There are some things in life that don't make sense, but still have value.
I can't see spending so much on something that's not new, but I have spent a lot on collectibles that were never used or open. Is it worth it? It is to me, I like having them.
If I were to tell you how many times I was asked what good is it if I don't use it, you wouldn't believe it. But, there's no amount of money I'd sell stuff like a sealed Apple IIe for, or a never used PS/2 Model 50z, or sealed TRS-80 Model 4. Money is easy to get, finding something like this isn't. Why would I want to trade something rare and difficult to get, for something we gain and lose every day?
I'm exaggerating to give a different perspective. But, that's the way a collector thinks.
Rarity often generates value, as shown by the opening comments on comic books. Video games, wooden toys, art, antiques - its all the same. After all, people go nuts and spend fortunes collecting PEZ dispenser. Why? Its because they are free and it makes them happy.
To me buying a car seems like a crazy idea. It burns fossil fuels, has hidden costs such as fuel/maintenance/insurance, and deprives public transportation systems of critical revenue. Too often I hear people talking about a car as an "investment", but most cars usually cost the owner money and are a consumable. What is the deal with low-riders, neon lights, and all those silly after market parts? Makes no sense to me... oh yeah, it makes that person happy, and they are free to do so.
Now, if only my mom's basement hadn't had that sewage backup in the 90s, I'd have a mint in comics, video games, and old tech...
Tanner Sandlin of Austin, Texas, the former owner Air Raid, bought it when he was 11 or 12 years old for between $5 and $10. The funny thing was that he didn't even like the game and it's sat in his mom's garage ever since. Now, decades later, still living in his mom's basement, the game was sold for $31,600 on eBay after being starting at just $0.50.
I wouldn't be surprised if the systems themselves start selling for more than they do. Cartridges from these systems will probably outlast even the current gen of dvd/blueray.
I used to collect old video games myself(mostly Sega stuff). When I decided that I had had enough(~60kg - 4 moving ctns) the only things I actually made good money on was stuff that was given to me(Amiga and Atari 600xl). I ended giving all my sega stuff away(sms + smd + mcd + Game copier + ~250 games)......
[citation][nom]zoemayne[/nom]because all of these newer systems use CD/DVD as media they wont get "antique status" like this..[/citation]
Not true. Storage media is always evolving. CDs were eclipsed by DVDs which are in turn been superceeded by BluRay. In the future I suspect we won't use optical disks at all, so consigning CD/DVD/BluRay to the category of "antique". If downloading content becomes the norm, then it'll be very difficult to keep any game for collectible value which is a shame.
I have an extra copy of HL2 Orange Box still unopened which I will be keeping hold of. I already had a copy and got bought it for Christmas one year and never got round to exchanging it.
[citation][nom]captaincharisma[/nom]it would have been hilarious if it was ET[/citation]
One day, I will find that landfill in New Mexico and I will dig myself some copies. If I'm lucky, Imight find some in playing conditions. Then I will advertise myself as the owner of the most copies of the crappiest game ever made. Ever.