Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Video Game Winners and Losers: October 2013

Every month we write an article with a list of some of the games with the biggest increase and decrease in price. We call the series "Winners & Losers".

Winners: Video Games With Biggest Price Increase

More Winners
Fatal Fury
Side Pocket
Sword of Vermilion
Little Nemo: Dream Master
Mega Man 8
MechWarrior 3050
Chuck Rock

Losers: Video Games With Biggest Price Decrease

More Losers
Care Bears Care Quest for GBA
Yoshi's Island DS for DS
Wonder Pets Save the Animals for DS
Mario Party 8 for Wii
Monopoly for PS3


The list is made up of the games with the biggest change in price compared its average price in the last two years. We use the standard deviation for the prices to eliminate games that naturally have volatile prices.

For example, a game has an average price of $10 and a standard deviation in this price of $1. 96% of the time prices will be within $8 and $12. If during the next three months the price jumps to $14, then $15, and $16 after that we can be very confident the price increase is statistically significant.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Collecting Panasonic Q Gamecube

I know it is bad to start off a collecting article with a warning but I am because I've been burned twice on this thing and I don't want anybody else suffering the same fate. The Panasonic Q  is a fragile and fickle machine. The disc drive is extremely prone to breaking or malfunctioning and easily cracks during transit. Since this is mostly an import buy, the "breaking in transit" is a major concern and insurance on the item is advised. Buyer beware.

Otherwise, this is an amazing and beautiful piece of interesting Nintendo history and hardware that makes a great visual centerpiece for any collection with its polished front and bright blue LED's. The Panasonic Q is a Nintendo GameCube/DVD player hybrid machine that is capable of playing DVD'S, VCD's, GameCube games, and MP3's on CD. There were two versions released, one for ¥41,000 JPY that played only JAP-region GameCube gamesand Region 2 DVD's while a modified version was priced at ¥46,000 JPY that played Region 1-6 DVD's and NTSC and JAP-region GameCube games. The modified version was intend to attract import buyers from the USA since the console was only released in Japan.

The history behind the creation of this machine is rather interesting. Nintendo worked with Panasonic to develop the optical drive for the GameCube but part of the deal was that Panasonic would be able to develop and sell a DVD-player that could also play GameCube games. Nintendo saw no problem with this and green-lighted the plan. Of the 4.04 million GameCubes that sold in Japan, less than 100,000 of them were Panasonic Q's, thus making it a rare and collectible item. The poor sales due to it competing with cheap DVD players and the standard GameCube culminated in the console ceasing to be produced in December 2003.

The Panasonic Q was a really powerful and cool piece of hardware. It featured a back-lit LCD screen, a front-loading (and extremely fragile) disk drive, supported Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, had a separate sub-woofer jack for more bass, and could be operated by remote that was shipped with it. The Q could also use the broadband and modem adapters and had the appropriate ports to use them. The long "feet" of the console prevented the use of a standard Game Boy Player so a special version was released specifically for the Q. This add-on is so collectible that it usually sells for more than the Q itself at around $500.

Another cool and collectible piece of Panasonic Q hardware is the special controller. It is just a standard GameCube controller with a special color and label but they can sell for around $50.
The console can easily be found on eBay for around $150 but complete in box with remote and controller will cost as much as $400. It is a cool, fun item but like I said in the first paragraph, be careful. These things contain a lot of moving parts and the more moving parts, the better chance one of them will break and you'll just end up with a very pretty paperweight.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

PricingCart Available to All Users for Free

Our PricingCart tool is now available to all users for free.

The PricingCart lets you price video game lots, value your entire collection, and can be a simple Point of Sale system. This is the most popular feature with our account holders so we decided to make it available for all users to enjoy.

You add games to a list and the tool tells you how much they are worth in total.

Anyone can use the PricingCart by clicking "Lot Value Calculator" from the "Tools" menu.

The tool is free for all users, but there are some premium features too. Users who have an account and a paid subscription to a price guide service can:
  • See unlimited number of items
  • Remember your favorite consoles
  • Have option for market, buy, or sell prices

A bit more info about that last feature because it is a new one with this update. Subscribers to a price guide that includes suggested buy and sell prices can see those prices in the PricingCart. Choose the price type you want from the drop down and the calculation automatically updates.

Try the PricingCart and give us your feedback in the comments below.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Customize Your Own Video Game Price Guide

We have updated our video game price guide service to make it easy to use, fully customizable, and cheap.

  • No account needed: You don't need to create an account and verify your email address before downloading a guide. Just start downloading. No email address required at all.
  • Pay with a credit card in one step: A simple four question form and payment is done. No address or zip code needed.
  • You choose which consoles you want to include: If you only collect N64 games, only pay for info about N64 games.
  • You choose exactly what data you want: You can include loose, cib, and new prices. UPC, Amazon ASIN, and eBay EPIN indentifiers. Suggested retail prices, release dates, and more.

Guides for All Types of Users

The guides are fully customizable so you can make one that fits your exact needs. For example:
  • Seller on eBay who needs eBay unique identifier for every game: Easy
  • NES and SNES collector of Complete in Box games: We have that
  • Brick & Morter Retailer competing against GameStop: No problem
Checkout the video game price guides and customize your own today.

See The Changes

Below are some images and more explanation of the changes

Choose From Pre-Built Guides or Start Customizing

Customize the Guide You Want
If you choose to customize the guide you select the data you want to include like price, suggested retail prices, UPC, Amazon ASIN, eBay EPIN, etc.

Then Choose Which Consoles You Want
Choose from a list of consoles you want included in your guide. Each console costs $0.25 up to a $3 max.

Easy Credit Card Payment
The payment form is very simple. You have the option of paying for your guide one-time or for a small premium you can get daily updates and setup recurring billing.

Download Your Guide
After payment you can download your guide immediately. If you subscribed you can bookmark the page to come back to download again with updated data. If you want to integrate the price guide into your point-of-sale software or other software you can use the url provided to automate access.

Account Holders Can See Download History
An account is not required, but if you do have one you can see your download history in your account home page.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Skylanders Swap Force Figure Check List

Skylanders Swap Force, the third game in the Skylanders series, releases October 15th 2013. The list of figures available for Swap Force are listed below. Use the checkbox to keep track of which figures you already have.

As more Swap Force figures are announced and rare variants are found they will be added to this page.

See the list of all Skylanders Figures or price guides for Skylanders.

Skylanders Swap Force Figure Check List

Skylander Swap Force Figures
Blast Zone
Blast Zone Dark
Boom Jet
Bumble Blast
Bumble Blast - Lightcore
Bumble Blast - Jolly
Chill - Blizzard
Chop Chop - Twin Blade
Chop Chop - Green Twin Blade
Countdown - Lightcore
Countdown - Kickoff
Cynder - Phantom
Doom Stone
Dune Bug
Eruptor - Lava Barf
Eruptor - Lava Barf Volcanic
Fire Kraken
Fire Kraken - Jade
Fire Kraken - Gold Dev Team Exclusive
Flashwing - Lightcore
Free Ranger
Free Ranger - Legendary
Freeze Blade
Fright Rider - Halloween
Gill Grunt
Grilla Drilla
Grim Creeper
Grim Creeper - Lightcore
Grim Creeper - Legendary
Hoot Loop
Hoot Loop - Enchanted
Hot Dog - Fire Bone
Jet-Vac - Turbo
Magna Charge
Magna Charge - Nitro
Night Shift
Night Shift - Legendary
Pop Fizz - Super Gulp
Pop Thorn
Prism Break - Hyper Beam
Punk Shock
Rattle Shake
Riptide - Green
Roller Brawl
Rubble Rouser
Scorp - Green
Slobber Tooth
Slobber Tooth - Dark
Smolderdash - Lightcore
Spy Rise
Spyro - Mega Ram
Spyro - Dark Mega Ram
Star Strike
Star Strike - Lightcore
Star Strike - Enchanted
Stealth Elf - Ninja
Stealth Elf - Dark Ninja
Stink Bomb
Terrafin - Knockout
Trap Shadow
Trigger Happy
Trigger Happy - Springtime
Warnado - Lightcore
Wash Buckler
Wash Buckler - Dark
Wash Buckler - Color Shift
Wham-Shell - Lightcore
Whirlwind - Horn Blast
Wind Up
Zoo Lou
Zoo Lou - Legendary

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