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Where’s a good place to get old video game consoles?

I’m in the market for a Game Boy Advance SP and games for it. I know there’s eBay, craigslist, and local thrift stores, but are there other places I should check? Perhaps retro gaming forums, or specific Facebook Groups?

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  1. emnii Link
    Pawn shops frequently have games and consoles of varying ages. Small video game stores are a given. Gamestop still carries them. For the GBA SP, I recommend not buying it over the internet. Beyond...

    Pawn shops frequently have games and consoles of varying ages. Small video game stores are a given. Gamestop still carries them.

    For the GBA SP, I recommend not buying it over the internet. Beyond the simple stuff to look for (screen scratches, sticky buttons), you'll want to check that the backlight is working, the hinge isn't completely worn out, and the battery works. The battery is probably the least of those concerns because it's only ~$10 for a replacement from Amazon and no special tools needed. Nintendo made a shitload of those things so you can be picky without spending a ton on A+ condition, but a lot of them were owned by kids. If someplace is selling older consoles, they probably have a box full of SPs you can root through to find a good one.

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  2. knocklessmonster Link
    Facebook groups, for sure. Look for small, local boutique game stores, too. They tend to have this sort of thing.

    Facebook groups, for sure. Look for small, local boutique game stores, too. They tend to have this sort of thing.

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