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JJGames.com is going under - just a PSA

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#1 GamerSavage   The Throwback Kid CAGiversary!   1300 Posts   Joined 7.5 Years Ago  

GamerSavage

Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:35 AM

Online video game retailer JJGames.com is going out of business. Prices will be lowered each day until they shut down. The last day to buy is January 22nd. I've ordered from them multiple times over the past few years and never had issues (receiving orders). Sucks to see them having to bow out due to the changing landscape of gaming (among other factors).

 

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Edited by GamerSavage, 14 January 2020 - 08:16 AM.


#2 adam81  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:34 AM

With those prices it's no mystery why.....



#3 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2152 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:36 AM

Looking at some of his prices I can kinda understand... $100 for Super Mario Sunshine... $47 Eternal Darkness disc only?

 

Don't get me wrong, I hate losing an option to buy from and I never like seeing someone lose their job but it just seems like he priced himself out of the market.

 

Also, it appears the only stuff getting discounted is shovelware or incomplete or damaged items.



#4 Camm  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:50 AM

Yikes, I'm kind of surprised he was around for 20 years with some of those prices.

#5 Squarehard   Nyaa~ CAGiversary!   21076 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:50 AM

The Robert's Anime Corner of gaming apparently.



#6 GamerSavage   The Throwback Kid CAGiversary!   1300 Posts   Joined 7.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:55 AM

The prices are what stopped me from buying more from them as well. The owner took the Xbox 360 BC tax to a whole new level. Some of the prices of BC 360 games were almost twice as much as Gamestop. I'm guessing the lack of quality control for the items hurt them as well. They only show pics of the case(s) or the front of the discs/cartridges. In some cases (i.e. consoles/handhelds and accessories) there's stock photos or none at all.

 

I ordered one game that ended up being a coaster because it wouldn't load due to damage. The last thing I ordered was a Halo Reach 360 wireless controller. It looked alright on the front side. Got it and it's beat up all to hades, I'm surprised it still works at this point.

 

EDIT: Other than the two mishaps above, they're okay for some things.



#7 coolduck   super cool duck CAGiversary!   399 Posts   Joined 2.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:04 AM

i see these guys on ebay a lot, not a fan



#8 AxleHead   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   112 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:12 AM

Never had any issues with them ordered a lot from them on eBay. Some of their prices were questionable, but never on anything I was interested in. Sucks to lose another source of physical retro games.

#9 Blade   Imminently Punchable CAGiversary!   14613 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:44 AM

JJGames used to be good before 2010. I remember getting a few Game Boy Colors that came complete for $3 each. Haven't ordered from there since maybe 2014 when they started raising their prices, though. Guess that's the problem with being an independent physical retailer in a digital world.



#10 Retroxcellence   Billy "Big Bang" Blitz CAGiversary!   1604 Posts   Joined 5.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:00 AM

Doesn't he run pricecharting.com? Is that site sticking around?

#11 ed_ames   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   44 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:14 AM

Blaming digital games and not seeing how overinflated your own pricing is may be what did the site in. Personally I still rely on 80% physical.



#12 topchief1   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   253 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:13 PM

We have a local chain that began raising prices once gamestop got into the retro games business. Then they stopped doing any sales. Then they started to close all thier stores, also claiming market conditions, instead of thier own greed.

#13 stringycupps1  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 02:27 PM

His prices were usually significantly higher than ebay for games above $15. Animal Crossing for $76? Thats just ridiculous. Thats a $20-$30 game at most

He was good for buying some commons, though

#14 nightc1   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   2974 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 02:35 PM

Never heard of jjgames until this thread.  Looks like I didn't miss much.  Pricing yourself out of the market is a good way to go out of business.



#15 Degausser  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 02:40 PM

Never heard of them, either. Odd that the site layout is very similar to pricecharting...



#16 patcrazystar64   Human Android CAGiversary!   694 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:27 PM

Never heard of them, either. Odd that the site layout is very similar to pricecharting...


JJGames ran PriceCharting. I wonder if they're just going to proceed with the PC Matketplace instead.

#17 Degausser  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:43 PM

JJGames ran PriceCharting. I wonder if they're just going to proceed with the PC Matketplace instead.

Would be nice if they kept it going, but to be honest, it's not particularly reliable. For instance: It says the n-gage QD system, loose, is worth $283... it's worth about $60. This is just a recent example I found.



#18 stringycupps1  

stringycupps1

Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:25 PM

Would be nice if they kept it going, but to be honest, it's not particularly reliable. For instance: It says the n-gage QD system, loose, is worth $283... it's worth about $60. This is just a recent example I found.

While not $283,  I did sell one on Amazon a few months ago for $150



#19 mojoaoe  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:11 PM

Anyone who charges 3 times the value of a retro video game should go out of business. $75-80 for a nice copy of mario kart 64 lol. guy must be a crackhead.



#20 zekana  

Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:42 PM

I thought maybe they just priced retro games high but modern stuff was reasonable. Hell no, so much if their stock is consistently over valued I know its an echo at this point but how did they stay in business so long?

#21 teh lurv  

teh lurv

Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:56 PM

Losing JJGames is a big blow to variant collectors. They didn't use stock photos which made it pretty easy to hunt down different label/cover versions of games.



#22 GamerSavage   The Throwback Kid CAGiversary!   1300 Posts   Joined 7.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:03 PM

For those asking about pricecharting.com, he said will work on that full time once jjgames is gone.

#23 romeogbs19   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   2756 Posts   Joined 16.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:10 PM

I used jjgames a few times and found the merchant to be good and reliable. I agree their prices were high on some games but they also had solid, competitive pricing on others. Always sad to see any seller go out of business. Less competition only and always benefits the retailers.

#24 RealCheapLikeAFoxOfficial   Better Than You CAGiversary!   21017 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:28 PM

Sounds like "going out of business" means trying to get rid of the crap on the website but still selling the good stuff on ebay.



#25 Yata no Kagami  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:55 PM



#26 arsenalcrazy8   As Cheap As Wenger. CAGiversary!   2275 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:58 PM

Yes the sought after games are priced pretty poor,

 

but to be fair - for collectors there are a good amount of lesser desirable games for pretty good low prices. 

 

I just picked up a bunch of decent N64 games for 2-4 bucks a pop. Free shipping, and no tax. Those are thrift store prices.



#27 IDreamcasterI  

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 03:01 AM

Yes the sought after games are priced pretty poor,

 

but to be fair - for collectors there are a good amount of lesser desirable games for pretty good low prices. 

 

I just picked up a bunch of decent N64 games for 2-4 bucks a pop. Free shipping, and no tax. Those are thrift store prices.

You must have grabbed all of the good games because every sub $5 N64 game I'm looking at is either sports or wrestling.  Though, I was able to snag a Gameshark 2.2 for $7 (usually goes for $20-25 on Ebay) so there's that I guess.



#28 GamerSavage   The Throwback Kid CAGiversary!   1300 Posts   Joined 7.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 03:12 AM

Looked through most of the stock that's left. I only found one game I really wanted which was the last (disc-only) copy of Blur for PS3 for $14.56. Most of the other games I'm interested in are a little too rich for my blood.



#29 redrum666   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   704 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2020 - 03:22 AM

Looked through most of the stock that's left. I only found one game I really wanted which was the last (disc-only) copy of Blur for PS3 for $14.56. Most of the other games I'm interested in are a little too rich for my blood.

 

same here some of the games are still bit to high in price for me the only game I could find that was some what of a deal was ZOOM for the genesis CIB for $6.35



#30 tangytangerine   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4218 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 06:21 AM

i see these guys on ebay a lot, not a fan

Apparently they also purchased a crap ton of retro games from Gamestop too and would mark them up.  As the CUPodcast topic they did got a email from the owner that mentioned that they started taking a dive when GS cut back on their retro inventory.