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#361 sp00ge

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:29 AM

WTF is with all of the Gameboy Printers lately? And nice find on Suikoden; I've been hoping to find a copy in the wild out here, but no luck.


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#362 Indigo_Streetlight

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:41 AM

It's policy. My friend had a baby at his counter and he stuck a pin on the kid's shirt because he was crying. He got chewed out awful over that by the division workers. Goodwill does not believe in freebies. They would rather throw items away or crush them than having a free bin in the store.

She was just doing her job.


I've had mean old ladies throw away empty cases on me before as well, but for some reason if there's a cute black girl at the till they'll take my offer of 50 cents. Never underestimate the power of love :hot:
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#363 The Acacia Strain

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:33 AM

I've had mean old ladies throw away empty cases on me before as well, but for some reason if there's a cute black girl at the till they'll take my offer of 50 cents. Never underestimate the power of love :hot:


Hahaha, I don't know an old lady that works at Goodwill that isn't a grouch. I had one lady who worked there that treated me horribly. One time we had a store meeting, I ate a piece of candy and she told me it would make me fat in front of the whole store. Later, I caught her reaching for a doughnut and I said "That will make you fat". She didn't eat the doughnut. TENSION!

The girl at the register should have said "Let me ask my manager', if nobody was in her line. It's still against policy, but it would of gone over better than throwing something away in front of a customer, as opposed to giving it to them.. Simple as that. When things like that would happen to me, and there were no customers in my line, I'd walk to the back, throw something at my coworker over the pile of donations (mountain of garbage bags, he couldn't see me), then I would turn around and go back out and tell the customer that it is against policy, and I am very sorry on the behalf of our store. They would thank me for asking for them, and leave.

And I was one of the guys that customers would leave compliments for and send in feedback cards to the division and corporate offices. :bouncy:

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:51 PM

Suikoden $4.99 (I have this already just planing to sell it or to trade)

I'm so jealous that you always have much better finds than I do. Is there anything in particular that you're looking for? I might have something I can trade, but I have no idea what to offer. Ha ha.

#365 Br0keAssGamer

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

Hahaha, I don't know an old lady that works at Goodwill that isn't a grouch. I had one lady who worked there that treated me horribly. One time we had a store meeting, I ate a piece of candy and she told me it would make me fat in front of the whole store. Later, I caught her reaching for a doughnut and I said "That will make you fat". She didn't eat the doughnut. TENSION!

The girl at the register should have said "Let me ask my manager', if nobody was in her line. It's still against policy, but it would of gone over better than throwing something away in front of a customer, as opposed to giving it to them.. Simple as that. When things like that would happen to me, and there were no customers in my line, I'd walk to the back, throw something at my coworker over the pile of donations (mountain of garbage bags, he couldn't see me), then I would turn around and go back out and tell the customer that it is against policy, and I am very sorry on the behalf of our store. They would thank me for asking for them, and leave.

And I was one of the guys that customers would leave compliments for and send in feedback cards to the division and corporate offices. :bouncy:


I hate how goodwill and their employees are such a hit or miss. It's something I don't really see at other stores. I mean yeah occasionally you'll get the asshole working at GameStop or the pissed of Wendy's drive through woman, but it seems like from my experiences and everyone's stories that goodwill hires an incredible amount of unhappy and unhelpful workers. Does working there really suck that much? -_-

#366 Billytwoshoes

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

I had a pretty good off-sale day at Goodwill, someone donated their PS2 lot, so I was able to get the following for $5 each (these certainly wouldn't of lasted until the 1/2 Saturday):

:ps2: Dark Cloud 2 (missing manual though)
:ps2: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (complete black label copy)
:ps2: Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life SE (complete)
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I saw some others in the lot, but those were the ones I cherry picked from the selections. The others I'll see if they last until the 1/2 day.

#367 TrumpetDan

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

I had a pretty good off-sale day at Goodwill, someone donated their PS2 lot, so I was able to get the following for $5 each (these certainly wouldn't of lasted until the 1/2 Saturday):

:ps2: Dark Cloud 2 (missing manual though)
:ps2: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (complete black label copy)
:ps2: Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life SE (complete)
Posted Image Animal Crossing (complete except for the memory card)

I saw some others in the lot, but those were the ones I cherry picked from the selections. The others I'll see if they last until the 1/2 day.


Nice finds!

By the way, anyone else here in the southern CA area? If so, any recommended spots to check out?

#368 The Acacia Strain

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

I hate how goodwill and their employees are such a hit or miss. It's something I don't really see at other stores. I mean yeah occasionally you'll get the asshole working at GameStop or the pissed of Wendy's drive through woman, but it seems like from my experiences and everyone's stories that goodwill hires an incredible amount of unhappy and unhelpful workers. Does working there really suck that much? -_-


Honestly man, it was a fun job. The only bad part is hanging clothes. Goodwill was my first job. The guys I worked with were awesome, and we all said this job sucks, so lets make the best of it. We had fun at work, and we were all positive. Management said we were the most productive shift and we sold a lot of stuff. You get pretty ripped working there too, with all the lifting and labor you do. Some of the workers there though man would suck the life out of you whenever they just entered the room.

Goodwill's mission though is to provide job opportunities for people of special needs. My previous boss was more worried about hiring eye candy women, to sell more items. He knew business well, but he dicked me over bad, and I left. Nobody in the store really had much to do with those of special needs. Then again much of the work force was in the back of the store. Anyways, there was a man with Down's syndrome who came in with his guardians, I would always do my best to make that guy happy because you could tell he was bummed out about not getting to look in the store. His family would just leave him in the store, while they walked around. I would bring him near my register and talk to him, and try to make him feel like he was a person. He would grab a wheel chair, I'd help him set it up and he would hang out. I have a lot of sympathy for people diagnosed with that condition.

To stay on topic though, when I would sort donations, when I found one game, I would typically find more games. Nobody really donates, just one single game, since they could just throw it away. At Goodwill when you see one thing gaming related, there is usually going to be more, if you're not too late. You can always ask a worker if any related items was put out, to try and get some idea. It's against policy for workers to tell you what is in the back of the store though, which is one thing to try to avoid asking them.

The nicer you are to the workers, the nicer they will be to you. Everybody has their favorite customers. I had mine. I organized a guy I liked talking to who was a regular a Tomb Raider set. All original playstation copies and the Lara Croft memory card. I sold him everything for $20. My friend sold the same guy every season of Dragon Ball Z for $70, there was a $120 price on it. Price changing is also against policy.

I hope I'm some sort of help to you guys. As I said before, any questions just ask me.

#369 yourlefthand

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:58 PM

I dropped by one of my local GWs yesterday and found a nice little pile of games:

Wind waker
luigi's mansion
mario sunshine
kotor II
CoD: MW3 (for vgfive)
F1 championship edition
Myst for Saturn

While I was checking out the cashier started commenting "oh, that's a fun game", etc, about the nintendo games. She then went on to tell me that her favorite game ever was Conker's Bad Fur Day. I was shocked!

#370 Kovorkian

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:06 PM

I dropped by one of my local GWs yesterday and found a nice little pile of games:

Wind waker
luigi's mansion
mario sunshine
kotor II
CoD: MW3 (for vgfive)
F1 championship edition
Myst for Saturn

While I was checking out the cashier started commenting "oh, that's a fun game", etc, about the nintendo games. She then went on to tell me that her favorite game ever was Conker's Bad Fur Day. I was shocked!


She also smokes 3 packs of cigarettes a day, and drinks vodka by the gallon

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#371 exceed19

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:22 PM

^^ Conker was not a bad game :) Good score too lefthand.

#372 yourlefthand

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

She also smokes 3 packs of cigarettes a day, and drinks vodka by the gallon


That's entirely possible. She could be anywhere from 50 to 65.

^^ Conker was not a bad game :) Good score too lefthand.


I wasn't shocked that she thought Conker was good, I was just shocked that she had played it. I was pretty happy when I walked out. The nintendo stuff was gorgeous and minty, too!

#373 detectiveconan16

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:50 PM

Went back to the thrift store and got Tengen Tetris for a neat price. I was surprised to see that it was left alone, and the two NES controllers and Final Fantasy were sold. Oh well...

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#374 Angry Man

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

Went back to the thrift store and got Tengen Tetris for a neat price. I was surprised to see that it was left alone, and the two NES controllers and Final Fantasy were sold. Oh well...


Whomever got FF and the two controllers probably didn't realize the history behind the Tengen version of Tetris and how valuable it is. I actually remember a gas station in my area that used to rent NES games back in the day. They actually had a copy of the Tengen Tetris for rent until someone "rented" it out and never returned it. Sad since to me that version is far superior to the one Nintendo put out.

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#375 trollape74

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:38 PM

Haven't picked up anything Video Game related this week yet but I found some sweet toys :D
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Paid $6 bucks total. Been watching alot of Dragonball Z on tv lately so this was a nice surprise.
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Gohan joins Marcus, Connor, Futurama, and some pokemon I found. I did see an OG Xbox with all the wires and 2 controllers for $20 today. I was thinking of biting but I realized I forgot my wallet. Did I miss out on a great deal here? Might go back for it.

#376 highoffcoffee496

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:54 PM

^ Lucky!!!! I want that Gohan :bomb:
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#377 midlifecrisisMkII

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:06 PM

Did a run through a few thrifts today but only came up with:

Savers
Rune Factory Frontier (no booklet) - Wii - $5

GW
Dino Crisis Prima strategy guide - 50¢
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (CIB) - DS - 50¢

Don't have any flavor of DS console or a Wii. Hopefully one will show up for cheap on a thrift run.

#378 blindinglights

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:20 AM

I did see an OG Xbox with all the wires and 2 controllers for $20 today. I was thinking of biting but I realized I forgot my wallet. Did I miss out on a great deal here? Might go back for it.



Depends on the DVD drive. If it was a Samsung drive, it would have been a great deal, otherwise, lukewarm.
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#379 The Acacia Strain

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:51 AM

I dropped by one of my local GWs yesterday and found a nice little pile of games:

Wind waker
luigi's mansion
mario sunshine
kotor II
CoD: MW3 (for vgfive)
F1 championship edition
Myst for Saturn

While I was checking out the cashier started commenting "oh, that's a fun game", etc, about the nintendo games. She then went on to tell me that her favorite game ever was Conker's Bad Fur Day. I was shocked!


I need Luigi's Mansion!

#380 trollape74

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:19 AM

^ Lucky!!!! I want that Gohan :bomb:
Nice find :)

That's my favorite find I've had in a thrift shop. I'm glad it was in the locked case too otherwise some kid would've gotten to it before me.

Depends on the DVD drive. If it was a Samsung drive, it would have been a great deal, otherwise, lukewarm.

Thanks! I'll be show to check that next time I see one.

#381 stiner

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

So far this year its been pretty slow around here. A new Savers opened up in the last week but its a little out of my way on one of my normal routes.

Forgot to add I'm really jealous of the DBZ figure! I found a Piccolo a few weeks ago but didn't bother to put it in my pictures...too lazy right now.

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#382 evuong

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:46 AM

Found these below at various thrift stores this past week. NES games were $1, Atari & N64 games were $2, disc-based games were $3.50
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Some guy responded to my craigslist ad for the NES games.. $5 for all of them. The rest are from a goodwill I normally don't go to, but looks like I need to go more often.. All games were $4 each
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Got these at a gamers exchange at eStarland. Paid $40 for everything from various vendors.. Pretty happy with Zoda's Revenge--CIB
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#383 my2k2zx2

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:28 AM

Found these below at various thrift stores this past week. NES games were $1, Atari & N64 games were $2, disc-based games were $3.50

Got these at a gamers exchange at eStarland. Paid $40 for everything from various vendors.. Pretty happy with Zoda's Revenge--CIB


Does the Excitebike have 3 or 5 screws on the back?
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#384 Olengie

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:32 AM

So far this year its been pretty slow around here. A new Savers opened up in the last week but its a little out of my way on one of my normal routes.

Forgot to add I'm really jealous of the DBZ figure! I found a Piccolo a few weeks ago but didn't bother to put it in my pictures...too lazy right now.

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Nice find on the Pokemon Movies. They cost a hefty penny online. :lol: Especially for the 3 Movie Set.

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#385 stiner

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:39 AM

Yeah, I've been hunting for the first movie for months now and all of a sudden I get 4 in the course of a month.
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#386 evuong

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:58 AM

Does the Excitebike have 3 or 5 screws on the back?


It has 5 screws, which I believe to be the more common one for this game?

#387 my2k2zx2

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:05 AM

It has 5 screws, which I believe to be the more common one for this game?


5 screw has a chance there is a 60 to 72 pin Famicom adapter. I think if they are flathead screws instead of security screws the chance is higher.
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#388 jer7583

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:16 AM

Goodwill near me had some good old PC games, got Star Wars dark forces, tie fighter collectors edition on cd, and xwing on cd. 99 cents each.

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#389 evuong

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:37 AM

5 screw has a chance there is a 60 to 72 pin Famicom adapter. I think if they are flathead screws instead of security screws the chance is higher.


Just popped it open.. no famicom adapter :cry:

#390 Olengie

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:42 AM

Yeah, I've been hunting for the first movie for months now and all of a sudden I get 4 in the course of a month.


The Gods decided to award you for your perseverance. :lol:

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