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September 1, 2004 10:35 AM

Broken: Game Boy cable price

gbacableThis was pointed out by a reader in the This Is Broken discussion boards: is selling a Game Boy Advance Link Cable for a premium price. It must be made out of super-refined platinum wires!

    Our Price: $1,149,998.99

See the live page here, before it's corrected.


I would consider that more of a mistake than anything really broken. If things like that showed up frequently at, then something would be broken.

Posted by: Michael Spina at September 1, 2004 12:03 PM

mistakes are broken things...

Posted by: jack at September 1, 2004 03:41 PM

What is the URL for the discussion boards? I can't find a link to them anywhere on this site or the goodexperience site.

Posted by: duck at September 1, 2004 08:49 PM

One to two weeks? For that price, you'd think they could spring for the overnight.

Posted by: Rob at September 2, 2004 03:21 AM

duck - this is the discussion board.

Posted by: Mark Hurst at September 2, 2004 09:21 AM

Those are tough to find...

Posted by: James at September 2, 2004 12:07 PM

I think the discussion board remark is referring to my post in discussing prices that end in 99. I used the $1,149,998.99 cable as a meta-example. The fact that it's been at that price for more than a week makes it even more broken.

Posted by: RotJ at September 3, 2004 11:31 PM

Also, as far as ridiculously priced wires that shady stores advertise as "super-refined platinum wires" and other nonsense go, Dan's Data has been debunking those things for years:

Posted by: RotJ at September 3, 2004 11:44 PM

Thanks, RotJ - indeed, it was your previous post that inspired this one..

Posted by: Mark Hurst at September 8, 2004 11:04 AM

I'm a programmer and we do have something similar on our site. For complex reasons, some products should not be sold to the common public. However, if there's a problem and someone does find it, we have a safeguard that lets us notice that easily (and also prevent customers from buying it) which sets the price to a ridiculous 7 figure amount.

That could be the case here too.

Posted by: Arpie at September 9, 2004 12:26 PM


Posted by: sethn172 at September 11, 2004 01:43 AM

Arpie, this looks more like two prices, 1149.99 and 8.99 (the correct price) have been concatenated somehow. Possibly someone entered the price for a different item by mistake, and then forgot to delete it before entering the correct price.

Posted by: David at September 11, 2004 06:21 PM

Some people are just plain stupid!!!

Posted by: Carly at January 16, 2005 08:01 PM

They fixed it when I looked but now it says

"this GAME is rated ***** by 1 rating"

The GBA link cable is my favorite game...

Posted by: Mike at January 19, 2005 07:20 PM

LOL. that was nintendo trying to recover from the PS2 and xbox(both of which are ok, but gamecube is the best!)

Posted by: Me at January 27, 2005 09:47 PM

i want to buy gameboy at afforderble prise

Posted by: emmanuel guamah at January 28, 2005 05:29 AM

Ya nintendo gamecube rules!!

Posted by: unknown at April 5, 2005 04:02 PM

1. gamecube is a piece of crap

2. who has $1,149,998.99!?

Posted by: 123r456788hjvjxnvjxnj at December 21, 2005 09:19 PM

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