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Re: Charity Shops

Post by samhain81 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:19 am

Its not a charity shop per sey, but Cash Converters UK chain are amazing for prices on old games. They are so oblivious to the rarity of all things retro that they price old games from anything from 50p to £2.

For example, my last 3 visits I picked up

6 N64 Games - Goldeneye, Wave Race, Star Wars, Super Mario 64 etc all for £20p each
6 Boxed/Complete Megadrive games for £1 each

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by emalder » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:20 pm

I picked-up Fifa 08 & 09 for the PS3 from my local Age Concern for 50p each today

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by samhain81 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:25 am

Im speechless! Picked all this morning for £5. Games came free apparently. Good Deal?

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by learnedrobb » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:38 am

Good deal? Yeah, I'd say so!
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by ulala » Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:52 pm

is there a murderously jealous smiley anywhere?

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by The Hardest of All Freds » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:07 pm

I got the Star Wars DVD trilogy for a fiver and a Boba Fett Mini Mugg for a pound coin. Not quite up there with the gameboy lot but it'll do me
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by lavalyte » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:59 am

In Australia about 7 years ago the law changed to require that Charity Shops that stock electrical items to have some very expensive insurance, at which point most of them stopped taking consoles. I shudder to think what's been dropped into landfill since then.

However, some still did continue on. At the largest that I used to frequent I found the following:

. Four protoype Atari carts
. A Vectrex
. dozens of megadrive games over the years
. At one point they recieved a clearance from (I'd guess) Cash Converters. There were about 50 megadrive consoles and 30 Sneses. I got a Japanese megadrive that day.

At other charity stores I've found:
. A boxed NES
. A boxed Master system
. A boxed Colecovision with boxed steering wheel and games (It had just been dropped off, was sitting on the front counter)
. 15 boxed japanese megadrive games at once
. 6 boxed megadrive RPGs at once

But those were the salad days when I had the spare time and could afford the petrol to drive all over the city, and when I used to work near a charity store that I could check regularly.
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by Black Ridge » Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:18 am

I picked up Sword of Mana GBA today for £2.25. Boxed but no manual (sadface)
From the same store last week i bought Final Fantasy Tactics A2 & Chocobo Tales for £5.00 each
They still have Children of Mana & Heroes of Mana there too (but i already own them). Looks like someone cleared out a bit of their Squenix collection!

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by Liamh1982 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:43 am

The YMCA shop here had some Master System games in, CIB for 49p each. But the only good ones were Sonic and Castle of Illusion and I've already got those...

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by jcdentont1000 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:40 pm

Well, reading through this thread made me visit my town's charity shops this afternoon. I tend to find charity shops a bit of a waste of time, to be honest. I do find the occasional nice item, like this a few months ago from BHF for 50p;

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But this afternoon the only slightly games related things I saw was this;

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an original Sony PlayStation with power cable (no TV leads or controller) and, in a different shop, a bunch of old PS2 sports games for £2.50 each - there was also Mark of Kri in the same shelf, but I think I can do without seeing as I just sold my old copy on eBay for 99p.

The 'problem' with charity shops are fourfold; firstly, the best stuff will never reach the shop floor. If someone trades in a SNES, mega drive, rare game etc then the staff will snap them up for resale anyway; as has been mentioned previously in the thread, many see this as their 'payment' for their honourable voluntary contribution to society. I actually know someone who got a job a few hours a week in a charity shop solely for this reason and he justifies it as above.

The second problem is the prices are extraordinarily high on some things (if the staff think the item looks desirable) and uniform across all items. E.g. all PS2 games are £2.50 each, even though the game shop in town is doing them at £1 each, etc. If you are lucky enough, amongst the Total Football 2003's and Pro Evolution 2004's, LMA Manager 2005's you'll find a lovely mint copy of Ico for £2.50 - once in a blue moon, and people are so savvy nowadays it certainly wouldn't be there very long. Any towns with specialist retro game shops (like most of them around here, it seems West Yorkshire has more per capita than anywhere else!) will send a member of staff out to do the rounds literally daily, hoovering up anything of value for resale in their own shop. Unlike one person who posted however, I would never dream of 'haggling' or pointing out the pricing is odd or unrealistic. It is a CHARITY SHOP.

The third 'problem', which you can't really blame people for, is that people are aware and fully understand the value of what they have. Anyone can go on eBay and find out what their old 'tat' is worth and rightly want that price. In a credit crunch, people are certainly less generous with donations and in the main will only 'donate' what they can't sell for profit.

The fourth problem is geography; in a northern mining town with some very poverty striken areas like the town I live in, people simply don't have nice things to donate. The wealthier the area, the higher quality the hand-me-downs and therefore the better the stuff donated. Many people make a professional living out of trawling charity shops in very wealthy areas in parts of Surrey, Kensington and the like, buying/stealing from bin bags left outside of the shop all kinds of quality items like games consoles, designer clothes, etc. With all due respect to the area I live in, you are a lot more likely to see donated Primark dresses sold at around 60-80% of the original price when bought new than anything else.

Conclusion? Waste of time unless you are visiting an affluent area or are prepared to check daily on the off-chance.
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by QuantumCrayons » Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:54 pm

jcdentont1000 wrote: Conclusion? Waste of time unless you are visiting an affluent area or are prepared to check daily on the off-chance.
We had a copy of Alundra sitting in our shop for 3 weeks. No-one bought it. Eventually, it was rescued by one of the staff members for a friend, so these kind of finds do exist.
Also, I did get stuff from the back shop which I wanted; I got a discount, but I paid a fair price. I don't see what's wrong with that? If you work at a bar, you'd get paid and probably get a free pint.

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by jcdentont1000 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:06 pm

QuantumCrayons wrote:
jcdentont1000 wrote: Conclusion? Waste of time unless you are visiting an affluent area or are prepared to check daily on the off-chance.
We had a copy of Alundra sitting in our shop for 3 weeks. No-one bought it. Eventually, it was rescued by one of the staff members for a friend, so these kind of finds do exist.
Also, I did get stuff from the back shop which I wanted; I got a discount, but I paid a fair price. I don't see what's wrong with that? If you work at a bar, you'd get paid and probably get a free pint.
I wasn't criticising, I was stating opinion based on my knowledge as to why the majority of stuff desirable to those who frequent this forum does not make it onto the shop floor. You have only got to look at the amount of stuff being 'processed' in the back room of most charity shops to see that the best stuff will seldom make it out and only then if the staff aren't clued up to its value. As I said, you will get rare finds which are overlooked by staff and dealers, but it takes a lot of perseverence and searching. I used to work in a game shop and all kinds of dodgy stunts were pulled by managers; buying stuff in on MISC barcodes for pennies, buying it at a price they set for themselves (pennies) and selling it on eBay for a fortune. My ex manager bought Shadow of the Colossus for 20p. It happens everywhere - I think however there is certainly more of an ethical question when dealing with the morals of shortchanging a charitable organisation.
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by QuantumCrayons » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:17 pm

jcdentont1000 wrote:morals of shortchanging a charitable organisation.
Yeah, this is different to what most members do. By working in a charity shop, you get first "dibs", but you /usually/ need to pay full price, or minus a small discount (20% for me).

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by ulala » Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:41 pm

there is a guy who is a professional unemployed/ layabout who has he nasty paws in the charity shops around here.

He seems to fleece them of their consoles and has the cheek to try and flog them on a local forum for about a 3000% markup.

A complete disgrace

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by retrogoodies » Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:50 am

i know the charity shop near me the guy check`s everything on ebay before it goes out on display as if worth anything it goes out the back door . hardly find anything in charity shops these days and more chance at cex than charity shops
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