But If You Call It an NES-001, is It Worth $13,000?

Previously (on Pawn Stars), a Halo cosplayer sought $2,000 for his custom-built Spartan armor, and walked out with nothing. A little snicker-inducing, but the seller kept his hubris to a minimum and seemed to show more understanding than disappointment, so I felt a little sorry for the guy. This, however, is pure schadenfreude.

Apparently, calling this household ubiquity an NES-001 instead of a plain old NES makes it worth $13,000. That's according to some schmoe on A&E's Storage Wars, which is about those who buy up miserable people's abandoned storage lockers and try to make more than they spent off their contents. Is there a show that more perfectly crystallizes the sorry state of our economy and our television programming?

Can't embed the video, but if you want to see someone get served, head here and start at the 14 minute mark. Our huckster sight-diagnoses this as an NES-001, which, yes, it is. And about eleventy zillion of that model were sold in North America. He then declares "this is the first Nintendo DS built." Well ....

His $13,000 expectation is built on the auction of an NES and five-game lot that happened to contain a sealed copy of Stadium Events, one of the rarest video games of that era. Needless to say, that game was not found in this locker.

If you just want to cut to the chase, hit the 18:30 mark to see him get his comeuppance. Remember folks, Occam's Razor would suggest that one man's trash is in fact trash.

Storage Wars Hunter Assumes Janky NES Is Worth $13,000 [Game Set Watch via GameInformer.]