I have just a few of my eBay items also listed on Amazon. It's pretty rare that I get sales there, but when I do, it's like an added bonus!
I bought this Lord of the Rings Risk game last July at my favorite gross, dingy thrift store out east.
I paid $3 for it, but wasn't able to check to see if it was complete before I bought it. The first thing I noticed was the ring was missing. I apologize to anyone who might be offended by this next sentence, but I know absolutely NOTHING about Lord of the Rings. I've never read the books, I've never seen the movies. Obviously, based on the title, the ring must be of some importance, but I thought maybe I could sell it without the ring anyway.
I listed it high with best offer, and my cousin (who DOES know all about these things) immediately messaged me to inform me in no uncertain terms that NO ONE would ever pay that price for this game, especially since it was missing the ring. Sigh. But what could I do? I looked into buying a replacement one, but they are apparently pretty highly sought after, and I wasn't willing to pay $20 for a replacement piece.
So I listed it for quite some time without the ring. Then an EBUG member posted that she had a different LOTR game that was incomplete and that she had a bunch of plastic LOTR rings. So she sent me one. I added it to the listing STRESSING that it was NOT the original ring.
But at this point, I was still missing the black plastic tray that holds the army pieces. I really didn't think anyone would care about that either.
I had a buyer from Mexico offer me $25 for it this past January. I declined, knowing that I should be able to get more for it. I had another buyer buy it at some point (I don't remember when), but then immediately cancelled when he realized the black tray wasn't included.
Then another EBUG member sent me her spare black tray (teamwork!). So finally! I had a complete game, even though the ring was not originally from this game. I revised my listing to show that I had a ring and the black tray. I also listed the game on Amazon.
Yet again, there it sat with zero interest. I don't think I even had any eBay watchers on it.
FINALLY! It sold on Amazon last night. For $25.98. Which I could have gotten last January. Grr.
But the curse continues. You've gotta be careful what you list on Amazon, because you don't get to set your own shipping price. (You can already see where this is going, can't you?) Amazon gave me a $6.49 shipping credit. This game was going clear across the country to Nevada (I'm in Pennsylvania). It weighed over 3 pounds. Sigh. Priority shipping was $15+. I opted for Parcel Post, which was a few dollars less, but it was still over $12.
But. I'm just glad to be rid of it. Finally. And hopefully the buyer won't find a reason to return it. Fingers crossed!
Did you ever have an item that you just couldn't get rid of? And when you finally did, it didn't go as planned anyway?