Well, yes, if you were old enough to read and follow the rules of a board game like Life, then she should have upped her game.
I also did the handwriting comparisons, but played along a bit longer, because I had younger siblings.
The worst part now, with mom when my kids came over for Christmas, our once only yearly visit, as the kids are playing with "new" stuff, she would brag about where she got it for such a deal.
I mean, we come 1000 miles to her, she never comes to us, and she does not send birthday gifts. Even if I know it is secondhand, I think a once only yearly visit would at least be worth a shut mouth for one day of her savings.
I like sedcondhand/vintage/consingment very very much.
But bragging about it instead of watching your grandkids enjoying said item is just...not right.
back on topic,
choose wisely, and know your audience.