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Feb 14, 2010, 07:15 PM
 
ORIGINAL NINTENDO GAME SYSTEM LOT/ CONTROLLER/ 5 GAMES - eBay (item 370330327400 end time Feb-10-10 18:45:06 PST)

Wow. Apparently the Stadium Events game is super collectable. This lady just made $13,000.
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Feb 14, 2010, 07:57 PM
 
What sad individual would spend that on a stupid old game?
     
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Feb 14, 2010, 08:00 PM
 
Someone who just time-travelled from the future, where $13,000 buys you a cheeseburger ?

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Feb 15, 2010, 01:54 AM
 
I have a super-rare drawing of a cheeseburger. Only one was ever produced in history. Starting bid is $13,000. It's about as useful as Stadium Events for NES, and takes up much less storage space.
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Feb 15, 2010, 04:28 AM
 
Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
What sad individual would spend that on a stupid old game?
The concept of a "collector" has obviously never entered your world.
     
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Feb 15, 2010, 09:22 AM
 
I agree if its old why would you want it and for so much money.
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Feb 15, 2010, 09:23 AM
 
Originally Posted by tonton View Post
I have a super-rare drawing of a cheeseburger. Only one was ever produced in history. Starting bid is $13,000. It's about as useful as Stadium Events for NES, and takes up much less storage space.
LOL!
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Feb 15, 2010, 09:45 AM
 
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Feb 15, 2010, 11:07 AM
 
No one wants to see that and that has nothing to do with what were talking about!
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Feb 15, 2010, 11:15 AM
 
Originally Posted by Apples-inc View Post
No one wants to see that and that has nothing to do with what were talking about!
Oh really? I thought we were talking about some saddo spending $13,000 on a f'ing Nintendo. Uh huh. $13,000 on a useless piece of junk. Not $300 on a useful new piece of junk and say $5,000 to charity with $7,700 in the savings account.

And who the f are you anyway? Who made you spokesnerd for the forum?
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Feb 15, 2010, 11:22 AM
 
Who says anyone's going to actually pay that amount?

But if it's a true reflection of NES demand, my collection is far superior!

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Feb 15, 2010, 11:33 AM
 
Originally Posted by Apples-inc View Post
I agree if its old why would you want it and for so much money.
Hey somebody spent thirty million on a piece of old tapestry and paint.

Sometimes things are worth money *because* they are old.

This probably ain't. Yet.
     
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Feb 15, 2010, 04:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
Oh really? I thought we were talking about some saddo spending $13,000 on a f'ing Nintendo. Uh huh. $13,000 on a useless piece of junk. Not $300 on a useful new piece of junk and say $5,000 to charity with $7,700 in the savings account.
Judging from the picture, sending $5,000 to the charity is a complete waste of money.
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Feb 15, 2010, 04:22 PM
 
Lots of people with and without money spend tons of money on really stupid crap. Fools drop $13,000 on partying in Vegas for a weekend, others spend it on modding their shitty cars.

This is just one of those things that is a total waste of money and could have been better spent elsewhere but isn't so nothing we can do about it.

Hope whoever bought that finds a girl to play with him and her box was worth $13,000.
     
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Feb 15, 2010, 09:13 PM
 
I think Doofy's observation is apt. If someone can afford to drop $13k on a game, I would hope mightily that he could also afford to donate to charities that do real good, such as helping to relieve hunger. Reality sucks sometimes, but it's always there-whether we like to acknowledge it or not.

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Feb 15, 2010, 09:29 PM
 
13,000 for a video game or 104 million for an ugly statue?
     
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Feb 16, 2010, 03:31 PM
 
I'm sorry, but you're not really rating a mass-produced Nintendo game and a Giacometti on the same scale, are you?

I mean, really?

     
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Feb 16, 2010, 03:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
I'm sorry, but you're not really rating a mass-produced Nintendo game and a Giacometti on the same scale, are you?

I mean, really?

Are you working from the premise that things have intrinsic value rather than worth being an individual judgment of suitability for a given end (e.g. a statue is better than a Nintendo, an $80 HDMI cable is 16 times better than a $5 one, a noble is better than a peasant and so on)?
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Feb 16, 2010, 03:43 PM
 
I'm working from the premise that art is a different market with a dynamic all its own.

Whether this is because a work of art has an "intrinsic" value due to the act of creation by the artist, rather than a mass-produced item, can probably be argued.

I don't really care.
     
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Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
I'm working from the premise that art is a different market with a dynamic all its own.

Whether this is because a work of art has an "intrinsic" value due to the act of creation by the artist, rather than a mass-produced item, can probably be argued.

I don't really care.
The kid isn't getting fed either way. I don't really see the difference.
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The kid isn't getting fed either way. I don't really see the difference.
Airbus just sold 1.3 billion euros worth of aircraft to China.

That kid still isn't getting fed.

Apple just posted a record profit for last quarter.

That kid still isn't getting fed.

You spent $80 on a nice meal at a fancy restaurant.

That kid still isn't getting fed.

I'm not at all arguing that the 13,000 spent on that Nintendo aren't better invested elsewhere. They probably are.

I'm not about guilt.

I just bristled at somebody equating that Nintendo with a Giacometti statue.

I would have bristled at somebody equating a Penthouse issue with a Picasso, as well.

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Feb 16, 2010, 09:06 PM
 
I'm all for big spending on useful stuff... ...stuff that has utility.
Does that $5,000 Les Paul play and sound better than that $500 Epiphone Les Paul?
Yes? Then it's worth it.
Does that $20m Benetti allow you to go places which a ferry won't take you to?
Yes? Then it's worth it.
Does that $50m Gulfstream allow you to do things which you can't do travelling BA?
Yes? Then it's worth it.

But stuff which sits in a corner and does nothing? No. Feed the kid instead.
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Feb 16, 2010, 09:23 PM
 
I guess my point wasn't necessarily comparing the two I was just talking about big spending. BUT beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If I could afford it, I would buy Mona Lisa and shit on it. Same with the statue. And the game. I'd much rather have signatures from my favorite musicians. Something like that means more to me.
     
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If I could afford it, I would buy Mona Lisa and shit on it.
But why?
Wouldn't you rather buy six Gallardos (that should be enough to last a year if you're real careful and manage a burn-down rate of only once every two months), crap in a gold-plated toilet and feed the kid?
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Feb 16, 2010, 09:33 PM
 
Of course I would feed the kid and buy plenty of Lambos .

Let me put it a different way if the Mona Lisa was given to me for some odd reason and I couldn't sell it, then I would defecate on it.
     
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Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
I'm all for big spending on useful stuff... ...stuff that has utility.
Does that $5,000 Les Paul play and sound better than that $500 Epiphone Les Paul?
Yes? Then it's worth it.
Does that $20m Benetti allow you to go places which a ferry won't take you to?
Yes? Then it's worth it.
Does that $50m Gulfstream allow you to do things which you can't do travelling BA?
Yes? Then it's worth it.

But stuff which sits in a corner and does nothing? No. Feed the kid instead.
And utility has to be viewed in context. Even the Epiphone in my hands won't sound good, so I'll pass on it (never could get past a few chords with a guitar). If I need to get someplace that BA (or Continental) won't get me when I need to be there, I'm far more likely to charter that Gulfstream, but that would be "worth it" to me for my purpose.

I've never seen the point in having something that's just there to have. For example, there are two items hanging on my walls that give me enjoyment: a signed print of the original artwork for the cover of a book by my favorite author, and a signed Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny pencil drawing. Their value? Who knows-I don't care monetarily. I enjoy that the memory of my wife handing me the big print all gift wrapped for my birthday one year, and even more so the memory of standing in line and actually asking Mr. Jones for the sort of view of Bugs I was interested in.

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Who am I to judge what an object is worth to another person?
     
   
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