Monday, September 13, 2021

Site Outage

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Alice POS Integrates with PriceCharting

Alice POS has added PriceCharting price integration into their point of sale software for video game stores.

You can easily integrate our price data to streamline buying, trading, and selling games. Alice POS can help you manage inventory, handle rental/repair, process trades, and integrate with varous eCommerce solutions.

If you run a game shop, checkout Alice POS and see if it's right for you.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Premium Collection Features: Sort & See Change In Price

up down price arrows in collection

We've added a few new tools to PriceCharting collections. Some of these are available to all users and others are available to premium users only.

  • Up/Down Arrows Showing Collection Items that Changed in Value
  • Sort Collection by Change in Value
  • A Collection Dashboard showing more charts and summaries of your collection

Up/Down Arrows in Collection
You can see the up/down arrows in the example at the top of this page. Every user can see a colored arrow indicating if the item increased or decreased in price recently. Any change in value greater than $1 in either direction will show the arrow.

All users can see these on the first 30 items in their collection. Premium users can see the indicators on every item in their collection.

Sort Collection by Change in Value
sort by price change

This feature is only available for premium users. You can sort your entire collection by the recent change in value. See which items increased or decreased in value the most and understand why your collection value is changing.

Collection Dashboard
collection dashboard

This feature is only available for premium users. You can see a special dashboard for your collection showing more charts of the items in your collection, like a graph of the most popular consoles/sets, tables show your most valuable items, and the change in value vs last year.

If you collect games and trading cards, this is a good way to see a summary of both categories at once.

Most of our content is totally free to all users, but we do have some bonus features available in Premium accounts. You can see a list of these features and decide if you think they are worth it for you. Any subscriptions do support the site and help keep it a big "thank you" in advance for any new subscribers and existing premium users.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

PriceCharting Has Added Magic Cards

We've added Magic cards to PriceCharting.

You can browse card lists for every Magic card set including standard, foil, and extended art cards.

You can search for Magic the Gathering cards by card and set name and quickly find your card out of the 50,000+ Magic cards we have in the database.

We're keeping track of the ungraded and graded values for each card. Whether you collect Magic or play Magic, you can find the values that matter the most to you.

The Alpha, Beta are definitely the sets with the most expensive cards. Other popular sets are Unlimited, Revised, and Arabian Nights.

You can add MTG cards to your collection to keep track of what you own and add to wishlist and keep track of you are looking to add.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Retro Video Game Prices Are Up 42% In Last Year

Retro game prices are up a lot in the last year. The average retro game* is up 42% since February 2020 and up 9% just last month.

Games for some consoles are up even more. GBA is up 52%. N64 up 61%. PS1 up 45%.

Even newer games are increasing in price. Gamecube is up 81% in a little more than a year. PS2 is up 38% and Nintendo DS is up 30%. Even the Wii, with tons of shovelware games and many million+ sellers, is up 22% on average.

So what's going on with the game market that's causing these huge price increases?

It all started with COVID lockdowns but it has morphed into something else.

In March 2020, the entire USA went into lockdown due to COVID. People were stuck inside and couldn't enjoy activities that involved other people. No concerts, sporting events, restaurants, movies, etc. These were all things that people spent money on but now they couldn't and people had a lot more free time. Many people turned to video games instead. It's indoors and can be played alone or online with others - the perfect COVID activity. More than half of American's turned to video games during lockdowns and sales were up 12%.

Some of these new gamers (or gamers with more disposable income), bought retro games and enjoyed a bit of nostalgia (those good old days when there was't COVID and constant mask wearing). Unlike new games, supply for retro games does not increase if there is more demand. Nintendo isn't making more Super Mario 3 or Earthbound cartridges. With increased demand and fixed supply, Econ 101 tells us that prices will increase and they did.

Retro game prices increased 22% between February and August 2020.

But then things slowed down. More parts of the US allowed more activities, opened schools, allowed in-restaurant dininig, etc. Some states even lifted all COVID mandates and were back to normal. More people had more choices where to spend their money and some people stopped spending it on games.

From August to December 2020, prices increased only 2.5%.

Then in January prices started spiking again. Up 2% in January. Up 2.5% in February. Up 3.8% in March and up 8.9% in April.

With the COVID vaccine rolling out to more people and more states allowing citizens to resume pre-lockdown activities again, you would expect prices to continue holding steady or maybe even decline if demand dropped enough.

What has caused this accelerating increase in prices?

All assets are seeing price increases. Homes prices are up 11%. Stocks are up 30% (even after 25% declines in first months of COVID). Office space sold for record prices. NFTs, Pokemon, Sports Cards, etc. Almost every asset class has seen record sales and/or large price increases.

Investors are looking for places to invest because interest rates are at record lows and all Americans received stimulus checks that many plan to invest. More demand for investments is driving up prices.

And video games are being caught up in the madness.

People are not spending $660,000 to open and play Super Mario Bros. They are buying it as an investment. Some people are buying games because they think they will be worth more money in the future.

Price increases can lead to more price increases. For example. A collector who owns a bunch of games might hold off selling for a while because the prices will be higher next month. This lowers supply and increases prices.

Or a game store might increase their prices now because they don't want to sell out today and see prices increase 10% next month. This accelerates the price increases based on expectations.

This second round of price increases is driven by mainly by cheap money, investors, and speculation.

What happens next?

Prices could climb even higher as the cycle continues. Or higher prices could become the new normal but prices stabalize. Or prices could plummet as the bubble bursts on the investors. Or countless other scenarios.

Whatever happens to the prices, at the end of the day you will still own some fun games. Enjoy playing them, enjoy collecting them, and don't worry about the short-term fluctuations in price.

Please leave your feedback and thoughts on the gaming market in the comments below.

* Retro game: This includes every commercially released, standard game for NTSC NES, SNES, N64, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, GBA, Genesis, Master System, Saturn, Dreamcast, Sega CD and Sega 32X. It does not include variants of the same game.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Quantity Supported in Your Collection

You can now enter the quantity of a particular game/card you own.

Choose the quantity in the collection view and the total value will update on the next page refresh.

Each copy you have must include the same items (Loose, CIB, New, etc). If you own 5 loose copies and 1 CIB copy of a game, you would need to enter those on two different entries.

Let us know if you have any questions or other features you want to see.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Site Outage [Resolved]

11:49pm ET: The website is down. We are investigating the problem and will hopefully bring it back online soon.

11:56pm ET: Site is back up. We are investigating the root problem.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

No More UK Support on Marketplace

England has changed many of their shipping requirements starting in early 2021. All sellers are required to create an account with UK VAT (value added tax) collection service and pay VAT fees prior to shipment. The sellers on our marketplace are mostly individuals and small brick and morter stores that might sell one item to UK in a year. It is not worth it for them to deal with this hassle and time consuming forms for one sale.

We do not have immediate plans to collect VAT taxes as a marketplace either. UK sales are a very small portion of the marketplace and it is not worth the development time or cost to implement VAT taxes for the small volume. We will devote our development resources to other tools on the site like tools for all collectors, PAL gmae price guides, and more.

Sorry if this change impacts you. There are definitely costs to burdensome regulations and ,unfortunately, this is one of them.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

We've Added Strategy Guide Prices

We now have strategy guide prices on PriceCharting.

The initial list includes all Official Nintendo Player's Guides and some of the more valuable Brady and Prima guides too.

Feel free to add any missing guides to the site and we'll start track sales and prices. Be sure to include the publisher in the name of the guide. For example "Super Mario 64 [Brady]" and "Super Mario 64 [Prima]".

Thank you to all the users who requested this feature over the years.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

PriceCharting Has Added Pokemon Cards

Pokemon Cards

We've added Pokemon cards to PriceCharting.

You can browse card lists for every Pokemon card set including standard, reverse holo, and holo cards.

You can search for pokemon cards with the card name and/or number and quickly find your card out of the 10,000+ Pokemon cards we have in the database.

We're keeping track of the ungraded and graded values for each card and boy, howdy can it make a difference in value. Charizard 1st Edition for the base set is worth almost $300,000 when it is PSA 10 and worth $6,500 when ungraded.

The Pokemon Base Set definitely has the most expensive cards.

Do you own some Pokemon cards but your not a pro in Pokemon card identification? Read our "how to determine what Pokemon card you have" guide and get started.

How to Tell What Pokemon Card You Have: Set, Number, Edition, & Foil

You have some Pokemon cards sitting around and you've heard they can be pretty valuable, but you don't know if your cards are rare or common or even how to tell what card you have. What is "reverse holo"? What is "first edition"? And what the heck is "shadowless"?

This guide will help you determine which Pokemon cards you have so you can look them up and know the value.

How to determine Pokemon card numbers?
Fast way to determine Pokemon card?
How to determine Pokemon card sets?
How to determine Pokemon card editions?
How to determine Pokemon card versions? (Base, Holo, Reverse Holo)

How to determine Pokemon card numbers?

The card number is written on all Pokemon cards. It isn't obvious though. Look in the bottom right or bottom left corner of the card. You will see two numbers.
Pokemon Card Number Example

The first number is the card number for this specific pokemon card. "36" in the example above.

The second number is the number of cards in that set. "114" in the above card.

So this card is number 36 out of 114.

Sometimes cards will have numbers higher than the maximum. These are called "Secret Rare" cards and they are some of the most valuable Pokemon cards.

Fast way to determine Pokemon card?

The number and name are usually unique. So with the card number method above and the name of the card, you can usually search for the card and find the exact one you have without worry about sets.

For example, Bergmite #36. Search for that card on PriceCharting and you'll find the card is for Steam Siege set.

Bergmite Search Example

You only need to determine the version - standard or reverse holo - to know the exact card you have.

You can use the search box below to find your cards with this method.

For cards that don't have unique name and number combinations you will need to look up the set using the steps below.

How to determine Pokemon card sets?

Several times a year, new Pokemon cards are released in different sets. Names like Vivid Voltage, Team Rocket, Sun & Moon, etc.

Each set has a unique logo printed on the card and a unique list of cards. To determine the set, you locate the logo on the card. It's right above the lower border of the card.

Below is an image showing the logo on a card.

Pokemon Set Symbol Example

Then look up the logo in a list of Pokemon set symbols.

The only set that does not have a logo is the Pokemon Base Set. It is the first set of Pokemon cards and the most valuable. If you don't see a logo on your card, that's a good thing.

How to determine Pokemon card editions?

Some early Pokemon card sets have "1st Editions" and regular editions. 1st Edition was the first printing of the card and there are fewer of them and they are worth more money. A 1st Edition Charizard could be worth $300,000 in top condition, while a standard Charizard is worth $6,500.

Look for a "1st Edition" logo on the card. The logo is usually near the corners of the Pokemon artwork.

See an example below.
Pokemon 1st Edition Symbol

The Pokemon Base Set has another "edition" that other sets don't have. It's called "Shadowless".

Some time after the first edition, Pokemon cards started being printed with drop shadows behind the artwork. But there was a period between first edition and drop shadows being added where there was no shadow. These cards are more rare than the standard versions with the shadow, but less rare than the 1st edition.

See examples belows of the shadowless and standard editions.
standard pokemon base set

shadowless pokemon base set

How to determine Pokemon card versions?
Base, Holo, Reverse Holo

Most Pokemon card sets have different versions of the cards. There are "Holo", "Standard", and "Reverse Holo".

Standard: There are no shiny parts on the card. When you tilt the front of the card light doesn't bounce off in different ways on different parts.

Holo (Foil): The Pokemon artwork is shiny. Parts of the artwork reflect light differently when turned at different angles.

Reverse Holo: The part outside the artwork is shiny. Parts of the background will reflect light differently at different angles.

Differences in holo or non-holo can be hard to differentiate in photos, but here are some examples below.

Holo Pokemon Card Example
Holo Pokemon Card Example

Non Holo Pokemon Card Example
Non Holo (Standard/Base) Card Example

Reverse Holo Card Example
Reverse Holo Card Example

Base Pokemon Card Example
Non-Holo (Standard/Base) Card Example

Now you know how to identify your Pokemon cards. Checkout PriceCharting's values to see how much your pokemon cards are worth.



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