Desperate gamer auctioning SNES collection for $150,000

The auction, posted by one kbtone25, includes a mint condition SNES console with all the hook ups, Mario Paint mouse and mousepad, Official Nintendo SNES game holder and an 18 game library which includes Secret of Mana, Killer Instinct, Donkey Kong Country 1-3, a ton of Mario games and – the staple of any respectable collection – Turtles IV: Turtles in Time.

A knee-jerk reaction would be to mock kbtone251for *slightly* overestimating the value of his goods. To his credit, however, kbtone251 fully acknowledges the asking price is a tiny bit high, claiming the system holds a special place in his heart, and it is therefore worth much more than what rational people would consider spending on it. Later in the product description, he reveals what is likely thetrue motivation behind the $149,000 opening bid, explaining, “Truth is I am desperately in need of this money. I am overwhelmed with debt and barely making ends meet....Truly I really do feel embarrassed and ashamed to list such an ad, but I am not sure where else to turn. I just thought I should find the MOST valuable thing to me that I have, and hopefully some wealthy person or organization would be so kind and find it in their heart to purchase this system and games from me for my asking price. I would really appreciate it more than you'll know.”

Well,you can't blame a guy for asking. If you're feeling generous, and wouldn't mind receiving a fairly well kept SNES collection for your philanthropy, you have until July 19th toplace your bid. And if you're thinking about messaging seller to express your disbelief over the $149,000 price tag (or to double, triple and quadruple check this isn't a scam), you can save your breath.Sayskbtone251: “Please do not contact me to criticize me and tell me I am out of my mind. Due to my situation, I am not far from it. Please understand. Thanks.”

Jun 21, 2011

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