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  • Gemsa - November 12, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    ...sorry post continued Sort: Newly Listed Someone will eventually price it too low, and youll be the first to get it
  • Gemsa - November 12, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Filter: Buy It Now Only Sort:
  • rxb - November 12, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Great guide, thanks Towelly.
  • mothbanquet - November 12, 2013 4:11 a.m.

    My tip: don't pass up on buying Panzer Dragoon Saga for fifty quid, thinking it'll be there tomorrow. It won't...
  • g1rldraco7 - November 11, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    This guide is great, now I can get the games I want with confidence, thank you Justin :)
  • GameManiac - November 11, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    About a year ago, I won a bundle of both Metroid Prime Trilogy and Metroid: Other M for only $80. Both games were brand new and even included their pre-order bonuses.
  • FrankWest246 - November 11, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    one thing I would add, watch out for people who find a game and think its worth WAY more then it actually is, there's always that one person whose selling like Mario 64 for like $800.00.
  • Eightboll812 - November 11, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Along those lines, if the goal is simply to play an old game, not collect it and display it, then your best bet is to look into console emulation on a PC. If there is a good way to play it through an emulator, you can usually do it for free, and save that hard earned cash for present day games.
  • FrankWest246 - November 11, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    anything before 96 I usually emulate because no one sells those games for a reasonable price, anything past that I usually can find someone selling it for a fair price. I mostly buy PS2/Gamecube games so I rarely run into issues.
  • JarkayColt - November 11, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Nice. I've used eBay to buy and sell games related stuff a few times. Recently sold my DS Lite for about 30 quid and I picked up the original Uncharted from there for, like, a fiver or something. Just want to point out: "however, do not forget that you are entering into a legally binding contract when you bid on an item", that also goes for selling stuff, too! No one else is to blame if your item sells for only 99p, because you could've listed it for whatever you damn well wanted to! XD Sticking anything up for pocket change is a bit of a gamble but it sure draws in the interest. Because who's not attracted to a bargain? Also this does read more like a "guide to buying games that you'll put straight back on eBay." =p
  • mafyooz - November 11, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    I might use these tips to finally overcome my paranoia about buying games from sites like ebay. I've been told many times that I'm being stupid, and I don't doubt that I am, but I just can't quite bring myself to trust auction sites for stuff like that
  • Eightboll812 - November 11, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    I'm not paranoid about Ebay, because Paypal and Ebay have resolution agreements that give buyers a lot of protection against fraud. It's the other auction sites that have no formal relationship with Paypal that leave you holding the bag if anything goes wrong. Like Craigslist. I'll never use that site for good reason. There's honest people there, I'm sure...but it's also a den of thieves. For example, I bought a "used" but working laptop motherboard from a seller. When I got it, it was defective. Not only did it have a visible component broken off of it, but it only briefly tried to power on followed by not working ever again. So I contacted the seller, who told me "no problem, send it back for a refund". I did. But I didn't get any money back. I contacted Ebay resolution, and found that RIGHT AFTER I had contacted the seller the first time, the "real owner" of the seller account "discovered" that "someone stole their Ebay account" to list a bunch of items without their knowledge and filed a fraud case with Ebay to avoid settling with me. Yeah right. Anyway, within a week or so, Ebay/Paypal decided the case in my favor and returned my money to me. As long as you take sensible measures, like tracking packages, keeping copies of your correspondences, and so forth, you'll be fine on Ebay.
  • mafyooz - November 12, 2013 12:33 a.m.

    I've just always preferred to be able to see the physical product in a shop rather than shopping online (especially on ebay), which I realise with all the protection you have these days is about as ridiculous as my dad's refusal to get an MP3 player and digitize his vast collection of rare jazz and blues records on the grounds that "I don't trust any musical reproduction that doesn't have moving parts". My wife in particular finds it hysterically funny that I've only started using things like Amazon in the past 12 months ;)
  • Pytor - November 11, 2013 5:09 a.m.

    All good advice :) Not to brag, but I have become an excellent ebay sniper! I love putting in my max bid and waiting til 7 secs left, pressing enter and then seeing you are high bidder immediately load into the you won the auction :)
  • GameManiac - November 11, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    I do that quite often when it comes to buying new Pokémon cards for my growing collection.
  • GR_JustinTowell - November 11, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    Back a few years, my colleagues and I at my old job used to hate 'broadband snipers' - those with connections that could reload the page quick enough to bid while we were still loading over dial-up :P
  • Eightboll812 - November 11, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    It really doesn't have that much to do with broadband if you know what you are doing. It's not the page load you have to beat so much as the reaction time, typing a new number, clicking to submit, and then clicking to confirm your bid. You can snipe from a dial-up connection, because you just have to beat their reaction time, and that's safely around 5 seconds, and really up to about 10 seconds in most cases. Broadband gives you one additional advantage, in that you can try to double-snipe (not sure if that would be the term for it). where you take one stab at sniping and still have enough time to see if you have bid high enough and still have time for a second bid before it ends.

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