Saturday, October 1, 2005

Week 25 [10.01.05]

Day Total: $24.25
Sales Visited: 55

1 Nintendo Action Set box (w/ styrofoam, inserts, and plastic bags)
1 NES console (w/ hookups, voltage-select power supply)
2 NES controllers
1 NES Zapper
1 Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES, missing manual)
1 The Legend of Zelda (NES, missing map)
1 Top Gun (NES, cart + rental case)
1 Jaws (NES, cart + rental case)
1 Road Runner (NES, cart + rental case)
1 Gotcha (NES, cart only)
1 Mario/Duck Hunt (NES, cart only)
1 Mighty Bomb Jack (NES, cart only)
1 Hogan's Alley (NES, cart only)
1 Mario 3 (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Wheel of Fortune (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Gyromite (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Popeye (NES, cart only)
Paid: $15.00

1 Dragon Warrior (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Megaman 2 (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Startropics (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Double Dragon 2 (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Double Dragon 3 (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Mike Tyson's Punch Out! (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Fester's Quest (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Pinbot (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Faxanadu (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Mario/Duck Hunt (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 WCW Wrestling (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Blades of Steel (cart only)
1 Skulls 'n' Crossbones (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Dick Tracy (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Bases Loaded (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 The Legend of Kage (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 Totally Rad (NES, cart + sleeve)
1 The Legend of Zelda manual (NES)
1 Hacksaw Jim Duggan foam 2 x 4
Paid: $5.00

King's Quest VI (PC, sealed)
Paid: $1.00

Primal Rage (GEN, cart only)
Paid: $0.25

Nobunaga's Ambition (NES, cart only)
Swords and Serpents (NES, cart only)
Paid: $1.00

Shinobi III (GEN, complete)
Golden Axe (GEN, complete)
Paid: $1.00

Dynamite Headdy (GEN, complete)
Streets of Rage II (GEN, cart only)
Paid: $1.00

Well we had quite a day! We hit 55 sales, almost reaching our record of 60. There were tons of sales all over the place. It was NES after NES scores at first, then we got a few Sega scores late in the day. All in all, we made the most number of separate purchases today than any other week.

We worked our early schedule around a sale starting at 9 that advertised "video game sets". Arriving there 5 minutes after it started, the elderly woman running the sale said they didn't have any video games. We asked if she had advertised them, to which she responded "yes". "Already sold them, eh?" She said yes. A normal person would've just told us that in the first place. Bah.

About 10-15 minutes later, we came across the house with the Hacksaw Jim Duggan foam. We didn't even see the games at first, but noticed a paper bag filled with NES games (which we later saw said "$3 Each Nintendo Tapes" ). We offered $5 for the games and foam, and the woman said, "Isn't that kind of low?". We said "no", and she said, "Ok" and accepted our money. ::shrug:: That was easy!

Then we arrived at a house that had a GameDr, so we inquired about games. The mother sent her daughter in to check and asked us how much we usually pay for games. We replied, "Usually 50 cents to $1 per game." Then she said, "Oh. Well, a guy before you came and paid $2 a game." The way she said it was as if it never happened, i.e. she didn't want to sell them to us for that price. They also had a 3-shelf Star Wars: ROTJ bookcase (about 5 feet high) for $10. It looked old, like it was for a kid's bedroom. The shelves and sides were white, with the ROTJ logo painted on the sides. Looking at the shelves, the backboard had 3 different images from the movie on the wood, 1 per row. She went on about how it was going to be worth something someday, and wouldn't go lower than $8. I wanted it, but for no more than $5. I left feeling a little sad. It was a cool item, but I just couldn't go that high.

Around noon, we hit up an unadvertised sale that was easily skippable (sort of out of the way), but I had a feeling about going there. Sure enough, this is where we picked up the boxed NES and games. There was a couple in their late 30's and an older woman running the sale. They wanted to sell the boxed NES for $20 and the games for $15. We asked if they were willing to negotiate, looked everything over, and offered $10 for everything. They were hesitant, so we talked with them for a bit about how the games were common and the NES was yellowed (and boy is it yellow - they used to smoke). Finally the woman said $15 for everything and wouldn't budge. We tried offering $13 but to no avail. The older woman kept yelling "$15! $15!" For another boxed NES, plus another boxed Zelda and a boxed Mario 2, I'd say it's pretty good. The system and controllers are badly yellowed, so we'll probably put one of our nicer NES's in there. While not an amazing score, we're happy with it.

It sure is starting to get cold up here, though! I was wearing my usual yardsale gear, but had to bring along a sweater. Kinda depressing, but the sales are still going strong! We're hoping to squeeze out at least another month before retiring for the winter. Hope you all had a great day!

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