Cynicaster, on Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:37 PM, said:
There’s a local used game store where I live and their prices are generally quite steep on the retro stuff. It bugged me at first but then I realized that if they sold their stuff at or near the prices you would find at a yard sale, they wouldn’t even be able to keep their lights on. They’re a business, not an institution for the no-profit distribution of old junk.
Sure, there are reasonable limits on everything and some guys are out to lunch on their pricing, but you should expect to pay a premium in a store that makes its profit by marking things up.
I don’t mind paying for the convenience once in a while. For example, I think I paid $8 for a copy of Kaboom at that store. I know I could find it cheaper, or perhaps as part of a larger lot for not much more, but I really wanted it and all I had to do was walk in and grab it. Big deal--$8. I spend more than that on coffee in 2-3 days. I’m glad there’s a store like that in my area, so I support the idea of them profiting.
Other than those more common carts, which I've seen a few people buy, they hardly sell anything retro. They make their money on the current gen, they've told me so. The old stuff makes them almost no money. Its a retro museum at the Game Cycle stores and even the employees have told me that. They have a sign on their display cases that say that collectors items are sold at their discretion.
WTF does that mean?! If you go to Game Cycle 2 you'll see a CIB Hit and Missile Game. I bought it on ebay last year for $5. Didn't have to pay shipping because the seller was in Windsor. I decided to try to sell it on Kijiji for $10, many times, didn't get ONE email reply. No one was interested. So I take it in for store credit, get $5 which is what I paid and IIRC they want $40 or $50. It'll never sell and it'll collect dust in that display case forever.
Don't get me wrong, I spend money there, have for many years but if I can buy something online and even with shipping, pay much less, I won't think twice about it. Got a Snoopy and the Red Baron a couple weeks back for $15 shipped where they want $30 for a loose cart. I won't overspend on principle, I don't give in due to convenience.
And no, of course they shouldn't sell things for yard sale prices but their pendulum has swung way too far in the other direction. Bumper Bash won't sell at $80 for a loose poor label copy. It just won't. Put a reasonable $50 price tag on it and maybe, to the right collector. Stores have to realize that us collectors are few and far between and the average Joe looking to relive his youth playing Asteroids and Space Invaders will balk at the stiff price tags on rarer items. Collectors are savy. We know where and how to get the best prices. We're not going to just hand over wads of cash, drooling over some rare game in a display case without doing serious research first.
I've talked to 3 or 4 collectors in the area who are either here at AA and/or on youtube (including the one girl who now works at Game Cycle) and they all agree that the prices are insane and unreasonable - this is from people in the know who collect - their target audience for these items.
Edited by AtariLeaf, Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:27 AM.