If you're a regular reader of VC&G, you know the important role that clearance isles have played in my adventures as a video game collector. Silly as it may seem, collecting vintage computers and classic game systems starts now, in the present. Wise choices can be made as to what will become rare and collectible in the future, and collectors should seize the opportunity to purchase such items while they're still available through regular retail channels.
Case in point: Thanks to Blu-Ray's conquest over HD-DVD in the hi-def format wars, Microsoft's HD-DVD drive for the Xbox 360 is now $50 (US) new at Best Buy and Circuit City.
Best Buy even has a free HD-DVD movie rebate program that makes the deal much sweeter [expired] If you're feeling lucky, wait a few months and they may dump them for even less. Otherwise, go for it now. If you've got the cash, buy a second and keep it mint in the box.