Why are original XBOX's so expensive?

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#1 Posted by JamesHarden98 (38 posts) -

I was looking into getting and collecting sixth generation consoles because it might be my favorite, but I can't seem to find an original xbox for a reasonable price considering its old tech. Many are +$50 for all the hookups and a controller. Are they at this price because of their easy to hack and emulate on?

#2 Posted by driftingsilvia (4089 posts) -

Because they are now collectables. Collectables cost a lot because they are worth that much. I see NES's go for $100

#3 Posted by simomate (1859 posts) -

I was looking into getting and collecting sixth generation consoles because it might be my favorite, but I can't seem to find an original xbox for a reasonable price considering its old tech. Many are +$50 for all the hookups and a controller. Are they at this price because of their easy to hack and emulate on?

JamesHarden98
James, $50 isn't high.
#4 Posted by simomate (1859 posts) -

I was looking into getting and collecting sixth generation consoles because it might be my favorite, but I can't seem to find an original xbox for a reasonable price considering its old tech. Many are +$50 for all the hookups and a controller. Are they at this price because of their easy to hack and emulate on?

JamesHarden98
James, $50 isn't high.
#5 Posted by Dudersaper (32949 posts) -
I agree, around 50 dollars is quite a nice price for an XBOX.
#6 Posted by Masenkoe (4888 posts) -

PS2s are about the same, I don't see the issue?

#7 Posted by mariokart64fan (19379 posts) -

considering id have to pay 60 plus for a replacment snes next month , 50 is good for an original xbox

#8 Posted by BlendThree (119 posts) -

It's only going to get pricier as time goes on. For $50, stock up on them!

#9 Posted by 4NGoods (1025 posts) -
good god man that price is more than reasonable. what were you expecting to pay?
#10 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

lol what? $50 for a cmplete XBOX is a total ripoff. I paid $30 for mine, complete, and I've seen them as low as $15 since then.

#11 Posted by JamesHarden98 (38 posts) -

Hmm maybe I did not consider the fact that ps2 are going for the same price... It's just I should not have sold my xbox a few years ago because back then they were worth little to nothing but now they are worth alot more. It seems that there was a sharp uptick in the prices for Xboxs whereas the Ps2 and gamecube have gotten progessivley cheaper.

#12 Posted by toxic_jackal (1793 posts) -

I was looking into getting and collecting sixth generation consoles because it might be my favorite, but I can't seem to find an original xbox for a reasonable price considering its old tech. Many are +$50 for all the hookups and a controller. Are they at this price because of their easy to hack and emulate on?

JamesHarden98

Are you shopping around online or in-person at stores (like Gamestop)? I bought my used original xbox at a second-hand video store for $30, with controller, cables, and all. It has a mfg. date from 2005, so if you buy one, make sure you pick a "newer" date.

#13 Posted by doodle35 (21 posts) -
how much is my xbox crystal worth?
#14 Posted by bultje112 (1867 posts) -

I was looking into getting and collecting sixth generation consoles because it might be my favorite, but I can't seem to find an original xbox for a reasonable price considering its old tech. Many are +$50 for all the hookups and a controller. Are they at this price because of their easy to hack and emulate on?

JamesHarden98

what? hera a plain xbox may cost 20 euros.

#15 Posted by BatCrazedJoker (1978 posts) -
50 dollars is not that bad.
#16 Posted by logicalfrank (1641 posts) -

I got an Xbox, all cables, three controllers and six games--all of which are actually good--for $50 a few months ago. I thought it was pretty reasonable. It is kind of hard to imagine people using them as media PCs is keeping the price up but maybe. Seems like you have a lot better options for HDTV for pretty cheap these days.

#17 Posted by Darkman2007 (17929 posts) -

not expensive at all , Ive seen them go for £15-20 for just the plain model , limited edition or specially coloured ones cost more, but my crystal Xbox cost about £25 with games , if I remember correctly.

#18 Posted by gokuofheaven (3442 posts) -
Won an ebay auction for a "like new" green Halo Xbox with 2 controllers, Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4, Morrowind, Splinter Cell, Halo 1, Halo 2, Spiderman, and two other games for about $65. I would say $50 is reasonable as long as it looks "like new."
#19 Posted by JamesHarden98 (38 posts) -

[QUOTE="JamesHarden98"]

I was looking into getting and collecting sixth generation consoles because it might be my favorite, but I can't seem to find an original xbox for a reasonable price considering its old tech. Many are +$50 for all the hookups and a controller. Are they at this price because of their easy to hack and emulate on?

toxic_jackal

Are you shopping around online or in-person at stores (like Gamestop)? I bought my used original xbox at a second-hand video store for $30, with controller, cables, and all. It has a mfg. date from 2005, so if you buy one, make sure you pick a "newer" date.

Ya I would shop in person but all we have where I live is a gamestop and an overpriced dvd place that has old consoles

#20 Posted by JuanGrande386 (1111 posts) -

LOL at you people paying $50 for old systems! Go to thirft stores and yard sales! Youd be amazed at what you might find for incredibly low prices. Local Goodwill had a $15 Xbox and a $25 Xbox the other day, didnt get either because they had obviously been opened up (I could see all the screws on the bottom). Ive gotten 7 PS2s for $5-$25 apiece from thift stores. NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, Gameboys, Kinects, good games, etc Ive found at these places.

#21 Posted by Megavideogamer (5323 posts) -

Considering that the original Xbox cost $400.00 when it first launched. Paying $45.00 for a used one is reasonable. or if they are just over 50 dollars. A Snes goes for $60.00 at used games stores. Shop around if that is possible.

#23 Posted by Sali217 (1274 posts) -
Buy one without the hookups, you can get the cords for cheap. I got my xbox for 11 bucks at value village. Picked up a couple 5 dollar baggies with controllers in them. And grabbed the cords later on amazon. They were pretty cheap.
#24 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

I just saw 3 of them at Goodwill yesterday for $12.

#25 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

I just saw 3 of them at Goodwill yesterday for $12.

Emerald_Warrior

I've seen them for around that price too, but funny enough this one Goodwill on the nicer end of town was trying to swindle someone into buying a used XBOX for $80. They had a Wii for $200 as well:roll:

#26 Posted by Darkman2007 (17929 posts) -

[QUOTE="Emerald_Warrior"]

I just saw 3 of them at Goodwill yesterday for $12.

Shenmue_Jehuty

I've seen them for around that price too, but funny enough this one Goodwill on the nicer end of town was trying to swindle someone into buying a used XBOX for $80. They had a Wii for $200 as well:roll:

ha , last time I went to a 2nd hand shop , there were a whole bunch of Wii consoles in a row (nobody wants the console) , and each was £40.
#27 Posted by jsmoke03 (12760 posts) -

Because they are now collectables. Collectables cost a lot because they are worth that much. I see NES's go for $100

driftingsilvia

I was looking into getting and collecting sixth generation consoles because it might be my favorite, but I can't seem to find an original xbox for a reasonable price considering its old tech. Many are +$50 for all the hookups and a controller. Are they at this price because of their easy to hack and emulate on?

JamesHarden98
where are you looking? ive seen them go for $30

Because they are now collectables. Collectables cost a lot because they are worth that much. I see NES's go for $100

driftingsilvia
you over paid for yours...ive seen them go for $40. where did you pick yours up?
#28 Posted by JamesHarden98 (38 posts) -

Ya im going to look at thrift stores around were I live but the stores near me are so picked over that the only video games and systems they have are $5 ps1 sports titles

#29 Posted by JLCrogue (6042 posts) -

Because they are now collectables. Collectables cost a lot because they are worth that much. I see NES's go for $100

driftingsilvia

I found this store called Games 4 Less in Fullerton, CA and they had almost every game console and games for the old consoles too! They even had Atari 2600s for sale at $80 and their NES systems were $55 (or somewhere around there). I plan on going back to that store and buying some classic consoles when I finally have the money.

#30 Posted by JLCrogue (6042 posts) -

Also, I've kept my original Xbox because I want to hack it and old consoles are nice to collect.

#31 Posted by gokuofheaven (3442 posts) -

[QUOTE="driftingsilvia"]

Because they are now collectables. Collectables cost a lot because they are worth that much. I see NES's go for $100

JLCrogue

I found this store called Games 4 Less in Fullerton, CA and they had almost every game console and games for the old consoles too! They even had Atari 2600s for sale at $80 and their NES systems were $55 (or somewhere around there). I plan on going back to that store and buying some classic consoles when I finally have the money.

That's funny you mentioned that. I went to the Games 4 Less in Santa Ana, CA and I saw they had the Neo Geo Pocket Color bundles for around $70 that I was interested in back in the day. It's not a terrible place, they do have pretty much everything you're looking for.
#32 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

[QUOTE="JLCrogue"]

[QUOTE="driftingsilvia"]

Because they are now collectables. Collectables cost a lot because they are worth that much. I see NES's go for $100

gokuofheaven

I found this store called Games 4 Less in Fullerton, CA and they had almost every game console and games for the old consoles too! They even had Atari 2600s for sale at $80 and their NES systems were $55 (or somewhere around there). I plan on going back to that store and buying some classic consoles when I finally have the money.

That's funny you mentioned that. I went to the Games 4 Less in Santa Ana, CA and I saw they had the Neo Geo Pocket Color bundles for around $70 that I was interested in back in the day. It's not a terrible place, they do have pretty much everything you're looking for.

That's pretty pricey. I see Neo Geo Pocket Colors go for $25-$50 online, depending on condition and box & manual or not.

#33 Posted by gokuofheaven (3442 posts) -

[QUOTE="gokuofheaven"][QUOTE="JLCrogue"]

I found this store called Games 4 Less in Fullerton, CA and they had almost every game console and games for the old consoles too! They even had Atari 2600s for sale at $80 and their NES systems were $55 (or somewhere around there). I plan on going back to that store and buying some classic consoles when I finally have the money.

Emerald_Warrior

That's funny you mentioned that. I went to the Games 4 Less in Santa Ana, CA and I saw they had the Neo Geo Pocket Color bundles for around $70 that I was interested in back in the day. It's not a terrible place, they do have pretty much everything you're looking for.

That's pretty pricey. I see Neo Geo Pocket Colors go for $25-$50 online, depending on condition and box & manual or not.

It's a bundle that includes 6 games. I think those bundles are no longer available. You can find NGP on ebay now for sure, a lot of the games however are not so cheap - complete box/manual/case.
#34 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

[QUOTE="Emerald_Warrior"]

[QUOTE="gokuofheaven"] That's funny you mentioned that. I went to the Games 4 Less in Santa Ana, CA and I saw they had the Neo Geo Pocket Color bundles for around $70 that I was interested in back in the day. It's not a terrible place, they do have pretty much everything you're looking for.gokuofheaven

That's pretty pricey. I see Neo Geo Pocket Colors go for $25-$50 online, depending on condition and box & manual or not.

It's a bundle that includes 6 games. I think those bundles are no longer available. You can find NGP on ebay now for sure, a lot of the games however are not so cheap - complete box/manual/case.

I didn't realize it came with games. But even then, unless you're buying something ultra-rare, like Mega Man, the Neo Geo games are also dirt cheap. I got first-party titles like Metal Slug, King of Fighters, and SNK vs. Capcom for like $4 a piece. The Neo Geo is seriously one of the easiest and cheapest systems out there to collect for. That guy's price is a rip-off.

#35 Posted by Miroku32 (8666 posts) -
$50 for a Xbox? I would gladly pay that for a Xbox with controllers and games.
#36 Posted by tutorhunky (15 posts) -
Check thrift stores. You might not find the complete system, hookups and all, but you can easily score a console. Check a couple thrifts here and there. That's where I get all my retro systems. Payed 10 bucks fro a complete and working gamecube, with the matching purple controller at a goodwill. Give it a shot man.
#37 Posted by JLCrogue (6042 posts) -

$50 for a Xbox? I would gladly pay that for a Xbox with controllers and games. Miroku32

I think that price only includes one controller and no games.

#38 Posted by JuanGrande386 (1111 posts) -

$80 for a 2600? $55 for NES??? Looks like I need to sell my thrift store and yard sale finds on here instead of Ebay since you guys seem happy with getting ripped off!

#39 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

$80 for a 2600? $55 for NES??? Looks like I need to sell my thrift store and yard sale finds on here instead of Ebay since you guys seem happy with getting ripped off!

JuanGrande386

My thoughts exactly. I feel like a lot of the people on here are content with being ripped off when with just a tad bit more effort they could find a system for a lot cheaper at a Pawn Shop or thrift store. It's their money I guess.

#40 Posted by logicalfrank (1641 posts) -

$80 for a 2600? $55 for NES??? Looks like I need to sell my thrift store and yard sale finds on here instead of Ebay since you guys seem happy with getting ripped off!

JuanGrande386

Time is money. If I want something in particular, I can get in the car, drive to the thrift store, look through a pile of random game stuff, maybe find what I want, maybe get into the car again and go to another thrift store... Or I can drop some extra dough on eBay and have it show up on my doorstep in a week. I am not getting ripped off, I am paying someone else to go to the thrift store and find the working game consoles.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy going thrifting it's just that right now spending an extra couple twenties here and there puts me out a lot less than spending an evening shopping for video games.

#41 Posted by bmoore36 (1 posts) -
I have a working Org. XBox that you can buy off of me for $45. I dont play it and it works. I'll even include 3 controllers for you too.
#42 Posted by conkertheking1 (835 posts) -

My theory is that Microsoft bought every used xbox original and destroyed them all so people would have to buy a 360.

#43 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

My theory is that Microsoft bought every used xbox original and destroyed them all so people would have to buy a 360.

conkertheking1

lol I wouldn't put it past MS, however I see used XBOX consoles all the time. In fact, just this weekend I saw several, all for less than $30.

#44 Posted by edgewalker16 (2279 posts) -

$50 is not high...unless you're still a freshman in high school and have no job.

#45 Posted by SonOfChewbacca (653 posts) -

Heck, I recently spent $50 on a new DVD drive for my old Xbox, but that's small price to pay to keep your untransferable save data.

#46 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

$50 is not high...unless you're still a freshman in high school and have no job.

edgewalker16

For an original XBox it sure is. I see them for $20-$30 all the time. I'm in the U.S., though, don't know how it is overseas with original XBoxes.

#47 Posted by edgewalker16 (2279 posts) -

[QUOTE="edgewalker16"]

$50 is not high...unless you're still a freshman in high school and have no job.

Emerald_Warrior

For an original XBox it sure is. I see them for $20-$30 all the time. I'm in the U.S., though, don't know how it is overseas with original XBoxes.

Well, maybe for that kind of console--but in terms of "money to burn" $50 isn't that much. If you want something old (even if it's crap) you'll sometimes have to shell out a premium.
#48 Posted by Nismology (648 posts) -
Here in the UK, original Xboxes are in fact cheaper than used PS2s. Fat PS2s go for £20-30 while original Xboxes go for around £15-25 in my experience.
#49 Posted by rwallacefan (4886 posts) -
Console is understandable... but the games, why the heck is Hitman Blood Money still selling for 17 bucks in the stores I've been to! I seriously had to rip a butthole into the manager just to tell him "Look the game is on Xbox, and it's fairly old, so cut us a break here" My personal favorite is seeing Mortal Kombat Armageddon for 25 bucks, the nerve of some people...