[Feel free to suggest a better title, couldn’t really think of one other than that]
This post was something I had been thinking of doing for a long time, there are 2 charity shops that I used to like and every so often me and nan would go to one and we’d find something we like and buy it. I can’t buy games brand new so other than playing games through emulators (or recently getting Open PS2 Loader working on the PS2 to play backups) this is really the only way especially since like most people I prefer physical copies of games I like. However both shops have gotten absolutely terrible for me, although for professionalism (or whatever it is) I won’t give out the names or locations of the shops themselves.
The closest charity shops is amazing if you like books and movies with cd’s and dvd’s being a crazily cheap 8 for £1 while books are 4 for £1 (odd but still good), there’s sometimes some interesting looking things there too. I enjoyed finding games and got a whole bunch of Xbox games once (and since they were cheap I didn’t care I couldn’t play most of them). Although that was because they had very recently been handed in, this and the fact that it was usually rather empty made me wonder something so one time I went down there I asked if they had gotten any non PC games and I got the worst answer you could possibly get.
They don’t just check Ebay for prices of old games but I was told by one of the staff that this charity shop in particular actually puts the games up for sale there for the absolutely shitty prices you’d expect from people that know nothing about gaming. This had apparently included gamecube games, something that before I modded a Wii console was one of my main priorities (I still haven’t played any of the Metal Gear Solid games). At least their stupidity backfired on them a tiny bit as PC games can be found sometimes (even if they were almost all bad ones), I theorize its because the boxes usually say something like PC DVD and therefore are put with the other DVD’s without realising they aren’t movies. Either way despite being the closest (and one I can actually walk too) neither me or nan goes there much nowadays.
The second charity shop which is a short driveaway is and will always be Nans favorite to donate stuff too but recently its gone from the best of all the ones around here to the least worst. While they do have games they are incredibly strange prices with PC games being £1 each, PS2 games being £2 each and both Xbox and Xbox 360 games being £3 or more (because they can’t tell the difference between Xbox and Xbox One somehow…). I understand that some of the prices may only seem expensive to me and I’d be willing to fork over £5 if a game was good enough but its usually sports games and the other stuff people don’t want to play.
If you didn’t think that was bad though they get even more idiotic when it comes to hardware, on the rare occasion that a controller comes in they’ll very like ask for £4 or more for it no matter the condition either (otherwise I’d have a spare PS2 controller). There are even times when the hardware is extremely niche and you know it’d never get sold but there’s nothing you can do. One of the worst cases of absolute stupidity happened today though (at the time of writing).
I went into the shop with Nan after dropping some clothes off and immediately checked the tiny section (on a very thin shelf) dedicated to games and noticed a lot of games that could of been ok but not worth. One of these games was Eye Toy Play for £2 and while it may be terrible I was having a nostalgia moment and honestly would of loved to get it but I put it down as I lacked the camera. To my surprise though I spotted it on one of the tables and hoped it wouldn’t be expensive (as Nan looks after my money and I’d say the limit would be £5). However it didn’t have the price on it and when I asked the old woman at the counter pointed at the table at the PS2 stating it came with the console (which was £15).
If it was a decent console I still wouldn’t of got it (since I have a PS2 already) but I wouldn’t of been so annoyed by it (although I tried not to show it). The thing was the PS2 in question had absolutely no wires of controllers other than the Eye Toy Play and yet they wanted someone to buy it. They also didn’t understand when I told them that the camera was useless without the game which as you could guess they were trying to sell seperately from the whole lot. I ended up leaving the shop with nothing but anger and disappointment although luckily (in a way) Nan was also highly disappointed and has agreed to try somewhere else next time. CEX is out of the question since many PS2 games from there never worked for Adam but we’ve yet to buy anything from Cash Converters which while it may seem expensive had quite the assortment of games that were well worth the price.
Thanks for reading, I will be recording a vlog of this at some point but probably tomorrow.