This really pains me
I mostly collect PAL Megadrive games and I usually have no trouble finding them boxed with manual on eBay, while the loose PAL cartridges are (rightfully) considered to be worth next to nothing.
But sometimes, when it's a title that was never released in the EU and the japanese version has to much text to be playable (or doesn't exist), I'm forced to look for a Genesis version. And that's when I find myself drowning in a ocean of loose cartridges. To make things worse the loose cartridges are often priced like it's what you're expected to buy, and the few CIB copies are ridiculously overpriced (even the ones in clamshells).
I can't help wondering why there's so many loose Genesis cartridges?
Has it something to do with the immense popularity of the NES and it's crummy cardboard boxes? Did they just make the US youth completely oblivious to the idea of keeping the case for a purchased game?
(Or is it merely eBay that has twisted my perception?)
If that's the case, I know what I would do if I had a time machine. I would travel back to the early nineties U.S.A. and beat the crap out of any kid that didn't seem to have the utmost respect for clamshell boxes