i'm looking for an atari 2600 online, but i can't find anything for under 100 or 1000 dollars! are people really that greedy? is it a joke? they might as well not sell it! no one is going to pay more than 30-35$ for an atari 2600! (that's what it's actually worth) seriously! why is everything so overpriced when it comes to cheap consoles? can anyone please post me a link to where i can buy an atari 2600 forit's retail value ($15-$35) and can ship to canada, the land of beavers, hockey, and maple syrup?
please. i'm desperate to play some star raiders.
Everything has gone up. Genesis, Game Cube, N64 used to be $30, with NES, SNES were $50. Now the NES, SNES are $75 and the Game Cube, N64, and Genesis are $50 at GameXChange, when they have them in stock.
I bought my Atari 2600 4-switch (the most common model out there iirc) for $50 in 2012 with a fat stack of games. If it's gone up by a considerable amount along with everything else retro, it would not surprise me one bit.
Pricecharting is kind of a lame tool. I've found stuff cheaper locally, but mostly higher online. In fact Pricecharting is one of the biggest proponents to inflation. Pricecharting displays an "average" price from the past month or so online, but sellers who use the marketplace services that pricecharting indexes, assume this to be the new "minimum" price, and typically price higher to account for fees. Pricecharting sees the sold listings on average are higher than last months average, then sellers set the new price as the minimum bar they will sell at or accept an offer for. So of the past 10 years that Pricecharting has been tracking games, they have contributed to some extent to the actual inflation epidemic.
A bigger issue is there is a new generation of millennial gamers interested in retro games, in addition to the old guard generation who grew up with the stuff. Combine that with the sad fact that games and systems stop working and get thrown away instead of repaired (and in some cases working systems tossed out as well), that they aren't made anymore, and the market for said games and systems is bigger now than in recent years.
There is also speculative buying, ie purchasing games with the intent to resell at higher price. This may contribute to a bull market bubble and subsequent crash, however more people than ever are collecting so supply cannot satiate demand and prices continue to rise. As trends in collecting tastes change, prices for various systems will rise and fall. As old collectors die off, drop out of the hobby, os simply come across hard times, these collections will ultimately be released into the wild again and prices will stabilize. How long for this to happen, who knows? I also think CRTs will be highly sought after in the future. Look at pickers. Old junk = goldmine. CRTs are old junk now, but are integral to maintaining a retro collection.