Author: Josh Shoberg

An Unexpected Pickup

My first pickup of 2019 happened on New Year’s Day but what I didn’t expect was to pick up more than just a physical item.

New Year’s Eve an NES Classic (or NES Mini it’s sometimes called) popped up on the Facebook Marketplace for $40, only having been used a handful of times. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an amazing deal since you can still get them at Target new for $60 but I’d been wanting one for a while and thought sure, why not. The listing had only been active for 4 hours and I figured my chance of getting it was pretty good. I reached out about availability and pretty quickly heard it was available and the seller asked when I could get it. I replied that I could likely come as soon as the next day as long as he had no New Year’s holiday plans but wanted to check with my wife. He said to let him know.

After talking with my wife I confirmed I could go grab it and sent him a message saying that. But I get no response. I didn’t think a lot of it, after all it was New Year’s Eve, and went on with my day. A couple hours passed and my phone buzzed with a message notification.

The listing had been set to “Sold.”

I sent the seller a message asking if it had been marked as “Sold” because of me or if he had sold it to someone else. Again, no response. For the rest of the night I had plans but I kept periodically checking for a response.

This isn’t the first time I’d been burned on Facebook Marketplace (if you’re a collector, you’ve probably been there) so I started to get upset. I even hovered my finger over the button that would have left negative feedback but told myself no, let’s wait it out and see one way or the other. The next morning I sent him one last message expecting to be met with silence, maybe even blocked.

As it turned out, he had in fact marked it as sold for me. When he responded he apologized but said he’d had more than fifty messages about it in the span of an evening and wanted to get people to stop messaging him. Truth be told, he ended up being a very nice person and even had plans to drive out to near me that day, making our meeting place only 10 minutes from me instead of the 30 I would have had to drive.

I don’t generally do New Year’s Resolutions, but one thing I had wanted to do this year was to be generally more positive, not to dwell on the negative things. In the end, this turned out ok and I didn’t need to worry at all. I think I’ll try to keep that approach this year.

What about you? Have you ever had a really bad trade experience? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Happy New(er) Year!

When I fired up this site a year or so ago, as I said in my first post, it was mostly to track my collection. What I am going to do on top of that starting with the new year is be much more involved with the site, especially Instagram and Facebook. Having a family, a job, and other hobbies sucked up a great deal of my time in 2018 but rest assured, I was still collecting. I did sell some things to pay bills and whatnot which is always unfortunate, but the coming year you’re going to see a lot more from me.

Stay tuned!

Happy New Year!

Hi. I’m Josh, and this is my site.

I’ve had this for a couple years and honestly it was mostly just used to track my collection while I was out and about. I have a spreadsheet on Google Docs but that ended up being such a pain to pull up on the fly that I found a website worked better. Not only that but when I would do trades with folks and they would ask what I have, it’s easier to just send a URL than to share a link in a Google Doc sometimes. So what you see here is my collection, for better or worse!

Am I really going for the complete collection of every game ever? Yep! You can check the FAQ for more information but the short of it is that I am in no hurry to do this. It’s a ridiculous goal, I fully acknowledge that, yet here we are! If you want to send me things to help with said obsession collection feel free to reach out!

In the meantime, I’ve started off the New Year with a great trade from my good friend Nate Hale! He bought a good supply of stuff from a friend of his closing their video game store and knowing that I have an obsession with cardboard and complete boxes, he sent me pictures of all these empty display boxes they had on the walls. So what you see below, (or you can watch the unboxing video on the Facebook page!) is part 1 of that trade with more on the way! Mostly boxes for systems I believe. Because yes, I am insane.

Welcome to the insanity!