Pokemon Fan Says US Customs Destroyed $4,000 Classic Game

An image of an open Pokémon Yellow copy, with Surprised Pikachu Face superimposed on it.

An original, sealed copy of pokemon yellowvalued at nearly $4,000, was ruined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after his seal was not only cracked, but his case was smashed and the front of the box was sliced ​​in a show of gratuitous aggression against collectibles, the owner complaints. That owner, who goes through The_Master_Of_Unlocking, said my city he was disappointed to see such “insane damage” done to the now-ruined collectible.

The_Master_Of_Unlocking’s friend Stephen Kick, CEO of Night Dive Studio, tweeted a photo showing the ruins pokemon yellow copy January 19.

“A friend of mine received this original sealed and graduated copy of pokemon yellow“, Kick said. “US Customs: broke the acrylic case, tore and threw away the seal, [and] cut the front of the box. Maybe they weren’t Wata Games fans?

Wata Games is an independent company that grades and certifies games for collectors. Chances are you’ll come across Wata Games if you’re looking for high-quality copies of older games. The company was responsible for rating and certifying the copy of The_Master_Of_Unlocking, giving it an A+ rating and a 9.2 rating. According to the Wata Games website, the game is in “exceptional conditionand a value of $3,800. Or that was until US Customs came along and decimated the certification.

“So…either they hated the battery inside the cartridge…or they thought it’d contain drugs or something,” one tweeter suggested in mentions of Kick. “Can US Customs just destroy things without recourse”, request another tweeter, with many others demanding consequences against the agency.

Information on why customs would go this far is unclear, but according to the Domestic and International Vehicle Shipping Service Easy transportationpurpose of an inspection by the government agency is “to prevent [the] the export or import of contraband, counterfeit, misdeclared, prohibited, embargoed, or any other goods” that do not comply with U.S. customs regulations. Other than the possibility of a package containing some sort of illegal substance, it appears that US Customs does not need to disclose a reason why an inspection was called in the first place.

my city has contacted US Customs and Wata Games for comment.

In an email to my cityThe_Master_Of_Unlocking said he purchased the copy of pokemon yellow from an independent seller in Canada who had the game listed before. The two were in communication on January 17 and agreed on the price of $3,800, with the package being shipped the same day and expected to arrive on January 19. The package was even cleared at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in Kentucky, but The_Master_Of_Unlocking discovered a very different item than what the original seller shared in pictures. He was shaken.

“I opened the undamaged shipping box to find the broken Wata Games case and the pokemon yellow loose cardboard box inside,” The_Master_Of_Unlocking said. “At first I thought it was just the Wata Games acrylic case that was broken, and I wasn’t particularly worried. Then I noticed that the factory seal was no longer on the game. and, more importantly, the front cover of the pokemon yellow the box had been completely cut! I couldn’t believe it at first, but quickly took pictures to document the damage. I informed the seller immediately after taking photos of the damage, and to say he was shocked is an understatement. We then started working on the dispute process with PayPal, which is currently underway.

The_Master_Of_Unlocking has no idea why US Customs was so careless with this copy of pokemon yellow. He said the agency’s actions look “particularly egregious” when there are more secure methods, such as cutting the seal at the top, to inspect the case and cartridge. He noted that he had “high value items shipped from various other countries in the past,” but had never had an issue like this with US Customs before.

“It was truly disappointing and disheartening to see the insane damage done to the game,” said The_Master_Of_Unlocking. “pokemon yellow Was the first Pokemon game that I owned as a kid, and like many of that generation, I was thoroughly mesmerized by the handheld RPG. I had unfortunately given up on a mint copy of the game years earlier and was trying to get a nearly mint copy to display on my desktop. Sadly, I don’t have as much time to devote to video games as I once did, but I wanted to give gaming a prominent place so I could enjoy watching and remember simpler times while I worked.

Although there are many copies of pokemon yellow sold online, there aren’t too many that are in “excellent” condition and nearly new like The_Master_Of_Unlocking was. There are one on eBay it’s close, but with an A+ rating and a 9.4 score, it’s currently priced at $10,500.

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