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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 1/15/2013

Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for my Bargain Bandit episode. Every week, I share information about some of my recent sales, show off some favorite picks, and shout out to fellow you-

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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 1/15/2013

Games You Should Pick # 7: Pirates of th

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 fe

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Games You Should Pick # 7: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice Game

YouTube Round-up 1-5-13 to 1-11-13

In this weekly feature, we’ll post links to various videos on YouTube that were posted in the past week. These videos may be helpful to pickers just starting out or to seasoned veterans. Or they

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YouTube Round-up 1-5-13 to 1-11-13

Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

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

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Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

How-To Wednesdays: Checking Board Games

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can b

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How-To Wednesdays: Checking Board Games for Completeness

Games You Should Pick # 7: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice Game

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by on January 14, 2013 at 5:23 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 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice Game

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Who doesn’t love Pirates of the Caribbean? I mean, everyone loves it. From the Disney ride to the movies starring the very hot Johnny Depp, it’s an amazing franchise. Board Gaming capitalized on its popularity and released Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice. It was a very cool game with gorgeous dice and four molded plastic cups. There were a couple of versions of it released, but the above pictured version is the only one I’ve ever managed to find.

Because of the movies popularity, a lot of mainstream gamers did buy this game when they saw it in the stores. As a result, it’s not really that rare and can often be found at yard sales or thrift stores. If you ever see one and it’s reasonably priced ($3 or less), it’s worth picking up, provided its complete. The contents are pretty slim, a collection of dice, four cups, and the instructions, so it’s very easy to tell if it is complete.

I’ve managed to find two copies of this game. Both were complete and in good condition. And both sold very quickly. One I sold for about $25 and the other I sold for $10. I’m not really sure why I sold the second copy for $10 other than I was trying to do a quick turnaround or experimenting with auctions and that went horribly wrong. Normally, I’d price these at $20 to $25 and in the future, I won’t be taking less than that.

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How-To Wednesdays: Checking Board Games for Completeness

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by on January 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can be daunting. If you have a topic you would like to see in the How-To Wednesday topic, please leave comments and we will try to add it to the schedule. Thanks for reading!

A very common question I get all the time is “How do I know if a game is complete?” There are a variety of ways to figure this out.

2013-01-09 17.22.31First, and most commonly, the instructions inside the board game will usually have a detailed list of everything that is supposed to be in the game, including how many cards there are supposed to be (if it’s a game with cards.) If the instructions are missing, fear not, because on newer board games, the back of the box will often have that same listing of contents.

2013-01-09 17.23.15If it’s an older game without instructions or the instructions don’t detail what’s supposed to be in the box, which is a fairly common issue with games that are pre 1970, knowing what is supposed to be in the game can be difficult. One of the easiest ways to check for completeness is to check other eBay listings to see what people are saying there is supposed to be. If you find three or four listings with the same contents list, it’s pretty likely that’s what a complete game looks like.

If you can’t find other listings that detail what they have in the game and the other methods are failing you, another great place to check is boardgamegeek.com. This website is full of information about board games, and the older games will usually have a contents listing or someone will have posted on the forum what the game is supposed to have. If not, it can’t hurt to post yourself and ask what’s supposed to be in the game, and maybe someone who knows they have a complete copy will give you a list.

Finally, Google is your friend and a Google search for the game, if all other methods have failed, will usually result in a million listings that have nothing to do with what you need to know, but one somewhere in that haystack that will give you the info.

When all else fails, simply list the game on eBay and detail out what the contents you have in the game. Do not say it is complete, let other people come to their own assumptions about the game. If you do not claim it is complete, because you aren’t sure, and you list everything that is included, then the person buying the game knows what they are getting.

Hope this helps!

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Games You Should Pick #5: Guess Who

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by on December 31, 2012 at 9:24 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 Guess Who.

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Guess Who? is a children’s game that originated across the sea in Great Britain in 1979. The first U.S. release was in 1982. It’s an incredibly popular and fun game that children of any age and even adults can enjoy playing. The objective is to figure out what the hidden card is by asking pointed questions, like does the person have red hair or do they have a mustache? Based on the answer, players flip down cards that couldn’t be the matching card. It’s 20 questions, portrait style.

Because of the popularity of these games, there are a lot of copies out there. However, as it’s primarily a children’s game, good copies are few and far between. Most are missing cards or have damage. Even ones that seem in great condition are often missing the scoring markers. If you do find a complete one, the year of release actually matters very little. This is one case where the older versions actually tend to under perform  compared to the ones from the 1990s. The pricing of this game can be all over the place, as well. At any given time, there can be about 150 copies of this game, in varying versions, up on eBay. Some people just want to sell theirs quickly, so they really undercut the price. But at the same time they are undercutting, people overcharging are selling their copies too. Because it’s a popular game, a lot of them do sell.

Another interesting thing is that because of its popularity, this game is one of those that comes in many themes. There’s a Star Wars theme, a Marvel theme, a Pokemon theme, and many more. The themed versions tend to not perform as well as the original versions, but they will still sell, so it’s worth picking up. There’s also an electronic version of Guess Who? that is not worth that much and does not sell well, so be sure you get those for very cheap.

I’ve sold three copies of Guess Who? in varying versions. The themed version of Guess Who? I’ve sold was a Littlest Pet Shop copy. I sold it with a Littlest Pet Shop Go Fish game as well, for $21.99 with free shipping. My profit on that one ended up being around 9 dollars ,and only because I did include a second themed game. Otherwise, it would have sold for less. The other two were non themed versions. They were the 2002 release (shown above) and the 1996 release (shown below.) I did better on the newer release, selling that one for $12.99 plus shipping and clearing about $10 profit. On the 1996 release, there were some pretty big condition issues, so I sold that one for $20.99 with shipping and made about $8 profit.

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How-To Wednesdays: Taking Pictures of Board Games

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by on December 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can be daunting. If you have a topic you would like to see in the How-To Wednesday topic, please leave comments and we will try to add it to the schedule. Thanks for reading!

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As with anything where condition is everything in the price of an object, taking plentiful quality pictures of board games is critical. The more collectible, vintage, or expensive the board game, the truer this gets. It’s important that when a buyer looks at the pictures, they know exactly what the game they are going to buy looks like. The description is equally as important, especially when describing defects that don’t photograph as well, like creases or faint stains, but the proof is in the pudding and in this case, the pudding is the pictures.

First, it’s important to take a good picture of the front of the box. This is the ‘drawing in’ picture and should actually present the game in its best light. This is first picture people will see when looking at the listings. If the first picture is not attractive or shows the game, even a game with significant defects, as a quality product, most people won’t even click on it. Be sure to get the box in full in one picture.

Risk Newer Version (4)It is also important that you get detailed pictures of the contents. If there are small collectible figurines, like in Monopoly, you  may want a shot of just those tokens. If there are condition issues on the contents, be sure you get an up-close shot of the worst of those condition issues. In the picture of the green Risk piece, you can see that I am demonstrating that some of the pieces have come apart. I disclosed how many of those pieces came apart in the description, but having at least one picture of that damage in the listing prevents a buyer from trying to claim that I didn’t describe an item properly. Also note, I still sold that Risk game for a lot of money, so damage to unimportant pieces (and these are relatively unimportant pieces since no one ever uses them all during one play of the game) will not actually affect whether someone buys it or not. But not disclosing that info will affect whether they complain when they receive it.

The final, and perhaps most important, item to take good pictures of and disclose in the description is the condition of the box. This can range from disclosing minor shelf wear to significant damage to the box. Take as many close-up pictures of box damage as possible. Here are a few examples:

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I hope this helps you take better pictures and sell games quickly.

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Games You Should Pick #4: The Stock Market Game

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by on December 26, 2012 at 3:39 am

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 The Stock Market Game.

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Stock Market Game: The Aristocrat of Money Games is a family game for 2 to 8 players. The goal is to have the most capital by strategically buying and selling shares of stock at constantly changing prices. The first person to $100,000 wins the game. It was published by Western Publishing Company in 1968.

This game was a popular buy in its time. As such, there’s quite a few of them out there on the market, but many of them are not in the greatest of condition. It was not only popular to buy the year it was released, but it was played like crazy by those who got it. There were two other release years of this game. The 1963 version is actually worth less than this year’s, but there are fewer of the 1963 year out there, and if you can find one in great condition, it might be worth quite a bit. The 1981 release is worth about the same amount as the 1968 release.

I have sold two copies of the 1968 release of this game. The first one was in poor condition. It was well played with and the box has a lot of condition issues. I was able to sell it for $20 plus shipping.  The second one was in much better condition. The box had very few issues and the game did not appear to be handled very much. Because of the lack of condition issues, this one was a much better sale. I was able to sell it for $40 plus shipping. Also, because of the better condition, it sold much faster. This is the truth for any type of board game, the better the condition, the faster it will sell!

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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 12/11/12!

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by on December 12, 2012 at 3:54 am

Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for my Bargain Bandit episode. Every week, I share information about some of my recent sales, show off some favorite picks, and shout out to fellow you-tubers I enjoy watching. I really enjoying doing these shows and would love to hear what other people think.

As promised in the episode, here’s a bonus item that I recently sold!

 

Betty Crocker Cookbooks are easy money! You should always be picking up anything that says Betty Crocker on it, if it has any age to it. This one was from 1976 and was a 5-ring binder. It was complete, although a few of the pages had condition issues. It was written on with magic marker and had some other damage to the covers. However, this version of the cookbook, being in the binder, complete, with the pie cover, is a much-sought after version of this book. The hardcovers go for even more!

I purchased this from a big sale that covered the woman’s house, but it wasn’t an estate sale. I didn’t know when I first started looking around in there that she was motivated to sell, or I might have picked up other things she had priced too high. However, she had $1 on this (and I picked up a Starbucks Mug from her too!) so I nabbed this up the minute I saw it. It sold for $19.99 plus shipping. After fees and the cost of the item are removed, I made $15.04. I originally listed it as an auction for $19.99 and it didn’t sell, so I relisted it at fixed price for $19.99 and it sold within one day.

You can view tonight’s Bargain Bandit episode here (or below). Please visit my channel and like and subscribe! You may leave me comments on my YouTube channel or here. Thanks for watching!

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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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