overall goal of most collectors is to get every game
for a particular system. In my case, it is to get
every game for every system. The best way that I have
found to get started collecting is to pick a system
with a low game total, such as Sega 32X or Atari 7800,
and go after the games for it. If you are picky like
me, you want the box and book along with the game.
This makes collecting a little more challenging as
well as expensive. For me, it is worth it. A big part
of the thrill is in the hunt. Sometimes the hunt is
more fun than actually playing the game!
are a few ways that I have found to make collecting
a little bit cheaper:
Make friends with your local video game store.
By becoming a regular customer, you can get inside
information. I have been able to get of some very
rare games because the employees would hold them for
me. For example one day my favorite store got in a
huge lot of 8-bit Nintendo games and there were a
few that they had never heard of before so they put
them aside for me. The games turned out to be Cowboy
Kid, Tetris (Tengen Version) and Bible Buffet. All
three are on the rare side and I was able to get them
with little or no trouble at all. They also let me
know about any special deals they might be having
as well as future sales. For example, one store had
a sale on Genesis games, buy two and get one free.
I can't tell you how many free games I got. Some of
the stores will also give away store demo's of games
when they are done with them as well as advertising
material such as posters and stand-ups.
Know What You Are Looking For
Good Will stores and local pawnshops will have games.
Some have them real cheap, others charge outrageous
prices. Know what the going prices are for the games
that you're looking for. This way you don't pay too
much and you can get the most for your money. If you
don't see any games, ASK! Some places keep older games,
such as Atari and Intellivision, in the back because
nobody buys them. It never hurts to ask. I have a
complete list printed out of the games I have so that
I don't buy games that I don't need. Unless of course
they are rare.
Yard Sales And Garage Sales
local papers print a list of garage sales and yard
sales for the upcoming week. This lets you get the
jump on everyone else and get there early. (Don't
think you are the only one looking for games!) These
are the best places for deals. Most people don't know
the value of older games. As I stated before, if you
don't see any, ASK! I did once and they had an Atari
2600 with about 100 games that they didn't put out.
They didn't think anyone would want something so old
and out-dated. I bought it for $24, kept what I needed
for my collection and sold the rest for $150.
not forget one of the most popular ways of acquiring
games of all sorts. Now everybody knows how to use
E-Bay to find games but there are ways to get them
cheaper. Check for misspelled words when you look
up games. For example say you're looking for Intellivision
games, try spelling it differently. Try Intellivison
or Intelivision, some people do spell them wrong and
not that many people look at it so it won't go as
high, therefor you can get them cheaper. This kind
of typo when people are auctioning games is quite
common so try it when ever you are looking for games
on E-Bay or other online auction sites.
If you want to get all your games complete (box &
book) try doing searches for empty boxes. People do
put lots up for empty boxes for all systems, including
boxes for the systems themselves. By doing this I
have been able to get most of my games complete.
are some other tips for getting games cheap!!
If you see something that you know is rare, buy it!
Even if you already have it. Someone else will need
it and you can use it for trading or selling later.
Let people know you collect games. I have printed
up business cards on my home computer and placed them
in various locations. I have received many games from
people who saw my card; some of them even for free!
you keep some of these tips in mind, it will help
to save you money. More money means more games!