Yup.. Five Dollars. A chain of stores in the area called "Building 19". Basically, they buy out damaged goods warehouses and that kind of thing, and sell whatever it is off cheap. I got a Futon Couch which served as my bed for two years from them, for $30.. it had been hundreds, but the frame had been water damaged. I got a can black laquer and it looked better than new in less than a day. They sometimes buy pallets of returns from stores and just sell it off. Even for them, this was a ridiculous price. It was just another return-item beaten-up-box junk item they could get a few dollars for.
There was a minor problem (battery connector), which might have made it not work for the user, so they returned it as broken.. it ends up on a pallet of returns. I've gotten more than a few items from Building 19 over the years, including furnishing a couple of apartments from there back when I couldn't afford to buy much better
Going to have to dig around for a decent battery for this.. I have a nice gel cell, but it's fairly heavy.. maybe twice the weight of the "factory" battery I'm guessing. I think I might be able to rework a couple of cordless-phone batteries into something usable. Worst case, it's doable with a couple of NiCd AA's. It's only looking for 6v with a capacity of 3000mAH.. not that huge a demand.
I'll get her online and have the crew here drive it around the living room over the next few days.. happily, I'm gonna be pretty busy with a couple of gigs- even though I got this nice little toy by luck (mine!!!!), a bit of cash to spend on Mrs Focalist and the Focali will be useful....