I feel llike I’ve had a little time to reflect since my last blog, once my initial fear had subsided, my rationale returned and I thought that downloadable only console games were a silly idea, and that for some it would br a popular, space saving choice, but to most would mean the demise of collections growing, resale value dropping and how on earth would you be able to do the fancy-dan limited editions? It just won’t happen. So that said, lets move on…phew!
I have to say, I am something of an Ebay addict. I wish it were to selling, but unfortunately it’s for buying. Ebay is where I get my staple diet of retro games. I go through stages of different consoles and entertainment systems and buy up a few on one, then a few on another. I’ve noticed a slight dwindling on some formats though (my poor Commodore Amiga collection is suffering), which I have to say I’m quite surprised at, especially in the current climate. Ah well, looks like everyone is as eager as me to hold on to their beloved games. It’s a shame, there are still a lot of games out there I’ve not got in my collection that I either used to own that I want again, or have just never had. So searching on Ebay is becoming quite stressful, especially with all the crazy ‘buy it now’ prices that are out there these days! I have no clue where these people are getting their games valued, but who’d want to pay over-the-odds prices for below par quality merchandise is beyond me.
It’s seems the days of hunting down bargains on Ebay is slowly coming to an end as the online stores slowly take over and you end up paying £19.99 plus £3 postage for Sonic 3 on the megadrive rather than maybe picking it up for £5-£10 from your average Joe who’s having a clean out of bits and pieces they don’t want. It’s a shame, but I suppose that’s how they earn their money. I’ll just be keeping my eye’s out for the bargains. You won’t be catching me, you overcharging stores, trying to cash in on our weak minds wanting to own that rare game in almost mint condition with limited edition poster and pin badge!!!
It has to be said though, there are still plenty of places on Ebay that you can actually pick up a real bargain with! I got a mint Zelda: Ocarina of Time, boxed and in perfect condition for less than £5! It’s buys like these I consider myself lucky with. So what do you guys think? Do you use Ebay as your local retro game store, or do you get yourself down to the high street for them? What bargains have you picked up lately that your friends would be jealous of?