Hello from Birmingham, Alabama!
Hello all, from Birmingham, Alabama. I'm a 25 year old avid video game collector and entrepreneur. I've been playing games since before I was old enough to read and the passion has yet to diminish.
I've always had a desire to have a job in a video game related field, and I've always wanted to have my own game shop, so a few years ago I started picking up lots and individual games for cheap in various places. At first I was buying games purely as a collector, but that doesn't put money in the bank.
I started buying games from others and selling them to myself. If I got an awesome deal from the newspaper, eBay (impossible these days), craigslist, or a newspaper, the item would go to the shop. If I wanted it for my personal collection I'd have to pay my shop around the same price as what I would charge anyone else. I wasn't doing myself any favors personally, but I was enriching my own assets.
In November 2011 I decided I wanted to move beyond selling on craigslist. I looked at options on eBay, but the costs were prohibitively high for someone doing this as a secondary "job" with little payout. I was going to make my own online store, but traffic is hard to get when you don't have an established client set. When GameGavel started a promotion that gave away a handful of free seller accounts, I knew that's where my online storefront was going to be.
With all that in mind, I'm glad to be a part of this community and I hope to bring quality items to GameGavel. At some point I wish open a physical store front, but for now I'm glad to be here!