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Ok... after much frustration, I paid for the D&D Tower Of Doom standup game pictured here and I should be receiving it in about 2 weeks.

Why much frustration? Well... the guy I've been dealing with for the last couple of weeks hasn't exactly been difficult, but he hasn't gone out of his way to be helpful either.

First, he was completely inflexible on the price (this was a newsgroup transaction, not Ebay.) Ok fine, he wants a certain amount... I can respect that. Still a little frustrating though.

Second, he says he'll ship it or I can pick it up. Well, it's 8-9 hours EACH WAY for me to drive, which I can't do. Ok I can... but I'd rather not, and it would cost me the same (within $30) of having it shipped. So I ask him to ship it, and I'll pay for that too of course ($336.00 ouch) at which point he tells me the shipper's truck won't come to his neighborhood and he needs an extra $50 to load it into a truck and drive it to the shipper. I'm a little annoyed at this point, but I want the game and I'm tired of dealing with him, so I say... ok fine.

Third, initially he says he'll take PayPal as payment (which is how I sent him the initial deposit so he wouldn't sell it) and once we sort everything out he says I have to mail him a money order?? WTF?? He doesn't want to pay the PayPal fees. Obviously I'm not happy about this, since it will cause even more delays, so we argue some more and he says he'll take PayPal if I pay the fees. (Which I estimate at $13.60) Ok fine whatever, I'll pay them... I just want my game... Except now he insists the fees are $25... so of course, since he already has $100 of my money I can't just back out... so I cave on that too. (Yes I could have backed out, but hey I really want this game... yes I obsess, get over it.)

So FINALLY... we “agree” on a price, I send it via PayPal and arrange for shipping since he doesn't want to be bothered with it. You can bet your ass I'll be calling the shipping company every day for the next two weeks until my game gets picked up and delivered.

In case you're wondering... I did my research.

  • It would have cost me nearly $700 to rent a truck and drive it there and back
  • It would have cost me roughly $310 to drive my Dad's truck there, get a motel, eat a couple times and drive back, in addition to taking time away from work and being completely exhausted after 18+ hours on the road.
  • $336 was a bargain... it's all the other bullsh!t I had to put up with in order to get to that point.
  • The game MIGHT have been worth the initial asking price, but it's damn sure not worth the total amount spent on it so far when you include shipping and overall hassle.

Such is the life of a collector. I'm still tickled to be getting it. :)

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 12:56 PM General Interest | Back to top


Comments on this post: Arcade hijinx... getting the game from there to here.

# re: Arcade hijinx... getting the game from there to here.
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Sounds like you should do the drive just to smack-down that guy in person!
Left by Lori McCarren on Jan 13, 2006 5:36 PM

# re: Arcade hijinx... getting the game from there to here.
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Even with all that hassle you describe, I'm still envious! My wife has this crazy notion that we have no room in our house for an arcade cabinet....crazy!

I've had to content myself with building an emulator PC (SNes, NES, Genesis, ColecoVision, etc) to hook up to my TV with a wireless gamepad, but it's just not the same. (But I was able to pack away all those systems in storage and clear up my "clutter" in the living room so THAT made my wife happy, go figure :) )
Left by George on Jan 14, 2006 8:23 AM

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Hello ,

I'm purchasing my 3rd and 4th standup arcades and have to pick them up. They're about 2 hours away and I've never had to transport games a great distance so I'm worried about how to secure them in the back of my pickup. Do you you have any sugeestions?

Thanks
Left by Rtype on Jan 24, 2006 11:45 AM

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Not a clue. We transported my first one 3 hours laying down in the back of the pickup. The second one is being shipped to me.

Good luck.
Left by Blogus Maximus on Jan 24, 2006 11:48 AM

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