Updated: Aug 7, 2018
Good evening RNGGods, and welcome to my first blog post! :)
If you’re like me and share a love for old school games, you’ll eventually wish to collect them. But you may not know where to start. Don't fret, for I am here to help! :)
Collecting vintage video games can be a bit daunting, if you’re trying to get your foot in the door, however this blog (and future blogs) with teach you everything you need to know.
One of the first things you will need to know is, what price should I pay for an item? The answer is, each title will have 3 prices you should look for based off of the condition of the game and how complete it is. Those three prices are: Loose price, complete price, and new (sealed) price. Loose price is a disc or cartridge that doesn’t have a jeweled case, or box. Complete price, is a disc, or cartridge that has it’s original box, or jeweled case, plus the booklet that came with it. A game is NOT complete unless it has it’s original case or box, and booklet. And finally new sealed, is a complete game, that still has its ORIGINAL factory seal on it, now you must be weary when buying these because a lot of people will try to seal a game with their own sealing tools. In later blogs, we will touch down on the differences.
There are many places one can go to purchase old school video games, but which is the best? Well, lets break it down, and you can decide for yourself. Buying via online can be a good option on sites like Ebay, and Amazon. Aforementioned sites often have bids for items, that potentially let you get them for cheaper than listed prices. Although this can be a risky as you wouldn’t be able to be 100% certain of the condition of the disc or cartridge. And this is because you can’t physically see the condition, you’re at the whim of whatever picture or description the seller offers.
Another place video games are often sold are, old school video game stores! (Duh right?) Places such as Game Heads, Disc Replay, or independently owned game stores. Now these are pretty decent places to get games, as most game stores buy video games from anyone who wants to sell them, provided they’re in sellable condition. It is convenient to go to places like these, because they’re never too far away. These places often have many popular titles from present to past, but the rarer games they buy in tend to go quickly. As well, the games often tend to a be slightly over priced at times, compared to internet listings. And the reason for this is, that they need turn a profit. However, they do often have many deals going on, for buying multiple games, and or have coupons at the ready.
Flea markets are markets in which people sell things they own at a mall type environment. Now this use to be a an amazing place to get deals way back when, before Google became readily available to everyone with a phone. So now a days, you’ll need to know your prices, (And we will go over prices in depth next blog post, so don’t worry.) because most people selling video games like this will have looked up prices online. I still think its a good place to hunt for vintage video games, because you can actually try to haggle with the seller. Like I was beyond happy when I discovered a copy of Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, however, the edges were a tad frayed, so I was able to talk the price down $10 from what they were charging. Little things like this are wins if you can find them.
Buying video games at yard sales, or estate sales, are often a great way to get a cool deal. However not every yard sale is going to have old school video games. But when they do, most don’t exactly price them for what they should go for, because they’re simply trying to get rid of them, or a parent is selling their kids’ old games as they went off to college.
For example, a woman years ago, bought a copy of, Track and Field: Stadium Events (NES) for $7.99, doesn’t sound like much right? Well this particular game happens to be one of the rarest video games, and goes for quite a pretty penny. In fact, this game goes for about 2,000+ dollars!!!! Could you imagine that happening?
Thank you for viewing my blog, this will be the first of many blog posts, about old school video games. I hope you all enjoyed it, as much as I enjoyed writing it! New post to follow next week.