How To Buy or Sell an Original Nintendo

The Nintendo Entertainment System... arguably one of the most influential systems ever to hit the market, the Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES, as it was commonly known) almost single-handedly defined a generation. Even though it only sported 8-bit graphics and very limited sound capabilities, some of the breakthroughs made in this console gaming system paved the way for gaming as we know it today.

Sure, emulators can be found online to recreate the look and playability of the games, but can that really replace the feel of the controller or the look of the system itself? Even with the virtual gaming network of the Nintendo Wii boasting downloadable NES titles, still nothing can match the original. If you want to get your hands on a NES of your own, or have an idle NES that you want to sell to someone who'll appreciate it, then simply follow these steps.

  1. The best place to either buy or sell a NES system is the internet, especially at an online auction site such as eBay or Yahoo! Auctions. Sign on or create an account so that you can either list your NES for auction or begin your search for a NES of your own.
  2. If you're selling your NES, then you're going to need a seller's account. For most auction sites, these accounts are simply an extension of your normal account. There are fees associated with both the listing and the final sale, so be sure to take those into consideration.
  3. Once you've listed your item for sale, bidders will either bid on your NES auction-style or simply buy it immediately if that option is available. Make sure that you've listed shipping prices so that you don't have to pay to ship the NES out of your profit.
  4. If you're interested in purchasing a NES, begin searching the auction site for a system that appears to be in good shape. In general it's not advisable to bid on auctions without pictures, since the seller could be deliberately hiding a ramshackle system and you won't have any visual clues to potential problems.
  5. While searching for a NES, you might also want to take the time to look for games to go with it. Many auctions will include games with the system. Bid on various game auctions as well as the NES auction of your choice, making sure to check on the auctions as time goes by to ensure that you're not outbid.
  6. Of course, it's important to make sure that the system and games work correctly. After all, the system and all of its games are old and used. Read the auction listings carefully for an indication that they have been recently tested, and try to avoid any that are being listed "as is," often an indication that there are problems with the system. Contact the seller with any questions that you have about how well the system or games work before bidding, and make sure that you know about any return policies beforehand in case you end up with a system that doesn't work.
  7. Once you've won an auction (or several auctions, if bidding on games separately), pay for the system and/or games and provide your shipping details. Delivery will take from 4-14 days in most cases, depending largely upon the shipping method used. When you receive the system and games, hook them up and make sure that everything works as advertised.


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