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Vintage Video Games Wayyyy Overpriced

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


  1. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    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!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    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 Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Funny! I unsuccessfully tried to get Mario Party on eBay the other day. Even that ended over $20. Ridiculous.
     
  4. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    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. 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

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Slap "vintage" in front of something, and it's bound to be overpriced.

    Except hookers, I guess. Nobody wants vintage hookers.
     
  7. I've been collecting classic video games for years, I get all of mine from flea markets, try those!
     
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    It's a fad that will soon pass.

    -Mike
     
  9. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Not to go off topic, but new games are ridiculously overpriced too. 60-100 bucks for xbox games is kinda silly.
     
  10. Or you could, ya know, always download emulator/roms and map a gamepad. :bag:
     
  11. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    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

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    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!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    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 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    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 I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Canada
    I agree. I wanted to get a SNES and a few games and backed away.
     
  16. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Special editions and such.
     
  17. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    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 Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    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!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    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 Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    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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