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#1 VicViper OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 2:33 PM

Are these "antique hunters" and "treasure seekers' reality shows driving any one else up the wall? they show some guy walking into a pawn shop and getting a hundred bucks for an Atari, now every one thinks there old stuff is worth thousands of dollars. Granted, the guy had a box with close to a hundred games with the Atari, but all everyone sees is Atari=100$. "boy, if the pawn shop is giving THEM a hundred for it, it must be worth THOUSANDS!!!" It's making it so the only place you can get reasonable prices is here on the forums, and forget about hunting in the wild. I'm pretty sure most of the local thrift stores put all that stuff on Ebay now, and there are at least three people on my local Craigslist trying to sell regular Ataris with a dozen R1 games for 200$ and up. Is anyone else running into this?

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 2:46 PM

I haven't personally had anyone I've tried to buy from reference any of these shows. Just the typical "it goes for X on ebay". I saw the episode you're talking about and its clear there are dozens of games with the Atari so if anyone tried that with me regarding a bare 2600 I'd tell them to rewatch the episode with their eyes open.

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 3:21 PM

I haven't personally had anyone I've tried to buy from reference any of these shows. Just the typical "it goes for X on ebay". I saw the episode you're talking about and its clear there are dozens of games with the Atari so if anyone tried that with me regarding a bare 2600 I'd tell them to rewatch the episode with their eyes open.


A girlfriend of mine from about 10 years ago told me that her parents watched an episode of Antiques Roadshow and found out that a complete Atari 2600 system was selling for $500.
I told her to tell her parents not to believe everything they hear.

Then again, I wouldn't mind parting with one of my systems for $500 :P

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 3:29 PM

There was one episode of Auction Hunters where the guys bought a storage locker that had a boxed 2600. I don't remember them ever taking it out and I don't recall seeing which model it was but one of the guys commented that they can go for up to $250 in the box. Knowing what we do about the values of their video game finds, it kind of makes me wonder about the true "value" of all the other stuff that they find.

On an episode of Storage Wars a guy found a painting in a locker. He commented that he had no idea who had painted it but that he would sell it in his shop for either $300 or $400, I can't remember which. Also, when they pull out these used sofas and say that they would go for $500 and up I am amazed. There is no way that I would ever pay $500 for a used sofa. At least around where I live you can get fairly nice new ones for a lot less.

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 4:46 PM

There was one episode of Auction Hunters where the guys bought a storage locker that had a boxed 2600. I don't remember them ever taking it out and I don't recall seeing which model it was but one of the guys commented that they can go for up to $250 in the box. Knowing what we do about the values of their video game finds, it kind of makes me wonder about the true "value" of all the other stuff that they find.

On an episode of Storage Wars a guy found a painting in a locker. He commented that he had no idea who had painted it but that he would sell it in his shop for either $300 or $400, I can't remember which. Also, when they pull out these used sofas and say that they would go for $500 and up I am amazed. There is no way that I would ever pay $500 for a used sofa. At least around where I live you can get fairly nice new ones for a lot less.

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It was a 4 switch woody IIRC. And no, a boxed 4 switch with no games isn't going for anywhere near $250.

But yea, I remember thinking they were just pulling numbers outta there asses. And yes, I thought the same thing - what else are they inflating to get ratings? The higher these numbers the better the ratings I guess. :roll:

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 5:05 PM

I haven't seen an Atari 2600 for less than $100 on Craigslist in Rochester, NY in at least two years. I've had a little better luck in Buffalo and Syracuse, but not much.

There's a couple Goodwill's on the east side of town that sometimes have 2600 carts, but they're always commons and they're always at least $4-$5 each.

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 9:33 PM

yep...

http://longisland.cr...2518759380.html
http://hartford.crai...2485790363.html
http://longisland.cr...2475182914.html

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 10:30 PM

A few months back, I found a boxed Vader 2600 with about 30 games on CL. The lady was asking $500 for the lot. She even said Defender was RARE. LAWL. When I contacted her to try to talk he down, she said she had came here to AA and posted in the Market place. Someone told her the thing was worth well over $500. She came down to $300. Don't know if it sold or not... Either she was lying, or someone really effed me in the A :roll:

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Edited by bigbee99, Tue Aug 2, 2011 10:31 PM.


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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 11:14 PM

There was one episode of Auction Hunters where the guys bought a storage locker that had a boxed 2600. I don't remember them ever taking it out and I don't recall seeing which model it was but one of the guys commented that they can go for up to $250 in the box. Knowing what we do about the values of their video game finds, it kind of makes me wonder about the true "value" of all the other stuff that they find.

On an episode of Storage Wars a guy found a painting in a locker. He commented that he had no idea who had painted it but that he would sell it in his shop for either $300 or $400, I can't remember which. Also, when they pull out these used sofas and say that they would go for $500 and up I am amazed. There is no way that I would ever pay $500 for a used sofa. At least around where I live you can get fairly nice new ones for a lot less.

JY


I always figured they were trying to not look like an idiot for paying so much for a crap locker. So they give outrageous estimates so they seem like they're in the green.

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2011 11:30 PM

while we are on the subject of crazy jacked up CL listings... Not as crazy as the 2600 stuff but still.

http://greenville.cr...2512834922.html

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Edited by bigbee99, Tue Aug 2, 2011 11:31 PM.


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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 12:28 AM

Problem is, there is always somebody with just to much money, willing to pay the price. Unless they can't sell it anymore for these outrage prices, prices will go up as long as it will be sold. If it isn't standing in the way, one can hold infinitive to stuff to get the price they want.

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 7:12 AM

Oh and this asshat has been hoarding every single Odyssey to come up on ebay and then jacking up the price by hundreds of dollars. Now everybody thinks they are $500 or more.

eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370502241700
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 350417947756
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370458860846
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370526793892
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370499796054
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370435684480
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370530747532
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 350453887306
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370508057395
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370508057356

That's just the tip of the iceburg. This guy has been sitting on this stock for YEARS and he won't move an inch. He's like the guy that has a really rare car in his back yard and he'd rather let it rot than let someone buy it and restore it.

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 7:50 AM

Same phenom with EM pinball machines. A totally working and restored machine I'd have a tough time selling for $500, one of the goofballs at Pawn Stars gave the guy double that for a busted junk example. Then, they were going to have their auto detailer paint the machine for another $2k. They were under the auspices that a Bally Odds 'n Evens is worth $5k. :rolling:

Most expensive example of that machine on the planet - ever! :lol:

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 9:50 AM

Oh and this asshat has been hoarding every single Odyssey to come up on ebay and then jacking up the price by hundreds of dollars. Now everybody thinks they are $500 or more.

eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370502241700
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 350417947756
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370458860846
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370526793892
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370499796054
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370435684480
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370530747532
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 350453887306
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370508057395
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370508057356

That's just the tip of the iceburg. This guy has been sitting on this stock for YEARS and he won't move an inch. He's like the guy that has a really rare car in his back yard and he'd rather let it rot than let someone buy it and restore it.


Have you ever seen this guys stuff? A lot of it's sealed but really? He has a sealed Turbo Duo for $5k

eBay Auction -- Item Number: 220818915446

To make maters worse, check out high stuff he has sold

Sega CD for $600 eBay Auction -- Item Number: 220814797831
SNES for $1050 eBay Auction -- Item Number: 320711344239

Someone's got some jack to spend. Maybe I need to start selling at retarded prices!

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 9:59 AM

Oh and this asshat has been hoarding every single Odyssey to come up on ebay and then jacking up the price by hundreds of dollars. Now everybody thinks they are $500 or more.

eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370502241700
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 350417947756
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370458860846
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370526793892
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370499796054
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370435684480
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370530747532
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 350453887306
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370508057395
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370508057356

That's just the tip of the iceburg. This guy has been sitting on this stock for YEARS and he won't move an inch. He's like the guy that has a really rare car in his back yard and he'd rather let it rot than let someone buy it and restore it.


Oh it's not just the Odyssey system. He's been buying up Intellivision systems left and right as well and listing them for 5-10 times asking price of most other postings. If he's too stupid to figure out that the market won't bear his prices let him die with the stuff.

#16 AtariLeaf OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 10:36 AM


Oh and this asshat has been hoarding every single Odyssey to come up on ebay and then jacking up the price by hundreds of dollars. Now everybody thinks they are $500 or more.

eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370502241700
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 350417947756
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370458860846
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370526793892
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370499796054
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370435684480
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370530747532
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 350453887306
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370508057395
eBay Auction -- Item Number: 370508057356

That's just the tip of the iceburg. This guy has been sitting on this stock for YEARS and he won't move an inch. He's like the guy that has a really rare car in his back yard and he'd rather let it rot than let someone buy it and restore it.


Oh it's not just the Odyssey system. He's been buying up Intellivision systems left and right as well and listing them for 5-10 times asking price of most other postings. If he's too stupid to figure out that the market won't bear his prices let him die with the stuff.


He'll just probably be on an episode of hoarders one day and we'll see all that vintage swag get tossed :o

#17 NinjaWarrior OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 12:12 PM

These shows are ruining the Market

Now people asking alot for the Atari's

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 1:34 PM

I was talking to a guy at work who sold a boxed 2600 and some common games for 600 bucks. Seems people are willing to pay those prices.

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 1:56 PM

For a long time I ran ads in the local Tell-N-Sell (I hope everyone has these as they are great) asking to buy older games. I used to get them at fair prices. Anymore I can't buy them for 2 times their value. Those shows are making things worse in the wild for sure, and we all know they are not on the money. These shows are also running up the prices in the local live auctions around here too. This is why I buy here and why I only buy here for the most part anymore.

On the other hand I guess we could list our doubles on CL at double their price and these people thinking they are all worth a freaking ton will think they are getting a great deal.

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 3:07 PM

The inflated prices suck for "BUYING", but for "SELLING", one would be as happy as a pig in s##t, and wouldn't complain :lust: :thumbsup:.Not all sell their stuff, just saying.It depends which side of the fence one is on really.It's nice knowing stuff you collect is worth a lot for resale, perhaps for a nice nest egg for when you retire.I myself don't sale my stuff so i prefer that stuff stays priced low, but like i said depends which side you're on.

Edited by Rik, Wed Aug 3, 2011 3:14 PM.


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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 3:27 PM

The inflated prices suck for "BUYING", but for "SELLING", one would be as happy as a pig in s##t, and wouldn't complain :lust: :thumbsup:.Not all sell their stuff, just saying.It depends which side of the fence one is on really.It's nice knowing stuff you collect is worth a lot for resale, perhaps for a nice nest egg for when you retire.I myself don't sale my stuff so i prefer that stuff stays priced low, but like i said depends which side you're on.

I was thinking something along those lines. Gaming is bigger than us that have been in the niche for years holding/collecting our old carts. Maybe it's not us setting the prices anymore. I can tell a big difference in the game prices just in the past 10 years.

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#22 HatefulGravey OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 4:03 PM

Just wait for the day that "classic" gaming becomes "antique" gaming. The prices will change them for sure.

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 4:08 PM

Maybe it's not us setting the prices anymore. I can tell a big difference in the game prices just in the past 10 years.

You're right. Definitely a new generation of spuds working up to 60 hours a week (or not), that grew up with ePay and are wasting their money on all this frivolous stuff. :lol:

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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2011 9:00 PM

Check out the Antique Roadshow talking about the 2600. He says Pac-Man goes for $5-10! lol



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Posted Thu Aug 4, 2011 1:57 PM

I haven't seen an Atari 2600 for less than $100 on Craigslist in Rochester, NY in at least two years. I've had a little better luck in Buffalo and Syracuse, but not much.

There's a couple Goodwill's on the east side of town that sometimes have 2600 carts, but they're always commons and they're always at least $4-$5 each.

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