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In Topic: The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

24 August 2016 - 06:59 PM

Video Game collection as a hobby is interesting in that it hasnt experienced that big collapse that comics / sports cards / almost any other affordable collectable market has.


The problem with Game collecting is there seems to be more resellers than actual collectors by quite a bit and this will eventually cause backlash in the market as product wont be able to move and which we have already seen with Play N Trade starting and fading quickly, Gamestop buying up smaller chains, and Blockbuster closing up (knocking out Gamerush).  Games are not particularly cheap either.


The unique thing about game collecting is that a game can be used with little risk of lowering value (if its already open).  I think this will keep the collectable market growing and will maintain price increases on physical items long after they are available digitally, which we are now seeing physical games hold value.


I'm very interested to see how companies like Limited Run Games and other companies affect the market.  I know there have been companies collector minded but Limited Run Games is unique in that they purely exist because collectors want a physical copy of mostly previously available digitally games.  Their products will be interesting to watch value wise over the next few years. 

In Topic: The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

30 July 2016 - 07:10 PM

Not much today but I did end up with


Naruto 1, 2, and 3 for 360 for $9

Sleeping Dogs PS4 - $5

Metal Gear Solid V PS4 - $5

The Division PS4 - $5


Also ended up with 8 DC Rebirth #1s and 2 other DC comics for $5 (Includes DC Rebirth and Batman Rebirth 1)


Also ended up with 11 Anime (I believe One Piece and Naruto) figures / PVC display figures for $11 from the people that sold me the Naruto games.

In Topic: The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

10 July 2016 - 12:24 AM

Drove a lot today but I saw my competition at the first sale I went to, knocking on the guys door.  I ended up going to a community sale 30 miles away and came back later and got some shovelware that was left and a Pikachu Amiibo.  I also saw the same competition waiting at another sale that specifically stated no early birds.


Anyways, I think I was the only game guy at the Community Sale and, despite many people telling me they werent bringing out games, I ended up with


Spore Heroes Wii - $2


WRC FIA World Rally Championship PS3

Skylanders Trap Team Wii

Skylanders Giants Wii

Need for Speed Wii (Disc Only)

Hasbro Family Game Night 3 Wii

Star Wars Force Unleashed Wii

Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword w/ Symphonic CD

Skylanders Accessories, 6 Skylanders, portals


All for $7.  I think they wanted $2 for Zelda, I bought the whole thing as I knew I was making out and they basically gave me the skylanders.


I then got


Wii Sports Resort

Wi Mario Super SLuggers

Wii Rayman Raving Rabbids 2

Wii Mario Party 8

Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2

Wii Mario Super Sluggers


All for $10 (asking $14).  The same sale had a few PS4 games, I offered $3 apiece but they held at $5 (The Crew and Farcry 4) so I left them.


I then went back to the yard sale where the guy was knocking on the door.  They sold a lot but I saw the loose Pikachu Amiibo and was able to get that and


Scooby-Doo! First Frights Wii

de Blob Wii

Spongebob's Truth or Square

Namco Museum Remix


All for $6.  Not a great deal, but my wife will like Spngebob.


On the way home I was able to get a few more things.


Bolt Xbox 360 Sealed

Super Bust a Move 2 PS2

Kingdom Hearts 2 PS2

Sword in the Stone DVD Platinum Edition Sealed


All for $5.  I saw the DVD and figured it worth it to build a deal around.


Finally, someone sold me Complete DS My Sims Kingdom and Zoo Tycoon DS for $1 Total.  The wife may like to try those.


Lots of Wii stuff.  I also ended up with a lot of baseball cards for $5.  It included 4 albums full of sheets.  2 albums were empty, 1 was filled with base 2013 Topps Magic football and the other had a bunch of 2013 Topps Allen and Ginter base cards with some SPs and common inserts.  There was also a box of 1992 Donruss baseball.  I usually stay away from Sports cards unless they are pre 1980 or high odd inserts but I know Allen and Ginter are $3 to $4 a pack and thee are abouts 30 to 40 SPs (short print) cards that should be $1 apiece.

In Topic: The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

08 July 2016 - 05:07 PM

"Its for my grandkids / I buy them to give away" etc etc.  I think this was discussed on this board a few pages back.


As for paying for more, I had an extremely unpleasant experience last year with competition who was extremely rude to me and the people running the yard sale.  I had another unpleasant experience earlier this year with someone who was not happy that I arrived just before they did (i was maybe 30 seconds earlier and walking up to the sale when they pulled up).  Both of these people attempted to buy the games out from under me by grabbing the games while I was looking (I was pulling money from wallet as I was talking to the seller) or bending over a box while I was trying to take games out. 


To counter I have begun offering a few more dollars than my competition does.  It has led to more people holding stuff for me (if the games are not all out yet I buy what I want without negotiating and if I come back later, they will not sell to new stuff to someone else) and more people taking my number for later.  It has also led to more people saying they will look for games for me as it becomes more worth their while (this happened late last year, initially I was told no to game stuff, bought something for more than they expected, than next thing I know they suddenly had more game stuff - that had a large amount of Pokemon games that they found and sold to me) .  This has been especially beneficial at community sales where people arrive early and not everyone has their games out. 


It doesn't help that the area I am in is full of 'game guys'.  It gets ridiculous some mornings as I have heard stories that people are knocking on doors at 6am or earlier (earliest someone told me was someone woke them up before 4am at a Community sale that advertised games).

In Topic: The Official 2016 Yard Sale Thread

08 July 2016 - 02:30 PM

Yard sale ethics are always an interesting topic.


When buying games, I try to judge it on the day I am having, who the seller is, and on how my most recent encounter with competition has been.  For example, if I having spent much time going around or haven't driven around much or eaten, I think I am more likely to pay the asking price or talk down less.  If the seller is a kid versus an adult, or if they don't begin by stating something along the lines they want this gone,  I think I try to pay more for games.  I also try to pay more than competition in case someone has more games and calls / texts later, that way the competition doesn't try to persuade them to be called instead.


I am also more likely to buy a lot of common games if I get a harder to find one in the process.  For example, this morning someone had a Raiden Project PS1 complete for $2.  Instead of buying just that one, I bought 6 for $10, including games I would not have bought otherwise as $10 was more than fair for Raiden Project and Resident Evil 2.  So I ended up with some filler games I do not believe I have that I normally wouldn't have paid more that a buck for - Pitfall 3D, Activision Classics, Wipeout XL and a disc only Wii Sports Resort (the 'free game').


I did start recently to pay more than asking price if the deal is stellar (as long as the seller isn't rude) and I hope to continue this trend as I do not want to feel bad about something.


For items in less demand, such as comics or magic and pokemon cards, I tend to negotiate a lot more as those items are more condition sensitive and people usually have a better idea of what the actual value is.


That being said, this is just my opinion and I do not blame anyone for getting a cheap price as long as they aren't being an obvious jerk.


I do not believe its right to snake a deal (being the first one there in cutting in line, offering more than someone is trying to negotiate for), 'spreading out' over items, trying to resell what you buy on the spot, using one of the cliche'd lines that isn't true that we have all heard, and many other jerk like things that I am sure we've all seen.




I didn't realize Raiden Project was a $50+ game.  I thought it was half that max.