BUYING and selling rare video games can be an expensive business. But what do you need to look out for? Here's Love Antique's Phil Barton on what you need to know. Condition is key - Don't be fooled into thinking that you've found a gem if the box is ...
Last year Brits spent a record £4.3billion on games, making it the fifth-largest market in the world.
Retro and rare games can sell for thousands of poundsIt's a far cry from when many viewed gaming as something only teenage boys were keen on - with older games now selling for THOUSANDS of pounds.
The Sun Online had a look on eBay to see what games are going for a small fortune.
The rarer the game - and the better condition its packaging is in - the more valuable it is, so it's worth checking your attic to see if you've got any long-forgotten copies lying around.
Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land boxed and sealed - sold for £2,172, Game Boy
Wario Land 3 was available on the Nintendo Game BoyThe better condition an in-demand game is, the more likely it is to sell for a lot of money.
This Super Mario game for 90s favourite the Game Boy doesn't actually feature Mario but his arch rival Wario.
What makes this version particularly valuable is that it's still in its original shrink wrapping and is in mint condition - making it worth more than £2,000.
Exertainment Mountainbike Rally/Speed Racer combo sold for £2,050, SNES
Exertainment Mountain Rally/Speed Racer is extremely hard to findThis two-games-in-one combo was released back in the late 1980s and was designed to be used with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and an actual exercise bike accessory.
Experts are unsure how many of these were actually sold or how many are available for sale for collectors now - but due to its rarity demand is huge.
This one was sold by a seller in Birmingham just before Christmas for £2,050.
What to look out for when buying and selling old video games
Condition is key - Don't be fooled into thinking that you've found a gem if the box is damaged, ripped or worn as its value will be dramatically reduced if this is the case. Nintendo NES and N64 games came in cardboard boxes.
Don't get drawn into a bidding war - Going head-to-head with someone on an auction site can inflate the game price beyond its reasonable valuation - so be careful.
Visit trade fairs - Trade fairs and games markets are great places to find rare and unusual games, and meet fellow traders. Visiting will also give you a chance to inspect the games' condition.
Keep them safe - If you're getting serious about your collection, it can be difficult to keep your games in top condition. Collectors can buy clear plastic cases to help protect them.
Collect and play - Unless the game is sealed and you want it to increase in value, then enjoy your collection as games are meant to be played with!
The Legend of Zelda, Gold Pack edition, sold for £1,409, SNES
Collectors are always after rare Legend of Zelda gamesThe Legend of Zelda is one of the most popular game series of all time - and collectors are always on the look-out for rare, mint condition copies of the game.
This boxed "Gold Pack" version of a Link to the Past comes with a strategy guide and was only on sale in Scandinavia, making it worth a pretty penny when it comes up for sale.
Hagane, sold for £970, SNES
This edition of Hagane wasa sold for £970Sometime games that don't receive much attention when they're first released become classics - meaning their value among collectors rockets.
Hagane was released on the SNES in 1995 and its only in recent years that it has started being sold for hundreds of pounds online, so if you've got it in your attic it might be worth putting it up for sale.
SNES bundle, sold for £690
Even unboxed game collections can be worth a fortuneIf you spent your time playing games and not looking at them as an investment, don't worry, you can still make a decent amount of cash by selling your retro consoles and games you no longer want.
This seller sold his SNES and 52 games for £690.
Most of the games are unboxed - but all work - so make sure yours are in decent condition before you try selling them.
What you need to look out for when selling things on eBay
Always set a reserve price - Starting with a low price will attract bidders but you don't want to accidentally sell your item for less than it's worth.
Watch out for seller's fees - You can list up to 20 things for free every month but there is a 10 per cent charge if you sell - including postage and packaging.
Set the right amount for postage and packaging - The auction site offers set postage fees based on what sellers with similar products charged but these might not be the best option for you. Use the Royal Mail price finder to get an idea of what it will cost you.
Close your auction on Sunday - According to eBay, the website is at its busiest on Sunday evenings so try to end your auction then to get the best price.
Sell stuff for free on other sites - You can avoid eBay's fees altogether by selling your things on classified sites, like Gumtree, Preloved or Facebook Marketplace.
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