Collecting Vs. Trading Scott’s Thoughts

I have conflicting impulses.

I’m a collector. I have multiple shelves in my house dedicated to Nintendo, lined with cases of games, amiibo, preorder bonus merchandise, or Club Nintendo rewards (remember those? They used to be physical).
My biggest console library belongs to Wii, and I hope to outnumber those games with Switch software this generation.

I’m also a tightwad. I prefer saving money over spending it. I don’t mind waiting months or years for things to go on sale before buying.

How does one balance the urge to collect games, when trading or selling them can help financially?
It’s a tough choice.

I’ve purchased 9 Switch games in the system’s first 7 months and sold 3 of them. Sure, it was opposed to my goal of expanding my collection, but they weren’t great games. I’d rather have a small amount of excellent titles than a larger batch where you don’t know what you’re going to get.

When deciding to keep a game or not, first acknowledge that it’s probably disappointed you. If it hadn’t, you likely wouldn’t be debating what to do with it.

Next, this question is super helpful: Do I want to introduce my kids to this?
Whether you’re a parent or not, it helps put things into perspective. Video game collections are best not when they take up a lot of space, but when you can proudly open up a box with your ten-year-old and tell him or her to pick anything; you know you’ll have a great time.

Do I want to play this with my daughter in fifteen years? No, it’s not the best one in the series. Sell this one. We’ll play the older version.

Keep the best, get rid of the rest! You’ll have more space and more money to put toward better experiences.

Related: Simeon’s Guide to Decluttering your Collection

Nintendo Switch Launch Survival Guide

This is our very first collab video with Nintendo Force – kicking off a long tradition of guest appearances on their channel!

March 3rd looms ahead! The excitement is real, but don’t let your guard down. It’s important to go into launch day (or launch midnight release, rather) with a plan! Even if you already have a preorder, there are certian precautionary steps that you can take to ensure you have the best console-buying experience possible. Don’t blow it! This opportunity only comes once or twice a decade. Simeon and Scott are here to speak from experience and give you the best tips on waiting in line, getting the accessories you need, and maximizing your schedule around the new Nintendo Switch release.

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Crazy Amiibo Acquisition Stories

Hope some fools lost their jobs for being so terrible at customer service!

As we all know, amiibo weren’t easy to come by when the waves first started hitting your WalMarts and your Best Buys. There was a clear production shortage that turned the plastic Nintendo toys into collector’s items, sending scalpers into a craze. The genuine Nintendo fans were hard-pressed to find the rare figurines that they wanted to play with! We’ve scoped the Internet out for the craziest stories of what people will do to get their amiibo.

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