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Monday, March 1, 2010

2nd Stadium Events Auction is a Fraud

The auction for the second sealed Stadium Events on ebay is a fraud!

I personally have contacted the seller and I know several collectors who have contacted them as well asking for pictures that prove the game factory sealed and "new" as they claim. Not a single person has received an email response showing these images.

The seller needs to provide close up images of the top and sides of the game so people can check the seal and make sure it wasn't just resealed. There is a good guide on ebay to see if an NES game is factory sealed or not.



I believe this seller either bought a boxed version of the game and then resealed it or worse yet just bought the box and there is no game inside at all.

The bidding on the auction is also at more than $100,000 but everyone who has placed bids has low feedback scores.

Everything about this auction is fishy and I wouldn't touch this auction with a 10 foot pole. Definitely buyer beware on this auction.

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

It's at $500,000 now.

JJ Hendricks said...

Crazy. It's probably two kids out bidding each other. There is no way this is legitimate.

GamesOgre said...

With ao many ultra rare video games surfacing, this is an exciting time for collectors. Unfortunately, it's also prime time for opportunistic scams. As you've said, games can be resealed making them look new. Heck, with a Google image search people can find pictures of nearly anything and then create entirely fake auctions. Fortunately eBay and PayPal offer buyers some protection. So if a person feels they've been scammed, they have some options to resolve it. A word of the wise is to do what JJ did and to ask for extra photos, to only buy from people with outstanding feedback, and to pay through a credit card, PayPal, or some other service that gives you protection. Have fun collecting, but play it safe.

Anonymous said...

The only thing stopping me from jumping to that conclusion is that they aren't just zero feedback...even if it is low. It's still unlikely though. The outcome will be interesting, I believe.

Anonymous said...

man i started watching this auction because you recommened it. and you said you felt bad because he didnt list it well and it would prob go for much lower than 41k.

JJ Hendricks said...

Anonymous - sorry I wrote about it earlier. I wrote about it right after I saw it online and then contacted him for more information and some images of the seams.

After he didn't respond and a few other collectors emailed me saying they didn't get a response either, I decided it was fraudulent. Plus with the crazy price now, I think people are bidding on it just as a joke.

There is no way it is going to sell to someone at this price.

Anonymous said...

Now it's over $800k

Anonymous said...

3 hours to go and it's at $800,200

Anonymous said...

haha what a ridiculous auction. I think I'll bid a million for it

chris said...

lol, the item was relisted & he didn't seem 2 pleased by how the auction went.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110501811026&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Anonymous said...

LOL

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like some one didn't read the article. It sold for $800,200.

JJ Hendricks said...

eBay has now removed the fraudulent Stadium Events from their site. I wonder how many complaints it took to remove it? I know of at least four people who reported the listing.

Maybe they didn't want to report it when it was selling for $800,000 (too much good publicity).

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