At HPB, we’re all about lifecycles. Every day, our loyal customers buy books, music, movies and more, and when they’re ready to make space for something new (to them, at least!), they visit their local HPB to sell that great merch back to us for cash. Books, music, movies, etc., are our bread-and-butter, but, did you know HPB is also a great stop for buying and selling used electronics?
Yes, you read that right! Bring us your deregistered electronic device, along with any required components that go with it, and we’ll hand over some cold, hard CA$H! Want more details? The HPB Buy Guy has all the specifics. Come in store today to find out what your iPhone 5s or xBox 360 is worth.
Of course, iPhones and Xboxes aren’t the only devices we accept. Why don’t we examine some of the more…intriguing treasures we’d love to see in our stores?
Magnavox Odyssey (1972)
As you may know, 1972 is a special year for us. The Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console, was released in August of that year, just a month after the first Half Price Books store opened!
Due to the graphical limitations of the time, games for the Magnavox Odyssey required a transparent overlay – almost like the layout of a board game – to be placed on your TV screen. In fact, these overlays were specially formatted only for 18 and 25 inch TV screens. The Odyssey may look archaic by today’s standards, but all things have to start somewhere!
NEO GEO (1990)
The Neo Geo was released at a time when arcades were everywhere, and featured games too advanced to be properly ported to home consoles. Video game developer SNK attempted something radical with the NEO GEO: create a system that perfectly mirrored their arcade games. Instead of dropping quarter after quarter at the arcade, you and your friends could have the same experience at home without all the body odor and hair metal blasting over the PA.
There was one problem: the price. The starter package – console, two controllers, and one game – debuted at $650 dollars. Adjusting for inflation, that comes to $1,139! The price of a single game could be as high as $200. In 1991, you could buy a Super Nintendo for the price of one NEO GEO game!
Needless to say, you can now acquire this system and many of its games for a comparatively lower price.
Atari Jaguar (1993)
Atari’s final console system, the Jaguar, was technologically superior to most systems on the market in the early ‘90s, but for a multitude of reasons, it never made much of an impression with the public.
The Jaguar was – and still is – sought after for a few select games that only appeared on this system, most notably Alien vs. Predator, one of the first games based on the Alien and Predator movie franchises. The graphics may seem dated now, but Alien vs. Predator for the Jaguar still regularly appears on many “Scariest Video Games of All Time” lists.
What do you think? Still scary?
Despite being one of the most popular game consoles of all time, the NES had one significant problem: the front-loading, spring-mounted cartridge slot. After several years of wear and tear, most NES consoles would have trouble loading particular game cartridges. If you ever owned an NES, you probably remember having your own little tricks – blowing on the cartridge, hitting the reset button over and over again, or just hitting your NES really, really hard – to get certain games to work.
The NES was still popular enough three years after the release of the Super Nintendo to warrant a full redesign. This affordable, “top-loading” redesign was only in production for two years and remains a highly sought after item for retro game enthusiasts.
Virtual Boy (1995)
Sophisticated virtual reality headsets are finally just around the corner. Twenty years ago, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy, a portable virtual reality gaming device. Despite Nintendo’s best intentions, the Virtual Boy never became a hit due to serious design flaws, chief among them the fact that the headset wasn’t designed to be worn at all. Instead, gamers had to place the Virtual Boy on a stand and keep their eyes pressed against the unit without jostling it, which ended up being a decidedly aggravating and uncomfortable experience for most.
The Virtual Boy ended up selling less than a million units worldwide (for comparison, the Nintendo Wii has sold over 100 million units!), but it’s still a must-have for die-hard Nintendo collectors.
Did you ever own one of these game consoles? Share with us below, and make sure to visit HPB to sell your used electronics!