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#61 Metal Militia

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:05 AM

Went to Goodwill and picked up The Hobbit for Gamecube CIB for $1.99 and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures for Gamecube CIB for $4.99.
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#62 Peep

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

what kind of lenses?


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:20 AM

Went to Salvation Army today scored these:

True Crime Streets of LA for Gamecube complete for 4$
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4 for Xbox for 2$

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:08 AM

[quote name='2supekards']Found a sealed copy of Adventure Island 2 for the NES for $3 (it does have damage on one side, but not that major).

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#65 Barney

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:11 AM

went to a random thrift store the other day.. found Sonic heroes for the gamecube (missing the manual) for $1.50

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:34 AM

Found 5 more lenses today. Total of $100 spent should clear $400 after flipping 'em.

#67 yourlefthand

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:38 AM

Found 5 more lenses today. Total of $100 spent should clear $400 after flipping 'em.


I have been watching lenses since I got a dSLR from goodwill a few months ago - are there particular mounts that you look for, or do you just buy up all the old lenses? Do you specifically watch for primes or anything like that?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:10 AM

I have been watching lenses since I got a dSLR from goodwill a few months ago - are there particular mounts that you look for, or do you just buy up all the old lenses? Do you specifically watch for primes or anything like that?


I buy whatever has resale value but usually keep the M42's for myself. They convert the easiest to EOS.

#69 HyperG

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:54 AM

If people are finding lenses at goodwill I need to start hunting for some, for my canon 7d.

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#70 Olengie

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:52 AM

Salvation Army was having their monthly 50% off sale. They never have games or the systems (barely), and when they do, its usually expensive or aren't part of the sale.

Picked up Full House S5 for $2.50
Bubblegum Crisis Part 3 for $1.25
Some Foreign Movie for $1.25.
Apparently my mom picked up a 100+ work shoes for $2.50ish. That was pretty good. For her. :lol:

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:07 AM

If people are finding lenses at goodwill I need to start hunting for some, for my canon 7d.


It's worth it. I regret the years of passing over quality glass because I didn't understand the numbers or what was good. Once I got my hands on a nice Takumar 50mm f/1.4 for $20, the floodgates were opened. That lens is often regarded as better quality than Canon's 50mm 1.4 that's out right now, and some even consider it on par with L glass. You're good too, as most crop frame's can handle old glass when focused at infinity. Full frames, often have issues with the mirror hitting the rear element. The only major drawback, is having to use manual focus, but it's worth learning and the prices make it that much sweeter.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

i think its sad that people buy games and stuff dirt cheap and charge a premium price on ebay or amazon. I only buy what i want for my self and daughter.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

i think its sad that people buy games and stuff dirt cheap and charge a premium price on ebay or amazon. I only buy what i want for my self and daughter.


a lot of people are buying it for themselves. That's mostly what I do, but I have trouble leaving money on the table if I see something that could be flipped. It helps me buy more cool stuff for myself and my family.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

i think its sad that people buy games and stuff dirt cheap and charge a premium price on ebay or amazon. I only buy what i want for my self and daughter.


you're my hero. You're right, those people really make me sad. They shouldn't be so selfish.

#75 trollape74

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:17 AM

Went to GoodWill today and was pleasantly surprised by what I got.
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Chrono Crusade Vol 6 - $1.09
Chrono Crusade Vol 7 - $1.09
Serial Experiments Lain Vol 2 - $1.09
GC Controller - $1.09
Jenga (missing 2 blocks) - $1.09
So I've never seen anime before at my goodwill so I jumped on these DVD's right away and looked for some more. I guess I got lucky. I picked up the GC controller because I could always use it for a backup for our bi-weekly Smash tourneys. I remembered how fun Jenga was as a kid so I picked that up too. When we went to pay my brother forgot that employees get 40% off thier total purchase so I made him pay ha. Everything costed $1.99 each so i paid $1.09 for each item :) Saw a new wireless 360 controller with a play and charge for $25. I hesitated and a goodwill employee(friend of mine actually) beat me to it.

#76 blindinglights

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:01 AM

Picked up a Logitech Attack 3 PC joystick for $3 today, brand new. Looks like they normally sell for ~$20 so it's not a real expensive controller but I've never had a flight stick before, so should be fun to try it out with some flight/space games.
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

you're my hero. You're right, those people really make me sad. They shouldn't be so selfish.

OH shut up! There is no way in hell you guys would leave something sitting on a shelf that you could make some money off of!! "hmmmm this super rare item it only a couple bucks....ill just leave it for someone who might want to play it"....GIVE ME A BREAK :roll:

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:57 PM

If people are willing to pay said premium price, more power to the seller. That is the essence of capitalism.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

Stopped by a Goodwill yesterday and saw:

2 Gamecubes, just the systems, no controllers or cords, $35 each.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

OH shut up! There is no way in hell you guys would leave something sitting on a shelf that you could make some money off of!! "hmmmm this super rare item it only a couple bucks....ill just leave it for someone who might want to play it"....GIVE ME A BREAK :roll:


Hey, I can't help that I sit here and get upset over what other people do and it has no way of personally affecting me except for the own issues I make with myself on an internet message board. Jeez, I'm just trying to complain in a very worthless and uninspiring manner because my life is empty and devoid of any relationships except with my lame daughter.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

OH shut up! There is no way in hell you guys would leave something sitting on a shelf that you could make some money off of!! "hmmmm this super rare item it only a couple bucks....ill just leave it for someone who might want to play it"....GIVE ME A BREAK :roll:



Judging by his previous posts in this thread, I think he was being sarcastic.

And like said, thrift stores around here have become overcome with resellers. If you see something that's flippable, you're a fool to leave it for the "honest" person that wants it for themselves, because they are few and far between and that item will just be snatched up by another reseller.

With me, given the size of my inventory, I have a strict profit threshold, and if the item's value doesn't exceed the minimum, I'll leave it unless I want it to keep. Example: Earlier this week, my local GW had a Dreamcast with cables, two controllers and a VMU. They priced it at $10, which is a great price for one, especially complete and in pretty good condition. But on Amazon, they typically only go for about $35-40 + 3.99 shipping credit. After fees, you're looking at about $39. And then you have to calculate the actual cost of shipping; for me, if it were to be going to CA, because of the weight, it would cost about $12 to ship. $39-$12 = $27; $27-10 = $17 profit, which, after having put in time testing, cleaning, etc, it's not worth it for me. Also, I already have four Dreamcasts in storage, so I have no need for one personally, so passed on it and left it for the next guy.

Now to some hobby sellers, $17 profit on a $10 investment is a good return.


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#82 blindinglights

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

I've been looking for a $10 Dreamcast at the local thrift stores, mine sounds like the disc drive is going :bomb:.
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

Judging by his previous posts in this thread, I think he was being sarcastic.

And like said, thrift stores around here have become overcome with resellers. If you see something that's flippable, you're a fool to leave it for the "honest" person that wants it for themselves, because they are few and far between and that item will just be snatched up by another reseller.

With me, given the size of my inventory, I have a strict profit threshold, and if the item's value doesn't exceed the minimum, I'll leave it unless I want it to keep. Example: Earlier this week, my local GW had a Dreamcast with cables, two controllers and a VMU. They priced it at $10, which is a great price for one, especially complete and in pretty good condition. But on Amazon, they typically only go for about $35-40 + 3.99 shipping credit. After fees, you're looking at about $39. And then you have to calculate the actual cost of shipping; for me, if it were to be going to CA, because of the weight, it would cost about $12 to ship. $39-$12 = $27; $27-10 = $17 profit, which, after having put in time testing, cleaning, etc, it's not worth it for me. Also, I already have four Dreamcasts in storage, so I have no need for one personally, so passed on it and left it for the next guy.

Now to some hobby sellers, $17 profit on a $10 investment is a good return.


I think most people with scanners set a threshold. The guy I know is $15 profit minimum. I usually went with double my money, but I also go by experience rather than tech (though I would like tech :lol:). Now I am around $10 or more per item unless it is video game related.

#84 Olengie

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

So one of my Goodwills changed their Book Prices. Paperbacks are .99 and Hardcover is 1.99. All the other Goodwills are 1.99+. Pretty neat to say. Games were a different story, they're either individually priced or are set at 5.99 (they raised it by $2 :[).

Found an ICO/SOTC Collection. Thought it was going to be good but it was priced at retail. Saddening.

I have to agree with everyone, there are a bunch of resellers now. But if I see something with a good price, I'll get it. Chances are, a reseller is going to get it, or someone will steal it (had it happen)

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#85 Peep

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:19 AM

It's amazing how personal some people take resellers. Get over it. It's very pathetic and petty to care and disparage people who do it. Sorry I want to make extra money that in no way affects you.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:30 AM

It's amazing how personal some people take resellers. Get over it. It's very pathetic and petty to care and disparage people who do it. Sorry I want to make extra money that in no way affects you.

it affects them if youre taking their money
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#87 jeffthebeast

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:45 AM

I just got back from one of my local goodwills and found a nes top loader with all cables, two dogbone controlllers and two regular nes controllers. They had it it priced for $40, so i snatched it up and it works great. On a side there was a older guy there who seen me with it and asked me if would be interested in buying a bulk lot of consoles. Said he was trying to get rid of all his sons crap that he left behind. I gave him my email and he sent me a list of the consoles which was 10 original NES,2 XBOX 360 (white),4 original xbox,4 Super Nintendo,7 Playstation 1,2 PS2 slim (1 is silver),2 Sega Saturn,3 Nintendo Gamecube,1 Sega Dreamcast,2 Nintendo 64,1 Atari 2600,7 Original Gameboy,2 Game Boy Advance,2 Sega Game Gear,5 Sega Genesis 2,3 Sega Genesis 1. I asked him he knew anything about them and he said that his son use to yardsale a lot and thats all he really knew. I offered him $250 for the whole lot. Do you think i offered to much for not knowing whether they were in working condition?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:48 AM

it affects them if youre taking their money


haha, the mental gymnastics to get to that is amazing. don't buy my shit then. no one's forcing you to. can't help it if you're a weak willed individual who "has" to have shit. get over yourself

#89 spmahn

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:53 AM

I've been looking for a $10 Dreamcast at the local thrift stores, mine sounds like the disc drive is going :bomb:.


They all sound like that, the disc drive in the Dreamcast was junk, it was louder than a motorcycle engine and would scratch your discs to shit from time to time. The Dreamcast, the OG X-Box, and the Wii are the three loudest consoles and all sound like they're about to shit the bed when you play.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:25 AM

They all sound like that, the disc drive in the Dreamcast was junk, it was louder than a motorcycle engine and would scratch your discs to shit from time to time. The Dreamcast, the OG X-Box, and the Wii are the three loudest consoles and all sound like they're about to shit the bed when you play.


The Dreamcast is hands-down the most distressed sounding of them all. And yes, every Dreamcast I have, and have had, has been like this.


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