dragon’s Lair) even though the auction doesn’t come with the toilet shaped add-on.


Secondly, and of slightly more interest, is this one of a kind Xbox launch package that contains amongst other things the first ever Xbox game to be submitted to Microsoft for certification. That game is Midway’s NHL Hitz, dated 28th June 2001. It’s curious to note that the Xbox didn’t launch in America until 15th November. The translucent green Xbox has Bill Gates’ signature underneath. The auction also contained a replica of the infamous prototype “chrome X” Xbox, plus a commemorative plaque given to all members of the Xbox launch team. This little collection comes from Howard Phillips, who worked at Nintendo for ten years – as senior editor at Nintendo Power – and then went onto spend another nine at Microsoft. The auction ended at $6,600 after six bids but the reserve wasn’t met.

Phillips listed a Nintendo Power lot at the same time, including the original version of the Howard and Nester comic. Likewise, it failed to sell.

Also failing to find a buyer was this bundle of SNES carts and a scarily authentic looking rifle light-gun that was originally used to train the US army. The two cartridges are the functionally named Moving Target Simulator and Multi-purpose Arcade Combat Simulator, each of which were developed by Sculptured Software. The seller notes that the light-gun is “incredibly accurate”. It’s almost certainly bound to cause a scare at the postal department if they chose to x-ray the package.

Here’s something slightly different to the above – a Skylanders Giant figure that was only handed out to Activision employees. Dubbed the ‘holiday 2012 edition’, it’s a gold version of Prism Break that has a layer of imitation snow on top. It ended up selling for a giant $620.00, attracting 18 bids.


Back to Blockbusters to finish us off for this month. At first glance this Pokemon Snap Station Blockbuster Kiosk would appear to be a Pokemon Snap dedicated demo pod. That’s not the case, however. After inserting either a Pokemon Snap or Pokemon Stadium cartridge into this device, Pokemon fans could then print off their favourite photos. The seller included a few rolls of paper, but at $3,000 it didn’t find a buyer. The auction didn’t include a copy of Pokemon Snap, but there was a ‘not for resale’ demo cart listed on eBay around the same time. Unlike a lot of auctions we’ve looked at here, this one did find a buyer – for $309.31.

If Blockbusters still offered unique services like this in their stores, perhaps they wouldn’t be in quite the mess that they’re currently in.

Sep 20
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I’m sure every gamer has dreamed about owning an arcade machine at some point. To the infuriation of girlfriends and significant others across the world, a little known website known as eBay exists. The really worrying thing is that some arcade machines don’t really cost a great deal – we’ve managed to find working machines for around £100 in this month’s eBay round-up.

We’re starting this round-up with the machines that have sold for a lot more than that, though.

Leading the way is Sega’s Star Wars Episode One Racer twin cabinet from 1998 which sold for £2,000. We hope the buyer had access to a lorry of sorts – it was a collection only auction.

Another Star Wars game next: a sit-down Star Wars Trilogy machine which sold for £815 (8 bids). You’ll notice a continuing theme throughout this feature – Sega pretty much made all of the games mentioned.

Not this one, though. A Defender cabinet which sold for £560 (15 bids). We hope buyers read the description carefully – it had been “converted to MAME” while the CRT had been replaced with an LCD. This Pac-Man cabinet hadn’t had its contents gutted and stripped and ended up selling for less – £365 after 7 bids.

Back to Sega – £510 (21 bids) was the price this House of the Dead III machine sold for. Another Sega shooter sold for not a particularly bank-breaking amount too – this colourful Gunblade cabinet went for just £300 (13 bids). Selling for a similar figure was this Area 51 shooter from 1998, which ended at £320 after 5 bids.

A single player only Need for Speed netted £350 (17 bids) but it wasn’t in working order and went only for spares and repairs. This Sega Suzuka 8 twin motorbike racer was up and running though and sold for £250 after just one bid. Our local arcade still has one of these, hidden down the back somewhere.

That £100 system we mentioned at the start of this article? A fully working Tekken 2 machine in a generic cabinet which attracted one bidder. It doesn’t appear to be in the best of condition, but at £100 it would be hard for anybody to complain about that.

Jul 27
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The amount of gamers collecting games that are still in their factory seal is on the rise, as this month’s eBay round-up shows. Why collect sealed games? The appeal of owning something never touched by human hands is very alluring, especially if it’s hard game to find to being with. It’s like… uber collecting. Or something.

It’s sealed Nintendo stuff that seems to sell for the most. Leading the way is this copy of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards which sucked £142 out of somebody’s wallet, attracting 23 bids. A few other N64 games sold for high amounts: a copy of Automobil Lamborhini, which was one of Titus’ better N64 games, went for £59.88 (23 bids); a Banjo-Kazooie (Player’s Choice version) for £70 on Buy It Now; and V-Rally ’99 for £45 (13 bids).

A sealed Pokemon Game Boy Colour also went for a staggering £420 (35 bids), while a copy of Donkey Kong Land II swung £104 (20 bids). Then for the NES, a copy of Tennis earned somebody a nice £116 backhander after 14 bids.

PlayStation games aren’t far behind, with sealed PSone games becoming very desirable. The rare ones are, at least – common sealed PSone games usually sell for around the £10 mark. Unopened copies of Tombi and Bubble Bobble have sold for a lot recently – £385 and £206 respectively. A copy of Crash Bandicoot 3 also went for £161 (29 bids). Less desirable games can sell for handsome amounts though, like the next two – Duke Nukem Time to Kill for £31 (10 bids) and Mech Warrior 2 for £39 (9 bids).

Stores ditched their Dreamcast stock very quickly once it was announced that Sega were stopping Dreamcast production. As such, eBay has loads of sealed Dreamcast games available for less than a tenner. A couple have fetched a lot more recently – Street Fighter Alpha 3 went for £95 on Buy It Now, while a sealed Sonic Shuffle went for £34 (6 bids).

It’s not just sealed copies of retro games that are desirable to collectors – some newer games are too. Case in point: a sealed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare limited edition that went for £256 after 27 bids. It wasn’t even the edition with the night vision goggles. We’re also surprised by these two pristine PSP games – £29 for Iron Man 2 and £35 for F1 ’06.

One thing that writing this round-up has taught us is that people need to look very carefully at what they’re buying. Quite a few games on eBay are listed as sealed when they are in fact simply resealed – pre-owned goods in shrinkwrap. Always look for the words ‘factory sealed’, folks.

Apr 17
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Proving that us videogamers really are just big kids, a lot of videogame related toys have sold for stunning amounts on eBay this month.

The most noteworthy of these is a golden vinyl Uncharted 3 toy said to be one of only 11 in the world. “For ages 15 and up” pointed out the seller but we don’t think anybody under the age of 15 would have had the money to buy it – it ended at £627.

A set of Battletoads figures from 1992 also fetched $71 (8 bids). We like the way that the seller included a photo of the reverse of the figures just so we could check out the toads’ tight buns.

A set of ceramic Donkey Kong figures from 1998 – including Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and the hateable Funky Kong – didn’t sell for quite as much as the above, but $23.50 (4 bids) seems pretty good seeing that don’t appear to be that well made. Hard to believe they’re official merchandise, actually.

This Super Mario ‘crash action police car’ from the dire Mario Bros. Movie sold for a whole lot more – £57.99 (7 bids). We wonder if Bob Hoskins has a few of these up in his loft?

Sticking with merchandise for a little longer, this Mass Effect lithograph – one of only 75 sold – didn’t have a bad ending. It sold for $760.00 attracting only 6 bidders. An animation cel from the DiC Sonic cartoon didn’t fetch anywhere near as much ending at just $10.45. We wouldn’t advise clicking on this link to see it – it was an image of Dr. Robotnik in the shower. Nude, obviously.

How about some other stuff that was never available in shops? We’re quite surprised how cheaply this GameCube development kit sold for. It went for only £275 even though the seller was confident that it has never been used. This DS download station demo pod cart didn’t sell for a lot either, ending at only £22.99. Perhaps it would have sold for more if he’d bothered to mention what was on it.

A couple of Jaguar games have gone for a small packet. Both of these were released very late in the Jaguar’s life. So much so that it didn’t even have a pulse at the time. Battlesphere blasted $710 (2 bids) out of somebody’s PayPal account while Gorf for the Jaguar CD sold for the same amount but attracted 17 bidders. “Game has been played once by me,” said the seller. That bad, eh?

We’ve also discovered this month that there are more N-Gage collectors out there than we previously though. A rare copy of Sega Rally, which was released only in Australia, went for $455.00 after 19 bids. Hardest game to find on the system, apparently.

That’s nothing compared to what this Korean 3DO beat’em up sold for though. A colossal $1,725.00 (16 bids). We’re quite amused that the back of the box for The Eye of Typhoon features the same three screenshots.

Finishing off this month’s round-up are a couple of limited edition box sets. An incredibly rare factory sealed ‘Treasure Box Edition’ of Dead Island sold for £423 (27 bids). It was only available in Australia and came with a polo shirt, poster, comic book and some other stuff all enclosed in a wooden box. A Zelda: Ocarina of Time special edition managed to clear that figure though, ending at £789.99 (14 bids). What’s in the box? Not much – just the game, a badge and a T-shirt. The t-shirt was unworn though. It’s always nice to know that your expensive purchase isn’t going to stink of BO, isn’t it?

Jan 25
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It has been said that during the winter, sales of retro games boom as a lot of people spend their evenings staying in the warm and thus need entertaining. We wouldn’t be surprised if a few people hope to recreate the magic of a Christmas long gone by purchasing a vintage console off eBay too.

This month’s eBay round-up backs this up with lots of things selling for silly prices. Money is hard to come by in January? Not if you’re a retro gamer it would seem.

Quite a few Sega Master System items have caught our attention. An Action Replay cheat cartridge sold for £109 on Buy It Now, a copy of Power Strike II went for £91 and a TecToy version of Road Rash shifted for £34.

A French seller has also been listing some reproduction carts containing the Game Gear versions of Sonic Triple Trouble and Sonic Drift Racing complete with authentic looking cases but only the former found a buyer.

On Game Gear meanwhile a factory sealed system sold for £225 on a US auction, a copy of The Itchy & Scratchy Game in its fetching bright yellow box went for £79.99 while a copy of the European-exclusive James Pond: Operation Starfi5h went for £50.

From Sega to Sony. A brand new PSone “bumdle” sold for £74 after 13 bids, containing a new joypad, memory card and a factory sealed copy of Spyro. A fully working PS2 development kit with manuals and software also went for £280. The seller wanted £50 postage. Is it made out of lead?

Onto Nintendo. The highest grossing auction this month was for a factory sealed copy of 10 Yard Fight on NES, which still had the plastic shelf hanger on it. It ended at $2,125 (£1,368) after 14 bids. Selling for a similar amount was this copy of Zelda II on Famicom, sealed and marked “Not for Resale”. It really is a curious looking little thing. A factory sealed Captain Commando on SNES also ended at $1,332.98 (£858.49) from 12 bids while a sealed copy of Konami’s Metal Warriors sold for slightly more – $1,350.00 (£869.45).

The seller of this Atari Lynx bundle undersold it a bit. Well, it sold at a decent price (£154) but you would have thought he would have made a bigger deal out of it including 47 games. That’s got to be half the entire Lynx catalogue.

In last month’s round-up we covered the fact that the Sonic Generations collector’s edition has been selling for large amounts. The prices have dropped at little – this one went for £86 (8 bids) and this one for £84 (27 bids) – but a few auctions have reached almost £200, like this one.

Oct 26
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We’ll kick off this month’s eBay round-up with Dreamcast malarkey, seeing it was 12 years ago this month that the system was released in Europe.

Selling for a fair old whack was a game that has only just been re-released – Resident Evil: Code Veronica. It wasn’t the retail version that sold for £124.99 though but rather a press promo copy.

A collector’s edition of the rare Japan-only shoot ’em up Under Defeat, which came with a CD, poster and sticker, nearly broke £100 too, selling for £99.95 on Buy It Now. Two copies of Samba de Amigo went for £84.95 and £71.99 (2 bids) respectively, complete with the maracas and mat.

Usually it’s the games released late in a system’s life that sell for hefty amounts in years to come. The Dreamcast’s back catalogue is no different – this month saw Evolution 2 sell for £55, Rez for £49.99, dull party game Sonic Shuffle for £39.99 and Capcom’s Cannon Spike for £38 (7 bids). It’s a little known fact Cannon Spike stars Arthur from Ghouls & Ghosts, Cammy from Street Fighter and Mega Man.

Speaking of the blue bomber, as fan’s often call him, an auction for two Mega Man SNES games ended at £489 (17 bids). Mega Man 7 and Mega Man X, if you’re wondering. I used to own Mega Man X when it was first released. I think I traded it in for Stunt Race FX.

Also in the world of Nintendo, a rather nicely looked after Nintendo 64 collection sold for £929 (24 bids), which included 40 boxed games like the desirable Sin & Punishment, Banjo-Tooie, Resident Evil 2 and Paper Mario. If I were the buyer I’d be sticking that copy of Carmageddon 64 straight back on eBay. Or in the bin.

An incredibly rare Zelda III and Metroid III double pack netted one seller £524.42 (38 bids) while a Game & Watch LCD game sold for £797.77 (23 bids). There’s a little bit of history behind the Game & Watch – it was originally known as Helmet, but the distributor changed the name to Headache for the UK market thinking the word helmet was a bit too rude.

Back to Sega now. Think Virtua Racing on the Saturn was the closest to the arcade? Well about having the actual arcade cabinet in your home? Somebody with room to spare paid £360 for a Virtua Racing coin-op after 14 bids. A boxed copy of Tails’ Adventure on Game Gear – which we hope makes it onto the 3DS virtual console some when – sold for £160 (29 bids), and a set of unboxed Sonic Adventure figures sold for £165 (4 bids).

A bundle of eight Master System games almost hit £200 too. The high price is down to the fact that the bundle contained Masters of Combat, a 2D fighting game that was a very late release. If you read the seller’s notes he explains that people were offering him as little as £20 for it outside of the auction.

There hasn’t been much going on in the PlayStation collecting scene apart from the usual likes of Suikoden and Castlevania selling for loads. We did though think that it was odd that this sealed copy of Tomb Raider sold for £60. A copy of the often forgotten Squaresoft 3D brawler Ehrgeiz went for £62.99 too, still sealed. It’s not a very good game but it features Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, which makes it desirable to collectors.

We rarely feature Atari in these round-ups, so here’s some Atari stuff that’s been selling for significant amounts. The toilet-shaped Atari Jaguar CD had very few games and even fewer good ones, but that didn’t stop somebody acquiring one for £147 after 13 bids. A sealed copy of Atari Karts on Jaguar sold for £89 on Buy It Now, while a prototype Atari 2600 cartridge of the bizarrely named Rabbit Transit went for $250 (£156) attracting just one bidder. Nobody wanted these new Atari bed sheets though, and at £69 a set it’s not surprising.

Back in the world of the modern, a Crackdown 2 Xbox 360 – of which only five were made – sold for an eyebrow raising £1,320 after 4 bids. Let’s hope it doesn’t red ring, eh?

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