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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 :)

Re: Retro Game Repair?

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:48 pm
by Sega2006
Its do-able, you need a good low cost parts source though if you do more common stuff like Nintendo and Sega units.

In terms of resale though you need to do your research, private sales are unaffected but business sales can have extra requirements, for instance here in the UK mains powered devices are required to be PAT tested but there is a sneeky you can do by removing the plug (tis how you got around really old appliances that can't pass the test).
You also need to figure out your times, it's no good if a job takes 3 hours and you only make a tiny bit from it, your time is as valuble resource as is your stock.