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    This thread is near pointless without a "what you paid vs. items perceived market value" amendment.
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    Cool thread. I've got a question for you... You touched on the guy with the Wii trading in his collection. What has been the biggest collection someone has ever traded in? Also, what has been the biggest amount someone has gained (cashwise) from a trade in? Ok, it ended up being 2 questions.

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    I live too far away to be able to find time to visit your store, but on a game like Mass Effect, how much would you normally charge for such a newer release ($60 game) as used in your store? Also, I've been to a random game store where a few rare titles have slipped through the cracks and have been priced at $5 (Chase the Chuckwagon). Has this ever happened to you and have you realized it after the deal had been made?

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    This is a wonderful idea for a thread, Joe.

    This is one of the reasons I'd love to run a store of my own, and one of the reasons I always loved huge trade-ins at Funco/GameStop when I worked there.
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    I know you said you don't do a lot of ebay stuff, but if you ever get any tg16 stuff traded in that just sits there, would you mind selling it on here?
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    Any chance of updating the OP rather than or in addition to posting a message? That way I won't have to dig through 15 pages to find the newest trade-ins. Also updating the title would make life easier too.

    But I do think this thread is a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
    Well, since this seems to be a free shot at asking questions... Have you had people like the above poster come in with things that aren't really for sale just to find out what you'd pay and/or get an estimate of their worth?
    Frequently.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandicat View Post
    What has been the biggest collection someone has ever traded in? Also, what has been the biggest amount someone has gained (cashwise) from a trade in?
    Well, from recent memory, someone in October traded their entire collection in. Many boxed systems including NES Toploader, 3DO, Saturn, Jaguar and Jaguar CD, lots more. Many games that we would consider "rare" if not desirable to collectors. It took nearly 2 hours to go through and test all of that stuff. That same guy answers your question 2. The payout was somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 dollars, one of if not the largest payout we've ever done. Well worth it though - collectors usually take care of their stuff so there isn't a lot of cleaning required before resale.

    Quote Originally Posted by mailman187666 View Post
    I live too far away to be able to find time to visit your store, but on a game like Mass Effect, how much would you normally charge for such a newer release ($60 game) as used in your store? Also, I've been to a random game store where a few rare titles have slipped through the cracks and have been priced at $5 (Chase the Chuckwagon). Has this ever happened to you and have you realized it after the deal had been made?
    We price everything a few dollars lower than GameStop. Mass Effect is going for 54.99 there, it's 52.99 in our store. We'll often go much lower but since it's a new game we're just being reasonably competitive vs. crazy cometitive. And no, nothing rare really "slips through the cracks" at my place. I'm pretty good at spotting rarities and if I'm not sure I always check here or google.

    Quote Originally Posted by jcalder8 View Post
    Any chance of updating the OP rather than or in addition to posting a message? That way I won't have to dig through 15 pages to find the newest trade-ins. Also updating the title would make life easier too.
    I'm not clear what you're asking. what's an "OP" and how do you propose I update the title?

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    A light trade-in Monday. Raj noted a few decent trade-ins like Cooking Mama II and Contra 4 for DS, but today's winner would be...

    PS2 Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance II (complete): it's not really rare, but we don't get it traded in very often. The game typically goes for over 30 used on Amazon.com (probably more on eBay).

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post

    I'm not clear what you're asking. what's an "OP" and how do you propose I update the title?
    I believe what he is asking is, could you update the original post (OP) every day instead of making a new post? By doing this it would save us from having to hunt through the thread for your posts every day. Of course, that would mean that the original post would be pages long by the end of the year, which I'm pretty sure isn't possible, software-wise.

    I think it would be nice if you edited the title every time you made a new update with the date, so that we would know there was a new find. Something like "Interesting Trade-Ins (1/8)". I think that would be sufficient, and then there wouldn't be a need for the above request.

    Great idea by the way, I'll be following this for as long as you keep it up.

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    this thread will definitely make my daily routine...perhaps it can be stickied?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlcarlson View Post
    I believe what he is asking is, could you update the original post (OP) every day instead of making a new post?
    OH! I get it.

    No. Actually it would make things easier for me in the long run, I could just cut and paste one great big post and make it a "chapter" but by it's not easy forum viewing by any means. Trust me, it's worse having to scroll down many pages of a single post than just clicking on the last post of this thread.

    Seriously, all you'll have to do is go to the last post of the thread (click on the last posted icon, it will take you to the end instead of the beginning). It's not going to be a big deal. Trust me, I hate wading thru posts too, and have some experience with reading and posting in a forum... this will work out for the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    A light trade-in Monday. Raj noted a few decent trade-ins like Cooking Mama II and Contra 4 for DS, but today's winner would be...

    PS2 Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance II (complete): it's not really rare, but we don't get it traded in very often. The game typically goes for over 30 used on Amazon.com (probably more on eBay).
    I was in a gamestop today and this game was priced at $49.99. WTF?

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    I'm not closed yet so I'll change this if someone comes in with something better over the next 20 minutes. Lots of common stuff today, a few PS2 systems including the silver one. Hard to choose from the commons but I'll say:

    XBox 360 Premium Console - loose but in perfect working order. Sold by a fairly regular customer who was given this one because "it doesn't work right". Yeah, that sounds great - the problem was the power supply, which didn't even light up. Extensive tests (well, a half hour's worth) show it works perfectly otherwise. $150 in store credit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    Seriously, all you'll have to do is go to the last post of the thread (click on the last posted icon, it will take you to the end instead of the beginning). It's not going to be a big deal. Trust me, I hate wading thru posts too, and have some experience with reading and posting in a forum... this will work out for the best.
    yeah - its better this way. its how all forums are run & is like 2nd nature to me to click "last page" of a large thread. plus it saves the old info for posterity.

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    A lot of trade-ins today. We got PS1 Rival Schools and Xenogears which were close contenders but I'm gonna vote:

    PS1 Einhander (complete) - it's in great condition and it's so often asked about in this store. I guarantee less than 2 days on the shelf before it is gone again. Oddly enough, this was part of a young girl's collection who has apparently moved away from PS1 stuff (other odd games in her collection included Gran Turismo and Driver 2 but NOT Spyro).

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    XBox 360 Premium Console - loose but in perfect working order. Sold by a fairly regular customer who was given this one because "it doesn't work right". Yeah, that sounds great - the problem was the power supply, which didn't even light up. Extensive tests (well, a half hour's worth) show it works perfectly otherwise. $150 in store credit.
    I would toss that on Xbox Live and make sure the console isn't banned. Might not be a bad test to run on all 360's to be honest...

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    Frequently.

    Well, from recent memory, someone in October traded their entire collection in. Many boxed systems including NES Toploader, 3DO, Saturn, Jaguar and Jaguar CD, lots more. Many games that we would consider "rare" if not desirable to collectors. It took nearly 2 hours to go through and test all of that stuff. That same guy answers your question 2. The payout was somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 dollars, one of if not the largest payout we've ever done. Well worth it though - collectors usually take care of their stuff so there isn't a lot of cleaning required before resale
    Wow 800.00 I seen the video of the guys with the common stuff. He must have drove up there with a truck

    I am curious when I lived in jersey city my apartment was a magnet for kids. They would come over and play for hours. I didn't care I got to see levels finished I would never have gotten to. I noticed you have a lan going on. I am sure your store is a magnet for the loitering youth/ Adult. How does your store deal with kids that really might not have the money but loves the store...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgrammingAce View Post
    I would toss that on Xbox Live and make sure the console isn't banned. Might not be a bad test to run on all 360's to be honest...
    You are quite right about that. We've had one banned machine traded in already and we were "lucky" that the seller told us this up front (maybe because we have a reputation of taking 30 minutes to test a 360).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gepeto View Post
    I noticed you have a lan going on. I am sure your store is a magnet for the loitering youth/ Adult. How does your store deal with kids that really might not have the money but loves the store...
    Ha ha... if you only knew me.

    Let's put aside the fact that I can be pretty brutal to loitering youths. Beyond that, there really isn't anything for them to do in my store but stand around and stare at stuff. And even THAT has reduced quite a bit over the years. You have to pay to use the LAN or play the arcade games, and even the kiosks are shut down unless I *want* traffic, like at NAVA meetings or on some Friday nights and Saturdays. Otherwise, I see very little if any "loitering" in the shop.

    And still, I'm pretty high on the popularity charts here in Clifton. At least that's what I hear whispered among the parents.

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    I love this thread. I always wanted to work at a game store just to see what gets traded in and maybe get dibs on some of the stuff (not to mention the discount!).

    Have you ever had any odd systems come in like a Bandai/Apple Pippin/@mark or a Comodore Amiga CD32?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post

    Well, from recent memory, someone in October traded their entire collection in. Many boxed systems including NES Toploader, 3DO, Saturn, Jaguar and Jaguar CD, lots more. Many games that we would consider "rare" if not desirable to collectors. It took nearly 2 hours to go through and test all of that stuff. That same guy answers your question 2. The payout was somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 dollars, one of if not the largest payout we've ever done. Well worth it though - collectors usually take care of their stuff so there isn't a lot of cleaning required before resale.
    I missed a "motherload" haul like that a few months ago. I worked with a guy who had just sold all his stuff to a local game shop. He said he wanted to get at least $300 for it but he left with over $800. He rattled off a list of gear that included TG-16 CD, Sega CD, NES, Genny, all kinds of good stuff. Man, I'd have flipped over a deal like that.



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    OK, just a half hour left in the day, so the winner is:

    Sega Master System 3D Glasses (boxed, complete) - In great condition and even had the manual. The guy that traded it in said he's a collector and he's got doubles of a lot of stuff. There wasn't much else in his lot worth mentioning here, the glasses definitely seemed out of place.

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    You mention taking in some stuff from "collectors". What kind of trade in values do you give to a collector verses a random person? Any difference at all? What about compared to "ebay values" and that non-sense?

    Do you find most "collectors" take store credit or cash (if offered at your store).

    I ask because a good friend of mine owns a video game store where I live and he comes across similiar situations and I wonder how you handle them. He's also able to move copies of very popular Nintendo games (Mario Kart, Smash Brothers, Zelda, Contra, etc) all day for WAY over ebay prices; you guys doing the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blissfulnoise View Post
    You mention taking in some stuff from "collectors". What kind of trade in values do you give to a collector verses a random person? Any difference at all? What about compared to "ebay values" and that non-sense?
    I pretty much take everyone on a case-by-case basis. People who take care of their stuff get the best deals from me. Condition is really important in trade-ins here. I often tell customers that they could maximize their sales on eBay. I can't remember anyone ever saying "yeah, I'll do that instead".

    Do you find most "collectors" take store credit or cash (if offered at your store).
    Again, case-by-case. In the case where the person is trying to thin out their collection, it's often credit - boxloads of games for a few really new ones, for example. In other cases they're "getting out" and simply want to liquidate.

    He's also able to move copies of very popular Nintendo games (Mario Kart, Smash Brothers, Zelda, Contra, etc) all day for WAY over ebay prices; you guys doing the same?
    I've been tempted but no. I probably *could* do that - someone would come along and pay it, but my concern would be the dozen or so people who pass on it because it's clearly overpriced. Those people might not come back, and worse, they may remember my store as the place that overpriced some really common games. So I keep my prices fair and always try to stay under the current eBay trends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    I've been tempted but no. I probably *could* do that - someone would come along and pay it, but my concern would be the dozen or so people who pass on it because it's clearly overpriced. Those people might not come back, and worse, they may remember my store as the place that overpriced some really common games. So I keep my prices fair and always try to stay under the current eBay trends.
    I guess it has to do with availability too. My friend pretty much has a lock on the "classic" gaming market here. No other stores in this city carry pre-PS2 stuff now. Most people don't know anything about the collectable aspects of the hobby or how much this stuff is really worth on the open market. They're just stoked to find a copy of Super Mario World in a store.

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