For perhaps dubious reasons, I recently repacked my disc-based games in order to save space, illustrating the dramatic space savings in a blog post with before and after shots, plus a sound recording I hope you never hear!
Unbeknownst to me, a bunch of nerds operate a warehouse a 5 minute walk from my house in which you can pull out a C64, VIC-20 or Amiga from a junk bin for $10 a piece, caveat emptor, but nice for props if nothing else. At that price I could practically buy one each for all the active users here to enjoy, except that the shipping of course would be a killer. Now I know that if I find an Apple IIgs or TI-99 at a thrift store for $50 I don't have to snap them up since there are whole racks full of them within walking distance for $20 a piece. Also present: arcade cabinets and circuit boards, TRS-80s, Ataris, pre-PC kit computers, all available at great prices to men with more spacious basements than mine. (They report most of their warehouse contents are delivered by sad-looking men getting married.) In a sense, knowing that they are near -- and less rare than I thought -- makes me less likely to need to snap one up.
Final note, apropos of nothing: a few days left to crowdfund this unprecedented stop-motion animated musical adventure game.
Another 2/3 game purchases and I'm going to have to think about where I'm going to store games I get after that. Just have so many games in various locations they're taking up space in various locations around the flat that I hardly have any space for new ones. Will probably end up doing some sort of fudge around, make use of space more efficiently.
Would also take up some of those cheap C64's and vic-20's, never know how long you'll have the oppurtunity.
For example, I was walking home from my grandma's one Saturday and noticed a skip in the driveway of a house along the way, the owners obviously having had a clear out of some kind, and sitting on top was a pretty pristine looking N64. At first didn't think much of it aside from it being a bit of a waste. Later that night (about 9-10pm) it crossed my mind again and I wondered if they'd consider giving it away or selling it to me, so I decided to drop by early next day and ask. Needless to say, by the time I remembered to, it was several days later and the skip et all were gone.
Moral of the story: take advantages of opportunities whilst you can.
Lately, I've gotten rid of my cardboard boxes and opted for boxes like this for game storage. I've put almost my entire collection in them (Eight of them.), and there's still some room in left. They don't take up much space either as they stack pretty well. I do still have some stuff in a box like this and my shelf, but my closet space has really opened up since I switched to those other boxes.