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Selling My Older Video Game Collection

Posted by tylerh1701, 01 August 2013 · 1,178 views

So over the past couple years I've been cleaning out my video game collection a little bit. With a 360, PS3, Wii, Vita, and a triple digit backlog, I just haven't had much time to go back to some of my favorite games of older generations.

A lot of them were in very good shape and just sitting on the shelf collecting dust. When I first started selling them, I was split down the middle. Part of me knew that I have so many current gen games (and there's always more coming) that it's very possible that I never get back to playing the retro classics. The other part of me really struggled with parting with these games that brought back a lot of childhood memories and were some of my favorite games of all time.

Ultimately my logical side won out, as it always does, and I decided to start selling off part of my collection on Amazon. I started with my NES, SNES, N64 and Game Boy Color collection. This included several Zelda and Mario games that brought in anywhere from $10-$40 per game, as well as a few other ones. I held on to all my lesser known games that would only bring in $1-$2 after shipping and fees, usually $5 was my cut off point. If I couldn't make $5 on a game, I'd just hold on to it.

Like I said, it was hard to see these games go, but it's been well over a year and I've had zero regrets. This has got me thinking that I need to keep selling off more of my previous generation collection.

One part about selling the old NES and SNES games is that a lot of the classic ones are available on the Wii Virtual Console or elsewhere, so if I'm every dying to play Lolo 2 again, I can just pay the $5 and download it to my Wii. But with slightly newer generation of games (Game Boy Advance/Gamecube/Playstation 2 era) these games can't be instantly redownloaded. Once I part with these ones, they're gone for good.

So again I had to battle with my nostalgia, but one again my logical side won. I've started selling off some of my Game Boy Advance games. I sold Pokemon LeafGreen and Pokemon Sapphire for $20 each, Minish Cap for about $17 and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga for $12. Now I've played all those games and love them all, but I haven't touched them in years and years. So as hard as it was to part with them, raking in almost $70 for the 4 games was worth it since I haven't touched them in so long.

I'm also starting to work on my Gamecube collection, which has been the hardest of all. Games like Wind Waker and Super Mario Sunshine are wonderful games, but it's just been so long since I've played a Gamecube and I question if I ever will again. I just sold Wind Waker in like new condition for $58.50 + shipping (more than I paid for it new at release). I'll only get about $44, but that's a good chunck of change for something that has been sitting on my shelf doing nothing for 5+ years.

So what about you guys? Have any of you cleared out your old game collections? And if so, do you have any regrets about it?




i regret selling off my Metal gear solid: twins snake for dirt cheap. I sold it on here for $7. Man, how stupid that was! That game goes for at least $20-25 CIB and in good condition.

Yeah ouch.  I don't think I've sold too many games that have later skyrocketed in price, but honestly I don't check, because I don't want to know.

You should  always check because then you won't be kicking yourself afterward for what you've done. Hell, i got mad at my older brother two months ago, when he told me he sold off our Final Fight 3 for $15. Not knowing that the game goes for at least $40 dollars just the cartridge. I'm begging him to send me our Snes collection to me. I'm scared that he's going to sell off Megaman x3  for less than $20. 

I remember trading in lunar SSSC like new to gamestop along with breath of fire IV and persona 2 . At that time I was a young kid who didn't know any better and I'm pretty sure I only got about $35 cash for them maybe less

Yea, a couple of years ago actually, I sold a giant chunk of my collection for $1,000 in one shot. It sucks, I like the idea of a collection still and actually felt pain reading your post, or others like it. However, my logical side wins out too. I no longer collect. I still have quite a bit of gaming stuff, but I keep it in boxes in the garage. I no longer display my stuff, so I really don't need anything I won't go back to and actively play.

 

This post reminds me I need to go back and finish off the rest of the stuff I still have. Maybe I will just put it all out at a garage sale and give it away to someone that seems like a collector and will enjoy it (not that I have a ton of awesome stuff left, a lot of the good stuff went in the big sale).

Yea, a couple of years ago actually, I sold a giant chunk of my collection for $1,000 in one shot. It sucks, I like the idea of a collection still and actually felt pain reading your post, or others like it. However, my logical side wins out too. I no longer collect. I still have quite a bit of gaming stuff, but I keep it in boxes in the garage. I no longer display my stuff, so I really don't need anything I won't go back to and actively play.

 

This post reminds me I need to go back and finish off the rest of the stuff I still have. Maybe I will just put it all out at a garage sale and give it away to someone that seems like a collector and will enjoy it (not that I have a ton of awesome stuff left, a lot of the good stuff went in the big sale).

 

Luckily I've never been much of a "collector", but there are certain series (like Zelda) where it was fun to think I had the entire collection.  None of that is true anymore, but man, I never used the games or even looked at them on the shelf upstairs, so it just doesn't make sense NOT to make some money on the to put towards the things I want and need at my current stage in life.

I seem to go through collecting cycles. Sometimes I'm really on the hunt for something I really don't need but seem to want. Other times I am satisfied with everything I already have. I like the latter.

I'm sure there's more than one I regret selling, but the one I remember the most was my NES games. I was new to ebay and sold my 30 NES games for 90 bucks including the shipping. Later to find out I could have got around 260-280 for it instead of 90 dollars. I didn't do my research and I was young. Not really good excuses, but I've learned from mistakes like that.Thank god I only sold the carts only. I ended up having some boxes worth some money I found.



I've regreted selling a few ps3 and 360 games in the past, but I usually bought them again when they was cheap or eventually forgot about them.

I've sold off quite a bit and haven't looked back or missed any of it. I have a few games currently that I still plan on keeping for now like Spider-Man (PS1) and Ninja Gaiden Black (XBOX) but it's also because I have systems that can play them setup (360&PS3). I've lost most of my nostalgia bug after being on this site so long. I went back and grabbed old stuff but realized I wasn't touching much of it at all or finished it off so off it went. 

 

Currently I have about 30-40 physical games total including the ones I plan on keeping for now but I wish it was less. I am however also playing the stuff I felt I should have a long time ago. I've recently finished some gems like God of War II, Metal Gear Solid 2, and Gears II. To go with that I played and finished Tomb Raider and The Last Of Us. It's nice to just play what I want at this point without being a slave to the backlog or thinking of retro stuff that I've already played.

 

Come PS4\XBOX One I plan to only buy literally 1 game at a time rather than having a crazy backlog. I've even thought of going all digital to be more conscious of what I buy.

 

It's nice selling off stuff. I've sold off a bunch of sealed games at some pretty crazy profits just because I never got around to playing it. I figure if I really want to I could buy a used copy of the same game and still come out ahead.

 

With services like PS Plus, the rate at which great games launch, and games going digital, collections just seem like a waste to me now.

I used to collect older games and systems. I had a pretty nice collection with some cool items in it but unfortunately I had a house fire and lost about 99% of it. I still have a few items but not much at all. At this point with a child and space being at a premium id probably be selling it off at this point anyway.

I had quite the sealed collection.  Unfortunately, my then wife got a hold of them and sold about 50% of my collection.  Needless to say, she is no longer my wife.

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