Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Atari Charles

Those Buried ET and Pac-Man Carts

Recommended Posts

There has been a lot of discussion on the fate of truckloads of ET and Pac-Man cartridges. Here is the link for an interview with Howard Scott Warsaw himself on this topic and computer generated pictures of the dumping ground.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When did Atari bury Pacman carts? That's a new one to me. I don't think they even buried the ET carts personally. :?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Honestly, I wish people would stop obsessing over the buried carts.

 

It's in the past. Nothing to see, folks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But weren't they covered in CEMENT? You can't dig through cement! Hello?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But weren't they covered in CEMENT? You can't dig through cement! Hello?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And even if you managed to hit a correct spot, it would be a bitch trying to insert the game into the console.

 

 

The fact is the many companies scrap out product that is unsellable (rendering it unusable at the same time). The only reason that it was so much at one time is because Atari's profit margins were dropping like a rock...and needed to eliminate a large portion of overhead pronto.

Some have the opinion that they were sold off to be reborn as Beagle Bros. carts. If that were the case, don't you think that one with a partial-ET sticker would have turned up by now?? Those paper labels don't come off so good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This discussion will keep coming up because we're guys.

 

We are always interested in what is hidden. Case in point - which girl gets asked out the most in a topless bar?

 

The waitress - because she has her clothes on.

 

Get it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Let's put it this way, unless you get permission to go onto the landfill property, you cannot go out there to dig for those carts, if they're there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was thinking about this just before I saw it as a forum thread. Sure we'd need permission to dig if they're not buried in cement but I was just thinking of all those carts and EPROM's we could be using...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I was thinking about this just before I saw it as a forum thread. Sure we'd need permission to dig if they're not buried in cement but I was just thinking of all those carts and EPROM's we could be using...

If the story is true' date=' everything was crushed:

 

http://www.snopes.com/business/market/atari.asp

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I tend to believe Howard Scott Warshaw when he says that if such a thing was happening, he'd have heard it on the grape vine (and been there to get his picture taken on top of the pile). I would want to dig up that NY Times article and see who wrote it and what else he had written. Anyway, I've known Howard for 30 some odd years and he tends to be frighteningly right most of the time :roll:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
...The only reason that it was so much at one time is because Atari's profit margins were dropping like a rock...and needed to eliminate a large portion of overhead pronto...

 

Destroying inventory wouldn't reduce overhead, nor would it increase profit margins...though it might have decreased the embarassment factor of a flagship new title selling for peanuts!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some businesses have to pay taxes based on the value of what they have in stock at the end of the year. Sometimes it's cheaper to write off unsaleable stuff rather than have to pay taxes on it. This is why car dealers tend to have sales toward the end of December.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...