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4:30 PM on 08.06.2012

How about a $200,000 NES Mario/Duck Hunt prototype

I loved my Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt cartridge, but I wouldn't give $3 for that sh*t now. What makes this guy think someone is going to pay $200,000 for a prototype cartridge with these games on it (also includes Wor...

Dale North

8:30 AM on 06.13.2012

Diablo III real money auctions live, people spending $$$

Diablo III's real money auction house went live last night, and people are already proving that they have more money than sense. Within hours of it opening up, folks are gleefully pumping more of their own hard earned cash in...

Jim Sterling



Skylanders toys sell for ludicrous prices on eBay photo
Skylanders toys sell for ludicrous prices on eBay
by Jim Sterling

I still remember the craze that surrounded the Furbie, the Beanie Baby, and the Teletubby doll. Marketing overlords have a terrifying sorcery in their employ that allows them to turn ordinary humans into ravening beasts, lustful for scraps of molded plastic and stitched cloth full of wool. Skylanders, it seems, is the latest diminutive idol to weave its stick voodoo. 

A lovely man from Activision who probably shouldn't be seen talking to me sent along a helpful link to an eBay page recently, one full of Skylanders for sale at exorbitant prices. Despite having been launched only late last year, the series of figures is already full of rarities and special edition figures. It's highly manufactured hype, but it seems to be working. 

The rare "purple metallic" Cynder toy seems to rake in sums in the area of $200. It was exclusive to the New York Toy Fair, although judging from the eBay list, everybody in America has one. One fellow in the UK flogged a collection of six gold and silver figures for $1,260.46. Meanwhile, another seller shifted five three-packs of metallic blue variants for $650 apiece, for a grand total of $3250!

What's weird about the Skylanders craze is that Christmas is long gone by now. These toy fads usually happen in the run up to the holidays, as parents desperately scrabble to buy their kids' respect with material goods. Apparently, Skylanders is evergreen, and it's making mad cheddar for enterprising collectors.

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7:30 PM on 12.15.2011

Sealed R.O.B. NES set listed on eBay for $15,999

Hahahah! $16,000 for an old game system? F*ck that! That's a decent car. That's a downpayment on a house. In my head that's a custom pizza brick oven in your backyard and a Korg Karma and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis to add to t...

Dale North

7:00 PM on 11.21.2011

Modded Skylanders toys are even MORE awesome

I haven't gotten around to playing Skylanders yet, but I dig the concept. You collect little figurines then zap them into the game? Brilliant! And when you aren't playing the game, you can play around with the figures by them...

Tony Ponce

10:15 AM on 11.04.2011

Modern Warfare 3 sold for $1,725 on eBay

Hardcore Modern Warfare fans are a strange bunch. How strange? Apparently strange enough to spend $1,725 to get Modern Warfare 3 four days early! Early copies of Infinity Ward's upcoming blockbuster have made their predictabl...

Jim Sterling

10:45 AM on 10.17.2011

The complete Sega Master System collection for $5,000

I'm a huge Sega fan, and it all started with the Sega Master System, so this eBay auction caught my attention. This is the complete Sega Master System collection, and as of this morning the auction stands at $4,995, or Best O...

Dale North

10:30 PM on 08.29.2011

Buy a new 3DS on eBay for $150, you penny pinchers

In a move that can only be described as "batsh*t insane," some clown on eBay is selling brand new 3DS units for $149.99. That's a twenty spot less than the current retail price, which as you all remember just dropped a little...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 07.28.2011

Signed Tetris Mega Drive cart priced at $1 million

A signed copy of the rare Sega Mega Drive game Tetris would be a great collector's item, but asking $1 million for it is just silly. This wouldn't be the first silly price on gaming collectables on eBay, but they claim this c...

Dale North

12:20 PM on 05.24.2011

HUGE Final Fantasy collection on eBay at $14,900

I like Final Fantasy enough to have spent hundreds on games, collectibles, music and more, but there's another level of game series love that goes way beyond mine. The collector that put together this collection has to be at ...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 05.07.2011

Wanna buy the ORIGINAL No More Heroes beam katana?

Then get ready to pay out the wazoo! Grasshopper Manufacture is selling the original Blood Berry beam katana replica used as reference in the development of No More Heroes. Right now, the auction stands at $3600, but with ove...

Tony Ponce





4:20 PM on 04.05.2011

Sorry, you didn't win: Akira Yamaoka Silent Hill Guitar

The above header was a message in my inbox this morning. We told you about eBay auction Akira Yamaoka Silent Hill Guitar (160565804078) a few days back. Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka put up for auction his beloved g...

Dale North

8:40 AM on 03.15.2011

Amazing autographed DS auctioned to aid Japan

Game Informer's Meagan Marie has decided to part ways with an epic collectible: a Mario Kart edition Nintendo DS signed by Shigeru Miyamoto, Koji Kondo, Charles Martinet, Eiji Aonuma, and Martin Leung.The item is being sold o...

Nick Chester

1:00 PM on 02.25.2011

eBay: Sealed NES game Stadium Events for $500,000

NES game Stadium Events is super rare. How famous? It once sold on eBay for over $41,000. A f*cking cartridge for money that could have purchased a very nice car. And now the same game is selling for money that could purchase...

Dale North

3:40 PM on 11.17.2010

Dragonball GT PS1 game costs $7,000

Looks like nobody can do the "Over Nine Thousand" joke. Too bad.  An intrepid eBay seller is attempting to flog his copy of Dragonball GT: Final Bout on the PSX for an almighty $7,000. You'll be relieved to know that shi...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 11.10.2010

Kinect eBay prices charge a premium

Although Kinect isn't selling out at every store in the world, a number of areas are reportedly suffering from shortages, and this has already inspired the vultures of eBay to start exploiting the stupid. According to La...

Jim Sterling