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    So, what are the requirements to get access to the trading section of the forum?

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    I use ebay and the occasional buying from members here on DP. In the real world there is a store near me that sells classic systems as far back as the Intellevision and I buy games from there when they are reasonable. I also go to local flea markets and ones in surrounding states, as well as Goodwill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polygon View Post
    So, what are the requirements to get access to the trading section of the forum?
    I believe it's 10 days before you can view it.

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    I get most of my gaming stuff from thrifts, garage sales, and PnT.

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    Mostly online from here and a few other websites. Ever since my store went out of business back in '07, I just can't enter another brick and mortar store, independent or not. Give me a few more years, and I might just get over that. Maybe.

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    Flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales.
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    I usually buy games from as many different places as I can: forums, used game shops, occasionally ebay if its something I can't find otherwise. Some of my old games come from yard sales to be honest.
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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. It's been a while since I've bought any retro games. I had been focusing on some of my other hobbies and I decided to get back into my games. I can't believe some of the price gouging going on, on eBay. I just had to find some alternatives. I mean, $50 for a SNES with controllers, adapter, and R/F. It's ridiculous. Then some of the games.

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    eBay.

    I used to buy some from a gaming store near me, but they closed down a couple of years ago, and their other stores (both quite near) have pretty much zero retro stuff.

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    Man it seems so many people are able to score stuff from thrift stores. Whenever I see anything video game related (very rare by me it seems) it's mostly junk, or stuff I don't want. I guess no one donates video game stuff in McHenry County.
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    Quote Originally Posted by betamax001 View Post
    Man it seems so many people are able to score stuff from thrift stores. Whenever I see anything video game related (very rare by me it seems) it's mostly junk, or stuff I don't want. I guess no one donates video game stuff in McHenry County.
    Yeah man I never find anything at thrift stores in the Chicago land area. I also never find anything at the Play N Trade in Crystal Lake either.

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    Around the Dallas area are stores called the Movie Trading Company. A couple of years ago they started buying and selling used games from all eras. I've bought the proverbial dungload of games from them, from pretty much every single location across the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It also helps that they price nearly all of their pre-NES era games at a blanket price of $1.99, regardless of rarity.

    There's a small local chain of retro game stores called Console Game Exchange located in a few malls here and there, although I don't buy all that much from them. There's also a couple stores called FX Game Exchange in the area. There were briefly a couple GameXchange stores scattered around (sadly gone now), and there's two or three Play N' Trade stores in the D/FW area. A few independent game stores dot the landscape as well. Plus, there's loads of thrift stores and several flea markets, one of which is huge as hell and I almost always find something when I go there.

    I have never bought anything off eBay before. I've never really had to, since most stuff can be found locally. In the past two or three years the Dallas area has developed a huge retro gaming market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betamax001 View Post
    Man it seems so many people are able to score stuff from thrift stores. Whenever I see anything video game related (very rare by me it seems) it's mostly junk, or stuff I don't want. I guess no one donates video game stuff in McHenry County.
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    Yeah man I never find anything at thrift stores in the Chicago land area. I also never find anything at the Play N Trade in Crystal Lake either.
    Wow, you guys are near me!
    I live in Lake Zurich now, but I grew up in McHenry (the actual town).

    Anywho, I usually score most of my retro stuff at the outdoor Flea Market in Rosemont during the summer months, and stick to Goodwill, Disc Replay, Half Price Books, and Play N Trade for the rest of the time.

    The local stores rarely have anything good, but the ones down south by my family's house usually have great stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalMilitia View Post
    Yeah man I never find anything at thrift stores in the Chicago land area. I also never find anything at the Play N Trade in Crystal Lake either.
    I find a lot of good stuff in Chicagoland. Maybe I'm just getting there before you and taking all the good stuff!

    Make sure you visit in the mornings, when their stock is fresh and not picked-over. But, as with anything, it's all luck.


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    I buy mostly from amazon.com and estarland.com. Very rarely I buy games off ebay. I find a lot of NES stuff at thrift stores and have found a n64, nes, snes, gc, and dc console at thrift stores. I refuse to give much business to gamestop chains due to tons of reasons I don't feel like getting into now lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandAmChandler View Post
    Seconded!

    Also thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales. That's where I've gotten the bulk of my classic games. And the occasional expensive game over the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bitmusic View Post
    I find a lot of good stuff in Chicagoland. Maybe I'm just getting there before you and taking all the good stuff!

    Make sure you visit in the mornings, when their stock is fresh and not picked-over. But, as with anything, it's all luck.
    Obviously it's because no one lives in the best part of Chicagoland, the part that is in Indiana! Yay! Ok my finds are slim too.

    Anyway, most of my games come from classic game stores. I occasionally find stuff at resale/thrift stores, but rarely anything good. I also check out Craigslist all the time, though I think my purchases from it round out to 5 or so. I'll occasionally check out garage sales and flea markets, but I usually don't like to drive places when I am not guaranteed to find something. Ebay is where I used to go, but I haven't really bought a lot in years.

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