Pokemon games have been collectible for a very long time. If you were fortunate enough to have bought and kept them when they were first released, you likely have some very valuable items in your collection. It is insane how valuable some of these games are today. For example, I have Pokemon Soulsilver for the PSP, in its original box with an unused Pokewalker. I got it for $50, but it now sells for over $125. These prices are not going down, either. I routinely see lots of four or five Pokemon DS/3DS games selling for over $250.
However, you need to be careful when purchasing these online as they are easy to counterfeit. This is why you will see many Gameboy Original and Advance games going at cheaper prices. They are SO easy to fake that most assume these are fake copies. If you’re unsure, ask the seller for a picture of both the front and back of the cartridge. Compare it to a picture of a real cart (found online) and make sure everything matches. Pay special attention to the logo placements and the serial number.
If you’re buying on Ebay, look for the tell-tale seller signs. If this person has a rating below 100, be cautious. A lot of counterfeiters get caught and then create new IDs. If it’s someone from China, it’s most likely a fake. There are great deals to be had, just be careful.
I will post another day about identifying fake DS carts as I’ve become somewhat of an expert in the area. When in doubt, you are very likely correct.