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1. Board Game: Rare Species [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"Rare" - Only ever available in your local charity/thrift shop.
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2. Board Game: Monopoly: Vintage Game Collection [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:14117]
Chris Malme
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"Vintage" - This game has been sitting in my cupboard for years.
 
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3. Board Game: Monopoly: Historic Boston [Average Rating:2.83 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"Historic" - This game has been sitting in my grand-dad's cupboard for years.
 
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4. Board Game: The Complete Book of Wargames [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:8048]
Chris Malme
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"Complete" - We haven't counted them, but there are lots of counters. Watch as they fall out of the box as you open it.
 
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5. Board Game: Shrink [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"Shrinkwrapped" - Isn't kitchen cling film wonderful?
 
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6. Board Game: MINT 400 Off Road Game [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"Mint" - Except for the missing counter, which I have lovingly handcrafted a replacement for, and the coke-stain on the board.

Also the oxymoron - "100% Near Mint".
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7. Board Game: Punch Line [Average Rating:6.26 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"Unpunched" - This game is so boring, no-one has ever wanted to play it.
 
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8. Board Game: Counter Punch [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"Partly Punched" - One of the counters is hanging by a chad.
 
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9. Board Game: Power CARDZ Collectable Card Game [Average Rating:3.60 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"Collectable" - With any luck, you can pick up the missing bits in another eBay listing.
 
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10. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Book [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:9313]
Chris Malme
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"New" - I've just bought it from a thrift shop.
 
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11. Board Game: Wallis's New Game of Genius [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"As New" - It looks like it's just been bought from a thrift shop.
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12. Board Game: Classic Dice Games [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
Chris Malme
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"Classic" - The thrift shop gave it to us.
 
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13. Board Game: Thinking in Circles [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"Think" - As in, "I think it's complete."
 
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14. Board Game: Gigantic [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
Nate Sandall
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Portland
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I love it when you see the words "Large" or "Huge" or "Big" in conjunction with "Lot" or "Set" or "Collection" to describe two games and a puzzle.
 
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15. Board Game: Not An Island [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Nate Sandall
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Portland
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I shudder when I see "Not" and "Like"

Not AH, GMT, SPI, S&T, GDW, WEG, MMP, Mayfair, TSR, 3M, like Rio Grande/Knizia.
 
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16. Board Game: Fresh Fish [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1996]
Tony Nardo
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"Minty fresh".

Not to be confused with the dreaded "mint" word. "Minty fresh" seems to translate to, "This game can in no way be construed as being in mint condition. But I'll use a term with the letters 'mint' strung together to give the illusion of it being in good shape, without actually using the word 'mint' itself."
 
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17. Board Game: Hollywood Players [Average Rating:4.60 Unranked]
Dana Zinsmeister
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College Station
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Words I dread, a 'players' copy. Actual meaning, the game has lined the floor of a damp closet for several years and now, in a quest for money, it is being sold for 'players'.
 
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18. Board Game: What Shall I Wear?: A Fashion Game for Girls [Average Rating:4.60 Unranked]
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"Some shelfwear"


This always means the box is creased, torn, or otherwise beat up.

Look, I have several games with "some shelfwear". This includes light scuffing on one of the corners, maybe a slight indentation in the box top, or fading on one of the sides.


Ebayers who use this terminology give people who actually advertise "some shelfwear" a bad name.
 
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19. Board Game: Adult Late Night Games [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Well loved - this means in a mess, looking as if the dog has tried to make puppies with it.
 
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20. Board Game: Kooky Carnival [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
G. Gomez
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Chula Vista
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The problem with this game is that it is all cardboard. A seller was listing it as complete and in perfect shape, while showing a photo of a torn Big Mouth inside the box.

I questioned him about it, asked if other pieces were also broken. His answer:

"Am I gonna make so much money that I should be bothered to check?"

Thanks, but no thanks!!!
 
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21. Board Game: Smokers Wild [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:14053]
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Newcastle
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" ... from a smoke-free home."

Excellent! My game won't have cancer.



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22. Board Game: Uncle Rez's Pets [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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" ... from a pet-free home"

Excellent! My game won't have fleas or rabies.

But ... ugh ... wait a sec - what's that curly little hair about an inch and a half long then?
 
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23. Board Game: Shipping Empires [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
Kristian
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"Contact Seller for Shipping" - That's the first clue that I don't want this item.

I think a lot of e-bay store owners score oodles of undeclared profits by inflating their 'shipping and handling' fees. I recently bought two items from an e-bay store (Insecta & an expansion) and was "generously" given 50% off the second item (shipping per item was over $5). Luckily the items themselves were cheap ($2.99), and I counted the shipping into the whole price (as I'm sure most people do). But it still gets to me that I was charged $8+ for something that cost about $1.50 media mail to send. $6.50 goes straight into the sellers pocket - not into the cash register. And the post office lets people print up their own labels so the receiver doesn't see the final shipping price.

Yes, there are a lot of fair shippers out there (and I try my best to be one, too), but these sellers who profit from shipping irk me, and ruin the 'spirit' of eBay...

Another GREAT example of this - look up poker chips and you find a nice steel case full for $0.99, but the shipping is $49.99.

Thanks for reading my rant...
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24. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:15116]
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25. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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"Like Chess" It has a bunch of different shaped pieces and the board is sort of squarish.
If the pieces are all the same, then it's "Like Checkers"
 
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