When Nostagia (and eBay) Strike
by, 20th June 2013 at 03:48 AM (374 Views)
Since last summer, I had been feeling a bit nostalgic about the first generation of Pokemon games. I have both Blue and Yellow, but I definitely didn't want to restart the save files on those cartridges to satisfy my nostalgia so I asked my sister if I could "borrow" her Red version. Of course she said no when I told her what I wanted to do with it (I wouldn't have reset that save file right away either since she still has my Charizard and I'm pretty sure my Kabutops as well on that cartridge). So, I set about looking for a place to buy my own copy of Red. My searches on Amazon brought up unopened packages of the game that cost hundreds of dollars. I wanted the game but not that bad. My next stop was eBay. I looked and found some copies but I wasn't really that actively invested in purchasing one. And that's how I left it for the next few months.
Just recently, probably with all of the excitement and new news surrounding X and Y, the nostalgia returned and this time, I was even more invested in getting what I went. I went back to eBay and began the search anew. Of course, finding the item and actually getting it are two completely different things on an auction website. I found several different copies that were within the price range I wanted, but by the time each auction ended, the highest bid was much more than I wanted to pay. I ultimately ended up losing about six auctions because of this. But there were still many more chances.
I finally managed to bid on what looked like a relatively intact copy and after a few days, with almost no bidding activity, I got the notification that I was the winner! I was very ecstatic and I couldn't wait for it to arrive.
Guess what came today? I haven't had a chance yet to dust off the old GBC, but I'm very excited to pop in that pretty red cartridge and begin reliving my childhood.
It's going to be an awesome summer.
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