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Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:47 pm
by pvt_awol
I was browsing Ebay, you know, like we all do.... and I've noticed a very bad trend. The games are ballooning in price out of control. SNES games that used to be $5 or $10 are $30 and $40 now?

And not just a few of the listings. 99% of them are doing this. The bottom is going to fall out on this thing, I can feel it coming. I suppose I'll put collecting on the back burner until it does. Re-Sellers are killing this hobby.

You don't have to agree with me, but does anyone else feel the same way? Anyone remember baseball cards? LOL.

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:51 pm
by RyaNtheSlayA
Prices balloon and dwindle. Genesis games are still a dime a dozen. Retro stuff... particularly Nintendo stuff, just happens to be really popular right now. Several Saturn games seem to be slowly dropping in price.

I don't think it's killing the hobby at all, more people are getting involved in the hobby. Thrift stores and flea markets are still excellent ways to score some cheap deals.

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:57 pm
by pvt_awol
^

I'm sure that where you live, it will catch on as well then. The local Goodwills here used to charge $2.99 for SNES games. Less than 9 months ago. Recently, they have gone up to $12 for loose carts. Sports games even. They are "checking ebay" for prices as well (since I guess someone came along and said that ebay is the Kelly Blue Book for used games).

I just think that it wasn't what it once was. This used to be a fun hobby. Now it seems super competitive, but not even against other hobbyists. We now have to compete with people that have watched too much American Pickers or Storage Wars.

I guess I'm just butt hurt that I can't spend the kind of money it requires to keep collecting. This hasn't even been a growing trend for years. It's litterally been just in the last year. Around X-Mas time last year, I bought a bunch of bottom shelf SNES games CIB, for about $10 a piece. A quick search today reveals that you can't touch them for less than $30. I'm baffled by this. Maybe I'm in the wrong hobby?

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:12 pm
by stickem
knida agree with you. it's hard to find a good deal anymore. local retro game stores are as high as ebay, going off them as a reference. goodwills around here seem to ship all the game stuff straight to the shopgoodwill site so you can overpay without warrenty. then you got shows like pawn stars, storage wars and the like....

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:14 pm
by prfsnl_gmr
I see a bubble in video game prices right now. (It is easy to see...simply compare a chart of Las Vegas home prices between 2000 and 2006 - or internet stocks between 1996 and 2001 - with a recent chart of NES game prices.) I expect them to come down in the coming years, but when everything settles, I expect that some of the rarer titles will remain relatively high.

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:23 pm
by BoneSnapDeez
prfsnl_gmr wrote:I see a bubble in video game prices right now. (It is easy to see...simply compare a chart of Las Vegas home prices between 2000 and 2006 - or internet stocks between 1996 and 2001 - with a recent chart of NES game prices.) I expect them to come down in the coming years, but when everything settles, I expect that some of the rarer titles will remain relatively high.


I hope you're right.

I still have luck at the local retro gaming store - most games tend to be $5 or more under the typical ebay/Amazon marketplace price. I think a lot of gaming stores are aware of the price gougers and aren't using them as a basis to create their in-store prices (thankfully).

The Goodwills near me are getting pretty crappy though. No more games at a flat rate - most everything's locked behind glass and priced individually. Don't get me wrong, it's well within their rights to do this, but researching game value and pricing individually doesn't seem very "thrift store like" - some of these thrift stores feel like they're turning into pawn shops. You can sometimes still get lucky with with PS1/Dreamcast games though - as they're usually just lumped in with CDs and sold at a flat rate.

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:35 pm
by pierrot
I was actually having a small fit over Ebay prices last night. (I won't say exactly why, because I'm paranoid about competition now.)

There are far too many Ebay stores and sellers asking unreasonable prices for items that really aren't all that rare.
I haven't really found any good stores (thrift or otherwise) where I can find anything I'm looking for, so I pretty much rely on the internet for collecting right now, and it feels like such a chore sifting through pages of listings, looking for the few kernels of hope for a good deal, that will more often than not, shoot up near other sellers' prices in the last few seconds.
It's maddening.

I'm really going to have to put more energy into finding some good thrift stores that have games. I've never seen anything game related that wasn't for the PC at any of the Goodwills I've been to, though. :?

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:51 pm
by harper
Furthermore, douchebags are killing the hobby.

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:48 pm
by jfrost
That's sad, I guess.

Re: Ebay is killing the hobby

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:14 pm
by xan_racketBOY_fan
eBay's not the problem - people purchasing at unreasonable prices are.