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Re: selling up

Post by stvd » Sun May 15, 2016 2:33 pm

A few years back I sold all my SMS, MD, SNES, Saturn, N64, Wonderswan, Colecovision, NGPC and PC Engine.
Didn't need the money, just that I was hardly using any of it. And used my Xbox for the majority of it out of convenience.
Will probably do the same at some point this year for the majority of what's left (PS1, PS2, Dreamcast, Xbox, Gamecube and Atari 2600). Will keep the consoles and a few select games though.
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Re: selling up

Post by Mayhem » Sun May 15, 2016 2:40 pm

In the middle of a downsize right now. Last year I sold the smaller, niche stuff such as Nuon and N64DD, and most of my Atari 2600 homebrew (still got a few left), and about half my Wii titles. This year so far it's been about shrinking the Cube collection (from a full set of 555 down to about 120), currently got about 90 titles left there. And all the demo/kiosk discs, and the prototypes, haven't moved onto those yet. Afterwards I will decide on what portable Nintendo stuff to sell (Gameboy and DS), and then C64 and Vic20 titles finally.

No plans to sell anything SNES or N64, and definitely keeping everything NGPC and Vectrex related. Haven't decided about the Atari 7800 yet.

Already raised several thousand pounds to this point, in fact the Cube stuff alone so far has brought in close to two grand. It's paid the bills and the mortgage for a while, and I'm "converting" some of the money into original comic art instead. Better investment, takes up way less room!
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Re: selling up

Post by davyK » Sun May 15, 2016 2:56 pm

My collection of 500 games with room to spare (notice the DVDs which can be moved if needed) Saturn, Dreamcast, PS1,MD, SNES, N64,PS2, GC , 360 and Wii.

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The other side of this room is a mess - consoles, controllers and and assorted censored all piled up .... :(

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Re: selling up

Post by flatapex » Sun May 15, 2016 4:17 pm

well there was always a use for the money in my case, I've wanted new bathroom flooring and a new back door for a while but it was a case of the stuff can be sold in 3 months....6 months....whenever.

We have found a leak which is coming from the bathroom, or so we think, all minor enough at the moment but we want to nip it in the bud, we will have to lift the flooring no doubt and once its lifted....new stuff in once everything fixed. We can borrow money for anything urgent then use the money from my sales to pay it back, but if the sales happen asap then its less hassle.
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Re: selling up

Post by IronMaidenRule » Sun May 15, 2016 7:31 pm

Sold up meagre bits of my collection over the years, only regret loosing a few PSP games, but pretty sure I can get them back one day. For a few years I got swept up in the collecting/trying games from childhood and system I never owned, but eventually, I came to realise the odd few games I had memories for/liked could be emulated easily and with playing so many modern games, I had no time to go backwards and appreciate what I had amassed.

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Re: selling up

Post by DPrinny » Mon May 16, 2016 12:47 am

davyK wrote:
My collection of 500 games with room to spare (notice the DVDs which can be moved if needed) Saturn, Dreamcast, PS1,MD, SNES, N64,PS2, GC , 360 and Wii.


The other side of this room is a mess - consoles, controllers and and assorted censored all piled up .... :(
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Re: selling up

Post by kiwimike » Mon May 16, 2016 1:31 am

The question comes up on occasion, and IMO the answer is different for everyone. Some could sell the lot and not miss it, others could sell the bulk and keep faves, others couldn't part with a thing. I guess you need to ask yourself some questions as only you know what each means to you.
I sold the majority of my collection years ago, the bulk of it I have no regrets at all about. A couple of things I do. But I prefer to collect books/DVD/magazines relating to the games and game history rather than the games themselves personally.
Totally individual specific decision :)

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Re: selling up

Post by pratty » Mon May 16, 2016 7:07 am

Unless you need the money there's no rush to make hasty decisions and sell everything at once. You can start by just selling of the stuff you feel most comfortable getting rid of, and see how it goes.

Something to take into account is how difficult/expensive will it will be buying something back again? If you have things that might be difficult to get hold of again and you're unsure about whether you still want it or not I would leave selling them for now.

On the other hand you may have games you just do not play and will not play and there are just taking up space. There will be a reluctance to sell things that you know you'll be losing money on, but alternatively if you keep them you will have even less money than if you sold them, so what is the alternative value of keeping them if you're not going to use them?

You might want to consider if keeping a few specific games is stopping you from selling hardware, and in turn keeping the hardware might be encoraging you to keep other games you're less bothered about because it doesn't seem right top own a console for just 2 or 3 games. If you can learn to let those few games go (which you may still be able to play via emulation) then you can go ahead and sell the hardware and free up more space and put more cash in your pocket.

Instead of viewing what you lose from selling you may want to consider what you may gain. And it won't just be money and space, it will be time and opportunity also. You'll have more time and opportunity to play other stuff, or do other things outside of gaming. Last gen I had a Wii and a DS, I played all my DS game once so I had at least gotten the experience of playing them, and then gave the whole lot to my little brother. If I didn't, as somebody who only owns games I intend to play at somepoint, I would feel obligated to re-play all these games which would be time consuming and prevent me from playing other stuff, specifically new stuff, aswell as eating up my free time in general. Getting rid of DS actually felt like a relief in a way, I could concerntrate on getting through my Wii back log and had I sold my DS and games instead of giving it away I could have bought more of Wii games I wanted, as I was spreading my gaming time and money across two platforms.

What this has led me to think is that in future I probably won't bother with handhelds (unless it's a NX type hybrid), and just stick to home consoles, that way I either save time or money, or I can have more of the home console games I want. It's a more quality over quantity approach, I was finding I couldn't play Wii games to 100%, because I had DS games to get through, and vice versa. Getting rid of the hardware helps as once that's gone the games are easier to part with, and there's no point buying further games for it.

Still, as much as selling stuff can be liberating, I'm still a gamer so I'm not going to sell everything, which I why I suggest you sell things of bit by bit and se how it goes. Once you get a taste for the extra money, space, time opportunity it might help you with further decisions of whether to sell or not, it may help you part with things you know you really have no use for, and it may stop you selling something you'll later regret. The minute you feel like a slave to anything though I think it's time to get rid, you should play out of the fun it gives you, not out of a feeling of obligation.
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Re: selling up

Post by crusto » Mon May 16, 2016 7:45 am

@Trev

Who's that old fart in all those photos?
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Re: selling up

Post by nokgod » Mon May 16, 2016 7:54 am

crusto wrote:@Trev

Who's that old fart in all those photos?
May your nut fungus spread wildly!
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Re: selling up

Post by DaveDoc1984 » Mon May 16, 2016 11:43 am

Wow this a subject!

Personally I wouldn't sell up unless I REALLY had to! Again I have cataloged my whole collection and put fair (not dreamer) values on all games, systems and accesories and it total's about £3000.

Reminds me! I have a few more things to add to my list! Skeleton Derby Stallion Saturn... :)
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Re: selling up

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon May 16, 2016 12:06 pm

I sold off some Saturn shooters to fund my first half decent camera lens and a few more games recently to fund a new camera body.
I don't miss any of the games I sold, particularly as some of them are playable on my mame cabinet I purchased a couple of months back.
I keep on meaning to trim down my collection, but it's my board games that take up the most space at the moment.
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Re: selling up

Post by rocky1980 » Mon May 16, 2016 3:15 pm

Been selling stuff on and off for months now. All my Jag and Jag CD games gone, 250+ PS1 games gone. The list goes on, most of it was just shelf and loft filler. I really do not miss any off it yet. In fact I have been playing more :D
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Re: selling up

Post by AceGrace » Tue May 17, 2016 11:30 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:I sold off some Saturn shooters to fund my first half decent camera lens and a few more games recently to fund a new camera body.
I don't miss any of the games I sold, particularly as some of them are playable on my mame cabinet I purchased a couple of months back.
I keep on meaning to trim down my collection, but it's my board games that take up the most space at the moment.
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Re: selling up

Post by Megamixer » Tue May 17, 2016 11:40 am

I personally think it's good to get rid of stuff. I used to keep everything but now, I get rid of everything I'd either never replay or can't be bothered to finish in the first place.

Having said that, I could do with getting rid of more than I currently do but when you have multiple systems and games across them all that I'd certainly want to revisit then it gets difficult. Hoarding physical possessions has never seemed healthy to me though and quite often I look at what I have and think "what's the f#@!ing point in all this crap?". Then I'll go to sleep and forget about it until the next time I question the existence of the collection.

Amazing what a single night's sleep can do to your resolve or moments of insight :lol:
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