Retro Console Collecting - Part XI (Craigslist Finally Comes Through!)
Which would hold true if my ramblings could be equated to greatness. Or even medicoreness. Is that even a word? You know the quality of your writing is poor when you make up words (and your last name is not Seuss).
For those of you with long memories, you may recall one of my early posts dealt with ways to obtain more games/consoles/controllers/money sinks for the collection. For those of you with short memories (or those of you who burned that painful drivel out of your heads long ago), you can read about it here: Shameless self-plug ahoy!
So for the last year and a half or so, I've been scouring the ads on my local Craigslist daily looking for deals on any old games and systems. There usually is anywhere from fifty to one hundred ads posted every day. You'd think that somewhere in there would be some great deals on some retro hardware and games, right?
You'd be wrong.
The posts on my local Craigslist, with regard to video games can be sorted into the following categories:
- Modern PS3/360 game (usually not interested in these)
- Modern console repair (fix your red ring of death today!)
- General misplaced ads/scams
- Worthless retro games (hey, anyone want to buy the thirtieth copy listed of Madden 2001 for the PS1 for $10?)
- People who have decent and/or rare games, but actually know what the are worth (c'mon, I'm looking for deals here!)
- People who have older games with no idea what they are worth...in a bad way (ultra-rare NES system comes with the also ultra-rare Mario/Duck Hunt cartridge...a steal at only $500! Price FIRM! I know what this is worth!)
Do you see what is missing from that list?
Yup, I'm looking for games in decent shape that are actually priced reasonably. I've really yet to find much of anything like that on Craigslist for the last year and a half of searching.
Am I being too picky? Probably.
Do I not want to overspend? Definitely.
Is this blog post actually going anywhere with this? Possibly.
So finally, let's get down to it. As you probably already surmised from the title of this post (and aren't you a smart cookie!), I finally did manage to score some decent items off of Craigslist. A seller posted up an ad for a few of the Suikoden games on the PS2 along with some strategy guides. After speaking with him, I found out he had quite a bit more for sale. So I did what any good collector would do.
I beat him up on the price and snapped the whole thing up.
Xenosaga I - III, plus strategy guides for II and III, and the bonus DVD for I.
Valkyrie Profile 2, Okami, Shining Force Neo - all three in excellent condition, plus the strategy guides, The strategy guide for Okami is still sealed. Plus, I got a nifty little drawing board with Okami that came in that Capcom box, apparently only available to those that pre-ordered the game.
Stella Deus, Growlanser Generations Deluxe, and Wizardry - all three in very good condition
Suikoden III, IV, V and Tactics - IV, V, and Tactics all have their respective strategy guides. Underneath III is an Art of Suikoden IV book. Above Suikoden V is an Art of Suikoden V book still sealed.
Sealed copies of Shin Megami Tensai: Persona 3 and Growlanser Heritage of War - I know it doesn't show in the picture well, but both are factory sealed copies.
Assorted PS1 games - Bottom L to R: Breath of Fire III, Vandal Hearts (some sun fading on cover), Eternal Eyes
Middle: Beyond the Beyond
Top L to R: Vagrant Story, Alundra, Lunar Silver Star Story Complete
Other various odditioes - two cards for Tales of the Abyss (same picture on both, I just flipped one around so you could see the back). Says they were a limited edition run of 24,000. Not sure what the story is behind them. The other seems to be similar to a game manual for Atelier Iris 3. Maybe a promotional piece? I'm not sure.
So anyway, there you have it. I finally get a chance to
What's that you say? Oh, you want to know how much I paid for all that?
I'm not proud to say it, but I blew $470 on all that. It seems pretty excessive, but I talked the seller down from around $625 or so, so I think I managed to come out with a pretty decent deal out of the whole thing.
Now I just need to find a diamond in the rough score. Like an Earthbound for a dollar, or something along those lines. And while I'm wishing for things that will never happen, I might as well add a Ferrari to that list.
In parting, here is some reality tv gold for you: