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11th Nov '17 4:43:21 AM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In Season 7 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E24UncommonBond Uncommon Bond]]", Sunburst purchase a "blind buy barrel" at an antique store. One of the books it contains happens to be the journal of Star Swirl the Bearded, the most powerful unicorn archmage in history, and provides clues about his disparition as well as those of other legendary figures collectively known as the Pillars of Equestria. This start up the whole overarching plot of the season finale, "Shadow Play".

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In Season 7 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E24UncommonBond Uncommon Bond]]", Sunburst purchase purchases a "blind buy barrel" at an antique store. One of the books it contains happens to be the journal of Star Swirl the Bearded, the most powerful unicorn archmage in history, and provides clues about his disparition as well as those of other legendary figures collectively known as the Pillars of Equestria. This start up the whole overarching plot of the season finale, "Shadow Play".
1st Nov '17 4:23:25 PM StFan
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->''"It's amazing to think one of the greatest mysteries of Equestria was solved with a musty old book from an antique shop."''
-->-- '''Starlight Glimmer''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E25ShadowPlayPart1 Shadow Play Part 1]]"



* One episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' features a random guy buying an Ancient communication device at a yard sale. Unlike a lot of these things, this is actually justified in-universe. Unless you have the right (fairly rare) genetics, it's functionally equivalent to a glass paperweight. It happens that the guy DOES have the right genetics, though...

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* One ''Series/StargateSG1'': The episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' "Citizen Joe" features a random guy buying an Ancient communication device at a yard sale. Unlike a lot of these things, this is actually justified in-universe. Unless in-universe: unless you have the right (fairly rare) genetics, it's functionally equivalent to a glass paperweight. It happens that the guy DOES have the right genetics, though...though....



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In Season 7 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E24UncommonBond Uncommon Bond, Sunburst purchase a "blind buy barrel" at an antique store. One of the books it contains happens to be the journal of Star Swirl the Bearded, the most powerful unicorn archmage in history, and provides clues about his disparition as well as those of other legendary figures collectively known as the Pillars of Equestria. This start up the whole overarching plot of the season finale, "Shadow Play".

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In Season 7 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E24UncommonBond Uncommon Bond, Bond]]", Sunburst purchase a "blind buy barrel" at an antique store. One of the books it contains happens to be the journal of Star Swirl the Bearded, the most powerful unicorn archmage in history, and provides clues about his disparition as well as those of other legendary figures collectively known as the Pillars of Equestria. This start up the whole overarching plot of the season finale, "Shadow Play".



29th Oct '17 3:49:24 AM StFan
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* Happens at the end of the second ''Comicbook/{{Cerebus}}'' book, ''High Society'', where it turns out the priceless bird statue that Cerebus could have used earlier to unite the Church factions was given to him with a bunch of other random trash from a hobo who seemed to have Cerebus confused with someone else about a third of the way through the book. [[spoiler:He destroys it, since he no longer has the political capital to make use of it himself. And it turns out to be a fake anyway.]]

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* Happens at the end of the second ''Comicbook/{{Cerebus}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Cerebus}}'' book, ''High Society'', where it turns out the priceless bird statue that Cerebus could have used earlier to unite the Church factions was given to him with a bunch of other random trash from a hobo who seemed to have Cerebus confused with someone else about a third of the way through the book. [[spoiler:He destroys it, since he no longer has the political capital to make use of it himself. And it turns out to be a fake anyway.]]



* The One Ring in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' (written first), Bilbo finds the ring on the ground, after Gollum misplaced it. So you have an ordinary ring owned by some deformed hobbit. (As the narration says, "It [[{{Understatement}} was a turning point in his career]], but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking; certainly it did not seem of any particular use at the moment.") Then Bilbo discovers it can make the wearer invisible.

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* The One Ring in * ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** The One Ring. In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' (written first), Bilbo finds the ring on the ground, after Gollum misplaced it. So you have an ordinary ring owned by some deformed hobbit. (As the narration says, "It [[{{Understatement}} was a turning point in his career]], but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking; certainly it did not seem of any particular use at the moment.") Then Bilbo discovers it can make the wearer invisible.



*** Glamdring qualifies on its own, as it was once wielded by Turgon, King of Gondolin.

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*** ** Glamdring qualifies on its own, as it was once wielded by Turgon, King of Gondolin.



** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry helps Sirius throw out all of his family's relics that he doesn't want. Among them is an old locket that no one is aware [[spoiler:a) once belonged to Salazar Slytherin and b) [[SoulJar contains a piece of Voldemort's soul]].]]

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry helps Sirius throw out all of his family's relics that he doesn't want. Among them is an old locket that no one no-one is aware [[spoiler:a) once belonged to Salazar Slytherin and b) [[SoulJar contains a piece of Voldemort's soul]].]]



* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes''

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* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'':



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "Return of the Bling", Roger finds what is apparently the One Ring near the site of a plane crash... and then promptly throws it away.
-->'''Roger:''' It turns you invisible in the middle of nowhere? What good is that? Where were you when I farted at Danny's wedding?
** In the Omen parody, Roger is seen drinking eggnog out of a bejeweled chalice he calls his "pimp cup". It's eventually revealed to be the Holy Grail.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
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In "Return of the Bling", Roger finds what is apparently the One Ring near the site of a plane crash... and then promptly throws it away.
-->'''Roger:''' --->'''Roger:''' It turns you invisible in the middle of nowhere? What good is that? Where were you when I farted at Danny's wedding?
** In the Omen ''Omen'' parody, Roger is seen drinking eggnog out of a bejeweled chalice he calls his "pimp cup". It's eventually revealed to be the Holy Grail.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Dr. Venture and Billy Quizboy find the ORB, an artifact which might have devastating consequences just sitting out in the open. [[spoiler:It turns out it was broken for about a hundred years and completely useless.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
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Dr. Venture and Billy Quizboy find the ORB, an artifact which might have devastating consequences just sitting out in the open. [[spoiler:It turns out it was broken for about a hundred years and completely useless.]]



-->'''Dr. Venture:''' ''(On why he's selling the Lightsaber)'' Kenner wasn't interested in making them for toys; they cost two million in parts alone. And the army said "We don't swordfight anymore."
** This trope is a recurring trend of The Venture Brothers, where items of indescribable power and fame inevitably wind up rusted and forgotten, gathering dust for one reason or another. In a later episode Dr. Venture is given a rare comic book worth millions of dollars that he casually hands off to one of his sons, who likewise is disappointed by the lack of Batman. It winds up being used as toilet paper and chewed up by a dog.

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-->'''Dr. --->'''Dr. Venture:''' ''(On ''[on why he's selling the Lightsaber)'' Lightsaber]'' Kenner wasn't interested in making them for toys; they cost two million in parts alone. And the army said "We don't swordfight anymore."
** This trope is a recurring trend of The ''The Venture Brothers, Brothers'', where items of indescribable power and fame inevitably wind up rusted and forgotten, gathering dust for one reason or another. In a later episode Dr. Venture is given a rare comic book worth millions of dollars that he casually hands off to one of his sons, who likewise is disappointed by the lack of Batman. It winds up being used as toilet paper and chewed up by a dog.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Season 4 finale, the medallion worn by Discord, which Tirek dismissed as "worthless" and gave to him as an "empty gesture", is actually the final MacGuffin for unlocking the Rainbow Power chest. Played with in that the medallion itself has no real value; only when Discord gives it to Twilight as a sincere gesture of friendship does it gets actual power.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Season 4 7 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E24UncommonBond Uncommon Bond, Sunburst purchase a "blind buy barrel" at an antique store. One of the books it contains happens to be the journal of Star Swirl the Bearded, the most powerful unicorn archmage in history, and provides clues about his disparition as well as those of other legendary figures collectively known as the Pillars of Equestria. This start up the whole overarching plot of the season finale, the medallion worn by Discord, which Tirek dismissed as "worthless" and gave to him as an "empty gesture", is actually the final MacGuffin for unlocking the Rainbow Power chest. Played with in that the medallion itself has no real value; only when Discord gives it to Twilight as a sincere gesture of friendship does it gets actual power."Shadow Play".



* A bizarre ''intentional'' example from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' in which Grodd breaks Luthor out of prison so that he and a small group of other super-villains can break into a hidden island base and steal the fabled Spear Of Longinus, which pierced the skin of Christ as he lay on the cross and supposedly would make whoever wielded it invincible. It's soon revealed that Grodd only arranged that heist as a test to see if Luthor could follow orders. Rather than wield the spear and attempt to conquer the world, or at the very least sell it to the highest bidder, Grodd intends to hang it on the wall of his office.

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* A bizarre ''intentional'' example from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' in which Grodd breaks Luthor out of prison so that he and a small group of other super-villains can break into a hidden island base and steal the fabled Spear Of of Longinus, which pierced the skin of Christ as he lay on the cross and supposedly would make whoever wielded it invincible. It's soon revealed that Grodd only arranged that heist as a test to see if Luthor could follow orders. Rather than wield the spear and attempt to conquer the world, or at the very least sell it to the highest bidder, Grodd intends to hang it on the wall of his office.
27th Aug '17 1:15:30 PM Malady
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* In ''{{Ys}} IV: Mask of the Sun'', the Gold Pedestal that [[ChekhovsGun Adol sold to Pim's Trading Shop in the first game]] is the key to raise the Ancient City.

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* In ''{{Ys}} ''Franchise/{{Ys}} IV: Mask of the Sun'', the Gold Pedestal that [[ChekhovsGun Adol sold to Pim's Trading Shop in the first game]] is the key to raise the Ancient City.
20th Jul '17 9:42:07 AM Madrugada
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* Both inverted and subverted with the actual Grail by ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'': The Grail Chamber is lined with hundreds of beautiful "grails", with one old, ratty piece of garbage in among them -- and then that "garbage" cup turns out to be the ''actual'' Grail, and all the beautiful cups are revealed to be very lethal pieces of garbage.
3rd Jul '17 12:27:05 PM Piterpicher
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* In November '99, the WCW World Television title belt was thrown in the trash by ScottHall after he decided he had no interest in defending it. It was randomly found in a dumpster by HacksawJimDuggan a few months later, after which he claimed (and was recognized) as the new Television Champion. He was, in fact, the final champion, as the title itself was retired just two months later.

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* In November '99, the WCW World Television title belt was thrown in the trash by ScottHall after he decided he had no interest in defending it. It was randomly found in a dumpster by HacksawJimDuggan Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan a few months later, after which he claimed (and was recognized) as the new Television Champion. He was, in fact, the final champion, as the title itself was retired just two months later.
8th Jun '17 12:45:52 PM xcountryguy
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It's an artifact of earth-shaking power. Its value is immeasurable, its history is the stuff of legends. It's.... being offered at a clearance price at the [[LastPlaceYouLook local discount store]].

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It's an artifact of earth-shaking power. Its value is immeasurable, its history is the stuff of legends. It's....It's... being offered at a clearance price at the [[LastPlaceYouLook local discount store]].



* In ''The Serpent's Egg'' trilogy, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Typhoon]] gives a busted up crown to [[BrattyHalfPint Penelope]] as a reward for watching a very much alive and ready to hatch ''dragon egg'', which she was told was a rock. It was far bigger than her. [[spoiler:The dinky little thing turned out to be the [[MacGuffin Crown]] they had been looking for the entire time, but didn't realize it till she placed it on the head... of the enemy. It proceeded to [[GoodHurtsEvil kill the ]][[TwistEnding evil]]. Then, she put it on the Elf Prince's head, to no real effect.]] Notably, she tried to steal from Typhoon earlier, and had to clean his entire hoard with a bowl of... [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment spittle]]. Which was pretty stupid, seeing as he literally saved their lives from a damn army before that. [[spoiler: But maybe, Typhoon knew about it, being the leader of the Black Dragons.]]

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* In ''The Serpent's Egg'' trilogy, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Typhoon]] gives a busted up crown to [[BrattyHalfPint Penelope]] as a reward for watching a very much alive and ready to hatch ''dragon egg'', which she was told was a rock. It was far bigger than her. [[spoiler:The dinky little thing turned out to be the [[MacGuffin Crown]] they had been looking for the entire time, but didn't realize it till she placed it on the head... of the enemy. It proceeded to [[GoodHurtsEvil kill the ]][[TwistEnding evil]]. Then, she put it on the Elf Prince's head, to no real effect.]] Notably, she tried to steal from Typhoon earlier, and had to clean his entire hoard with a bowl of... [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment spittle]]. Which was pretty stupid, seeing as he literally saved their lives from a damn army before that. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But maybe, Typhoon knew about it, being the leader of the Black Dragons.]]



* The Literature/HerculePoirot novel ''After the Funeral'' includes the character of Cora Lansquenet whose hobby is going to various yard sales and antique shops in order to buy paintings that she thinks might be valuable. She did find one of modest value once, but it was mostly luck, and her art dealer friend makes it clear that Cora didn't really have the eye for art that she thought she did. [[spoiler: It turns out that one of the paintings she'd bought on her most recent buying spree was an original Vermeer, but she never recognized it for what it was.]]

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* The Literature/HerculePoirot novel ''After the Funeral'' includes the character of Cora Lansquenet whose hobby is going to various yard sales and antique shops in order to buy paintings that she thinks might be valuable. She did find one of modest value once, but it was mostly luck, and her art dealer friend makes it clear that Cora didn't really have the eye for art that she thought she did. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out that one of the paintings she'd bought on her most recent buying spree was an original Vermeer, but she never recognized it for what it was.]]



* Will inevitably happen sometimes in just about any game with a randomized loot system. Sooner or later, if not all the time, you're bound to find a magical weapon or artifact worth a fortune in the trash, unceremoniously stashed in a random barrel that looks no different from the last ten thousand you smashed, in a large pile of monster droppings....

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* Will inevitably happen sometimes in just about any game with a randomized loot system. Sooner or later, if not all the time, you're bound to find a magical weapon or artifact worth a fortune in the trash, unceremoniously stashed in a random barrel that looks no different from the last ten thousand you smashed, in a large pile of monster droppings....droppings...



* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Far Song, generally considered one of if not the best bow in the game, has apparently spent decades sitting buried in the stockroom of a tiny podunk blacksmith shop in Redcliffe. [[spoiler: It's so well-buried that the only way to get it is to kill Owen, or get him to commit suicide by failing to find his daughter, and wait for his replacement to move in and go through his stuff.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Far Song, generally considered one of if not the best bow in the game, has apparently spent decades sitting buried in the stockroom of a tiny podunk blacksmith shop in Redcliffe. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's so well-buried that the only way to get it is to kill Owen, or get him to commit suicide by failing to find his daughter, and wait for his replacement to move in and go through his stuff.]]



** Also in Eldin Volcano, there is a crystal ball that adorns the entrance to the Earth Temple. [[spoiler: A good replacement for Sparrot's crystal ball when it breaks.]]
** In Lanayru Desert, there is a color wheel in a hill southeast. [[spoiler: This is the wheel Dodoh lost while he was preparing the last details for his flight minigame.]]
* Character-based example: The seemingly mute dinosaur in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', located next to the underground caverns south of Thorntail Hollow is [[spoiler: the fourth Gatekeeper, giving access to Dragon Rock.]]

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** Also in Eldin Volcano, there is a crystal ball that adorns the entrance to the Earth Temple. [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A good replacement for Sparrot's crystal ball when it breaks.]]
** In Lanayru Desert, there is a color wheel in a hill southeast. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is the wheel Dodoh lost while he was preparing the last details for his flight minigame.]]
* Character-based example: The seemingly mute dinosaur in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', located next to the underground caverns south of Thorntail Hollow is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the fourth Gatekeeper, giving access to Dragon Rock.]]



* [[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.

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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.
22nd May '17 3:15:15 PM TheDocCC
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** Bob comes along and lo-and-behold, he's a professor of violinology and that violin is a lost [[ShoutOut Eric Zann]] masterpiece. [[ShoutOut It belongs in a museum]] and Bob knows where to get one. Bob also has a suspiciously convenient flight to catch and is about to dash off, but asks Charlie if he would be ever-so-kind to tell the violin's owner that Bob's museum would pay an outrageous sum for the violin, fifty, a hundred, five hundred thousand. He leaves behind a business card.

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** Bob comes along and lo-and-behold, he's a professor of violinology and that violin is a lost [[ShoutOut Eric Zann]] masterpiece. [[ShoutOut It belongs in a museum]] and Bob knows where to get one. a museum that will pay a fortune for it. Bob also has a suspiciously convenient flight to catch and is about to dash off, but asks Charlie if he would be ever-so-kind to tell the violin's owner that Bob's museum would pay an outrageous sum for the violin, fifty, a hundred, five hundred thousand. off. He leaves behind a business card.card. "Please, sir, kindly tell the owner of this beautiful instrument we're willing to meet even an exorbitant demand for it."
22nd May '17 3:13:13 PM TheDocCC
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* The ViolinScam is mentioned above and relies on convince a person this trope is in effect. It is a two-man con; let's call our conmen Alice and Bob, while Charlie is their victim. Note: the con doesn't always use a violin, but always relies on convincing someone that a very expensive object is being kept in the garbage by a person unaware of its value.
** Alice meets Charlie in the bar and she tells him her sad tale of being nearly broke and having to sell her old, crummy violin. She's made a living with the old girl, but now she's broke and boo-hoo, she has to pawn her violin for few hundred dollars. Alice then exits the scene, asking Charlie to watch the instrument for her as she uses the restroom or whatever.
** Bob comes along and lo-and-behold, he's a professor of violinology and that violin is a lost [[ShoutOut Eric Zann]] masterpiece. [[ShoutOut It belongs in a museum]] and Bob knows where to get one. Bob also has a suspiciously convenient flight to catch and is about to dash off, but asks Charlie if he would be ever-so-kind to tell the violin's owner that Bob's museum would pay an outrageous sum for the violin, fifty, a hundred, five hundred thousand. He leaves behind a business card.
** Alice comes back, and unless Charlie immediately tries to tell him about Bob's offer, Alice offers to sell her violin to Bob for a sum that's a bit better than what the pawnshop will give her because she feels Charlie's just such a nice guy and surely he's got a kid or a niece whom the old girl would suit. If Charlie gets greedy and takes the bait, Alice leaves the violin with Charlie and walks off. She meets back up with Bob and they split a few hundred dollars and find the next mark for their con, their trunk full of $25 USD WalMart violins. Charlie will never see Alice, Bob, or his money again.
20th May '17 2:44:14 PM jamespolk
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See also ViolinScam, which is a form of TheCon in which the ConMan makes the mark believe that the two of them have found a valuable item, when the item is actually worthless.



* 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 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.
-->'''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.

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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 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.
-->'''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.
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