Retro Game Collecting Tips – Searching on eBay for the Best Auctions

Retro Game Collecting Tips – Searching on eBay for the Best Auctions


hello how is it going in this video I’m
going to be talking about auctions to target on eBay for retro-gaming bargains
hopefully by sharing these tips you’ll be able to do the same as what I’ve done
over the past three and a half years and find yourself some retro-gaming bargains
whether you’re new to the Hobby or whether you’ve been doing it for some
time one of the keys to finding bargains on eBay
especially retro gaming bargains with the prices going up constantly at the
moment is to really really get stuck into the descriptions into your search
terms is to really widen it as far as you can and spend a bit of time looking for
things the more time you spend the more likely you’re going to be able to find a
bargain for yourself now I say that because last year I really fancied getting
myself an electronic tabletop game the old sort of tabletop games like
Astro wars that you got back in the early 80s which were really popular and
i never had any of a had any of those as a kid i had the little handheld
things but never the tabletop ones so I fancied getting one of those for my
collection so I started looking for Astro Wars, I still haven’t got one yet but
I was looking at that and I was looking for various other things you’ve got like
caveman and all the space invaders games things like that and then because
I was working on the different search terms I just put in electronic game and
when I did that loads of stuff came up as in modern stuff there was some older
stuff but when I searched electronic game
I found this grandstand scramble and it was in the title of this auction it had
electronic game scramble wasn’t mentioned at all I got this for about
fiver and for that fiver you saw the box I also got the game I got the power
supply and I got the original manual fantastic bargain just by broadening
that search now things like this with putting random descriptions for things
they aren’t exactly gonna pop up straightaway now it can take a little
bit of time but believe me when you find something it is worth it and another
thing to do is to look for miss spelt items now I said in my NES collection
video that I released recently that I brought this for about 15 quid which is
really cheap for maniac mansion boxed complete fantastic game and the reason I
got this so cheap was because the title of the game was spelled wrong and when I did
the last video I couldn’t remember what it was but there was one letter missing
and this was auctioned advertised as manic mansion and because of that nobody
was looking at it and I got it for a decent price
so try some little obvious misspelling it can really turn up some of bargains
always search buy it now prices for specific items that you want always
start with cheapest first look for the really cheapest ones sometimes you
can find one sometimes you have to act quick because other people will find
them but make sure there’s a nice clear set of pictures where you can see
exactly what you’re going to get just in case you don’t get any nasty surprises
when that item arrives through the door now my top tip and I have said it before
in other videos is look for auctions that are gonna finish during the day and
when I say during the day that means wherever you
are in the world whether you’re in the UK
whether you’re in Europe you’re in Canada or you’re in the US look for
auctions that are going to end during normal working office hours wherever you
are between nine and five to six o’clock that is where you will find bargains
most of the time because there won’t be as many eyes watching the item because
people are distracted by doing their daily work routine they’re at work they
can’t concentrate they forget about stuff I’ve done that in the past where
stuff is going to finish and I’ll get distracted because I’m doing my day job
so look for ones that are going to finish during the day during normal
office hours there will be less competition be there right at the death
when it’s going to end and there’ll be less people watching and you should be
able to find yourself a bargain that’s not always the case on some of the more rare
games because there’s people that really want them and are going to be really
focused if you’re going to be spending a lot of money on the game but for more
normal titles that’s where you can find a bargain
what’s your eBay hacks and tips for auctions to target I really want to know
and I’m sure everybody else watching does so comment below
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