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#13841113 The Official 2017 Yard Sale Thread - Passing the torch

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 27 September 2017 - 08:39 PM

Story time. Asked the people if they had any video games they wanted to sell. We talk for a minute and they tell me to come back in half an hour they'll pull them out. So I comeback and the guy is walking outside with an NES and a bunch of games. Meet him at the table and notice a girl with a Pokemon shirt on looking at the NES games that are already out. Guy tells me they're his son's games who lives in Seattle(im in Baltimore)and he needs to ask him if he can sell them, but to make him an offer. I go low at $25 and the Pokemon girl says some of these games are worth more than $30 each. Then she takes a stack of the games and says id advise you not to sell these games for under $100. Lady running the sale tells her thanks for coming to look at them. These mofo's called an expert in on me,felt like Pawn Stars. Still left my number for when they get a hold of their son.

 

Better just to leave your phone number from the get-go in a situation like that; chances are if the yard seller has to make a "consultation" the other party won't decide to make the sale and you're wasting your time.




#13771903 The Official 2017 Yard Sale Thread - Passing the torch

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 07 July 2017 - 07:32 PM

Love the description. I take it you have a flea market booth? Have you thought about an eBay store? I've got one where I sell lots of video games and other collectibles. I try to mostly deal in small items so I can easily just put them in my mailbox for carrier pickup.

I don't have a booth; I've just gotten into setting up seasonally now and then and getting enough in the way of critical mass that it's worthwhile to do. I do a mix of ebay (for out-of-print anime DVDs), amazon for handheld consoles, and quick trade-in flips when the Craigslist here is simply too damn rotten. Just liquidated the DS games I picked up for $120 Amazon credit / $20 cash from GS. Didn't like the prospect of selling versus the bootlegs online, and I don't like selling portable games locally when they're cart-only: the visibility tends to be poor.

 

It's, ah, still a learning experience for me. Made plenty of mistakes, but I've gotten lucky to even it out.




#13769402 The Official 2017 Yard Sale Thread - Passing the torch

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 05 July 2017 - 07:31 PM

Finally a weekend worth reporting on! (From the oppressive temperatures of early June... shadows insufficient, blood-feuds waning). Only into the image-scarred eyes of my CAG brethren can this text be... flung. Heralded by the cries of a toasted photobucket account, the damnation is REAL-- let yard sales be the atonement. Let us share in the sacrament, in this pine sap of grubbery:
 
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Stack of 41 Vinyl Records - $10
 
I don't normally hunt for these, but this batch appeared to be a clean and unpicked personal collection-- ideal as flea market product. Highlights include AC/DC's Highway to Hell and Black in Black Albums, Madonna (self-titled), Michael Jackson's Thriller, Van Halen's 1984. Even the movie soundtracks were good picks, which is unusual to see around these parts-- American Graffiti, Grease, and the Empire Strikes Back; just to name a few.
 
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3 consoles (Nintendo 3ds xl, Nintendo dsi xl, Nintendo ds lite)
+ 24 cartridge-only games in a clean, cat-ready wicker basket = $20
 
After paying asking price on the records, we activated some sort of magical chemistry with the seller; where our unshaven grifter appearance interlocked with their desire to free themselves of nice worldly possessions. I'm guessing this was a teen daughter's collection, who had moved on to lacross or soccer or some other pursuits beyond our realm.
 
Noteables include Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros 2, Paper Mario Sticker Star on the 3DS; Kirby Super Star Ultra, Mario Party, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl on the DS.
 
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Axis and Allies Board Game, early edition - $5
 
Seller was wisely willing to part with their demonic wargame instrumentation, Buyer has more trade fuel to unwisely lug around to flea markets.
 
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Found another sale with an extensive mancave-level DVD collection, had to be real selective though since I spotted what looked to be a bootleg "Drop Dead Fred" and a Puppet Master movie that I couldn't be sure on. Got these for $10:
 
Blue Submarine No.6 The Movie
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 3, 4, 6, and 7
 
Unfortunately had to pass on Evangelion 1 and 2; being that the disc-surfaces revealed that golden/tan tint which can sometimes lead to playback issues. Wasn't too confident on the copyright blurb either at the bottom of the liner art on those.



#13512675 GOG Deals Thread

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 07 November 2016 - 05:58 PM

Since most of my collection is on Steam I rarely buy from GOG. The only games I look for are old games that are not on Steam. Speaking of which, are there any RPG/Strategy games on GOG that are on sale that aren't on Steam? I mainly like either DRPGs or SRPGs. 

Realms of Arkania is stupidly cheap right now, though it's a little too involved for me at the moment. Another choice might be Star Control 2, that one's pretty solid (found that one looking up 3DO rarities).




#13466121 The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 22 September 2016 - 04:33 PM

This is my rule of thumb for playboys:

 

Playboy pre 1965 are usually "the good ones". You can sell issues with specific celebs in them for more. Haven't checked for a while, but chyna, bai ling, vanna white, madonna, Pam Anderson, etc were usually "key" issues. If they do not have the centerfolds in them and they are 80s or newer, dump them in a lot.

 

Thanks for the info on these, I noticed with one of the Madonna issues and earlier the binding switches to a Vampirella-style format; I'm guessing that makes it tougher to find issues where the binding isn't all jacked up. Right now I'm sorting out the ones that are in really bad shape (water damage, destroyed cover) from the okay ones-- so far the oldest I've found goes back to 1963.

 

Edit: I hope you'll be watching Invasion U.S.A. and Pumpkinhead in the DVD lot you have there, those are the gems ;)




#13463157 The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 18 September 2016 - 06:18 PM

Had some pretty good luck this weekend hitting up community sales within the city, I picked up everything below for $58. The best find of the lot for me personally is that StarCraft 64, a shining example of what happens when porting goes too far...

There was actually a reason for porting like that back in the day; I remember playing Command and Conquer and Populous: A New Beginning on the ps1 before saving up for my first halfway decent gaming pc (About $1200-1500 for a Pentium 3). The console route might have been your only way to enjoy those titles if you didn't have a whole lot of cash to burn.




#13432640 The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 15 August 2016 - 08:08 PM

Hmmm, I wonder if we've ever crossed paths...of if I've ever cursed your name after getting to a sale late. ;)

It's possible; I've been hunting on and off for a good six years or so. I'm actually doing more of the flea market thing now to sell/trade-off the excess from previous hauls-- should be setting up sometime in Oct-Nov if you want to pay a visit.




#13430379 The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 12 August 2016 - 08:07 PM

Half the people posting here are in Maryland. No wonder why by 9 o'clock people at yard sales tell me 3-4 people were here before you asking about games.

I'm in NE Baltimore myself, not really hunting too aggressively these days. Too hot out this time of year anyway; you must be running into swarms of crazy nooblets  :whee:




#13293391 The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 16 April 2016 - 08:28 PM

Is this in the city/burbs? Tallish guy, blonde hair, glasses?

Also, any folks here in the Alexandria area? I'm down there this weekend for a wedding and want to go out tomorrow, but don't want to step on anyone's toes.

Nah, dark-haired guy, just a tad on the defensive side. I'm almost certain I've crossed paths with one or two CAGs over the years but never confirmed anything-- I'm northeast of Baltimore and south of Bel Air, generally a no man's land for the local collector scene. Mostly soccer moms and back roads and those damnable Towson U hipster kids  :boxing: Territory's been good to me over the years, though much digging is always required.




#13244973 Anime & Manga Steals and Deals (Rightstuf, Amazon, DD...etc)

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 11 March 2016 - 09:25 PM

That's true, but there's a couple of key, somewhat subtle differences for me that makes the alternate world plot a bit more interesting (I originally said tolerable, but it's not like I hate the premise on its own).

 

First and foremost, most of the time it is still the actual person I am watching.  They don't undergo a magical transformation (at least usually not immediately) into a completely different character with different abilities.  It's the difference between getting trapped in Super Mario Brothers as Mario, and getting trapped in a world with man-sized mushrooms and turtles trying to kill someone that can't jump over them because they don't have an 8 ft vertical jump.

 

The second is that the alternate world show generally keeps the "fish out of water" feel (at least for awhile) that is the genre's staple.  Generally people trapped in a game have either played that game before, or are at least familiar with other games in that genre.  They're also generally surrounded by other people that are in the same situation, not people completely alien to them.  It's the difference between trying to talk to a true axe-wielding maniac, and dealing with a typical, rational modern day person trying to be one.

One question. Does it live up to the standard set by Emilio Estevez in "The Bishop of Battle"?




#12736463 The Official 2015 Yard Sale Thread Post your finds!

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 10 June 2015 - 05:40 PM

So, I threw that MS Office up on ebay and the listing was just removed...

 

Why mine and not the other dozen or so that are still up for sale? Almost all of them have the "not for resale" in plain sight so I don't know what to think.

 

And just so this isn't totally off-topic...that Saturn lot is epic! At least two games in that lot are worth more than you paid for the whole thing. Damn.

Yeah, it's possibly my best hit ever; topping even the few times I bought solid ps1 collections with Lunars, Suikoden 2, and the like. Most of the Saturn cases are in very nice shape too, the only thing is some of the discs have smudges and could benefit from a light cleaning. I'll have to be careful about that.




#12730908 The Official 2015 Yard Sale Thread Post your finds!

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 07 June 2015 - 06:31 PM

All that for a $100 damn you made out like a bandit nice find 

Thanks, when I saw the Enemy Zero and the Bomberman I didn't even want to look at the rest; like they'd all suddenly turn into empty cases or something.




#12730888 The Official 2015 Yard Sale Thread Post your finds!

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 07 June 2015 - 06:15 PM

Just check the Price of Fire Emblem WTF why does it cost so much?? 

On a sidenote, if you ever decide to play it, expect about half the game to be pure dialog. We're talking about worse than Xenogears 1 hour long cut-scenes here. I've got the strategy guide and I'm still 10 missions away.




#12730854 The Official 2015 Yard Sale Thread Post your finds!

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 07 June 2015 - 05:53 PM

Well CAG, I didn't go out on Saturday morning due to being laid up with a 'roid; however, I did follow up a lead from last week's yard-sale action (without phone confirmation no less, I actually had to drive out without being sure whether my contact would be there). Fortunately he was, and like an expert magician he conjured a friend of his within 20 minutes. Needless to say I wasn't sure what to expect from this Dragon Warrior-like summoning-- though when Contact B brought out four tupperware bins that were barely portable from his car, I knew that groovy-time was about to occur. 
 
Okay, so maybe it wasn't all that easy. I knew right off the bat when facing a volume deal like this (a later count revealed nine systems and a little over 100 games in all) that a $5 or $10 offer wasn't going to fly. A part of me was tempted to look through the lot bit by bit with a piece of paper and pen just to get a handle on what was there. In situations like this, you don't want to insult the seller because they could come back with an enormous sum. Ultimately though I scrapped the full valuation idea or even looking at everything and pitched on what I saw so far: $60.
 
To which I quickly added that I could look some more. This was where it got tricky, since the seller showed no inclination one way or another and told me I could take my time. I could easily get caught in a situation of bidding myself up; what would I be comfortable paying?
 
After a time, I then asked the seller if they had any counter-offer thoughts. "One hundred dollars and it's yours," they said. Done.
 
So here's the neat thing about all of this, while I may not be able to sit squarely on my ass at the moment, this is the first time ever that I've encountered a Sega Saturn or Sega CD in the wild, over the course of my five years of active hunting and beyond. It was always, "Nah, I'll never break down and buy those systems unless they're bundled with games." NOW I HAVE DONE SO, IN USING YARD SALE POWERS IN TANDEM WITH VERY GENEROUS PEOPLE.
 
Note: Fuzzy pictures are of the highlights only; I won't bore you with the PS2 console, the n64 console, and the Dreamcast console. There's also a Wii which... HOW DARE YOU EXIST BESIDE THIS GLORIOUS SATURN?!?
 
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Edit: Here's a list of the Sega Saturn games, as the pics may not give you the full impact.
 
- Dragon Force
- Command & Conquer
- Tetris Plus
- Mr. Bones
- Quake
- Sonic 3D Blast
- Shining the Holy Ark
- Tomb Raider (2x)
- Hexen
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- Saturn Bomberman
- Enemy Zero
- Braindead 13
- Lunacy
- Resident Evil
- Dark Savior
- Duke Nukem 3D
- Iron Storm
- Three Dirty Dwaves
- Bubble Bobble (also featuring rainbow islands)
- Crusader No Remorse
- Wipeout
- Bug Too!
 
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#11270991 2013 Thrift Store Thread

Posted by Indigo_Streetlight on 23 November 2013 - 05:18 AM

I thought I had a worthwhile trip to GW yesterday, found Spyro and Rayman for PS1, both complete for $3, and I even found a dollar on the ground (which really surprised me for GW mind you).  Feeling good so far, I walk from the DVD / game section to the electronics section, and then my heart sunk as I saw a guy walking around with a good condition SNES with two controllers and all the hook-ups.  He said he *just* picked it up, which means if I would of gone to that section first, I would of had it.

 

And for the kicker, neither Spyro or Rayman loaded up on my PS2 (I'll have to drag out my PSone to check for sure), so apparently the only good thing I may have gotten out of the trip was the dollar.

 

Try going in through the system browser on the ps2; I once found a Tetris Plus that worked but wouldn't auto-load for whatever reason.