My opinion on cable storage is that it’s overrated. Cables can still be damaged if they’re taken out and repeatedly wrapped up and shoved back in that space. Neither the V3 SA or TE’s have great storage compartments… Will give this to the TE, though. At least the door doesn’t fall off every time you take the base plate off!
Out of everything that can potentially get ruined on sticks, I think the cables may be the weakest point. IF you store the joystick in a tight box (say like the Tekken Ultimate Anniversary box) over a long period of time and there’s no stress release for the connector cable at the closest point on the outside of the cabinet, at the very least you can have a situation where the outer black insulation gets torn. Your inner signal wires may still be okay but you’ll have to apply electrical tape to cover the tear.
Every joystick has this problem except for the ones with removable connector cords – modded RJ-45 system connector cables, XBox 360 USB removable, etc.
$60 is very good for a used HRAP 3 SA. Used ones can go for substantially more online. $60 is kind of low considering all-Sanwa parts and so on not to mention a more limited run than the HRAP 3 and many licensed sticks. I’ve seen custom stick cases going for a lot more than that.
$80 is probably the least you can reasonably expect to buy for something in like-new condition.
If I had new or low-time sticks with extensive modding and better parts that improved the joystick, I’d definitely charge more than $80. There’s no reason to bend over backwards and give the home away for free after you’ve fixed the roof!