I see quite a few of you are just doing your collecting online or at Gamestop.
You need to learn about "the hunt"
find out all the flee markets in your area, the more backwoods the better. Don't go to, like Dallas' biggest flee, go to the bobby joe's flee market in gober's nob - Population 112.
I make my best finds at these little flee markets and have for years. I still find 2600's w/100's of games for $10, that isn't a joke.. The guys at flee markets also don't know jack about the games so they usually have 30 NES carts and put $3-5 on them. Same with SNES carts.. always $5.. I've got soooo many FFIII carts from flee's that went right to ebay.. I also find top loaders for $10-20 every once in a while.
What you see below cost me less then $40 and all came from backwoods flee markets.
Over the 2001 season this is some of the stuff I had to dump from Flee markets for Christmas.
Next place you guys should be at is Pawn Shops
Pawn shops price everything the same.. I got my first piggyback Sega CD complete from a pawn for $25 (a bit much but it was mint)
Here is what I got from just stopping on a whim at a pawn shop.
You should also be stopping at a Goodwill or other thrift store at least 3 times a week around noon (that is when they put out the stuff.)
though Goodwill has started to auction off the good stuff dropped off at their door They don't do so for things like VIC 20's, C64's and common carts.
I also got Tony Hawk 4 for GC for $3 once at Goodwill.. I don't know why it was there.. but there it was lol.
A Flee Market a weekend!
and remember to BARTER! Buying 5 games for $25? Say, "I don't know.. how about $20?" then pull out a $20.
Bartering at these places is NORMAL.
Ok, I've said my say.. Just tired of seeing all these, "boo hoo Ebay prices are insane!" forget Ebay except for the rare stuff.
Don't go to Ebay to buy a system. (Neo-Geo systems being an exception lol)
Don't go to Ebay for Final Fantasy carts or any other common game.
Don't expect to find something every time you stop somewhere.