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Oops, I did it again… But they were so cheap!


A local guy was moving out of state and wanting to unload his Tyranids before doing so.  Apparently the military had packed all his stuff up and he was flying out tomorrow morning, and he didn’t want to bother shipping these models.  In total he had:

It was a bunch of stuff that I didn’t need, and offered at a fairly reasonable price.   Anyone who’s seen my stuff knows I have entirely too much crap though, so I don’t bother buying good deals, but I can never pass up insanely good prices.  So, I sent him this email:


This is a response to your forum post.

I’m trying to make this clear.  I don’t need any more models–of any sort.  But I recognize you might be in a pinch for money.  If so, make sure I’m a last resort.  But if you want to unload that stuff incredibly cheap (like 80% off retail), I’ll pick them up off you.

I don’t mean to be insulting–it’s just that I have zero need for more models, and they’ll sit in a box in my garage.  But if you absolutely have to get rid of them, I’m willing to be your out.  Though I hope you find someone willing to offer more.

He mentioned that he’d like to get more for them and was going to try, but he’d use me as a last out of he needed.  Well, it turns out there was no local love for his bugs, so he wound up making good on the deal, and I wound up with even more “too many” bugs than I already had.  Let it be known that I even tried to talk him out of it when I was making the final deal.  It wasn’t until then that I found out that he was moving out of state and his stuff had already been shipped.  Despite my best efforts, I walked away with the models.

And I really felt good about it.  I got a great deal, and he seemed content with the cash (as much as I pleaded for him not to take my money, and said I felt bad for doing it, he assured me that he was happy with the transaction).  Clearly, nobody was being screwed over by this deal.

Or am I just being naive?

Now that I’ve had some time to think about it, I’m wondering if the models weren’t somehow stolen.  Honestly, I’ve never gotten into a situation where I’d purchased stolen models (at least not that I’m aware of), and I don’t hang out with the sort of people where such opportunities would present themselves.  But as I thought about it, I wondered…

There were some positives though that would make me think he was on the up and up.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.  At first I felt great because I got a good deal, and was very honest and up-front with the seller.  After thinking it over, I’m not sure.  What do you think?  Should I feel good about this–or do you think I’ve unwittingly become the local fence?

If, however, you read this post and feel these models are yours, please contact me.  For evidence, I’d like you to describe the parts used in the Doom conversion, as well as the venomthrope.