Sunday, June 11, 2006

Week 16 [06.10.06]+[06.11.06]

Day Total: $15.00
Sales Visited: 6

1 Genesis Model 2 (all hookups)
2 3-button controllers
1 Strider (GEN, cart only)
1 Rocket Knight Adventures (GEN, cart only)
1 Sonic (GEN, cart only)
1 Madden 95 (GEN, cart only)
1 Vectorman (GEN, cart only)
1 X-Men (GEN, cart only)
1 Sports Talk Football 93 (GEN, cart only)
11 Street Fighter comics
6 Venom comics
Paid: FREE

1 Mario Kart 64 (N64, complete)
1 Banjo Kazooie (N64, complete)
1 Wave Race 64 (N64, complete)
1 Pilot Wings 64 (N64, complete)
1 Cruisin' USA (N64, complete)
1 Turok 1 (N64, complete)
1 Turok 2 (N64, complete)
1 NBA Hangtime (N64, complete)
1 Killer Instinct Gold (N64, complete)
1 Mission: Impossible (N64, complete)
1 F1 World Grand prix (N64, complete)
1 Wayne Gretzky's 3D hockey (N64, complete)
1 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64, complete)
1 Duke Nukem 64 (N64, cart+box)
1 Doom 64 (N64, cart+box)
1 Quake (N64, cart+box)
1 Super Mario 64 (N64, cart only)
Paid: $10.00

1 Game Gear
1 unofficial power adapter
1 unofficial carrying case
1 Sonic: Triple Trouble (GG, cart + case)
1 Lion King (GG, cart only)
1 Cool Spot (GG, cart only)
1 The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactiveman (GG, cart only)
1 The Adventures of Batman and Robin (GG, cart only)
Paid: $2.00

1 Game Gear
1 Castle of Illusion (GG, cart + case)
1 Fantasy Zone (GG, cart + case)
1 Sonic (GG, cart + case)
Paid: $2.00

1 Zelda: Ocarina of Time Collector's Edition (N64)
1 Hogan's Alley (NES)
Paid: $1.00

1 Madden NFL '97 (SNES)
1 NHL '94 (SNES)
Paid: $0.50

1 Super Star Wars (SNES)
1 Urban Champion (NES)
Paid: $0.50

Bassmasters 2000 (N64, sealed)
Care Bears plate (1983)
Paid: $1.25

1 Mario Teaches Typing 2 (PC)
Paid: $0.25

Stumbled over one of those "first come, first serve" Craigslist posts earlier today. I drove through some pretty bad rain (terrible visibility) for the chance to nab the Genesis first. Fortunately, I made it in time. He had a ton of comics, neatly stacked and organized. Only ones that sparked my interest were Street Fighter and Venom.

Funnily, he had a PS2 and N64 with some games on the floor near the Genesis. I jokingly asked if he was interested in 'getting rid' of those, but of course he said "no". Always worth a shot, right?

Beautiful day. We ended up hitting about 37 sales - lots of unadvertised ones too which was fun.

First sale we hit was around 730am. He had advertised N64 and Playstation games. He wanted 5 bucks each for the N64 games. We didn't even ask about the PSX games - all he had was an enormous stack of burned games. We picked 5 games and CIF'd $5 for 5. He took forever to decide. We kept changing the deal slightly, but in the end he wouldn't let them go for less than $2-3 each. We said we'd come back later in the day.

Did the rest of our saling, came back to his house (fortunately a few streets away from home), and saw that he had not sold one game. This time, the wife was there, and when we restated our $1-per-game offer, he started to think about it again. His wife said, "What are you gonna do with all those?" Then she turns to us and says "Take them all!" She was very insistent about it! We checked how many games there were (17) and offered $10 for all. She said "Sure!" So, we ended up getting an even better deal than we were originally offering!

The Game Gear finds gave us a few chuckles. We've only seen them ridiculously expensive, and only own one from back in the day. Then we end up finding and buying 2 in one day! The first one we found, they were asking $10, we countered with $2, and the woman said "Ok!" without hesitation. The second one was at a neighborhood sale. The wife had marked it $15, we countered with $1, the husband came back with $2. As we were leaving, he jokingly said, "You better get outta here. I don't know if she wanted to sell it that cheap!" That's definitely part of our strategy at any sale. Buy and "run".

Finally, Ocarina of Time was found at an unadvertised sale. Dom almost forgot to ask if they had video games, but realized that the one time he didn't ask, there would be something. Sure enough, they had Ocarina and the NES game left (they had gotten rid of their games a long time ago). This just underscores the tip to always inquire about games at every sale.

One woman was charging $5 a cart for NES, N64, and Game Gear games (nothing spectacular, tossed haphazardly on a blanket, cart only). Tried to CIF $1 for Dig Dug 2 (NES) and Mario Party 3 (N64), but the lowest she would go was $5 for both. We told her that was way too much, and she flipped out, saying, "I ain't gonna go from $5 each to a dollah! I might as well donate them to the church!" We said, "Ok, we'll put them back," and she comes back with, "Then put them back! A dollar, I don't think so!" She was sort of saying this to other salers, like WE were crazy. Ah well.

Everyone got some great finds this weekend!! I was so excited to see all the posts, and great deals to boot! Summer is just around the corner - prime time for saling! Keep it up, guys!

More rain this week. Still managed to hit 16 sales, some rollover from last week's cancelled sales, others we found along the way. We're heading out again tomorrow, as there are a bunch rescheduled and also some just being held on Sunday.

Nothing really exciting today. At 4 sales, people asked for our number, as they had video games but either did not live there or weren't sure if they wanted to sell them yet. We don't usually have good luck with leaving our number, but it's a chance.

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