You want to hear a sad story?

Well, with all this Monkey Finger talk, I figured I’d post my tale of woe. I have bought, sold and traded many yoyos. On the whole, I’ve traded up, but not always.

This is the story of how I lost three Sea Monkeys.

I got a prototype, and a production run because I was associated with yyws at the time. I bought a third with the idea of having a competition set, and I also liked the color.

I eventually sold one for what I bought it for (not a tragedy but I could have gotten more if I’d waited). But I still had two left, I was fine.

A little later, after YYWS folded, I ran into someone who said they had always wanted a Seamonkey, and they tempted me with a “MIB Bombsquad Avant Garde 2”. You know I’m a sucker for undercuts, so I agreed to trade, not liking to let go of a YYWS throw, but I still had one left, right?

Well, I got scammed. I got a horribly beaten vaguely undercut throw (knockoff Yoyofactory?), with a bunch of weird white wall paint on it.

But at least I still had the one Seamonkey, the one I got from my association with YYWS. I was never going to trade or sell it, it was special to me.

But a friend of mine asked to try it. So I sent it over, with the idea that he would send it back, and be very careful with it.

The yo-yo never reached him. I tracked it the whole time, and it somehow went to a military postal location on Texas, and hasn’t been seen since. I also neglected to insure it. (D’oh!)

So that’s my very sad story of the day. Do you have any similar? Have you lost any awesome throws? Misery loves company…

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Damn man, that’s hard to read…especially about the a-hole who straight up scammed you :frowning:

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Yeah, it was really odd. It was clearly a scam, so why did he bother sending me a yo-yo at all? Why not a rock?

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I can not understand a scam. This week I traded a yoyo and sold a yoyo. Even as the packages left my hands over the post office counter I was scared I missed seeing or photographing a miniscule blemish and I will get bad feedback which is not as horrible as an unhappy trader or buyer. It’s less stressful to just give yoyos away! Since a majority of yoyo social media is people using fancy screen names it’s easy to scam people and disappear and resurface with a new screen name and brand new squeeky clean reputation.

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Kind of. One of my “sentimental throws” mysteriously disappeared.
It was a F.A.S.T 201. The first real yoyo i bought myself. It always had issues with the response system (some flexible plastic strips with nipples) which made me so angry at some point, that i wanted to throw it in the river.
Instead, i removed the response system very careful in a complex surgery, created a groove with a soldering tool and filled it with wood glue. It worked quite well.
So it was also the first yoyo i modded.
2 years later i had to stop throwing because of health issues.
I sold and gave away all my yoyo stuff except a case of throws with special, sentimental value. The F.A.S.T 201 was in this case.
Last summer (7 years later) i started throwing again. I took the case out of its storage, opened it and the F.A.S.T 201 was missing.
I´m pretty sure, noone had access to this case and i didn´t take it out. I have no idea where it´s gone.

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Well, Robin… that officially makes you a 3 time loser.

3 Strikes you’re out…. End of inning.:scream_cat:

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I remember there was a kid who would send something out so they could justify to their parents it was a trade. Getting free yoyos in the mail would have raised red flags.

I ended up finding the parents number and calling asking with explaining the situation to the father which took some explaining since they couldn’t believe their kids would do such a thing. Especially since he was sending his part of the trade.

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When the military intercepts your final Seamonkey you can only assume it’s to prevent it getting into Soviet hands.

Ivan

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Can you blame them?

Sea-monkeys start out all cute and cuddly…
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But just a few modified genetic mutations later you’ve got yourself a horrifying weapon of mass destruction!
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