Enemies of Thrifters - Still in Shrink
Mat Thomsen
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I need a Shrink after most days of thrifting. If I had a nickel for every time I've left a store saying, "If I had a nickel for every copy of 'Twilight: New Moon" in shrink.

Ack!

Here is a list for purposes of sharing my pain.

I understand there are other categories of thrifting enemies such as: "There is no way this is complete", or, "Condition: Chewed by Apes", or its little brother: "Tape Monkeys", and last but not least, "When I got it home . . . "

Feel free to make those lists. This has been my experience during my brief venture into thrifting.
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1. Board Game: The Twilight Saga: New Moon – The Movie Board Game [Average Rating:2.77 Overall Rank:15200]
Mat Thomsen
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Not to be confused with Twilight Struggle, or Twilight Imperium. I don't know where to begin with these games. The worst part is, after all of the silent yelling and arguing inside my head, I always land on the same fact: Somehow, these make money for someone. I could fill a landfill with copies I've come across, but somehow, it's good business to produce these games.
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2. Board Game: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – The Movie Board Game [Average Rating:2.62 Unranked]
Mat Thomsen
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see above
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3. Board Game: Scene It? Twilight Edition [Average Rating:3.14 Unranked]
Mat Thomsen
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Here is a lovely bridge to horrific night terror number two.
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4. Board Game: Scene It? Movie [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13794] [Average Rating:5.52 Unranked]
Mat Thomsen
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And here we are. I would love to see a list of all of the versions of this game and then laugh about how hard no one cares.

This picture was taken at my local Savers. Keep in mind, I have six of these stores within an hour of my house and ALL of their shelves look like this.

Seinfeld's face says it all.

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5. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.20 Overall Rank:15668]
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I'm not going to be mean about this game because many people may have fond memories of summer nights playing it on the porch.

I'm just not one of them.

And, I could get a dozen copies for $1 each at any given moment.
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6. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7801]
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See "Life" above.
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7. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15603]
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. . . and all its variations and versions. It's motto in the 21st century should be, "Single handedly destroyed 50% of the world's trees."

Here is an analogy: When the movie "Cars" came out, I went and saw it. When the DVD came out, it "appeared' in my house (I didn't like the movie enough to buy it myself, and yet, we ended up with TWO copies of the DVD). A month later, both my boys had SEVERAL sets of Cars pajamas. I did not buy these either. That movie invaded my home like mold. Two weeks ago, my wife "freecycled" (gave away to strangers) FOUR copies of Trivial Pursuit from our home!

I don't know how they got there.
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8. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15666]
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There is one tiny exception when one is thrifting and this game turns up: that one copy of a vintage version that's in amazing condition. I found a 1961 version for $3 and gave it to my dad (his favorite game) for Father's Day.

Okay, nice story, but the other 9,999 copies I've seen qualify as a thrifter's nightmare. I could go 1982 Mr. T if I made necklaces from all of those tokens!
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9. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.16 Overall Rank:15672]
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I'm sorry. But my little sister didn't even like this when she was five. Just not good, and even worse when it's taking shelf space away from what should be your grail game.
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10. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:1565]
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I actually like this game. But, if I see another copy jamming up the thrft store shelves . . . I can only buy so many copies as gifts! C'mon!
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11. Board Game: Scrabble Junior [Average Rating:4.71 Overall Rank:15557]
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There are at least five copies of this every time I go. Regular Scrabble - yes! I'll take that, I can work with that, but this? Ugh. Enough already.
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12. Board Game: Upwords [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:5770]
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"For those of you who don't like Scrabble, here is a game for you to REALLY hate."
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13. Board Game: Yahtzee [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:15565]
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Another game I don't hate, but that box is just so big for holding five dice. Slim it down to make room for copies of Eon's Cosmic Encounter.
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14. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:14643]
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Loved it as a kid. Don't love it now. 50 copies and counting.
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15. Board Game: Cranium [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6378]
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Honestly, I don't even know what this is, but dozens of abandoned copies can't be wrong.
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16. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2138]
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Apparently, this game has run its course. I see it EVERY time I hit the shops.
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17. Board Game: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? [Average Rating:4.13 Overall Rank:15550]
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Just wanted to add this one to give you more painful memories.

edited to make sure it was the Foxworthy pic! Ack!
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18. Board Game: How to Host a Murder: Saturday Night Cleaver [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
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Murder mysteries, how to hosts, murder parties, etc. I....WANT....TO....BURN....THEM....ALL.

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19. Board Game: The Ungame [Average Rating:2.80 Overall Rank:15638]
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Call me Mr. Obvious, but someone had to post this...
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20. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:412] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Aside from the aforementioned Scene Its, Crania and the dreaded plurality of Monopolies, this is the other constant at my one crappy Goodwill. There is always at least one copy on the shelf, and it is frequently the only game there. It is always super-crappy Glass Chess, never a decent version. If I'm really lucky, it'll be a set that also includes Glass Checkers, Glass Backgammon, Glass Tic-Tac-Toe and/or Shot Glasses.

I freakin' despise Glass Chess.

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21. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:3878]
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Surprised this one isn't here yet. Well, here you go!

I could have built a house out of the Pictionarys I've seen in TSs
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22. Board Game: Trump: The Game [Average Rating:4.37 Overall Rank:15616]
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Every time I see this (weekly) I picture him coldly telling me that I'm fired because i wont believe his birther lies. Donald Trump is a A-hole and he really does not deserve his own game. If superheros were real he would be one because he bought all gadgets necessary to be "super"... like batman.

Oh and I hear the game sucks too.
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23. Board Game: Tripoley [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13579]
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Tripoley everywhere. No thrift run has failed to produce less than a half dozen of these. Gack!
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24. Board Game: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Game [Average Rating:3.27 Overall Rank:15650]
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My worst case scenario? Finding this game everywhere I look.
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25. Board Game: Desperate Housewives Dirty Laundry Game [Average Rating:2.31 Unranked]
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Seriously, who buys this crap?
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