Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Thriftmas


Well cheers Cash converters 10% of my next purchase I will be sure to use that next time I buy something for £1.99 to redeem my massive festive savings.



Speaking of massive festive savings the orange box for £4.99 what a deal wanted to get this back for a while, plus this game is up and down in cash and trade value all the time in CEX at one point this year they where selling it for £18 trade £11 cash £9 now its only £5 cash £6 they sell for £10, I will hang on to this just in case it go's back up.



Found GTA San Andreas for P.C this time, At the moment this version is top billing on the Trade and Cash front, £4 cash £5 trade on the P.C it is currently in my Disc drive having a blast on it on my  laptop ticking me over tell GTA V.

I decided to take the Trade on the 3 copy's of crash bandicoot 5 I got on the 3 for £5 ended up with £9 trade and I had a pile of Credit notes from other traded In's so I had £24 in total. I was after Uncharted 3 and something for eBay 



Was looking all over for something and ended up back at the game cube games they seemed to be load more Mario karts I was having a  closer look when I found one with the Zelda collectors disc sticker still on the front of the box, I got uncharted 3 on the way back to the checkout and ask if the zelda disc was still with it, It was and in mint con with the box for Mario kart and the book for the zelda disc.
What a bonus the zelda disc is about £15 on eBay and Mario £10 - £12 on a good day so a total bonus.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Rare Reserve


I have decided this year to take a break from eBay at Christmas, The reason being is that well for one thing nobody wanted to bid so all you get is people messaging you asking if they can buy it now, Two the immanent ball ache of postage
"will it be here for Christmas" 
yeah the package that I am posting on Xmas eve will magically appear under your tree, 
and the rest of the people wanted games shipped to the moon and people that choose to bypass Google and message me on eBay with the blatantly obvious question "Will this DS game work in my Game gear?" so yeah fuck that noise.

What I am doing this year is focusing on Xmas limbo the time between Xmas and new year, All the present have being given out every one has had there cash in the cards and the nostalgia of the season kicks in and everyone hits ebay looking for something cool and retro, I do it myself remembering that game I got that year, So its a good time to peddle your wears on eBay without getting caught up in all the Xmas guff, So all the games I have found recently have being stockpiled, I like the call it my 


Rare Reserve


With a mix of luck and in store credit I have managed to get together a good selection of games I will be adding to this later in the week lots to trade in.

Crash bani-Counted





So crash banicoot 5 is the second most found and sold game on thrift bytes, Just behind Final Fantasy X, earlier in the year a new store opened and I got 3 copy's for £5. Links below to bring you up to speed on Crash 5.



http://www.thriftbytes.com/2012/07/new-store-same-old-deals.html   Last time 

http://www.thriftbytes.com/2011/11/crash-bandi-count.html  In General

So in the same shop the other day and what seemed like the same old PS2 stuff they have had in there since they opened that I have alright picked dry, Having some time to kill I had one last look at them all and found the same deal again 3 copy's of crash 5, 2 platinum one black label.



Twice finding the same deal, crazy, The price had gone down on Crash 5 since then only £2 cash £3 trade still about £5 on eBay so 3 for £5 still a right deal.









































50p.c games


The picture above is my walk to the city centre and work, All the grass was frozen over and looked a bit Skyrim.
Thankfully when I turned round there wasn't an entourage of wildlife following me to work.

50p on PC games this week, Being a bit more careful with p.c games, I used to stay well clear of p.c stuff but more and more they seem to be getting desirable again. anything using steam is a no no like CODMW2 I found for £1 the other week it had already being registered to a steam account. Of course you could get a crack or mess about, but if you buying the disc just to slap in and play, you mite as well just not bother and download it.

Command and Conquer 4, Zombie driver, MGS2s, DEVASTATION.

All of them have about £2 trade on them in CEX apart from devastation 10p trade and cash for the 3 out of 4 is good and give me something for the trade pile.






Monday, 10 December 2012

Tribute to sir Patrick Moore - The Games Master



Total legend has left us.

Sir Patrick Moore

AKA 

The Games Master




4-03-1923 To 9-12-2012

Plus the uncountable contribution sir Patrick Moore did for amateur astronomy and broadcasting in general.
The sky at night ran from the 24 of April 1957 up until his death, making it the longest-running program with the same presenter in television history. making It seem some what trivial that a bunch of twenty somethings should only really remember him as the Games master, I see it more as a testament to the Talent and character of a man who captivated the nation from gamers and astronomers a like. I have written about this before there is a early entire to my blog where Patrick Moore gets a mention, mite be worth a read in light of current events. link below.






Friday, 7 December 2012

the rare transfer IX: Christmas credit


Let it been know I hate Stuff! I am the harbinger of all of this crap but if its stuff on the trade pile or stuff that hasn't sold on eBay or I am just sick of looking at it I have to get shot of it, This is partly why I love doing the rare transfer at CEX Just taking in totally tat and coming out with something worth while and better still worth more money on eBay then any of the stuff I have traded in combined.

lets see how much credit they give me for that pile of tat.


After them lobbing transformers back at me 
(wrong disc was the Micheal bay transformers) 
and a few £1 knock of for scratched disc I ended up with £17.90 now then I have being looking on the website and there was nothing   notable on there of late, but I still managed to find a deal.



Mario kart double dash and monster hunter!!! that's awesome good resale on both of them and I will total have a go on Mario cart before I sell It.



Of course I will be playing Mario Kart on a Wii that has being kitted out with a gamecube memory card and controller, this in turn got me thinking does anyone use a Wii for Wii games anymore? with the Wii U being backwards compatible I think your more likely to play a Wii game on that thing then the original Wii, Its like that console is better at being everything else but what it is really meant for e.g

List of things your more likely to do on a Wii before playing a Wii game.

Click on the home brew channel.

Watch something on I player.

Check how fat you are.

Look on the Internet.

Piss about making rude Mii's.

Play a Game Cube game.

Emulated a console from the 90's

Put a DVD in to see what happens.

Get up and move the sensor bar.

Realize The battery's are dead in both your remotes.

Find out you need motion plus and turn it off.

and after all that you can finally get round to playing Wii sports sat down using the minimum of movement to make the game function.








Thursday, 6 December 2012

Thrift and Relative Dimension in Space


I hit the thrift hard the other day pretty go going I ended up with loads of stuff and a few bulk buys.




The first thing I came across was Space marine for £6.99 and call of duty MW3 for £9.99 almost pick up the PS3 to play but I ended up passing on them still better price then most retail shops on MW3 still around the £15 mark everywhere else .

























Then I saw a crapton of Akira on UMD they where 50p each so I picked up 10 copy's 50p each is always a winner at that price they where all sealed too.



By the time I was heading home my bag was full to the brim, The best of all was all the classic Doctor who I found in one shop £1 each some of them have good trade and cash value the rest can be used as eBay fodder.

and then the games I found that day too

Final fantasy XII, downhill domination  astro boy, sims castaway,transformers,heart of darkness,

and a got a GBA with Sonic advance 2 and yu gi oh world wide

What a haul for one days thrifting Think i will kick back and watch some classic doctor who before I sell them. Sometimes it really does go your way game hunting, I always see it as a scale of awesomeness some days

"it was suppose to be so easy"

then other times its like 

"Just waking up in the morning gotta thank God 
I don't know but today seems kinda odd 
No barking from the dogs, no smog "



The scale of awesomeness!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Do not take me for some conjuror of cheap thrift


So really good stuff coming my way, my buddy Carl was getting shot of his Xbox 360 and gave me some games the other day some quality stuff, So I let him have the silent hill collection from last week with him being a hardcore silent hill fan.

the stuff in all that lot I picked up is as followed

Prince of Persia trilogy
(this was priced up at £4 but when I got to the counter the guy marked it down to £2 just because, Kudos to Cash generator)

San Andreas 99p God of war £1 CODmw2 £1 Altered beast £1


 Box N64 game! OK I didn't pick it up with it being a knockout kings 2000 as rubbish sports title this will be gathering dust for a while yet but hey games the come in Cardboard boxes are a rare sight where I go video game hunting.


Damn Rogue galaxy and Lucifer's call sat next to each other on the shelf £9.99 each that's an OK price for a collector but leaving little room for resale.






Traded in for this yesterday Lord of the rings War in the north, I was looking something to accompany me eagerly awaiting the Release of the hobbit on December the 12 and this seemed like the perfect counterpart, To my shock and awe when I was looking in to this game I found out it was made by Snowblind studios the people behind the fantastic baldur's gate dark alliance one of my very favorite Hack and slash RPG's of all time so to find out that Snowblind have made a similar game with the aesthetic of the Lord of the rings franchise I shoot right to CEX to Conjuror up some store credit.





Wednesday, 28 November 2012

the rare transfer VIII: Crapola clear out


The trade pile has hit critical mass, so its time once again to haul ass to cex. Just looking at the games that mounted up over about a month it made me think i might have to calm down buying ninja gadien and fable WTF?

So after £1 knocked of for San Andreas being scratched and one copy of ninja gadien lobbed back at me, Don't think there was anything wrong with the disc, just cex sick of seeing it. 
I ended up with a respectable amount of trade credit.


Right on the money 50p more then I need for what I had in mind, Was on the website the night before and saw some nice stuff was looking at the PS2 for a while trying to find the game I was after. 
I was going to give up and settle on monster hunter and maybe used what was left for something cheap on PS3, then I found the game I was looking for, think its something about all the black font on the white background down the side of PS2 games makes it all blur into each other end up going a bit video game blind.


 
Bosh! The silent hill collection on ps2. This is a pretty rare title as well as it becoming more desirable because of the crappy job they did on the HD collection for PS3/360 It has all the PS2 versions 2,3 and the room.     

Monday, 26 November 2012

Weighing up the pros and consoles

Always becomes a time in the life of a generation of consoles where they all come down in price sufficiently that people can afford to have all what that generation has to offer side by side under the TV. I am reminded of a time in 2004 when I first ended up having a ps2 gamecube and xbox back to back on my desk, Well its come round again with the addition of a ps3 to my stash of consoles.
I was pretty late to the party with PS3 and owning one for a few weeks I can see why fan boy's and Internet trolls go on about console wars all the time there is good and bad on both sides.

XBOX 360

I have being rocking a 20gb xbox 360 for years always on and off xbox live, one of the reason I wanted a ps3 because of mircosoft making it auto renew your subscription to xbox live always forgot to cancel it (they don't make that easy) and then ended up overdraw with my bank because Microsoft wanted £6 for a month of live i didn't want. 
that aside some really good points Installing games is optional and the disc drive on the model I had was very quiet so no hassle. Xbox live is full of great games that don't take up space the whole time I had this console I was having a great time downloading games I wanted and never ran out of space. 
USB's can be used as extra space for games, on the downside the games on xbox market place are very pricey and its done in points not cash, the price of some games on the system is the same as a 3 months subsription to the playstation plus that gives you 23 full retail games free with it.



 PLAYSTATION3

I have had to atempts to get things rolling with PS3 I first ended up with a cheaper fat 40gb model, Thinking if 20gb was ok on xbox then happy days I will have the cheaper one, 
then I got home and installed metal gear 4 and heavy rain, Then I had no space left, 
ok it had not being formated for a bit, after signing up for 3 months of playstation plus and getting loads of games free I had nowhere to save them, So yeah hard drive size is paramount with ps3 that and patiences, I ended up with a 320gb a lot more, 
the games on ps3's store are way cheaper then xbox and the playstation plus service offer is awesome compaired with xbox live they rarly give away anything for free, and the fact that playstation offers free online play out the box, 
the downside is the disc drive is loud if your playing a game that doesnt bank a lot of stuff to the hard drive and reads the disc all the time then turn your TV up, I guess thats just bluray but damn games like COD make your PS3 not shut up. 
The controllers great makes me feel like I am playing next gen stuff with a PS1 controller still in my hand that pad is future proof, well untell you need a trigger button, yes the 360 pad seems more cut out for some games.


Wii


Yeah everyone knows what the wii's about and if you think its playing wii sport or checking your weight loss then get a grip, get an SD card hack it and plays some NEO-GEO or something.


Because this is a late look at the 3 consoles it seem it doesnt matter what pros and cons they all have if you want cheap and versertile go for a wii, if you want cheap but comparble get a 360 and if you want to wait 2 hours for stuff to install but get loads of stuff free ps3 but thats just the point most people are one console shy of the full set now days anyways everyone has a wii kicking about even my parants have one,  and a main console ps3 or 360.

in full concussion they are all a bit shit so if you combied them all togeather they mite be a good console in there somewear.





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Return of the Thrift.. once again

Does Christmas really get rammed down are throats so early every year?
Yes it does, I think its more down to how much money you happen to have together when you notice all the shops start with the xmas music and trimmings.
Short on scratch when this happens and get the "its still November" rage, This helps in kidding yourself you still have plenty of time left to sort something out.

Anyways its still November so calm down lol

Lets not waste money and presents and good will just yet, There's games to buy.


God of war 2 99p, Metal Gear Solid substance 99p ace combat 99p
red dead revolver £1.99 and a spectrum compilation disc 99p

Some really tidy condition with all of them, Red dead I saw cheaper in a cash converters but the one I found in scope was miles better like new, its worth the extra 99p especially if you are listing the item on eBay can make all the difference. The cash on ebay for this lot looks like around £5 on each item give or take a £1.


And rounded it off with some pretty good finds in Blockbuster buy one get one free.

Resident evil outbreak, Spongebob lights,camra,pants,Fable,GTAsa

Resi and GTA I am thinking of using for Trade later in the week I have being looking on CEX and seen some nice stuff in thier on the ps2 section and the Trade pile is looking like it mite have some good credit vaule. feel a rare transfer coming on.



 

 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Credit where its due.

Found a few thing this week one real good find and the rest squeezing the most out of the CEX credit I had left from the last time I traded in.




Musashi: Samurai Legend top con and complete, Checking on ebay its about £10 in this give or take, only a few buy it now listing on ebay.



Just having a look at what is in CEX to get for eBay fodder had a few credit notes kicking about and pooled them together and not a bad pair of games for the price.

Jade cocoon 2 and breath of fire dragon Quarter.

Jade cocoon 2 isn't a bad RPG I do think the PS1 original is the better game, Will do nicely for topping up my good feedback.

Breath of fire Dragon Quarter is the black sheep of the franchise but the breath of fire franchise is strong enough to have this sell, 
Its not total turkey just a bit frustrating.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

There's Thrift in the streets, just waiting for someone to scoop it up

After all that madness I did manage to pick some stuff up lets check what I got.



Fallout GOTY For £1.99 crazy bargain.



Not sure if I will CEX this or try my luck on ebay yet think there is more money to be had on eBay will see.

The next item is a gameboy camera £3.99 for it, about a pound over the odds for this item but still I picked up the game boy printer the other day so bundling this up with that will do fine.

That's it for today would have check out a few more shops but I didn't want to chance it just in case British heart foundation kicked me out the shop for seeing my youtube channel or some crap like that, its like a jungle out there.

When E.A came to town, Grainger gate.


When I started this blog It was never my intention to piss anyone off and although I do shoot the shit about shops in and around hull it is all pie in the sky and not really intended to be taken too seriously. 
Having said that when people are coming up to you and telling you to get out of their shop it comes as a bit of a reality check.

I find it very unprofessional a manger of a retail store would address an unsuspecting customer and make accusations without any justification or sound evidence they may be the person who could be responsible for writing something which has featured their store and then proceed to tell me to stop taking photos? 

(There is no sign telling me that I can not take photos)
Then continue to inform me they have read my blog and advise me  how morally reprehensible they think it all is, Then try to and ban me from the store, (Verbally) And without confirmation i am the person whom they think they are addressing.
The store in question is Grainger games in hull.

I happen to be an advocate of free speech and what I choose to write about is not for the scrutiny of the management of one store.
All be it I have not had much nice to say about Grainger, That said I have never being talking on a personal level about the staff or the service in the store, All my criticisms are about the discrepancy's in prices in comparison to other stores and ebay. This in turn is aimed at the company as a whole not just my local store, to be fair I have a point and it is not slander if it's true, For example-


  August                                                                             November

As for what I do and the reason I do it, This has become somewhat of a hobby for me and blogging about it is now a further extension of that hobby, but more to the point this it is actually something I do to survive. Having a job with hours that are up and down, some weeks I get next to no hours at all so selling video games is how I make ends meet.
How can spending money in Charity shops to be seen as a bad thing? When i am giving money to charity for the items i purchase which other wise may not sell due to the niche that is retro gaming. I don't think so, The  fact is  i feel an entrepreneurial sentiment and drive to make money the way I know how and that is not going to stop no matter how many people I may piss off on the way. 



As for shops banning me I may have to get a beard like the ones from life of Brian to go game hunting, Looks like I may be becoming the panto villain of Hull city centre.
I don't think they give out asbo's for shopping. Not yet anyway.








Saturday, 10 November 2012

PS one time


Walking home from my mates flat on chanterland ave the other day supporting a killer hang over, I ended up in the dove house down there and found a right stash of PS1 games.




GTA2 with that early front cover design before they changed the logo, black label RAYMAN, Hogs of war/worms double pack ,
Yu-Gi-oh! forbidden memories, and digimon rumble arena.

What a great lot of games to find all at once they was a few others in there not so great and beat up books missing all the items above are complete and like new.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

GAME over


The gamestation in Hull city centre has become a GAME This last week If you where to ask any of the staff what the deal with that is they would give you the default speel about them being the same company anyways so who cares, Well I for one Im not going to swallow that bullshit, even tho gamestation and game are the same company the two shops have very different IP's and to live in a town without Gamestation that was focus on gamers to have to deal with the dumbed down mam targeted cheeky £5 extra on top of the prices crap game shovels up, This is not happening nation wide Just Hulls store and maybe a few others, Think I may be hamming up GAME to be the bad game well lets take a look a few days after GAME renamed my local store and its started.


I was looking for a P.C pad for my emulation and I saw that they had loads of GAME branded stuff in new, I was looking around and the GAME branded P.C pads priced up at a Piss taking £19.99 anyways I spotted one that was still gamestation branded the same pad for £9.99 that will have to do, Then when I got to the tills the guy scanned it in  and It come up at £4.98, Can you imagine if someone had of pick up the GAME P.C pad and paid £15 more for the same Thing its sickness me to think what will become of the store.


Retro's Going by the wayside the PS2 that's in there has being crammed on one shelf to make way for a fucking smart phones talk about selling out who the fuck it going into a game shop to buy a pissing phone! fuck that noise.


Places like grainger and cex in hull must be laughing now I mean who the hell is going to put up with this, They have always made out the two shops where one and the same company but anyone with have a brain stayed well clear of GAME if they didnt want ripping off, this picture sums it up nicely above the broken UMD on the floor, Outdated,Overpriced and rubbish.


No brakes!


Thinking about getting some thrift on like I have no brakes but when your on a roll I guess stopping is not a option, Taking a walk to work at the crack of noon in west park feeling pretty good, heading for cex to trade some stuff in for Halo anniversary, seems like a good pick I played that game to death in my flat down hessle road back in 2002 so Its like the 10th anniversary of that to me so off to get me some nostalgia.



Traded in cod mw2 and forza and a few ps2 games I had kicking about got £16.40 trade so done deal got the game I wanted and got raid of some crap


 Still had loads of time before I was at work so hit up a few shops in town was in the big cash converters and saw this on the shelf Rayman 3 with the cover someones printed it out and put RAYMOND 3 hahah retards.



Speaking of retarded £9.99 for GTAsa on ps2 are you crazy people check your prices really don't just make it up as you go along.





Ended up finding some stuff in that cash converters after scrutinise the rest of the stock I picked up Nightmare creatures.

Sonic & knuckles cart only £1.99 pretty good find Its mad to  think how many sonic and knuckles boxes have been trashed over the year would be ace to find this boxed but they will used crappy cardboard.


After work I got off the bus near block buster and had a look in because I was passing Just one day since my last visit, I saw a really beat up copy of final fantasy XII and tomb raider anniversary But the guy couldn't find FFXII so I passed on both of them, Its then I was eyeing up the GBA game £1.99 each buy one get one free I got the guy to fish me to games out.



      Zelda four swords and Zelda minish cap GBA 
£1 each come on!!