How do you find places that sell /vr/ stuff? I live on Long Island and did a google search for "flea market long island" and only found one place worth trying called Unique Bazaar. I found one corner that had a bunch of newer games and maybe about 2 dozen retro games: a few NES, SNES, and N64 games. (I picked up Faxanadu for $20.)
How do I find more places like this? What search terms should I try?
ebay, thrift stores, dedicated reseller stores. The latter being worth the money if you'd rather avoid 20 year-old pizza grease and dog piss in every crevice.
And as hilarious as Robert Meadows Presents Gradius III is, it doesn't make much for a serious collection.
>And as hilarious as Robert Meadows Presents Gradius III is, it doesn't make much for a serious collection.
How inept do you have to be to think black sharpie is eternal? Besides, most "dedicated resellers" I've visited don't bother cleaning their games or systems before putting a price tag on them. I don't mind, I enjoy disassembling and cleaning retro vidya stuff. It's sort of relaxing, and it's kind of a ritual to make a new piece of equipment feel like it's truly mine.
Yeah, I like flea markets, although they're starting to become their own shitshow. I remember 15 years ago, going to a flea market with my grandpa and picking up NES and SNES games in their box for five to fifteen dollars. I wish I had the foresight to buy more. My local flea market has about 3 dedicated retro video game resellers, and at least 5 other stores that sell general retro/collector stuff like toys/comics/vinyl and also have a vidya section. Most of them treat games as though they're plastic gold. Even crappy games are overpriced just because they're old, and some 50-year-old curmudgeon of a shop owner won't budge a penny on their prices.
I find some of the issues with dedicated reselling shops is that their stock sucks ass. They end up buying people's terrible retro game collections for chump change, but nobody ever turns in the actual good games. Those games have retained their worth, and instead of chucking them to a reseller, most people are smart enough to jam them on ebay and make more profit. 90% of the stock at a retro game store is shit puzzle games, licensed adaptations, or 30 different versions of Madden.
Anyway, check craigslist. Not just for game listings themselves, but often local merchants will advertise their stores in craigslist ads.