eBay and the Wave of “BIN” Only Listings

Well, summer has been amazing so far. The sun is out and there’s nothing better than a bit of BBQ weather. Consequently, the Blast City hasn’t really had a lot of work put in to it or play time. All I’ve managed to achieve is my goal of getting a legit, non over priced, copy of Puzzle Bobble for the MVS.

eBay seems, at the moment, to be full of MVS carts but hardly any of them are in auction format. Most seem to be listed with Buy It Now pricing that can’t be considered anything other than “high” or with auctions that start above what I’d think the cart is worth.

This brings be to Puzzle Bobble. It’s a fantastic game but there are a billion carts out there and most of them are bootleg. It’s one of the cheaper MVS games and for most of 2013 you7 could pick one up for under a tenner. No guarantee of a legit one but, you got the game. Recently BIN carts of this game are all listed at £19.99 and Auctions for the cart are all starting at £14.99. This is WITHOUT postage included and some of them are obvious boots! I know the price of MVS carts is going up as more people have the means to collect and play them but this is silly there are loads of PB carts out there!

Anyway, I finally found one that was an auction listing (but ending at a silly time at night) and got it for £10.50 + reasonable postage (seriously, it does NOT cost £6 to post an MVS cart in the UK. 90% of sellers take note!). The best thing about this find (apart from finally having the game)? It turned out to be a legit cart.


About Alec Dunn (LegoYoda)

Alec is an IT Architect focused around large private / hybrid cloud design and automation. He's also a big fan of the 'arcade' culture and games of yesteryear and loves taking things apart to see how they all work.
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