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Hold That Thought—Don’t Sell Your Games!

If you’ve decided to take a look at the worth of some titles you may have let slip away over the years, you may find yourself shocked. While many of the games we let go of tend to fade into obscurity, gathering dust in a used game bin somewhere or sitting on a shelf wishing for love, there are others that, like a rare wine, seem to only increase in value as long as they’re playable.

In high school, I foolishly let go of several hundred games from my childhood. I’d just built my first computer, and I had an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, surely I’d never want to play any of those old games again right? Oh how wrong I was.

Not only am I now finding myself trying to regain all the titles I let go for pennies on the dollar at our local GameStop, I’m wondering just how much money I put in their pocket when they resold them. Many of us have been there. We’ve seen games we let go for a few bucks at most suddenly be sold for $30, $40, maybe even $50 or higher depending on the title. It’s some rough stuff. So imagine how the former owner who let one of the rarest NES games escape their grasp in 2016 for only a few dollars at a garage sale must feel.

Rare Nintendo Game Found At Yard Sale

Especially after it made the news, and the buyer was able to flip it for several thousand dollars. Only 200 copies of Stadium Events was produced for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and it was generally thought not to be all that fun or eventful to play. For this instance in particular, who knows how many times the copies of this game that have stood the test of time have changed hands without previous owners knowing the true value in the rarity of it.

I mean, my heart sank when I saw that Clock Tower for the Playstation is pushing $50-$80 consistently online when I know I let it go for $3. I couldn’t imagine letting several thousand slip away. So the moral of the story is, don’t sell your games. Or, if you do sell them, make sure you know their worth before you just pitch them to GameStop or sell them in a garage sale.

Is there a game you’ve ever let go for a low price only to have it increase astronomically in resale value?

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  1. I once sold a Pokemon HeartGold. I wish I could take it back desperately.

  2. Its fun to check out flea markets and garage sales because of this.
    Sometimes people sell gems without knowing what they are doing…

  3. Even without the financial incentive I’m a collector and I very rarely trade in games. I must really dislike the title enough to deem it unworthy of my collection. In my library of perhaps thousands of games I’ve only traded in about 3-4 and it wasn’t an issue of money. I think I might have some rare PS1/2 games, but even if they are worth a lot I doubt I’ll ever sell them.

    • I agree wholeheartedly. I regret selling my NES and the small collection of games I had for it, not because I could sell them now for a good chunk of cash, but because those were some of the greatest games I’ve ever played.

      I wish I could still fire up some Mario 3 or Zelda. Sure, I could buy an NES Classic, but it’s just not the same as having the original.

      I also parted with my PS1 and original Game Boy and lost my Sega Genesis. Tsk tsk tsk…

  4. Jose Agosto on May 1, 2019 at 12:06 pm said

    Man o man, I remember selling my entire Nintendo 64 collection of games, system and controllers for just $200 when I came across an article of valuable N64 games in high demand. I had at least 4 or 5 of those on that list, which would’ve easily surpassed the $200 I sold my entire collection plus the system for. But, the Xbox 360 was out and I wanted it so bad. Plus, my games weren’t getting much play so it felt like a good deal at the time.

  5. When i got Sega, sold my Nintendo games, when got PS1, got rid of sega games… Third time was when i got smarter and i still have all my PS1 games and really would like to get back all the games i sold. Granted i can emulate them on my PC. But its not the same as when you have entire shelf with sorted out game boxes. Oh, the stupidity of youth…

  6. Luckily I’ve never owned a game I don’t have the original copy of that ended up being a rarity… yet. I do have a few valuables, but I never think to sell them. Also, be sure to check places like eBay as some sellers throw good games into dirt-cheap bundles thinking they’re worthless. Amazon also is a good place to check. I got a sealed copy of ‘Exhumed’ (known as ‘Powerslave’ in the US) and it’s worth around £500. I paid £13.98 for it. 🙂

  7. tenor_sopranobaritono on May 7, 2019 at 6:58 pm said

    I used to own Goldeneye on the 64, I sold it, I wish I could reverse time and avoid doing that 🙁 I also lent a Nintendo 64 and never got it back 🙁

  8. Scott bennett on May 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm said

    I work at Goodwill. I see old consoles come in ALL the time. Atatio 5200 just came in with a load of games, also an N64 came in with Zelda still in box. It’s amazing how much these are worth and still fun to play.

  9. Knightro100 on May 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm said

    I’ve been trying to find a good place to sell games for a while now. I’ve tried yard sales a couple times, but almost nothing ever got bought. I’ve also sold a couple things on Craigslist, but it’s… pretty inconsistent. Hell, I have a box of games in my closet right now that I’ve been trying to find a place to sell for a couple years now, with no luck.

    I don’t want to just give up and go to GameStop (especially because they won’t take some of the games I have), but I’m having a lot of trouble finding any takers. Anyone got any suggestions? (preferably without an entry fee)

  10. Jason BOLLMER on May 7, 2019 at 9:59 pm said

    I had original Atari and Atari 2600 with 30 games sold it fast for cash when our first born was sick and I feared the Bill’s ahead. She turned out just fine and we would have been ok without having sold them. At the time though I completely sold them for way under value and was out of fear.

  11. venzeeyt on May 7, 2019 at 11:33 pm said

    Nice, never really thought about saving games, but will definitely start doing it for the more unique titles for sure.

  12. Yokorose on May 13, 2019 at 8:30 pm said

    The other say i looked up my favorite for the playstation 1 guardian’s crusade cost now days and was just dumbfounded to see how much it cost to buy now days.. i still to this day wish i never sold it . but i was young back then and only did it to get final fantasy 7 .

  13. limesimme on May 22, 2019 at 1:16 am said

    Out of the 6 games I got rid of from the PS2 era, the one I wish I didn’t sell was Final Fantasy X-2, the others were some run of the mill titles I don’t even remember which ones. I should have known when the store-guys face made a half frown and said; “Yeah you can get $10 for this.” Like it was no big deal, but man do I wish I kept it now. (I know it’s only $12 on Amazon, but that’s the terrible looking Greatest Hits box, yuck!)

  14. Never sell an ild Nintendo Game 🙂

  15. Never sell an old Nintendo Game !

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