I have a question regarding buying a product from Amazon that is in "Collectible" condition.

So I buy some used games from Amazon and in their list of prices and condition of the game, there is a condition of the game they consider "collectible".

If I buy a video game that is in a "Collectible" Condition, am I expected to keep it as a collector's item and not play it/open it at all?

Amazon's condition guidelines may help.

Anyway, afaik, collectible usually means either rare or unique in some way, or a used game that's near mint and complete in box (CIB), particularly if we're talking retro stuff. There's not really a "rule" against playing these. "Sealed" means it's a new copy still in its original plastic wrapper and these are generally intended to stay that way.

Whether you play it or not is up to you tho.

Chimpzy:
Amazon's condition guidelines may help.

Anyway, afaik, collectible usually means either rare or unique in some way, or a used game that's near mint and complete in box (CIB), particularly if we're talking retro stuff. There's not really a "rule" against playing these. "Sealed" means it's a new copy still in its original plastic wrapper and these are generally intended to stay that way.

Whether you play it or not is up to you tho.

So there is no shame in playing or using something that was meant to be a collectible?

Samtemdo8:

Chimpzy:
Amazon's condition guidelines may help.

Anyway, afaik, collectible usually means either rare or unique in some way, or a used game that's near mint and complete in box (CIB), particularly if we're talking retro stuff. There's not really a "rule" against playing these. "Sealed" means it's a new copy still in its original plastic wrapper and these are generally intended to stay that way.

Whether you play it or not is up to you tho.

So there is no shame in playing or using something that was meant to be a collectible?

Well, who would know? However it might pay to look into why someone was keeping (or looking for) something in collectable condition. Either they thought it would be valuable and it isn't... or it is. It might be worth checking into whether or not the item could be valuable before playing it.

Kyrian007:

Samtemdo8:

Chimpzy:
Amazon's condition guidelines may help.

Anyway, afaik, collectible usually means either rare or unique in some way, or a used game that's near mint and complete in box (CIB), particularly if we're talking retro stuff. There's not really a "rule" against playing these. "Sealed" means it's a new copy still in its original plastic wrapper and these are generally intended to stay that way.

Whether you play it or not is up to you tho.

So there is no shame in playing or using something that was meant to be a collectible?

Well, who would know? However it might pay to look into why someone was keeping (or looking for) something in collectible condition. Either they thought it would be valuable and it isn't... or it is. It might be worth checking into whether or not the item could be valuable before playing it.

Well I have seen collectible condition games that are in fairly affordable prices as low as 20-ish dollars.

Samtemdo8:
So there is no shame in playing or using something that was meant to be a collectible?

That really depends on you. Do you want to keep it as a collectible, go for it. If not, you can do as want with it. You purchases it. You have no real obligation to the seller to use the item as they intended.

Samtemdo8:
Well I have seen collectible condition games that are in fairly affordable prices as low as 20-ish dollars.

Collectible doesn't necessarily mean expensive. For example, someone looking to collect all N64 games complete in with manual and original box, will also want to get the really common games like Super Mario 64. With a little luck you can find one of those for $25-30. Collectible? Yes. Expensive? Not really compared to some other games.

If you want to be sure what the common going price for a game is, there are many good resources available like Game Value Now. Quick rundown of pricing terminology from least to most expensive. Loose is a used game that does not come with the original box or manual. Complete/CIB is a used game that does come with the original box and manual included. New is a game that is still sealed in the original packaging.

Anyway, if the asking price is cheaper than the listed price, then either you got lucky and encountered a seller who doesn't know the real value. Or it could be a bootleg. For example, there's a lot of knockoff Pokemon cartridges around. If the price is higher, then either the seller is simply overvaluing the game, or he's trying a rip-off. It's not uncommon for the more shady sellers to describe a game as rare or collectible to make it seem more valuable than it really is and inflate the price.

Basically, just inform yourself of what you're buying. Also look into the seller. Do they sell a lot of games or not. Check any user reviews or comments about them. Are there many negative ones? These are all things that can clue you in to whether a seller is on the money.

 

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