80,0000 gold, got the eye of udjat, a jetpack, 30 bombs, 40 ropes, spike boots, spring boots, paste. I'm doing amazing, aiming for that hell run, I get to the black market, walk into the first shop and what do you know a boomerang caveman is standing next to the shopkeeper.
He throws his boomerang at me and I get molested by 2 shop keepers. Ugh... I love spelunky but sometimes it is a little 'too' luck based. --- Name: Ernest (Yes, I've been to camp) Add me, GT/PSN: Deathx113
I was having a perfect run similar to what you were describing. Made it to the black market. Then I learned if you're going to pick up a shopkeeper's item to check its price and drop it without buying it, you have to face AWAY from the shopkeeper when you drop it. Otherwise it could fall on him and cause him to immediately kill you with his shotgun.