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Top Ten eBay Red Flags, Part 2

We’re back to finish off the Top Ten eBay Red Flags. In case you haven’t read Part 1, you may want to begin there first. Again, this isn’t a countdown, and these aren’t listed in any particular order unless two red flags seem to fit well together. #5 : Make an Offer Now I’m not […]

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Top Ten eBay Red Flags, Part 1

Despite its detractors, eBay remains the best source for buying retro videogames at a good price, even after factoring in shipping costs.  However, people can and do have bad eBay experiences.  There are usually three kinds of complaints: never receiving the item at all, receiving something different from what was expected, and receiving a damaged […]

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On Reselling Retro Videogames

At the start of the Coen Brothers 1990 film Miller’s Crossing, the character of Johnny Caspar can be heard offscreen, pleading a case to mob boss Leo:  “I’m talking about friendship.  I’m talking about character.  I’m talkin’ about–hell, Leo, I ain’t embarrassed to use the word–I’m talking about ethics.”  Caspar is complaining about a character […]

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Buying and Selling an Astrocade

[Updated January 2014] If you were like most kids in the late 1970s and early 1980s who cut their teeth on the Atari 2600 and Mattel Intellivision, the Bally Astrocade was an exotic system that you knew very little about but still wanted anyway. I never saw the Astrocade on display at any retail store, […]

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What Console Can I Buy for $50?

This article begins a new series: “What Console Can I Buy for $X?”  We’ll begin at the baseline and assume that you want to get started retrogaming but have only $50 to spend.  Total.  Believe it or not, you can get a lot of gaming out that $50, especially if you are patient and can […]

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Side Deals

A side deal is a transaction between a seller and a buyer that occurs outside of the established policies and protocols of a particular marketplace.  On eBay, for example, a buyer may ask the seller to end an auction early.  This can happen whether bids have been placed or not.  Essentially, the buyer is trying […]

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Buying and Selling an Atari 5200

Think you want to buy an Atari 5200?  Read this article carefully, and if you still feel the same way by the end of it, you will at least know what you’re getting into.  When I was a kid, I lusted after the unattainable 5200.  To my thirteen year-old eyes, the 5200 SuperSystem was the […]

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Secrets of an eBay Top Rated Seller

A little bit to my surprise, I recently earned “Top Rated Seller” (TRS) status on eBay.  I knew I was a good seller, but I didn’t think that I sold enough to qualify.  I usually see the TRS badge next to usernames with thousands of feedback ratings, and I had slightly more than 600 (and […]

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Quick Tip: Always Make an Offer

Sellers who eschew the auction format and choose to sell with Buy It Now have another option: Make an Offer. Sellers are allowed to set two thresholds: “reject any offer lower than” and “accept any offer higher than.”  Sellers may use one, both, or neither of these options.  However, some do use “accept any offer […]

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Buying and Selling a ColecoVision

If you haunted arcades during your middle school years, you know how special the ColecoVision is.  For a time, the ColecoVision was as close as you could get to an arcade experience at home.  It inspires a devoted following today, and clean units in working condition command a premium, often selling for over $100 complete […]

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