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How To Get Into Collecting Video Games

If you're someone that's trying to get into collecting video games, this article is for you. Here you'll get some great tips on this subject so that you can build a collection that will meet your needs. Take some time to go through these tips to learn more about this.

There probably are used video game stores in the area where you can get a great deal on a few used games. Since these places generally buy used games from people all the time, the selection they have will change from day to day. To stay on top of what they have, it sometimes pays to visit early in the morning to see what they have put out for that day. This way, you can get to the rarer games before anyone else. See if they have any deals going on like if you buy a few you can get some free to save the most money.

Use Internet!

It's a good idea to shop for video games using the Internet to help you out. This way, you can be sure that you're getting the scoop on great deals before you go out and look at the stores for games. There are people that sell games for well below retail online, but you have to be sure that you do some searching to find these great deals. For instance, you may be able to find a classic game on an auction styled website, but you have to look for it carefully to find someone that's selling it for the cheapest.

Always be mindful of the condition of your video games. When you're buying a game, you want to make sure you're paying for the version of the game in the best condition possible if it's going into your collection. If you're just buying some games to resell them later, then it may not matter as much what the condition is since they're not going to be for collecting. Either way, it pays to make sure you are keeping your games stored properly as well. This way they retain their value and look nice overall.

Use Classified Ads Power!

Try posting on an online classified ads site saying that you're looking for the games you want. Have a wish list that you can put up on a site like this and then add your contact information so that people can get into touch with you if they have the games you're looking for. Make sure you also say what kind of condition you need your games in so that people with things that aren't in great condition won't waste your time. If you get contacted by someone that has a number of items on your list, see if you can get a bundle deal on the games.

Check out the thrift stores in your area to see if anyone has donated any games. When you go into a thrift store, make sure you go to the CD section if they have one because a lot of the time games will be there because the cases are shaped like a CD and the person putting out the merchandise may not know the difference. Plus, CDs are generally really cheap, and you can find great games. Make sure you check to see if the game is in the case and isn't all scratched up, however.

Advanced Ideas!

Try going to a flea market in your area, but watch out for resellers. A reseller is someone that goes through a flea market or any place with games and scoops up the rare ones. Then they try to resell them for a profit, and generally they charge what you could find the games for online or even more. To beat out the resellers you may want to head out to flea markets right when they open. If you notice that the only thing left in a booth is sports games, you probably got beat out by a reseller.

Don't trade your games into a game store if you're trying to get the most money for part of your collection. These places are notorious for paying you way less than what things are worth, and then they sell games back to people at a very increased rate. You should take your time to really make sure that you're selling your games to other people that are willing to pay you a fair price. That way, you can then use that money to rebuild part of your collection later on when you find something you need.

Take your time to do research on the price of games. Go to an online auction site and check through the recent completed listings to get an idea of what things are going for at this time. This way, you don't end up spending way too much on something when you go to buy it. You could also use this to figure out what your games are worth in case you want to sell some of them off to get different ones. If you can't find any prices, then you may want to hold off until someone else sells a copy to see what they get for it.

You should always try to keep doubles of games so that you have things to trade to people that have what you need for your collection. The rarer the game, the more of a reason to have more than one copy of it for trading purposes. You shouldn't trade off any part of your collection that you need just to get something else that you need. This is because you'll just have to get that game back later, and as time goes on a game can become really hard to find.

Now you're aware of what goes into collecting video games. It's not that difficult to get into, you just have to put this advice to good use for yourself. Take your time and in the end you're going to have a collection that's fantastic!

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