So when you say you "opened up the nm purchases", you are just talking about the zip lock baggie, right?
Not the actual shrink-wrapped original box itself?
Because I'm just wondering if there is any correlation to the lack of stank and any functionality to the carts. AFAIK, no dig cart has actually been found in working order... right? I purchased a Phoenix dig cart, and it not only was shrink-wrapped but came with an additional plastic external box (and pricetag) from Target... something I had forgotten for 30 years, but when I saw it I immediately recognized it as a theft-deterrent extra casing from back in the 80s. It made me wonder if that could have offered more protection to the cart itself. I have no plans on opening mine, but I still wonder if the additional covering might have provided extra protection that could result in some of these dig carts actually being functional.
I meant the ziplock bag. The box has the shrink-wrap still intact(you can see the seem on the back of the atari box) and the plastic external box, which is really hard. Still has the $32.99 Target sticker on that plastic - bone-white like it was on the shelf yesterday. That is one of the reasons I bought this particular Centipede. Some of them have price tags that are tan or brown - exposure to more elements.
The external plastic definitely has a few small cracked/compromised areas, and there is some dirt inside. I just smelled it, there is still a slight garbage smell, but minimal compared to the loose Defender cart. I know for sure the plastics can retain odors. Airing out and dryer sheets should get that out. I have also read that placing an item with coffee grinds sealed in tupperware for 24-48 hours can get the smell out of plastics.
I am not sure I will shadow-box display this or send it in to VGA. The website advertizes an ET in a nice acrylic display with the COA and metal tag. Looks fantastic, but is pretty damn expensive, maybe more expensive than what the Centipede cost me.
Edited by sciflyer25, Wed May 20, 2015 9:46 PM.