Old game consoles may look bulky in plastic, but some devices have shocking resale value.
eBay sellers make real money for their old consoles – you can too by listing some of these tech fossils.
Atari Pong living room console
“The game almost had to be able to play itself so people would know what was going on.” Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of Atari and founding father of video games, once said. “That’s how ‘Pong’ was formed.”
Pong was one of the first games to go from the big square arcade form to a home console in 1975 – it’s so simple even a monkey can play Pong.
Don’t bet the farm on your Pong profits – a used but functional 1976 Pong console is on the eBay market for $99.99.
Nintendo 64 consoles jazzy
The introduction of the Nintendo 64 was an inflection point in the gaming industry – the console introduced 3D graphics and four-player capabilities for the first time.
Over the years, Nintendo has released regional and limited editions of the console in chic colors and emblazoned with 1990s cultural icons like Pikachu.
The rarest of the rare will fetch over six figures on eBay – but the standard black N64 system is worth around $50.
In 2004, the 24-karat gold Game Boy was launched in a competition with only six winners out of 25,000 applicants – in the years since, the gold handheld has been shrouded in secrecy, some even wondering if the device exists.
A seventh golden console was produced for a Zelda competition organized by GamesTM, but the winner never made his score public.
If you have one, you can basically set your own price because it has never been seen or sold in public in a verifiable way.
The Xbox is one device where product condition is a major factor in price.
An original, factory-sealed Xbox costs over $7,000 on eBay – to entice many potential buyers, the seller noted that the console was stored in a “smoke-free and pet-free home”.
Meanwhile, a full Xbox system will go for a hair under $150 – for buyers, there’s a bargain for a worn-but-functional Xbox with two controllers and 36 games thrown in for $230.
Beatles Rock Band for Xbox 360
Beatles purists look away!
A 2009 limited release inspired by The Beatles of Rock Band included a controller inspired by Paul McCartney’s Hofner bass and a drum kit with iconic Beatles branding.
Sellers with unopened kits are asking up to $700 for their merchandise — but used individual pieces of the set can still go north of $100.
Xbox President Phil Spencer says the Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s best-selling console of all time – meanwhile, Playstation 5s are selling out faster than Sony can build them.
eBay sellers can tap into this hungry market of consumers by keeping their equipment in good condition and parting with it at the right time.
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