History Main / GrailInTheGarbage

19th Mar '17 2:58:38 PM nombretomado
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* In Petty's spinoff of ''NuzlockeComics'', Barb the Nidoqueen collects pieces of paper she finds. At one point, trainer Locke is depressed over recent deaths, and Barb tries to cheer her up by sharing her collection... in which Locke finds the SS Ticket and the Bike Voucher. To most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' players and to Locke, these are priceless, but [[WorthlessYellowRocks to Barb, they're just paper]].

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* In Petty's spinoff of ''NuzlockeComics'', ''Webcomic/NuzlockeComics'', Barb the Nidoqueen collects pieces of paper she finds. At one point, trainer Locke is depressed over recent deaths, and Barb tries to cheer her up by sharing her collection... in which Locke finds the SS Ticket and the Bike Voucher. To most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' players and to Locke, these are priceless, but [[WorthlessYellowRocks to Barb, they're just paper]].
11th Mar '17 5:39:05 PM TheDocCC
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* One of the oldest confidence tricks in the business of cons runs on making the mark believe this trope is in effect. The mark (target) of the con is convinced that the first conman has a very valuable grail in the garbage. A second conman poses as an expert and points out the valuable item, only to miss a chance to meet the owner and ask to buy it from him for a ludicrous sum. The second conman asks the mark to kindly send the his info along to the first conman. The mark then proves willing to sell the item to the mark for far less than the second conman's asking price; if the greedy mark doesn't disclose the higher price offered by the second conman, he could make quite a killing. Or he would, if the item wasn't absolute crap in the first place. Also called a ViolinScam.

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* One of the oldest confidence tricks in the business of cons runs on making the mark believe this trope is in effect. The mark (target) of the con is convinced that the first conman has a very valuable grail in the garbage. A second conman poses as an expert and points out the valuable item, only to miss a chance to meet the owner and ask to buy it from him for a ludicrous sum. The second conman asks the mark to kindly send the his info along to the first conman. The mark first conman then proves willing to sell the item to the mark for far less than the second conman's asking price; if the greedy mark doesn't disclose the higher price offered by the second conman, he could make quite a killing. Or he would, if the item wasn't absolute crap in the first place. Also called a ViolinScam.
11th Mar '17 5:38:28 PM TheDocCC
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* One of the oldest confidence tricks in the business of cons runs on making the mark believe this trope is in effect. The mark (target) of the con is convinced that the first conman has a very valuable grail in the garbage. A second conman poses as an expert and points out the valuable item, only to miss a chance to meet the owner and ask to buy it from him for a ludicrous sum. The second conman asks the mark to kindly send the first conman's info along to the mark. The mark then proves willing to sell the item to the mark for far less than the second conman's asking price; if the greedy mark doesn't disclose the higher price offered by the second conman, he could make quite a killing. Or he would, if the item wasn't absolute crap in the first place. Also called a ViolinScam.

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* One of the oldest confidence tricks in the business of cons runs on making the mark believe this trope is in effect. The mark (target) of the con is convinced that the first conman has a very valuable grail in the garbage. A second conman poses as an expert and points out the valuable item, only to miss a chance to meet the owner and ask to buy it from him for a ludicrous sum. The second conman asks the mark to kindly send the first conman's his info along to the mark.first conman. The mark then proves willing to sell the item to the mark for far less than the second conman's asking price; if the greedy mark doesn't disclose the higher price offered by the second conman, he could make quite a killing. Or he would, if the item wasn't absolute crap in the first place. Also called a ViolinScam.
11th Mar '17 5:37:34 PM TheDocCC
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* One of the oldest confidence tricks in the business of cons runs on making the mark believe this trope is in effect. The mark (target) of the con is convinced that the first conman has a very valuable grail in the garbage. A second conman poses as an expert and points out the valuable item, only to miss a chance to meet the owner and ask to buy it from him for a ludicrous sum. The second conman asks the mark to kindly send the first conman's info along to the mark. The mark then proves willing to sell the item to the mark for far less than the second conman's asking price; if the greedy mark doesn't disclose the higher price offered by the second conman, he could make quite a killing. Or he would, if the item wasn't absolute crap in the first place. Also called a ViolinScam.
--> First Conman: Oh, boy, I'm really sad about having to sell my old violin here, but I think the pawn shop will give me a hundred a fifty dollars for it. Say, would you watch my drink while I go to the bathroom?
--> Mark: Sure thing, pal. ''The First Conman leaves.''
--> Second Conman: Oh, hello! It's nice to meet you. I'm Professor Stradivarius of the Violin Institute of Italy, and I have never before seen anyone with an [[ShoutOut Erich Zann]] original! I have a plane that's suspiciously inconveniently timed to catch, so could I ask you to give my card to the owner of the violin when he comes back? I'd be willing to offer him at least twenty five thousand dollars for the instrument, more after we have a chance to inspect it. Ta ta! ''Hasty exit. The First Conman returns presently.''
--> Mark: Say, you seem to be in some trouble. And my kid wants to join the orchestra. What if I give you five hundred for the violin?
--> First Conman: Well, gee, sir. That's mighty kind of you. ''They do the deal. The First Conman walks out to his car, whistling merrily, and digs another [[https://www.walmart.com/ip/Zimtown-2016-Hot-4-4-Full-Size-Natural-Acoustic-Violin-Fiddle-with-Case-Bow-Rosin/517927625?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4731&adid=22222222227066299391&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=170951745999&wl4=pla-51342481927&wl5=9028167&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113841436&wl11=online&wl12=517927625&wl13=&veh=sem WalMart violin]] out of his trunk.''
** Needless to say, there are ''many'' versions of this con, but this is the classic version.
4th Feb '17 10:49:56 AM twilicorn
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* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-23203033 A man]] found vintage comics worth £20,000 in a dumpster...and used them to make a papier-mâché sculpture.

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* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-23203033 A man]] found vintage comics worth £20,000 (US $24,972) in a dumpster...and used them to make a papier-mâché sculpture.
2nd Feb '17 2:57:54 PM DiscoVader
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* One of these forms the entire basis of the plot in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. Dwarves have access to a number of fanatastical items, including items simply called Cubes: small, nigh-indestructible boxes that are able to record sounds and play them back from ages past. Considered to be completely priceless, they are jealously held, and even the rumor of a Cube is able to launch a dwarven expedition to recover it. And one of the most important ones ever, containing [[spoiler:the official words of peace between the kings of the Trolls and the Dwarves from the infamous Battle of Koom Valley]], is found at the bottom of an old abandoned well under a heap of mud and rubbish.

5th Jan '17 2:34:55 PM Dj0rel
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', the eponymous HumongousMecha is left in a scrapyard for several years, before Coop buys it for a few bucks. Which he never pays.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', the eponymous HumongousMecha is left in a scrapyard for several years, before Coop buys it for a few two bucks. Which he never pays.
3rd Jan '17 11:42:55 AM hszmv1
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*** Subversion here: Both the buyer and the seller are aware of it's value, but it's worthless without the spell (which the buyer has) and very common. The seller admits that he sells them to people not in the know as paperweights because it's more profitable to sell as such. Becomes a BrickJoke in a later item when Giles knows all about the item by name alone, owns one, and sheepishly admits he uses his as a paperweight.


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** Inversion: Giles accidentally sells a series of innocuous items to a seemingly ordinary shopper. Turns out those specific items are used in a powerful and dangerous ritual but have little value on their own.
2nd Jan '17 12:02:37 PM DialgaX
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* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-23203033 A man]] found vintage comics worth £20,000 in a dumpster...and used them to make a papier-mâché sculpture.
30th Nov '16 8:33:17 PM Bissek
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* In the fourth and last book of the ''ShadowGrail'' series, the heroes find various items from Authurian myth that they need (including the Grail) disguised as ordinary items in a junk box at the Goodwill store.

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* In the fourth and last book of the ''ShadowGrail'' series, the heroes find various items from Authurian Arthurian myth that they need (including the Grail) disguised as ordinary items in a junk box at the Goodwill store.
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