Almost a year ago we asked our users what features they wanted to see on the site next and overwhelmingly the results showed users wanted to see Complete CIB prices.
We are now showing Complete prices on the site!
Below is a brief description of where CIB prices can be found and a few other minor changes that CIB prices required us to make.
Prices by Source
The 'See It' button brings you to the product page on that site where you can buy the game.
Completed Auctions for CIB Games
CIB games are less common than game only listings. Right now that means there are fewer auctions listed, but within the next couple days we will be reclassifying all past auctions as well. In the future, this feature will show you a lot more historic sales than eBay. eBay limits their historic data to the last 30 days. As you can see in the image above, we have CIB Earthbound sales going back to 2012.
Please note the red 'X' next to each listing. If you notice an auction with an incorrect price or classified incorrectly, please click that red 'X'. It will flag the listing for manual review so we can fix the problem. This helps us keep prices as accurate as possible for all our users.
Coming Soon: CIB Prices in Historic Charts
CIB on the historic price charts. By default it will not be displayed, but click the grayed out CIB on the chart and you will see historic prices for this condition.
Because we just started tabulating the prices, the historic data starts now. We are looking into ways to recalculate the prices in the past based upon sales we can now classify correctly, but this might not be feasible with all products.
We hope the addition of Complete CIB prices will help you in your collecting. Please let us know what you think of the new feature in the comments below.
What Took So Long?You might be wondering why it took a year to roll out CIB pricing. The feature required us to rewrite most of the backend for PriceCharting and develop some language processing to be able to determine when an listing is Complete.
We look at every auction title and amazon listing description to determine if the original box and manual are included with the game. This is pretty easy for people to do but fairly difficult for a computer to do.
Some people list CIB by saying "Complete" in the auction title, but sometimes they say "not Complete".
Some listings will say "With box and manual" or "w/ Box & Instructions" and sometimes "without Box + Manual".
Our system needs to correctly handle all of these, and many more variations, or the prices we show you would be incorrect. This system took a while to develop and test to make sure it was done correctly.
In order to handle this language processing and handle multiple prices, most of our backend needed to be rewritten to make it more flexible and scalable. This took a long time but it means our site is better equipped for more features in the future.