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It's a ritual I always observe when I go to Value Village, which is basically a thrift store chain that resells used household goods, including electronics. It was a main supply of retro consoles for my collection in the 90s, but it's exceedingly rare to encounter good video game items of any kind over the last couple of years. There's never a hint of PS3, usually a couple of crapped out XBoxes, and a never ending supply of Wii Fit boards it seems. I suppose people are selling on eBay, or the Value Village sorters are scooping the better items. 

 

Anyway, I was in for a shock yesterday when I spotted a Sega Master System, a system I still don't own, behind the counter - it seems some items are randomly placed behind this area, where you need to get someone's attention to retrieve the item off the shelf for a closer sale. You'd think it would apply to exceedingly rare items, but I've seen generic Xbox games there, so there seems to be no rhyme or reason. Seeing the SMS, I ask to have a closer look. It was in pretty dismal condition, some wear, a single cart, came with power supply and TV hook-up, but no controllers to be found. The affixed price was 61 pounds ($100 Cdn), which qualifies it as one of the most expensive items in the store. Needless to say, my initial excitement was quickly deflated. Looks like someone saw "retro",  checked eBay and slapped on a collector's price without batting an eyelash. Sigh. I haven't collected seriously in a while, maybe that's the going rate, which is still depressing to a cheapskate like myself. 

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I think the days of old video games being considered tat in the cash converters of the world are long since over. 

 

I remember picking up a boxed n64 copy of paper MARIO for £5 (instead of £10) because it was the run up to Christmas and the guy just let me have it. 

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19 hours ago, deKay said:

Do they even have Master Systems in Canada? Capwn never mentioned them.

 

Yes they were widely available in Canada, but were generally overshadowed by the NES. I don't have any sense of overall units sold, but even back in the 90s I saw the SMS far less frequently than the NES at flea markets and thrift stores.

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2 hours ago, Goemon said:

 

I looked at that auction too this morning, a cool €200,000

 

They don't have a copy of final fight 3 or a boxed copy of Super Metroid neither

 

 

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10 hours ago, RJ Badman said:

"Untested" when used in eBay game listings translates to "100% knackered, but I can get more money this way".

Or “I don’t need to take returns if it doesn’t work.”

 

Im really surprised that “untested” is an option for selling these days. I could understand it if it was when people were just finding stuff in their attic and just looking for any amount of cash to get rid of it, but you’ve now got sellers with one listed item saying “I’ve been unable to test this so sold as ‘untested’” and then having another listing for the exact same piece of hardware and saying “100% working” with a photo of it actually working... That’s a bit of a tip, check the other items they’ve got for sale!

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On 15/03/2020 at 20:59, gone fishin' said:

Or “I don’t need to take returns if it doesn’t work.”

 

Im really surprised that “untested” is an option for selling these days. I could understand it if it was when people were just finding stuff in their attic and just looking for any amount of cash to get rid of it, but you’ve now got sellers with one listed item saying “I’ve been unable to test this so sold as ‘untested’” and then having another listing for the exact same piece of hardware and saying “100% working” with a photo of it actually working... That’s a bit of a tip, check the other items they’ve got for sale!

 

If it doesn’t work and the seller won’t refund you then just complain to eBay and they’ll find in your favour. Which makes knowingly selling a broken item a fool’s errand.

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