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    I saw a big ripoff at Gamecrazy:$40 for a NES!WTF?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by segarocks30
    I saw a big ripoff at Gamecrazy:$40 for a NES!WTF?!
    Is that really so high for a retail store? Those of us here might not want to pay that but I bet they'll sell it fairly easily at that price. I've sold probably 20 to 30 fixed price NES system listings on ebay for more than that.

    Most of my local stores start them at $40 and drop the price $5 for each additional one they get in. And they usually move off the shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by segarocks30
    I saw a big ripoff at Gamecrazy:$40 for a NES!WTF?!
    That's not all that bad. I've seen many at higher prices than that. Because they are "popular again" they say.

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    I probably would pay $30 for one new in box if it were not for the fact I already have 5 and don't need another one. I saw an NES beat to all hell at the Flea Market for $30. This thing must have been left outside for a month or so because it was tan and not the Grey I remember. Now THAT is insane.

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    All the prices for NES around here go from 20 bucks to 30 bucks.
    I wouldn't pay anymore than 5 bucks for a loose NES IMO.
    I got 4 for free.
    All the stores around here have at least 20-50+ stockpiled in basements or backrooms.
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    I work at gamecrazy and we can't keep them in stock for that price! And the snes and genesis systmes also fly off the shelves priced at $30 and $20.

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    I would not pay more than 5 for a loose nes.

    I have 4, only because I got 3 in a box at a garage sale for $5. I saw an atari 2600 for $50 in a store, but I guess people buy them...

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    Ripoff or not, retails have the ability to charge as they wish.
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    The Goodwill in me area was selling a SNES in box for $40 awhile back (I should have acted, but made the mistake of waiting).

    They also had a genesis 1/front loader sega cd (no boxes) for $30.

    If the NES was in the box, it would not have been that bad of a price at all.

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    Retail stores have the advantages of noob collectors walking in there and thinking a NES is rare. Thats why their prices are high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haoie
    Ripoff or not, retails have the ability to charge as they wish.
    Exactly. Someone bust be buying them at those prices, so they're justified in pricing to meet demand. Maybe it's not someone intending on starting a collection of their own, it could be someone wishing to give a 'classic' system a loving home.

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    NES, hitting twenty years of age in the U.S., now qualifies for all consideration as a "retro" system and the retailers charge accordingly. Likewise, I see my local shops selling their loose 2600's for up to $50 on the same basis. This sort of pricing is of course aimed at the yuppie looking to either relive his youth or add some liitle bit of kitsch decor to his apartment.

    You've got to admit, though, that 2600's are getting somewhat scarce - at least in my part of the country - and as much as I hate to admit it, this extreme pricing may be finally appropriate. It's only a matter of time before the NES, defined as a "classic" machine, follows suit.

    Bear in mind also that that $40 NES is probably thoroughly tested and working well which for your average gamer beats the heck out of a $5 garage sale NES which gives you nothing but blinking lights and no gameplay

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    Sure you can buy them on eBay for a lot less but then you have to pay to have it shipped as well. $30 seems fair to me as long as it works (no blinks).

    And for the person who said that they'd pay $30 for a brand new in the box NES I say good luck finding one for that price. If by some chance you manage to find some old store stock you can resell it on eBay for 4x that amount.

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