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Game prices in 1998

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From an old JC Penny catalog a friend sent me.

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Yes, PS1 games were also this expensive.... INITIALLY. 

 

It wasn't until later that PS1 games went down to $49.99

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it says those are N64 games, and that their imported which adds a lot to the price.
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A lot of catalogs had their prices marked up, yet sold them cheaper in store / when they released. ($59.99 or less)

I have an old VHS movie catalog. A lot of the movies were $100 or more -- But, they were just place holders.

Some catalogs / websites still do that today. (amazon.com comes to mind.)

 

I even remember the old adds in video game magazines in the late 80's / early 90's where you could order games. The prices were marked up ridiculously high. Then again, a lot of them were imports. Even the picture you posted has "Imported from Japan" on it.

 

I honestly don't remember ever paying (or even seeing) a N64 or PS1 game go for $69.99, here in the US.

$59.99 yes, but that was for the top tier games. I only remember, because back then it was a "whoa" price for me.

Now it's normal.

 

 

This is like someone taking a screen capture of PS4 game prices on amazon.com right now, then uploading it in 15 years and saying "game prices in 2013."

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I use to $40.for brand new games back then , never seen prices that high. Maybe only where you located at.
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Re: Game prices in 1998

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HorrorGod wrote:

 

This is like someone taking a screen capture of PS4 game prices on amazon.com right now, then uploading it in 15 years and saying "game prices in 2013."


We didn't have internet in a lot of places during those days. 

I remeber I could only dial-in to certain websites and message boards if I had the phone number back then. And then everyone got spammed with AOL discs.


Plus, a lot of us would cite it as placeholder prices because this wouldn't be anything new.

 

The game industry was a lot different back then.

 

 

While the photo may list "imported" games.... I do recall my parents paying $80 for Super Mario Bros 3.

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Occhi07 wrote:
it says those are N64 games, and that their imported which adds a lot to the price.

Because Nintendo is a Japanese company.  Back in 1989, EVERYTHING from Japan (or Korea, or China) was listed as 'Imported' when it wasn't manufactured in the US.

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How about these SNES prices?

 

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gR3yGh051 wrote:

HorrorGod wrote:

 

This is like someone taking a screen capture of PS4 game prices on amazon.com right now, then uploading it in 15 years and saying "game prices in 2013."


We didn't have internet in a lot of places during those days. 

I remeber I could only dial-in to certain websites and message boards if I had the phone number back then. And then everyone got spammed with AOL discs.


Plus, a lot of us would cite it as placeholder prices because this wouldn't be anything new.

 

The game industry was a lot different back then.

 

 

While the photo may list "imported" games.... I do recall my parents paying $80 for Super Mario Bros 3.


 

Yeah, the internet was not as widely spread in '98 as it is today. Though, in '98, it was much more popular than when I got it in '95.

 

And wow to Super Mario Bros. 3 costing your parents $80. I remember my older brother paying $50 for it at K-Mart in 1990.

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And moving to cd/dvd was supposed to reduce the cost of producing the games. To bad even now with digital distribution the savings in the cost do not get passed onto the consumer.

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