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Tips for Buying EarthBound

July 4th, 2012 | Auctions, EarthBound

Once every month I update the EarthBound price information on buyearthbound.com so fans can get the best deals and avoid getting ripped off. Here are the latest prices if you’re interested:

Average Prices:

  • EarthBound cart: $159 (down from $167, lowest: $79.99 / highest: $209.99)
  • EarthBound guide: $89 (down from $101, lowest: $30 / highest: $150)
  • EarthBound complete set: $625 (up from $464, lowest: $350 / highest: $1325)

EarthBound carts still continue to sell in abundance and for high prices, but for a little less than last month.

The guides have dropped in price a little, but because fewer guides sell there’ll always be bigger fluctuations than with the game.

The big story is that complete sets skyrocketed in price over the past month. You might think it’s because of the $1325 copy that sold, but there were a couple others in the $700-$900 range too. I don’t know what’s going on with complete copies anymore 😯

The other day I got an e-mail that I thought would be good to share here:

Alright, so the avg for an EB cart alone has gone through the roof. It’s insane. It’s… $167. What doesn’t make sense, though (and this is why I”m sending you a message), is why an EarthBound guide goes for an avg of $101. You’d think that the price would be higher for the guide, which is more rare, right?

My response was this:

Well, it isn’t always about rarity – in my experience prices tend to be more about what’s in demand. It’s the same thing with Zelda II for the NES – the gray cartridge is rarer but everyone wants the gold one because it’s gold.

In the case of EarthBound, more people want to play the game than have the guide, so the cart is in higher demand, resulting in higher prices.

Buying Tips
As always, I have lots of tips and info on buying EarthBound at buyearthbound.com, so check it out if you’re planning to buy any of the above anytime soon – you could save lots of money!


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11 Comments to EarthBound Price Update (July 2012)

Nintendork said on Jul. 4, 2012

Dang! $635 for CIB?!?!? If I couldnt find a box and insert, I was gonna get a CIB, but now I have second thoughts! I saw a $300 minty one on craigslist for $300 near me though, may have to get it.

Videogameantiques said on Jul. 4, 2012

Hey guys,

I just listed a bunch of rare Earthbound merch for sale on Ebay, just search for Earthbound promo and it should come up. Thanks!

cheezter said on Jul. 4, 2012

worth its weight in gold!

Midna said on Jul. 4, 2012

I find it hilarious that the cardboard standee set up in game stores to advertise Earthbound sells for almost ten times the price of the game itself.

Videogameantiques said on Jul. 4, 2012

Midna, why’s that? It’s about 10,000x as rare.

stevesesy said on Jul. 4, 2012


Disciple of Midna said on Jul. 4, 2012

Stevesesy, the games ALWAYS tend to go down in price this time of year… in fact, they tend to be their lowest during the summer and highest right around the holidays.

Anonymous said on Jul. 4, 2012

yo man, ever heard of sarcasm?

Midna said on Jul. 4, 2012

“Midna, why’s that? It’s about 10,000x as rare.”

Maybe, but when worst comes to worst, you’re paying six figures for a cardboard cut-out instead of the actual game which you’d get a lot more enjoyment out of.

GhostofSM said on Jul. 5, 2012

You could make the same argument about the cart, since you could just download the game illegally and play it online. After all, the cart is just a piece of plastic.

Ghostofsm said on Jul. 5, 2012

Trust me, the people who would drop six figures on the standee already own the game and have enjoyed it plenty. At the end of the day, people spend MUCH more money on MUCH stupider things. Look at all the stupid single people living in big Cities that drive gigantic SUVs for no reason. Yeah, the extra 20k sure was worth it.


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