After almost five months
of waiting, Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe's new stock update is finally here
The constant stream of e-mails finally forced me to get my act together.
Thanks to everyone for their patience.
- Buy-3-Get-1-Free: It's expired. All gone.
- Cornerstone: No, it's not in yet. Called my source today, again. Got
his voice mail, left a message.
- Europe: I've received a lot of orders from Europe lately, and a couple
of incidents involving extraordinarily late surface deliveries has forced me
to change my policy. From now on, all overseas orders must be via air-mail.
No exceptions. This is a bit more costly, but saves both you and me grief
in the long run.
- Wanted: With my own collection filling out nicely, I've recently
developed an interest in promotional items from Infocom and other companies:
posters, t-shirts, magazine ads, mags with articles / reviews, stationary,
business stuff, prototypes, correspondence, banners from trade shows,
anything related to the text-game companies of years past. If you're
willing to sell, I'm paying top dollar, or I can offer a nice trade.
Questions I get asked all the time:
- Updates to the list are approximately 4-5 times a year, or whenever
stock changes enough, or whenever I get around to it. Both the web site
and the mailing list are updated and set out at the same time.
- No, I do not make pirate copies. If you buy a legal copy from me,
I'll include a PC copy (if I have a PC copy myself) if you'd like
to play the game rather than put it in your collection.
- No, I will not work with fixed prices. Here's why: Collecting, whether
dealing with baseball cards, Beanie Babies, comics, classic computer games,
or whatever, is a hobby. It's for recreation. It's supposed to be fun.
Unfortunately, once someone or a group of someones gets together and cranks
out a "price book" listing every possible variation on every package and
"what it's worth", dealers and collectors tend to take such a book as the
Bible, jacking up prices out of fear of "not getting what it's worth" and
generally sucking a lot of the fun out of the hobby.
Classic computer game
collecting is starting to pick up speed, and before long there probably
will be a collector's guide. But not from me. I don't make tons of
money. I'm not in this to make tons of money. And I certainly am not
about to help lots of other greedy people make tons of money. I do it
because I enjoy sniffing out copies of the old classics and talking to
other people who feel the same way. This kind of collecting will never
last if people only care about "what it's worth." 'Kay, I'm off the
New stuff this month: Got some nice Hitchhiker's Guide and
Spellbreaker packages, plus a complete Plundered Hearts and a
variation on King's Quest I hadn't seen before. I also came
across a copy of Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2, which is gaining
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