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Where to get the best deals?

by ahammond12 Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:53 pm

Ive seen people get great deals at places like goodwill, or ebay or what not.

Where is the best place to get good deals? has anyone bought anything from flea markets?

Ive been wondering about going for a while. :)

If there is another topic for this, please correct me :)

Thanks everyone!
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Re: Where to get the best deals?

by flojocabron Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:30 pm

how much money you got?

It all comes down to this! If you got lots of cash you could go the easy way of the good ol internet. Ebay, google shopping, and net sellers. Fast and fun, and you'll only have tired eyes and thumbs from all the computer use.

If you don't have lots of money and like the thrill of the hunt, there are so many options.

Check your local phone book, Look under Thrift stores, Pawnshops and Fleamarkets. You can also check Video rental stores, if theres still local guys in your area. Call them or go there. They may have some stuff.

Look in your newspaper and check out the weekend yard sales. Find out if there are any fleamarkets near by. This is a good way to start a collection.

Sometimes you may have to go out of town. If your town is small, go to a larger city and check on line, and again in phonebooks for stores.

And you keep going to them. Sometimes you find good stuff and sometimes there's nothing.

Have you checked in your family too? Maybe an Aunt or Uncle with some stuff in the attic or garage? A cousin going away for college or needs some quick cash. It doesn't hurt to ask.

Many of us have been doing this for years. So it takes lots of time and searching. Luck plays an important factor.

dont give up.
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Re: Where to get the best deals?

by ahammond12 Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:33 pm

yeah, i live in toronto so i have a lot of options. unfortunately, garage sale season is over. So i will have to wait for next year.

I have thought about retro game stores, the only thing about going to them is that they know the value of the game and sell things like chrono trigger cartridges for $80.00

however, they do have trade-ins, that could add value and reduce prices. so you never know what kind of deal you could get!

thanks for your reply!
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Re: Where to get the best deals?

by pakopako Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:40 am

flojocabron wrote:If you don't have lots of money and like the thrill of the hunt, there are so many options...
Many of us have been doing this for years. So it takes lots of time and searching. Luck plays an important factor. dont give up.

Pretty much for "deals", it's all about persistence and dumb luck. It can be at a yard sale, on eBay, at a brick-and-mortar store, even on this very forum.

If your budget is small, keep looking, be patient, and you'll get a bite.

Sometimes you'll find that US$15,000 NES "Stadium Events" in someone's shoebox. Maybe a game at a store is mis-priced by a decimal place. Sometimes you'll even find stuff for free online (and yes, I am going to brag that I did manage to get a free Sega Saturn from eBay).
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Re: Where to get the best deals?

by ahammond12 Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:36 am

-.- are u serious!!!??? wow..who gives stuff away for free on ebay? lol

i guess its something that you have to look around for on ebay like my playstation deal :P

http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=10186&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=9760
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Re: Where to get the best deals?

by pakopako Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:45 am

ahammond12 wrote:-.- are u serious!!!??? wow..who gives stuff away for free on ebay? lol

i guess its something that you have to look around for on ebay like my playstation deal :P

Pretty much. I met an incredibly nice seller a few years back who was willing to throw in their broken system after I bought the controllers and games they couldn't test. The lemon wound up being an apple as it was working, though in beat-up condition (like their other stuff). It just lacked the proper video cables (they threw in a Genesis video cable whose prongs showed signs of being hammered in).
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