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    Default 9 old PC games - are they worth anything? - I'm a PC no-nothing - please help =o)

    Hi there,

    Thank you for stopping by and reading my post.

    I have 9 big-box PC games and I have no idea if they are worth anything or not. I have checked Ebay but rarely put much stock in what I find there. Any help and/or advice anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Keep in mind I know little about PC games so the list I provide below may miss out key info (I will do my best).

    The games are:

    Pagan Ultima VIII - IBM PC 3.5 HD disks - English - boxed (no manual)

    Dune 2 Battle for Arrakis - IBM PC 3.5 HD disks - English - just disks and manual (no box)

    Star Crusader - PC CD Rom - boxed with manual

    Frontier First Encounter - 3.5 disks - just discs and some paperwork (no manual) - all this is in the Frontier Elite II box and there is also a Frontier Elite 2 large map

    Pirates Gold - 3.5 disks - boxed with manuals and paperwork

    Battle Isle 2 - 3.5 disks - boxed with manuals and paperwork

    Blade Runner - CD Rom - boxed with manuals and disks

    Wing Commander II - 3.5 disks - boxed with manuals and paperwork

    Command & Conquer - CD Rom - boxed with manuals


    I myself have worked with games on and off over the last 20 years and have some knowledge in the console arena going back to the 70's. So I am familiar with game names and series/franchises etc. However I have always purposefully avoided the PC market and specialised in games consoles and a bit of arcade stuff.

    So guys and girls what can you tell me, if anything. I am not even sure if this is the right place to ask.

    I look forward to your replies. Please try and be as in-depth as possible as I am stumped.

    Thanks

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    No replies? Lol. This is always what happens whenever I post on any forums. Tons of views and no replies. I cannot fathom forums for the life of me. Some forums complain they don't get much action and yet when you do try and join in you get nothing in return. I suppose I can at least be thankful I have not been inundated with sarcastic remarks and insults.

    I'm sure someone must have something to say.

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    We have a steady stream of people looking for free appraisals so they can flog things on ebay. About as fun as people stopping by to get step by step directions to fix something and are never heard from again, also fun getting spam as well.

    Common games, I own quite a few of them. Easy enough to guess at the value browsing ebay or just list it and see what happens.

    This forum has plenty of traffic from posters who enjoy the hobby for what it is.

    There something has been said, happy?
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
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    Outside of Frontier, you've nothing special and quite common. Frontier is a little less common. Value? It's all in the eye of the beholder. The games are worth $5-8 to me, and realistically...

    but as with the 'curve-breakers' on college tests, there's always a few people that jack the value up on eBay at auction. Look at completed auctions on ebay to gauge their value at auction. I mean, if you're asking their worth, then you're wanting to sell them. Just do it! - when they sell, you'll know their worth
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    The reason for the lack of replies is how random the sales are. Unfortunately it's just a put it out there and find out. If you like the games then you may want to hold onto them, if they don't have any particular value to you then it's probably worth your time listing them on an auction site and just seeing if they sell and you can at least clear up your shelf space. If they sell for a good amount then yay if not, you got rid of some games you didn't want anyway, so still win-win. Ultima if complete fetches a good amount usually if it's the floppy version, you may honestly want to see if you can find the manual or any missing info from that first then sell it as complete.

    As others said though, it's all random as to who's looking and wants it at the time and how much of a fan they are if they don't own it.

    Best of luck
    Looking to acquire: IBM 5100, Altair 8800

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    Thank you for your replies and time.

    To those of you who take great insult or offense at 'newbies' signing up just to get a 'free appraisal' (as you call it) perhaps you should just feel glad to be of service or help to someone. After all you have a vast amount of knowledge (possibly) and it costs you nothing but kindness and a little bit of your time to share that knowledge. You should be glad the desire for knowledge (regardless of what drives that desire) brings random potential 'new blood' to the site and the forums.

    I would say 'get over yourselves' but 1) You won't and 2) You'd consider it offensive and a grave insult teetering on the edge of me requiring a banning or some form of written warning.

    Next time I or anyone requires a little advice or help I'll be sure not turn to the internet and ask for help in forums that are applicable to the subject. After all that would be just plain crazy, an insult and just another boring thread for the regular forum users.

    You gotta love hobbyists and the internet. Its a recipe for aloofness and superiority.

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    You judge harshly, bud...

    Many of the long-term members here have been burned by fly-by-night sellers that talked a good game and then took the money and ran. It happens on all forums. You can't blame people for being skeptical of people who's first post is (a) "what's the value of this? (so I can sell it to you..." and (b) "I'm looking for <insert high-dollar item here> for cheap. Can you help? (I'd really like to take it to ebay and sell for profit)"

    These things happen alot here, and in other forums, I'm sure... (if you think the responses were unfriendly, you should try selling at Atari Age with zero references. WOWZERS!)

    In regards to the pricing thing, you asked what something is worth. Forum worth and auction worth are often two different things. Forums get less traffic, auction gets greater traffic. Forum traffic is often from regulars who are into specific things. Auction traffic is often general interest, and involves those that make impulse purchases as well as regular, intentional purchases. Auction worth is usually higher, as the wolves get into bid wars, artificially inflating the pricing. It's also highly volatile, as something that closes out at a high price this week might close out at the starting bid next week.

    That said, 99.9% of people just want the best bang for their buck. That's ebay, not forums. Not here. And that's why sometimes you will get the responses, even from good and friendly forums like this one, that you get when your first post is "what's this worth" or "I have this to sell but I can't give references but I sell on ebay, at least I used to" etc...

    Hopefully you'll take this in stride and stick around - you'll find us a quite knowledgeable and friendly bunch. If not... good luck getting your money's worth on ebay for your games (I'm sure that you will)
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    * Magitronic K-156 Keyboard (5pin DIN w/ XT-AT switch)
    I also collect PC and C64 Sierra On-Line software!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wing Commander View Post
    Thank you for your replies and time.

    To those of you who take great insult or offense at 'newbies' signing up just to get a 'free appraisal' (as you call it) perhaps you should just feel glad to be of service or help to someone. After all you have a vast amount of knowledge (possibly) and it costs you nothing but kindness and a little bit of your time to share that knowledge. You should be glad the desire for knowledge (regardless of what drives that desire) brings random potential 'new blood' to the site and the forums.

    I would say 'get over yourselves' but 1) You won't and 2) You'd consider it offensive and a grave insult teetering on the edge of me requiring a banning or some form of written warning.

    Next time I or anyone requires a little advice or help I'll be sure not turn to the internet and ask for help in forums that are applicable to the subject. After all that would be just plain crazy, an insult and just another boring thread for the regular forum users.

    You gotta love hobbyists and the internet. Its a recipe for aloofness and superiority.
    We are here to share knowledge between fellow hobbyists, not to be mined for information from people who have no intention to contribute anything. Have you ever noticed there are posts where new people introduce themselves and what their collecting interests are before asking for stuff? People are people and don't like being used, doesn't matter if we are down the street from you or on the net.

    I mine the internet for information daily (just searching and reading), but I don't join forums just to bug people for things unless I can contribute something myself. 99% of the time you can find the answer by searching for in a few minutes or hours (waste your time first don't expect others to feed it to you) Some questions (like what is something worth) can only be answered on ebay where enough eyes will see an item to get a decent price if it has any current demand. If you searched this site at all you would have seen posts where people have gone though this sort of "whats it worth" thing a hundred times and the end result is always go sell it and find out. This is after all not a forum specific to gaming or ebay evaluations, you never hit DOSGames on google?
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    Seriously, you ask something and when you don't get instant gratification you get offended when you don't get what you want on demand. Perhaps the reason you find forums suck is the way you treat them. You aren't owed. Nobody is. But hey, if you want to be aggrieved and abusive and blame everyone else for it that's your call, just don't be surprised when this respect is reciprocated.

    And as for the subject of the thread, put them on ebay, think happy thoughts and they'll ether go for a few dollars or not at all or possibly there'll be one of those random ebay bidding wars and they go for some insane amount. That's the only reasonable thing anyone can say in this instance.
    "something witty"

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    I don't understand the attitudes, so sorry Wing if you were offended. I understand yes if one had something they thought might be worth money or worth saving then who wouldn't look for some collectors to ask about it. We're here and deemed experts by someone who wouldn't know any better so yeah we'll get fresh blood once and a while asking something we either all know or don't. I know drive by post and never returns can get old but if anyone here was looking for one of those games it was a nice opportunity and offering.

    The unfortunate reality is a lot of vintage stuff is still worth nothing monetarily despite interest. So yeah, it's hard to say a dos game will pull in more than $10 however just like Ultima he has if complete could be another $25 sale on ebay so it's not bad that he came by to check before tossing them or giving them all away in a CL ad for $10.
    Looking to acquire: IBM 5100, Altair 8800

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