I think there are a lot of exaggerations about CL flips in SD threads. And people do have a way of leaving out sales tax/gasoline/ebay fees/paypal fees/shipping in their calculation of how much they "made" on their big Ebay flip.
As far as unloading games when they are featured as a flash deal or deal-of-the-day, you have to be quick. The market for titles like KZ and TM on Ebay is not that big, it won't take much of an increase in supply (i.e. 20-30 flippers) with panicked sellers willing to keep dropping their asking price every other day (sound familiar) to totally send the market price of the game into the crapper, to the point where you will be lucky to net much more than $10 after fees/shipping. That's what will happen with TM in short order. And the Ebay price won't go back up, it's probably due for a MSRP cut anyway.
Even if you are quick to list, sometimes it just blows up on you.
To clarify, I listed TM @$30 on Craigslist at 9:15 AM (CST) yesterday, just after I placed my pickup order. I got a reply about noon, and I had sold it off by 3:00 PM, ~2 miles from my home, meeting the guy at a place I was already going to be, so no additional fuel cost. I literally picked it up at Best Buy, ripped the game out of the bundle box, and handed it over minutes later in front of the nearby Gamestop. Talk about your cash and carry!
To put things in perspective though, it really just worked out for me. I just remembered that I hadn't deleted the CL post yet, and 24 hours later, I haven't gotten any emails from anyone other than the original guy. So don't go into something like this EXPECTING a specific amount. I would have been happy with the controller at $25, so if necessary, I could have come down on the game another $10 easily and been happy (in fact, that was my original plan if the guy had tried to haggle).
They're not all easy money makers, and it's especially difficult for everyone to make money on one deal. There's a reason the stores do markdowns.
Smart guy, resisting a so-so game and a so-so deal. I like your self control, a lot more people on this site need that as well as myself.
Even with how it worked out for me, I don't see anybody having any problem flipping the game locally for 20 bucks, so I'd say ~25 or less with tax is pretty slick deal for a new controller. The same goes for the game, so-so or not, after selling the controller for 30-35 dollars brand new.
Last edited by glazedfaith; 01-10-2013 at 09:04 AM..
Best Buy still offers the 100% Trade-in bonus offer, Confirmed at Pleasant Hill Best Buy in CA. Check online at bestbuy.com for how much your game is worth in trade in, then they will double that offer.
I returned killzone trilogy that came with the cameo controller for $22 !! I dont like the controllers of the game and the player responses seem delayed so I'd rather just stick to COD or MW. Much more smoother.
I got mine in the mail last night. I have an older PS3, and I lost my controller charge cable. I wanted to start playing the PS3 again, and figured this is a good game, 2nd controller, and I could use the cable to charge both....nope. No cable in the box.
Still like it. Looks like a cool controller. I just need to buy a cable to be able to use it. No big deal. Just a surprise.
Got in on this deal, sold the TM on CL - Controller came out to be just a few bucks after the flip.
The question I have is, does this controller have a better battery compared to the stand alone controller? I bought it the day this deal was posted, charged up and gave it to my son. He has been playing FIFA 13 few hours a day, longer on weekends and this controller still hasn't shown the "low battery" message. That's over 100 hours of playing. OTOH, I have a store-bought standard black controller that I use to play the same game and I play much less than my son, yet I already had to charge twice.
Do the whites last longer than the black ones?
EDIT: Btw, "Do the whites last longer than the black ones?" is not a racially motivated question of sexual nature.
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