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#301 Last Epoch

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:18 AM

Once scored a Turbo Duo for $5 at a thrift store. Still works! Although it has the dreaded low sound issue.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:26 AM

Picked up Luigi's Mansion for $5. Played it back in the day but didnt finish it. Figured why not.
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#303 Dark Lord Greg

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:09 AM

This, go to shopgoodwill.com and try to find something from your local GW. Thank God none of mine are on there!


well took your tip and looked what my are stores had on there and just one of the thing is this

http://www.shopgoodw...ItemID=12469055

no wonder I never find anything worthwhile video game wise at my local Goodwill stores just old sports games

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#304 spmahn

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well took your tip and looked what my are stores had on there and just one of the thing is this

http://www.shopgoodw...ItemID=12469055

no wonder I never find anything worthwhile video game wise at my local Goodwill stores just old sports games


This shit just sickens me. Goodwill is a NON PROFIT CHARITY, they receive tax money, and their directors take home six figure paychecks. I understand the need to cover your overhead costs in running the retail stores, but if they are just going to hold back everything of even nominal value, why even bother running the stores? Just run donation centers, train the handicapped guys to take the donations, list the stuff that can be sold online, and then toss the trash in the dumpster.

Yeah, if you get something of value, you can jack the price up a bit, that's fine, but if you're just trying to squeeze every last penny you can out of it, why even waste your customers time by running a store?

#305 highoffcoffee496

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:11 AM

this shit just sickens me. Goodwill is a non profit charity, they receive tax money, and their directors take home six figure paychecks. I understand the need to cover your overhead costs in running the retail stores, but if they are just going to hold back everything of even nominal value, why even bother running the stores? Just run donation centers, train the handicapped guys to take the donations, list the stuff that can be sold online, and then toss the trash in the dumpster.

Yeah, if you get something of value, you can jack the price up a bit, that's fine, but if you're just trying to squeeze every last penny you can out of it, why even waste your customers time by running a store?


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#306 evuong

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

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#307 Jnova80

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:23 PM

^Good stuff^

Usually Saturdays are really good for my stores, goose egg today.

#308 slowdive21

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

I really need to start posting. I buy so much stuff, I will just stick to rare or video game related stuff in my posts. I have over a years worth of pics...

#309 Animal7390

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

why take the time for pics without posting? dont get me wrong, im lazy but i dont take photos, if i did, i would post
my trade list doesnt have anything in it right now, but it will someday. soon. hopefully. maybe.

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#310 slowdive21

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

why take the time for pics without posting? dont get me wrong, im lazy but i dont take photos, if i did, i would post


I like to keep track of what I have and what I paid. Also my stuff is insured in case of fire or damage. I plan on posting it, but you guys will be sick of seeing the junk I buy. :lol: I'll try to stick to just videogame related stuff or exceptional finds. I buy like 6-20 items per day for resale/collecting.

#311 trollape74

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:55 AM

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What I found this week. Scooby was .49 so I picked it up immediately. My great dane just loves that thing but I'm pretty sure he'd destroy it :lol:. Time Commando was also .49, it's still covered in it's original shrink wrap but the previous owner made a slit in the top to get the game out. The box looked cool so I'll probably hold onto it for a while. That genesis controller Had been sitting at goodwill for at least 3 weeks now so I finally just got it for a buck.

#312 The Prize Fighter Inferno

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:28 AM

Salvation Army had a console-only Gamecube for $9.99 yesterday. Not worth it to me, but somebody had bought it by the time I went back today. Other than that there hasn't been much there.

#313 corygbp

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:32 AM

I saw 4 fat PS2s today at 3 Goodwills in my area. First one was priced at $15 with 2 memory cards, network adapter and power cord. I bought that one because my slim ps2 is on it's last legs and $15 is a good price if the system works and isn't a terrible situation if it doesn't. All the other ps2s had no cables or anything and were listed at 30 to 35 dollars.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:38 AM

This shit just sickens me. Goodwill is a NON PROFIT CHARITY, they receive tax money, and their directors take home six figure paychecks. I understand the need to cover your overhead costs in running the retail stores, but if they are just going to hold back everything of even nominal value, why even bother running the stores? Just run donation centers, train the handicapped guys to take the donations, list the stuff that can be sold online, and then toss the trash in the dumpster.

Yeah, if you get something of value, you can jack the price up a bit, that's fine, but if you're just trying to squeeze every last penny you can out of it, why even waste your customers time by running a store?


Now let it sink in that whatever they sell in the stores is donated to them and they didn't have to pay for it.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:05 AM

Shopgoodwill also charges ridiculous shipping fees plus additional handling fees. Back in January I won a lot of ~15 CIB NES games. They charged $34 plus $6 handling to ship it! And when I received it they wer packed in a Large Flat Rate with one piece of bubble on bottom and one on top.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:35 AM

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Found this at an army surplus store in my hometown. Friend of mine told me they started selling odds and ends, and that it was worth a look. He was right. Six dollars, and it came with the game, instructions, and the Coleco battery adapter. Will look good on my gaming shelf.

#317 Optic_ghost

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:53 AM

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Found this at an army surplus store in my hometown. Friend of mine told me they started selling odds and ends, and that it was worth a look. He was right. Six dollars, and it came with the game, instructions, and the Coleco battery adapter. Will look good on my gaming shelf.


Wonderful find! I haven't seen one of these in my area for at least 9 years in the thrifts, and that one had a damaged joystick among other things.

#318 Kovorkian

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:46 AM

Picked up 2 atrai 2600 games today, that were in with the cassette tapes,

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$3 each, sears, robuck and co. games

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#319 Bing147

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:16 AM

Got two things today.

El Viento (Genesis, CIB): 2.99
Genesis arcade stick: 4.99

Apparently El Viento is both great and a bit rare. Looking forward to it.
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#320 spmahn

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:19 AM

Got two things today.

El Viento (Genesis, CIB): 2.99
Genesis arcade stick: 4.99

Apparently El Viento is both great and a bit rare. Looking forward to it.


El Viento always reminds me of Nick Arcade and how terrible it was (the show not the game). The game would always appear as an option, but I don't ever remember it being picked.

#321 Doomstink

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:14 AM

El Viento always reminds me of Nick Arcade and how terrible it was (the show not the game). The game would always appear as an option, but I don't ever remember it being picked.


Nick Arcade was awesome - never speak badly of it. As a kid, I somehow convinced myself that Nick was actually able to transport people into a game.

#322 The Acacia Strain

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:31 AM

This shit just sickens me. Goodwill is a NON PROFIT CHARITY, they receive tax money, and their directors take home six figure paychecks. I understand the need to cover your overhead costs in running the retail stores, but if they are just going to hold back everything of even nominal value, why even bother running the stores? Just run donation centers, train the handicapped guys to take the donations, list the stuff that can be sold online, and then toss the trash in the dumpster.

Yeah, if you get something of value, you can jack the price up a bit, that's fine, but if you're just trying to squeeze every last penny you can out of it, why even waste your customers time by running a store?


I used to work at Goodwill. Boy, could I tell you some dirt.

Anyways, not all stores sell online. It is a division thing. So, chances are your local store doesn't sell online. I believe it would be those stores in the larger cities. That listing was probably uploaded by some manager who did not have a clue on what it's value was. The store may have been trying to meet budget also. Usually any time there are games, the manager, assistant managers, automatically think they can charge a lot of money for them, because games are almost a guarantee sell.

For this, it should of been put in a bin, and the games should of been sold for like $3 per game. Nothing in that was worth the cash. Plus, Goodwill is a second hand store.

You guys would be surprised at the gaming gems that some of the staff throws in the compactor. My old manager, tried selling a bunch of Sega Genesis stuff that didn't sold. It was thrown in the compacter. I would normally eye ball the compactor on my breaks, or just to act like I was working.

Some of my finds, to be CRUSHED:

- A NES Top Loader, with controllers
- Metal Gear
- Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy II
- Every Legend of Zelda NES titles.
- Every rare Mario NES titles

I freaked out whenever I seen this. I got it all out, and sold it. I sold each game for $7 each. The top loader sold for $20. The lady returned it and said it didn't work. It didn't have the AC adapter. Somebody tried throwing it away again, so I put $3 on it, and it sold immediately.

This was a good $150+ eBay lot, about to be crushed. I died.

I've also found numerous SNES consoles. I once sold twenty atari games, for $20. We once had a donation of a sealed xbox 360 with kinect.

Once, a manager put something in the showcase by the register when I wasn't looking. She had stuck a Nintendo DS in there, not knowing what it was for fifty cents. She was an older lady. A customer had seen it before I could grab it and correct the price.

I can help you guys out with the Goodwill stuff. If anyone has any kind of questions, I'll try and check this thread to see if you guys have anything to ask.

#323 spmahn

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:23 AM

I used to work at Goodwill. Boy, could I tell you some dirt.

Anyways, not all stores sell online. It is a division thing. So, chances are your local store doesn't sell online. I believe it would be those stores in the larger cities. That listing was probably uploaded by some manager who did not have a clue on what it's value was. The store may have been trying to meet budget also. Usually any time there are games, the manager, assistant managers, automatically think they can charge a lot of money for them, because games are almost a guarantee sell.

For this, it should of been put in a bin, and the games should of been sold for like $3 per game. Nothing in that was worth the cash. Plus, Goodwill is a second hand store.

You guys would be surprised at the gaming gems that some of the staff throws in the compactor. My old manager, tried selling a bunch of Sega Genesis stuff that didn't sold. It was thrown in the compacter. I would normally eye ball the compactor on my breaks, or just to act like I was working.

Some of my finds, to be CRUSHED:

- A NES Top Loader, with controllers
- Metal Gear
- Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy II
- Every Legend of Zelda NES titles.
- Every rare Mario NES titles

I freaked out whenever I seen this. I got it all out, and sold it. I sold each game for $7 each. The top loader sold for $20. The lady returned it and said it didn't work. It didn't have the AC adapter. Somebody tried throwing it away again, so I put $3 on it, and it sold immediately.

This was a good $150+ eBay lot, about to be crushed. I died.

I've also found numerous SNES consoles. I once sold twenty atari games, for $20. We once had a donation of a sealed xbox 360 with kinect.

Once, a manager put something in the showcase by the register when I wasn't looking. She had stuck a Nintendo DS in there, not knowing what it was for fifty cents. She was an older lady. A customer had seen it before I could grab it and correct the price.

I can help you guys out with the Goodwill stuff. If anyone has any kind of questions, I'll try and check this thread to see if you guys have anything to ask.


Why was that stuff being crushed? Did no one just have any clue what to do with it, and thus it was just assumed to be garbage? What happens with shit that doesn't sell, like the PS2 era sports titles that litter the shelves? Does it all eventually sell, or do they try to keep track of how long stuff has been sitting and just throw it in the dumpster if it doesn't sell after a month?

#324 highoffcoffee496

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:42 AM

I used to work at Goodwill. Boy, could I tell you some dirt.

Anyways, not all stores sell online. It is a division thing. So, chances are your local store doesn't sell online. I believe it would be those stores in the larger cities. That listing was probably uploaded by some manager who did not have a clue on what it's value was. The store may have been trying to meet budget also. Usually any time there are games, the manager, assistant managers, automatically think they can charge a lot of money for them, because games are almost a guarantee sell.

For this, it should of been put in a bin, and the games should of been sold for like $3 per game. Nothing in that was worth the cash. Plus, Goodwill is a second hand store.

You guys would be surprised at the gaming gems that some of the staff throws in the compactor. My old manager, tried selling a bunch of Sega Genesis stuff that didn't sold. It was thrown in the compacter. I would normally eye ball the compactor on my breaks, or just to act like I was working.

Some of my finds, to be CRUSHED:

- A NES Top Loader, with controllers
- Metal Gear
- Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy II
- Every Legend of Zelda NES titles.
- Every rare Mario NES titles

I freaked out whenever I seen this. I got it all out, and sold it. I sold each game for $7 each. The top loader sold for $20. The lady returned it and said it didn't work. It didn't have the AC adapter. Somebody tried throwing it away again, so I put $3 on it, and it sold immediately.

This was a good $150+ eBay lot, about to be crushed. I died.

I've also found numerous SNES consoles. I once sold twenty atari games, for $20. We once had a donation of a sealed xbox 360 with kinect.

Once, a manager put something in the showcase by the register when I wasn't looking. She had stuck a Nintendo DS in there, not knowing what it was for fifty cents. She was an older lady. A customer had seen it before I could grab it and correct the price.

I can help you guys out with the Goodwill stuff. If anyone has any kind of questions, I'll try and check this thread to see if you guys have anything to ask.


I can never find anything at my Goodwill and if I do it's overpriced (ex: NES system for $100) Regardless, how often do they add new items? What are the best times/days to go in hopes of scoring a deal?
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#325 The Acacia Strain

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

Why was that stuff being crushed? Did no one just have any clue what to do with it, and thus it was just assumed to be garbage? What happens with shit that doesn't sell, like the PS2 era sports titles that litter the shelves? Does it all eventually sell, or do they try to keep track of how long stuff has been sitting and just throw it in the dumpster if it doesn't sell after a month?


They crush anything they do not sell. It is policy. They would rather crush things, than let their employees take it home with them.

As for the top loader my idiot old boss thought because the Sega Genesis didn't sell, that it wouldn't sell either.

Usually the games that don't sell will sit there till they sell. You mark anything at $1 game related and it will sell. If it doesn't, they get thrown away.

It items that don't sell, just get crushed.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

I can never find anything at my Goodwill and if I do it's overpriced (ex: NES system for $100) Regardless, how often do they add new items? What are the best times/days to go in hopes of scoring a deal?


Good question. Most people think the stores are stocked overnight and all the new items will be out in the morning. That is false. At night we had to close, clean, and count drawers down. The morning is usually the worst time to thirty at Goodwill.

The year I worked there, I noticed that the wares racks started coming out around 11-12. The morning shift at my store started at 9, the evening shift at 11/12. the more people working, means more people are sorting in the back of the store. You'll also see a lot if stuff coming in and out around 1-3:30.

Usually Saturday is when you'll see the most stuff. Sunday is great too, it's also a shorter shift. These two days are great, because these are the last two days of the week the stores can meet budget. The management will be putting out more stuff than normal.

It all depends on your store's policy.

As for the games, we probably were putting new ones out roughly 2-4 times a week. I live in a small town though, so I would imagine that ratio to differ in a large area.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:46 AM

Also contrary to popular belief, the workers cannot shop on the days they work. Items can't be held back either, since so much is being put out daily, and its against policy. My store installed cameras to watch us. Policy is very seriously enforced. The corporate people are a joke, I've net several of them. They're unfriendly till somebody says let's take a picture, and they want to look good next to their worker ants.

Pretty shit place to work, you see so many gems go through..

I may post some of my off day finds though. I was friends with the other cashier, so when I came in she would tell me if there was an item in the store I would want.

#328 yantelope

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

http://www.amazon.co...=A32UWF11CYXVV6

Goodwill sells on amazon too.

#329 sp00ge

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

I finally got to talk to one of the managers I'm kind of friends with and got the low-down on why the GW's around here (not sure if it's national) stopped selling Target stuff.

It turns out, as I suspected, Goodwill buys the merchandise from Target by the pallet (not donated). Well, according to him, and as I have personally witnessed, 90% of the stuff they get from Target is literally broken junk. Goodwill was losing (or at best breaking even) on the Target stuff, so at the end of last year, they stopped dealing with it.

I'm going to miss it, since it was nice to occasionally find a stack of clearance games at half of the last Target price, although it was more common to find those same games at MSRP. I've had quite a few good scores, as I've posted in the past, but eh, it is what it is.

Also, anyone picking up and flipping Guitar Hero controllers needs to be wary of the wireless Les Pauls. I've picked up two in the past week where the upstrum doesn't work. I'm glad I noticed before I put them on Amazon.


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:24 PM

Good question. Most people think the stores are stocked overnight and all the new items will be out in the morning. That is false. At night we had to close, clean, and count drawers down. The morning is usually the worst time to thirty at Goodwill.

The year I worked there, I noticed that the wares racks started coming out around 11-12. The morning shift at my store started at 9, the evening shift at 11/12. the more people working, means more people are sorting in the back of the store. You'll also see a lot if stuff coming in and out around 1-3:30.

Usually Saturday is when you'll see the most stuff. Sunday is great too, it's also a shorter shift. These two days are great, because these are the last two days of the week the stores can meet budget. The management will be putting out more stuff than normal.

It all depends on your store's policy.

As for the games, we probably were putting new ones out roughly 2-4 times a week. I live in a small town though, so I would imagine that ratio to differ in a large area.


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