I'm a small-time collector into original hardware--I have a very nice light sixer with 127 carts/tapes (incl. 6 homebrews) and a very nice NES with 22 carts. For awhile now, I've wanted to expand into SNES. I've been browsing eBay, on and off, for about a year. But I keep getting discouraged and giving up.
There's a constant glut of SNES consoles listed of course, in various states of yellowness/brownness, and in various states of completeness. In many (most?) instances, sellers use stock photos and call their consoles--of which they have many--refurbished. 'Clean, but may show cracks, scratches, slight discoloration,' etc. Well, for me, that won't do. I like consoles that look and function as new. If I were a man of means, I'd shell out for perfect CIB. But I'm not a man of means. So I have to be careful.
I dunno. Perhaps eBay is the wrong place to be searching. Maybe I just got lucky with my VCS and my NES. I'm a maniac for condition. But I looked and I looked and was patient and ended up getting cosmetically perfect, fully functional, complete consoles--apart from missing box and paperwork--for what I thought was a good price on each system. But the search for a nice SNES for reasonable money has got me stymied.
So, I figured I'd ask here if anyone has a really nice, original SNES with original components, that HAS NOT been retrobrighted and HAS NOT been modded and that they'd be willing to part with for a fair price. If not here, is a retro gaming expo the way to go?
P.S. I'm not exactly seeking anything fancy like CIB or a 1CHIP. I just want an unmolested SNES that looks and functions as new with all the rudimentary OEM stuff included. That said, I'd consider whatever you have that fits the above criteria and is priced fairly according to what it is.
Thank you so much for reading all this! 😅