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EBay Game Buying Guide - How to find lowest priced original Video Games
Jan 21, 2019
Since I started on my video game selling journey back in 2013, eBay was the marketplace portal I decided to go by because I felt it was the right market for me. I spent sooooo much time finding games, pricing them out, looking at conditions, labels, etc. etc. Whenever I would find items at Swap meets or thrift stores, I would check on the ebay mobile app to see what it was going for. I would bring it home and photograph it, and post it.
I decided to write this guide to do the opposite and provide help as a buyer. I love finding the lowest price available and the best condition. Ebay is known for Auctions which you have to wait for, but also has a "Buy it Now" feature.
What we are looking for is the Buy it now so here is the goal of this guide:
Find the Lowest Price > Original Nintendo NES Mario Bros. 2 > Located in U.S. > Buy it Now
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1. Go to www.Ebay.com and go to the top search bar and type in "Mario Bros 2"
a ton of results will populate because these are somewhat generic words, "Mario" can mean any many different Mario Games, "Bros." can also be a word used in a lot of other mario games for many consoles, etc. Also, this will include every item with those words that can be purchased by you in your location.
Next, you will want to apply "filters" which will narrow down your search even more, but first, click on the "Buy it Now" button to only point to items you can buy this instance and not wait for an auction count down.
Next, click on the sort button on the right to indicate you want to sort the results by cheapest available including shipping, "Price + shipping: Lowest available".
Next, go to the far left and select the location of the item (where it's coming from), and click on your country or U.S.A. This will eliminate games that are coming from China/Japan or other countries in general which can take longer to get them to you.
Now, go up a bit and select "Nintendo NES" as the console to remove any other console that may have a similar title. This will also allow you to see only original games as original games will be older. There are Reproduction games out there, but for this instance we want original games. Another way to get original is by choosing Used as the condition.
So after we click on Nintendo NES, we now get our results where the lowest priced cartridge is shown below. We can see it's buy it now, or we can try to negotiate a lower price by offering a lower price. Let's assume we need to buy it now, the price would be $10 + $3.75 = $13.75.
Now we need to check our total cost of $13.75 and compare to what the game is worth, we check Pricecharting.com for the"loose" value of the game...
You will notice the loose value is $13.56 which is lower than our cost. In this instance the cost of the game would be worth it because of the condition of the cartridge based on the photos. This loose price can be with a torn label? to save even more, I would indeed use the Best offer option.
This is the main way for me to check the lowest buy it now price and make a decision to buy a game to resell or to collect. Collecting means you want it for the lowest price and the best condition available. When grading games, you need to take everything into consideration. When buying online, the photos need to be of the highest quality available to see it because you wont be able to touch and feel the game until you receive it.
I hope this has been helpful in your search for original video games. Best of luck in your treasure hunt!