so over at resetera, there’s a recent thread for retro game collection tips/etc, and like every few years these things popup, i’m partly happy/partly horrified to see folks encourage others to spend $500+ on “good deal” non-neo geo games, because let’s face it, much of this bubble doesn’t seem to be bursting anytime soon. i made a post to show what the craigslist scene looked like just about 10 years back (all pickups from 2013 alone) and i’m gonna post it here to start a thread of folks bragging about $10 copies of MUSHA they got in the mid aughts, boxed earthbounds TRU dumped for next to nothing in the mid 90s etc etc. there’s a lotta old heads here with me, let’s brag about the stuff you got before the bubble for good prices! here goes…and remember, this isn’t even the garage sale or online stuff i picked up in that era, literally just 2013 craiglist, with pics & prices where i can
$40 - not pictured are a classic woodgrain Atari 2600 with 10 of those boxed games (receipts on several of em!). drove a half hour north one morning for a nice old lady who said no one wanted this junk
literally raced to this one coming off shift early in the morning - dude wanted $50 but said he had a lot of callers, i got there first and offered $60. the model 1 sega-cd got tons of play and worked fine until late last year, it needs a recapping i think but ive the newest everdrive and use that more often these days. just so happy to have the model i grew up with
this deal was insane. $30 for everything!
young couple like 20 minutes from where i lived then needed room in the garage for in-laws, gave me a big box and said its yours. they were in a hurry, i waited to get back to my ride to go through it…maaaan. it kept giving too, double dragon 2 was in one of the NES’s! everything needed a cleaning, but with all the extra hardware i gave out a lot to friends for the holidays
another one i had to race when off shift to get - nearly an hour north, but dude listed it at $40 and took $50 after a bunch of calls. i’d been after sega ages for a bit and would’ve paid the same for that game alone.
what’s even crazier is by the holidays, another guy up north was literally selling off his stuff after his partner cheated & he wanted to leave…felt bad for the guy, but he sold a nearly new/boxed saturn with 4 games (guardian heroes, sonic 3d blast, fighters megamix & sonic R) for $50, just asked me not to resell and i’ve kept that promise.
oh! right before christmas, another guy by a bar out here took $50 for drinking money for much of the first 2 years of nintendo power.
don’t get me wrong, many of us who grew up in these eras took for granted that things would not stay so easily accessible/undervalued forever, but the sharp contrast from literally years of stuff like this - hardware being tossed, bundles of software going for next to nothing - felt like it went away so fast. game chasers stuff took off and it felt like the comic industry in the early 90s, only without the implosion. i really miss being able to find boxed SNES stuff at garage sales and being able to gift wrap em for friends i know would appricate it.