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    Ok....time again for one of these asinine threads. But, I really wanna know. Those of us in South Florida know how ridiculously shitty it is to find stuff in the wild. All 4 of us.

    Share your hunting grounds, share your finds. There's not much to find down here, but we can help each other out. Let's use this thread as a report card of the stops we all know.

    I'll start...

    Game Stores:
    I only know of one independent store in North Miami Beach. It's right across the street from the old 163rd st Mall. Ironically, there's a Game/Moviestop on the opposite side of the street. I went in there a couple of weeks ago and they were mostly ps1 era games and newer. Nothing on the shelves to indicate any kind of classic stock. The prices were somewhat decent and they have an AWESOME trade-in policy. Buy a game new from them, trade it in within 90 days in newish condition, and they'll give you 90% of new trade in value towards anything in the store.

    Thrifts:
    There are plenty of these. Not many that are decent.
    Let's see, there's the thrift mall in Hialeah, just east of Le Jeune. There are like 5 or 6 stores in that one strip mall. Never found anything decent there but ya never know.

    In North Miami, right on the intersection of 125th St/6th Ave/Dixie Hwy there are three thrifts all sharing the intersection. One is a goodwill with mostly crap game-wise. The other two are small independent church-run type stores. Not too good. I'd avoid them unless you are *really* in need of that thrift fix.

    My favorite spot, while unfortunately being a Goodwill, is in North Miami Beach at the Skylake Mall, Miami Gardens Drive and 18th Ave. This is where I do my usual shopping. Damn good selection of books and records. I'll usually find something video game related here. They'll have random carts from all generations on one of the book shelves next to the 4000 VHS tapes they've built up. This is also where I found the CiB Mint 32x I just sold on ebay.

    Then we have Thrift Row in Hallandale. Just west of I-95 on Hallandale Beach Blvd we have a few decent sized stops. Think Thrift/The Jewish Recycling Center are good places to search for typical thrift items, but kinda sparse on games. Occasionally they'll have some carts in the book/records area but more usually just some bagged boxed PC games on the toy hooks. A couple of blocks away we have the Douglas Gardens Thrift Center. I personally like this place for random old electronics. I've seen full setups of old 8/16 bit computer systems and such. They'll every once in awhile have something decent console wise but it's hit and miss. Further down the street we have a HUGE AtoZ liquidators place. This warehouse is PACKED full of old crap. You *never* know what you'll find there. Their hours suck, but if you can make it when they're open, they're usually pretty good for something interesting.


    So...that's a start. Anyone care to add to this list?

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    Miami game hunting has sucked since:

    Swap Shop in Ft. Lauderdale guy left

    New Focus (import games and probably THE first used video game store in the city closed down) (67th and Bird)

    Microplay shut down on 117th and 72nd

    GameStop bought Babbage's.

    The "Exchange" shut down on 107th across from FIU.

    There is one place in North Miami I found that has a lot of classic games next to a sub shop, but I am not sure if it is still there. Most of the games pretty pretty dirty, and the CD games were scratched up.

    Miami doesn't have ANY good used CD/Video Game places, and there is a freaking 35,000 student university on one end, and a private one in Coral Gables on the other.

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    The one next to the sub shop in North Miami, do you remember what it was called or where? I can check it out and report here about it.

    And I agree about the areas around FIU and UM. Something like 400,000 college student population just for Dade County and not a single decent place for used games.

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    There's a huge Goodwill out by I think Davie, I was going to swing by there today, but I can't exactly remember where it is. The thrift stores down Hollywood Blvd. (across from the defunct millennium mall) don't have much at all. The Goodwill had a Mario/Duck Hunt cart and a N64 game and the other had 2 Dreamcasts, a Genesis and some really old sports tv game thing.

    I was going to hit up a few of the pawn shops, but I didn't feel up to it.

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    Nah, I forgot what the one next to the sub shop was called. I want to say it was on Dixie Hwy, and I know there is a decrepid Goodwill nearby, but really, no one should have to go to thrift stores to look for classic games.

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    Huh and I figured Miami hunting would be more interesting than West Palm. Every couple of months I go down to Tate's Comics in Lauderhill, nothing gaming related except the odd action figure. They have loads of nice stuff in that department, but there's a GameStop/EB on the otherside of University Drive that always has something worth picking up. Their store is much cleaner than the usual GS, and they keep manuals behind the counter with the game discs. Example I found Wild Arms Alter Code F there just other Saturday, which I've been scouting for awhile now.

    As posted in another thread there's a new classic gaming store in the Wellington Green Mall called CGX. Everything from Atari to Ps3.

    Thrifting is always hit or miss. The Lake Worth Flea market is very swap-shopish now with the cowboy boots, jeans, and crappy electronics. But last time I was there I found a vendor selling SNES games for $4 a piece. Not a great price but he had 3 copies of Yoshi's Island in addition to the obligatory sports titles.

    Goodwill blows. There's a nice Pawn around the corner from me on Military Trail and Forest Hill that has Saturn games though. Nothing fantastic but I haven't checked in awhile.

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    There isn't anything of interest by the Pembroke Lakes Mall is there? I was considering driving around that area, since it's not someplace I frequently drive by, but I'd rather ask here than wasting my time. There are mad amounts of Pawnshops in the Hollywood area tho, especially by the Hardrock, I might swing by them tomorrow to kill some time.

    Man how I miss the days of CD City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exit View Post
    There are mad amounts of Pawnshops in the Hollywood area tho, especially by the Hardrock.

    Where's there's a casino you'll find a shit ton of pawnshops. :

    Never thought about it before but the reason we probably have so many around West Palm is because of the dog track.

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    There's also that big ass salvation army on University and Johnson. I checked it out a couple of saturdays ago. Not a damn thing worth looking at. The main SA headquarters place on Broward and 95 is usually ok for the random CD based game, but ya never know.

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    Theres always a huge flea market type deal at the Mardi Gras casino/dog track down Pembroke Road. I've never had a chance to check it out (only on weekends of course), but you never know, it could be a goldmine.

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    Yeah, I keep forgetting to mention the fleas. Swap Shop north & south, the one at the dog track, shit, even that god awful opa-locka one in nw dade. One of them has to be worth something.

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    It looks like there is/was something opening up where the shitty Millennium Mall was. I saw a sign saying something about a thrift store and a few other places when I passed by it today, but it was all boarded up.

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    Ok, now I'm curious. Just how many of us are there?

    I'm Bobby, currently living in Hollywood. I collect only Sega right now, specifically DC.

    Ok, that'll do for a basic intro.

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    It seems that there's only 3 or 4 of us, which I guess is more than I expected. If I see any DC games on one of my adventures (I'm looking for a few myself, I've been relying on torrents lately tho), I'll try and keep you posted. I personally don't look for anything specific, that way if I don't find anything it's not such a big deal. I do try to scope out NES and SNES games more than anything, but I never hold my breath.

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    I'm going to put up a list of what I have/don't have. I'm thinking we should all look out for each other based on our want lists. If I see something one of you need I'll pick it up. No need to charge, just recoup the cost. In such a small community, we have to look out for each other.

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    That's the best bet really, especially since we're in an area that's usually bone dry. I usually pick up anything I see, just because chances are I won't see anything like it for awhile. I've done it a few times at EB and got a few nice games out of it, that was right before they dicked us and stopped buying/selling anything before PS2.

    Tomorrow I'll probably hit up a few pawn shops, I've been meaning to check out People's Pawn for awhile anyway. Plus theres a pawn shop near by selling Suikoden II in seemingly perfect condition., so that will give me a reason to drive around.

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    Margate Swap Shop used to have some good deals. I always went to fleas when I was down there. I will say that the one with the circus (Ft. Lauderdale) is GREAT for finding stuff.

    The GameStop in Pembroke Pines in the strip mall has GREAT games for some reason. I picked up a plethora of RPGS when I went there. Actually, even with the lack of game stores, I always end up buying a ton of crap from places when I visit.

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    So, who's going hunting this weekend and what are you hoping to find?

    I intend to hit the hallandale strip, the Skylake Goodwill and maybe the Hialeah thrift mall if I can get down there. If I get a chance, I may try to hit the swap shop sunday.

    At this point, with such low numbers in my collection left, I am just out there to see what I can find. If it's something interesting for other systems, I'll pick it up. If you have an immediate want list, let me know what's on it and I'll keep my eye open for you.

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    Well I just got back from a hunt and came up empty. What really grinds my gears is the pawnshop that had Suikoden II, fucking wants $84 for it because "that's what it goes for on e-bay." Now I've heard about these kinds of things before, but Jesus fucking Christ, just sell it on e-bay asshole.

    The most I saw were a few loose DC games, scratched up to hell, a DC Web disc and a copy of Madden 94 for Genesis. The Hollywood area is completely dry, maybe I just pick the exact wrong times to go searching.

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    Actually $84 for Suikoden II sounds pretty good! =)

    Stores (I know it's a pawn shop) are going to charge more than eBay for the opporunity for you to get it immediately. I found one of those in an EB Games just last year hanging around when they were putting the new stores all over the LA area. Boy did I clean out the PSX titles from these places then.....

    Here's a suggestion:

    Yahoo Yellow Pages

    Type in Video Games

    Go Nuts. Some of those places are mom and pop stores.

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