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#211 cultivatingmass

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:33 PM

I have a friend who goes in all the time to give plasma. He said they pay like $20 a visit. Errrr we're in Madison.


At the Badger Plasma Center?

#212 Jeoff

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 01:02 AM

I don't know. There used to be a different one at u square which is obviously gone now. Just go in and ask how much they pay. I've never heard anybody say they regretted selling plasma.

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:42 PM

I did it a few times when I was unemployed about 8 years ago at the place that used to be right next to the Kollege Klub. Just be careful if you have a more rare blood type. They keep trying to get you to come back and will call you over and over....

#214 TahoeMax

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:13 PM

Do you guys ever hit Preplayed on Mineral Point or E. Wash? I've gotten some nice deals there on my rare visits home: Lunar PSX for $12, Magna Carta for $35 a week after its release, Growlanser Deluxe for $50. All the stuff is used, but still pretty nice. Also check out Mister Money (pawn shop) on S. Park St near the Beltline. I've gotten TONS of amazing stuff there for a song.

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:52 PM

I've been into the Preplayed stores a few times, but never saw any really great deals.

I'll have to take a look at that pawn shop. I've never been there.

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 09:34 PM

It's hit or miss at Mister Money. Last time I grabbed a MegaMan Anniversary, Metal Slug 4/5, Ico, and a few other titles for $7 apiece. In the past i've gotten FFT (when it was expensive), Tactics Ogre PSX, and a few others...all under $10 a pop.

Other times there's nothing but sports games.

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 01:49 AM

How does Madison get all these good, small game stores and milwaukee really doesn't have any? All GS/EB except for those two (or did one of them close?) video game exchanges on the south side

#218 Guest_Apossum_*

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 05:06 AM

thanks for the tip about Mister Money. I'll have to check that place out. I take S. Park to get to 90 and haven't noticed it...what stores is it near?

my best scores at Pre-played were Persona 1 for $9, FFVII non-gh for $14 (right when it shot up in price) and a bunch of decently hard to find guides for $5 (best one was Ogre Battle.) I have to say, their disc buffers are awesome. Makes them look new with barely any marks. Sometimes I can't tell the difference.

Video game exchange has pretty much been a bust for me. Found D for the PS1 for $15, but it was in bad shape. The west side VGE had Castlevania SOTN non gh for $35. I thought it was sealed, but it was resealed, unfortunately.

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 06:35 AM

Anyone preordering Wii on friday? Im tempted just to stroll up at 950. Still planning on camping westside BB just because its a weekend. Still want to try the propane heater out.
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#220 TahoeMax

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 07:11 AM

thanks for the tip about Mister Money. I'll have to check that place out. I take S. Park to get to 90 and haven't noticed it...what stores is it near?

my best scores at Pre-played were Persona 1 for $9, FFVII non-gh for $14 (right when it shot up in price) and a bunch of decently hard to find guides for $5 (best one was Ogre Battle.) I have to say, their disc buffers are awesome. Makes them look new with barely any marks. Sometimes I can't tell the difference.

Video game exchange has pretty much been a bust for me. Found D for the PS1 for $15, but it was in bad shape. The west side VGE had Castlevania SOTN non gh for $35. I thought it was sealed, but it was resealed, unfortunately.


Jeez, i haven't been back home in like 8 months. It's in the same center as a Madison Public Library branch. that's about all i remember in the vicinity. It's about 2 blocks short of the freeway on the right side, if you're coming from downtown. I was always kinda bummed that Mister Money is the ONLY true pawn shop in the city, but at least it's always been a good one.

Preplayed is great for other stuff, too. I got 3 hardbound Harry Potter books for $5 apiece, some quality CDs for $7, and they have excellent prices on Criterion DVDs. VGE used to be a fabulous place to go for deals. Got a Nomad for $30 back in the day. Now they're pretty spot-on with their values, unfortunately, so it's REAL tough to snag a true bargain. You'll have slightly better luck with the east side location, but it honestly isn't worth the drive if you live in any other part of town.

#221 psunami

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 11:56 PM

I've never had any good luck with VGE.

Last time I had a good experience there was when I got a ton of Genesis sports games for .50 cents each.

I know where you're talking about now for Mister Money. I'll have to drive down there some day on my lunch.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 02:01 AM

:lol: @ people camping at EB on state st for Wii pre-orders. I wanted to stop and tell them Nintendo wil have millions of them out by the end of the year, but it was too freaking cold to stop and do anything.

#223 cultivatingmass

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 03:10 AM

:lol: @ people camping at EB on state st for Wii pre-orders. I wanted to stop and tell them Nintendo wil have millions of them out by the end of the year, but it was too freaking cold to stop and do anything.


Wow..that shit doesn't even start for another 12 hours. I bet you could walk in at 10:15 get a pre order and you'll get a Wii day one. I probably won't even order one, I'll most likely be able to just walk into Sear or Shopko and pick one up.

I wonder if people are camping at the EB in the mall....

#224 coltcannon

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 03:35 PM

I was out around state last night but didnt even think about checking the ebgames. I wish I would have, to talk to the people camping. Camping for a preorder is just dumb. I need to have something in my hand after the camp not just a receipt saying I might come release. Therefore I will be camping at westside BB or walmart, possibly with propane heater and drinks. Thinking about finding a fake palm tree to put up.
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Posted 13 October 2006 - 04:29 PM

I thought about pre-ording a Wii, but decided against it because i had no problem getting a gamecube on day one by just walking into Best Buy oh so many years ago. Same thing with the PSP. I'll just show up at the northridge best buy a half hour before it opens and will most likely walk out the a system, zelda, that dual stick snes like controller, and anything else i may need.

What games are some of ya Wisconsin CAGs plan on pickin up for your Wii?

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 04:30 PM

is the West side Wal-Mart 24 hours? Sure would be nice to not have to wait outside.


Anyone think ShopKo will get PS3s? I have a mid term the night before the PS3 launch, but I might be able to make it by 9:30 or so.
Probably not going to get a Wii for a while, if I can't get my hands on a PS3 ;)

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 07:38 PM

I hope Shopko does, because I work for them, healthy discount there!

#228 psunami

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 04:56 AM

I stopped by the Shopko on Aberg on the 360 launch day and they had systems then and sold out when the store opened. I bet they have a few PS3's, but not many.

As for which Wii games I'll be picking up... probably Red Steel, Excite Truck, Rayman, Monkey Ball, and Zelda.

I'm very weak willed.

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 05:30 PM

Madison westside walmart is not 24/7. They open at 6, so it could even be the second option if BB sells at midnight and someone misses out. Anyone in madison for 360 launch? I was in milwaukee so i have no idea about midnight opening, more popular camping spot type info.
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Posted 14 October 2006 - 06:29 PM

Madison westside walmart is not 24/7. They open at 6, so it could even be the second option if BB sells at midnight and someone misses out. Anyone in madison for 360 launch? I was in milwaukee so i have no idea about midnight opening, more popular camping spot type info.



I wasn't, but I'm hoping the variety of stores on the West and East sides will break up the crowds. Like everyone around my home town was at one Best Buy for the 360 launch since it was the only one in the area....but Mad-town has a bunch of different stores that'll be getting these systems. Shopko seems like the obvious choice for the PS3 launch, seems like less people would think to go there but I dunno...I'm sure 50 other people are thinking the same thing :)

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 06:53 AM

woot got my wii preorder in appleton fox river mall

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#232 heybtbm

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 03:34 AM

For anyone wondering about hitting Shopko (or Kmart/Sears for that matter) on PS3 launch day...good luck. The day of the 360 launch, the four Shopko's in Madison only had two 360's per store. They didn't get another shipment until February (and even then, they were only shipped 4 core systems per store).

The only system launch where Shopko actually had product was the DS launch in November 2004. They were pretty easy to get around town, but sold out by that Sunday night. Shopko (on Aberg Ave.) still had 20+, while Walmart and Target were long sold out. Still...I wouldn't count on Shopko having PS3's before Christmas. Personally, I would hit the out of the way Shopko's in Fort Atkinson, Watertown, Beaver Dam, etc. You may even want to throw in a Pamida or two. Nobody who shops there has $600 to blow on a video game system.

Besides, you're not just competing with other local gamers. There is a group of Ebay nutcases who scour Madison on a daily basis for all kinds of collectable goods. Video game systems on launch day is just one of them. I became familiar with these fat-ass hillbillies back when I used to work at Target (back in '97 on the West side). I still see these losers out and about in Madison almost every time I go out and look for games (they practically live at PrePlayed on the West side).


Anyway,

Changing the subject...I have to brag about my best vg deal ever in Madison. In October/November of 2004 I found Earthbound (SNES) at PrePlayed on the East side for $25.00. Perfect box, players guide, and all the inserts. The game cartridge was still in the little plastic bag that cartridge games used to come in. I love a town full of poor college students. Even the clerk was surprised when I brought it up to the counter.

#233 cultivatingmass

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:14 AM

Anyway,

Changing the subject...I have to brag about my best vg deal ever in Madison. In October/November of 2004 I found Earthbound (SNES) at PrePlayed on the East side for $25.00. Perfect box, players guide, and all the inserts. The game cartridge was still in the little plastic bag that cartridge games used to come in. I love a town full of poor college students. Even the clerk was surprised when I brought it up to the counter.


Probably was pissed off he didn't get it as well.
I always forget to stop at Pre-played whenever I'm around there. I'll have to stop there tommorrow and check it out.

#234 TahoeMax

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:18 AM

Heh, I love getting the scores that the employees haven't found. I found a complete, non-GH Symphony of the Night in great shape with a $9 price tag at a Disc-Go-Round and the clerk was like "Awww hell, I didn't know we had that here!"

#235 Guest_Apossum_*

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 04:36 PM

If anyone wants Ico for $9 or a gamecube for about $40, check out Mister Money--they have tons of both. the also had Tony Hawk and a Madden game both for the 360 for $22.


Besides, you're not just competing with other local gamers. There is a group of Ebay nutcases who scour Madison on a daily basis for all kinds of collectable goods. Video game systems on launch day is just one of them. I became familiar with these fat-ass hillbillies back when I used to work at Target (back in '97 on the West side). I still see these losers out and about in Madison almost every time I go out and look for games (they practically live at PrePlayed on the West side).



well, this makes sense, since I rarely find anything in Madison-- which I find strange since there are so many stores all over the east and west side and there's rarely anything good. I wonder if they hit up garage sales too...I went garage sailing a few times in april and saw some guys who fit this description.

not sure if I posted this story already, but there was one dude who was like 250-300 lbs, sweaty as hell, had a hearing aid, and would pull up with his truck, run out really fast to each sale and yell "YOU GUYS GOT ANY VIDEOGAME STUFF?!" while scouring through all the tables frantically.

at one sale, they told him "no" then asked how his day was going. He replied "well, it would be nice if I could find some stuff for ebayyyyyyy" in the snottiest tone possible. then he went to the free bin, grabbed a tiger handheld really fast, then ran back to his truck. :lol: it was so pathetic.

#236 psunami

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:11 PM

He replied "well, it would be nice if I could find some stuff for ebayyyyyyy" in the snottiest tone possible. then he went to the free bin, grabbed a tiger handheld really fast, then ran back to his truck. :lol: it was so pathetic.


I have a hard time believing that he "ran" back to his truck. hehe.

I've seen plenty of those guys around town though. I'm just happy that I was able to score a copy of Super Mario RPG from the $5 deal at Game Crazy last year. The cart is beat to hell, but at least I have it.

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:32 PM

I have a hard time believing that he "ran" back to his truck. hehe.



true, I'm sure it was the inertia created by a man of his size going down the sloped driveway, rather than true running :lol:

#238 TahoeMax

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 06:43 PM

Ahh Wisconsin...it be the land of white whales

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 07:25 PM

My one fatass townie horder sighting was a male and female with fatty kid in cart loading up every penny guide BB had. They are why I never black friday in madison.
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Posted 17 October 2006 - 02:46 PM

My one fatass townie horder sighting was a male and female with fatty kid in cart loading up every penny guide BB had. They are why I never black friday in madison.


Yeah, you'll never find penny guides in Madison. Whatever that couple can't sell on ebay usually ends up at PrePlayed on the West side. All of a sudden, you'll see 5 brand new copies of a particular guide show up.