This might explain why my collection's absolute shit, but for me "deal"="free". This started when I used to live in England, and the school were upgrading to PCs (back when a Pentium 100 was good) - I got a ZX Spectrum +2 plus loads of games for free. Then I got bored with that, so I traded it with my friend (who also availed of the school's free computer bonanza) for an Acorn BBC Micro Model B, with a 5.25" floppy frive and loads of (all copied, of course) games! Sadly it died in 1999, and I did the retarded thing of throwing it out (still have the FDD and games though). And I never even got Elite!
Then my quest for free gameage continued. And when I moved over here my uncle was in his car-boot sale phase - I got a NES (complete, unboxed, no games), an SMS II (built-in Sonic, nothing else), another ZX Spectrum +2 (full of sand, somehow, but still kinda worked), and a Binatone TV Master (pong clone) all for nothing! I got TMNT for the NES (PAL), boxed, still with the polystyrene in the box, off this really old guy selling complete junk, for an amazing £2.
I also got SMB3 for the NES, another NES (boxed), a PlayStation with 3 controllers, a 486 PC (with a CD-ROM drive!!), and a Pentium II PC with a dead PSU, all for free! I also have a (what seems to be) temporarily-permanent loan of a Dreamcast and about 15 games (including Shenmue 2), and I've just remembered my uncle has two (one possibly non-working) Saturns in his garage! I hope my cousins break his PC again so I have to come down there and fix it some time soon...
My quest now is to get a free Mega Drive and possibly games (or at least Sonic 2). Oh, how I miss my Mega Drive. I had one, with 2 controllers, 2 SIX-BUTTON controllers (and SFII: Champion Edition to make them actually useful), an arcade stick and at least 16 games, but sold it for a ludicrous £60 in 1997 to save for a crappy PS. I'll hate myself forever for that... :-(
Hopefully I've learnt from my mistakes, and I promise my Game Gear's not leaving my house for AT LEAST another 10 years!
Pretty much everything I've listed (that I actually own) is still all worthless crap though. It's not fair, all my friends have the good stuff! I know three PAL Dreamcast owners, 2 PAL Saturn owners (one has Panzer Dragoon Saga, FFS!), and someone with both PAL Suikoden 1 *and* 2!