The Frustration Of A Quiet eBay

I’ve generally been buying my arcade / JAMMA games through eBay for a number of years but, recently, there seems to have been a very dry period for anything interesting.  It’s all still out there being listed BUT it’s all coming on as Buy It Now and for a price that’s probably close to double what the item would fetch if placed up for auction or even it’s probable forum sale value (probably a 1/3rd more on average?).

I get why people do this.  They have an item and a perceived value and want to get that value for or they are running a business and are charging premium retail pricing (often without the premium product).  However it seems to have had a sideeffect in that no one is putting items up for genuine auction any more as the same items appear in BIN format all the time (i.e. perceived as nothing selling) discouraging sellers.  It can’t be that, compared to 18 months ago, every game ever on all systems has suddenly become super rare?

The only exception to this seems to be vanilla JAMMA boards. There are still loads of them flying around.  I just with the market for MVS / STV / F3 / Naomi etc was a little more interesting at the moment.

I guess I’ll keep looking…


About Alec Dunn (LegoYoda)

Alec is an IT Architect focused around large private / hybrid cloud design and automation. He's also a big fan of the 'arcade' culture and games of yesteryear and loves taking things apart to see how they all work.
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