Title: Ten years ago... Posted: September 09, 2010 (08:56 PM)
Around ten years ago, I wandered into one of those charity op shops, where I found an Atari 2600 in its original box, with all the manuals and even some advertising pamphlets, plus four games also in their boxes. The whole thing cost me $10.
Today, deciding that I'm never going to play this thing again, due to Atari being seriously outdated, and the fact that I can't even hook it up to my new super awesome TV, I decided to take it to Gametraders to see what I'd get for it. They initially said between $30 and $80 depending on the condition, so when I went back to my car to grab it, they looked at it and decided it was worth $100 plus $20 for the games.
I seriously don't know how they're gonna sell it and turn a profit, but damn that's some good money.
User: bloomer Title: Re: Ten years ago... Posted: September 10, 2010 (01:49 AM)
When it comes to vintage computers and consoles and games, there will always be someone prepared to pay a fortune for any particular item.
That person may only come by once a year or less frequently, but even then, the amount they will pay without blinking when they do come by will cover, for instance, what it would cost me to list that Atari on ebay for a year, plus a profit on the purchase of it from you. There are groups of ebay folk who operate on this long haul model, and they usually charge a hell of a lot for what they're selling.
An example is that Fortress of the Witch King game for the Apple II I FAQ'd last year. Someone was selling the disk in the box for $120. To me that's insane, but they're waiting on a purchase by either someone who's a maniac for that game or that genre, or an Apple II collector with more dollars than sense.
User: jerec Title: Re: Ten years ago... Posted: September 10, 2010 (04:34 AM)
I did check the current ebay market for Atari 2600's, and the only ones with bids were under $50. There's no one bidding on the people asking $100 or more.
User: bloomer Title: Re: Ten years ago... Posted: September 10, 2010 (04:54 AM)
Don't worry, some dodos will buy those $100 ones eventually ;)
User: jerec Title: Re: Ten years ago... Posted: September 10, 2010 (05:51 AM)
They are pretty uncomfortable to play. Ergonomics didn't exist back then. Those joysticks are horrible to use for more than 5 minutes at a time.
User: bloomer Title: Re: Ten years ago... Posted: September 13, 2010 (05:42 AM)
This $550 copy of an Infocom adventure game will make you forget about your ergonomic pains.
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