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Games You Should Pick #2: Life is Ruff

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by on December 11, 2012 at 3:25 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 Life is Ruff.

In 1979, Target. Inc. released the Life is Ruff Board Game. It is based upon philosophy taught by Howard Ruff in his newletter “The Ruff Times.” It’s a financial simulation game. Each player’s goal is to obtain a survival package of items that are not adversely affected by inflation. The player with the most survival assets at the end of the game wins. This version is the special collector’s edition.

This is an extremely rare game. As with everything, condition and completeness matter to value. However, even ones in poor condition or missing non-important pieces will sell pretty well. $30 is not unheard of for a poor version of this game. Mint condition copies that have never been played can go upwards of $60-70. The important thing to realize with this game is that putting it up for auction is not a good idea. This needs to be a fixed price item, because although it’s valuable, it has a low demand. If you want to sell a good copy quickly, sell it for $40 with free shipping and it will go fast. If you want to maximize your profits on this game, list it for $70 with best offer and you might get quite a few offers quickly, but hold out for at least $60. As with everything, condition and completeness matter to value.

I have sold one copy of this game. It had one repaired corner and some shelf wear, but was otherwise in great condition. It did not look like it had been played with. I sold it for $39.99, including the shipping. I bought this game for $1.50 from an estate sale (my honeyhole estate sale).

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