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Posted by notaspaceship on 14 May 2015 - 01:59 PM
I had a modest find today. Saw an ad on Craig's List and realized it was the same sale that a few brightly colored signs corresponded to. The ad specified "NES Games" and I tried to play it cool with myself and miserably failed. Showed up half an hour early and the lady was just setting up. She was very nice and let me look around. Saw the stack of NES games so at least I knew it wasn't something else like Leap Frog cartridges, but then she said her daughter was inside looking up eBay prices. The daughter came out and I asked her what she wanted for them and she said $10 apiece, I asked if she would take $60 and she agreed. I am first to admit that I am crap when it comes to negotiating, but I'm getting better.
The Hunt for Red October
Mike Tyson's Punch-out
Also Marvel Ultimate Alliance for Wii and a LEGO Star Wars TIE-Fighter zip bag (no LEGOS but she threw it in for free)
I have a Retron 5 so I'm going to test them out later. Any advice on cleaning cartridges in case they need it?
Posted by notaspaceship on 08 May 2015 - 03:39 PM
No video game stuff today. I bought a couple of DK LEGO hard cover books, one Star Wars, one boxed set that's some kind of LEGO history. The Star Wars one has a mini-fig of Luke Skywalker in his end of Episode IV ceremony outfit. $8 for the both of them.
I would like to make some sort of law effective immediately that people who post garage sale signs need to use brightly colored paper, write IN BIG LETTERS and have a very clear arrow pointing in the proper direction. Saw so many black and white signs in eensy teensy lettering that I could not read nor could I slow down because people tailgate in this town like their lives depend on getting to Wal-mart five seconds faster.
Posted by notaspaceship on 02 May 2015 - 04:10 PM
I got to go to a community sale this morning. It started at 8, and I was there at 7:45. Weather was great and I logged 10,000+ steps on my smartphone so woot. I also found a copy of .hack Infection complete with the anime disc for $10. I normally don't haggle but I talked the person down to $5. I think they didn't know what they were or something and just threw random prices onto them. I've owned and sold the whole dot hack series multiple times. I want to play it, so I buy it. I can't resist the siren call of high resale value so I sell it. Then I want to play it so...Pretty happy with the find. Hope you all are finding treasures out there today.
Posted by notaspaceship on 01 May 2015 - 03:27 PM
Already done for the day. My "enemies" beat me to a sale this morning and got a Lego harry potter (large playset) for $2. They used the "we buy for a daycare line again" to try to get better pricing.
I pulled a pokemon team rocket sealed pack of cards from a free bin (they don't say 1st edition), so I assume they are somewhat common.
I chased 3 signs that are all for tomorrow.
I hit a house that always has sales and she said "everyone is looking for those old games."
At another sale I asked the seller about games and one of my "enemies" walked in front of me to get to them. He put his arms up on the bookcase (Imagine a bear skin rug) trying to block me from seeing what was there. I went over his shoulder and grabbed a stack of blurays. One the seller said he wanted $3 each, we both walked away.
I decided to skip the estate sale because I am getting pissed off.
It's funny when I think about the lengths this guy goes through to be an ass.
I was blocked by a husband/wife team today. I was trying to see what was on some shelves at a sale and we kept laughing and saying "Excuse me" to each other until I realized that they were deliberately keeping me away. Then it got awkward. I left :P
Found a bunch of PS2 games today, nothing amazing. Got some World of Warcraft Megabloks for fun. The way I see it I'm warming up. This is the first really nice day in a long time. It snowed last week. Have hopes for the Memorial Day weekend sales.
Posted by notaspaceship on 09 July 2014 - 04:25 AM
Oddly enough I have had my best luck by not being early. I have gotten lost on the way to sales or found other sales by being lost (I get lost easily, ok?) and found cool things that were either overlooked or were brought out because I or someone else asked or the person remembered that they had something and brought it out after the initial set up.
Asking has worked sometimes. I try to ask at every sale I go to, even though I am kind of shy and don't really like talking to strangers (all those childhood admonishments to never talk to strangers lives on). The problem is that sometimes people don't know what a video game is even when they have some. Which is weird, but oh well. Also it seems to not occur to quite a few people that I ask that someone wants to buy their video games, although they have every other thing under the sun out on their lawn.
I'm still pretty new to this but I think the best advice I can give you is to do it the way that you want to, in a way that is fun to you. Finding awesome stuff is great; getting up at the crack of dawn when you're just not into it isn't. I tried going to sales early, and what I found was that 1) I don't like to get up early 2) There are a lot of retired people in this area who like garage sales and they are scary 3) Some of my best finds have been after ten o' clock.
So now I let myself sleep in a little unless I see an ad for something that I just can't resist. It's more fun to get in my car and pick a direction and go from sign to sign. If I find myself getting cranky or thinking that I would just rather be doing something else, I stop. This is what's working for me so far, but I am not trying to build the world's greatest game collection or support myself through ebaying garage sale finds, so your motives probably play a part too.
Posted by notaspaceship on 30 June 2014 - 04:31 AM
Found a little more Sega to go with my big find from Friday. Stopped off at a place pretty late in the day and found a Sega Game Gear with three games, they asked $5 for it. When I got it home at first I thought it didn't work. Then I cleaned the contacts with some rubbing alcohol and discovered the brightness button *ahem*. The games all had to be cleaned too.
The screen is pretty scratched up but I figure I can replace it eventually. I also got a disc only copy of "Alundra 2" (PSX) for $.50. The lady running it said that it started raining and the video games were apparently not a high priority. So I do have the cover art but it's water damaged, boo. I also got at least six mosquito bites for free, what a deal.
Posted by notaspaceship on 27 June 2014 - 04:53 PM
So I tried a little freestyling today, since the general consensus seems to be that's the way to find stuff. I was really tempted by a sale claiming to have all sorts of Nintendo games etc., but luckily they posted photos and I could tell that they were resellers getting rid of excess. True they could have missed something but the sale was over an hour away anyway so I didn't want to make the drive.
Found a sub-division sale and hit about ten houses. Nothing great. One guy had games but he wanted too much for them. When I asked if he had Gameboy games, he asked, "DS?" and I said "sure". He pulled them out of his pocket for some reason and then asked for $30 (there were four and they were shovelware).
I almost gave up, but I stopped at one last place. This guy had some cool stuff, like a Lunar hand puppet in the box and video game guides. I picked them up and was getting set to pay his wife and leave, when he trucks out into the garage and plops a box down. I look in the box and it's full of CIB Sega games. And the Master System. And he had the box for the Master system. We haggled a bit and I bought it all for $20. He also said his mom was cleaning out her basement and they might have a Saturn down there. Left him my phone number, I hope he calls back, would love that Saturn.
Thanks for all of your posts, you keep me inspired and that's how I found something cool like this.
Posted by notaspaceship on 14 June 2014 - 03:48 AM
I took my own advice and went out in spite of it being rainy/cold (in June, what?). Went to a few sales and found nada except for the usual Guitar Hero titles for different consoles, but then I went to a sale that had actually advertised video games. Turns out the guy running it does a lot of sailing himself and he was selling what he couldn't be bothered to sell or didn't want to keep. No wonder I never find anything :P But he was cool and supportive and told me that I would eventually find some good stuff and I should keep trying.
I picked up:
Mario Golf N64 cart only $2
Dr. Mario Gameboy cart only $1 (I know, I overpaid, but I have an original Gameboy with the box so whatever, why not)
Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Sega Saturn complete $2 (thinking this is a pretty good find, no?)
Battalion Wars Gamecube complete $2 (thought this was rare but no, guess not)
Lost Kingdoms II Gamecube complete $2
So $9 for a variety of games that I mostly can't play because I don't have a Saturn, N64 or a Gamecube controller for my Wii. At least now I have more stuff to look for when I go out, and hey, I finally found some video games at a sale, yay me. He did say he had consoles but he was charging Amazon prices for them. I appreciated that he was up front about it anyway.
Posted by notaspaceship on 13 June 2014 - 12:15 AM
Thanks for the replies. I will try "toys" and "games". I was already looking at places that advertised "games", but I was figuring that they mostly meant stuff like board games, which could also be kind of cool depending on what it is. Thinking maybe "electronics" might also yield results.
I have run into a couple of "old people" selling video games, nothing much. One lady had an snes with "Super Mario World" that she wanted $25 for. I probably should have at least talked to her about it, but I'm kind of shy about talking to strangers. Need to get over that :P The other old lady had a red Wii with some shovelware like the DJ game that she wanted $60 for. I did ask her about it, said her cleaning lady gave it to her. Weird.
Posted by notaspaceship on 06 June 2014 - 05:22 PM
Today I purchased:
Champions of Norrath PS2 (Greatest Hits) for $2 (Was marked $4)
A glittery TI-83 for $3 (Marked $5). It wouldn't turn on but the batteries inside had an expiration of 2010 and the guy said that it hadn't been used in like, eight years. I just stood there looking unsure until he lowered the price. For $3 I figure it's okay even if it ends up not working, and hey, it's literally sparkly. I didn't even know that they made them like that.
A Nine Inch Nails CD for .50 and a Rudolph Hallmark ornament for .25.
I really want to find a working Gameboy unit. A few weeks back I bought a baggie full of Gameboy Color/Advance games from some estate sale, but I don't have anything that plays them. Been looking everywhere I go, but so far no dice. I also ask at every sale I go to whether they have video games like I have seen others on this board suggest, but no luck so far.