In June, 2014 I started an expensive journey down memory lane. Video Game Collecting! Thanks to YouTube I stumbled across the channel "JHMDF" and their playlists: Video Game Sellers & Garage Sale Hunting.
Here is their latest episode of Video Game Sellers: Episode 95: Old or New
Scott, the man both behind and in front of the camera records their weekend where they have a booth at a local flea market buying, selling and trading video games. The thing that drew me into this channel was how it set itself apart from the others by showcasing the fact that not only are they collectors but resellers.
If you watch any YouTube channels about game collecting you'll notice channels avoiding resellers. Prime example is Pat the NES Punk he definitely points out the resllers at his local flea market and to make sure to avoid them. However, VGS isn't like all those other resellers, all the deals I've seen are favorable to the buyers and of course profitible to VGS. None of the deals I've seen take advantage of the buyers that come by their booth.
Another great thing about their channel is that they are very interactive with their followers and subscibers. Each episode of VGS Scott has a question he asks those working the booth with him as well as customers. From the episode above he asks what do you spend more time playing Older games or Newer (GameCube, PS2 and newer) games. Another thing he does is issue follower/subscriber challenges to have him do silly things in his next episode. I've seen him where a GameBoy fanny pack, Shave his flavor saver and mustache and wear a hug me sign thanks to his faithful followers.
Speaking of how interactive Scott is, I reached out to him through his group on Facebook, Video Game Sellers. I told him about the feature I was wanting to put together for our readers and he was more than willing to share his story about his channel!
Scott from Video Game Sellers:
"I originally started my YouTube channel back in 2006 to upload videos of concerts I was working at. I did promotions for concert production companies, and it allowed me to attend and work many shows in Florida. Soon after I got a job working for a record label owned by one of the members of the band Korn, so I stopped uploading footage of shows so there was no copyright issues, conflicts of interests, etc.
Around that same time, I was also a co-owner of a small Halloween prop and decoration company. I would put videos up on my channel of props we built, haunted houses I created, and all around Halloween oriented content. I did the Halloween stuff in between going on tour, working for different bands. Around 2010, I started working exclusively for Korn. I decided to do daily vlog style videos of my travels while on tour, and my daily life while at home I managed to do a video every single day for about a year and a half. Throughout that time, some of those videos included a tour of my game room, reviews and news about video games, and random videos about my other hobbies.
During a long break from touring about 3 years ago, I was trying to think of other ideas for videos on my channel. I decided to start filming a show at my local flea market about video game selling, hunting and collecting games, and just overall goofing around. This is where Video Game Sellers was born. I had been buying and trading games at this market for about a decade, and I had met a lot of interesting people there. Around this same time I got back into going to garage sales after taking a few years off from doing it, and I started filming the video game pickups I got.
These days I pretty much stick to doing about 6-8 videos a month, which consist primarily of the VGS show and my garage sale pickups. It's been 9 years since I started my YouTube channel, and with almost 30,000 subscribers and around 900 videos, I can say I've enjoyed the ride."
Again thanks to Scott for taking the time out of his busy schedule to get back to us and let us know both his story and the story of Video Game Sellers. I'm going to leave you guys with a recent video that might make you a little jealous!
Go check out their Facebook Page and their YouTube channel at the links below!
Posted by: Joe @thee.social.nerd