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Retro Game Repair?

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:08 pm
by Scorpono
So I am a 17 year old male who is very interested in fixing old consoles. Now I have all the tools that I need to repair and even mod older consoles. My main concern is if there is any profit in doing this. I see old NES' going for $20 - $30 on Ebay and most of the issues I have seen are nothing. They just need a whole teardown and thorough cleaning. I want to mod old Gameboys and even do some physical modding to some older systems if their shells are destroyed.

Re: Retro Game Repair?

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:25 pm
by RetroBob
I'm no expert but I'd imagine that this sort of thing starts as hobby first, profit second.

Probably don't buy working units of ebay, you need a cheaper source otherwise you are buying from the same source as your potential customer base (this is the stupid thing about ebay resellers).

You should bear in mind that no one is going to pay 1.5 to 2x the going rate for a refurb console. Maybe consider a mail in service too?

Re: Retro Game Repair?

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:56 am
by icemann
Those $20 NES consoles are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy underpriced. Buy those, repair em up and sell em for $100. That's what I'd do, if I were any good at repairing systems.

Damn fascinating stuff. "The 8-Bit Guy" on youtube does MANY videos on old computer repair. Love watching those.

Re: Retro Game Repair?

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:56 am
by RetroBob
Yes his vids are good. Who is going to pay $100 for a NES?

Re: Retro Game Repair?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:28 am
by icemann
Note that I stating that $100 in Aus dollars. NES consoles go for that much over here, if their in working condition.

Re: Retro Game Repair?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:12 am
by RetroBob
Please excuse my assumption was for USD.

Re: Retro Game Repair?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:20 pm
by icemann
All good :)