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Topic: reliable websites/places to buy genuine GBA pokemon games (NOT EBAY)

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Jacknotty59

please can someone advise me to where i can find and but some real not remakes of gba pokemon games

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RedderRugfish

If you've got any retro stores around you then I'd look into those. Otherwise, ebay is probably your best bet. It's really not that hard to get genuine copies as long as you know what to look for. I wrote some unnecessarily long and detailed guide about it a while ago https://www.nintendolife.com/forums/retro/ragfishs_definitive...

If you're still unsure, you can post a specific listing of a game you want and I can say whether it appears real or fake and why.

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Zuljaras

Actually if you know how to shop in Ebay it is the best place to buy Pokémon games.
You just need to learn how to know if a cartridge is fake or not.
And most importantly to know if a seller is honest with good reputation and old account.
For example I have a seller on ebay and specialises in Pokémon games for GB, GBA, DS and 3DS and ALL of his games are genuine and with good prices.
That is how I got my Pokémon collection.

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Zuljaras

@ReaderRagfihs Nice guide. Also to add that ALL GBA cartridges have a number + letters in some cases "printed" on the sticker/label. They are kind off edged into the paper and some are seen when looking at them from an angle. I have yet to spot a fake game that actually has this.

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RedderRugfish

@Zuljaras If you look at the fake Fire Emblem in my guide, it actually does have the letters imprinted. They're starting to learn the easier stuff. However, they made the imprints way deeper than they should be, on a real cartridge it's unlikely that you'd even be able to see the letters from a photo at that angle.

It is very effective however at fooling people who know a few basic things to look for, as many guides do state that no fakes will have them.

Edited on by RedderRugfish

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Zuljaras

@ReaderRagfihs Yep. The best way to know for sure it is to have just a quick look at the circuit board.
Is the seller is correct he will event open the cartridge and send photos of the circuit board. That is how I got my Castlevania Double Pack

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RedderRugfish

@Zuljaras Definitely, one look at the circuit board will immediately give it away. They don't always show them though (understandably since a weird screwdriver is required to open them) so you can't always rely on them. Also, if the seller says the game is authentic and it isn't, then ebay entitles you to a refund.

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Zuljaras

@ReaderRagfihs It also shocks me to see that many people do not even acknowledge the Ebay Money Back guarantee!
But again I think that the USA part of the Ebay has more scammer than the European. I have read such horrible stories. Yet I have never experienced any scamming or bad products

People just need to do a little research before buying. The seller reputation backed with his honest word is a sure sign of authentic products.

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Octane

@Jacknotty59 I'm not familiar with all UK sites, but check places like retrogames.co.uk if there are no local retro stores.

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RedderRugfish

@Zuljaras They just need to stop buying the $3 Pokemon listings that have extremely awkward English wording in the listing from sellers who've only sold a few items.

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