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Games retailer puts his three-store chain on eBay

Ben Parfitt
Games retailer puts his three-store chain on eBay

Three fully-fledged, profitable North American game stores for $3.5m?

That’s the deal being offered by Florida resident Shane Butcher, who has, in his words, put his “American dream” life up for sale on eBay.

For their money punters will receive three R U Game stores, both of Butcher’s homes, three cars, three kayaks and nearly all of his possessions.

The stores are all profitable and each will have one year of their lease paid in full upon the handover. Butcher will remain on hand for six months to mentor the new owner through the transition.

All of the current staff will also be remaining on board.

Other inclusions in the auction are arcade cabs, disc repair machines, the chain’s website, a 2006 Lotus Elise with just 13k on the clock, a waterfront condo and a 55” Sony Bravia LED TV.

And a hammock.

The games collection alone is certainly extensive, including the Starfox Super Weekend cartridge, Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Saturn, a boxed Neo Geo, a SNES super scope in the box, “100s of other obscure video games and collectibles” and a sizable Blu-ray collection along with two Blu-ray players.

A non-refundable $10,000 “Good Faith Deposit” is required from the winning bidder upon completion of the auction.

"There's a lot of things we haven't seen or gotten to do while we've been working so hard to grow the business," Butcher told The Baltimore Sun. "We'd like to see the landmarks throughout the country, the Grand Canyon, stuff like that. We'll probably buy a camper and just travel for a while, go see some family."

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