E3's not only where gamers get an advance look at what's to come, it's also where savvy entrepreneurs can freely scoop up items worth hundreds of dollars.
As happens every year, a cottage industry has formed on eBay around some of the more collectible (and not-so collectible) E3 shwag, with excited gamers paying ridiculous amonts of money for show-related tchotchkes.
There may be no better example of ludicrous E3 shwag than the "Monster" wristband handed out during the demo for multiplayer shooter Evolve. It's a plain black piece of rubber with the game's logo and the word "Monster" written on it in orange. It was one of the least interesting giveaways of the show, though apparently one of the rarest, too.
That scarcity led an enthusiastic fan to pay $400 for one on eBay. Another auction, which has two days left, has already topped $405 with nine bids. For a rubber wristband.
Skylanders figurines, as always, are a big draw. An E3 2014 Trap Team toy is drawing bids of more than $250. However, that’s also the most common E3 2014 item on eBay, so if you're a seller, don't expect that number to hold up.
The Witcher 3 also proved to be a hit with collectors. A small statue of Geralt of Rivia given out to some people at the show has brought in $200, while a T-shirt from the game yielded an unlikely $102.50.
Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. tournament at the Nokia Center at LA Live has also coughed up the goods. Voting cards from the invitational tournament are selling for over $120 in some cases.
Finally, while the PS4 may be outselling the Xbox One in stores, the Microsoft faithful are still showing their devotion to the company. A wristband from the Xbox Media Conference, which lit up spontaneously during the event and now shines when shaken, has sold for $81. Listen closely and you might hear the soft cries of the hundreds who attended the conference only to toss the uncomfortably tight band into the trash.
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