The retro video-game market is an extremely lucrative business, making more than 200 million dollars every year. Even though the prices of the games fluctuate, the business as a whole remains very popular amongst players, and people are always on the lookout for games that trigger their nostalgia. This is no mean feat, considering that we now live in a digital age where you can torrent a copy of any game for free – but clearly, people are willing to pay for the real thing! This naturally means there are a lot of scammers out there. So how do you make sure that when you go looking for your favourite games, you aren’t being duped?
Do your research
There are no shortcuts to this. Know the market, and understand the buyers as well as the sellers. There are great video game trading sites out there, and you want to study them end-to-end before making a high value purchase. But the most important thing to remember is this: you don’t just want to look online, you want to go looking at your local flea markets, the thrift shops, and yard sales too. There are treasures in all these little nooks, and those who limit their retro game-collecting to online resources alone are overlooking a valuable resource. Sometimes you find mint condition gaming consoles and game units at the most unassuming places. News once came to our attention that a Nintendo console was found in a small thrift shop and it wasn’t even opened! Could you believe how lucky the guy is?
Apps are your friend
Mobile apps are invaluable tools when it comes to comparing prices. There are many excellent ones out there that can let you know whether you are paying too much for your game, including the Retro NES Collector and N64 Collector. These apps will give you a fair and quicker idea of prices of consoles before you decide to get one for yourself. This is a very important task as you don’t want to be swindled when you are choosing the platform you want with your hard earned money.
Buy in bulk
Whenever possible, buy in bulk to save on shipping, bidding and payment-processing fees, and insurance costs. And whenever possible, try and deal with sellers directly. This will cut out the middle men and help control costs.
Study retro hardware
Retro collectors need to be aware of the physical properties of cartridges, discs and accessories. A PlayStation 2 game with cracks or scratches on it will be almost worthless on the market; a Nintendo cartridge with missing or damaged pins will not play. And the earliest photodiode gaming accessories, such as the NES Zapper, were designed for use with cathode ray tube televisions and cannot work on modern flat-screen or plasma TVs.
Go ahead and shop keeping these ideas in mind, and you will ensure that your retro purchase is one that appreciates in value over time. You can check out NES consoles exclusively at Still-Luv-NES.