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While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.

Bad Bargain was a novel written by Diana G. Gallagher based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Having sealed the Hellmouth, the Scooby Gang do not realize that anything is odd when things to be sold at the first annual band fund-raising rummage sale are stored in the school basement, which is directly above the Hellmouth. The rummage sale begins, and the items on sale seem to be having an unexpected effect on those that buy them. Even Xander Harris and Willow Rosenberg are soon affected. The situation gets more serious resulting in the school being quarantined leaving Buffy Summers and Rupert Giles to sort things out before the items get sold elsewhere.


Behind the Scenes

  • "Bad Bargain", in relation to it's timeline and setting within the Buffyverse, actually takes place during Season 2, before Angel turns evil. It takes place sometime after the episode "Lie to Me" (because Drusilla is still sick), but before the episode "The Dark Age" because Jenny and Giles are still dating.
  • This novel foreshadowing things to come. Jonathan and Andrew make an appearance, while Mayor Wilkin's darker dealings are alluded to.


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