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On 02/06/2021 at 18:49, SeanR said:

Discworld? 
 

kerching!

I had two copies of that, I reckon I gave one away to my cousin's son (he got a Playstation with money he'd saved up, then couldn't afford any games. Me and my brother worked for Sony at this point, so had tonnes of games we'd been given. He wanted to buy some off us. We filled a tesco bag with kid suitable games and gave them to him). 

 

The other went in a stack of games I sold to a video shop, so they could rent them out, for a quid each. 

 

I've told the story of testing the German version, haven't I...? 

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6 minutes ago, ScouserInExile said:

I had two copies of that, I reckon I gave one away to my cousin's son (he got a Playstation with money he'd saved up, then couldn't afford any games. Me and my brother worked for Sony at this point, so had tonnes of games we'd been given. He wanted to buy some off us. We filled a tesco bag with kid suitable games and gave them to him). 

 

The other went in a stack of games I sold to a video shop, so they could rent them out, for a quid each. 

 

I've told the story of testing the German version, haven't I...? 

Awww, that was very kind, bet he was well made up :)

 

Hmm, fancy testing the German version of Broken Sword? I have a few copies of Baphomet's Fluch kicking about 😛

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And this, the final chapter of the stuff from Portsmouth begins.

on a warm but early Friday morning, I departed the sleepy village and headed down there to collect the last of the stuff this chap was selling.

set off around 8:30 Ish, arrived at 12:34, with a half hour stop for a the essentials of a piss, £30 in the fruit machine ( it’s been 18 months since I last played one, they’re shit!) and some ice cold coffee from WH Smith’s..

I was greeted by a front room filled, as ever, with boxes for me to pay for and take away, I gave them a look through, asked the price, paid the money & the pair of us lugged it all down the stairs and into the waiting car.

I set off at 13:45 exactly, with a sat nav warning that I may be delayed, incurring a 30 minute penalty and it now being predicted to take 4 hours and 30 minutes….. I was NOT prepared for the fucking horror show that unfolded.

precisely 6 hours later, after a very quick fuel and iced coffee break, I arrived back gone, the M25, apple maps and the A12 all conspiring to ruin my day, sat in start/stop traffic, all whilst my drivers arm got a lovely punk glow and my left was left pasty and devoid of the glorious sunshine.

 

but anyway, I ramble on in my M25 induced PTSD, I’ll shit up and just post the pictures instead 😂

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So many loose discs, a lot of them have artwork and manuals, but in separate boxes, went through and dug out what I could of the food stuff that matched sleeve, thibk a lot of the good games in the wallets are now disc only jobs, urghhh

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18 minutes ago, Welrain said:

What’s the blood splattered GameCube all about?

Dunno, custom paint job by the looks of it, I'd half considered keeping it, but I already have a boxed Spice Orange that I still need to stick a mod chip in, and then leave it in it's box for another 5 years like it's been there for already!

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Is this a personal collection you’ve bought or were they in the trade? I’m a Pompey lad myself, so curious to know who the seller was, if you can give any clues without breaching data privacy. 

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1 hour ago, acidbearboy said:

Also, are you able to make profit on PS2 and Xbox 360 titles? I thought 99% of PAL games on those formats were next to worthless. 

 

This was the case for the PS2 up until 2-3 years ago. There’s still a lot of worthless games, but prices for a lot of games have increased significantly from an admittedly very low base.

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4 hours ago, acidbearboy said:

Is this a personal collection you’ve bought or were they in the trade? I’m a Pompey lad myself, so curious to know who the seller was, if you can give any clues without breaching data privacy. 

It was the same chap I got it all from at the very start of this thread, 1 pallet load and three full car loads, this is , unfortunately, the last of it now I assume, as his flat is practically devoid of all the retro stuff, in comparison to the first time I went there, it's empty 😛

 

As for making cash on PS2 stuff... have a look at that "Eternal Poison" game... and then come tell me 😛 Yeah, it's a USA version, the only import in there, but I wasn't expecting it to be THAT much. Some of the other bits are getting up in price, but Drakengard 2 is stupid money ( if it had the sodding box :( ) and there are several £20-30+ games kicking about in there.

 

I paid £1,200 for that lot, £55 in fuel, a whole day spent collecting it, and then yesterday / today going through it and sorting it, it's NOT an easy task, but there is money to be made, so money I shall make ;)

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2 minutes ago, Dudley said:

I suspect you make your money back from everything that isn't a loose disk and then there's going to be some money in the disks.

 

Should have made my money back once I have shifted the consoles, maybe.

300 for the Majoras Mask system,

150 for Link Between Worlds 3ds xl, ( 450 )

90 for the normal 3ds xl ( 540 )

100 for the PS4, maybe 110 ( 650 )

100 x 2 on the N64's (850)

75 for the Cube ( 925 )

140 GB Player and Disc ( 1065 )  ( none of these include fee's / shipping though , just rough guestimates )

plus the modded PS2, PS2 SLim, 360 S and PS3 Slim, that should round out to what I paid, then whatever else is there is where the money for the actual work comes in, it's slow going , but should see a double of funds, a bit better than the usual 40%, but as there is so much and the distance involved, it bloody needed to be 😛

 

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I'd echo the fact PS2 games are going up in price, not just the usual suspects. Not sure if it's more down to less being sold/people holding onto their collection or just plain demand. Definitely an increase in the low-mid price (£15-£35) range too. 

 

I'd be up for those Atelier Iris games btw. The first one is superb.

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15 hours ago, Vimster said:

I'd echo the fact PS2 games are going up in price, not just the usual suspects. Not sure if it's more down to less being sold/people holding onto their collection or just plain demand. Definitely an increase in the low-mid price (£15-£35) range too. 

 

I'd be up for those Atelier Iris games btw. The first one is superb.

 

I think people are becoming more aware of certain games. As an aside if you have anything published by 505 Games (who picked up the European rights for a load of good but niche Japanese games) or Essential Games (published D3's Simple series in Europe) especially if they have English packaging then money in the bank.

 

I really should have bought that copy of Hard Knock High that I saw in a Spanish branch of CEX for eight euro two years ago.

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7 minutes ago, gossi the dog said:

 

I think people are becoming more aware of certain games. As an aside if you have anything published by 505 Games (who picked up the European rights for a load of good but niche Japanese games) or Essential Games (published D3's Simple series in Europe) especially if they have English packaging then money in the bank.

 

I really should have bought that copy of Hard Knock High that I saw in a Spanish branch of CEX for eight euro two years ago.

I think 505 published my big gaming regret: Rule Of Rose. Had that on pre-order, cancelled pre-order as I needed the £30, it goes for over £300 easily now. Funny how the "cheap" games are the steep ones now.

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8 minutes ago, Vimster said:

I think 505 published my big gaming regret: Rule Of Rose. Had that on pre-order, cancelled pre-order as I needed the £30, it goes for over £300 easily now. Funny how the "cheap" games are the steep ones now.

 

They were released in very low numbers during a period when most people had moved onto the 360, PS3 and Wii. I was after a copy of Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (which 505 Games published) for ages. I never found a copy. 

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There's definitely some rarity's out there on PS2. I think at some point it was thought (maybe still is) that Ocean Commander on PS2 was only available at a chain of petrol stations in Italy for about €10.

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14 minutes ago, gossi the dog said:

 

They were released in very low numbers during a period when most people had moved onto the 360, PS3 and Wii. I was after a copy of Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (which 505 Games published) for ages. I never found a copy. 

 

Yeah, this is where virtually all the expensive Master System ones come from. Games that are interesting for some reason but we published late in low numbers.

 

Power Strike 2, different to the GG one, sequel to another MS entry in a series of respected shooters, low print run.

Championship Hockey, sold poorly because awful but is an EA/NHL hockey game in reality.

Sonic Spinball, Released after even the MD version, a Sonic game but not a big seller because the MD had been out 3 years.

 

a combined £500 for CIB of those 3.

 

Same reason the Kixx and Classics budget releases of SMS games are more expensive, identical manual and cart to the "real ones" but low run budget re-releases = money.

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23 minutes ago, Dudley said:

 

Yeah, this is where virtually all the expensive Master System ones come from. Games that are interesting for some reason but we published late in low numbers.

 

Power Strike 2, different to the GG one, sequel to another MS entry in a series of respected shooters, low print run.

Championship Hockey, sold poorly because awful but is an EA/NHL hockey game in reality.

Sonic Spinball, Released after even the MD version, a Sonic game but not a big seller because the MD had been out 3 years.

 

a combined £500 for CIB of those 3.

 

Same reason the Kixx and Classics budget releases of SMS games are more expensive, identical manual and cart to the "real ones" but low run budget re-releases = money.

 

It's the same for almost all consoles, no?

 

If you look at the Game Gear games released in 1995 and 1996 such as Baku Baku, Sonic Drift, Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrinth are all very expensive.

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57 minutes ago, Azrael said:

Oh lordy, that bloody Gamecube is lovely. 

 

What are those N64 zelda games? Weird bootleg/fakes? 

 

You should throw some wedge my way and take it off my hands then ;)

Yeah, they are mostly homebrew / ROM hack things, apart from Paper MArio, which is genuine but an Australian version.

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On 20/07/2021 at 18:47, MikeBeaver said:

 

You should throw some wedge my way and take it off my hands then ;)

 

 

Wish I could but can't justify the purchase currently 

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How are you finding eBay selling these days @MikeBeaver? I've been encountering serious frustrations with the selling flow as it's a different experience every time I log on. Finding out that you can no longer delete scheduled listings prompted me to check the community forums and there are lots of sellers reporting that their sales have dwindled massively this year. (PayPal split, Brexit? Who knows?)

Interested in hearing your perspective as a business seller!

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9 minutes ago, DeciderVT said:

How are you finding eBay selling these days @MikeBeaver? I've been encountering serious frustrations with the selling flow as it's a different experience every time I log on. Finding out that you can no longer delete scheduled listings prompted me to check the community forums and there are lots of sellers reporting that their sales have dwindled massively this year. (PayPal split, Brexit? Who knows?)

Interested in hearing your perspective as a business seller!


It's a bit of a tricky one for me really, as this is the first full year I have done eBay, last ( tax ) year, I didn't really start up on eBay until around Sept or October time, I can of course compare to Amazon, and so far, things have been going better... I think.

 

What I have found is that the customers seem to be a lot better over on eBay, yes, there are still some idiots, some things go missing and some stuff gets damaged.

But so far, since moving on to the platform full time, I have received more feedback than I did the ENTIRE 7 years I was over on Amazon!!

1 negative or Neutral on eBay, not a problem, get one on Amazon and alarm bells start going off all over the place, you'd have to pay me to go back to selling there, couldn't care if I took half the turnover on eBay than I was on there, it's just an awful, soul destroying, all time consuming shit house, you know, you get bad marks if you don't reply to a message in a timely manner ( within 24 hours ) yes, I know you should reply as quick as you can, but sometimes "Does this work on the PS4?" when it's a 360 game just doesn't require wasting time on answering.

 

I don't do scheduled items, barely do auctions either, everything goes live once I have finished taking the pictures, stumping up for the medium subscription, it's just over £80/month and gives you 1,500 BIN and 300 Auctions to use, it's got to the point where I am now regularly ( last two months ) going over that 1,500, lucky if I do 5 auctions a month though. There is no point going to the next level, as although it is unlimited listings, it is also £400+VAT / month, and that's crazy talk!

 

Things are just set up to relist if they don't sell, they go eventually, or they sit on the shelf for a bit longer, joined by new stock every few days.

 

As an aside, I am getting plenty of international orders, even though people have to pay the extra fee's etc ( only use the GSP to ship, I cba with doing customs shit ), from the EU and further afield, guess it depends on what you are selling, the international stuff tends to be higher value / harder to find / better condition stuff, things that you don't mind splashing out on as it's a big purchase, at that point you might as well get one from where ever if it's in your budget.

 

Always happy to answer any Q's about how the world of selling stuff on eBay as an actual job is going, nice for someone to take an interest, everyone I know IRL thinks it's a fucking joke and I should get a "real" job... all whilst they are stuck doing 45 hours a week in the same place day in day out, and I'm taking the afternoon off to go to the Beach because the sun is out and I decided to 😛

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