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A friend of mine has an really dirty original Gameboy with a broken screen and a Gameboy color in better physical shape but no sound and the buttons do not respond. He said he knows they are not worth much, but was wondering what I thought a fair price was for them. Is offering him $10 for both a lowball offer? He is a very good friend and I really want to be fair in the deal. Most people wouldn't buy them but I refurbish old consoles and want to get to learning how to do it on handhelds.

What do you all think?

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Personally, I'd just offer something like this and buy him a beer or two if the repair turns out to be super easy.

I tend not to pay more than $10 a piece (for GBAs), so 5-7 for GB/GBC is probably fair and realistic. Repairs are usually pretty straightforward if you've got the time and equipment, but the cost of p

This, exactly.  That GB might just need a good cleaning, and a pad resoldered, and the board ribbon reset.  All free.  Or, the screen could could be bad and then you need to canibalize one or buy a ne

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I don't know. If/when I feel like I want a project, maybe $10-15 for a lot like that is what I might pay. Maybe the repair is easy, or maybe it isn't. It's a gamble, so it's what you are comfortable offering and what he feels is fair receiving.

The GBC is probably repairable with just a good cleaning and maybe an easy resolder, so maybe $20 is fairer. I'd offer him the $10 and if he says it's to low, just ask what he feels is fair.

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I tend not to pay more than $10 a piece (for GBAs), so 5-7 for GB/GBC is probably fair and realistic. Repairs are usually pretty straightforward if you've got the time and equipment, but the cost of parts to recondition a unit can really start to add up, so time + tools + base unit + parts probably puts your offer on point.

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1 hour ago, Renmauzo said:

I tend not to pay more than $10 a piece (for GBAs), so 5-7 for GB/GBC is probably fair and realistic. Repairs are usually pretty straightforward if you've got the time and equipment, but the cost of parts to recondition a unit can really start to add up, so time + tools + base unit + parts probably puts your offer on point.

This, exactly.  That GB might just need a good cleaning, and a pad resoldered, and the board ribbon reset.  All free.  Or, the screen could could be bad and then you need to canibalize one or buy a new one from a modding store.  Either way, you need more hardware and the new boards can go up in price.  They aren't super-expensive but still, it could escalate to a $30-40 project, maybe more depending on shipping costs.

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10 could be a steal or a wast.  what is serial on back of them?   where are they from?  did they have a story?

example is it possible the OGB is a KOR in disguised. so 10 is a steal.  is the GBC from a sewing set?  knowing what the back ground will help set the price. 

if you don't care to know the back story, then what are you doing with them.

if you plan on doing the IPS then 10 is too much. the conversion is will over 60 and they retail for $110. by time you pay shipping and tax, listing fees and shipping you make 2 to 3 dollars for 2-10 hours work not worth the time. 

if you are just experimenting then go for it. 

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On 10/29/2020 at 5:50 PM, Tekdrudge said:

A friend of mine has an really dirty original Gameboy with a broken screen and a Gameboy color in better physical shape but no sound and the buttons do not respond. He said he knows they are not worth much, but was wondering what I thought a fair price was for them. Is offering him $10 for both a lowball offer? He is a very good friend and I really want to be fair in the deal. Most people wouldn't buy them but I refurbish old consoles and want to get to learning how to do it on handhelds.

What do you all think?

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Did your friend ever sell them or you for him?  I'm currently looking for more Gameboy projects to beef up and rehab.  I could see both as some fun total tear downs, mostly just keep the pads, maybe buttons, and the boards for them.  New screens, glass lenses, maybe some nice custom color shells.  Fun stuff to waste a bit of time on.

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