Buyer of Rare NES Cartridge Says ‘It Was a Mistake,’ Doesn’t Have $99K

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.

Source: Polygon

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    Scott1701c says:

    On the upside. If Ebay gets enough bad press over this, then they might be forced to find a solution.

    I suggest a tiered approach.

    1st offense: a stern warning (accidents do happen)

    2nd offense: lose buying/bidding privileges for 2 weeks.

    3rd offense: 6 months.

    4th offense: ban their IP address from Ebay (A bit problematic if they are using a public computer though, maybe just the account).


    I like buyers rights, but the seller should have rights too. I wonder what would happen in a real-world auction if someone did this?

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    Thipp says:

    Ebay is pretty crappy in general. We design and build original products and constantly have to fight with ebay over people selling knock offs. As long as the seller does not use the exact name of our product ebay (in America at least, the UK site is generally better about it) is fine with the scams because ebay gets their cut. We use the tools ebay gives rights holders but ebay doesn't care to enforce their own policies in the face of lost sales.

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    Monte says:

    Eh, i feel like ebay should do something like suspend buyers who back out of bid's… Back out of a bid, and you won't be able to buy anything off ebay for a month. Not to mention the fact that the seller can't put the item back up for a whole month.

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    Neeneko says:

    Both EBay and PayPal are pretty crappy to sellers, but since they have the buyer communities, not much sellers can really do to get away from them that is not self destructive.

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