Something From Nothing Log

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davtheram12
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My best friend contacted me yesterday asking if I'd like to have his small collection of video games and consoles. He said he was getting rid of items to make space for his gf who would be moving in soon. Gladly! From what he's told me I'll be getting a complete Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Nintendo Gameboy color, Nintendo Gameboy advance, and a Nintendo DS. Each will be coming with games, some still in their original boxes. He sent me some pictures and I was blown away! One game alone recently sold, complete in the box, for $350 on ebay :o I don't think I can willingly accept so many goodies for free. Although it would have been a very nice Something From Nothing I think I'll give him some money. I can easily sell a few of the items to recoup the money Id give him. Now determining how much to give him is going to rack my brain a little. I'm cheap but I want to make sure he's happy with the exchange :mrgreen:

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You can also take him out to dinner/drinks or something a few times to show your appreciation. It sounds like he doesn't particularly care about the $$$ (or he doesn't know the value of what he's giving you), so he might appreciate a fun event with you more!

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Quadalupe wrote:
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:53 pm
[H]e might appreciate a fun event with you more!
That's a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion.

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Ego wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:00 pm
I just submitted it to Sotheby's and Christy's.
Once again they declined both paintings. Strangely, not long after being declined I received offers for each of them through ebay for about 20% of my asking price. I wonder if the "experts" have a scam going on. I am asking absurd amounts for them so 20% isn't unreasonable but I countered with 10% discount. We shall see where this goes. They look good on the wall so there is no rush.

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Ego wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:45 pm
The tenant left a working iPhone SE on top of the trash. I don't have the passcode. No idea if I can sell it...
Your painting stories are interesting. Sounds fun. My sister bought a bunch of paintings in the 90s from a gallery in NYC. Cost her a few thousand each. I saw my BIL load them into his truck and take them to goodwill twenty years later after she moved to CA and they didn’t match her new look. I almost asked for them but they all look kind of the same to my untrained eye. That is really cool that you and Mrs. Ego can see hidden value in these things.

You can plug the phone into a pc running iTunes and reset the phone to factory settings. If it is iCloud locked (the bane of refurbishers) or still logged in as the tenant’s phone at iCloud.com, the easiest is to contact the tenant and ask them to log in and remove the phone from their account. You’re in kind of a unique position to do this since you probably have their contact info. Not sure of the value though.

I have 3 SE phones currently on Mint Mobile. I really like them. Still not completely obsolete. Easy to change batteries too so they’re rebuildable for the time being.

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Thanks @Sclass!

I gave the phone to a friend who has tipped me off to a few paintings recently. He refurbs them and resells them so found its way to the right person.

I have avoided iTunes since the music library deletion debacle.
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8189516

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Sclass wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:32 pm
I saw my BIL load them into his truck and take them to goodwill twenty years later after she moved to CA and they didn’t match her new look.
Been thinking about this all day. Next time you see her please thank her for me.

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Yeah that’s my high income low wealth sister I talk about. She has serious problems. Makes good money but pisses it all away. She’s managed to look okay, great actually, up to now. I suspect it’s all fake. I recall when she bought those paintings she told my folks they were an investment.

While I think it’s horrible that people don’t value their life energy and willingly allow others to capitalize off their buy high sell low behavior, I guess that’s what makes the world go ‘round.

She is in your area so who knows, you might come across her stuff.

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Sclass wrote:
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:11 pm
While I think it’s horrible that people don’t value their life energy and willingly allow others to capitalize off their buy high sell low behavior, I guess that’s what makes the world go ‘round.
I used to let those type of people bother me but as I've gotten older I realized it likely comes from a lack of foresight. Back up plans on contingencies are vital but most assume things won't change (e.g. high paying job now, high paying job in the future; comfort now, comfort in the future, etc). Maybe that comes with age and wisdom but sadly I think that is more of an exception to the rule.

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I eventually met up with my buddy who was previously going to give me all of his childhood video game collection. I told him I didn't feel right taking so many valuables so I gave him some money for many of the items. I convinced him to keep some of it because it seemed like he had a lot of sentimental value attached to it. It was heartwarming hearing his stories. I think he was so focused on making space for his GF that he was just willing to get rid of everything without a second thought.

Didn't stop me from selling things I knew he or I didn't care about :lol: Within 24 hours I sold the broken Xbox 360 console for $15 and an empty Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP box + inserts for $40. That's the second time I've sold an empty Nintendo Gameboy box. I still can't wrap my head around people buying empty boxes. The whole situation was definitely not Something from Nothing since I gave him money. I'd say selling cardboard and paper may count since it's typically trash after a new product has been purchased.

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Just guessing, but collectors might want a box to combine with a cartridge they already have. Either they just want a complete collection or the value of their cart increases by more than the cost of your box so it makes financial sense. Original purchasers probably often threw away the boxes so they may be rare compare to the carts. Apparently this is common for record album collecting.

davtheram12
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Gilberto de Piento wrote:
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:34 am
Original purchasers probably often threw away the boxes so they may be rare compare to the carts.
Definitely the case as I recall with vivid memory throwing similar boxes away as a kid. After all they were cardboard and took up too much space. I wonder what current cardboard items will have a lot of value in the future.

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I never threw out the boxes for my video games as a kid, and people thought this was a strange, hoarding-like behavior. Although I did not realize that it would be worth more money, my thinking was I wanted the complete video game, and you get more then just the video game itself when you buy it, so it made sense to me to keep the box, manual, etc.

This seems to be a thought process many collectors have now, so that helped me get more value out of my collection. Who knows if keeping the boxes all that time was actually worth it though.

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