An independent video game store in Houston, Texas, has gone viral on social networks but in a bad way, after starring in a striking retro exchange, which they shared on their Instagram account. In this one, you can see how a customer delivered to the store a limited edition Pikachu-themed Nintendo 64 console that had its original packaging, as well as an original NES in its box and several SNES classics in excellent condition. In exchange, he received $700 and a Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom-themed Nintendo Switch. The customer seemed very happy with the transaction, but many people who saw it online believed they had been scammed.
A player nick hasanito, public on his Twitter account a video that ended up making the news go viral, saying in this tweet: “I can’t believe my friend was robbed in broad daylight like this”, “I’m crying.” Something that can also be read in the comments on the store’s Instagram post, where several players left messages like “My friend lost” or “Hello, Houston police, I would like to report a robbery.”
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A situation that, on the other hand, was defended by an employee of the Hey Bro Video Games store, who spoke with Kotaku, who said that first, they had not realized that the exchange had become viral news and that, in addition, the store prides itself on offering trade-in values of 60 to 80 percent on Nintendo-related merchandise and Pokemon in particular, so I didn’t understand the fuss as the customer left happy.
But also, the employee who did not want to give his name, said that the people who commented that the customer was ripped off are “just stupid” and that the mass of comments on their social networks comes from “a crazy crowd”.
In the end, whether or not the exchange was actually a scam remains inconclusive since several factors must be taken into account, such as the fact that he could sell his items quickly in a single store, having in exchange the Nintendo Switch from Tears of the Kingdom and money. But on the other hand, if he had sold everything on sites like Ebay, according to Kotaku’s research, he would have gotten around $350 for the orange Pikachu N64, $250 for the NES, $100 for the Super Mario 64, $75 for the GoldenEye 007, Mario Kart 64 is $120, Super Mario All-Stars is around $60 and Super Mario Kart is around $75 for a total of $1,030.
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