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Anyone pick anything up today?

I decided against a nice C64 with games for £6 as I'm really trying to keep the buys down. Kinda failed in general though as I walked away with 3 bags full of games. I don't think I'm going to have time to take pictures today as I'm preparing for holiday.

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Does "free" count as eligible for the thread?

I hope so. Anyway, walking home from Church this morning, I had to dodge lots of piles of various rubbish -- it's council kerbside pickup time round our way, so the streets are alive with old mattresses, broken fridges and the like. Wandering along, humming tunelessly (as you do), I spotted a rather familiar looking logo sticking out of a plastic bag atop a broken sofa. An Atari logo.

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Wow. A 7800 box. Not a common item to see, but surely it was empty.. right? I had to check..

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Hmm. That’s in pretty good condition, all things considered. And my beloved 2600 is a bit knackered. I was willing to bet that it would be console only, or a cable would be missing…

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Blimey. It’s all there. Controllers, instruction manual, power pack, coax cable — even the warranty card. All in (given the age of the unit) as near to mint condition as makes no difference. They’d even kept the receipt, which tells me it was purchased at the Big W store in the Macquarie Centre on the 10/01/90 for a grand total of… $147 Australian. Probably a touch overpriced in its day, but I can’t complain about free, really.

Any 7800 games I should really look out for? It's already doing sterling duty teaching the kids how to play Outlaw and Donkey Kong (and the rest of my 2600 stuff), but the 7800 is a system I've never really thought about before...

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Had a look around a car boot today and spotted a mint condition copy of Boulderdash on the NES in with a load of vases and other china bits and pieces, oddly. Picked it up but the game wasn't in there. Shame - the box was perfect condition.

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Had a look around a car boot today and spotted a mint condition copy of Bounderdash on the NES in with a load of vases and other china bits and pieces, oddly. Picked it up but the game wasn't in there. Shame - the box was perfect condition.

Did you ask for it anyway? I've picked up a few mint boxes in recent times where there was no game in it. Mostly PS1 stuff.

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Not technically a car boot - but this is my rarest game - got it in a small store in Osaka yesterday :(

Nice, is it significantly cheaper over there than here?

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Cost me £40 including a boxed Godzilla VMU... what's the going rate for it these days?

Around that I guess over here. Bizzarely, the price seems to have gone up a bit since the XBLA release.

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Around that I guess over here. Bizzarely, the price seems to have gone up a bit since the XBLA release.

Hype I guess....

I take it Radiant Silvergun is the more expensive of the two.... not that it matters as I am not selling this game :(

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Hype I guess....

I take it Radiant Silvergun is the more expensive of the two.... not that it matters as I am not selling this game :(

Yeah it is, not sure what the price has been doing on that lately.

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I picked up System Shock 2 for 50p from my local car boot on Saturday. :lol:

Its nice to finally have something game-related from what is normally quite a crap car boot. I'm having some issues getting it to run on XP, but I imagine I'll get there eventually.

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Had a gut full of "on ebay" this morning. 90% of the prices of gaming stuff were accompanied by a "I can get £XX on ebay". A really nice condition, complete boxed, spectrum +2 action pack. "I can get £50 on ebay so I want at least £30". This was a guy in his 60s who'd blatently been told that by his kids or something. I went back before I went home, about an hour and a half later and it was still there. "Much interest in the Spectrum?" I ask. "Yeah loads" he says. "I don't think you're going to get £30 for it here". "No, I think I'll have to sell it on ebay".

That was the worst example but most sellers were quoting ebay today.

I did pick up a mint complete donkey kong country for £1

Amstrad GX4000, boxed, complete and in excellent condition for £4

and a couple of PS1 games for 50p each (riven and kasparov chess).

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looked a bit on the grey side this morning, but I risked it :).

PS1:

Bloody Roar2, Batman & Robin, Animal Snap, Puchi Carat (boxed with controler), Need for Speed: Road Challenge, Gunfighter: The legend of Jesse James, Heart of Darkness (finally got one with the 3D Glasses), Rocket Power Team Rocket Rescue, Smackdown.

Mega Drive:

The Adventures of Batman & Robin, Crueball, RoboCop Vs Terminator,Gain Ground (jap), Blockout (jap), Phantom 2040

PS2:

PS2 with Network Adapter, Wipeout Fusion, Bombastic, Detonator, Ninja Assault, Psyvariar

Game Boy: Paperboy

Wonder Swan: Gunpey Ex

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Around that I guess over here. Bizzarely, the price seems to have gone up a bit since the XBLA release.

Apparently that's because there are two minor differences in enemy waves on stage 3. The boss is slightly different as well I think. The Japanese high score champion whinged no end about it and so all the SRS HAX players are looking for originals :)

Radiant Silvergun is going around £80-£100 ATM though the upper end of that scale would be a bit overpriced IMO.

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Apparently that's because there are two minor differences in enemy waves on stage 3. The boss is slightly different as well I think. The Japanese high score champion whinged no end about it and so all the SRS HAX players are looking for originals :)

Radiant Silvergun is going around £80-£100 ATM though the upper end of that scale would be a bit overpriced IMO.

Ah, I see. Glad I finally found a copy. Getting it in a shop is nicer than ebay too.

What is SRS HAX btw? :(

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Had a gut full of "on ebay" this morning. 90% of the prices of gaming stuff were accompanied by a "I can get £XX on ebay".

That's a bit of a cheek, you don't normally go to car boots expecting to shift everything at market value. It's for getting a few quid for shite in your attic.

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I went to my first boot sale of the year today. It was a bit of a waste of time though, I only came away with some windscreen wipers. I was hoping to swipe a Dreamcast, but their weren't any. Looks like it's going to be Ebay.

Their weren't many games stalls at all, only 2 or 3 proper ones, a few years ago they had loads. Is it the same everywhere now, or was I just unlucky today?

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Unfortunately it's the way these days. Loads of people thinking they're going to make a killing with suckers. Thing is, I don't know how successful they are with it.

I don't think they are very successful to be honest. I think alot of car booters know what to look for and the price they are willing to pay for it. Where people have a lack of knowledge, they are probably more likely to leave an item as it was too expensive rather than overspend on it. There are of course exceptions.

Case in point - I saw some buyers today scooping all sorts of games (especially playstation) whenever they were cheap. There appeared to be little or no consideration for the types of games they were actually buying, or their value. When the games were more expensive, however, they were left well alone.

The games they left this week are shown below (point blank 1+2+3 + 2 g-cons).

Last week it was a ps1 with 20 good games (Project Overkill, Bomberman, Project titan, Doom, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Destructions Derby 1+2, Crash Bandicoot and alot of others) All of the games were in excellent condition, many of them were pristine to be honest. I paid £24 for the lot.

My finds today;

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Point Blank 1+2+3 + 2 G-Cons All complete £13

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SNES with Mario All Stars - complete, but power pack is dead (I REALLY need to learn how to fix these buggers) £5

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Boxed Megadrive - complete, 2 controllers £3

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Goldenaxe Megadrive (mint complete) £2, Psone Games £5, cd's £1 each.

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I went to my first boot sale of the year today. It was a bit of a waste of time though, I only came away with some windscreen wipers. I was hoping to swipe a Dreamcast, but their weren't any. Looks like it's going to be Ebay.

Their weren't many games stalls at all, only 2 or 3 proper ones, a few years ago they had loads. Is it the same everywhere now, or was I just unlucky today?

Your best bet is to ask in the wanted section of the forum - you will get a much better deal than ebay there.

Car boot wise - Generally speaking, you don't want to see gaming stalls at a car boot!!

Some are better than others but they are essentially your rivals as they will be looking out for the same things as you.

They will also want alot more cash for their wares than the average stall holder so you are better getting up early and trying to get in before everything is swiped by the playstation buying hordes - they were out in force at my boot sale today :)

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