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$9000 for 'Guitar Hero III'? I don't think so.

Filed under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii
Posted by Lunabean on December 17, 2007 11:14 AM
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Here's a little story that's being relayed by a few media outlets with less than stellar accuracy ratings (FoxNews and The Daily Telegraph, I'm looking at you). The headline goes a little something like this: "Dad sells 'Guitar Hero 3' for $9000 after catching son smoking pot". Is that eye catching, or what?



The articles go on to explain that a father opted to sell the only thing his son wanted for Christmas, Guitar Hero III for the Wii, after catching his son smoking pot in his backyard. Then, lo and behold, a product that sells for $90 retail sold for $9000 on eBay.

Now, a journalist, or a person with any sense of reason whatsoever, would ask themselves, "Why would this be"? Sure, the Wii version of the game is fairly hard to find, but $9000? Does that make any sense...at all? Of course it doesn't. And, had FoxNews even looked at the link it provided to the auction they would see in the comments that the seller was seeking attention with the story of his pot smoking child, and fully expected the auction to blow up:

The auction will finish at an absurdly high price due to uncontrolled bidding, and the high bidder will be a newly registered user who with no intention of paying.. Several bidders seem to have registered just to bid on this auction. I am fully expecting the bidding to skyrocket near the end of the auction. There are nearly 400 people watching the auction. Instead of canceling bids, we have decided on something else. If the seemingly LIKELY situation of a non-paying bidder winning the auction is realized, that will be the end of it. I will not beg or plea someone to pay, nor will I give out second chance offers. My son will get the guitar hero game.


So, there you have it. What we have is another obvious case of fake bidding on an eBay item. It didn't take long to research. Sadly, it didn't take long to travel to my local FoxNews affiliate, who is also reporting on the story. Interestingly, there's been no mention of the filibuster of the FISA bill that gives telecomms retroactive immunity. Probably too much for them to wrap their brains around...

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Did this item actually get paid for... I read the auction and understand what your saying.. but there is always that small chance...




HAHA! my mom brought up that story after i go a wii and guitar hero 3 for christmas. i figured she had just made it up because she found some questionable glass artwork that i had left out because of my poor short term memory. glad to know that even though it was a real story it was total bullshit like everything else on Fox News.




Truth is the guy will get a fake cashiers check from somewhere in Africa and a request to send some excess money back. It's a common checks scam. Look at www.fakechecks.org for more info. poor job of checking out the story.




it never got paid for. it says that right below the winning persons auction




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