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    What kind of gamer/collector are you? Do you throw down $50 minimum on a new game? Do you laugh maniacly at anyone without a Neo-Geo AES gold system?
    Im the kind of person who is undeniably cheap, but not because I have to be,but because Ebay and the "wild" taught me ...stuff.And Im unbelievably lucky sometmes Ive scored an arcade machine with two Jamma Boards for $25 at a yard sale; $2 for a bunch uncommon games + Intellivision 2
    A Top-Loader-$20 at my favorite thrift. I know this insnt a super good price but, I feel good about the price for Ebay: Vectrex for $75 shipped because to dude thought it was broken, the brightness was up too high and just had to be turned down( all the vectrexors here know what I mean)

    Scored a Master System on the big E for $4,and found a working, oval button Saturn for $1+ tons of accessories.
    I wont even go into all the steals Ive assossiated with Genesis, and N64 consoles, i just have too many of them...

    I wish I could spend tons on games and systems ( vectrex Polar Rescue...droool)but I guess Ill just coast along waiting for my next noteworthy score..
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    Yeah, I'm freakishly poor as well. My vextrex is only here because i found it in the rain while working at goodwill one morning. I had to give it a good home. 9 times out of 10, I HAVE to wait for a good deal on something before I can have it.

    eBay needs to have like, "free shipping day" so I can load up on cheap sega cd games from stores 8/

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    Cheap-O for sure here. I've passed on loose Atari games for $2-$3 because I'm sure I can get them for a buck somewhere else.

    Part of that comes from being a PC and computer games for so long ... you get so used to downloading games for free that spending $50 for ANY game feels outrageous.

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    I'm as cheap as they come. I laugh my ass off at everyone who puts down $80 (the going rate here) for a new game. I mean, it's stupid.

    However, $80 for some good oldies goldies is entirely different. :P

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    I'm broke as hell most of the time. However, I tend to drop whatever it takes to get some games, when I suddenly feel compelled to own them. I guess I'm both
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    yea im a cheap skate when it comes to games, under $20 dollars is my limit for ps2/xbox/GCN(used).The most expensive game I bought was 80 bucks for RPGmaker2 and I only played it once.

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    I'm one of the "Find stuff and resell to get the expensive stuff" kind of folks. I'll only plunk down about $20 or so of my own cash on a game. However if I make some good paypal/ebay deals I can afford bigger things.

    I'm looking at restarting a MVS collection again, so I sort of fly from one extreme to the other.

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    I'm both.

    If I'm excited enough about the game I'll buy it just after it's released. But not without making sure I'm getting it for the best deal possible (it's an easy $5-$10 saved by checking Walmart/EB/Microplay before plunking down my dough).

    When it comes to getting the retro stuff I'm as cheap as can be. Even if it's a game I've wanted for *months* I'm not plopping down more $$$ than I think it's worth.
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    im broke all the time, but have quite a taste for expensive games, i buy and resell so that i can afford to fuel my neo geo aes collection.
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    i'm a mixture of both. every once in a while i'll pick up a new game upon release *waiting for xenosaga 2* and i'll plunk down a bit for games i've wanted fora while but if i am just looking through bargin bins i try to find odd cheap titles
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    I'm a game collector, I'm a college student, I have no job, and I survive off of ramen.

    All signs point to poor. :P I attempt to buy stuff to resell for a profit, but I find more often than not I'm tempted to keep what I buy if it's not something I already own or if it's a system in really nice condition. However, I think I do pretty good sometimes. Just recently I bought Legend of Mana and Castlevania Chronicles from an online marketplace for about $40 total. Then I sold Castlevania Chronicles for $40, getting Legend of Mana for nearly free.

    So yeah, I'm very cheap out of necessity, but I bet even if I was financially comfortable, I'd probably still be a cheapskate.

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    Cheap if i usually dont buy anything thats more then 20 dollars new I just picked up Need for speed underground because its 20 new now because the 2nd one came out.

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    Im so poor I cant affiord to pay attention.




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    I have never spent more than $30 for a single game. Ever.

    Yeah, I'd say I'm a cheapie.
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    I usually tend to wait for stuff to get cheap to pick it up, though that policy will probably be broken for Samurai Shodown Special, which I want pretty freakin bad.
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    Ha. I used to be rolling in dough. No longer. Now I am ultra-cheap. Fortunately, I built up a large enough collection during the salad days to keep me playing for a few years, I think. That doesn't mean that I don't long to play Doom 3. But I've been around long enough to internalize this (near) fact: All Games Become Cheap One Day. I think that I bought one new game and fewer than a dozen used games last year.

    To adapt the stoner's credo: Games will get you through the times of no money better than money will get you through the times of no games.

    Being a graduate student, my major luxury is ingredients for cooking nice meals (not poor enough to have to go all-ramen all-the-time yet). But there is one weakness, one Achilles' Heel that could send me to the grocery store only to return with Bumble Bee, Maruchan and Miller High Life: giant robots with guns--online!
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    It depends on my financial situation. When I'm broke (as I am now), like most, I'm cheap, but when I have money, or if I save up for a particular thing I have no problem spending a lot at one time, or on a particular game.

    For instance, right now I'm saving a little out of every paycheck untill June, at which time I'm buying Suikoden II and Shining Force III, and I'll probably spend about $200-250 for the two, and that'll be fine.

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    Gah, not Maruchan. x_x I could never eat that stuff. The flavoring is all wrong.

    I go for Top Ramen. When it's on sale or I want to "splurge", I buy Cup Noodle (which we call "Cup o' Noodle") since I think it tastes better and I like the little peas and corn and stuff. My boyfriend likes these Chinese noodle bowls that cost a dollar each. They're actually pretty authentic and nice, but I don't care for how spicy they are, nor the flavors.

    ... yeah... I totally went off topic there. :P

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    Ill pay $50 if it's a game I really want. Usually ill wait for a price drop or 2.

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    Default Re: Rolling in dough, or cheap-o

    Quote Originally Posted by Emily
    Do you laugh maniacly at anyone without a Neo-Geo AES gold system?
    I think people would laugh when they found out how much I paid for it...NG collectors included

    I've got no limit on individual titles, but of course that means I have to save up for a while to get them.

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