What’s Your Old Video Game Console Worth?
Have an old Super Nintendo, NES, GameCube or N64 lying around? Maybe you have a Sega Genesis or Dreamcast packed away – or even a vintage Atari. If so, you’ve probably wondered what your old video game console is worth – especially if you’ve heard stories about retro gaming systems selling for thousands of dollars on the private market. The following data shows how much old video game consoles are really selling for, gives prices for some of the most valuable gaming systems of all time and shows you how to find the value of your video game console.
Do old video game consoles sell for thousands of dollars?
Unless you have an extremely rare special-edition game console and several overzealous bidders, chances are your old video game console isn’t worth thousands of dollars. Even most limited-edition video game consoles don’t come near the thousand-dollar mark.
That said, certain special editions and rare consoles can command thousands of dollars. A 1979 APF Imagination Machine new in the box is worth up to $3,300, according to RarityGuide.com, while a 1997 Commodore 64 GS new in the box is worth up to $2,500. A 1990 Neo-Geo is worth up to $1,900. In addition, some ultra-rare editions can command thousands of dollars; such was the case with this Ebay auction for the Xbox One Titanfall Development Team Edition, which was only given to members of the Respawn Titanfall development team and sold for $5,100.
You’re probably not going to be able to sell your system for thousands of dollars. However, several old video game consoles are worth a few hundred dollars – and that’s still a few hundred dollars more than you’ll get letting them collect dust.
How much are old video game consoles really worth?
Note: value can be affected by condition, its color, and any add-on features such as additional storage space and motion controls.
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If you have a 6th generation gaming console to sell (PS2, Xbox, GameCube, Dreamcast)…
All 6th generation video game consoles tend to sell in the $40 to $60 range, including the Nintendo GameCube, Original and Slim PS2, the Original Xbox and SEGA Dreamcast. Some will go as low as $30, while others might fetch as much as $80, though these fluctuations are primarily a result of the time of sales rather than any feature comparisons between models.
Some buyback stores will buy older consoles; in particular, those that deal exclusively in video games and video game consoles (options are listed below). Other options include selling to a local video game store or via eBay, a hub for collectors.
If you have a 5th generation gaming console to sell (PlayStation, N64, Saturn, Jaguar)…
You can expect to get anywhere between $15 and $35 for an original PlayStation. The typical range for a Nintendo 64 is $35 to $70, though many sell for around $50.
If you have a SEGA Saturn, you might be in luck: many are worth $75 to $100. And, if you happen to have an Atari Jaguar – a rare console – you might have hit the jackpot. It’s not uncommon for Atari Jaguars to go for $120 to $200 or more.
You may struggle to find an online buyback store that will buy consoles this old. Stick to those that specialize in video games like Cash For Gamers and Game Over. As mentioned, eBay can be a good outlet to find collectors who will buy older consoles. Some local stores will buy them as well; in particular, video game stores that know where to sell them for profit.
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If you have a 4th generation gaming console to sell (Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, TurboGrafx-16, Neo Geo)…
You can sell your Sega Genesis for around $30 to $50, while a Super Nintendo can net $40 to $60, on average. Have an old TurboGrafx-16? It can sell for $50 or more – some have even sold for up to $150.
Those represent the most popular consoles from this generation, though it’s worth noting there is a collector’s market for Neo Geos, which can be worth as much as $160 or more; and add-on’s like Sega 32X, which can go for $50 to $70.
Despite the age of these consoles, the popularity of this generation means you’ll likely find a buyer on eBay or even video game systems buyback stores.
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If you have a 3rd generation gaming console to sell (Nintendo Entertainment System, Atari 7800, Sega Master System)…
The NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) typically sells for anywhere between $20 and $50, though it’s worth noting that price can be significantly higher if you have games and accessories (more on that below).
The Atari 7800 can go for $50 to $75 – again, even more if you have games – and the Sega Master System can net $40 to $70.
Video game console buyback stores may be interested in these systems, and there’s a good chance you can sell them to collectors on eBay.
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If you have a 1st or 2nd generation gaming console to sell (Atari 2600, Magnavox Odyssey, Intellivision)…
An Atari 2600 can sell for $25 to $50, and more if you have games; while Atari Home Pong can be worth $15 to $30 (and up to $100 or more if it’s still in the box).
Magnavox Odyssey models sell for $25 to $50, and Intellivision can get $15 to $30 without games.
Manufactured between 1972 and 1982, this field is littered with one-off and failed consoles that never really caught on, so it can be difficult to find a buyer. However, there is a collector’s market for vintage consoles – and some collectors will pay hundreds for old consoles still in the box – so it’s worth asking video game buyback stores and checking eBay to see if you can sell your console.
Note that this is hardly a comprehensive list of the dozens of video game consoles that can be sold, but it is a representative offering that demonstrates typical old video game console values.
Where to sell your game console
Flipsy Trust Verified Stores Buying Game Consoles
You can contact any of these Trust Verified stores through their contact forms to receive a quote for your video game console (be sure to mention any condition issues to get an accurate price). It only takes a few minutes to complete the forms, and they typically reply with a cash offer within one day.
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