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#121 Kovorkian

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:31 PM

I'll never tell! Lol but seriously I only found 1 top loader there. It was complete with all cords , dogbone and tetris for $5!


dick :P local goodwill isnt worth shit, the one near college isn't too bad but they have some really fucked up prices

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#122 Angry Man

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:45 AM

Wish I took a pic but I saw a copy of Starcraft II for $40 at my GW. Mind you it sells new at stores for that now. :roll:

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:57 AM

I will post this story in this thread because a resale/trade in shop chain is kinda like a thrift store? I also don't want to start a new thread just for this, though it may deserve one.

Anyway sealed collector's and VGA grade lovers turn away now. Everyone else, this still hurts a bit.

So I walk in to this store called The Exchange. They have some reasonably priced stuff at times. I see a minty boxed NES top loader behind glass. $300... Okay it's boxed and complete, maybe someone with a bunch a money will want this. It gets worse. A few days later I go to a local game store and start talking to the clerk. He told me that another patron saw an older lady trade in that NES top loader, the kicker, it was brand new factory sealed (no knowledge of Nintendo sealing. so I don't know if it was a wrap or just a sticker). According to this store's company policy they have to test every console they take in. The manager knew they were going to lose a bunch of money if they opened it up, but they did anyway...

To wrap it up. On ebay a brand new top loader sold for more than $1000. Because of a company policy and a too honest of an employee, they lost a potential $700 worth of profit with one cut. If it was me I would have told the old lady to come back after my shift was over. ;)



that is super sad. as someone who frequents the Pittsburgh area local exchange stores, I have experienced the pros on this tactic. Got many games and dvds there that were trade in brand new, but the had to open them as per policy of selling used stuff. so the mark these "new" items as "used" sucks about that particular system though.

a few months back I saw a tg-16 for 300 dollars there. thats a bit rich.:roll:

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 05:56 PM

that is super sad. as someone who frequents the Pittsburgh area local exchange stores, I have experienced the pros on this tactic. Got many games and dvds there that were trade in brand new, but the had to open them as per policy of selling used stuff. so the mark these "new" items as "used" sucks about that particular system though.

a few months back I saw a tg-16 for 300 dollars there. thats a bit rich.:roll:


I haven't been to an Exchange in almost a year. For the most part, it seems their pricing is just getting out of hand when it comes to older stuff. Sometimes they have the "damaged" stuff for dirt cheap, but overall, it's not worth my time to even stop. I go to CD Warehouse every so often since they price their stuff more competitively, and have a stamp card program. They also pay better overall on trades, they're just alot pickier about condition.

The one place I'm glad is gone is Buybacks. We went to the one in Greensburg a week before it closed and it was dead. We asked the manager how business is doing and he was in major denial. Kept saying they were doing awesome and they were planning on opening a another location in the area. The following week, they were closed. :applause:

To stay on topic, I was at Goodwill today and they put out a banjo and an acoustic guitar. The guitar was an Epiphone PR150, priced at $150. The lady that priced it and put it out was saying how great of condition it is and it should have no trouble selling, except for the fact Guitar Center sells the exact same guitar for $99 NEW, and can be had for less during sales. The banjo was a 4-string Galveston, priced at $150, which may be high for GW, but is about right with it being a $200-300 banjo.

Funny enough, they also had out on the shelves for $2, a vintage Tempo Ukulele. Not worth a whole hell of a lot of money, but quite possibly the most lopsided pricing I've seen there in awhile.


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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:53 PM

I haven't been to an Exchange in almost a year. For the most part, it seems their pricing is just getting out of hand when it comes to older stuff. Sometimes they have the "damaged" stuff for dirt cheap, but overall, it's not worth my time to even stop. I go to CD Warehouse every so often since they price their stuff more competitively, and have a stamp card program. They also pay better overall on trades, they're just alot pickier about condition.

The one place I'm glad is gone is Buybacks. We went to the one in Greensburg a week before it closed and it was dead. We asked the manager how business is doing and he was in major denial. Kept saying they were doing awesome and they were planning on opening a another location in the area. The following week, they were closed. :applause:

To stay on topic, I was at Goodwill today and they put out a banjo and an acoustic guitar. The guitar was an Epiphone PR150, priced at $150. The lady that priced it and put it out was saying how great of condition it is and it should have no trouble selling, except for the fact Guitar Center sells the exact same guitar for $99 NEW, and can be had for less during sales. The banjo was a 4-string Galveston, priced at $150, which may be high for GW, but is about right with it being a $200-300 banjo.

Funny enough, they also had out on the shelves for $2, a vintage Tempo Ukulele. Not worth a whole hell of a lot of money, but quite possibly the most lopsided pricing I've seen there in awhile.


buybacks is INSANE! That is the place with prices that make no sense whatsoever....I am talking about stuff like Battletoads vs Double Dragon on NES for $78.36 or Donkey Kong Country for SNES for $43.92, but then you'll see Ninja Gaiden 3 for $4.99. they always have really bizzarre prices. But then again, I got a toploader for only $30 (same price as a toaster). But when I got it, it came with a regular controller, even though they had a dogbone over with the loose controllers, I tried to explain that the dogbone went with this model and he said "oh sorry I can only sell it with this one" then half a micro second before he swipes my card, some other guy yells "no dude! that controller doesn't work with that one! you have to use this one!" and they ended up giving me the dogbone anyway. The place sucks now and they have little to no retro stuff anymore anyway so who cares!

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:46 PM

dick :P local goodwill isnt worth shit, the one near college isn't too bad but they have some really fucked up prices


Last winter I was at the Shamokin Dam one and saw a 20"-ish inch SDTV the kind with the flat glass, but still the bulky kind marked what I thought was $15. I figured reasonable deal until I got closer and saw it was actually $75.

But their prices are really random. I was there once with my grandmother who was looking for a table and some new chairs and she saw a decent set, nothing antique or brand new or anything, and it was marked $150. Wednesday when I was in, they had two different chairs (one antique-ish although it needed sanded and revarnished) for $5 a pop. They also had a somewhat nice looking leather (or fake) ottoman/bench/stowaway thing for $40. It looked like a store model and when I got home, I showed my sister who was along the the Kohl's flyer in that dya's paper where they had the same one advertised as an early bird special for $99.99. I didn't look over it a ton, but didn't see anything noticably wrong with it.

Then there was the "Guitar Hero 3 surplus" sale where massive amounts of GH3 showed up at Goodwills sealed. The Goodwill in Shamokin (not Dam) had it for $14.99 new. Around two weeks later I went to the Goodwill in Lewistown and their copies were $7.99. (Stopped at the one in Shamokin Dam between those and they didn't have any copies.)
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#127 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:55 AM

:lol: So many PA CAG's reporting hilariously high prices in here lately.

Anyway, yesterday I saw a $39.99 complete fat model :ps2: at the one Salvation Army up the line from me. It was a 30001 model(first frickin' model of the PS2:roll:) with a surprisingly intact warranty seal and an actual Dual Shock 2 with it.

I just kinda shook my head and snickered.

Then again, the $20 N64 that was there a week or two earlier was gone as was the other PS2 I think they had there for $30. So someone is buying these used systems. But when it comes to game hardware, it's gotta be cheap unless I can fully test it, then I might pay like $15-20 for a working PS2/Xbox. But with no wires or controller my price is like $10 at most.

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#128 Kovorkian

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:55 AM

Then there was the "Guitar Hero 3 surplus" sale where massive amounts of GH3 showed up at Goodwills sealed. The Goodwill in Shamokin (not Dam) had it for $14.99 new. Around two weeks later I went to the Goodwill in Lewistown and their copies were $7.99. (Stopped at the one in Shamokin Dam between those and they didn't have any copies.)


There has to be an el hoardo that goes and clears these out as when i go they only have fucking madden 03 or so for fucking 18 or more >.> Only thing i've seen soeone buy at the shamokin dam goodwill was a "I'm a hot grandpa" [something along those lines] t-shirt that he got to wear under his shoulder pads for football

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#129 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:08 AM

There has to be an el hoardo that goes and clears these out as when i go they only have fucking madden 03 or so for fucking 18 or more >.> Only thing i've seen soeone buy at the shamokin dam goodwill was a "I'm a hot grandpa" [something along those lines] t-shirt that he got to wear under his shoulder pads for football

:lol:I almost bought a WCW Security t-shirt at the one Salvation Army here yesterday, along with a handful of other shirts with sayings on them. But I decided against it, since I likely would've only bought it to resell to a wrestling fan since I doubt I'd wear it.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:03 AM

:lol:I almost bought a WCW Security t-shirt at the one Salvation Army here yesterday, along with a handful of other shirts with sayings on them. But I decided against it, since I likely would've only bought it to resell to a wrestling fan since I doubt I'd wear it.


As a wrestling fan, some of those WCW Security shirts and others that were pre-buyout are worth money, a few are fairly common though and show up on ebay a lot. There are some rare security/backstage shirts from when WCW taped at Disney that feature both their logos. Those were from the early 90's and I've seen go for $50-$100 on ebay. Then again, most of the shirts from that time period can get that much cash.

Still, there's a few problems with buying them. Number one is making sure they're authentic as they did a lot of third party ones for stores like K-Mart and JC Penney. (Most of mine were from JC Penney as I bought up a ton on clearance for $1 or so each). Another is a lot of them were black shirts and somewhat cheaply made at that so they faded like crazy.

I used to go through the clothes a lot as I've been wearing 29x30 jeans for 15 years now and most guys seem to average wearing them a year or less. Plus, I'm incredibly skinny so vintage clothes seem to fit better when I can find them. Oh, and I pretty much refuse to pay more than $5 for a t-shirt anymore.

I have a ton of clothes right now though so I pretty much quit. My best finds were pretty much all from the Salvation Army in Sunbury, though. A vintage 80's-ish blue Puma shirt that fits me great and a PA government logo shirt that's fun to wear to see people acting nicer/more respectful to me in.
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#131 yourlefthand

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:07 AM

I had a good stop at Goodwill last night, even though they are stupid. They recently reorganized the store and moved DVDs and CDs to the very back of the store. This last week they decided that keeping DVDs behind the counter was too much work, so now they are all just in the cases, waiting to be stolen.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:04 PM

Saw a PS2 copy of GTA 3 with no game inside.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:19 PM

I see empty game cases everywhere at one of my local Goodwills. Its like. "Seriously, you guys are just asking for it to be stolen." But I think they got smart and are placing them in the back of the register. Its good but its a bitch to get a good look.

At least the other store has it behind the case.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:50 PM

My local GWs have had CD binders behind the counter for years. Every now and then I see 1 or 2 discs left in a case.

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#135 Olengie

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:09 PM

I wish the GWs did that for all the Dvds cept a few instead of putting them outside.

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#136 spmahn

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 08:07 PM

I see empty game cases everywhere at one of my local Goodwills. Its like. "Seriously, you guys are just asking for it to be stolen." But I think they got smart and are placing them in the back of the register. Its good but its a bitch to get a good look.

At least the other store has it behind the case.


It's a catch 22. If you leave high theft items like CDs, Video Games, and Movies accessible to anyone, you're just opening up your door to shoplifters. Leave them in a jewlery case or behind a counter, and you'll never sell anything because people won't be able to browse. Leave the empty cases out on the floor, and keep the discs in a binder behind the register and A. You turn the whole thing into a big hassle for everyone and B. 9 times out of 10 they won't be able to find the disc you want to buy and you'll be SOL anyways. Oh, and people will still steal the empty cases anyways just because they can.

#137 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 08:15 PM

As a wrestling fan, some of those WCW Security shirts and others that were pre-buyout are worth money, a few are fairly common though and show up on ebay a lot. There are some rare security/backstage shirts from when WCW taped at Disney that feature both their logos. Those were from the early 90's and I've seen go for $50-$100 on ebay. Then again, most of the shirts from that time period can get that much cash.

Still, there's a few problems with buying them. Number one is making sure they're authentic as they did a lot of third party ones for stores like K-Mart and JC Penney. (Most of mine were from JC Penney as I bought up a ton on clearance for $1 or so each). Another is a lot of them were black shirts and somewhat cheaply made at that so they faded like crazy.

I used to go through the clothes a lot as I've been wearing 29x30 jeans for 15 years now and most guys seem to average wearing them a year or less. Plus, I'm incredibly skinny so vintage clothes seem to fit better when I can find them. Oh, and I pretty much refuse to pay more than $5 for a t-shirt anymore.

I have a ton of clothes right now though so I pretty much quit. My best finds were pretty much all from the Salvation Army in Sunbury, though. A vintage 80's-ish blue Puma shirt that fits me great and a PA government logo shirt that's fun to wear to see people acting nicer/more respectful to me in.

The WCW Security shirt I saw was the new logo they had for a few years before the buyout. It had it in a smaller size on the front of the shirt and a bigger size on the back with the word security under it on front AND back I believe.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:25 AM

I saw a Vii at goodwill today. And no that was not a typo. It appeared to be a rip off o the wii from china. The best part? They only wanted $30 for it XD

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:39 AM

It's a catch 22. If you leave high theft items like CDs, Video Games, and Movies accessible to anyone, you're just opening up your door to shoplifters. Leave them in a jewlery case or behind a counter, and you'll never sell anything because people won't be able to browse. Leave the empty cases out on the floor, and keep the discs in a binder behind the register and A. You turn the whole thing into a big hassle for everyone and B. 9 times out of 10 they won't be able to find the disc you want to buy and you'll be SOL anyways. Oh, and people will still steal the empty cases anyways just because they can.


Another issue might be some people might see something they want, open it to check to see if the disk is scratched, find it empty, and assume it's been stolen.

I've done this before. I didn't think to mention it to the staff or ask if they kept the discs behind the counter until after I left.

#140 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:51 AM

Another issue might be some people might see something they want, open it to check to see if the disk is scratched, find it empty, and assume it's been stolen.

I've done this before. I didn't think to mention it to the staff or ask if they kept the discs behind the counter until after I left.

That's my problem at times too. But the one time I asked this little indy thrift store if I could check their CD binders for games that may not have cases to them. I found about 10-15 PS1/PS2 games that had no cases on the shelves and asked if I could buy those ones in a bulk lot.

They told me to come back some other day or gave me some other excuse and I never bothered asking again. If the store were right down the street from my house I wouldn't have cared, but the store is a good 25 minute or so ride and I only ever get there maybe once every 2-3 weeks.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:21 AM

Technically a pawn shop... but close enough.

Walked into a pawn shop I like and get good deals at. See a HUGE stack of NES/SNES games. I get really excited because this place is usually around 2-4 dollars a game. Got Mario Party 3 there last week for 4.99, got Phantasy Star 0 for 2.99, I get a lot of good deals. Walk up and start looking through them and my jaw drops...

Dragon Warrior 3: 39.99
Mega Man 3: 12.99
Punch Out: 12.99
Mario 3: 9.99
Super Mario Kart: 9.99
Battletoads: 14.99

That's just off the top of my head. They had a LOT of good ones, but all at Ebay prices. I asked them as they are usually cheap and they said they looked them up on Ebay because of how many it was.I just laughed and asked if they would consider making me a deal on a few of them if I bought a few and they said maybe if they sit a few weeks. At those prices, they could. I said okay, maybe I'll check back in a few weeks, but if I wanted to pay Ebay prices I'd buy them on Ebay.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

Went to a Salvation Army for a 50% off Sale.

Original Xbox: $50. Even with the discount, still bad. :lol:

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:01 PM

The Goodwill and Salvation Army here never have anything good. Best product I found at either has been Veronica Mars Season 2.

Now, Value Village is a different story. They get some real gems on occasion, but their TV series season sets (specifically the bigger thick ones) are usually $10-$15 at least and are heavily worn. They also have a problem with people stealing the discs (leaving the case empty) or putting a different disc in there.

On the other hand, I would have never known that 4Kids sold a DVD containing just 1 one episode (a Part 2 episode at that!) of G.I. Joe Sigma Six without them.