#1 Posted by DrIntrovert (81 posts) -

So I was looking in to buying some old SNES games to expand my library, when I noticed some weird stuff going on with the pricing on Amazon. It seems like sellers are

  1. Saying they are selling a new copy of 20-ish year old games, presumably so their price comes up first.
  2. Jacking up the price to ridiculous levels--for example, Super Mario World was listed for $400 as of this writing.

Has anyone else noticed this? Has this been happening for a while and I just noticed now or something? It's basically strait-up scamming.

#2 Posted by Kidavenger (3570 posts) -

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#3 Posted by MattyFTM (14393 posts) -

There are plenty of sealed copies of old games out there. And they often fetch pretty crazy prices.

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#4 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

That sounds about right for a popular sealed SNES game. That shit is crazy dude.

#5 Posted by prestonhedges (1965 posts) -

Just emulate them.

#6 Posted by SeanCoughing (269 posts) -

Or just buy them used, most popular SNES games are like 20 used, highest I've seen is super metroid for 40 and I've never had one not work.

#7 Posted by mosespippy (4208 posts) -

I was at a second hand clothing store earlier this month getting clothes for working on the farm. They had SNES games for $.50. If you can convince some fool to pay $400 then fair play to you. A fool and his money/buyer beware and all that.

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#8 Posted by MikkaQ (10294 posts) -

I feel like a sealed Super Mario World would be worth more than 400 but maybe the box isn't in great shape or it's not been appraised by the VGA.

#9 Posted by DrIntrovert (81 posts) -

Really? I guess I never realized that there was that kind of market. I still wish that Amazon didn't default to putting that price front and center, it seems to me that most people searching for that kind of game would be looking for it used (I certainly am).

#10 Edited by spiceninja (3062 posts) -

Amazon sellers can be scumbags. As soon as something goes out of stock, even just for a little bit, they jack up the prices to unreasonable amounts. For example, I've been keeping an eye on the Last Story for a bit because I intend on buying it soon. It went out of stock for about 5 days and during that time used prices were upwards of $50 and new prices got up to $70. And forget about buying Xenoblade Chronicles on Amazon. Since it's only being sold at GameStop, Amazon sellers have taken advantage of that and are selling it for upwards of $200. It's ridiculous, not only to price something like that but to expect that anyone will pay it when they can just go to GameStop and get it for $50. Amazon sellers are bad people.

#11 Posted by TyCobb (1972 posts) -

@PlasmaBeam44 said:

Amazon sellers can be scumbags. As soon as something goes out of stock, even just for a little bit, they jack up the prices to unreasonable amounts. For example, I've been keeping an eye on the Last Story for a bit because I intend on buying it soon. It went out of stock for about 5 days and during that time used prices were upwards of $50 and new prices got up to $70. And forget about buying Xenoblade Chronicles on Amazon. Since it's only being sold as GameStop, Amazon sellers have taken advantage of that and are selling it for upwards of $200. It's ridiculous, not only to price something like that but to expect that anyone will pay it when they can just go to GameStop and get it for $50. Amazon sellers are bad people.

Supply and demand my friend.

#12 Posted by EVO (3914 posts) -

That's nothing. On eBay people like this guy are asking for $700 for a sealed deluxe edition of Catherine, 10 times more than what Amazon are selling it for. This guy's asking for nearly $2000 for a sealed limited edition copy of Dead Space.

There's some delusional people out there.

#13 Edited by L44 (561 posts) -

@EVO: Oh man using that logic I could sell my sealed collectors edition Lost Planet for like a grand at least.

#14 Posted by Evilsbane (4621 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

There are plenty of sealed copies of old games out there. And they often fetch pretty crazy prices.

I got this Sealed mint condition Madden '10 for the Xbox 360 any takers? Ah? EH?

#15 Posted by Hailinel (24973 posts) -
@MattyFTM

There are plenty of sealed copies of old games out there. And they often fetch pretty crazy prices.

And some not so crazy. I've bought a number of old games on Amazon brand new without trouble.
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#16 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

This isn't just for retro games, its for anything in mint or sealed condition that is old

#17 Posted by believer258 (11949 posts) -

That is fucking nuts.

#18 Posted by Lego_My_Eggo (1056 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@MattyFTM

There are plenty of sealed copies of old games out there. And they often fetch pretty crazy prices.

And some not so crazy. I've bought a number of old games on Amazon brand new without trouble.

Yeah, they still have some good RPG's for the PS1 brand new and sold by amazon themselves. But if amazon itself is not selling it then it is normally marked up a good bit, or its a "special edition" of new games sometimes marked up hundreds of dollars for no reason.

#19 Posted by DarthOrange (3864 posts) -

Amazon sellers are known to be dicks, especially during the holidays with hard to find toys that are sold out because assholes buy them in bulk to sell at ridiculous prices to ridiculous parents willing to buy them.

#20 Posted by DrIntrovert (81 posts) -

It seems like ebay is more in line with what I'm looking for, which kinda sucks because I have some credit with Amazon right now. Hopefully things will clear up after the holidays.

#21 Posted by I_smell (3924 posts) -
#22 Posted by TIRphotog (2 posts) -

I've looked up some of the out of print sim games and they are charging crazy prices for a new unboxed copy of some of those. I guess it's to be expected though.

#23 Posted by WilliamHenry (1204 posts) -

@DarthOrange said:

Amazon sellers are known to be dicks, especially during the holidays with hard to find toys that are sold out because assholes buy them in bulk to sell at ridiculous prices to ridiculous parents willing to buy them.

Don't put that solely on Amazon resellers. Stuff like that happens on every site with a seller marketplace.