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USgamer Community Question: What's the Best Game-Related Deal You Ever Found?

The USGamer team dishes on their most successful bargains for games and systems!

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but the memory of a great deal can keep you warm for years. Now that we’re past the point of no return on the holiday season, let’s reflect: What’s the best game-related deal you’ve ever come across? Was it online or in-store? Did you find it on Black Friday or in the midst of July? Did the spoils go to a loved one, or did you keep the loot for yourself? Dish!

Jeremy Parish Editor-in-Chief

Heck if I know. I'm not really a bargain-hunter type, to be honest. Sometimes people donate games to my archiving projects, which is awesome, but that's not the same thing at all.

There was a flea market I used to frequent back in the late ’90s, long before the retro gaming craze really took off. Even back then, certain NES and Super NES games were becoming fairly pricy (even though the Super NES was still a viable platform!); nothing like today, but $40-50 for certain loose games. There was one market stall that consisted of an old guy selling NES carts — all with a standard universal price of $5. I picked up some later Dragon Warrior titles and a few other interesting items over the course of a few months. That was pretty great.

Unfortunately, my sense of fair play eventually took over and I told him that he should look into the actual market value of his games, since he was underselling a lot of them. Next time I came by, his goods were priced more in line with their real value. Ah well.

Jaz Rignall Editor-at-Large

My best gaming deal ever happened decades ago - back in February of 1985 to be precise. I was still living in the UK and had just started my first job as reviewer at the new Commodore 64 magazine, ZZAP! 64. During one lunch break, shortly after I'd joined the company, I wandered over to the local Woolworths store to see what new games they had in stock, and noticed that they were selling off older video game consoles at knock-down prices. I wasn't particularly interested in an Atari 2600 or an Intellivision - both of which were very long in the tooth at that point - but I was very taken by the prospect of a brand new Colecovision console for just $25. At that point, the machine was barely a few years old, and to me was still very desirable for its range of excellent arcade conversions.

I snagged a system, and then saw that there were several bargain bins of cartridges that were being sold off for just $5 apiece. I raked through the selection, most of which were fairly crappy old games for the 2600 and Intellivision, but did unearth copies of Zaxxon, Antarctic Adventure, Donkey Kong Jr., Pepper II, and Burgertime - all of which were pretty good. I remember taking my haul back to the office and showing it off to my workmates, and a couple of them left immediately to pick up consoles and games for themselves. We had a fun afternoon playing through our bargain buys!

Over the following weeks, I ended up finding a few more heavily discounted games at different stores. It seemed that because of the decline of the gaming market in America, many video game hardware companies were pulling out of the UK, and retailers were dumping their stocks. Their loss was my gain, and I soon had a nice collection of games for my Coleco, which I ended up spending a lot of time playing.

Mike Williams Associate Editor

My best deal was a pretty easy one. I wanted the PlayStation 2, but I was in college and couldn't afford $299 asking price for it. The significant other of a friend had somehow picked up two PlayStation 2s and was willing to sell me one of them for $200 even. The package even came with a few games he was willing to offset: SSX and Fantavision. The latter was absolute nonsense to me, but SSX was the truth and the light.

That's probably the best deal I've gotten on my own. That said, I've previously worked in gaming retail, once at a local mom-and-pop trade-in game store and once at GameStop itself. Definitely gotten some great deals in both place, partially from employee discounts and partially from offering customers more than trade-in value for some rare games. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Suikoden V for PlayStation 2, Fatal Frame and the Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack for Xbox, Dawn of Sorrow for DS.

There's no one deal I've had, because I am a dealhunter. I've lived life on the edge, looking for discounts and deals. Never pay full price, my friends. Never pay full price.

Kat Bailey Senior Editor

When I moved to San Francisco in early 2009, I was a fresh-to-the-industry freelance working for 1UP. I ran 1UP's RPG Blog at the time, and I needed a PlayStation 3 to play Valkyria Chronicles. A new PS3 cost about $399 at that time, but it was considerably more expensive when factoring in the various extraneous costs piled on top of it. Worse, Sony had moved away from the launch PS3 by that time, which meant the backward compatibility systems were fairly hard to come by.

To my delight, I was able to find a 60 gigabyte launch PS3 for $400 on eBay. Even better, it came with a lot of more than 30 PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games, including Motorstorm, The Darkness, ICO, Kingdom Hearts, and numerous other desirable games. It was such a good deal that I wondered if it wasn't a scam. I cautiously put in a bid and wound up winning.

A little less than a week later, I hauled home a huge, heavy box from the post office containing the console and the games. I promptly dumped a large number of the PlayStation 2 games on eBay, many of which I already owned, netting me a little more than $100. Several of the PS3 games likewise went on eBay, and before I knew, I had paid off half the console. For a poor writer like myself, it was an amazing bargain.

As I later learned, the PS3 belonged to a couple that had decided to give up gaming, hence the decision to dump the console and all the games on the market. I was the lucky beneficiary. As it happens, I still own that PS3, and it's given me many hours of enjoyment (plus lots of work opportunities). So to the people who decided to dump their PS3: I appreciate it. It was the best eBay purchase I ever made.

Nadia Oxford Staff Writer

Before digital distribution, video game deals were a difficult thing to find in Canada. My fellow Canadians are probably raising their double-doubles in solidarity right now. It was the worst in the ‘80s and ‘90s, when a very low dollar and the base high prices for cartridge games meant a single title could cost you your first-born.

(Side note to Oreb the Blood-Harvester if you’re reading this: As long as I don’t give birth, you can’t collect. Nyeh.)

Game prices were high enough that I often couldn’t cash in a birthday wish to get one. The average price for an NES game was $80 CAD plus tax, and my parents just didn’t have that kind of money to blow most of the time.

Nevertheless, when my something-or-other birthday came around, I pleaded with my parents to let me check the local Toys R Us in hopes of a miracle. They relented, told me not to get my hopes up, and guided me to the aisle of plastic tags (“Only ‘90s kids remember!!”).

Sure enough, nearly everything there was $80 or better. Nearly. Castlevania III was on sale for a very attractive $20.

Yoink!

It was the best birthday ever. Thank you, Santa!

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  • Avatar for DrCorndog #1 DrCorndog A year ago
    This summer I was browsing yard sales for deals. I found a 3DS in virtually flawless condition--it had been kept in this indestructible Nerf clamshell case--and they were only asking $20 for it. I'd gone five years without owning a 3DS, but no longer.
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  • Avatar for Mega_Matt #2 Mega_Matt A year ago
    I received a free Sony PVM 14L5 in perfect condition a few months back from a buddy that works at a local TV studio. That's a pretty good deal considering what these monitors go for these days. It still doesn't replace my 20m4u though.
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #3 chaoticBeat A year ago
    Darkest Dungeon: about 20 bucks during it's first week on psn, but providing near infinite hours of throwing human sausages into the meat grinder? Priceless?
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  • Avatar for Ponderus #4 Ponderus A year ago
    Final Fantasy 7, black label, good condition manual, $15 bucks CDN at a fancy pawn shop. Also, I snagged the limited edition Gameboy Micro 20th Anniversary edition while it was still in stores
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  • Avatar for boxofficepoison #5 boxofficepoison A year ago
    This is a recent one but still probably best deal I have found, I skipped the ps3 last generation, 360 pc and wii had me pretty well covered,so last month I see someone selling a ps3 for 50 bucks on craigslist, pick it up thinking itd be one of the newer models, got a launch ps3 that plays ps1 and ps2.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #6 VotesForCows A year ago
    I usually paid full price for games in the 80s and 90s - cost of living in a rural town in Ireland. So I think my best was actually earlier this year, where I picked up a PSTV and a couple of games for £20. That's a pretty awesome deal!
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  • Avatar for Namevah #7 Namevah A year ago
    Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 for Super Famicom. The game on a standard SF cartridge (as opposed to the rewritable Super Nintendo carts) isn't common, and eBay prices tend to sell for $100 and over. I found someone selling the SF cartridge on eBay for a mere $40. I bought it half expecting that there was a reason for the low price, but it arrived in great shape.
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  • Avatar for MarsDragon #8 MarsDragon A year ago
    Well, there was that one time a friend gave me Valkyrie Profile, which is pretty darn hard to beat. Or that time an acquaintance gave me his old PS2 so our high school anime club could play DVDs...but it was broken, so he just let me keep it. A friend of my brother's offered to try and fix it, and all I had to do was pay him back for the controller and memory card he bought to test it.

    Best deal that was an actual transaction was probably the time I got both PSX Lunar games, in box with all the feelies short the Galeon puppet, for $10 each.
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #9 Godots17thCup A year ago
    Not including things I essentially got for free (gifts, loyalty rewards, prizes, etc.)? I'd say the $10 I spent on a barely-used copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was some of the best money I've ever spent.

    Granted, even now it's not an especially spectacular bargain in terms of savings, but that low price was enough to turn that game, which I'd read some positive things about but wasn't very familiar with, into an impulse purchase that introcuced me to what turned out to be my favorite video game series. Even years after learning all of the mysteries and plot twists that each case has to offer, I've managed to pour dozens of hours into replays of the game (and its many sequels), because I still enjoy being around its cast of characters, and catching some of its many memorable antagonists, so much.Edited December 2016 by Godots17thCup
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  • Avatar for hamfighter #10 hamfighter A year ago
    Must have been some time in 1998, Best Buy in the US decided to stop selling Saturn games. To get rid of stock, they just slashed EVERYTHING for Saturn to $10 or less, including recently released stuff that was selling for $50 the previous day. This was before internet vultures knew every sale the instant it happened, and I just so happened to be lucky enough to be one of the first people there and had my pick of a pretty good selection of brand new Saturn games. Loaded up and got like 12 games, some really great late era stuff too. Can't even recall exactly which games, but stuff like House of the Dead, Herc's Adventures, Winter Heat, etc.

    Speaking of late 90s Saturn deals, I guess wandering into Electronics Boutique and deciding on a whim to pick up Panzer Dragoon Saga brand new on release day for full price ($49.99) turned out to be a steal too!Edited December 2016 by hamfighter
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  • Avatar for daverhodus #11 daverhodus A year ago
    I saw a stack of Earthbounds at a local grocery store for $8 each. I passed that one up, sadly.

    The best personal deal I got was a Saturn with 3 games for $60. I wound up loving that system.
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  • Avatar for msturge116 #12 msturge116 A year ago
    Mine was Panzer Dragoon Saga in 2000 for $50. In fact I still count my lucky stars I got into Saturn Collecting when I did. The most you would pay back then for a Saturn game was $80 or so.
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #13 LBD_Nytetrayn A year ago
    I'd probably have to really sit and think on this, but a few spring to mind.

    A few years back, before it was on Virtual Console, I got Mega Man V for Super Game Boy at a local convention for about ten bucks, I think. Many years before that, I got the original Mega Man for the NES, complete with box and booklet, for about $10 as well. No idea if that was a good price at the time, but it must be now.

    There was also the time I managed to nab a refurbished PS Vita after Sony had pulled support and the market dried up for $150, with charger. Managed to find an even more elusive memory card for it for about $15.

    Good times.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #14 riderkicker A year ago
    At local sales, I managed to get the Japanese version of Aero Fighters on the Super Famicom for $5. I managed to find two other SFC games, and sold a complete in box for 3X what I paid for.

    I bought a Game Boy Player from Gamestop when it was 75% off several years ago, and instead of the original disk, it was a copy of Mario Kart Double Dash. Luckily I found the actual case at a flea market for a buck later that month.

    But, I haven't found anything in yard sales in the past few years.
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  • Avatar for Megamoppy #15 Megamoppy A year ago
    Went into a charity shop and saw final fantasy IV and V for psone for £1, my hand flew out so fast! Turned out instead of V I got VI which I'm not sure is good or bad (haven't played Van before).

    Got skies of arcading dream cast for £21 on eBay a few years ago in great condition. Got a mario all stars she's console boxed for £15 last year too. Didn't realise how much it was worth!
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  • Avatar for Woogity #16 Woogity A year ago
    EarthBound Player's Guide for $1.00 at GameStop back around 2000. It goes for $70+ now.
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  • Avatar for Vanderdulpp #17 Vanderdulpp A year ago
    Probably five years ago now, I was in one of these overpriced local game stores that are pretty common across Michigan. Against all price-gouging odds, Clayfighter 63 1/3: Sculptor's Cut was going for the same $9.99 as its more common counterpart. Wound up selling it a year or two later to pay for brake repairs, but man, I looked it up on eBay just now and kinda wish I had held off... it was a pretty fun and good-looking game, though!
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  • Avatar for Vanderdulpp #18 Vanderdulpp A year ago
    @msturge116 That's amazing. Hope you held onto it!
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  • Avatar for yuberus #19 yuberus A year ago
    A couple come to mind. I found the Odyssey2 Demon Attack and Atlantis carts at a yard sale once, untagged. The seller gave them to me for $2 along with a Magnavox pong clone - an absurdly good deal for those.

    I also remember grabbing a boxed Final Fight Guy at a flea market for $25, and Lunar II for Sega CD for $20 at another flea market. And while it seems high, snagging a copy of Neo Geo Matrimelee for $130 off a forum was an absurdly good deal since it was already selling for $350 at that point.
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  • Avatar for warmrome #20 warmrome A year ago
    @Mega_Matt What happened to your 20M4U? I got lucky and scored one recently on eBay for $100. The person was local, so I was able to drive over and scoop it up to avoid the shipping woes. Edited December 2016 by warmrome
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  • Avatar for ojinnvoltz #21 ojinnvoltz A year ago
    Best deal I got was finding a NES Classic for standard price... and then flipping it on ebay!!! Woooooooooooooooooo for scalping!
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  • Avatar for michaelburns64 #22 michaelburns64 A year ago
    Like Mike, one of my first jobs was working video game retail—for the Funcoland at Howe Bout Arden in Sacramento, CA—and, like Mike, I often set the company's interests aside in favor of my own, buying games I wanted directly from customers at slightly higher than their trade-in value. I don't remember how it worked out cost-wise, but I was able to collect every single game Square released for the PS1 this way, leading me to discover some fantastic games I hadn't previously played, like Threads of Fate, Brave Fencer Musashi, and Einhander. I also distinctly remember a day shortly after my then-manager was fired from the company when our district manager came to the store in a huff, started re-arranging things, looked at our selection of "arcade" systems (consoles on display for customers to play), and told me to throw away the Sega Saturn, along with the two games that were locked in the cabinet with it—Street Fighter Alpha and Panzer Dragoon Saga—because the controller was ratty and nobody was going to buy it.

    Suffice to say, those items went home with me at the end of the day.

    Aside from teenage retail shenanigans, I haven't ever gotten any mind-blowing deals on contemporary games (review copies don't count!), but I did have quite a bit of luck a few years back when I decided to start actively collecting retro games again. The first was convincing an eBay seller to part out his massive "complete game collection" and sell me all the Super Nintendo items, which for $300, included an SNES console, Super Mario World, a Super Famicom copy of Record of Lodoss War, and complete-in-box copies of Shadowrun, Final Fantasy III, Ranma 1/2, and Metal Warriors—a game which by itself was going for about $450 at the time.

    That was a huge win for me, but I had an even bigger retro score that will likely always be my favorite retro game collecting memory because it involves my dad. On our first trip back home to California after we'd moved to New York, dad pulled me aside to tell me something that he didn't want our wives to hear, and he was clearly bursting at the seams to share the news. He put his arm around me and whispered that we were going to take a drive to the headquarters of the church rummage sale where he'd been volunteering. He said someone had donated a whole bunch of PlayStation games, and that he got permission from the woman running the show to let me dig through them and pick out what I wanted before the sale opened to the public. I wasn't collecting PlayStation games anymore, but I was glad to see him taking such an interest in my hobbies, and happily went along with it.

    We got in the car, headed over to the church, and pulled into the parking lot, where the woman in charge was waiting outside for us (he'd told her he was bringing his son from New York, and she apparently couldn't wait to meet me.) I was greeted with a huge smile, and she asked me "do you like old Nintendo games? We have Mario AND Zelda!" I chuckled and said "absolutely, show me what you've got!" I followed her inside the mobile building where volunteers were sorting through donations, and she pointed me to a nook in the back and said "we don't have any PlayStations, but Nintendos are $2 a piece and Super Nintendos are $5."

    Uh... yes please!

    I sauntered over to the SNES wall, took one look, and whispered to me dad "please get me a box. I'm getting everything." Thrilled that he'd done good, my dad scooted off to fetched a box. I put literally every SNES game they had in the box—21 games altogether—as well as 15 NES games. Along with the games and a bunch of Blockbuster clamshell cases she gave me for a dime a piece, the lady also threw in a huge stack of game manuals for free. After asking her repeatedly if she was sure about this (we discussed the value of my hoard, and she insisted she was just glad to know they'd be going to a good home), I walked out of there $140.20 poorer, but had mint condition copies of Zelda 1-3, Final Fantasy 1-3, Dragon Warrior 1-3, Castlevania 2 and 3, Crystalis, Bionic Commando, Ninja Gaiden, ActRaiser 2, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Soul Blazer, Magic Sword, and a ton of other SNES RPGs.

    Best of all: among the manuals was a mint-condition instruction foldout for EVO: The Search for Eden. I didn't own the game at the time (I do now), but I put that manual up on eBay for $160 and it sold instantly. With eBay fees on that sale, the total cost for that epic find came out to just under $1. I doubt I'll ever get that lucky again—the cost of SNES games has only continued to rise, and since I just recently lost my job I won't be adding any more to my collection any time soon—but the best part of that whole experience for me was that my dad was so genuinely pleased with himself for finding those games that he planned a special day for the two of us to spend some time alone doing something that I loved. I'll always cherish that day.
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #23 SargeSmash A year ago
    I've gotten so many deals over the years that I'm actually astounded my luck has been so good. I had to nibble at the margins because I just didn't have the money growing up for the stuff I wanted, so I frequented yard sales and pawn shops at every opportunity. One of my white whales was snagging Dragon Warrior II for all of $8. I found a mint and complete Chrono Trigger in the local pawn shop for $15. I snagged a Sega Master System, in the box with everything sans correct power supply, for all of $8 in a Salvation Army.

    Still, if we're going off of sheer differential between modern-day worth and what I paid, it's got to be my copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters on NES. Apparently that's selling for $400-500 complete now, and I bought it for $13 in a Walmart years ago whilst on a family vacation. Talk about a lucky find!

    The real kicker? I almost ended up making that game a bargain for someone else, as I'd had it up for sale at a yard sale of our own for the low, low price of $10. Dodged a bullet there!
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  • Avatar for Tetragrammaton #24 Tetragrammaton A year ago
    Not counting the time I got a boxed copy of Chrono Trigger for FREE, I picked up a mint condition boxed Sega Genesis around 2000-2001 for $2 at a church's garage sale. I saw it, asked the price, and then lugged that rectangle around with me until I got home. It was such a good deal that I paid more for every Genesis game I ever owned. The games were $5 at the local fleamarket.
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  • Avatar for Mega_Matt #25 Mega_Matt A year ago
    @warmrome Oh! Nothing happened to it. I just meant that the 14L5 doesn't replace my 20m4u as my main classic gaming TV. Looks like you got a pretty sweet deal. I paid $260 for the 20m4u off craigslist. It's a fantastic monitor.
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  • Avatar for jimgamer #26 jimgamer A year ago
    My white Vita Assassins Creed liberation bundle for $179 on Black Friday 2012 was pretty good.
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  • Avatar for Mikki-Saturn #27 Mikki-Saturn A year ago
    A few years ago a friend of my brother's (my brother is 11 years older than I) announced that he no longer cared about his old games. He was taking them to Goodwill. It turns out he had the box in his trunk - I offered to buy it, contents unseen. I paid $100. Later I opened the box - it was an absolute treasure trove! All four NES Dragon Warriors, Battle for Olympus, Clash at Demonhead, Crystalis, Final Fantasy 1, 2, and 3, Metal Warriors (!!) and various other titles. All loose carts (although some had manuals) but still! I felt almost guilty!Edited December 2016 by Mikki-Saturn
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #28 donkeyintheforest A year ago
    While it wasn't a game or system, the experience of having unlimited access to hundreds of old arcade games and pinball machines at California Xtreme for 15$ for a day a few years ago was amazing!
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  • Avatar for Paul-S #29 Paul-S A year ago
    At a resale shop I once found a PS2 for $35.00 and the original Final Fantasy for the NES for $5.00. That was a lucky day.
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  • Avatar for GaijinD #30 GaijinD A year ago
    Probably paying $2 for Saturn Bomberman. Disc only, but otherwise in good shape. Possibly some games I bought 3 for $5, which include titles like Paper Mario and StarCraft 64.
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  • Avatar for mobichan #31 mobichan A year ago
    In 1996, a friend sold me his nearly unused Sega cd (top loader) for $30. I then went to Meijer and picked up Snatcher, Lunar 2 and Keio Flying Squadron for $40 total on clearance.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #32 link6616 A year ago
    I bought a green clear n64 for about 69aud.

    Which turned out to be super rare and 12 years later i sold for 400 right before leaving australia
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  • Found Dragon Force for the Sega Saturn, a really fun strategy rpg and really expensive in really good condition (disc scratch and scuff-mark free, only a crack on the case) for only 30 dollars! On ebay of all places. Still treasure it to this day.
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  • @Cabbage-head-must-di Just realized how many times I put down the word "really" need to proof read these things
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  • Avatar for MainCharacter #35 MainCharacter A year ago
    I knew nothing about it but the weird ads I saw in magazines, but took a chance on a clearance game called EarthBound for $10 at Best Buy.
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  • Avatar for Lane #36 Lane A year ago
    I picked up an Amiga 1200 for $600 last year; while at first blush that's pretty pricey, it was absolutely loaded - I wasn't aware of it at the time, I just knew I wanted an Amiga and jumped on the first eBay BIN that looked reasonable. I'm sure I could parcel it out for $1000 or more today.

    While it wasn't necessarily a great deal, I found Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire for $5 at Wal-Mart in the mid 90s. Sold it a few years later on eBay for $140 or so.
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  • Avatar for cd86 #37 cd86 A year ago
    Don't know if this counts, but my brother gave me his Pokémon Silver, Fire Red, Sapphire, and Emerald for driving him a couple towns over the other day. I feel bad, so maybe I'll give them back one day.

    But...

    I got a CIB FFVI, CIB Link to the Past, and a loose Earthbound all together for $225 Canadian a couple years back. I think that was a pretty good deal.
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  • Avatar for aggiewinsom02 #38 aggiewinsom02 A year ago
    In '08 or '09 I bought Outrun 2006 Coast 2 Coast for 4.99$ CAD. The single most important financial decision I ever made.
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  • Avatar for Monkey-Tamer #39 Monkey-Tamer A year ago
    I got Zombies Ate my Neighbors for SNES out of a toy store bargain bin for 8 bucks. This was back when SNES games were $60. Some of the best money I ever spent. I'd love to see a remake.
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  • Avatar for odaiba-memorial #40 odaiba-memorial A year ago
    My roommate was going through some old boxes, and sold me his barely-used Sega Saturn for $1. Yes, one American dollar. They go for anywhere from $60 in "acceptable" used condition to about $1500 brand new.

    Other than that, I once found a copy of Digimon World for the PlayStation -- which demands triple-digit prices on the aftermarket -- at a thrift shop for $5. I didn't say a word to the store owner as I pulled out my wallet.
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  • I won an eBay bid for a GBA SP for around $20. Somehow this story doesn't feel as nice as the ones where people are out and see the physical item. I mean, I got Tropico 4 & Dirt 3 for free from Humble Bundle but somehow those deals don't feel worth mentioning compared to the time I found Star Wars Episode I: Racer in a bargain bin back when you could expect to spend $80 on an N64 cartridge
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  • Avatar for Y7748837 #42 Y7748837 A year ago
    I found a Hori N64 controller in a bargain bin at a Book-Off in Tokyo for ¥100. Those are rare and worth about fifty times that price.
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  • I'm not sure how to answer this question, but I did buy dozens of games on flea markets in the mid-00s for cheap that have now doubled or tripled their price. For instance, around 2005 I found a copy of Super Metroid complete with its box, manual and promotional material. Not exactly a rare find, I know, but I'm pretty sure that if I wanted to buy it nowadays it would cost a lot more than the $8 dollars it cost back then. Same goes for dozens of NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, and PS2 games I got around that time.

    And I still have that Super Metroid, by the way. I replay it every year or two years or so.
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  • @guillermojiménez88 I remember another one. In 2006 I found an Atari 2600 in excellent condition with around 30 games (many great ones: Frogger, Adventure, Donkey Kong, Missile Command, Mario Bros, Pitfall), two controllers, a custom box to carry the system and dozens of manuals in great condition; all for $30 dollars.

    Too bad it didn't come with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Fortunately, I found it for cheap a couple of years later. Unfortunately, I need to fix the cable in order to use the console again.
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  • Avatar for qwilman #45 qwilman A year ago
    My first paycheck in high school was a little over a hundred dollars, and this was right in the window of the Dreamcast was recently dead, and Funcoland still existed. So I got a used Dreamcast, a second controller, Crazy Taxi, Power Stone, two VMUs and a rumble pack for the low low cost of my entire first paycheck. It was the best use of disposable income I'd ever made in my life to that point.
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  • Avatar for averyvc92 #46 averyvc92 A year ago
    Looking back on the past, my first real gaming deal was receiving a large collection of NES cartridge from my old babysitter’s son when I was 8 years old. Some of the more notable pieces of the collection were Mega Man III, Contra, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Ninja Gaiden. Not to mention a large set of mint condition Nintendo Power magazines that were a pleasure in themselves to pour over.

    Now to think of some actual deals I remember my first personal score was going to the local GameStop for a used copy of Brave Fencer Musashi I had been eying up since playing the demo in an Official PlayStation Magazine issue several months prior. To my dismay when I asked the cashier for the used copy on display after around 15 minutes of searching he told me quite frankly they didn’t have any copy that he could find. Giving that a new copy was available but an extra $15, I just see it in the cards to get the game but the employee must have felt bad for me so he offered to sell me the new copy for the price of the used one. That may not have been the best deal ever but the fact the employee did that for me just made my week so it holds a special place for me in my gaming memories.

    Other deals come to mind like the time I had a random urge in the mid-2000’s to pick-up some new-to-me titles for my aging NES after rereading those Nintendo Power for the umpteenth time. One thing led to another and I found myself at my local GameStop again perusing their bin of retro games they had in the front of the store when I spied a title that caught my attention, Metal Storm. Still in the threshold of a bender on Toonami and Adult Swim’s run of mecha-anime such as Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Big-O and Zoids. Pulling the Cartridge out of the bin and looking at the iconic early 90’s robot design, I couldn’t resist picking it up for $5.99 and boy what a great decision. Not only was it a phenomenally cool concept and game, it seems the prices for a loose cart are skyrocketing in price!

    My final most memorable deal is rummaging through a Value City with my mom, looking to see if there was anything cool to get my little cousin for his upcoming birthday. At the time I was planning to hand him down my PlayStation (but I was not willing to part with my games, of course) and needed to get him a few games to start off his collection. While looking through their bin of clearance games I found several copies of The Misadventures of Tron Bonne for $3 and knew with his current obsession with Mega Man titles it was a perfect gift. Little did I know that was the last time I would ever see that game below 3 digits in price as it easily goes for over $120 just for the disc these days. Thank goodness for the PSOne Classics these days!
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  • Avatar for ping33 #47 ping33 A year ago
    in 1994/95 I worked at Babbages. We got 10% off Consoles and 40% off games, the 32x was considered a Cartridge so I got it for $65
    I had it for about 6 months then when the Saturn came out I traded it in for $75 at the same store.
    All of this along with Star Wars Arcade and Virtua Racing are why I'm one of the only people on earth with fond memories of the 32x
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