Speaking of speculation bubbles, what's with Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart always having jacked up prices?
Sure, its a good series, but so's Zelda, Mario, and Metroid Prime, and they don't get pimped out for 100+ for just the disk with every single version. (Some, sure, but not all.)
I already own my copies, so it doesn't bother me for want to owning them, but I'm wonder why out of all the quality titles, it's always a specific set that seems hit with the "ultra premium collectible" hammer, and not others (Basically, Mario Kart, Smash, Mario Party are sure things here, above and beyond most other titles..)
I get that much, but there's usually something driving it.
Only thing I can figure, is those are all competitive games, and Nintendo didn't do DLC until recently. And competitive gamers tend to be the very definition of obsessive compulsive when it comes to getting even the slightest advantage, no matter the expense, which would make them hoard what copies exist, or pay through the nose to get one... (Which speculators probably know full well..)
You repeatedly say you have no money to afford a $5 (yet can pay for Internet) yet you assume Amazon is the only place to buy things online.
I remember my brother in law (who is younger by 6 years) told me that students whose papers he was grading didn't know to use Google to search for things because they only get their stuff from Facebook.
Everythings reasonable until the bidding heats up.
And.why do so many people like to downplay other peoples complaints? Even if I, personally, sold my copy of Smash Bros. Melee for 300 dollars, I'm not about to shoot down someone who complains about market prices being too high.
You can be a greedy capitalist and sympathise with the cheap skates of the world. Sure, it's hypocritical, but so what? It is what it is.
And what it is, specifically: Investors and profit driven speculators ruin every hobby they target by driving prices outside the range of many who simply want to enjoy the hobby.
It happened with comics, it happened with card games, it happened with games, and it eventually happens to every popular hobby.