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You...YES YOU...should respond to that trade request
John Cobb
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A disturbing trend I've noticed in my trading endeavors is that roughly 50% of the time my trade offer expires even though the other person has been on BGG several times during the offer period.

And it's not just me. I've seen other people complain of the same thing. There are many reasons you should act on a trade offer instead of ignoring it and I humbly submit them to you here.

Let's make BGG an even better place to be a geek.

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1. Board Game: Split Second [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:4504]
John Cobb
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It only takes a second to respond. The trade offer email contains links for each possible action. If you have the time to visit the site then you have the time to not leave a fellow geek hanging.

Trade Offer Email wrote:
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2. Board Game: The World's Educator [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
John Cobb
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Maybe you think "That trade is so one-sided that I'm offended and won't dignify it with a response."

But the person offering the trade won't know that unless you tell them. Maybe they are new or maybe (like me) they had never heard of tools like www.spielboy.com and didn't realize that the "value" of the game today was so much less/more than they paid for it just a little while ago.

Teach them to become better traders and you will benefit the entire community.



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3. Board Game: Trash or Treasure [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
John Cobb
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"One geek's trash is another geek's treasure."

It's trite but true. Just because you think an offer is lopsided doesn't mean the person offering the trade does. They probably aren't trying to insult you.

Personally, I have offered a "high value" game I didn't play for a "low value" game I wanted. In my mind, the "values" were just the opposite.
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4. Board Game: Lost in Time [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
John Cobb
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The trade tools on BGG rarely return just one option. The person offering the trade may have a trade plan B (and C,D,E and F) in the event you are not interested....but they can't move on those plans until the current offer is resolved.

Don't leave your fellow geek hanging for days until the offer expires. Just take 1 second to click on a link and resolve this offer.
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5. Board Game: Simply Manners [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
John Cobb
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If nothing else, respond out of common courtesy. The BGG community is one of the best on the internet. If someone took the time to make an offer, take a second to respond.




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6. Board Game: Time is Money [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4838]
Phil Christiansen
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Also, on a very low offer or an offer with something you are not excited about, taking a moment to skim what else they have for trade can often land you a much more appealing deal. Try responding with "Well, if you threw in X..." or "How about X instead of Y". Takes a second, and can make two people very happy
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7. Board Game: Wish You Were Here...? [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
James Best
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Additionally - if you are a fairly regular trader, keep your for trade, want in trade, and wishlists up to date and more importantly - accurate. I take the time to look at folks' wants and trades to see if it's a good match for them. Can't tell you how many times I've sent a GM to someone who has a game I want listed as a 5 or 6 offering a trade of equal value for a game on their wishlist that says "love to have" only to get a curt no or no response.
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8. Board Game: Game of Buy and Sell [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Follow up with someone if you change your mind about selling or trading a game if you know they are interested.


Twice have I been in communication with someone about a game that I really want, offering trades, offering to buy something off their wishlist, or offering straight up cash.

I stop getting geekmails from them, and about a week later, I get a subscription notification for that game being listed in the marketplace. For the price I offered. Why not just sell it to me? You know I wanted it!
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9. Board Game: Deal or No Deal [Average Rating:3.59 Overall Rank:10904]
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Don't trade or sell an item after we've already worked out a deal.

It actually followed my previous geeklist item, I bought an item from someone on the marketplace. (I had talked with him for a few geekmails, he stopped mailing me, then it showed up on the marketplace, so I bought it.)

He sent me a geekmail, offered me a second game for a slightly higher price, to include shipping in the total cost. I agreed, and he cancelled the order. The next day, I received another GM from him saying that he had traded the game, after we agreed that I was going to buy two games.
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10. Board Game: Ab die Post! [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:9957]
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There needs to be a multiple offer only trade feature. Single game trades are rarely worth the postage.


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11. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars 2008 Update Kit [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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In keeping with the spirit of the thread, I wanted to wish my fellow Geeks a Happy New Year and suggest that folks get the year off to a good start by updating their trade lists.

It would also save everyone a lot of time and geek mails if you add what Version you have as well as making comments in the Trade Condition section on what condition your copy is in. Knowing, for instance, that you have the the 3rd rather than the 1st Edition of Hammer of the Scots and whether or not your copy of Brandywine is punched will save everyone some correspondence and probably get you more offers.

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12. Board Game: Hyle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3280]
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Okay, here's a new one that just unfolded for me while this thread was going on. Trade proposer sends a trade request. I take it over to Geek Mail to fully inform him of the condition of the game he wants, and ask if he still wants it. Then ... crickets. His trade request just expired with no response back in GM. Yes, he's been logged in.

But he's also a new user, so I won't go all Medieval on him.

(Note on the choice of game for this GL item - I searched the term "vice versa", which gave me two game choices - both of them display some "a.k.a" name, not Vice Versa, like I wanted. shake)
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