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Made in USA-priceless collectible.landfill Atari games=$37,000

I'm tellin' ya...made in USA will be like finding something from ancient Egypt or Rome, and will be worth a fortune, or priceless someday.
they dug up Atari games from a landfill and got $37k for them.
one game netted 1.5k alone

someday they'll be digging up those old Gilsons and Ariens and AMF's and putting them in a museum..."look at this, they had it so good, they could afford to put gas in these huge machines, just to move snow back then"

go ahead, laugh...but it's happening

Atari games buried in landfill net $37,000 on eBay

Atari games buried in landfill net $37,000 on eBay.

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November 16, 2014 2:26 PM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a New Mexico city.

An old "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials.

The games were part of a cache of some 800 Atari video games buried more than 30 years ago in a landfill and dug up in April.

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, says the online auction, which ended Thursday, generated $37,000.

"It's really gratifying to see that happening because again to everybody it was a bunch of garbage in the landfill. You're kind of nutty to go dig it up," Lewandowski told KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/1q8twEe).

The "E.T." game, still in its original box, sold for $1,537 to a buyer in Canada. The interest in the games has gone global. According to Lewandowski, online bidders from other countries including Germany and Sweden snapped up items. Earlier this month, a museum in Rome opened an exhibit on the dig that includes dirt from the landfill.

"I keep getting messages from people around the world asking me if there's any more left, it's crazy," Lewandowski told the Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/1y8kq9m). "The people that lost the bids are demanding more but I keep telling them they have to keep checking."

Reports that truckloads of the game were buried in the landfill have been urban legend since the early '80s. The "E.T." game's poor reception when it came out in 1982 was seen as a factor in Atari's demise.

City documents show that Atari consoles and more than 1,300 games were found, including "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Some of the other discovered titles include "Centipedes," ''Warlords" and "Asteroids."

After months of planning with state and local regulators, crews discovered numerous game cartridges on April 26. The dig cost more than $50,000, Lewandowski said.

LightBox Entertainment and Fuel Entertainment pursued the dig for a documentary that is due to come out Thursday.

Alamogordo owns the cartridges because they came from the city's landfill. The revenue will go to the city and the Tularosa Basin Historical Society. Both groups will meet Dec. 1 to discuss how to spend the money.

The remaining game cartridges will be sold on eBay over the next few weeks.




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So you're saying that the USA is going the way of Ancient Egypt & Rome. Two civilizations that thought that they were better than everyone else and looked down on those who different. I guess I see you point.
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There's quite a bit of stuff still made here if you don't look in big box stores to buy it.


I have American made washer/dryer (speed queen)
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I go out of my way to look for American made first and only buy foreign if I can't find a USA option or if it's 10X the price and not much better then the foreign option. Things are trending towards more things being manufactured here again. Sadly I couldn't find an American made 2-stage snow blower this year.

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my focus is on 20th century made in USA machinery and consumer durable goods, the quality was pretty darn good, and in some sectors the best in the world. what we're seeing is a flight to quality, when old stuff sells in spite of being able to buy new for dirt cheap today.

regardless of politics, hubris, and arrogance, the USA made some darn good stuff from 1900-2000 A.D. before the manufacturing base was outsourced to the cheapest communist socialist 3rd world bidders.

Ross Perot called it right when he predicted the "giant sucking sound" that would result from NAFTA and GAAT agreements. We're living it today. Astronomical prices for what little is still mfd. in USA, and what is affordable is made in China and cheap junk.

the demand for old made in USA stuff is a flight to quality, with affordability. they don't make 'em like that anymore, and the price is right too.




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I love my Ariens, but I would bet just about anything that it's never going to be worth more than a couple of hundred bucks on a good day, it's not going to be a museum, and my son nor his kids (someday hopefully) will reap any benefits from it other than having their driveways clear when the snow flies if it lasts that long!
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I have a bunch of Atari games in a box. My favorite was Submarine something or other.


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From 1900 thru the late 1970's the USA was the cheapest 3rd world bidder. The only thing that has changed is inflation and which country is willing to exploit it's population to be the cheapest, and yes until the late 1930's/ early 1940's the USA did in fact exploit its young kids. Japan did it in the 80's & 90's, China is doing it now, and in 10-15 years we're going to be talking about Brazil. They're all just following the example set by the USA in its golden age of manufacturing. The fact that the quality was better has more to do with the price and availability of raw materials than who made and when it was made.
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I'm tellin' ya...made in USA will be like finding something from ancient Egypt or Rome, and will be worth a fortune, or priceless someday.
they dug up Atari games from a landfill and got $37k for them.
one game netted 1.5k alone

someday they'll be digging up those old Gilsons and Ariens and AMF's and putting them in a museum..."look at this, they had it so good, they could afford to put gas in these huge machines, just to move snow back then"

go ahead, laugh...but it's happening

Atari games buried in landfill net $37,000 on eBay

Atari games buried in landfill net $37,000 on eBay.

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November 16, 2014 2:26 PM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a New Mexico city.

An old "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials.

The games were part of a cache of some 800 Atari video games buried more than 30 years ago in a landfill and dug up in April.

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, says the online auction, which ended Thursday, generated $37,000.

"It's really gratifying to see that happening because again to everybody it was a bunch of garbage in the landfill. You're kind of nutty to go dig it up," Lewandowski told KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/1q8twEe).

The "E.T." game, still in its original box, sold for $1,537 to a buyer in Canada. The interest in the games has gone global. According to Lewandowski, online bidders from other countries including Germany and Sweden snapped up items. Earlier this month, a museum in Rome opened an exhibit on the dig that includes dirt from the landfill.

"I keep getting messages from people around the world asking me if there's any more left, it's crazy," Lewandowski told the Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/1y8kq9m). "The people that lost the bids are demanding more but I keep telling them they have to keep checking."

Reports that truckloads of the game were buried in the landfill have been urban legend since the early '80s. The "E.T." game's poor reception when it came out in 1982 was seen as a factor in Atari's demise.

City documents show that Atari consoles and more than 1,300 games were found, including "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Some of the other discovered titles include "Centipedes," ''Warlords" and "Asteroids."

After months of planning with state and local regulators, crews discovered numerous game cartridges on April 26. The dig cost more than $50,000, Lewandowski said.

LightBox Entertainment and Fuel Entertainment pursued the dig for a documentary that is due to come out Thursday.

Alamogordo owns the cartridges because they came from the city's landfill. The revenue will go to the city and the Tularosa Basin Historical Society. Both groups will meet Dec. 1 to discuss how to spend the money.

The remaining game cartridges will be sold on eBay over the next few weeks.
But what is not made or built in china even iPhone iPod are made in china for a pittance then sell like hotcakes over here and elsewhere for hundreds of dollars, even the ships that bring all that Chinese made stuff are built in china or south Korea.
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the demand for old made in USA stuff is a flight to quality, with affordability. they don't make 'em like that anymore, and the price is right too.
Flight to quality ?? What quality, the stuff ended up in a landfill. Who wants to play "Pong"?? People buy that old crap and fossilized dinosaur bones for bragging rights because they have more money than brains.

The price is right ?? You said "one game netted 1.5k alone". Maybe I'm just dirt poor and everyone else on the snowblower forum can afford that, but paying $1,500 for one game really isn't affordable for me presently (waiting on the lottery).

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