Before I begin, I just want to say that I am entering this discussion for the mere purpose of explaining and reinforcing my comments. I am not here to argue.
As a retail outfit, PGI can't afford to let collector items go for a bargain price; also, they are likely going to set the initial asking price based on factors that don't appy to regular games.
Yes, I too have purchased from PGI in the past. For you, asking $230 for a single, out-of-print game may appear to be fair. For me, I still find this to be an outrageous sum of money to ask. Regardless of the games selling for less, in my opinion, the mere fact that they asked such an outrageous sum makes me question their ethics.
My experiences buying from PGI have been positive. I do not question their good service one bit. They run a good business as far as that is concerned. Ethically, I see things a bit different on selected items they offer/have offered.
And I agree that they should not let items go for "bargain" prices, but $230!? Reah, in my opinion, might be reasonably priced at $75-$85 at most. To me, the attempt to get $230 for this game is a rip off.
The fact is that PGI caters to collectors so any collector who pays more than the game is worth has only himself/herself to blame.
Well, most of PGI's games are listed at very fair prices. If they weren't, I would not have bought from them. It's just the collector's section that has some of the outrageous prices.
I consider myself to be a game collector... a thrifty one. For me, no game is worth more than $80. This pertains to me alone. I have brought the PGI out-of-print section to the attention of fellow collectors I know outside of Gameboomers. All have agreed with me... and no, they are not friends, but mere acquaintances.
For me, some of PGI's prices go beyond the scope of acceptable ethics. I still think they run a fine business, and I am not here to get people to voice negative opinions of PGI, nor not buy from them. Their pricing scheme, for selected items, made me feel, at the time, like stating my views. I do not regret doing so.
Well, that is all from me for now. I apologize if anyone sees this as flaming.