atari181, on Tue May 17, 2011 3:41 PM, said:
Anyone who thinks the seller got "ripped off' if just fkn ridiculous. I go to Garage sales all summer, I am sure many of you guys do as well. When I find an item, Game related or not, I do not inform the seller of its value prior to buying it. I really don't think anyone would. It is Part of the allure of collecting anything, finding something in the "Wild" is the ultimate rush and anyone who sees it as ripping someone off, is just a fool.
It's knowledge vs. ignorance. Diligence vs. laziness. People with knowledge about the true value of things buy them from people who don't have a clue. That's how it's always been and it's getting harder to do thanks to the Internet. Now ignorant people can take a few seconds to look up the value of anything before selling it, but the good news is that most ignorant people are too lazy to look up the price of anything.
If you take the time to teach yourself the prices of rare items, is it your responsibility to educate the lazy, ignorant, unwashed masses or do you use your knowledge to make a profit? I don't know what it's like in other countries, but in the USA, you buy low and sell high. The more ignorant the other person is, the more profit you can make. Thank god for lazy, ignorant people or no one would ever get rich.
To alleviate any guilt, you could ask sellers if they have access to a computer with an internet connection. If they say yes
, then you have nothing to feel guilty about. They could have looked up the price and gained the same bit of knowledge that you have, but they were too lazy. Ever hear the saying "f*ck 'em if they can't take a joke"? Well, buyers should adopt the saying "f*ck 'em if they won't look sh*t up."