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First post, by creepingnet

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Just to let the moderators know this is not an announcement, this is just a question I have.

I currently have a collection of Big Box games but the disks on some of them are questionable. Is there any point to attempting to sell any with questionable disks or is that a waste of time? Trying to decide because I'm starting to find a lot of disks I have are going bad and I wanted to determine if it's worth selling those games or not? Are people really that into the packaging or is it better off just to keep everything, esp since I tend to burn CD's and keep ZIP archives/ISOs/etc already of the stuff.

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Reply 1 of 7, by kixs

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I keep my big box collection on the shelf for display only. But it always nice to know the CD or floppies still work.

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Reply 2 of 7, by Joseph_Joestar

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kixs wrote on 2021-08-22, 14:14:

I keep my big box collection on the shelf for display only.

I used to do this too, but then I learned first hand that sunlight and/or heat can cause CDs and DVDs to degrade.

So I now take the discs out of the box and store them separately in a storage locker, while still keeping the actual boxes on display.

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Reply 3 of 7, by Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman

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creepingnet wrote on 2021-08-22, 14:04:

Just to let the moderators know this is not an announcement, this is just a question I have.

I currently have a collection of Big Box games but the disks on some of them are questionable. Is there any point to attempting to sell any with questionable disks or is that a waste of time? Trying to decide because I'm starting to find a lot of disks I have are going bad and I wanted to determine if it's worth selling those games or not? Are people really that into the packaging or is it better off just to keep everything, esp since I tend to burn CD's and keep ZIP archives/ISOs/etc already of the stuff.

I often buy big box games just to get the manuals/documentations, so yes, there is a point to that.

Most of the times, I buy big box games with complete contents, including disks, but instead of bothering to copy the disks into my PC, I'd rather download the game from abandonware sites (hey, I already own the game, do I not?). It's the manuals/documentations that I'm really after.

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Reply 4 of 7, by newtmonkey

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I am in the same boat as Kreshna. I have a small collection of actual boxed games that I bought off Ebay, but I did so under the assumption that the disks would not necessarily work. I just wanted the box/artwork, manuals, maps, etc. Surprisingly, all the disks were functional, but I would have been fine with just downloading the games from abandonware sites or getting the GOG versions to work in DOS.

As long as you list the games as non-working or non-tested, I don't think most people would care and you'd still get plenty of interest.

Reply 5 of 7, by badmojo

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Yep I'd buy a nice boxed copy of a game regardless of whether the disks work too - I often have the disks or a copy of the game already.

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Reply 6 of 7, by chinny22

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Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman wrote on 2021-08-22, 15:23:

Most of the times, I buy big box games with complete contents, including disks, but instead of bothering to copy the disks into my PC, I'd rather download the game from abandonware sites (hey, I already own the game, do I not?). It's the manuals/documentations that I'm really after.

Agree with this 100%
I'd much prefer having the disks even if useless then just a manual in the box. All part of the tactile experience.

Reply 7 of 7, by svfn

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If it's a rare box, people do buy it even without the disk(c)s or in questionable condition. I wouldn't junk the bad discs, but keep it and make a copy of it if you really use the old media.

I don't really use the discs/media that come with big box games, unless I really don't have a source or it has some media I want to archive or image.

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