It seems everyone has a “best kept secret” on where to find those elusive NES game titles, replacement controllers for their Turbografx or a new old stock Atari Heavy Sixer. So what’s the deal? Where are they finding all these gems? Well, lets take a look at some of the best ways to stock your retro gaming collection.
1. Most everyone would agree for the rock bottom deals it is always best to start at Goodwills, Thrift Stores and Salvation Army outlets. Why? These are where people go to give away their unwanted stuff. Why don’t they just throw it in the trash? Because these types of places give you receipts for your donations that you can deduct from your taxes. Many a Mom has donated their kid’s old video games only to be snatched up by collectors for as little as $2 or $3 a game. A simple search on Youtube under “video game pick ups” will confirm this. It takes a little digging, and you’ll never know what you’ll find but for the sheer fun of the adventure nothing beats these places.
2. What about those people who are too lazy to bring their stuff to the local Goodwill or don’t care about tax donations? Well, those are the folks that usually have Garage Sales. These sales are usually posted in the local penny saver news papers, posted on bulletin boards at supermarkets are even just flyers taped around the neighborhood. Once again you’ll never know what you’ll find at a garage sale and don’t expect to get super rock bottom deals but you wont have to pay sales tax or shipping and of course haggling is expected.
3. Craigslist.org has become a great source for retro collectors. Many times the people selling are locals and you can meet and inspect the items before paying on the agreed price. Again haggling is possible but many times sellers have a firm price.
4. Online auction houses like GameGavel.com and Ebay have always been strong holds of the retro gaming community. Buying and selling is what they do best. GameGavel specializes in the retro gaming biz with reasonable rates and of course Ebay is a behemoth with a wider audience and higher fees. You’ll almost always expect to pay shipping fees with auction houses.