Posts Tagged 'game'

Copping on the Grey Market

I’m surprised how uncomfortable the majority of my friends are with dealing on the grey market. It’s a really good place to find bargains for items which are otherwise ludicrously expensive at retail. My trades over the past four months are detailed in the table below.

Item Purchase Price
Price Sold
Market Value4
Call of Duty 51 $40 $68
Metal Gear Solid 4 $40 $35 $68
Nintendo DS+R42 $208 $140 $208
Planet Earth (new) $40 $80
DualShock 3 (new) $40 $62
Folklore $40 $40 $68
Killzone 23 (new) $50 $80
Street Fighter IV $50 $80
Totals $468 $255 $714

Notes

  1. I got CoD5 free during a Christmas promo when I purchased my PS3
  2. I bought my NDS + R4 two years ago at full retail price, and decided I didn’t use it enough. Thus I sold it before the DSi rendered my unit obsolete
  3. Killzone 2 was pre-ordered on amazon – not really grey market, but it was well under MSRP
  4. Market Value includes taxes

As can be seen, I’ve been able to obtain items for a minimum 35% off retail prices. I’ve also managed to re-coup most of my expenditures through re-selling items I have lost interest in. My highest loss was my NDS, sold at 67% of it’s initial value. However, considering how infrequently i used it + 2 years depreciation + new model being launched… that’s not a bad price to let it go.

My latest victory purchase has been SFIV. Retails for $69.99 + taxes at most brick & mortar stores. The game has actually been out of stock for the ps3 since it’s release last month due to it’s extremely high demand. Copped it for $50 – perfect condition.

Of course, there are scammers out there, so it’s best to use common sense when dealing through Craigslist and Kijiji. If you don’t know your product, don’t buy it grey. If you don’t know how to deal with strangers, don’t buy it grey.

I may come back to this topic sometime later regarding how to avoid being an ass-hat when trading on the grey market.

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The Wikipedia Game

Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world, can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information.

– Michael Scott

Wikipedia is a great source for quick information. It is also a great form of entertainment. Whether it may be looking up naughty articles, or learning about practically anything, Wikipedia is a source of knowledge that can be abused by anybody.

A friend introduced me to the Wikipedia Game yesterday. You start from a random article, and try to get to another random article by only clicking the links on each page. For example, to get from White House to Smarties, the progression was:

White House
Red Room
State Dining Room
Plaster
Fresco
Mural
Forest
Madagascar
Cocoa
Chocolate
Candy Bar
Nestle
List of Nestle Brands
Smarties

My friend further challenged me to get from “Carbon Nanotube” to “Hippopotamus”

Carbon nanotube
Cytoplasm
Fatty acid
Lipid
Risk factor
Measles
Vietnam
Mammal
Hippopotamus

A hard one was getting from “Lamborghini Diablo” to “Whiteboard

Lamborghini Diablo
Manual Transmission
Learning Curve
Learning
Pedagogy
Teacher
Education
Interactive whiteboard
Whiteboard

I think we might have found an impossible one…

I’m currently stuck getting from “Volcano” to “Snowboarding Pants”. I’ve done my due diligence by exploring the links to mountains, snowboarding, and even snowboarding brands.

If you can find the trail, let me know!