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    Default What crazy good deals have you found?

    One of the reasons I am a retro game collector is basically because I don't have a lot of money and it can be an inexpensive hobby if you look for stuff at thrift stores and garage sales like I do. I know it can be expensive too, but I am all about gaming on a budget.

    So last Saterday I went to my local Goodwill and in the glass case was a Xbox 360 with a sign on it that said: "Won't play games". With a price tag of $39.99. I have fixed a couple of regular xbox's and so I figured it was worth the risk. I could at least make my money back from parts if it couldn't be fixed. So I bought it, took home, fired it up and............ it works perfectly. I have been playing it everyday since with no problems.

    Everyone I know that I tell about it can't believe it. A Xbox 360 for 40 bucks? Yes it is true. I would never have bought a 360 otherwise. I couldn't afford it.

    Anyways, what super sweet deals have you found?

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    I found Snatchers for Sega CD, near perfect condition for $8. sold it on ebay for around$70

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    I got Radiant Silvergun for $17.

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    Taromaru on Saturn for $50, Panzer Saga $50
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    Probably my favorite was responding to a local ad that was offering a complete in box NES Deluxe set, 30ish NES games and a power glove for 80 dollars. Not bad, I thought and made arrangements to complete the deal the next day.

    When I got there, the seller brought out the goods, and mentioned he found an extra item, and just threw it into the package. My heart jumped when I realized that throwaway was a boxed copy of Stack Up, complete with the plastic tray and all parts!

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    I picked up a gold zelda and mike tyson's punchout nes for $5 total.

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    To name a few off my head:
    Crazy Climber (VCS) - $1 (loose)
    Sonic Adventure L.E. (DC) - $2 (missing back insert)
    Spider-Man: Web of Fire (32x) - $1 (loose)
    Psychic Force (PS) - $1 (complete)
    Dragon Warrior III (NES) - $2 (complete)
    Phantasy Star II & III (Genesis) - $1 each (both lacking manuals)
    No Escape (SNES) - $2 (complete)


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    I bought 2 copies of Flintstones: Dinosaur Peak (1 cart only & 1 boxed) for $5.00 apiece. Sold the box for $150, 1 cart for $150 & the other for $203.

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    hmm well I sold some games for more than I paid:

    PDS for saturn I paid 150 or so but sold it for over 300 and made$$$
    Radiant silvergun same deal paid 100 bucks total for my copy and sold for double that.

    Countless situations like this but never any really solid cheap buys just lucky sales

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    Found Flintstones 2 nes for $5 at a closing rental places, found ncaa bb 2k3 for gamecube for $10 from the same place (sold it on ebay last march and got almost $80 for it). A store near me was clearancing out there copies of Resident Evil Code Veronica X for gamecube for $3.50 each, seen below is a picture of the 12 copies I got (13 if you count the one I kept). Sold each for $25-$35

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    Let's see...

    A Genny / Sega CD dev system (bought for $10, sold for $500)
    A Bandai Pippin prerelease system w/floppy and memory card (bought for $8, sold for $500)
    A CIB Miracle Piano Teaching System (NES) (bought for $15, sold for $250, I think)

    Of all the stuff I buy and sell, I've kept:

    Final Fantasy VII ($5)
    several semi-rare or uncommon PC games ($1-5 each)
    My famiclone bootlegs

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    Shining Force CD - $5
    Lunar 2 - $15 for one, $35 for another. both complete.
    Panzer Dragoon Saga - $50 + Shining Force CD
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    It's not a big find but a few years ago I found Ogre Battle 64 (loose) for $5 at a pawn shop.

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    Tactics Ogre PSX - $10
    Sonic Adventure LE (Complete) - $8
    Policenaut PSX - $2
    Bust-a-groove PSX - $5

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    Some top finds I can recall off the top of my head for the past couple years, all at the local flea market...

    JVC X'Eye system ($2.00)
    JVC X'Eye branded RF box ($1.00)
    JVC X'Eye branded power supply ($1.00)
    JVC X'Eye branded controller ($1.00)
    Boxed and complete Colecovision ($20.00)
    TurboGrafx-16 system, two controllers, TurboTap, 15 games - 9 complete ($5.00)
    Japanese Sega Pico system, 9 complete games, fishing and keyboard accessories ($10.00)
    Genesis 1 + Sega CD 2, Virtual Boy system + Virtual Boy Wario Land ($10.00)
    NES - Caesars Palace prototype (FREE)
    VCS - Artillery Duel/Spike's Peak ($0.50)
    PS2 - Guitar Hero II boxed complete ($30.00)
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    My best:

    Vulture Attack for the 2600 paid 1.50 worth about 150
    FF VII $5
    Tengen Tetris $25

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    I also bought back (yes, bought back from someone who stole it from me years ago) my Toploader and about 25 games, 2 controllers for 50 bucks.

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    A few that come to mind:

    -Earthbound for SNES, cart only for $4. Later on, I got the strategy guide that was packaged with the game for 49 cents at Goodwill.
    -TMNT Tournament Fighters for NES (R6), cart only for $1.99 at Goodwill.
    -Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II for Gamecube, complete and minty, for $4.99 at Goodwill.
    -Castlevania: Bloodlines for Genesis, cart only for $1.99 at GameCrazy.
    -Contra Hard Corps for Genesis, cart only for $1.99 at another GameCrazy.
    -Herzog Zwei for Genesis, cart only for $2.50.
    -Joshua & The Battle of Jericho for Genesis (R7), cart only for 63 cents at GameStop.
    -Intelligent Qube for PlayStation, disc only for $1.

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    Nes peek-a-boo-poker complete for 5.00 (rental store ditching all its pre-psx games)
    tengen tetris section z prototype and cheetah men 2 all at ebgames the same day.
    shining force 3 sealed for 20$
    sotn saturn capcom collection 1, shitty dbz game shitty sailor moon game ,ultraman and dead or alive imports all new sealed for 5$ at the very same ebgames when the saturn was dying (hate the system but love sotn)
    ogre battle complete free with the purchase of a snes from a friend for 20$ (think I got ff2 and uniracers from him as well)

    I think those are my best ones overall :-)

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    Thats easy. A working 3DO FZ-1 at a flea market for the grand sum of...$1.00. Not only did it work but it had the launch game Crash and Burn inside of it.
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    My best score was an APF MP-1000 and 7 boxed games I found for $5 at a community yard sale in Palatka, FL.

    Worst part is...my fucking mother threw it out when I moved out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustRob View Post
    My best score was an APF MP-1000 and 7 boxed games I found for $5 at a community yard sale in Palatka, FL.

    Worst part is...my fucking mother threw it out when I moved out.
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    wow alot of your guy's "excellent finds" kinda suck and are still alot of money.

    mine would probally be.
    Boxed complete 2600 4 switch w/ extra power brick and 4 common games $15
    Rental Virtual boy in hard plastic case all items accounted for + rental instructions $1
    Boxed nintendo challenge set (with playes guide sticker) $15
    Atari 2600 heavy sixer w/ power brick only and 60 games for $10
    Complete Dragon Quest Series for Famicom ~$15 including taxes and customs fees

    that last one was part of my robbing japan of some of their harder to find things, like a twin famicom and other stuff, but i bought alot of common games, i probally spent about $500 in games and consoles over there, thats alot of money but to buy it all here probally woulda cost me $2k+

    oh and if you have a chance, i asked this before i went over there, YES ITS WORTH IT TO BRING YOUR EXTRAS! there are import stores in japan that are liiking for NES decks and Atari stuff along with the other usual stuff found here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niku-Sama View Post
    wow alot of your guy's "excellent finds" kinda suck and are still alot of money.

    Boxed complete 2600 4 switch w/ extra power brick and 4 common games $15
    Those two things contradict themselves. I've been buried under VCS consoles for years, I'm just now beginning to climb out as I sell them off after AV modding them.
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