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  1. Thanks, Brian, don't know if I would have seen this! There have already been a lot of great suggestions here. I am out of the game these days, so I have no experience at all selling on Reddit. I used to do all of my selling almost exclusively on Ebay, though I did do trades and deals through various enthusiast forums (Digital Press, Cheap Ass Gamer) as they had a pretty decent feedback system and they would usually be pretty tight knit. It was rare to get scammed there unless it was somebody with very little activity, and in that case, people would usually be cautious and not setup any massive deals. Ebay is pretty straightforward: - Like Joey said, keep communication through Ebay's system and obviously just ignore outside offers, non-PayPal payment offers, etc. - Always, always ship with tracking information and weigh everything and don't try to guess on shipping costs - Be very descriptive about the condition of the item, any flaws, and take a few high quality photos - I would always recommend researching how much similar items have sold for recent (sold, not just got listed for) and place a Buy It Now price just below that, I can't stress enough how much more you will get with BIN listings vs. auction listings, though it may take longer to sell
  2. Damn...the only game I am truly waiting for, gonna be a long wait. Who am I kidding, I will blink and April will be here soon enough...
  3. Really ready for this to be over, not even speaking directly to Game of Thrones, but many series shouldn't realistically go past 5 or so seasons (and let's be real, the vast majority of series shouldn't go beyond about two seasons). Last night's episode was better and yet, Dany's pivot really made no logical sense, foreshadowing != proper character development. It was still was far better than what was supposed to be the "ultimate" Battle of Winterfell episode if only because it got back to the moral ambiguities and showing that all of the power-seeking psychopaths are indeed psychopaths just as in real life. Fair enough, though Arya is easily the most fully developed character in the entire series. Oh, and HUGELY agree how much it sucks to see Tyrion turned into such a dunce in the last two seasons, it is baffling.
  4. Started a new job almost a year ago still doing software development, I am the lead mobile dev for a three year-old startup based out of Seattle area. I handle both the iOS and Android versions of our end-user app. We have a small office in the Bay Area, too, but I'm the only person that is truly remote. I thoroughly love all of the people I work with, I get to travel out to Seattle every few months where my best friend lives, and occasionally to SF as well. At the same time, if you've followed my other thread, I own a couple of beer bars (our second one opened a few weeks ago) which are hopefully my long-term plan. I love my day job, and also after 20+ years in the dev world, I look forward to the day when I write my last line of code. I could probably eek by on the income from the first bar (and my wife's job) and quit my day job in theory, but I'm just not ready to do that yet.
  5. Crap, I just saw this. I have donated the absolute minimum amount of money (run through several formulas) that will keep me from being ostracized by my LCVG peers and yet keep this site running for the maximum amount of time. No, but seriously, thanks for everything you guys do to keep this site up, it's fucking bonkers that we've been doing this for like 16+ years, it doesn't even make sense. The best part of this donation experience was realizing the email associated with my LCVG account is from my old company I founded in the early 2000's and haven't had anything to do with since 2005. And yes, I just figured out how to change it!
  6. Nice! You could easily make an entire trip out of just Cantillon and 3F, i am super jealous!
  7. Cool, interesting stuff, just curious. Again, wasn't trying to imply you were trying to pull a fast one by any means at all, was just wondering if attitudes have changed around the retro community. I always wondered if the repros/"restored" ones would eventually get good enough where people would start to throw up their hands, I guess it would be more likely to be a problem if the values kept rising. And trust me, I can't fathom trying to seriously collect now with the prices where they are. I amassed most of my collection right at the tail end before things really went nuts, was able to buy out people's complete collections, hit up places like Half Price Books, went all-in when places like Gamecrazy and Toys 'R Us and all of those cleared out all of their retro stock. I sometimes wish I had held onto things a little longer before I finally made the decision to sell most of it off, but at the same time, it also paid for a good portion of my house, so... 🤷‍♂️ I also do miss having a bunch of it, even though I don't really care about collecting these days...it was very cool stuff.
  8. Honest question from someone who has been out of the game for a good long while now, how does the retro/collectors community look at this? Because to me, this basically qualifies as a bootleg at this point. If the repros are good enough, people can now basically misrepresent a vintage product. But I have no idea, do people look at this the same way "restoring" a vintage car is viewed? And, please, understand I know you aren't trying to sell these on Ebay as authentic, I get what you are doing for your own collection.
  9. Thanks, guys! Things are finally settling down a little bit which is nice. And yes, it was/is an insane amount of work from start to completion, past the worst of it now and just to ironing out processes and taking care of things that couldn't get addressed before the opening.
  10. Well, after a very trying week last week being sick, massively stressed, and dealing with all kinds of last minute issues to get open, we made it. The grand opening last Saturday was packed, now we are just trying to knock out the (sizable) to-do list and get the word out in the neighborhood that we are open. Rather than post any of my own crappy pictures, I'll just point you to this local article instead! https://www.thebozho.com/now-open-barleypop-live/ Oh, and the sound system is wonderful.
  11. Well, we finally open our doors a week from today. I'll try to post some pics later because right now the place is still a mess, you'd never know we are going to have our first private friends/family/press event 5 days from now, hah. The geek in me is definitely excited to fire up our $25k sound system, certainly the most expensive A/V gear I've ever purchased! Already thinking about location number three, though will need to see how things go at the new spot and also give myself a break from the non-fun-shit (the planning and buildout phases) for a little while and just enjoy the music and the beer!
  12. VR support for PS4 and PC is incoming and reviews are good. Yes, I still have never bought/touched this game and I foresee finally taking the plunge with all of the content it possesses now plus Oculus support!
  13. Holy shit, we are getting a couple of months away from when we starting planning this second location. Yuck! 😐 We are getting close to opening, should be in the next 4-6 weeks. 170 year-old buildings suck, I will tell you that much! I'll update with pics when we have the opening and when we run our first show. Otherwise, we celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the first spot at the beginning of February, super-duper busy weekend and things continue to go well there. I still drink too much beer. Onward and upward! 😀
  14. Haven't really played any of the entries in this series since Gamecube (Melee) which I enjoyed immensely, since I don't really have friends around that play these kinds of games much. But I was always a sucker for the adventure mode and now online does open up playing with friends a bit. Had a bunch of Best Buy certs burning a whole in my pocket, so gonna give it a shot for $8!
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