Re: [stella] Re: 2600 availability

Subject: Re: [stella] Re: 2600 availability
From: "MoonlightKnight" <mnlghtnt@xxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 12:58:25 -0600
Well everyone, there is something you all are forgetting about.... E-Bay!

You can buy all the Atari stuff you can afford right there. I have been
selling 2600 games there for about three months and have been using the
profits to buy games I don't already have. Sure... there is a store and a
flea market I know about that I could get *some* of the things I need. But I
can find all of the things I'm missing online, although not all at the same
time. The prices range from real cheap to REAL expensive (some people try to
charge outrageous prices for stuff.)

I can usually buy a group of 20 games for about $25 with shipping. If they
are decent looking and are good titles (Pac-Man and Combat do not sell,) I
can usually sell them for about $5 each plus shipping. Most online shoppers
are only looking for one or two games at a time and are willing to pay these

BTW, to Andrew Wallace, as I said I am a collector. If you are creating a
game I would love to have a copy of it when you are finished and would
gladly trade a NTSC 2600 and some games for one. And I would pay all the
costs to ship it to you.

Let me know, I'm always willing to make a deal to increase my collection.

Brian J Nelson
----- Original Message -----
From: "Phantom of the Opcodes" <urchlay@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <stella@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2001 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: [stella] Re: 2600 availability

> On Mon, 17 Dec 2001 apeboy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > Phantom of the Opcodes writes:
> >
> > >
> > > There's a used game store 5 miles down the road from me that had 4 of
them last
> > > week... I wouldn't mind shipping one to you, if you could reimburse me
> > > units are selling for $25US, I dunno how much shipping from Atlanta to
> > > Adelaide, Australia might be) they have a couple of 2600jr's, those
> > > presumably be lighter, and they also have 4-switch units.. do you have
> > > NTSC TV to use it with?
> >
> > Thanks for the offer, but not this time. Shipping it would probably cost
> > more than the machine...
> > I am surprised that it costs $25. When found locally (PAL ones) they can
> > had for about AUS$15 (about US$8)
> >
> This is at a really nice retail/used game store, with a 30-day `no
> asked' return policy, and the units come with 2 joysticks and a set of
> paddles..  Still kind of overpriced, but...
> > Slightly off topic, but a question to everyone: How easy is it to find
> > in your area?
> > Here in Adelaide they are not very common, but when found they are
> > in the AUS$10 - $20 range, and carts AUS$1-$5.
> > Finding the machines and the carts is the easy part of the process as
> > found they usually work, but finding controllers in good condition is
> > less common.
> ...the *only* place I know of in my area (Atlanta) that still has VCS
> is that overpriced retail store. I've been to 3 different flea markets and
> 3 different thrift stores, and haven't seen a single one (though I did
> an Atari Jaguar at one of the flea markets, which is such a rare thing
> here that I thought they were vaporware for years). Some of the people I
> talked to at the flea markets didn't even remember what a 2600 is (the
> or never even heard of one (the kids). Most of the retail game store
> are young enough that they never had a 2600...
> One of the flea markets did have a booth with about 50 carts, a few of
> I'd never seen before, but they were $5 each.. the retail store has maybe
> 100-150 2600 carts, which they sell 3 for $10, but you have to pay
> and make sure you don't accidentally grab any of the 7800 or Intellivision
> carts that are mixed in (no, they don't have 7800 or Intellivision
> 20 years ago, *everyone* I knew who could afford one (or more likely whose
> parents could afford one) had a 2600... there are probably still some to
> had at garage sales, but most of them are sitting in an attic somewhere.
> What I wish I could find, is a 5200. Years ago I found a stack of 5200
> left by the previous tenants of a house I was moving into, but the only
> console I've ever owned was broken when I got it and I never could fix it
> (and I don't even have it now)
> I do know where I could get a 7800, probably really cheap, but it involves
> an ex-girlfriend I'd rather not think about now...
> As for the 2600 controllers, I haven't seen any other than at the
> retail place, and they want something like $10 if you're not also buying a
> console. The one good thing about that place is that if anything doesn't
> they will exchange/replace/refund until you're happy. I've still got a
> stash of controllers from years ago (including 2 of my all-time favorite,
> Wico red bat-handled stick with leaf spring contacts!), so I haven't
> looked for them.
> Argh. Did I really rant *that* much about this off-topic topic? Sorry
> that...
> B.
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