With the recent resurgence of interest in all things retro gaming, the demand for classic cartridge games continues to rise. Most brick and mortar game stores have long since stopped carrying titles for older systems like Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis. So, unless you’re lucky enough to live next door to the world’s greatest used game store, you will probably have a tough time finding an original copy of your favorite classic game. If they do have it, you can almost bet that it will be overpriced and not in the best shape. So where does the retro gamer go to buy that original copy of Mario Kart 64 or Donkey Kong Country? For more and more gamers the answer to that question has been simple: the internet.
Fortunately, eBay is just one of many great places to find those classic video games that your local game store no longer carries. The variety and condition of titles available for purchase can be overwhelming; just about any game title you can imagine is there waiting to be sold. But before you run off and start bidding on game auctions, I would like to offer a few simple tips to help you navigate the staggering number of auctions you are likely to encounter F95zone. Hopefully, if your careful and follow a few basic suggestions, your online game buying experience will be a positive one for both you and the seller. Let’s get started.
Make sure the actual item you are bidding on is pictured in the auction. I know this sounds simple enough, but you really have to read the fine print. Most auctions do have pictures, but many game sellers use “stock pictures” to sell their games. These stock pictures may be the image provided by eBay, usually a picture of the box the game originally came in, or it may be a picture the seller took of a similar game at some point in the past. Whatever the case, avoid stock photos. You are less likely to be disappointed with a purchase when you can see, before buying, exactly what you are getting.
You will often find terms like “picture is for reference or education purposes only” and “condition of the game will vary somewhat from example shown” or some other such disclaimer designed to protect the seller when you complain about the junk you just got in the mail. The buyer often doesn’t read the fine print and is ultimately disappointed when the game they bought arrives dirty, covered in rental stickers, and has “Chris” written in black sharpie on the back. This is why you should always:
Read the item description. You would think that’s one of those no-brainers, right? You’d be surprised at how often people don’t read the item details and description in a listing. I know this because I always get questions about things that are clearly answered in the text of the auction. Look out for those sneaky disclaimers I mentioned earlier. Also, watch for any hidden charges like insurance fees and additional shipping costs.