questionsis this ps one a collectable item, or should i…

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Advice? Please (and take this in the helpful context that I mean it) consider next time asking a question that gives some HINT as to what the topic is. Using tags is also helpful, not just for you, but for the next person who asks such a thing. You might have entitled this:

"Is this PS One a collectible item, or should I pass it up?"

Nice tags might be #collectible #ps_one #nostalgia (for example).

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@shrdlu: Eh good point I actually thought about the subject line after I posted it but forgot all about the tags =/ Usualy I do both of these if you look at all my previous ones.. Sorry! I take full blame for this.

It's probably a mixture of just waking up and the worry about this big event/performance I have to help set up and deal with tonight.

But as usual your right shrdlu and I'm sorry.. Do you think I should tattle on this and repost with proper title??

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@dravack: It's the weekend. I don't usually make any requests of that sort when I know it's a skeleton staff. Nothing wrong with that idea, of course, but they get spread pretty thin, and the weekend's when all the fakey fakey stuff shows up, so they get extra busy fighting the good fight.

As a partial answer to your question, the best way to tell if something's collectible, or worth your bother, is to look for it on eBay, and other sites, and see whether the price for what you are seeing is comparable. Don't compare used. Someone else is bound to be selling new.

I'm not even nostalgic about Altairs, or Vic 20s, or any number of other tech gadgets that were ground breaking, and have since vanished. On the other hand, I have a friend who has the accumulated total of 25 Commodore 64s, in varying stages of working, together with all the games, and hand built toys (such as a credit card reader). Five of those were originally mine... Continued

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It isn't even how rare something is. It's how many people remember a thing, and want it, that determines its value. I have a house full of antiques. Some are valuable. Many are not. Rarity is part of it, but workmanship, and beauty are far more important.

The same is true for tech stuff. PS 1 came on the market place in recent memory. I don't know how much nostalgia there is for something that isn't all that old. You need to do your due diligence here, and unless one of the denizens of Deals is an expert on which items have achieved collector status (very possible, we have a wide range of knowledgeable people here), your best bet is to see what other people are trying to sell it for, and whether or not anyone on eBay has posted a request for such an item.

Old? Old is when you can remember when Adventure first showed up.

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@jumbowoot: ...and we love you for it. You at PAX also?

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IMO these consoles will never be collectible. The games will be available to play on other mediums many years from now just like they are today. Any nostalgia value will be in remembering the GAME you played, not the console itself. So I would not buy the console.

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@shrdlu: I have a copy of Adventure for my Atari, now that is a collectible.

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@shrdlu: No. I'm here setting up our new office upstairs. Took a break for lunch and decided to poke around for a little while.

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@catbertthegreat: You are correct. Ataris are collectible. As I said, it isn't just whether or not they're hard to find. For many, the Atari was their first gaming platform, and when you're a kid, something like that occupies a special place. I still have my favorite "hoppy taw" from playing hopscotch.

Besides, Ataris were pretty cool.

Standard adventure, as in "Somewhere nearby is Colossal Cave...You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully."???

Remember, the rod scares the bird. Don't forget the cage and the light.

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@jumbowoot: New office? More staff? More fun people to hang out with? Are you giving Ms Princess a pink desk and chair?

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If you like the Atari games, the emulator Stella works well and the roms are available. Other than Adventure (love that programmer's room) the playability just doesn't hold up compared to today's games for me.
http://stella.sourceforge.net/

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@axe: I don't think the point is that someone is looking to PLAY on the PS-1 or the Atari. The point is that they're nostalgic for the machine. Capice?

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@shrdlu: If you don't think the point of the console is to play the games then you miss the point completely. No one buys or keeps a non-functioning console. The whole point is to fire it up now and then to play the games you used to enjoy.

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@axe: You've missed the point of @dravack's question. To rephrase his question:
He has found an unopened & pristine PS1 (slimline/redesigned) gaming console for $30.00. Considering the fact that almost every console purchased is opened and played with at some point in time, would this console have any value in the future because it is NIB?

Collectors like things to be complete. Toys in perfect condition, with all the parts AND the box tend to have more value. Just from watching the Antiques Roadshow and reading Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles, I would say the console possibly could have greater value, but not for quite awhile. Certainly would not a purchase with the intent of turning a quick profit, but more of a dicey investment. Finding unplayed/NIB games would be a challenge, but who knows what's out there?

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@axe: What @lavikinga said (and thank you to her for saying it so well).

I attend antique and collectible auctions often. New In Box (NIB) provides as much as a 500% difference in price offered. The rarity of an item is important, the condition is important, but having something in all its original packaging, never before opened, provides a significant value to the serious collector. It isn't about the game playing. At all.

You never know what the value of a collectible item will be, down the road. If @dravack has $30 that's not a big deal to spend, and a place to store the item, why not buy it, and set it aside? Ten or twenty years from now, it could be a 1000% return on the investment. Or not.

You pays your money and you takes your chances. It's all on the spin of the wheel, ladies and gentleman.

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Both of you fail to see the purpose of a game console. The point is to play the games. Consoles will have little value even many years from now for two reasons. The games will not be readily available in a format to make the console functional AND the games will be available in other formats.

The entertainment value, the joy you experienced, the good memories you built did not come from the console. You did not play the console. Therefore the value of the console will remain at near zero.

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@axe: I haven't had a chance to read through everyones comments as of yet since I just got on.. but I must say axe that as supply goes down the value will go up.

Look at that silly NES game which sold for over 4 grand called stadium events or something silly like that goes to get link

http://catalog.ebay.com/Family-Fun-Fitness-Stadium-Events-Nintendo-1987-/56237850?_dmpt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&_fifpts=1&_pcatid=2&_refkw=stadium+events&_trksid=p3286.c0.m271

Or another example would be at the same store which happens to be a goodwill also had an unopened dr. mario game which sold for 2$ the kid who bought it then went across the street to a store called play N trade kinda like a gamestop but better service (least here) and deals with old games as well as new and imports. Where he sold it for 50$

People buy unopened things to look at and say hey bob (imaginary next door neighbor) look what i have! now to read the rest of the comments but first food! Palak Panner and naan! Want some?

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@axe: By your reasoning, any type of television, radio, Victrola, ViewMaster, etcetera, is considered of much, much less value because, in your opinion, the value comes from the memories of what is watched/heard/played/viewed with it (programs, music, 78 rpms, slides). I am pretty positive the history of these collectibles proves otherwise.

A gaming console is much like these items. They will become increasingly collectible as the supplies dwindle because they have become broken over the years. However, being collectible doesn't necessarily mean having great value.

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@axe: Additionally, intended purpose of an item's use does not negate its ability to be collected. Barbies, G.I. Joes, & Star Wars Figures, LPs and 45s, firearms & jewelry, are manufactured usually with the purpose of being used. They are also highly collectible items with the most prized being those pristine, new in box.

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@lavikinga: Your last example illustrates the gap in your reasoning. Barbies, LPs, & jewelry all stand alone, you need nothing to obtain pleasure/usage. Firearms need bullets, but it is the act of shooting, not the particular bullet used that makes the pleasant memory.

Note the very low number of collectible firearms. Millions of different kinds, hardly any collectible.

Consoles on the other hand, there were few types and the types that were made have all been mass produced. That is not a recipe for building lasting value as an antique.

The vast majority of record players (and records) are not collectible. Victrola that are valuable were never mass produced and have something unique about them.

A console that was mass produced and will be nearly useless for its intended purpose in the future is not a good investment. That was the question, the answer is no.

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@shrdlu: hmm you made some very good points. I think I'll go by the store next time I get and spend 30 clams.. I mean I saw some on ebay used but none new. But I'm sure like you said give it a few years and it's bound to go up. and I haven't really wasted much of anything. No matter what I'm sure I could get the 30 back..

@jumbowoot: Thanks!!!

@everyone: I really never intended for this topic to go so out of hand XD thanks for everyone's input and er opinions lol.

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@lavikinga: barbies for the win! =P