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Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

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Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

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Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

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by on January 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

Clue 1963 Listing

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Clue is a classic board game that was originally released in the U.K. as Cluedo in 1949. Since that release, it has seen many versions and spin-offs come to life. This copy is the 1963 release and the third release from Parker Brothers in the United States. It’s the original murder mystery game and will never go out of style.

The biggest issue with selling these games is that they are fairly common, so the market is flooded with them. That said, if you price your game right and you have a pretty decent copy, they do sell.

This copy is in good condition. The box has some condition issues, including a taped up apron and corner and a tear in one side of the top box. The bottom box has two torn corners. An arrow was drawn on the inside of the top box. There is shelf wear.  The interior contents are in good condition. The cards do not look like they have been handled much. The contents are complete and include the game board, six colored tokens, six miniature weapons, one die, 21 cards, the solution cards envelope, and a pad of detective notes. It also comes complete with the original instructions (dated 1950, but these are the instructions that came with this game in that year.) The box also has the original insert in pretty good condition, a neat find as the art on it is fantastic!

The reason I haven’t sold it yet is more than likely my price point at $22.99 with free shipping. I know if I wait for the right person to come along who really wants a game with the original insert and barely used contents, I will get the price I am asking for. Selling board games is often about patience. That said, I do have best offer on the item, so I would take a few dollars less.

With this price point, I’m look at my pure profit to be about $9. I have free shipping on the item and it will cost about $10 to ship to most places. I put free shipping on this so I would be higher in the search listings.

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Highlighted eBay Post: Flustration

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by on January 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

Flustration

Flustration (1) Flustration (2)

Flustration asks the question, have you ever been flustrated? Each player starts with 4 marbles in the start position and move them around the board to their home base using die rolls. This game was released in 1974 by Reiss Games. It comes complete with the game board, 16 marbles (4 of each color), 2 dice, and the instructions. This game is VERY similar to Aggravation.

The box has some condition issues. There is rubber band damage and tearing in the paper. There is some shelf wear as well. The interior contents look good. The instructions have some damage but are very readable. The marbles and board are in very good condition. The dice are not original to the game, but are in good condition.

Why hasn’t this game sold yet? More than likely, it’s because who want this ‘type’ of game don’t realize this is what they are looking for. Aggravation games sell for $20 easily, even in mediocre condition. This game is in pretty great condition, has a lot of age on it, and is complete. It’s also got a solid wooden board and is fancier than the normal Aggravation. My price point is very fair at $19.99 plus shipping. The game will sit in my store and probably sell when someone who wants an Aggravation comes across it and realizes what it is.

With this price point, I’m look at my pure profit to be about 15 dollars.

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Highlighted eBay Post: Screaming Eagles

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by on December 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

Screaming Eagles eBay listing

Screaming Eagles Board Game (1) Screaming Eagles Board Game (2)

Screaming Eagles is an air combat game for 2-4 players. Play alone or as a team and be the first to shoot down all enemy aircraft. There are four squadrons to choose from: Eagle, Cobra, Stallion and Tiger, separated into two colors, blue and tan. It was released in 1987 by Milton Bradley.

This is one of those games that has fallen through the cracks for me. Once upon a time, I experimented with Good Until Cancelled, and this was one of the items I did that with. My advice: never do that! First, it apparently severely affects how the listing appears in the search results. And second, doing that could cause you to forget about the item and tweaking the listing is an important part of getting an item sold.

This copy of Screaming Eagles is in good condition. The box is in good condition, with no repairs or splits or tape marks. There is a dirt stain on the top left corner of the top of the box. There is visible shelf wear. The interior contents are in very good condition, but it is missing one blue peg, which is not a critical component to playing the game (there is a large supply of blue pegs.) The original instructions are included.

The reason this game has not sold yet is probably mostly due to the fact I had it as a Good Until Cancelled listing. I also had a very high price point with no ability to make offers. Even though on first look, this game appears to be highly collectible, the demand for it is actually very low, and there’s a pretty good supply of this game out there. Today, I cancelled the listing and re-listed it for a lower price point for 30 days fixed price, with the ability for buyers to make offers. Hopefully this will get it sold!

With this price point, I’m looking at a pure profit of $13-14 dollars. Unfortunately, shipping costs on this game are pretty high. It’s a 4 pound game, so the fees I’m going to have pay on shipping costs will amount to a few dollars. Regardless, it should still net me some decent money, although it may still take a while to sell.

UPDATE on last week’s Highlighted eBay Post: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone Levitating Challenge

I’m 2 out of 3 now with selling my highlighted posts! The St. Louis-in-a-Box hasn’t sold yet, but the Harry Potter Levitating Challenge sold the day after I posted about it (on Friday). It sold for $10.99 plus shipping, so I’ll make a few dollars on it when all is said and done. Interestingly enough, the buyer didn’t pay for the Priority Mail shipping method on this one, so they didn’t need it for Christmas. It arrived the 27th via Parcel Post.

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Highlighted eBay Post: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone Levitating Challenge

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by on December 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone Levitating Challenge

Harry Potter Levitating Game (1) Harry Potter Levitating Game (2) Harry Potter Levitating Game (3) Harry Potter Levitating Game (4)

Harry Potter items are one of those ‘always collectible’ types of products. This is a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone Levitating Challenge. A player sets up an obstacle course and then attempts to get the ball through it, which is levitating in the air thanks to blowing air. The player controls how much air is blowing at any time, so the objective is to raise and lower it accurately, without dropping it altogether or running into an obstacle.

This item is not overly popular, but at the same time, there aren’t a whole lot of them for sale on eBay. The problem with selling this is that, even though Harry Potter items are still very collectible, this item is not one that is in great demand. Not many were bought and sold at the time this item was released, mainly because the gimmick doesn’t appeal to many people, especially collectors. New, unopened ones come up on eBay periodically and the price point is low, no matter if it’s new or opened.

This copy of the game is in good condition. The game has been tested and works well. It is complete, including the original instructions. The box has some tape damage, shelf wear and creasing. There was a battery acid leak but it doesn’t affect the ability of the game to function and has been cleaned up thoroughly, although I disclose this on the listing. Everything else in the game is in fantastic condition.

The reason this copy of the game has not sold yet is likely for two reasons. First, demand is very low on this item. Second, with demand being so low, people are more likely to buy a copy that hasn’t had a battery acid leak or has a box in better condition. I may have to lower my price point even more than it already is to actually sell it. Right now, I have it listed for $10.99 plus shipping. It’s difficult to lower it any more, because I did pay a pretty penny for this item. Electronic games are always a risk unless you are going to open the battery section on site, because leaks happen and it can definitely lower the value of an item.

If I do manage to sell it for $10.99 plus shipping, I’d be looking at about $5 profit on the item, because of what I paid for the item and fees I’ll be paying on the cost of shipping it.

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Highlighted eBay Post: St. Louis In-A-Box

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by on December 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

St. Louis in a Box eBay Listing

 

St Louis Game (1) St Louis Game (2) St Louis Game (3) St Louis Game (4)

St. Louis In-A-Box is a monopoly-style board game from a company that releases a lot of these specific city and college themed games called Late for the Sky. Some of their games go for decent money. They have an entire dog breed related line of games that sell pretty easily. The City-in-a-Box series are a little tougher sells.

The biggest issue with selling these games it that we are competing with Late for the Sky themselves. They sell their City-in-a-Box series of games for $24.95 on their website. Of course, that doesn’t include shipping. Another issue is that we cannot use the word Monopoly in our listing titles. People will report listings that use that in games that aren’t actually Monopoly licensed games.

This copy is in pretty good condition. It doesn’t look like it has been played and the box has very little shelf wear. Condition on these newer games can affect price more seriously than older games, especially on games that can still be bought new, so if you find copies of these games that are in really poor condition, they would be very hard to sell. I would pass on those, unless they are dog breed ones, and even then, I wouldn’t pay much.

The reason this game has not sold yet probably has to do with my price point. I had it listed for $19.99 plus shipping. I reduced my price to $14.99 and I do have a best offer on this item, so we’ll see how quickly it takes to sell now. The demand on these games is also low.

With this price point, I’m look at my pure profit to be anywhere between 7 and 10 dollars. The reason for this range is that I may decide to take a lower offer just to get it off my shelf. I have a lot of games that need the space, plus I’m always buying, so I want to make sure my inventory keeps turning over.

UPDATE on last week’s eBay Highlight – Balderdash

My copy of Balderdash sold Sunday night. I immediately put up the other copy I had in my inventory and raised my price by a dollar, and that one sold within a couple of hours. I don’t have any Balderdash in my inventory now. One shipped quite a distance away and I made less money on it than the other one, which shipped within Texas, but total, my pure profit on both games together totaled $12.30.

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Highlighted eBay Post: Balderdash

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by on December 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

Balderdash Listing on eBay

Balderdash is the original classic Bluffing game. This version was released in 1984. Also, be on the look-out for Beyond Balderdash which was released in 1997. Both of these sell relatively easy.

The biggest issue with games like this is that they weigh quite a bit. The shipping weight on this comes in just under 4 lbs, so the 4 lb. rate is what we have to go with. Balderdash is also not a super rare game, so there are always quite a few up for sale on eBay. As a result, the value of them is not really that high. One of the things I do to stand out from the crowd is to offer Free Shipping to domestic customers. This gets my listing higher rated on the search. I also have it listed for $18.99 (with free shipping), which puts me on the lower end of the pricing for this item.

If this copy had been in better condition, my price point would have been higher, but the box has some pretty visible issues. I rated it VG (very good) because the interior contents look really good and the insert is still in the box (a lot of games don’t have inserts!), but the damage to the box is very clear to see in the pictures, which makes it harder to sell.

The reason this game has not sold yet has to do with supply. Balderdash is one of those very competitive games. There’s a lot of them out there, and there’s quite a bit of demand, so there’s plenty of people posting them. It will eventually sell and I just have to be patient and not lower my price point, because it’s already very good.

With this price point, and free shipping, I’m look at my pure profit to be anywhere between 4 dollars and 7 dollars. The reason for this range is that where I have to ship it will impact my profit. If it’s closer to me, I’ll make more. That’s a risk you run with free shipping and something that needs to be kept in mind when listing an item with free shipping on eBay. Make sure you’ll be okay with the lower end of the profit.

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