The other day, something happened that I thought never would. I was browsing the values of games on several game consoles on Price Charting and it blew my mind how much some of the games I have are going for. I began to ponder the previously unthinkable: How much money could I get if I sold some of my games?
I own games I bought as investments that I paid very little for and now they're worth a decent amount. I own two factory sealed copies of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow for Game Boy Advance that I bought new for less than $10 each. I have four factory sealed copies of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for GameCube that I also got for about $10 each. Not that either of those are worth a ton, but they're definitely worth more than the $10 I paid for them.
But I think these things, and then it sets in. Am I even able to get rid of games? I don't have as many as I do by getting rid of any of them. People trade and sell games all the time, so why shouldn't I be able to once in a while? Even people with enormous collections frequently sell off games.
I saw a copy of Super Mario Bros. 2 at the pawn shop last week that was priced at $20. I didn't believe that it was worth that much (and to be fair, neither does Price Charting) so I passed on it. Do I need another copy of Super Mario Bros. 2? Absolutely not. I already have both variants of it. But I didn't pass on it because I already owned it, I passed on it because I felt like it was way overpriced. I still have this mentality that old games shouldn't cost that much. I still feel like I should be able to walk into a pawn shop and see a wall of NES games for less than five dollars each, and that's just not how it is now.
|NES prices steadily climb over the past few years.|
So I'm sitting on box after box of mint (because I've always been picky about condition) games that I bought for very little and could sell for quite a bit. Buy low, sell high. Wasn't the plan originally, but with some of these prices now I might just have to.