03/27/09: What the Zork?! by dentman42, | Category: Classifieds | 11 comments - (Comments are closed)

What the Zork?!

I think this guy spent way too long in a maze of twisty passages, all alike. Or maybe the grues made him do it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390040225885&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:middle:us

11 comments to What the Zork?!

  • wmikrut

    I think this guy spent way too long in a maze of twisty passages, all alike. Or maybe the grues made him do it.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390040225885&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:middle:us

    LOL… he mentioned he purchased it from a video game collector. I need to contact this guy — because I have a bridge for sale… :lol:

  • jdiffend

    It looks like it’s in really good shape! Just not good enough shape to justify that price.

  • jimhickle

    It looks like it’s in really good shape! Just not good enough shape to justify that price.

    Don’t overlook the original zip-lock bag.
    Those things don’t grow on trees, you know.

  • jdiffend
    It looks like it’s in really good shape! Just not good enough shape to justify that price.

    Don’t overlook the original zip-lock bag.
    Those things don’t grow on trees, you know.

    Oooo… right… that at least doubles the value doesn’t it?
    :roll:

  • dentman42

    Even funnier is that this one is also up there, a search for “trs 80 zork” shows both:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ZORK-I-adventure-game-for-TRS-80-32K-disk-Cat-26-1951_W0QQitemZ280327195455QQihZ018QQcategoryZ74947QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    This one started at 3.95 and is up to 13.26

    $500 – geez, that’s more than I paid for my (used) Model I back in ’81!

  • Sharkonwheels

    heh – posted a question to him, just letting him know it’s maybe worth $25, and pointed him to the other auction linked above. He immediately goes to name-calling, insults, etc..

    he insists his is the “original unboxed version, which is more valuable!”

    Hah! When has a zip-locked version of a program been more valuable than an original, Infocom version, in original box?

    Seller obviously has no clue!

    I think he’s just ticked because he got suckered into buying it, and now is searching for another sucker to pawn it off on, while making a buck in the process!

    Good luck with that Einstein!
    I wouldn’t give a $20 bill for it!

    You’d figure, for $500, it would be FLAWLESS…
    Instead…
    “Instruction book pages are perfect mint, outer front cover is mint, outer back cover has minor wear.”

    Minor wear? You want FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS – that needs to be FLAWLESS!

    T

  • dentman42

    Wear tended to occur back when they packed them in ziplocks. Also, depending on where in the store they were stocked, they might get sun-bleached if they hung around for a month or two. I guess it’s possible that this an older RS release (I think the other one I posted was also an RS package, I’m sure it hit the market before RS licensed it, and would’ve been standard Infocom packaging then). I’ve got quite a bit of RS Model I/III software in the ziplock packages (Flying Saucer, Eliza, Space Warp, Dancing Demon, Klendathu – [too bad he never ported Voyage of the Valkyrie to CoCo] right off the top of my head). Back when decent software cost $5-$10. IIRC (and I’m not going out in the garage to check right now), Flying Saucers had a Level I (250 baud) copy on one side of the tape, and a Level II (500 baud) copy on the other side.

  • pilot352

    …You’d figure, for $500, it would be FLAWLESS…
    Instead…
    “Instruction book pages are perfect mint, outer front cover is mint, outer back cover has minor wear.”

    Minor wear? You want FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS – that needs to be FLAWLESS!

    T

    I tend to disagree with this statement. The value of anything is based on what people will pay for it. I constantly see info-mercials that say…”A $100.00 value, and you get it free”. Well this is arbitrary. If it’s never sold for that price on an open, free market, that that’s NOT it’s value.

    If he paid $500 buck for it, then that’s it’s value – to him. Flawless condition or not. However, in an open, free market, even in flawless condition, it would normally bring, say $35.00. Then, that’s it’s true value.

    My point being, you say that it needs to be flawless to be $500.00. I disagree because the free, open market value is, and probably never will be anywhere near $500.00.

    -On a side note… Someone posted a news article on another web site about the “Sham-Wow” guy “Vince”. It cracked me up because he was arrested last month for kicking the sh*t out of a prostitute. Just doesn’t seem right. LMAO!!!!

  • dentman42

    -On a side note… Someone posted a news article on another web site about the “Sham-Wow” guy “Vince”. It cracked me up because he was arrested last month for kicking the sh*t out of a prostitute. Just doesn’t seem right. LMAO!!!!

    She bit his tongue first! Without going into just what the ShamWow might absorb, I have to ask how this is relevant to this thread…are you implying she was a grue? :P

  • pilot352

    I have to ask how this is relevant to this thread…are you implying she was a grue?

    It had no relevancy at all. Just thought it was funny. That’s why I put the “… on a side note…” in the post. :wink: :lol:

  • Sharkonwheels

    It’s only market-valued at $500 if someone pays that.
    Considering it’s been listed a few times already, I’d say it’s market value is NOT $500.

    I had some PRETTY RARE coco software I sold on fleaBay a couple years ago, and nary a one of them crossed $100-125, so I seriously doubt that this knucklehead’s Zork will reach $500, much less even $100. The other listing mentioned above kinda’ points to that fact.

    Now, you go to Infocom stuff on the Apple ][ from the OLD days, and yeah, I'd go along...

    1996, before eBay was eBay (it was AuctionWeb back then), I sold a program for the Apple ][ to a dude in Alaska for nearly $270. All original, in box, all the little doo-dads and doo-hickies... I know it was Part I of a multi-series, came with a map, etc... can't remember which. I also sold a copy of Zork I, same excellent condition, boxed, etc.. for the Apple II, for about $250 or so, probably around 7 years ago.

    T