I remember thrift shops would sit on these games, I'd pick up anything decent, but most games just sat there, eventually I would see less and less coming in, unlike SNES games that people actually bought, I wonder if they ended up trashing them or sending them off somewhere else since they knew they wouldn't sell.
On a side note, I think making random statements that only vaguely touch on the moral of the subject matter are more of a sidestep than me asking if you really believe in what you say. But, they have been quite interesting to read "it's bad to rape and murder little boys".
I saw this exact same cart at the Goodwill "Superstore" on like 7th and Hawthorne in Portland, OR: $19.99 RC Pro AM next to a WoW:WotLK CE ($49.99 lol) and WoW:BC CE ($49.99 lol). Thought about taking a picture of it too, I'm glad somebody else discovered (and exposed) this ridiculousness!
Let me just say: I did walk away from that store with some goodies about three days before you were there. Gotta dig, and timing (luck?) is a huge factor, especially in a retro-clogged area like the one we live in
Read above, not everyone that uses the word rare is out to get you.
But from the sound of your previous posts if it was a loos Mario/Duck Hunt for $10 you would be outraged that they would have the audacity to try and swindle someone. (This came out a bit more melodramatic than intended but is sounds better than "you be mad bro" )
Loose copies go for $80 so wouldn’t selling it CIB for $50~$80 also fulfill that mission?[/QUOTE]
Also, I always appreciate a more formal tone in a back and forth exchange. Too much slang hurts one's ethos, after all.
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Here in Germany my local second hand shop has a huge amount of unboxed SNES carts sitting on the shelf collecting dust (and N64 too). Prices is between Euro 1 - Euro 5 ($7).
I've been going to this shop since 5 years now to buy PS games, the SNES games haven't moved for 5 whole years!!!
On the other hand, he had a cib MegaDrive with 7 cib games for $40, sold within two days.
Last edited by tom; 03-03-2012 at 12:41 PM.
You seem to be irritated with me, for that I’m sorry but I don’t think you understood my OP and now you seem to be trolling.
While I don’t like seeing high prices in game shops, (or places run by people that should know the rates) there is usually a reason for the high starting price (highest BIN on ebay, it sells for that locally, or whatever) but if it sits long enough (around here anyway) supply and demand kick in and the price will lower.
Ended up going to two Goodwills today, after visiting a third the other day.
Complete list of finds:
A four switch 2600, no hookups. $39.95
A toaster NES, no hookups. $49.95
NCAA Football for SNES, boxed. $10.00
Some random suckshit Genesis sports game I don't even remember, boxed. $10.00
Gran Turismo I and II for PSX. $5.00 each
A handful (maybe 15 total) of random PS2/XBOX sports games. $5.00 each
Yeah, needless to say, my wallet isn't any lighter than it was when starting out. Dear Goodwill: When running a thrift store, where people "donate" things to you, for free, so that you might sell them, it is typically accepted practice to charge less than "market value". That way, everybody wins - the buyer saves money, you make money for free, and you can use that money to help your local community or pay six figure salaries to your executives or whatever it is you're supposed to do.
You dudes are pricing music CDs at $5 each, VHS tapes at $2.50 each, and trashy romance novels at $1.50 each. This may come as a shock to you folks, but these aren't bargains.
I say why bother. NEVER, not even when classic consoles were new or semi-dying, have I found games or systems at a goodwill. I found a copy of donkey Kong Country once, but the label was torn up and it looked like it was dug out of a mud puddle. Im not even sure if that was at a goodwill either.
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Yeltsin, have you ever tried talking down the price? Sometimes Goodwills are up for haggling, sometimes not, but hey no skin off your bones if it doesn't work.
That being said, the six figure salary thing is striking, and certainly I wonder about that with any "charity." It seems like most charities really can't be trusted much any more, eh, whether due to incompetence, an entangled system, or just plain greed.
I've given up on finding any SNES games at Goodwill. I look on their site as well, but they're looking to get high eBay prices for the complete games.
Now I stop into Pawn America. They mark up their games, but when I talk with the employees, they don't care about the profit. They're 18-year-olds making minimum wage. I'll blow the dust off the games and say, "hmmm ... how about $5 for these five games?" They shrug their shoulders. "Sure," they reply.
I know some of the other Pawn America send their SNES games to an online auction. Thankfully this one doesn't.
But I did hit a great old-school video store with 100 some complete SNES games. I talked with the owner for a while and walked out with a pristine copy of Prince of Persia 2 with manual and box. The rest of them ... the owner has some ideas about holding out until the apocalypse, when people will give millions for the rest of her collection.
Until then, they are behind the counter, collecting dust.
I know a handful of people who work for non-profits - most of them are pretty burned out by now. Even if you don't go in with naive dreams of huge changes, you at least expect to do a little good. Then you witness middle management, drawing the same salaries as most other executives, doing about the same generic hob-nobbing stuff as any other middle manager, and the higher up the ladder you go the more divorced these people become from the trenches. It's all just percentages and numbers to them. There's still good deeds being done, nobody argues that, but it's dwarfed by the silly money-making shit - even if we can somehow agree, for the sake of argument, that a $800K/year chief is better at raising money than someone who'd make $150K/year (again, just for the sake of argument), you really have to wonder if the amount of extra money raised and connections formed are really worth it - that $750,000 salary difference would buy a lot of meals, clothes, and educational training for poor people.
Part of it comes from being in a semi-yuppie area - I'm sure in less "Executive" areas, people are a lot more laid back. Here though, the customers are a mix of unintentionally arrogant yuppies who nobody wants to haggle with (you're driving a Lexus and trying to dick us around over ten dollars? Fuck yourself) and people who come from places where haggling is very, very engrained in the culture (so tuning out haggling requests is basically second nature). The worst of both worlds!
I'm not surprised that there are less 8-bit and 16-bit systems out there in the wild, but I guess I am at least mildly surprised at the lack of 32-bit and 64-bit systems to take their place. It likely has to do with modern gamers growing up more used to trade-in culture, and offloading their stuff for a bit of Gamestop credit instead of letting their parents give it away when they move to college.
Such is progress...
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Most of the Goodwills in my area go by this reasoning: Well, it lists for $xx on ebay, so that is what we will price it at.
Word to Goodwill: YOU ARE NOT EBAY, AND MOST OF THOSE BIN AUCTIONS NEVER EVEN SELL AT THOSE INFLATED PRICES!
When I shop at Salvation Army or Goodwill, I do so knowing full well the items may not even work when I get them home. At least on ebay I can go through Paypal and get my money back if someone gyps me, but at GW and SA you take a big risk, hence they need to sell for maximum of half the ebay selling rates.
Thrifts near me have wildly erratic pricing. I have seen Gameboy Color systems priced anywhere from $2.99 to a mind blowing $69.99! (with bonus battery corrosion) at the same store.
I've been to quite a few Goodwill stores out here recently, inspired by Game Chasers and the monthly finds thread right here at DP. I found next to nothing at most of them, except a beat-to-hell, dirty n64, a $50 gamecube, and Wheel of Fortune for NES.
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Usually the thrift stores I go to aren't so bad. The prices usually aren't especially great, but they tend to be fair and not overpriced that often or by that much. But I went to a thrift recently, one that used to be my favorite for finding good stuff, and apparently they have a complete moron pricing stuff now. First of all, they piece everything out, which is nothing new for there since I had to buy my 3DO that way (but it was still a good deal), so they had a bare NES, GameCube, and Saturn priced at $20. That wasn't as bad as the other bits and pieces, though. They had standard NES controllers priced at a whopping $7.99 each, an NES Advantage was priced at $19.99, and copies of SMB/DH and some Madden on SNES were $7.99 each as well. It wasn't limited to games either. I went with my mom, and I met up with her at the clothes. Most women's jeans are typically priced at something like $4.99 or $6.99, but I saw some priced WAY higher than usual, like $19.99, and not even for a fancy brand, something cheap from Old Navy or The Gap that was probably $20 when it was brand new. I don't know what the hell happened with the store, but I hope it's not a trend that continues or it definitely won't be a favorite any longer.
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I had been to my local thrift store recently and found a gamecube in perfect working order will all hookups and a memcard stapled inside of the instruction manual for $7. After that I went back the next day and found a Toaster NES for 9 bucks with two controllers and a gray Zapper. So I went to pick up some games and I managed to find Mario 2&3 for $4 a piece Cib. Of course I also found a gold cart Zelda for 2.99 but with wrong manual in the box.
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ive actually never had a problem with goodwill. the ones near me price all games at around 4 dollars. so yeah a copy of madden 96 for genesis I would never get. But Ive also gotten Conker for n64, DKC, ALTTP, mario all stars and such for 4 dollars as well
A friend o mine used to work for a thrift store, and the unofficial policy for classic computers and games was to overprice it so it would barely sell at all, that way they would have something on display, and a lack of demand. The endgame was to create a situation where they could take stuff home as it came in, since it wouldn't sell anyway and just take up space.
This is apparently a very common practice.