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Games You Should Pick #6: Aggravation

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by on January 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hi everyone!

I thought since board games are my specialty, I would do a Game of the Week feature where I talk about a different board game and why you should be picking it up. We’ll call this feature Games You Should Pick. To make this interesting, I’m only going to talk about games I’ve actually managed to find and sell. There’s all kinds of games you should be looking out for, like Fireball Island and Dark Tower, but I haven’t managed to find either of those yet!

This week’s game is Aggravation.

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Aggravation is a popular marble game in which players move marbles from their base to their home around a board. It’s very simple gameplay that has been released many times over the years. The first release of this game was in 1962 from the CO-5 Company. It has since been re-released by Lakeside Games and Milton Bradley.

The pricing on this varies from $15 to $60 based on condition.  The age actually has very little to do with the price as well. Original first year copies sell for about the same as copies from 1998. The important thing with this game is that all the marbles are there. The board should also be in very good condition. Even poor condition boxes will sell very easily and for pretty decent money. The better the condition, though, the more valuable the game. Sealed copies from the 60s to the 80s could sell as high as $80. Very good condition copies from all years could net anywhere from $20 for newer versions to $60 for vintage copies (but these need to be near mint). Poor condition copies, with significant box damage, will still sell easily for $15 to $20. These games are difficult to keep in stock, so easily do they sell.

I’ve sold two copies of Aggravation. The first was a 1999 copy that was in excellent condition. I sold that one for $19.99 plus shipping. The other I sold was a very poor condition release from 1977. The box was a complete disaster and the die was a replacement die, but all the marbles where there and the bottom box along with the insert were still in fairly good condition. That copy sold for $14.99 plus shipping. Both copies sold within a couple of days of being listed.

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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

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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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