A rare Nintendo World Championship cartridge (only 116 of them exist in the world) recently sold in a high profile eBay auction, but it turns out that the seller was punk'd when the buyer said he didn't have the $99,902 – the winning bid – to pay for it. The rules on eBay are very buyer-friendly, so someone can drive up a bid on something and then simply say "oops" or "I made a mistake." Meanwhile, a seller who finds themselves in such a situation has little to no recourse to do anything and the item cannot be relisted for another 30 days.
An eBay user who goes by "Muresan" on eBay posted the sale after deciding that he was "parting with most of my entire video game collection after collection for nearly 25 years." The rare NES cart had climbed to $30,000 by Friday but two bids – one for $99,802 and the winning bid of $99,902 – came in as the auction ended.
But it looks like the whole thing was an attempt to troll the seller. Speaking to Destructoid, Muresan expressed feeling demoralized by the whole situation.
"The unfortunate reality is the second I approached the winning buyer with payment options, they retracted their bid claiming it was a 'mistake,'" Muresan told Destructoid. "I'm not offering the item to other bidders in the auction to see if any of them are honorable individuals. It may take me a while but that's about all I can do for now. It would be nice if eBay were more seller-friendly, rather than 100 percent buyer protection focused."
The popularity of this particular auction (in terms of press coverage) has inspired other owners of the rare cart to take a stab at selling them on eBay: One auction stands at $10,100 and an even rarer gold cartridge has a leading bid of $33,600 as of this writing.