The following is a series of images showing you the progress of browsing on eBay for a Game Boy title I have been wanting to restore to my video game collection. A number of years ago, I suffered a major theft involving the loss of much of my treasured media - including the now rare and very expensive retro games such as early Nintendo. I did everything properly except for one very stupid stunt that I pulled during the auction. This is something I've done in times past and this time I got bit, though in this case, it was merely a nip that made me think twice the next time and change my strategy by taking the funny business out and being serious about Plan B!

The image on the right is a "Buy It Now" listing for a Super Mario Land 2 Game Boy game. The left is an auction I found later. The text below the images is on Notepad. These are the web addresses to several listings I've been to. The two selected are the best of these options.

I was going to just outright purchase the Buy It Now offering at $32.09, which includes shipping, but I found the auction listing, which was due to end a day and one-half later. I decided to wait and take my chances on this because it was being offered at less than half the price, and at the time, there were no bidders.

So far I did what was proper here. Though it was not intended or "accidental" I had Plan B here.

Let's put the Buy-It-Now option aside now and look at the auction. This is the course of action I took. The subsequent images will be in closer range so you can see what's happening...

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MBrownie Premium
Thanks for the great info Daniel. I don't know much about Ebay but your information has now peaked my interest!
When you are new to eBay or haven't used it very much, it is very easy to get caught up in doing the way eBay suggests, which isn't always in your best interest.

I've been around eBay now since 2001, though for a long space of time, I did not use it. The last couple years, I've been using it extensively again, but most of the tricks I know now I've learnt in the first three years using it, learnt by doing.

It's sad to see folks on the first day of an auction placing bids on it. When I see that, and enough people having done it, I pass that auction by.
JewelCarol Premium
Great stuff, thanks for sharing, Daniel. :)
WilliamBH Premium
Great info .. Cheers, William
lstrickland Premium
Hi Daniel thank you for the information.
onmyownterms Premium
Thanks for sharing!