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    Besides the general prices going up. Yeah SNES games people tossed the box a lot. SEGA was more forward thinking. Boxed SNES games always went for more.

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    I've just seen Battletoads for the mega drive posted on eBay for BIN £49.99. It's a distinctive box and manual as it's ex-rental with stickers on. The guy who has listed it bought it less than a week ago for £30. Annoys the hell out of me so I've put in an offer that is of the exact total including postage as to what they paid for it and let it be known in the accompanying message. I somehow doubt he'll accept my offer....

    If anyone is interested here's the link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184419362580

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spendle View Post
    I've just seen Battletoads for the mega drive posted on eBay for BIN £49.99. It's a distinctive box and manual as it's ex-rental with stickers on. The guy who has listed it bought it less than a week ago for £30. Annoys the hell out of me so I've put in an offer that is of the exact total including postage as to what they paid for it and let it be known in the accompanying message. I somehow doubt he'll accept my offer....

    Last year my sister found someone selling an old toy that had obviously been customised. Sadly the scumbag seller wanted huge money but he wrote in his description that he: 'didn't know if it was original or not'. So my sister messaged him with a link to his Flickr account where he had documented the entire customisation process. She never got a reply but he took his listing down pretty quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Moham View Post
    Last year my sister found someone selling an old toy that had obviously been customised. Sadly the scumbag seller wanted huge money but he wrote in his description that he: 'didn't know if it was original or not'. So my sister messaged him with a link to his Flickr account where he had documented the entire customisation process. She never got a reply but he took his listing down pretty quick.
    Haha that's good work. In this case my offer was declined and there was no response to my message - probably didn't help that I ended it with "dick move". Needless to say, he knows and I know that he'll sell for a profit no trouble

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    If I ever part with any of my collection, which I can't see happening, but if I did I'd sell at the current market value of each game and I'd happily entertain reasonable offers. I can't stand scammers and rip off merchants, they have no conscious.

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    I donít sell my shit on eBay. I usually sell them at gentlemanís prices (usually 20%-30% less than ebay) to forum members I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gamevet View Post
    I donít sell my shit on eBay. I usually sell them at gentlemanís prices (usually 20%-30% less than ebay) to forum members I know.
    That sounds like a good plan. I think I'll do the same if/when I ever sell.

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    People may be interested in this latest eBay posting:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133505294731

    The guy is advertising every PAL CIB game plus console(s) etc. for £40k. Not sure this is the sort of thing you can sell in one hit due to the asking price unless a crazy, wealthy person sniffs it out.

    Stuff looks to be in very decent nick though!

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    This is one of the best examples of cashing in on retro games I've seen for a while on eBay:

    First link is to Mega Turrican without a manual being sold for £149.95 by a seller called leolondinium - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224154813411

    The second link is to a Mega Turrican manual being sold for £94.95 from, you guessed it, seller leolondinium - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224154841001

    I'm surprised I haven't noticed other obvious splitting of games to date! FWIW PAL Mega Turrican will sell for around £150 in its complete form

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spendle View Post
    This is one of the best examples of cashing in on retro games I've seen for a while on eBay:

    First link is to Mega Turrican without a manual being sold for £149.95 by a seller called leolondinium - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224154813411

    The second link is to a Mega Turrican manual being sold for £94.95 from, you guessed it, seller leolondinium - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224154841001

    I'm surprised I haven't noticed other obvious splitting of games to date! FWIW PAL Mega Turrican will sell for around £150 in its complete form
    I've been waiting to see examples of this as I've seen it happen with other collectables (photo portfolios split, for example). I'm surprised that it doesn't seem to be happening as much as it could be.

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    It happens a lot. Iíve seen people selling the discs for Final Fantasy VII, and the same seller selling the case and manual separately. One guy had the nerve to sell each individual disc for Panzer Dragoon Saga.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spendle View Post
    I'm surprised I haven't noticed other obvious splitting of games to date! FWIW PAL Mega Turrican will sell for around £150 in its complete form
    Probably because most collectors are busy looking for CIB copies and so they tend to overlook these "incomplete" ones that got split (because it isn't interesting to them at a glance).

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    I can't believe how many random games are becoming $100 and $200+ games this year. This shit just keeps getting more bananas. Remember back in the early 2010s when it felt absurd that there were a handful of NES games that sold for few hundred each? That was nothing. There's like 50 PS1 games over that sell for over $100 now. Gamecube, PS2, the madness continues to spread. I swear there's at least a handful of random bargain bin titles that go from dirt cheap nobody cares to "holy grail" status every month. All you have to do is flash something in front of a collector's face and say "it's RARE" and they'll give you whatever you ask, and consequently so will everyone else from that point forward. I don't see how these arbitrary spikes will sustain their values over time. This shit got old 10 years ago, and I can't believe so many people are still THIS hyped about collecting plastic/paper shelf-porn.

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    Rule of thumb: if it's older than the PS3, it's ULTRA MEGA HYPER RARE worth going for at least $150 and escalating every month.

    Actually I'm not even sure "rarity" is even a factor anymore, nowadays all the eyes are on the word "retro" so merely being old automatically makes it a Must Have Because Expensive Museum Piece Artefactô. I don't think the damage will ever get undone either, the collectors who fell into that are not going to want to admit that they spent a shitton of money on some old crappy game that nobody wants and will keep trying to pretend that it's some precious gem when they eventually sell it away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sik View Post
    Rule of thumb: if it's older than the PS3, it's ULTRA MEGA HYPER RARE worth going for at least $150 and escalating every month.

    Actually I'm not even sure "rarity" is even a factor anymore, nowadays all the eyes are on the word "retro" so merely being old automatically makes it a Must Have Because Expensive Museum Piece Artefactô. I don't think the damage will ever get undone either, the collectors who fell into that are not going to want to admit that they spent a shitton of money on some old crappy game that nobody wants and will keep trying to pretend that it's some precious gem when they eventually sell it away.
    I don't think it's just retro, this can happen to games that are recently released too. If for some reason it's R@RE then it'll automatically skyrocket. Like people scalping Mario 3D Allstars just because Nintendo made a comment about how they would eventually stop print on it. Or people going apeshit over the recent Cooking Mama game when they had to cease print for a short bit to sort of a legal dispute. The assholes of the collecting world are always on top of any scheme to milk the collectibility of video games at any given time for any given reason and sadly, a game collector and their money are soon parted. It doesn't take much. They are very weak. They'll give you their paycheck for that R@RE game so can you really blame these scalper assholes for targeting such fools?

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