He's a self-made millionaire, and now a Bay area man is putting his American dream -- his entire life -- up for sale on eBay.
He'd like to take a trip with his family before starting his next American dream.
Shane Butcher owns four successful gaming stores, several high-profile vehicles and two beachside condos. And it can all be yours for the price of $3.5 million.
He is a remarkable young man, who's made a mint out of video gaming.
"My name's Shane, and I'm putting my American dream up for sale," said Butcher in his online video on eBay.
At 29-years-old, Butcher has the world in his million-dollar hands. He's an avid gamer and the owner of three R-U video game stores, where they buy, sell and trade games and game systems.
He and his wife started selling at flea markets and found there was a huge demand for retro stuff. Butcher parlayed that into his first store in Gainesville back in 2009. He currently employs 10 people in stores at the Brandon Mall, Fowler near USF and in Gainesville.
"It's been hard, but we're here," he laughed. "If you see me around town, I'd be dressed in basketball shorts and flip flops; I've never been the suit and tie type of guy."
They put in more than 80 hours a week to make it work.
"Next store was in Tampa, last year, Jan. 1, and that same year we opened up our mall store in the Brandon Mall in October 2011," he said.
They also own a thriving online business as well. He said he never thought he'd be in this position at 29 years old.
"But I'm glad I'm here," he said beaming.
But Butcher is restless for a new adventure. So he says his stores, plus the rest of his American dream, are up for sale on eBay.
He owns two beautiful homes in Ruskin.
"It's a waterfront town home located in Tampa Bay. Also, a condo right in the same area," said Butcher.
"Here's our kitchen, everything's all-granite countertops," he said showing-off the first floor.
You also get his vehicles: two "loaded" Hondas and an amazing Lotus sports car.
"It was one of my dream cars and was finally able to afford it," said Butcher.
There are drawers throughout the house loaded with rare video games.
"I don't play them very much, but it's more for bragging rights on those," joked Butcher, "gamer-nerd bragging rights.
There are also shelves full of collector must-haves.
"All hard to find stuff," Butcher said. "I've been a video-gamer all my life, so I've lots of obscure stuff and semi-hard to find stuff, and stuff I've just been piling-up and playing and enjoying as well."
He said the economy hasn't hurt his business at all.
"Not at all, a lot of times when the economy goes down, entertainment goes up," he said. "People buy a video game to stay in the house for a few days to keep them from going out and spending a lot of money elsewhere."
And if no one buys all his stuff?
"It's OK. I'm happy," he said.
But if he does find a buyer for his American dream, he will remain involved.
"I'm going to stay on for six months as a mentor, teach the new owner all the ins and outs of the business," he said.
Butcher's E-bay listing has about a month and a half left, and he's already gotten a few offers. And if it doesn't sell, he said he's perfectly happy to keep-on being a success and staying right here in the area.
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