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What's the highest price for a 2600 game hit in the stores at this time?

 

I'm not talking about today prices from collectors, ebay and garage sales/flea markets.

 

 

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I do not remember the specific price, but because it included the special controller, Star Raiders was significantly higher than other games. 

 

I never owned them, but I expect that Indy 500 and the Milton Bradley games were more expensive too (for the same reason).

 

 

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I thought this thread might be about the highest production cost.  I wonder what that was?  ET for the license? Didn't they pay for Pac Man exclusivity too?

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Think some of the Activision carts were pricy. I seem to recall some people paid like $45 for pitfall 2, and that's sans additional controller. Of course that's 84, I got mine for a lot less, like $20 iirc.

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The inflation calculator says $40 in 1977 = $169 in 2020! 

And $45 in 1984 = $111 in 2020.  

 

Pretty steep. 

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Perhaps the following games don't count in this discussion, because they contained multiple games and/or accessories, but I would think these would have been right up there in price:

 

Video Jogger/Video Reflex/Foot Craz pad set

Kid Vid Voice Module w/ Smurf games

Berenstain Bears game set

Tron Special Pack

The Joyboard w/ Mogul Maniac

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I specifically remember the Tron Special Pack with the blue joysticks. I got two (at maybe Best Products or Gemco) at blowout prices surprisingly early in the crash, but I don't remember the original price. Those joysticks were impressive looking, but crap, though.

M.A.S.H. came with a T shirt...was it more?

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3 hours ago, fiddlepaddle said:

M.A.S.H. came with a T shirt...was it more?

 

Was that a physical pack-in (rather than just a coupon)? How did someone select the size? 

 

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4 minutes ago, jhd said:

 

Was that a physical pack-in (rather than just a coupon)? How did someone select the size? 

 

I didn't buy MASH, but I remember seeing them for sale and theyre were a pile of t-shirts next to them at the counter. This was at a department store called Big Wheel in the early 80s. So I assumed you would pick from what they physically had at that store, good luck! 

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It would be interesting to know what game retailed for the most without any special pack-in hardware. If we were going that route, Phaser Patrol would be right up there. 
 

Zaxxon for the CV commanded a premium over other CV titles. I wonder if the same was true for the 2600 version. Time to dig out the EG magazines. 

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8 hours ago, jhd said:

 

Was that a physical pack-in (rather than just a coupon)? How did someone select the size? 

 

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I guess M only...

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On 7/9/2020 at 1:39 PM, fiddlepaddle said:

M.A.S.H. came with a T shirt...was it more?

The shirt was supposed to be free with purchase according to this original ad.

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37 minutes ago, Psionic said:

The shirt was supposed to be free with purchase according to this original ad.

Sometimes, publishers raise their price to cover free items included with their games.

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My M.A.S.H. T shirts (about $10 each, I think, but that was after the crash... I may have gotten them at Gemco or Sears) looked exactly like High Voltage shows above. There was a whole PILE of them, and they were all medium.

Too small for me, so I gave one to my girlfriend, and put one on the wall.

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On 7/9/2020 at 12:18 AM, wongojack said:

I thought this thread might be about the highest production cost.  I wonder what that was?  ET for the license? Didn't they pay for Pac Man exclusivity too?


"highest production cost"

Good idea for a thread, gotta be ET

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Omega Race had a pack-in controller, which would have pushed it higher in cost. I NEVER saw this one in the wild back as a kid, so I have no clue what the price was on the shelf.

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How much were the Milton Bradley games with the controls? They might be up there, too. I think the adult games were likely the priciest at retail for cart-only releases, however. 

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A little different than what you're asking, but I know places around here jacked up the price of Pac-Man when it came out.  It started in the usual stores as a regular priced game,  but when I got my copy, ONE DAY after my friend told me it had come out (and he bought his at $29.99);  I had my mom drive to 3 or 4 stores before we found one where it wasn't Sold Out.  So, even though I'd played it and knew it wasn't all it was cracked up to be, buying into the hype and mania, if you will, I felt I HAD to have it.  I paid $37.95 for it at a place ironically called PAY N SAVE.

 

Another one that seemed high,  was when I paid $34.95 for Mega Force, which I had played on the kiosk at Montgomery Wards and was just blown away by the graphics (flicker and all)...Now, why we were cutting up the boxes to send parts to 20th Century Fox, I don't remember...A rebate perhaps?

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