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#31 Indigo_Streetlight

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:03 AM

Yeah. When I saw the prices for sealed copies, I was like :-s. I mean, if it were a $100 game sealed, I'd say Fuck yeah, throw that bitch up on eBay.

Speaking of which, I'm still debating on my sealed copy of Packy & Marlon for SNES I found for $3-5 at a Salvation Army six months ago. Every high value auction for it on eBay hasn't sold and the only ones that have are opened/cart only ones.

Yet VGPC says the game is worth a bill and a half in new/sealed condition: :shock:

http://videogames.pr...acky-and-marlon

And RarityGuide.com says it's a $158 game in NIB condition: :shock:

http://www.raritygui...FirstRecord=401

Yet I'm so leery about selling a new/sealed older game.:-#


Does it have any of the original price stickers btw? When there's wear on a sealed game, one might automatically think reseal...but with stickers present the buyer might be a little more confident.

From what I've seen; sealed and CIB markets can be weird. If you have something hot--like the Einhander with drill hole which popped up on CAG a while back--it'll insta-sell. Other stuff will languish, collectors will tell you it's worth big bucks, but when it comes to buying it they won't and it'll always sell for you under-market (though there'll always be some other guy's copy in the woodwork that mysteriously sells for higher).

I've had CIB n64 controllers and a gameboy advance cib where I just tossed the boxes because no one materialized who wanted to pay the nebulous premium, and it got to where it wasn't worth lowering the price and still paying the shipping on the boxes. I'm not saying your situation is that bad, but when some collectors can't verify the seal they only want to pay what the price would be on a unsealed CIB with a beat box; it's all the usual tire-kicking.
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#32 therealdanhill

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:44 AM

It's hardly worth anything, make a cool video dude!

I don't get the decision to not have a GameCube disc reader on the system. Is it just to resell GCN games as eShop downloads later? Is it to keep the cost down? I can't imagine adding GameCube BC would cost a lot of money.

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#33 koalak

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:45 AM

Yeah. When I saw the prices for sealed copies, I was like :-s. I mean, if it were a $100 game sealed, I'd say Fuck yeah, throw that bitch up on eBay.

Speaking of which, I'm still debating on my sealed copy of Packy & Marlon for SNES I found for $3-5 at a Salvation Army six months ago. Every high value auction for it on eBay hasn't sold and the only ones that have are opened/cart only ones.

Yet VGPC says the game is worth a bill and a half in new/sealed condition: :shock:

http://videogames.pr...acky-and-marlon

And RarityGuide.com says it's a $158 game in NIB condition: :shock:

http://www.raritygui...FirstRecord=401

Yet I'm so leery about selling a new/sealed older game.:-#


yeah if you look at the prices in rarityguide you can see sealed games are often worth tons more then opened games

I made a mistake of opening a sealed Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land which according to the PS2 Rarity Guide was worth $200 sealed, but now its worth only $50

TLDR: Never open sealed games. If you really want to play/unbox etc, just buy an additional used copy for that purpose
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#34 spmahn

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:46 AM

Does it have any of the original price stickers btw? When there's wear on a sealed game, one might automatically think reseal...but with stickers present the buyer might be a little more confident.

From what I've seen; sealed and CIB markets can be weird. If you have something hot--like the Einhander with drill hole which popped up on CAG a while back--it'll insta-sell. Other stuff will languish, collectors will tell you it's worth big bucks, but when it comes to buying it they won't and it'll always sell for you under-market (though there'll always be some other guy's copy in the woodwork that mysteriously sells for higher).

I've had CIB n64 controllers and a gameboy advance cib where I just tossed the boxes because no one materialized who wanted to pay the nebulous premium, and it got to where it wasn't worth lowering the price and still paying the shipping on the boxes. I'm not saying your situation is that bad, but when some collectors can't verify the seal they only want to pay what the price would be on a unsealed CIB with a beat box; it's all the usual tire-kicking.


I sell action figures, and that market is largely the same way. In many cases, you will get more for selling figures loose, as long as they are mint with all the accessories, than you will if they are brand new on card, because the shipping costs on shipping the box are way higher than just slipping the figures in a bubble mailer for 2 bucks.

#35 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:50 AM

Does it have any of the original price stickers btw? When there's wear on a sealed game, one might automatically think reseal...but with stickers present the buyer might be a little more confident.

From what I've seen; sealed and CIB markets can be weird. If you have something hot--like the Einhander with drill hole which popped up on CAG a while back--it'll insta-sell. Other stuff will languish, collectors will tell you it's worth big bucks, but when it comes to buying it they won't and it'll always sell for you under-market (though there'll always be some other guy's copy in the woodwork that mysteriously sells for higher).

I've had CIB n64 controllers and a gameboy advance cib where I just tossed the boxes because no one materialized who wanted to pay the nebulous premium, and it got to where it wasn't worth lowering the price and still paying the shipping on the boxes. I'm not saying your situation is that bad, but when some collectors can't verify the seal they only want to pay what the price would be on a unsealed CIB with a beat box; it's all the usual tire-kicking.

Yeah. There is wear around the corners of the box. So I immediately thought reseal myself. But everything else looks good about it.

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#36 Indigo_Streetlight

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:23 AM

Yeah. There is wear around the corners of the box. So I immediately thought reseal myself. But everything else looks good about it.


Does it have any sort of H-seam? I'd mention a detail like that, especially if you're missing a hang-tab.

Another good rule of thumb which I'll use for sealed games that have some kind of flaw, is that I'll position the price somewhere between a CIB and a display quality NIB. It depends on the title too, for a Valkyrie Profile 2 I was able to get $5 below a pure seal, since the game only had a small flaw.

In your case, you might want to think about the components individually, assuming a mint cartridge, mint manual, and worn box. Other factors include sales ranking, it might be hard-to-find but if not too many people are seeking they can afford to be persnickety about condition. Now I can't say I'm intimately familiar with this item, but if I were to list in the dark my instincts would be telling me $80-100.
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