It's over. Thanks to eBay and the countless TV shows, the days of find stuff for cheap are done with.
I spent the entire weekend at garage sales and thrift stores and I did not buy one thing.
Garage Sale #1: Case of vintage Barbie stuff
Asked the woman if it was for sale, she said "online only".
Garage Sale #2: Two beat up Nintendo consoles w/ some games
Asked how much, woman said she didn't know and called for her son to "look them up" and right away he gets his cell out and stars searching eBay.
The local thrift store has raised the price on their Nintendo games and has 1980s Barbie and Ken dolls for $39.99 each!
Then another thrift store had some really nice NES games, but the guy didn't want to sell them until he "looked them up" and a buddy of his told him at least one game was "worth $50". What NES game is worth $50? None that I know of. He told me he's sell them to be for 75% of what they're on eBay for.
I am so sick to my stomach of hearing "ebay", "look it up", etc. whenever I want to buy something.
I forgot to mention last weeks MOTU lot I bought. The guy NEXT DOOR had to bring out a "price guide" and then gave the guy selling them a price of $150! (I paid $75, which in retrospect was a stupid move).
Maybe I am a hypocrite, as I am looking to sell most stuff on eBay, but all of this has me wanting to bang my head against the wall.