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Vintage Video Games Wayyyy Overpriced

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by ggvicviper, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    So, here's the deal. I was just looking at some old school games as I'm continuing to build the collection for my new basement music room and classic game cave. Back in 2006, I purchased an NES game called Gun Nac. Back then - not that it was THAT long ago mind you - they were regularly going for about $5 to $10, and they weren't very common. I got mine for $10 total, including shipping, off eBay. Excellent condition.

    Today, I searched for Gun Nac on eBay: copies are now going for $100+, and there are more copies than when I bought mine:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2053587.m570.l1313&_nkw=gun nac nes&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Also, things like Bonk's Adventure, Bubble Bobble 2 or Snow Bros. for the NES. If the amount of copies on eBay is any indication, it's not really THAT rare. Yet people are charging $200+ a copy:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...m570.l1313&_nkw=bonk's adventure nes&_sacat=0
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...045573.m570.l1313&_nkw=snow bros nes&_sacat=0
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk....m570.l1313&_nkw=bubble bobble 2 nes&_sacat=0

    Also, check out the chart on the side about how game prices on the NES have climbed recently:
    http://videogames.pricecharting.com/console/nes?sort-by=name

    Why are NES games that aren't that rare so overpriced these days? Why are really common SNES games routinely $30+ on the used market? How come Atari and Sega stuff has stayed relatively cheap? What happened to the days when you could just find all this stuff at garage sales for $2?
  2. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I was looking for N64 games not that long ago. I was shocked to see some of the more popular titles going for $30+
    Shoot, I can buy used PS3 games for a fraction of that cost...
  3. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Funny! I unsuccessfully tried to get Mario Party on eBay the other day. Even that ended over $20. Ridiculous.
  4. jmattbassplaya

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    I remember going garage sale shopping with my mom when I was a kid, and we would pick up used NES and SNES games for $1-$5. It was awesome :)
  5. jrthebassguy

    jrthebassguy Supporting Member

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    Try going to a store that specializes in vintage/retro games, if possible.

    If you don't have one nearby, this is a local store for me, but you can order online from them. They usually have fair prices on most games. http://gameovervideogames.com/
  6. HaMMerHeD

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    Slap "vintage" in front of something, and it's bound to be overpriced.

    Except hookers, I guess. Nobody wants vintage hookers.
  7. ThatBassistDude

    ThatBassistDude Supporting Member

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    I've been collecting classic video games for years, I get all of mine from flea markets, try those!
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    It's a fad that will soon pass.

    -Mike
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    Not to go off topic, but new games are ridiculously overpriced too. 60-100 bucks for xbox games is kinda silly.
  10. jrthebassguy

    jrthebassguy Supporting Member

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    Or you could, ya know, always download emulator/roms and map a gamepad. :bag:
  11. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Not bad after giving a quick skim.

    Unfortunately in NYC, we don't have too many of those swap meet types of things. Our flea markets are pretty commercial.

    There are 360 games for $100?
  12. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive Supporting Member

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    I tend to agree, but that's not far off the price that console games used to be decades ago. When you count in inflation, that relatively flat price means they're more affordable.
  13. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    GTA V is the only game Ive bought new, and it was well worth the $60.
    All other games have cost me less than $15 with shipping.
  14. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    If you have some particular ones you want, let me know. I'll track them down for you and for a reasonable price. You provided me hours of fun with the games you created for us, so I'll repay the favor.

    -Mike
  15. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid Supporting Member

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    I agree. I wanted to get a SNES and a few games and backed away.
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    Special editions and such.
  17. LiquidMidnight

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    Wow, some of those prices are outrageous. I watch the Angry Video Game Nerd a lot, and he sometimes talks about the prices of rare games.
  18. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow, I can't believe someone here remembers me for that!
    I appreciate the offer, I may take you up on it. I am continuing to create games, so keep an eye out!
  19. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    I was looking for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
    It was at least $30 online, going up to about $70.
    DwaynieD sent me his copy and all I had to do was buy a $10 tshirt. :smug:

    Thanks Dwaynie!
  20. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    This Angry Video Game Nerd?

    [​IMG]

    This is a shot of him in 2008. He's playing a game I directed and was the lead programmer on: Webs of Destruction.

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