Do you get your games from retro game stores?
Do you get your games from retro game stores?
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No, its a waste of time and they get most of their supply from Ebay so you're playing higher than the norm. Its lose lose
I'll buy from my local retro store if they have what I'm looking for. The owner is pretty cool and I'm pretty sure he lurks this board
I do lurk this board, good guess but if you were curious you could just ask
Only PS2 games because it's cheap.
For the rest I either emulate or lurk around in garage sale
ergh, when I'm impulisve but I'd term the condition of the majority of them as "fart carts" (cartridges that look like a child took a fucking diarrhea shit on them). Also they do a poor job of cleaning anything, and it's fairly gross. Regardless I've sort of taken my local vidya store to the cleaners by gaming their trade-in policy. (going after items they mispriced) (trading them my most disgusting and ugly cartridges/shovel ware.)
the one near me will misprice games and then whine and cry when people try to buy them for the price that's marked
now that is downright sad.
>sells at 1.5-2x markup compared to ebay despite also having an inherently more limited selection and requiring you to waste time traveling there and browsing the store
why on earth would anyone buy anything from these places?
my local vidya story is actually in my opinion a very special place, the owner seems to be a good man, and is very creative. I genuinely believe the people in my area love the community the store fosters so much that they are content paying the markup knowing they are keeping a business they love alive, but really this guy has earned it it's an amazing place.
he literally uses his business to do good for the community, and I appreciate that. He is creative, and I'll describe him as a literal mad man, with some of his business ventures/ fun shit he pulls in his store.
as to fun shit he pulls, he's got a gacha dispenser full of discount vouchers, I love that he's gamefied shit in his fucking store. Also has a point's system where if you can get their merch that you get a discount for wearing when you buy something, feels like I have a fucking powerup item from a game on.
Incredibly based. Wish I could visit a comfy store like this.
my local game store is great, I've gotten a ton of games from them. I really like brick and mortar game stores, there's a certain fun to rifling through and seeing what random games jump out at me. Their prices are lower than online, and the owner will negotiate too if you wanna haggle, he's given me discounts for buying a lot or paying in cash, ect. I guess good management makes the biggest difference with stores like these
Logically the superior choice is buying online or at retro conventions. However, I still visit these shops on a binge for a "theme park" experience
>staff are always huge pricks
>have to burn gas to get there
and if there's anything wrong with the game your only hope is the store's return policy being decent compared to the well known ebay return policy that almost always sides with the buyer.
>staff are always huge pricks
This. They don't even know anything about videogames. I'll always remember asking an owner if they had a Model 1 Genesis because they sound better and seeing the puzzled look on his face
The worst part is the culture places like those breed, they'll give their inner-circle of "friends" under the table deals on games or knowledge on where to find or get certain things but only if you're "in on it" even more so if you happen to be a popular youtuber.
>they'll give their inner-circle of "friends" under the table deals on games
You're correct because I am one of those friends who gets the deals at my local flea market. You just need to not be socially awkward and a repeat customer and it'll happen to you bozos too.
This. If yours truly, a fat sperg, can do it, then the rest of you guys can do it too.
It's life, man, people are inherently more inclined to give special deals to people they're friendly with, especially with hobby stuff.
Now, I'm not saying you should bend over and take it with a smile while getting ripped off, some places are just shit and it'll never pay off to repeatedly cough up $99 for dirt common games, BUT, if you know a place where prices are still sorta reasonable, it can really pay to be friendly with the people running it. Don't need to suck their dick or anything, but if they're not busy with anything, make some small talk about the stuff you're buying or selling, worst case you'll get to know someone you can talk old games with.
It may sound like a boomer thing to say, but we're social animals, networking pays, be that for jobs or hobbies.
They no longer exist here. But no, I loved indie game stores but overpaying for a retro game that is already highly inflated is just stupid.
>retro game store
What's that? I don't think those things exist around here.
The name is pretty much self-explanatory.
I did during the early to mid 2010s retrogamer boom. There were two stores in my city and I'd go once a month and try to get a deal either on not well-known games (le "hidden gems"), classics I missed in my collection (cheaper than ebay), and many rare bootlegs which were ridiculously cheap (famiclone Super Maruo, SNES Pokemon Stadium, etc.)
Then prices became too stupid and I started collecting and reselling vintage clothing. I used to see both owners still looking for games at thrifts and fleas up to 2018 but then they moved on.
>I used to see both owners still looking for games at thrifts and fleas up to 2018 but then they moved on.
absolutely fucking stupid. people going to a store to resell the same thing at their store for a higher price. this is why I gave up on physical retro games. retards who just want to make a quick buck got into the business to make a quick buck. in the end they've just fucked the entire market. now even stupid games no one wants are listed for ridiculous prices
made sense financially for them. They got a handful of very rich kids and PMCs they could constantly sell to, and at their peak they were just moving other collectors entire collections back and forth. Not a long-term business at all. No clue what they might be doing right now.
Last thing I knew about one of them was quite crazy. On his last year in business he rented a store with some other guy who sold TCGs and weeboo stuff. They split expenses but after a few months, the retrodude disappeared leaving the TCGuy hanging with all retrostock inside the store. So TCGuy started selling the retrostock to pay for the retrodude, until the latter heard he was selling a Little Samson copy for like $1200. A few nights later, retrodude appeared when the store was closing with 7 thugs, hold the TCGuy and loaded a truck with all the stuff.
I get them from the internet archive lole
This is the best answer. Youtubers and covidbucks pretty much ruined physical collecting.
this is what killed it for me. i sold off all my retro games when the prices spiked, used that money to buy an ever drive for every console. Fucking gay "speculators".
> Fucking gay "speculators".
Once I saw this shit was encroaching more and more onto vidya, I knew it was over for game collecting. Same thing that happened to comic books in the 90s is happening to Video games.
I pirate and play everything on original hardware
Luna Video Games off El Cajon Blvd in San Diego sucks hard. I know you guys lurk here, but seriously stop having all your games face that giant window. The artwork gets all sunbleached and the cases get brittle. I'd check your store out more often if you got your shit together. The Luna in Chula Vista is good though, pricey, but that's to be expected.
>stop having all your games face that giant window
what the fuck, what a bunch of retards
Never seen one. Odest titles that game stores in my vicinity sell are for XBOX 360 or for no-games PS3.
Nah, the one store that deals in older games near me is way overpriced. Stupid college town and stupid college kids living their dreams and getting money from mom and dad....stupid.
No. I used like 2 sites to fill up my Wii's hard drive.
I also think the owner of my local vidya store lurks this board.
Depends on what you think over priced and reasonable is. You're not picking up many games for under 5 bucks anymore, but there are plenty of games to pick up around the 10~15 dollar range. Unless you're hyper fixated on titles that go for a pretty penny like Resident Evil 1 long box, Earthbound, and so on.
9 times out of 10, I get my old games by sailing the seven seas.
Kinda wanna get an N64 flashcart and then refurbish my controller though, because I don't want to trifle with any shitty substitute controller.
I used to have a Replays near me. They always had reasonable prices. The last year they were open they had no stock because no one was trading anything in. It was basically a place were people would come to get shit to flip on Ebay. So it's a damned if you do, damned if you don't. I don't really feel bad for these shops though. I remember I went to one where they had boxes under the tables of all the good shit. So I got out a box and started digging through shit. I had a guy come up to me and say that stuff wasn't inventoried.
>"So you're saying it's not for sale?"
>"No, it's just we haven't looked it up."
>"dafuq you mean 'you haven't looked it up'?"
It was obvious he knew exactly he was implying. I just asked him "why don't you guys just sell on Ebay then?" and walked out without buying anything. Now I just hunt fleamarkets and garage sales. People with dedicated game/card/söy "nerd" memorabilia are the ones who look up Ebay prices. You can tell just by looking. Usually the boomers that primarily sell DVDs/records/CDs are the guys with actual deals.
Sometimes, my local has prices about on par with Ebay, and I can actually hold the game in my hand before I buy it. I've already got 99% of the actual "big" retro games I ever plan on buying though. My favorite thing to do is buy cheap cartridge games I've never heard of based on the cover art alone. I actually saw a guy get kicked out for admitting he was buying a bunch of stuff to sell on ebay for a few dollars more one time, pretty based imo.
No, I download Roms and repacks since I don't feel like turning my house into a landfill.
I sometimes try to because I like seeing things properly before I buy them, but in terms of selection, price, return policy, and even knowledge, they usually suck major ass and are generally a waste of gas.
The selection part in particular has gotten bad in the last few years. What's the point of having a physical store if you don't stock the fucking place. Surely even doing some questionable ebay stocking is better than relying entirely on trade-ins from Brad McRetard's ex wife and hoping for something other than FIFA and Madden collections? Gee maybe people just aren't trading in their vintage shit for 15% value like dopefiends as much as they used to?
Even the flea markets near me have overpriced shit. Haven't bought from any used game establishment since 2013.
No. There's one store in my city and it's a shitty little hole in the wall with the usual selection of massively overpriced crap that's only open at bizarre inconvenient hours. The guy creeped me out and once muttered at me to never come back as I was leaving. I obliged him. That was 5 years ago and I haven't bought a retro game since. I emulate exclusively. The retro game market is a magnet for scumbags and socially maladjusted weirdos.
>run a store
>always check these threads to see if anyone is talking about mine
>nobody ever is
Ok, I want to give a BIG shoutout to jon sakura of Gamer's Anonymous, I love your fucking store bro.
You must really like cats or something anon.
I mean they're not terrible or anything, a lot better than nothing.
Next door though, that's a nice place, like going over to a friend's house, complete with comfy annoying siblings.
curious to know what Ganker people have been to GameZone in Hillsdale NJ and what they thought of it. thats the only one ive been to a lot nd have picked some okay stuff there. i think the guy does well cause it's kind of a big suburban sprawl area with lots of people where all the Ganker hardware and games have been collecting for decades. people go in there and sell their shit
side note, ive also enraged some different vr game store owner by standing at the counter and offering the kids and moms more money than what they just heard from the guy at the counter. Example, this is how i got a cartridge of castlevania IV back in the year 2013:
>kid walks in with mom, kid is young and mom is yyounger mom age late 30s early 40s platinum blonde and looks dumb as fucking rocks
>for some reason they have a castlevania IV kart they are trying to sell, probably belonged to moms ex husband or some shit and he left it at the house and they didnt know what to do with it
>guy at cash register
>"i'll give you $15"
>me standing 3 feet away, interjecting myself into the transaction
>"how about $20?"
>kid and mom give it to me
>store owner is reeing
>kicks me out
I don't care, i got castlevania IV for a steal. i wound up beating it on a crt in my basement right b4 i left for college
kek, based. my mom got a DS for my sister once doing this at a gamestop
That is awesome.Sounds like a truly baste mom
My local store has a 25% off sale on Boxing Day, and for your birthday month (one time use).
So I shop there twice a year.
Those greedy stuck up jackoffs dont deserve my money and Im not paying $100+ for shitty bootleg PS1 games with reproduction covers. Fuck off with your stupid ebay prices greedy flea market scammer bastards.
I feel a lot of pressure to buy stuff once entering a store. Seems like days od just hanging out Clerks style is long dead. If I could just hang and talk I'd love it. There's a retro games store or two near me but they're kind of a drive. Maybe I'll try one this year. I don't collect as often as I used to. Mostly n64, saturn and genesis
Yes. I never pay less than $150 for my rrtro games