An alternate title for this could easily be “How To NOT Sell A High Priced Game”. We’ll get back to that in a minute.
We covered the first public sale of the PS1 Demo NBA 2Ball back in May. After 25 bids the game ended for $710.00. The auction was widely known, as it was covered on nearly every large gaming blog out there, including Kotaku, Destructiod, etc. Given the press, I felt it was safe to see we had a good price point (on the upper end) for the game. I was wrong though, as since then, another copy sold, this time for a whopping $250.00. While it didn’t receive much fanfare, I don’t feel it went under the radar, as I’m sure anyone serious about purchasing a copy had their saved searches triggered.
Click the link above to read a full write up on the game, but basically NBA 2Ball is one of the rarest PS1 Demo CDs out there. While in theory there was a reasonable amount of them produced, very few have surfaced.
Now here’s where you lean not how to sell an item.
The seller states:
N.B.A 2Ball is a very rare game given out at the 1998 N.B.A finales. There has only be 3 or 4 known copies of the game to surface and as a add the game works. Not until a few months ago did anyone know what the game play looked like till someone opened up a new one. So heres your chance to own N.B.A 2Ball most likely for the last time. Any questions ect email me on here or im also on gamesniped, gamegavel, playstationcollecting, and petesgameroom thanks a lot p.s free shipping unless over seas
ps. I know 0 feedback is a lil offsetting for most people buy if you want me to email you more pictures with your ebay id or name next to the game or a special video to prove that its real i can do so
pps. Also paypal will be the only way to pay so your money will be safe and the paypal account i have has been used many times that is not also new
Then they have this wonderful question:
Q: Hello all this is Erin (nba2ball) ebay is being dumb and wont let me change the but it now to 5,000 so i got on a buddys account to put this up so you all could see it if you want to b.i.n contact nba2ball or email me thanks alot Jul-29-10
So you’re selling a $250-800 item (which you value much higher), and can’t take the time to to use punctuation, let alone write a decent description. That instills so much confidence in me. Even better when the seller has unrealistic price expectations.
The seller actually posted about the game in our forum some time ago here.
Best part is:
well i would love to get it on the page i mean in my own opinion i think the game is worth much more than that
ok lets look at it like this n.w.c is the rarest game out there well what was it like when no one knew about the game or only a few people knew they didn’t go for as much money i think if people can wrap their head around the fact that there are only 3 or 4 vs n.w.c which has 90 or so and in 98 a grey sold for only 1,800 bucks in this day and age that would be the steal of a lifetime it’s commonly thought that n.w.c is worth around 20 grand but it has sold for much less previously i just don’t want to get screwed because i did not hold on to it for 10 years
Now, the seller is actually the guy who bought the $250.00 copy.
He later goes on to post:
5,000 takes it
ok fine 1500 takes it i need money bad
Also, did I mention the eBay account has zero feedback? I realize that it’s probably a completely legit attempt at selling, but the seller is making so many fumbles in his attempts that it’s almost kind of sad. Still, I’m all about capitalism – so I wish the seller luck.
Also, they did take the time to make a video: