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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodwill Hunter
    Oh man do I remember those papers! The Funcolands that were around here all turned into GameStop and slowly GS got rid of all the older games (Whatever methods I don't know). The odd thing is that only 1 of those converted Funcoland locations is gone now and I believe it's from so many other EB/GS locations around it. Up at the nearest mall there's 3 GSs and an EB within half mile of the mall. It's pretty insane because it's the same way around every mall. They need to spread themselves out farther instead of clumping all the locations together.

    Back to Funcoland though, I never had a problem with them. Anything I wanted they had and everyone was so friendly. On top of that they had nearly every game system out on display for customers to play and they'd even sometimes swap out games so people could test it. I wish I had a stack of papers like Goodwill Hunter does so I could look over the prices and compare to todays standards and maybe print a few out at school and show them to others. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by 64Bits
    Also, Gamestop and EB BOTH used to sell "classic" games, as recently as May of this year.
    mm-hmm, good luck if you could even find them then, and then spend an afternoon removing the 20,000 price stickers. You know "USED, PLAYED BEFORE, OLD!, INVENTORY FILLER, NOW OVERPRICED!, PLEASE BUY A DISCOUNT CARD!, 15 CENTS OFF!, BUY SOME DVD'S AND INUYASHA ACTION FIGURES WHILE HERE - WE'RE NOT A GAME STORE - THAT'S JUST A FRONT!!" and so forth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InsaneDavid
    Quote Originally Posted by 64Bits
    Also, Gamestop and EB BOTH used to sell "classic" games, as recently as May of this year.
    mm-hmm, good luck if you could even find them then, and then spend an afternoon removing the 20,000 price stickers. You know "USED, PLAYED BEFORE, OLD!, INVENTORY FILLER, NOW OVERPRICED!, PLEASE BUY A DISCOUNT CARD!, 15 CENTS OFF!, BUY SOME DVD'S AND INUYASHA ACTION FIGURES WHILE HERE - WE'RE NOT A GAME STORE - THAT'S JUST A FRONT!!" and so forth.
    gamestops/eb's around here put classic cartridges in plastic bags with a cardboard tag stapled to the top..... so that wasn't a problem, atleast around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 64Bits
    gamestops/eb's around here put classic cartridges in plastic bags with a cardboard tag stapled to the top..... so that wasn't a problem, atleast around here.
    That was called sarcasim, lad.
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    Here are the price sheet scans I promised earlier…sorry they’re so big, but the small print used, especially at the end of their run, required a bit of enlargement…



    This is one of Funco’s earlier sheets from Demeber of 1993, where they had so much room, they let the NES List take up the entire front cover, and then some. These sheets helped me trade in a ton of cheap NES Blockbuster ex-rentals for big-time credit…anyone remember those yellow Funco credit slips? (“…and don’t lose this, because it’s just like cash and can’t be replaced!”), my wallet back then was stuffed with them.



    Ahhh….this one brings back fond memories as well. The few months after Christmas 1999 was the sweet spot for NES collecting. It seemed like everyone had traded in NES games for the Holidays, and every Funco was stuffed with ‘em. There were literally hundreds of NES games priced under 2 bucks, and I think I picked up one of nearly all of them. I would take a price sheet, highlight all of the games I wanted, hand it to an employee, and say, “One each of these please!”

    I was getting 50-60 games at a time, and after the discount card, paying only $40-$50 in credit. Because of the screwy way that their registers worked, checking out sometimes took as much as 20 minutes, pissing off everybody else in the store. But filling a ton of holes in my NES collection for next-to-nothing was definitely worth the hassle. This was also one of the last price sheets to feature the NES on the cover…the PS1 took over in the Spring of 2000.



    This was the last Funco price sheet that was out on the counters. I also have an April 2001 sheet that was sent out to stores, but not given out to the public (at least in my area). I still remember walking into my local Funcoland and being told that price sheets would no longer be given out. I thought, “This can’t be good news,” and sure enough… the Funco marquees soon started coming down , replaced by the soulless entity known as Gamestop. I kept a copy of that last sheet in my wallet for a good six months, before it completely fell apart. Funco was the source of huge chunks of my NES, Genesis, SegaCD, and Saturn collections, and I still smile whenever I come across an NES game that still has one of those cardboard Funco sleeves.

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    Wow, thanks for the scans!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kainemaxwell
    Wow, thanks for the scans!
    My pleasure! I didn't really read these over when I scanned them in, but looking them over here has given me another reason to smile...I always asked about this game, but unfortunately they never had it in stock...check out the asking price for Stadium Events in the middle scan...

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    Some of those prices are insane. $42 for Lolo III? $29.90 for Jurassic Park? $32 for Barbie!? Barbie is more expensive then Final Fantasy and Contra Force. :/

    $39.90 for Tecmo Super Bowl. $39 for Tetris 2.



    The second list looks a little more realistic. I thought some of Funco's prices where out there before, but...yipes!

    Thanks for the scans!

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    Ohh, ok. The first one is from '93. That makes a little more sense, but those prices are still based on the loose cart I'm guessing...? Those are still pretty steep, imo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goodwill Hunter
    Ahhh….this one brings back fond memories as well. The few months after Christmas 1999 was the sweet spot for NES collecting. It seemed like everyone had traded in NES games for the Holidays, and every Funco was stuffed with ‘em. There were literally hundreds of NES games priced under 2 bucks, and I think I picked up one of nearly all of them. I would take a price sheet, highlight all of the games I wanted, hand it to an employee, and say, “One each of these please!”

    I was getting 50-60 games at a time, and after the discount card, paying only $40-$50 in credit. Because of the screwy way that their registers worked, checking out sometimes took as much as 20 minutes, pissing off everybody else in the store. But filling a ton of holes in my NES collection for next-to-nothing was definitely worth the hassle.
    That's just awesome! I didn't have a physical store anywhere near me around that time or else I would have got my NES buying mojo on at that time too.

    The third scan is interesting. I didn't know they lasted long enough to start listing PS2 games. Hmm...

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    Man do I wish we still had a strong going store with lots of Dreamcast selection...
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    Haha I remember they had a Director chair in the front of the store that said "Mom" on it.

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    Thanks for the scan!

    How about Dragon Ball Gt: Final Bout for $99.99, hahah. Totally worth it.
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    99 CENTS FOR CHAVEZ BOXING 2?! D:
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    Mega Man X3 wasn't cheap back then eather

    Bonks Adventure on the NES $3.99...I wish that was the case now

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarioMania
    Bonks Adventure on the NES $3.99...I wish that was the case now
    It was still a bitch to find.
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    $.99 for Super Mario/Duck Hunt in 1993? Asking a bit much back then weren't they?

    $5.90 for "Lifeforce"? A year earlier (in AZ) i bought that from a pawn shop/game store for like $12.

    I wish i could remember the place. Anyone have good memories of the Phoenix/Glendale (more Glendale) area circa 1991/1992?

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    Their were about 3 Funcolands in my hometown of Memphis Tennessee,the only problem was that in this part of the country you only find extremly common games compared to places like California or New Jersey were you will find alot better selection than you would down here.

    I use to go into Funcoland with my Dad,he hated the place and how they ripped you off{I can see where he is coming from,buying a 50 dollar game and being offered 75 cents for it like 2 years later}

    One of my good friends worked for Funcoland for about a year just right before the Gamestop merger,He loved to rip certain people off while he would be nice to little kids and such.I remember he would get my other friend Brad to steal new games from Walmart and get like 40 dollars store credit and then prepare to offer certain customers the credit for like 30 Dollars Cash.It was a shady ordeal the whole time he worked their,I came in 4 or 5 times but they never had the shit I wanted and loved to press the new shit and preorders on your ass

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