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Why the recent increase in 2600 prices?

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Over the last few months, I've noticed the price increase in everything from 2600 games to Atari merch; and graded 2600 games have gone through the roof.

 

Is it related to the virus?  As the Nature Boy used to say.....

 

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Yeah, I’ve noticed that as well. With the number of graded games coming on the market, I’m wondering if there’s an influx of speculators seeing the prices that certain NES games sell for and thinking that these are even older than Nintendo!

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Do graded games sell? I only ever see crazy stuff like Masters of the Universe for 20 grand.

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I just did a quick browse through eBay, everything looks normal to me.

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Since the virus hit, zillions of people who think nothing of spending a few thousand per month on toys are suddenly forced to stay home (can't even fly to the tropics without a big hassle, for cryin' out loud). So what's next?

SHOPPING...

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19 minutes ago, Magmavision2000 said:

I just did a quick browse through eBay, everything looks normal to me.

I’ve been focusing on Sears titles lately and CIB titles that sold for maybe 20-30 bucks a year ago, I’ve seen selling for 150-200 at times. 

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9 minutes ago, Atari_Bill said:

I’ve been focusing on Sears titles lately and CIB titles that sold for maybe 20-30 bucks a year ago, I’ve seen selling for 150-200 at times. 

Ah, I was just looking at Atari lots. I don't keep track of Sears stuff since I avoid it like the plague (timely pun intended).

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I wouldn't buy a graded game (I want to play it) but yeah, prices are going up, probably some artificial due to corona, but they've naturally gone up too.

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Some people are making more money not working due to virus and with no travel or sports
people are buying up video games and other stuff.
 

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It's not only VCS and other Atari items. It's across the board. There's $200 joystick and paddle controllers for the Apple //e being listed. There's $100+ reference manuals. Disks that sell for $500 and more. And other ridiculously overpriced items. Look, there's nothing exciting or prestigious about paying hundreds or thousands for a rotting piece of plastic. It has meaning in someone's head and it transfers to your head, like a virus, and suddenly you want it. Irrational but true.

 

I see those higher prices coming from these thrift shop resellers. They list the items as rare "finds". As if to say they found something that no one has ever seen before - and price it with $$$ in their eyes.

 

And chasing after high priced items is like a battle within yourself. I'm fairly certain no one on your block or in your town really cares about such purchases.

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On 7/16/2020 at 8:33 PM, Magmavision2000 said:

I just did a quick browse through eBay, everything looks normal to me.

 

Heritage Auctions is where you need to look for the lunatic sale prices. People with way more money than common sense.

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There is a mild to medium inflationary effect happening due to the baseline of pricing being Pricecharting, eBay sold listings, Mercari, etc. It seems to have raised the bottom few rows of prices over the past couple of years. Additionally, finding that inexpensive amazing rare cart is largely gone, as people are far more informed and generally optimistic about their pricing. Combined with increased scarcity and the COVID impact on flea markets and retail stores, and the general push has been online and priced by group-think aided by some amount of selling data. 

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I dont see it in 2600 games as much as systems, though prized titles are rising (Hero for example), consoles running 30-50, modded 90-120, a year ago unmodded 10-20 IMO

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And there's 22 bidders as of this moment. But, yikes, for $300 I could start financing a NAS or complete another upgrade on something useful. Not a piece of literal garbage.

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If anyone needs any proof that this trend is about to accelerate, then immediately crash and burn...

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1 hour ago, JayAre said:

Incredible.  And with a 0.5 grading to boot.  I think the Alamogordo ones are in better condition.

 

I do not know if I am more disturbed that the WATA would even bother to grade a box in such poor condition, or that someone had the gall to submit it for grading.  

 

I wonder how many of the Alamogordo landfill games include the "official certificate of authenticity", or if someone is just selling a box that spend some time buried in their back yard. 

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I’ve always wondered if anyone would seriously pay the huge prices the Almagordo pieces are listed at.  You see them all the time but I have a hard time believing anyone would seriously pay that. 

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