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I'm a total Apple addict, as you might tell.

Apple II Joystick

The seller advertised this as “mint in the box” and “like new”. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to score an original Apple II joystick mint the box with the manual. The bid reached $30, a little expensive, but it seemed fair for such a collectible. I mean, who would have thought to keep the box for a joystick? I thought this was a pretty decent find.

The seller posted a few pictures, but they conveniently hid the wear and tear. This is not “mint in the box” by any stretch of the imagination. I sent the seller a very stern email. Of course, I didn’t receive a response. I’m not going to bother asking for a refund. I’ll keep it anyway. It just sucks that I paid probably double what I should have.

The seller stated that the box “was in great condition”. I’d say it’s “decent”. It’s worn, has a small tear on it, and is dirty.

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As for the manual, it’s trashed. It has water damage. All the pages are stuck together and it’s pretty much worthless.

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The joystick isn’t mint either. There’s ink on the cord as well as the side.

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Overall, it’s not bad and will probably shine up with a little cleaning.

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I tried it on my //c and it works. I would have definitely asked for a refund if it didn’t. It might not be “mint in the box” but at least I can clean it up and have a working joystick.