OLD gaming consoles might seem like bulky hunks of plastic, but some devices carry shocking re-sale value.
eBay sellers are pulling in real dollars for their old consoles – you can too by listing some of these tech fossils.
Atari Pong home console
“The game had to almost be able to play itself so that people would know what was happening.” Atari co-founder and founding father of video gaming Nolan Bushnell once said. “So that was how ‘Pong’ was formed.“
Pong was one of the first games to graduate from the large, boxy arcade form to a home console in 1975 – it’s so simple, even a monkey can play Pong.
Don’t bet the farm on your Pong profits – a used but functional 1976 Pong console is on the eBay market for $99.99.
Jazzy Nintendo 64 consoles
The introduction of the Nintendo 64 was an inflection point in the gaming industry – the console introduced 3D graphics and four-player capabilities for the first time.
Over the years, Nintendo released regional and limited editions of the console in swanky colors and emblazoned with 1990s cultural icons like Pikachu.
Gold Game Boy
In 2004, the 24k gold Game Boy was issued in a contest with just six winners out of 25,000 candidates – in the years since, the gold-dipped handheld has been shrouded in secrecy, with some wondering if the device even exists.
A seventh gold console was produced for a Zelda trivia giveaway hosted by GamesTM, but the winner never publicized their score.
If you have one, you can essentially set your own price as one has never been verifiably seen or sold in public.
The Xbox is a device where the condition of the product is a major factor in pricing.
A factory sealed original Xbox is going for over $7,000 on eBay – to draw in thorough potential buyers, the seller noted the console was stored in a “smoke and pet free home”.
Beatles Rock Band for Xbox 360
Beatles purists, look away!
A 2009 limited edition Beatles-inspired version of Rock Band included a controller modeled after Paul McCartney’s Hofner bass and a drum kit with the iconic Beatles branding.
Sellers with unopened kits are asking for up to $700 for their merchandise – but used, individual pieces of the set can still go for north of $100.
Xbox president Phil Spencer said the Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s fastest selling console of all time – meanwhile, the Playstation 5s are flying off the shelf faster than Sony can build them.
eBay sellers can tap into this hungry market of consumers by keeping their hardware in good condition and parting with it at the right time.
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