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Arcade Weekends

For many video game collectors, there is no item more desirable in the whole wide world than their own authentic arcade machine. It’s another Arcade Weekends, and remember, Winners Don’t Use Drugs.

I will point out every week that arcade units purchased from auction sites usually have inflated prices — unless you live close enough to the seller that you can pick the unit up yourself. Many sellers know this and list their items as Local Pick-Ups only (marked here as LPUs). If you DO live near any of today’s sellers, some of these deals aren’t bad.

From Woonsocket, RI: Defender & Defender II combo machine, BIN at $905 but no bids yet at $650, ask seller for a shipping quote.

From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Galaga, $550 BIN or best offer, buyer must arrange shipping.

From Wichita, Kansas: Original Ms. Pac-Man cocktail, a bit battle-damaged but still runs, ends soon at a current bid of $405. The first seller I’ve seen that will ship via UPS.

From Saginaw, Michigan: 1984’s Pac-Land, BIN at $375, LPU or buyer arranges shipping. Pac-Land was an early attempt at a sidescroller that predated Super Mario Bros. There’s no joystick or trackpad, just two buttons to run left or right.

From Dunellon, Florida: Refurbished Street Fighter II machine, LPU or buyer pays for shipping, BIN at $775 but ends soon with no bids at $549.99. Just SFII, no Super or Turbo. Yer not goin’ Turbo, are ya?

From Woonsocket, RI again: Donkey Kong Junior, freight shipping possible, BIN at $915 but has no current bids at $600.

From Staten Island, New York: Cheap Ms. Pac-Man at a BIN of $395, LPU but delivery is possible for $100 within 20 miles of seller’s zip code — of course, for that small distance, you can just drive there yourself.

From Livermore, California: 1983 Star Wars Cockpit Unit. This is way, way out of the price range these posts adhere to. But it’s sure fun to look at….

Written by Torque Smacky

Other things I've done, written and pooped out can be found in one place: www.platypuscomix.net. I am also the founder and editor of BANG! The Entertainment Paper, a Portland publication spotlighting creative talent.

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