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#1291 schultzed

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 03:41 PM

I must confess I've never even tried to play it. My Xbox is almost never hooked up, and when it is, I always forget to try this thing out.


I had mine in its box on a shelf in the basement for months (wish I had never opened it and still had it). Then I busted it out and set it up and started playing. It was cool but the learning curve was huge. I probably played it 3 times but it was worse than Rock Band to store. I packed it back up nicely and sold it on Amazon (something like $200-250) about 5 years ago. I was so excited by the whole concept but my system was in the living room and I couldn't just keep it out.

Now with the original Xbox so cheap, maybe I could have one set up in my basement with the controller . . . but nah . . . just too much hassle.

If I had one to sell, I'd probably include a "free" Xbox system with it ;-)

#1292 EnvyNeko

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:11 PM

Thanks!

It's actually my third controller so far, and second copy of the game. I now have two with blue buttons, and one with green buttons. The whole affair is taking up a ton of space, so I need to sell or trade the extras as soon as possible. I must confess I've never even tried to play it. My Xbox is almost never hooked up, and when it is, I always forget to try this thing out.


I am insanely jealous of you right now! I WISH I could find one at that price. How much would you sell it for? I might be interested : D

#1293 slowdive21

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:22 PM

XBOX Steel Battalion (complete) with controller/pedals, $12




Wow that is a nice find! It seems to be a pretty rare game. :applause:


The only thing that would be better is if it were complete with all the original packaging...



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Wanted $40 and wouldn't budge the first day. I came back the second day and he would only go $35. The last day I got there when they opened because he told me his wife was running the sale on Saturday.

Offered $20 for it, she countered with $30.

Me: "I would really only like to spend $20."

Her: "I can wake my husband up and see if he will take $20."

Me: "It's not that big of a deal. I don't need it."

Her: "How about $25, and I won't have to wake him up?"

Me: "Sounds good"

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#1294 tooshorty6432168

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:43 PM

Damn, you certainly are ballsy. I'm pretty sure I would have caved originally and paid the $40 :lol:

#1295 SaraAB

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:10 PM

I don't think I've had dreams about rummage (but I will now). I do have day dreams like you are talking about. Maybe I'll find a sale . . .

For me, it wouldn't have to be super cheap games but rather super games at good prices.

About the route and planning. I agree that the best thing is to have an agenda with some priority sales and then roll with it after that finding the weird little sale here or there.

Sara makes a good point that some of the slackers don't set up early so you have to keep rolling and stay on major streets as much as possible. The positive about a second day is that people might be more flexible on prices. I wonder if when you see the PSP system for $80 . . . maybe you could get it for $40 (or less) later on the second day.

Overall, I get some of my best stuff at the unadvertised sales and also the poorly advertised. It seems when I sale looks really good in an ad, it is either, so-so in reality or hit hard and early by others.

Here's an example from last Aug of just stopping at every sale you can find (page 64 of the 2010 thread) this was a small sale later in the day and I'm willing to bet that it didn't start until after 10:

"I was done and wanting to head home. I followed one crappy little sign to this sale in a poor neighborhood. I spot this bin of games and see a handwritten sign that says .50 each. I pulled out this group:
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So, I'm thinking is it really 5.00 per game? But these 2 kids (12 or 13) were hot to sell them for .50 each. There was a chainsmoking mom nearby . . . she didn't object. I decided not to ask any questions. As I paid ($7.50), I saw this group of 5 games duct taped together and offered $5 for them. I think that one kid was a neighbor.
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NBA Courtside (not pictured) had no disc, so I paid $4 for these GC titles."


You can definitely get stuff cheaper later in the day but you have to take a chance that the games will still be there. I guess if there are overpriced games it wouldn't hurt to roll on back to the sale the second day or very late in the day that had them if its something you really want or if you think you can get it for cheaper especially if its easy to get to or is right on your route. People are most likely to bargain later in the day if their stuff is not selling.

If there is a lot of stuff left at a certain sale on the second day especially if its late that is a good indication of an overpriced sale with sellers that do not wish to budge on any price.

Also later in the season its much easier to get lower prices and people are more likely to take your offers on things. This happens repeatedly every year for me since I live in NY and the yard sale season is very finite. I assume most people plan on having more than one yard sale every year so I guess they price high in may and low in august and september.

#1296 schultzed

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:23 PM

Damn, you certainly are ballsy. I'm pretty sure I would have caved originally and paid the $40 :lol:


Damn, I'm amazed it lasted. I'm pretty certain that it would be gone the first day in my city . . . even at $50. I would've jumped at $40.

#1297 allyourblood

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:40 PM

Ha ha, that's rad! Yeah, I'd love to find the box one of these days. Mainly because it'd be easier to store while still looking good on a shelf! ;)
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#1298 slowdive21

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:59 PM

Damn, I'm amazed it lasted. I'm pretty certain that it would be gone the first day in my city . . . even at $50. I would've jumped at $40.


I have to admit, I didn't know what it was when I saw it. He had it off to the side (where most people wouldn't see it, but I noticed the Capcom tape on it. I had to go home and look it up before I knew what it was worth (I figured about $80-$100, but I was a little low on my estimate ;)).

The second day I drove by by mistake, so I stopped in to see if he still had it. I looked at it in more detail and I could have sworn he had the other book (see below) with it. It would not have lasted if he had "Steel Battalion" facing out where people could see it was a game. The funny thing is he managed to sell all of his xbox games that I passed on for $5 each. They seemed like junk games, but people still buy them in my area. He said 4 or 5 people came around asking for games. :lol:

Ha ha, that's rad! Yeah, I'd love to find the box one of these days. Mainly because it'd be easier to store while still looking good on a shelf! ;)


Actually after researching it a bit, I noticed there is also a mech manual type thing that I am missing. It should be about the size of a guide book. I might swing by and see if they still have it laying around somewhere. It is weird that he has everything else in pristine condition except the manual.

#1299 schultzed

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 09:16 PM

I noticed there is also a mech manual type thing that I am missing . . . about the size of a guide book.


I remember it, its pretty minor like a briefing on the mechs . . . paper and thin pictured here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/...=item1c1d47a5db

There is a player's guide (which I had and sold separate) which is a good flip. I've daydreamed about finding SB CIB in a thrift shop where they wouldn't know what to make of it and sell it fairly cheap.

#1300 slowdive21

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:56 AM

Planning my route for tomorrow...There are not many sales listed. There is one that lists a betamax, so that could be fun. Might be a light weekend in terms of sales...Maybe I'll bust out that Megaman collection on PS2 I picked up last weekend!

#1301 Potatoeman

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:53 AM

Damn, 2 steel battalions? I'm not even mad. I'm impressed.

#1302 Tsel

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:12 AM

Debating making my return this weekend, as long as the heat isn't completely overwhelming.

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#1303 allyourblood

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:29 AM

This most recent weekend's stuff:

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N64 Conker's Bad Fur Day
N64 Paper Mario, $10 for both

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NES Final Fantasy
SNES Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
GB Pokemon Pikachu Special Edition
GB Pokemon Blue Version, $12 for all

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GEN Mega Fire controller (x2), $2 for both
XB360 wired controller, $2
GG Sega Game Gear Gear-to-Gear cable, $1

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XB360 Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition Fightstick (missing joystick and buttons), $4

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Playstation GameShark (complete)
Game Boy Advance GameShark SP (complete), $3 for both

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GBC Shantae, $3

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XB360 Assassin's Creed (complete)
DS Soul Bubbles (complete), $5 for both
XB The Bible Game (complete), $1
XB Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic (complete), $5
XB Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II (complete), $2
DS Tetris DS (complete), $5
XB Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic (missing case), $2.50
XB Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (complete), $1
XB Halo 2 (missing manual), $1

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SNES Super Mario World
SNES Mario's Early Years: Fun with Numbers
NES Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure
NES Kid Kool
NES Monster Party
NES Rampart
SNES manuals for Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario World, Lufia (w/map), $10 for all

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Sega Genesis Model 2, Sega CD Model 2, Sega 32X, 3 power cables, RF unit, 32x-to-Genesis cable
Sega CD games: Fahrenheit, Cliffhanger, Ecco the Dolphin, Jurassic park (all complete), Batman Returns & Sewer Shark (disc only)
Genesis games: Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition, Virtua Racing, T2: Terminator 2 Judgment Day (all complete), $15 for all

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NES Gun-Nac, $3
GBA Code Breaker (really beat-up), $1

I think my favorite finds for this weekend are pretty obvious, but the gutted Fightstick rises to the top for sure. As far as I can tell, everything is intact aside from the missing controls. I plan on buying replacements and hopefully ending up with a working SFIV Fightstick TE for not a lot of money; I've been waiting for a nice joystick to play Ikaruga with. Figure this thing will probably play nice with games on my PC, as well. I would've killed for the thing to have come complete, but I like the idea of having a project to work on.

I knew Shantae was supposed to be a good game, and it is. Probably one of my favorite platformers on the GB/C, now. Controls are really excellent, and the animations are pretty darn good, too.

I was excited to have found not one, but two Mega Fire controllers for Genesis, after having passed them several times in the past, and regretting it. And finally, finding the map and manual for Lufia was a total tease; no game in sight! Oh well.
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#1304 Potatoeman

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:23 AM

shantae and a complete GBA SP game shark? Hopefully I'll have a fraction of your luck this weekend!

#1305 Captain_Insano16

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 02:49 PM

Congrats on finding Shantae, I'd love to find a copy of that one some day.
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#1306 schultzed

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:22 PM

allyourblood makes me want to cry pretty much week after week.

I'm screwed this weekend. I checked for Thur listings and there was one. Very few aimed at Friday. Most are going for Sat. But I'm out of action on that day . . . got to go pick up my son from a nerdy summer camp a few hours away.

#1307 tooshorty6432168

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:27 PM

allyourblood makes me want to cry pretty much week after week.


Agreed, I would kill for a complete Genesis that cheap or Shantae.

#1308 allyourblood

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:32 PM

Hey now, schultzed, you've found plenty of killer stuff!

This past weekend was pretty great; it felt like we were having a city-wide yard sale, but it was just a coincidence. It's been a while since I'd seen so many sales... one of those weekends where you'd pull up to a sale, look around, get back in your car and then realize there's another sale four houses down -- and then four houses down from there, and so on.

We must have stopped at a half dozen of these unadvertised "block sales". People were also really friendly, and willing to haggle. I don't think I paid asking price on almost any of that stuff. I'm fully expecting the usual lull after such a great weekend, but hopefully not.

Agreed, I would kill for a complete Genesis that cheap or Shantae.


What's funny is that the Sega set-up came in a big, wooden, wine box with a bunch of stuff that didn't go with it: a CD about dealing with depression, a cordless phone handset, a cheap pair of sunglasses, a toy motorcycle and some other randomness. What it didn't include was controllers! I asked if they had any and no one seemed to know where they'd gone. Odd since all of the other cables were still there. It wasn't a big deal -- I have more Genesis controllers than I know what to do with -- but it was weird that they'd gone missing.
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#1309 schultzed

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:24 AM

Hey now, schultzed, you've found plenty of killer stuff!


I'm not complaining. But I do better on media than on games. These were from last weekend but both sold today:

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The Ice Cream suit looked like a winner because its so weird. The less you know about a movie the more likely it is worth something (well not always :-) The Great Gatsby is sealed. Both nice flips.

#1310 jaysapathy

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:46 AM

This thread always depresses me -- no matter how good my finds are, someone else has found something better. Good on you, chaps. I'm green with envy.
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#1311 sdclippers

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:51 AM

Think I'm going start hitting up yard sales in the San Diego area. Any insider tips?

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:14 AM

Think I'm going start hitting up yard sales in the San Diego area. Any insider tips?


Wake up early, hit up a lot of sales, never pay asking price (unless the price marked is already a steal- even then I try not to let on and get it lower).

Never set anything you are on the fence about down, because someone will probably pick it up 3 seconds later.

Get in, gather what you want fairly quickly, negotiate and pay, and get out. Until you pay for what is in your hands, it is not yours yet. I have seen things get sold right out of one customer's hands to another customer.

Other than that, you will pretty much just learn on the fly. Good luck!

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:26 AM

Got a Tournament 2000 by Unisonic. Pretty beat up. Asked about video games and she grabbed it from her shed as soon as I saw it I wasn't too interested in it nor the asking price ($20) so I said screw it I'll go way lower if she says no than I'm in the clear. So I say, "I was thinking $5" she takes it... dammit!

#1314 schultzed

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:36 AM

Good advice Floopy . . . I've learned the hard way to grab things I want immediately . . . I've lingered and lost.

This thread always depresses me -- no matter how good my finds are, someone else has found something better.


And this discontent works on two levels . . . comparision to the finds of others but also to your own past finds. I love the phrase "chasing the dragon" as a way to capture this. The thrill of the find is so pure and great that its absence is almost painful. There's always the chance that the next sale will be a better one but it almost never is. Its really an illness ;-)

Nice definition of chasing the dragon here:
http://www.urbandict...sing the dragon

#1315 slowdive21

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:33 AM

Today's Update: My Nemesis beat me to some PS2 games, but I pretty much beat him to every other sale. I did better than I thought I would today and I didn't pass out so that was a plus. ;)

Tomorrow there is a sale (with a n64 and a genesis) starting at 8AM far far away, but I think I am going to try to make it there. I'll have to get out the door by 7AM. Must chase the Dragon...:drool:

#1316 Tsel

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 07:36 AM

Tomorrow marks the return of Sir Tsel out upon the battlefield. Wish me luck guys. I'll post back with my finds.

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#1317 JediKiller24

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:00 PM

Its really an illness ;-)



Now take that 'illness' to the next level.... It's the end of the month, so storage auctions are in full swing here. 3 locations last week, 3 this week and 2 at the start of next week. Bought one small locker last week, but yesterday was a perfect example of 'chasing the dragon' The location had published the names and addresses of the people who were in default on the lockers being auctioned. Anytime I see that info in the legal listings, I take the time to google the name and address to see what I can find out about the person. One name stood out to me at yesterdays auction: found info that the man was 87 years old and originally from west virginia, and he had defaulted on 2 lockers. I have found some wonderful antiques that have sold very well for me in lockers owned by the elderly, so I was zeroed in on those 2 lockers at the auction. The first of the two was a 10 x 15 stacked to the ceiling, and I could see lots of furniture, and it all looked old. Fortunately, most of my competition thought it looked like too much work, and I won the unit for $400. That really fed the addiction, and we moved on to this guy's second locker, feeling confident I'd be buying that one too....they opened the door on a 10x10, and I saw items I was hoping I'd see from an old guy from WV: a tall metal cabinet that looked like a gun safe, and some tall tubes next to a couple fishing rods. Yes!! I was sure the first unit was the furniture, and the second would be the outdoor stuff...guns and fishing, I was sure this room would be a major score. Unfortunately, the other bidders saw and thought the same things, and it ended up going for $875...I had to stop bidding and $650, as I had only brought $1100 to the auction.
The high and the crash of not getting that second room....
however...it had a happy ending: later in the day I was loading my trailer with stuff from my unit, and the guy that bought the other came in to load up his stuff, so I walked over to see what he'd gotten (under the guise of giving him my card saying 'hey since the same guy owned both of these, we might find things that are missing parts that are in the other unit' ) he let me watch him open what we thought was the gun safe....just boxes of files. no guns. then he grabbed the tubes that we thought surely held fly fishing rods....just empty tubes. Ended up the guy overpaid for a bunch of nothing, but both of us were bidding away with that exact chasing the dragon feeling.
It also turned out that he had 2 mirrors in his unit that go on top of dressers that are in my unit, so he sold me the mirrors for $20
Today we'll have the thrill of hunting through the boxes and totes to see what treasures await!
maybe it's an illness...but I don't want the cure :D

#1318 Tsel

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:47 PM

Looks like my return has been delayed. I urge you fellow Illinoisans to take a gander outside and look at the incoming storm. I'm debating going after the storm or waiting til tomorrow.

I said the people having the sales will put everything away and by the time the storm's over, they may just call it quits the day. My girlfriend says they'll definitely put it back out.

tl;dr Go after the storm or just wait until tomorrow?

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#1319 elessar123

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:16 PM

Think I'm going start hitting up yard sales in the San Diego area. Any insider tips?


From personal experience in SD, if a sale says 6AM, there will be a van or two there at 5:45.

#1320 blindinglights

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 03:25 PM

From personal experience in SD, if a sale says 6AM, there will be a van or two there at 5:45.



I think it's been like that everywhere for a long time.

Probably about 15 years ago when I was young, I lived in a really rural area and I remember my family having a yard sale at 6 AM. Dad woke up at 5 AM to get his normal coffee, looked out the window, and there were people browsing the tables they set up the night before.
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