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#451 Floopy

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:07 AM

Stopped by one of the Good Wills that I don't regularly go to and they had a boxed Super Nintendo... They wanted $319.99 for it. Rips and wear on the cardboard, my guess is it wasn't actually new.

They also had a $9.99 GameCube that looked like they actually pulled it out of a mud puddle and the dirtiest Xbox I've ever seen for $25.99, no cords or controllers, just the console.

Some of these idiotic managers at the Good Wills in my area need to stop relying on eBay to price things, not to mention they need to learn to take into account condition of things when pricing them.


I see the same crap most of the times I go to Goodwill, as well. In the event that they even have a system for sale, it is generally priced at or above ebay prices. It is also generally dirty, and missing wires or something else. I get that they want to make some money off of it, but they need to keep in mind that people shop there for good deals. Same mentality that I see once in awhile when I see some old gaming system (generally an NES or SNES) at a yard sale being sold by some old woman. It's automatically worth $100 because one sold for that online.

Of course, pricing varies by location. Best to find a location that prices decently. I tend to rarely shop Goodwills, and try to frequent privately owned, for-profit thrift stores that get their goods from other means besides donations (but still charge fair enough prices). It tends to bring in a higher quality of goods, both games and otherwise.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:20 PM

That sounds like the one GW around me that is now only a once a month visit because of sh1t like that. Only GW around that individually prices "good" games and puts them in the glasscase while slapping $4 stickers on the sports crap and tossing them my the vhs's. Its totally the new manager, she worked at the other 2 GWs I go to and knows what I look for. Still trying to sell that $20 copy of Banjo Kazooie thats been there for almost a year....

The 2 closest GWs know whats up- $4 for any game Xbox or older. Doesnt matter if its got Mario on it or its junk. Havent seen too many system recently but usually $5-$30 Xbox or older depending on condition and whats included. Even newer games for 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, DS and BluRays.... are like $25 or less. Ive found 5 3DS games there for $5-$15. Mario Kart7 being one.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:46 PM

Another trip to Goodwill and my wife spots a green N64 with hookups and controller for $15. Of course I picked it up. 3 systems in two weeks for $45 pretty good seeing as I never find anything at this Goodwill

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

That sounds like the one GW around me that is now only a once a month visit because of sh1t like that. Only GW around that individually prices "good" games and puts them in the glasscase while slapping $4 stickers on the sports crap and tossing them my the vhs's. Its totally the new manager, she worked at the other 2 GWs I go to and knows what I look for. Still trying to sell that $20 copy of Banjo Kazooie thats been there for almost a year....

We've got a Goodwill nearby that does the same thing, except they don't even put the "better" games in a glass case. Instead, they put them in a plastic bin (not a clear one) behind the counter and I have to ask them to bring it over so I can sort through it (if they even have any left). But on the flipside, I don't think I've ever seen them charge more than $4.95 for a game. The sports junk is usually less than a dollar.

#455 Potatoeman

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

Another trip to Goodwill and my wife spots a green N64 with hookups and controller for $15. Of course I picked it up. 3 systems in two weeks for $45 pretty good seeing as I never find anything at this Goodwill


Nice find! Someone posted an ad on craigslist this morning(around 9 am) for an Arctic Blue N64 with 2 controllers and Conker's Bad Furday for $40. I called him at 10 and it was already gone:cry:

#456 ZombieToast

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:54 PM

I tried a couple of local thrift stores and was sorely disappointed. All of these places are owned by damn churches and they jack up the prices like crazy. One place I stopped at had crappy old sport games for $5 each and even the 8-tracks and betamax were way overpriced. Almost everything in the store was junk from the 80's and most of it hasn't gone down in price since then. But I did find a cool Murder Mystery board game at Salvation Army, along with an Elefun and a GoGo's display case. My son already has Elefun, but it needs more butterflies and I can use this old dirty one to practice amping up the power.

Oh, and apparently, the downtown Goodwill that I like to visit is no longer in business. This explains why I had such a hard time remembering where it was a couple of weeks ago.


saw this and this recently, but first was floppy, and second one wasn't interested. both were 5.00

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Just saw the exact same thing (CIB 5" floppy) at Salvation Army about 20 minutes ago. The cashier was too busy to help me, so I never found out how much it was, but it was probably $5-$8 like the other Atari 2600 and PC games. I'd go back for it if it's worth anything, but I can't get any idea of its value because it doesn't seem to be selling. I don't know if it's because the ones online are way overpriced or if people simply aren't interested in the game.

#457 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:01 AM

I picked up the following games from a further off SA today(all mint n complete, though one of the games has a hole punched through it's freakin' coverart:roll:):

PS1:

Spider
Shipwreckers
Treasures Of The Deep

All were $4.

I left behind Alien Trilogy, the original Wipeout and a handful of other titles for PS1. Those were also all mint/complete.

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#458 Elusive

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:53 AM

I found a copy of FFXII and FFX for $3.50 each at a local Goodwill. The strangest part? FFX had two copies of the disc in the case. No clue what to do with it yet.

#459 coleridge

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:14 PM

Hit a local Salvation Army yesterday that has always been a miss for me. That day though, they were selling CDs for 4 for $1.39 (with games mixed in).

While I was perusing, an employee restocked with the PSP and Genesis game I grabbed for $1.99 each.

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#460 Scootsy

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:24 PM

My first attempt at Thrift Shopping was a forgettable one.

Skipped class this morning because I was going to be late so I decided to check out the Goodwill first. I saw an original Playstation 1 for 7 dollars without cords. I was tempted but I decided against it. Then I saw a Gamecube for 7 dollars that I was VERY interested in until I realized that no cords come with it and it appeared that an adapter of some sort was missing from the bottom. Afterwards, I found a complete Sega Genesis, but it had a 20 dollar price tag, too rich for my blood. I was able to find one Super Nintendo cart, NHL 94 and wasn't interested in it. Then I found a Gamegear copy of Mortal Kombat for $1, I was going to get it but I decided to save my money on the way out of the store. I also saw a few PS1/PS2 games in the back of the store, all Madden, NBA Live and games like that. They also had a shit load of The Sims for PC.

My second stop was at the Salvation Army. I saw 2 games total, one was Duck Hunt for $4.99 (lmao) and a copy of NBA Street Volume 2 for the PS2 that I didn't even bother with since College Hoops 2K8 and NBA 2K11 are the only basketball games for me.

Theres a Gun and Pawn shop across the street and a little Trinkets store next to that. I may check them out later in the week.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:30 PM

Skipped class this morning because I was going to be late so I decided to check out the Goodwill first.


You know what they say, better late than never.

#462 sp00ge

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:00 PM

Dropped by my local GW on Saturday and the only thing I found was a box marked $20 and had a fat ps2 with all cables and controller and a black N64 with all cables and two controllers. PS2 works perfect, but I haven't had the chance to test the N64 yet.

As an update to an earlier post, I ended up selling those cameras I found. Ended up with $600 for the Canon GL2, $160 for the Metz flash, and $250 for the Kyocera 35mm. Not too shabby for a $20 investment.


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#463 Potatoeman

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:03 PM

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#464 Scootsy

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:54 PM

You know what they say, better late than never.


That is true, thankfully it was only a participation grade today :lol:

#465 Chronis

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:04 AM

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Woooooo, Harvester! Nice find.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:08 PM

just a quick goodwill story. went to the "will" earlier today and saw a PS3 version of DJ Hero Renegade edition for $20. im like sweeeet cracked it open to see the turntable and paper work, stickers etc all in mint condition, so far so good. wonder what condition the game disc is in.....open the game case and NO game disc to be found anywhere. Nice try will.
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#467 leecy

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

Found this for $10 today at a local thrift. The place hasn't been open for too long, and they barely had any games the last time I went in, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a small shelf of games started and to find this one.

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#468 sp00ge

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

Found this gem yesterday, but passed on it:

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#469 C0dy

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:26 PM

Friend and I went to Goodwill yesterday and found a nice stack of PS1 games for $3 each. Discs look fantastic.

Street Fighter Collection 2
Tekken 3 (no manual)
Silent Hill
Resident Evil Survivor
Resident Evil 2 (Greatest Hits)
Clock Tower
Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 2 (Greatest hits)
Arcade's Greatest Hits: Atari Collection 2

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#470 ZombieToast

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:58 AM

Stopped by Goodwill before grocery shopping yesterday and I snagged the following NES games: Paperboy, Excitebike, Tecmo Bowl, and T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage (I had never heard of this last one, which doesn't normally happen). They were $2.95 each, which is more than I'd like to pay, but it's incredibly rare to find anything cheaper than that around here and at least these are all a bit cheaper than eBay prices.

#471 juangrande386

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:59 AM

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Crystal, cart only- $8 apiece. Obviously these were from the GW with BS prices. Could easily double my $ though.

Adventures of Link, Bad Dudes, Super Mario Bros1, Karate Champ for NES. All 4 in the Nintendo sleeves, booklet for Bad Dudes. - $3 apiece

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#472 Invicta 61

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:03 AM

Friend and I went to Goodwill yesterday and found a nice stack of PS1 games for $3 each. Discs look fantastic.

Street Fighter Collection 2
Tekken 3 (no manual)
Silent Hill
Resident Evil Survivor
Resident Evil 2 (Greatest Hits)
Clock Tower
Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 2 (Greatest hits)
Arcade's Greatest Hits: Atari Collection 2


Street Fighter 2, Silent Hill and the Clock Tower games were some pretty good scores. My GW doesn't put out games anymore, they get shipped straight to Indy to be put up on the GW website. :-(
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#473 H4Y4TO

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:08 AM

Found a mint copy Tactics Ogre (GBA) complete at a thrift store for 7.99$
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#474 JJSP

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:31 AM

Goodwill
Mario 3D Land (3DS) - 7.99
Final Fantasy VII (PS1) - 5.99

Mario's a Target COB, so it's got a missing barcode. FFVII is missing the manual, but the discs are flawless and it's a black label copy. Works for me. :)

#475 Potatoeman

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:08 AM

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Crystal, cart only- $8 apiece. Obviously these were from the GW with BS prices. Could easily double my $ though.

Adventures of Link, Bad Dudes, Super Mario Bros1, Karate Champ for NES. All 4 in the Nintendo sleeves, booklet for Bad Dudes. - $3 apiece


Make sure to check those GB games before you list them, just in case!

Nice finds this week.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:43 PM

Dropped by my local GW on Saturday and the only thing I found was a box marked $20 and had a fat ps2 with all cables and controller and a black N64 with all cables and two controllers. PS2 works perfect, but I haven't had the chance to test the N64 yet.

As an update to an earlier post, I ended up selling those cameras I found. Ended up with $600 for the Canon GL2, $160 for the Metz flash, and $250 for the Kyocera 35mm. Not too shabby for a $20 investment.


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#477 juangrande386

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:33 AM

Make sure to check those GB games before you list them, just in case!

Nice finds this week.


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#478 JJSP

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

Woo, 2nd place! I'll take it. :)

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#479 logicmeme

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:35 AM

This thread was motivation for me to get out and see what I could find. I went to a few thrift stores this week and found some cool stuff.

First, a cool old game I found. It's almost complete, missing a few cards but still playable. Worth the $0.45.

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Then I found some original NES games in boxes. Sure, the games suck, but I rarely see CIB NES games! Cost= $0.42 :)

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Finally, I found this awesome gentex military flight helmet. Looks like these things go for at least a couple hundred $$ online, so score! I even got another astrocom headset with it... and for the low price of $2.50!

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#480 Survivalism

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:40 AM

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As difficult a deal as that was to resist, I did find a bag of Atari Flashback 2s. Two of them for $25 and the more I think about it, I probably really should have bought them. :/