Buying, Selling and Trading
This page was last modified 11:20, 12 February 2018 by Rderooy. Based on work by Gdx and Grauw.

While occasionally new hardware and software is produced for the MSX, you may want to look a the second hand market for certain items.

This website has its own forum, called Trading and Collecting dedicated to the subject where you may offer items for sale, trade, or ask if someone has something for sale. We suggest that you try that first.

This page is an attempt to help you find places to look and give you some advice.


Buying a second hand MSX

If your looking to buy a second hand MSX, have a look at this page.

Counterfeit software

While counterfeit software for the MSX is not as common as for some game consoles, it does exist. Counterfeit software can be divided into two categories, those that where produced back in the 80's and early 90's and modern ones.

Retro counterfeit

Counterfeit software was produced in large quantities in countries like Brazil and South Korea, but retro counterfeit software can be found almost anywhere. Sometimes the software was hacked to remove the original copyright, title or title screen. Or simply has been transferred to a media which the original was not distributed on. Be aware that such hacks can actually cause stability issues with the software in question.

Modern counterfeit

Modern counterfeit happens due to the popularity of some series like the Metal Gear and Castlevania franchises. This has pushed prices for for instance original Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2 - Solid Snake and Vampire Killer to sky high prices. But other software, especially Konami titles, may also be effected.

Be aware that sellers may claim such counterfeit items as "RARE" and attempt to hide the fact the item is counterfeit, by only mentioning it somewhere in the small print. If in doubt double check with the pictures available on the Generation-MSX website or ask here in the forums.


eBay is obviously the 100lb gorilla in the second hand market, but depending on country may not be the most popular. eBay is typically used to offer items to an international audience. Prices may be higher then local auction sites and you may encounter counterfeit items.

Also simply searching for MSX will bring up a lot of false-positives. So you may want to minimise this by searching by category. MSX items can typically be found in the "Electronics" category but may occasionally also be found under "Collectibles".







The most popular auction site in Japan is Yahoo Japan. Be aware that the descriptions will be in Japanese and the sellers will expect to deal with Japanese buyers. Also the auction site only allows sellers to post a maximum of 3 low resolution pictures which may make it difficult to judge the quality of an item. The likelihood of finding counterfeit items is low. The Japanese will typically also try to describe any damage to the item in detail and may tag an item as "Junk", which is a way for the seller to say the item is sold as-is.


There is also Amazon Japan.

For non-Japanese buyers there are a couple of proxy auction services that can act as a middle man. There is an interesting blog item here that discusses the process and offers links to various proxy shopping services.

Other shopping sites:


The most popular online second hand shop is



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