I received The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap that I had bought through eBay.co.uk to play on my Nintendo DS. The description was “Brand new with the original box and manual. Item is new but not sealed as testing are done, the box is unfolded and packed into bubble padded envelope to ensure that the customer receives item in good condition”. The price I paid was £6 with £5 postage and packing from Singapore. The Game store are selling it for £29.99, Amazon.co.uk and Play.com for around £24.99, I still didn’t smell a rat.
I unpacked it to find that the box had never previously been assembled and that the instruction booklet, which was only about 10 pages, described what the game was going to be like, as if it was a pre-release document. A little strange I thought but at least the game played fine which was the main thing. Wrong. It played fine, and it would save, but the saved game only stayed in the cartridge for about 10 minutes. I even tried to change the battery, to no avail. I should have smelt a rat for that price. Unfortunately I had already left positive feedback when I unwrapped the game. Stupid. I sent an email to the seller describing the situation and the fact that I thought the game was just a cheap copy. He did refund me £8.00 but gave me no explanation.
I had done all the usual checks for positive feedback etc and thought that the game was genuine. Thankfully he didn’t ask me to send the damn thing back to Singapore for an exchange. This lesson only cost me £3 and the game is now landfill. Oh well you live and learn.