Hi all, you might remember me from being activeish on the forums around 2013. During 2013 I got a sanyo 3do, played it a bunch, and wound up selling it in early 2014 to put the money toward other old games/hardware (actually went and bought a Jaguar and atari lynx). Now that it's been a little while, I really find myself wanting to mess around with the 3DO again and focus a bit more on the neglected side of gaming history - I think it would be pretty dandy to have the Jag and the 3DO hooked up to my tv next to each other. Now that I've mostly maxed out the games I want to play and own on the jag, it'll be fun to supplement with the 3DO's library.
That being said, in the last 2 years, it seems that prices for the console have gotten quite high! I seem to remember it being possible to get an FZ-1 for $60 or less - whereas now it seems that $90-$120 is a more common figure! $120 is how much I paid for the Sanyo 3DO including shipping from Japan! Any secret tips for places to get an FZ-1 that are not ebay?
If you want a good deal, you have to wait. I've gotten some pretty great deals on eBay, but it usually takes a while for a good deal to roll around. Only a few months ago I got an untested 3DO (plus a pong console) for $35 shipped. It ended up working just fine. Controllers can be had for ~$10 as well if you wait and video cables are generic. And games can be burned until you find a good deal on them or decide you don't want them.
Also look around locally. I got my first 3DO for $30 from a local thrift store. And my best deals are found at yard sales. $0.25 PS1, $5 Wii, $5 PS2, etc etc. Unfortunately, to save money, it takes time. You can't [usually] have the best of both worlds, unless you get lucky.
Edit: Haha. just saw that you don't want eBay stuff. Depending on where you live, definitely try local. If not, there are other forums where people collect and trade systems. Atari Age is one of those places. Try posting to the marketplace that you are searching for a 3DO, but not for top dollar. There will probably be someone there who can at least point you in another direction.