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post #21 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-15-2015, 07:36 AM
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Ive had good luck on Craigslist. Also check to see if there is a local retro gaming group. My local retro group usually sells stuff for very reasonable prices. a quick google search of your area found this. Good luck with the hunt man.

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While I have my original NES that still works, perhaps checking out the Retron 5 may be up your alley?

http://hyperkin.com/Retron5/

Bought one for an older buddy of mine for his birthday and fell in love with it. He thinks anything Playstation or Xbox is overrated.

I've been wanting to get one for myself just to keep things tidy in the game room.

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I remember selling off my original NES with a bunch of games on Ebay many years ago. I think I got around $150 or so. I sold my Dragon Warrior II game separate. Man, I wish I had that back. My wife brought two NES consoles to the marriage biggrin.gif. I've replaced the 72 pin on one of them and I also bought a cartridge cleaning kit. Those two things have it running well. Recently on the way back home from a trip to my wife's parent's house, I came across a store that was called 4-Bit Gaming. I found a copy of NES Tournament Open Golf. I happily paid $15 for it. I think this will be the third time I've owned that game. Still my favorite golf game on any console.

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All I'm saying is that there are people who would pay that much for the original Nintendo because we are unable to travel back in time. Plus, some things like this are really worth a fortune to some people. I wouldn't pay a high price for the NES either, but there are certain things that aren't made anymore that I would pay a high price for - just to have the original in mint condition just as though I traveled back and time and bought it new.



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I see you're in NE OH.. Have you tried Buy Sell Trade on FB? I always see classic systems for cheap on there. And don't forget about CL.

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$150 for a NES is the biggest ripoff I have seen in a pretty long time. Only a boxed one in very good condition would fetch such amount.

 

I was just making a point. It doesn't have to be $150. Even so, the value of something is in the eye of the beholder. Some people will pay just about any price no matter how high it is just to get their hands on a rare collectible.

 

I get your point, but it's not applicable to this discussion.

 

These things, they aren't rare, and the ones that are, as I said, are full boxed sets or sealed sets which WILL fetch huge amounts of money.



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I get your point, but it's not applicable to this discussion.

 

These things, they aren't rare, and the ones that are, as I said, are full boxed sets or sealed sets which WILL fetch huge amounts of money.

 

Not applicable to this discussion? I'll let dave12 make that call because he started this discussion.



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I agree. There are really 4 sellers/companies that keep popping up but I don't have anything to go by other than ratings and I know based on research that those can be purchased relatively inexpensively. All of them have questionable 30-50 submission chains of extremely positive chains of feedback that have happened within 10-20 minutes. I am not scared of losing 150 dollars but I want to start off right because I intend to purchase a lot of things that I became all nostalgic about over the last month. I'll gamble a grand if I have to. I just was hoping someone had had a great experience with one of those 4 so I could just jump in to save time. thumb.gif

 

In case you guys missed this post, I'm bringing it back to light. Notice the part in bold, especially (but don't take it out of context).

 

So, I would say that everything I said is VERY applicable to this discussion that dave12 started. Obviously, he is willing to pay almost anything to obtain the original NES. Again, "$150" as just a number thrown out there. Don't take it literally.



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The issue was NES cartridges needing to be cleaned. Blowing in them and hitting them only hurt. Didn't know that back in the day, but, now everyone does.


*I wouldn't pay $150 for a NES. Dat's crazy talk.

The issue had nothing to do with the cartridges, the issue had to do with the connector piece inside the NES being poorly designed and failing to make proper contact after the spring wore out. That is why removing and reinserting the cartridge often fixed the issue (the blowing into it part did not).
Nintendo eventually redesigned the NES to not have the spring mechanism (the top loader model I mentioned) and that was the end of the problem.

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That was a annoyance yes. That however wasn't the real problem. That just required you to insert the cartridge right. The real issue was old cartridges getting so dirty that it was hard to get them to read.
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