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Tips for Buying EarthBound

August 2nd, 2012 | Auctions, EarthBound

About once a month I update the EarthBound price info 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: $146 (down from $159, lowest: $74.99 / highest: $209.99)
  • EarthBound guide: $98 (up from $89, lowest: $40 / highest: $172.50)
  • EarthBound complete set: $802 (up from $625, lowest: $366.65 / highest: $1999.99)

It looks like EarthBound carts have gone down a bit in price. But the guide and especially the complete set sells for quite a bit more than it did this time last month. It really seems like complete sets are getting rarer, and the only ones being sold are pristine ones or VGA-graded ones. I guess fans are starting to hoard them or something 😛

Anyway, I was actually surprised by how cheap some of the cart-only ones went for. If you’re looking for a deal on an EarthBound cart, hope isn’t lost! Here are two other that sold for way less than normal, for example:

So if you keep a sharp eye out, you can get some pretty good deals!

Last month I posted some questions I got about EarthBound pricing, this month I actually got a bunch of thank you e-mails about buyearthbound.com. I thought I’d share a couple 😀

E-mail 1:


Want to thank you for making this site. It’s really well thought out, direct and smart. I’ve seen people trying to explain high game prices with nonsense and hearsay and there is none of that on BuyEB. It’s just clear cut logic that I am seeing less and less on collecting/fan sites for classic games these days.

Although I’ve had my EB since release, you have to or hopefully will be helping a lot of others save money on EB. You should make a note at the top that a lot of other titles can be had cheaper if some of the same logic is followed; some of the info is sound advice for anyone trying to collect highly desired/highly priced titles on any system (the MMX titles for example).

Btw, you may want to look into gathering pricing info from videogamepricecharts.com, a non biased (well, as far as I can tell) real time price/sales aggregating site. I don’t know the logistics of ferreting data to BuyEB, but it could make keeping BuyEB up to date easier:


It’s a shame you had to make it at all, but you’re definitely doing a public service that people on other sites like NintendoAge would never bother doing. Thanks again!

E-mail 2:

As an up and coming college student, I have a fairly small budget, and my budget for video games is even smaller. I’ve had my eye on Earthbound since my brother took it when he moved out years ago(lucky jerk) and thanks to your write up I was able to find one in good condition for about 40 bucks cheaper than I thought I was going to have to pay(I’m usually impatient so I’ll just check buy it nows…)

Just wanted to say thanks and let you know that at least one person really appreciates the work that you’ve done. I’m betting you’ve saved a lot more people than just me a ton of money, with tips that are ACTUALLY useful.

Thanks Again,

I’m glad to hear all this stuff is helping fans – I wasn’t really sure how useful it was to people, so it’s good to hear it is!

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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7 Comments to EarthBound Price Update (Aug 2012)

NorthofOnett said on Aug. 2, 2012

Aw man, all those cheap prices!! I finally got my copy of EarthBound just the other day for 100 bucks–which isn’t bad at all–after about a month of negotiating with the owner. And now EarthBound carts are finally starting to drop in value??
Eh, oh well. What’s a couple more bucks for a fantastic game 😀

Punky said on Aug. 2, 2012

This is really helpful, and I sure appreciate your hard work and dedication to this extraordinary game. I had been keeping tabs on some cartridges for about 3 months and finally was able to get one. Keep up the good work!

Robert said on Aug. 5, 2012

😀 thanks for the news Mato, because of it I just won a copy of Earthbound a few days ago. I’m so excited to finally have my own copy.

Mato said on Aug. 5, 2012

Cool, I hope you got it at a good price 🙂

jinxkatty7 said on Aug. 5, 2012

I was thinking about buying my grandmas super nintendo. Im only 12 so I was afraid of having to spend so much money on earthbound. Thanks for making this! Its nice that I have the chance to play Earthbound legally! 🙂

Robert said on Aug. 7, 2012

I got it at $150, I’d say that’s a pretty good price, also shipping was free and an hour and a half away from where I live, so when it got shipped I got it the next day.
I was going to film an un-boxing, but I got so excited I forgot…

Punky said on Aug. 7, 2012

That’s awesome! I got mine a few weeks back and I hope you enjoy the heck outta this game as much as I am. Frankly, I’ve become a little to obsessed. I’ve spent some dough on merch and what not><


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