We can tell by the old clock on the wall that, once again, it’s time for a League of Extraordinary Bloggers post. This week’s pop culture topic? “Why did I buy that? Why did I sell that? My biggest regret is…”
My mom once asked me to pitch in and contribute toward the garage sale pile. I usually didn’t participate, but I was feeling particularly bitter about a purchase I wanted out of my life.
In the mid-90s, I blew my entire summer savings on the Sega Genesis game Zombies Ate My Neighbors: $47.00. After a week of total buyer’s remorse from paying that price for a used game, I brought it back to the video rental/resale store to get my money back. They refused to accept a full return, leaving me only the option of trading it in for a mere $10.00. In a moment of poor judgement, I took the $10.00 and left the store.
To this day, my parents still give me a hard time about the instance I paid $37.00 for a week-long game rental. That said, you can imagine how bitter I was at the time. The whole experience felt like the plot of a Doug episode.
Upset, I decided to get rid of everything else I had purchased from that store. The NES games I had scored there in a 2-for-$15.00 deal went to the top of the garage sale list. One of the games was Silver Surfer, basically one of the worst games ever. The other title was the original Mega Man. You know, the one that started it all? The one that goes for a ton of cash these days? My goal was to make more off them than I had paid to even out my raw deal from Zombies Ate My Neighbors, so I priced them at 1-for-$15.00 each.
At the end of the day, I asked my mom if any of my stuff had sold. She happily reported that one of my Nintendo games went to a good home, even though the customer drove a hard bargain. I was disappointed when she handed me two quarters… and Silver Surfer.
This pretty much sums it up.
I’ve mentioned it before on the site, but the first system I ever played was my parents’ Intellivision II. That thing was glorious and lasted well into the mid 1990s before my parents decided to sell it in a yard sale. We had upgraded a few times—to the Atari 7800 and then later the Sega Genesis. How many video game systems does one person need? (Answer: All of them).
While I still loved the Intellivision II, I was all about the Genesis at the time, so I didn’t think of saving it from the fate of a yard sale. Not only did I lose my Intellivision II, I lost a custom Intellivision II—my dad glued old Crayola marker caps to the paddles. When I first started looking for Intellivision stuff, I thought it was all bootleg because the controllers had no joystick. Either way, that was a pretty smart move on my dad’s part because it made the controls a lot easier.
And yes, the Intellivoice just sounded like a drowning Atari.
Along with the Intellivision II, two controllers, and a freaking heap of games also went the Intellivoice in box. I don’t think we ever used the thing, but I fondly remember it sitting on a shelf in its original box for many years. My parents were big about keeping original packaging and now that I think about it, they probably still had the original Intellivision II box. It hurts…
So what’s the big deal? Can’t I just go out and buy another Intellivision II and a couple Crayola markers and call it a day? Not so fast. In the past 10 or so years I’ve been searching for a console, the prices I’ve seen have been between $50-75. No thank you. I keep hoarding Intellivision games in the off chance that I find one for a more reasonable price, but I don’t think it’s meant to be. It’s always difficult losing your first love.
Other Leaguers also have some painful memories… some really, really painful memories: