I mentioned before that it is very easy to get carried away when you start off in the collecting game, I got carried away at first and it is something I wish I had been able to control a bit more.
With most new endeavors, the beginning is usually a very exciting time as everything is new to you. At the beginning of my retro gaming journey I was so enthralled in amassing a large collection that I started buying up every game I could find. This meant that I ended up buying games that I didn’t necessarily want or have too much interest in but they were cheap-ish and would add to my collection. I had been watching a lot of room tour videos on YouTube when I started out and I was blown away by some of the amazing collections that people had and I wanted that too. What I failed to process was that most of these people had been collecting video games for many years and like the old saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. This desire to grow my collection meant that not only was I buying games that I didn’t necessarily want but also dropping a lot of cash at the same time. The way I used to do this was by going to eBay, searching for Nintendo 64 games, clicking on the “Buy Now” tab and then the “Lowest Price” tab and picking a few random cheap games. A lot of the games that I was buying didn’t cost a lot but when you buy 10 games at €15 a piece, that’s €150 gone on 10 filler games when it could have gone on 2 or 3 games that I actually wanted. Eventually, over time I realized that this was not the route I wanted to go down and stopped buying up so many games that weren’t of interest to me.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still buy random games when I find them out in the wild and it is one of my favorite aspects of collecting retro video games . I love the thrill of the hunt when going to car boot sales, wandering around markets and stopping at every charity shop I walk buy. The difference between finding games in the wild and on eBay is that in the wild I would pick up games that might cost 50 cent or €1 and not €10 or €15 each. So if I buy a game and it’s not that good, I don’t mind too much that I didn’t like it as it cost me next to nothing. I don’t know a single retro game collector out there that doesn’t love hunting for new games in the wild and you will almost always get a good deal this way, regardless of the game.
eBay is a great tool for video game collecting especially if there is a game you have been searching for but couldn’t find and I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use it. The main point I’m trying to get across is that I think eBay should be used sparingly and only buy games that you want to play and not just fillers for the shelf.
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