General tips and advice for getting BETTER deals on game purchases.
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This GeekList itemizes methods one could use to get better deals on game purchases. This is not a replacement for BGG's great Hot Deals forum (https://boardgamegeek.com/forum/10/boardgamegeek/hot-deals), but is meant to centralize more generic deals, mechanisms, and techniques that aren't part of Hot Deals.

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1. Board Game: Going! Going! Gone! The Flea Market Auction Game [Average Rating:4.29 Unranked]
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BGG Auction Geek Lists
Many BGG users create Geek Lists of games they are selling, usually in auction format. Most auctions can be easily discovered using this link:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/66420/metalist-geeklist-a...

Subscribe to this to get a message every time a new auction is posted on BGG: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/376624/geeklist-auction-sub...

Users who are very new to BGG Auctions may not add them to this list. I don't know of an easy way to find those ones. Any suggestions?
This isn't Amazon, so beware of shipping costs!
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Convention Auctions
Many boardgaming conventions offer auctions and auction stores where gamers can sell their own games and buy games from other gamers, with convention volunteers working to facilitate the sales.

These offer great opportunities to buy games and related items at great prices. Where auction store rules limit the asking price for games (to encourage placement of expensive games with the con's auction), there can be some great deals to snap up at the start of the auction store. Scan tables for games priced at the maximum start price, then check BGG Marketplace (bookmark this on your smart phone) to see if you have a treasure. Auction stores often have penalties applied to unsold games, further encouraging sellers to offer fantastic deals in the last selling period. You can hardly go wrong just grabbing ANYTHING priced at $1. Want a "sneak peek" at games to be sold before sales start? It sometimes pays to offer a game for sale, giving you access to the sellers' queue before the room is open to buyers. Another trick is to attach a sticky with a note offer and contact number, just before the auction store closes, on interesting games that are still just a tad too expensive. Some sellers will be happy to close a deal for less than their final price, which would usually include a 10% commission, anyway.

If you are willing to sit through auctions (which are often entertaining), and miss a few hours of gaming, do some preparations to get the best deals. Check for a list of published auction lots and check prices before the bidding starts. There are two classes of bidders at con auctions: people who want games for their collections, and dealers (like me!) who will buy only when prices are well below market. Dealers will usually bid on many games, but cap their bids well below typical BGG marketplace prices. I use a clipboard with a printout of games to be sold and my max bid. Want a game up for bid, but have no idea what it's worth? Sit in the back of the room, identify the dealers (who often have different colored bid cards), and just bid until they drop out, and up to perhaps 15% more after that. Outbidding a dealer is generally much safer than outbidding another (possibly over-enthusiastic) gamer.
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2. Board Game: The Great Estate [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Most estate sales happen when seniors move from their large home to a much smaller one. Others happen when home owners lose their home. Unlike yard/garage sales, where a few tables of items are for sale, an estate sale typically involves 50% or more of everything the homeowners possess. A household will occasionally include small or even very large collections of board games.

The majority of offered games are trash, with an occasional treasure trove of games of the sort that BGG users rate highly. Estate sales personnel are usually pretty good at pricing furniture, art, jewelry, and the like, but generally assign the least experienced assessor to look up eBay prices for games. This means that you can get pricing above full retail for a used game, a late edition game priced at the early edition price, a game offered at an eBay starting bid well below likely final value, misidentified game pricing, a box containing multiple expansions priced as the base game, etc. In my experience, about 1/4th of game prices will be good deals and 1/10th great deals. To find an estate sale worth visiting, try doing an advanced search for "games" on http://EstateSales.net, which will find most of those in the USA. Drop by the first part of the first day of the sale and the first hour of the last day of the sale (when prices generally drop to 50% of the starting price). If you will likely be buying more than four games, ask for a volume discount BEFORE you select your games. Saves time. It sometimes happens that you can buy all the remaining games super-cheap during the last hour of the sale. If there's a lot of stock remaining, ask. NOTE! Based on years of experience with many estate sale crews, being pushy probably gets you a WORSE deal. Be friendly. Be cool.

Leftovers are frequently donated to a local thrift store, so there's a second chance to buy incorrectly overpriced games at your local thrifts the next week or two (typically re-priced $2.99 to $4.99). Don't bother asking the estate sale crew what happens to leftovers. They NEVER say.

If YOU have a large collection, see https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/5410/liquidating-gamer-estate a few years before you or an heir liquidates the collection.
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3. Board Game: Googolopoly [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Google Express
This may be Google's effort to become a shopping channel in competition with Amazon. Generally free shipping.

Here's a list of board games offered by their participating stores, sorted by price. It's not a bad browse, and will occasionally turn up a hot deal.
https://express.google.com/s?st=PRICE_HIGH_TO_LOW&cat=B.5337...

Google Express has offered New Customers: 30% Off (Maximum of $30 Discount) on the Google Express App (iOS or Android) when you apply promo code APPSAVE30 during checkout. Shipping is free on orders of $35+ (may vary by store). Deal is time limited, of course, but likely to be operating with varying codes and dates as Google continues to establish this channel.
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4. Board Game: Journey on the Amazon Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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What's on sale
Use this link to see which of BGG's top-rated games is on sale, and by how much. https://www.boardgamedeals.info

Amazon Prime
Becoming a Prime member usually gets you free shipping. An Amazon credit card gets you a 5% rebate on Amazon purchases, which you can then apply to future Amazon buys. Add these two together to get better deals, especially when paired with other Amazon deals that occasionally pop up. One good way to check out current Amazon deals is with this link: https://slickdeals.net/coupons/amazon/. Some Amazon deals, especially too-good-to-be-true deals on mass-market games, will never ship, and others (25% of the shipped ones?) will be fake copies, with sub-standard components and perhaps Chinese and English language rules. Not to worry. The game is still playable and, when you complain about it, you get to keep it AND get a full refund. It's just a 20 minute hassle.


You can check the Amazon price history for many games on https://camelcamelcamel.com/

Buying from Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, and other non-US Amazon sites. I only have a couple of anecdotal experiences with this. I bought two copies of the German language Russian Railroads using a US credit card and my Amazon Prime account. Paid just $105.66, delivered. Note that "Free delivery" for Prime members still resulted in an inexplicable 12.61 Euro packing and handling fee (which was included in the $105.66 net price). I wasn't able to use my USA Amazon card/account, which would have gotten me a 5% rebate. Took a week for them to ship, but I then received them just a few days later by a DHL van. Both copies look GREAT. Also bought DGT Cube Timers from Amazon.co.uk. Buying seven of them at once, I thought I'd have to pay duty on them, but Amazon sent them in two shipments and no import duties and paper hassles happened.

Amazon's "Ding and Dent" - Not fussy about cosmetic issues to a new game? Try Amazon's warehouse for games with minor damage to the box. Here's a pre-canned link for strategy games: https://www.amazon.com/s/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_p_n_feature_ele...

Un-banked deal - Don't have or want to use a credit card, but want to buy from Amazon? Try this link and save $10, too. https://smile.amazon.com/l/17934527011?tag=article-boardgame...

Get refunds if Amazon price drops - https://paribus.co/ offers a service for those who aren't nervous about an app scouring their emails.

eBates - https://ebates.com is a cash-back site that rewards you nearly every time you buy something online. For example, Ebates gives you up to 5% cash back on Amazon.

Discounted Amazon gift cards - I've used this service: https://www.cardpool.com/buy-amazoncom-gift-cards

Calendar of Sales - Based on past sales, Amazon is likely to do a sale on games just before TableTop Day (last one was April 24), just before GenCon (late July sale), and before Christmas.

What to expect on:
Amazon Prime day (??)
Tabletop Day (perhaps 50 games of interest with discounts of 13-30% from next best OLGS price)
Black Friday - Anyone want to share?

[Amazon has traditionally had a sale for Tabletop Day (June 1). They used to just have a sale on the Saturday of Tabletop Day, but last year (or maybe the year before) the sale ran the entire week leading up to Saturday. So I'd start checking Amazon on Sunday or Monday.] - Randall Clayton
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5. Board Game: eBay: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.16 Overall Rank:15829]
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eBay
eBay has occasional sales such as these (now expired):

20% off everything with a minimum purchase of $25

$3 off a $3.01 or greater purchase.

10% eBay bucks award

Make an eBay sale, get coupon for $5 off any eBay purchase

etc.

This is probably the best link to identify any current eBay deals: https://slickdeals.net/coupons/ebay/ or just log into each of your eBay accounts once every couple of days to look for targeted offers. For customers who haven't purchased recently, attempts are made to adjust buying patterns; testing multiple methods for effectiveness.

Note that many eBay deals can be used for anything, not just board games.

The (obvious) key to maximizing value is to find sales with shipping included in the price. For example, a $20 game with included shipping at $30 is the best way to take advantage of a "%50 off a sale of $30 or more" deal.

Don't worry about deals that seem too good to be true. eBay and PayPal guarantee you won't buy a fake (actually, that you will get your money back when you buy and report a fake). The two fake games reports I've made resulted in a full refund and a game I could still cannibalize for spare parts.
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6. Board Game: Have a Cow! [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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CowCow (http://cowcow.com) and its sibling, ArtsCow (http://artscow.com), often have bulk deals that appeal to board gamers. Recent examples include 4-for-$20 or 3-for-$18 custom card decks with free shipping and ten custom draw bags for $20 with free shipping.

Here's a Geek List of bags:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/190164/direct-links-artsc...

Here's a Geek List of card decks:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/40596/arts-cow-card-sets-...
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7. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2958]
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Half Price Books sends coupons to those on their mailing list. When their sale starts, discounts increase every other day, starting at 20% off your highest priced item, then 30%, 40%, and 50%.

The coupons appear to be unique to each person, so you'll have to subscribe to their email list and hopefully you'll receive their email with coupons. https://www.hpb.com

The discount is on a single item only, not your entire purchase.

They also occasionally have a code anyone can use, such as this recent one:
25% OFF your highest priced item at HPB.com
code: FRESH25
valid: March 12-18, 2018

They don't really have any board games listed on their website, but seem to have a decent selection of new games at each store, as well as a changing selection of used games from store to store.

For highly disciplined CC users, you can sign up for Walmart's credit card and get a ($25?) credit on your card. Whenever you use it for walmart.com purchases, you will get a 3% credit of purchase price.
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8. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2958]
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Wal-Mart will price match online offers on any game they sell. I'd like a step-by-step process for each to take advantage of this and actual buyer experiences. The only real sale I've seen is in conjunction with Google Express. I've never seen a general board game sale.

Games for sale:
https://www.walmart.com/search/?cat_id=4171_4191_133123
Here's an always a bit out-of-date list of games of interest to many BGG folks.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oafUR9nJw9dcb_Bva__T...

Walmart's price match policy:
https://help.walmart.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/31
Game buyers will note Amazon.com, Target.com, and BestBuy.com

Does your local(ish) Walmart have a game you seek? Check:
https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory-checker/

Create a Walmart credit card account and get a $25 account credit on an immediate online purchase of $75 or more.
https://www.walmart.com/cp/walmart-credit-card/632402
Afterwards, you get 3% cash back when you use it for Walmart.com purchases.

Buy a discounted Walmart gift card for an additional ~2% off. I've successfully used this service: https://www.cardpool.com/buy-walmart-gift-cards
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9. Board Game Publisher: Barnes & Noble
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Barnes and Noble carries a few strategy games, but with prices that make them anything but hot deals. They have a 'Red Dot' clearance sale several times a year, typically starting April/June/September/December, with discounts starting at 50% off and eventually descending to 75% off.
Any games on clearance can be found here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/clearance/toys-games/strate... Sign up with B&N to get additional coupon codes and one time deals. They had a 10%-15% stacking discount through April 5. April 2019 clearance 50% off sale began on April 30, 2019, with some decent titles included. Discount was raised to 75% off on May 27.

B&N Membership is $25/year, and comes with $60 in coupons. Members get:

In-Store Savings
40% Off List Price of Hardcover Bestsellers
10% Off B&N Price of Almost Everything Else*
Free Express Shipping on BN.com Orders
with no minimum purchase**
Member-Exclusive Offers
Members get special savings via email throughout the year

Everything you want to know about getting deals from B&N, except what the membership coupons include...
https://www.moneytalksnews.com/6-ways-to-avoid-paying-full-p...

I've heard from a B&N customer that stacking deals is only possible now if B&N staff screw up.

Some buyers are comfortable with buying second party gift cards to use for B&N purchases. See https://www.cardpool.com/buy-barnes-noble-gift-cards for 17% discounted cards.
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10. Board Game Publisher: Target
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Target red card (see https://www.target.com/c/redcard/-/N-4tfyn) saves you 5% on all Target sales, free shipping on most sales, early access to some sales, and 30 extra days for returns.

Target has had annual sales in the past. The B2G1 (Buy 2 Get 1 free) is in Jan/Feb. B1G1 (Buy 1 Get 1 at 50% off) has been in April. These deals don't stack, except with gift cards. A "sale" with a $25 gift card given when you buy $100 in games or toys was held during May 26-June 1, 2019 and again in late August, 2019. Note that you may place more than one $100 order, and will get an additional $25 gift card for each of them. Each order should be structured to be just over $100, since a $200 order will get you only one $25 gift card.

Here's Target's strategy game inventory, leaving out vending partners, such as Noble Knight Games, which aren't part of Target's sales:
https://www.target.com/c/board-games-puzzles-toys/all-deals/...

Does your local(ish) Target have a game you want?
https://brickseek.com/target-inventory-checker

List of Target-stocked games of greater interest to typical BGG users.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16QJQK9vmxNFBL9HzJ8Kq... Target occasionally offers a buy two get one free, or a Buy One Get One for 50% Less sale. The key to maximizing value with these is to buy sets of three or two games at each price point. Load your cart in advance and be ready to buy quickly when sale goes live at midnight PST, or first thing the next morning, as "hot" and best value titles go out of stock.

Some buyers are comfortable with buying second party gift cards to use for Target purchases. See https://www.cardpool.com/buy-target-gift-cards for the best discount that works for me. It takes two days to get gift card codes. Note that Target gift cards of up to $300 can be purchased direct from Target at a 10% discount late in the year. Use the card when you pay for B2G1 and B1G1 sales. Note that you won't get the Red Card 5% discount, so Red Card users should not buy a gift card unless the card is discounted more than 5%.

Getting married? Create a gift registry on Target and get 15% discount on any items on your list you didn't receive as a wedding gift. https://www.target.com/gift-registry/wedding-registry

Target will price match online offers on any game they sell, or so I've been told (I've not yet researched it). Here's Target's price match page: http://help.target.com/help/subcategoryarticle?childcat=Pric...

Here are the online sites they say they will match (Amazon.com is notable):
https://corporate.target.com/_media/TargetCorp/about/pdf/Pri...

I'm fuzzy on the process to match online sales with Target.com purchases. Has anyone actually done this? I see that you need to show a Target rep the pricing. How does one do that with online sales?

When an order with many games ships, you will often be offered a $1 savings if you allow target to consolidate them into fewer shipments, which may delay some games by a day.

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11. Board Game: The Price Is Right [Average Rating:4.69 Overall Rank:17050]
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Here are some online resources to help locate great game prices:

BGG's own Hot Deals forum:
https://boardgamegeek.com/forum/10/boardgamegeek/hot-deals

https://www.boardgameprices.com/ benchmarks prices for games. You can even import a BGG wishlist to compare prices from different retailers. Note that not every place is listed. Target isn't on here, and Amazon doesn't take into account shipping on 3rd party offers.

http://www.boardgamepricenotifier.com uses the above website data to send you email alerts when a game on your wishlist matches a price threshold you set.

SlickDeals.net search for Board Game deals: https://slickdeals.net/deals/board-games/?src=SearchBarV2_ca...


Tabletop Gaming Deals, https://www.facebook.com/TabletopGamingDeals, does a great job getting the word out about game deals, primarily on USA Amazon.
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12. Board Game: Shipping [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Shipping is a significant cost in most board game purchases. Here are some tips to minimize it.

Sean's Free Shipping/Hold Policies of Popular Boardgame Retailers
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/192121/free-shippinghold-...

Many large metro areas have a dedicated Geek List for local sales and trades. It's possible to get great deals AND free shipping (I try to do exchanges at the next local con). Here's an example from the DC area: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/205781/washington-dc-virt...
Here's a Geeklist of Virtual Flea Market Geek Lists.

Use the no-ship math trades at cons in your area. If you don't know about math trades, do learn. The "secret" for cash trades is to use code as in this example:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/234162/item/5840676#item5...
In this example, you could buy up to ten items at $X each, with multiple entries in $5 increments. The Geek Image number for the cash picture is 3898107.

Join Amazon's Prime program. If you are a student, or have one in your household, it's just $49/year, and includes a pretty decent, free streaming video service.

Want to buy games sold in another country?

World-wide buyers can buy from US distributors (is the USA the cheapest place on Earth for boardgames?) using a freight consolidator and forwarder. You buy several games you want from eBay, Amazon, Miniature Market, Craigslist, BGG Marketplace, ShopGoodwill, etc. and have them shipped to the forwarder's address. The forwarder consolidates them, then ships them to you using discounted freight rates. Could someone who has actually used a service please share costs of a specific shipment as an example?

Here's one example: https://www.myus.com/
Some prices extracted from their web site:
40 pounds of games to Australia $174
40 pounds of games to Canada $83
40 pounds of games to Germany $91

US buyers are often tempted by BGG Marketplace OOP games available in Europe.

Here is a list and analysis of US and international forwarders:
https://tech-vise.com/best-parcel-forwarding-services-for-in...

Customs tip: If you are buying something new, and plan to play it, lower the value by having the seller strip the shrinkwrap off new game boxes and, perhaps, toss the boxes for any expansions you will merge. My friends who ship many international packages every day cited the strictest tax collectors: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru.

I rarely see deals in Canada, bu they do happen. Sadly, I've had absolutely no success finding a forwarder from Canada to the USA. Anyone know of one?

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I've decided to set up an account with http://MyGermany.com. I'll be buying OOP games from European sellers which I will then resell at my conventions. I'll break down exactly what happens here.

5/13/2018 - Created an account with My Germany. Easy. Costs one Euro ($1.34) which I paid by PayPal. I got my German address a few minutes later:

Eric Rudolf Engelmann Mygermany
Nordstrasse 5
99427
Weimar
Deutschland

Now I'll try to buy some games!

5/14/2018 Shopping...
5/19/2018 Ouch! I have to pay 21% VAT tax (the European equivalent of a US sales tax, but on nanny-state steroids) on anything shipped to a German address from a business. Probably doesn't apply to any private sales. While it's theoretically possible to recover this from the German government, I haven't done the research to figure out how. Anyone know?
5/21/2018 Discovered that it may make sense to have a UK address as well, since I'll be buying many games located there, and shipping is significantly lower in-country.

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Buying from Amazon warehouses in France, UK, Canada (won't ship to USA), Germany, etc. This will probably only make sense if you are an Amazon Prime member. See Amazon listing in this Geek List. https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/238859/item/6042147#item6...
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13. Board Game: Thrift Shop [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Using thrift shops to buy "good" board games? It's a lot like prospecting for gold. Unless you have the "bug" it's not worth the time and travel costs (unless, like me, you also shop for many other things). In my 15 years of thrifting (including perhaps 1000 visits), I've bought about 100 games for resale. More than half were just marginally worth buying. The typical find is an unwanted gift of Catan, Trajan, Stone Age, etc. priced at $3.99. If you regularly visit the same thrift, ask when new material is placed on the shelves. The early bird gets the good games, and gets them BEFORE children have scattered the pieces.

Pay attention to the donor base. Affluent, highly educated donors are more likely to be donating the kinds of games BGG users favor, so visiting thrifts near affluent areas and university towns improves yours odds of finding something worth buying.

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My "mother load" buy of an entire collection of highly rated Euro games was at a thrift named "Life for Animals." I'll take the fifth on my theory about this, but I now make an extra effort to visit similarly themed thrift stores.

Online thrift sales occasionally provide great deals on rare games, and without the travel. Bid conservatively to compensate for frequently missing pieces.

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/ (pretty decent selection)
https://www.shopthesalvationarmy.org/ (nothing to buy here?)

ShopGoodWill.com
Just bought my first game from them. It was a bit of work to get an account set up and to pay for the first time, but well worth it.

Here's a Geek List of older, mass-market games likely to be found in and worth buying from a thrift store. https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/139984/common-mass-market...

Here's a forum for thrifters:
https://boardgamegeek.com/forum/302/ancient-and-loyal-order-...

Find all the thrifts in your area with a Google search for "thrift: YourCity, YourState"
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14. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2958]
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Buying games on Facebook

Facebook Marketplace can be a decent place to buy games. My area has several local groups as well as the generic Marketplace. Here's a Marketplace link for my area with a search for "board game".
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/108167739211442/search?...


Here are some Facebook groups where you can buy games:
https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=the%20boardgame%20gro...
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1586945728191918/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgameexchange/

I've never bought any games via Facebook. Do you have any additions or recommendations?
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15. Board Game: Yard Sale [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Yard sales can be great places to get great deals on board games, but only if you are also shopping for other things. One way to scan for board games is to do a Craigs List search for "games" and perhaps see some photos. Here's a link that should work for upcoming yard sales in any area:

http://craigslist.org/search/gms?query=game&sale_date=all+da...

Only a small percentage of yard sales with board games will be found this way.
 
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16. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2958]
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Craig's List is another good place to look for board games. Here's the query for my area. Note the search is across ALL for sale groups, since games are often part of a yard sale. Note that it's best to at least glance inside these games to be sure it's the correct stuff and substantially complete. It's also best to not invite people you don't know to visit your home. If it's just a few games, meet in a neutral place with video cameras, such as local coffee shop, McDonalds, etc. Buying a lot of games from someone you don't know? Try to stall a few days before the purchase. Bring a couple friends to help with packing and transport...

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=board+g...

 
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17. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2958]
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Some buyers exploit their Citi credit card's feature to "Rewind" prices on games they buy after a super (but limited) online deal has sold out.
Here's the Citi card deal explanation: https://www.citipricerewind.com/

I copied this text from messages on BGG's Hot Deals.
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I religiously screenshot any deals on websites at midnight and at gamenerdz around lunchtime the following day (and oddballs like this), it's been quite a while that I paid anything more than 30 dollars on a game thanks to the citi price rewind.

Usually takes 4 days after the initial request, but the money gets reimbursed to you right away after that which is nice.


So you buy it from somewhere else(on your citi card), then talk to customer service and send them a screenshot of the Barnes & Noble price and they reimburse you the difference?


No talking involved, just have my receipt (aka a screenshot of the invoice) and a screenshot of the deal and when both happened (purchase date and the deal date) and it takes 3-4 days on average but they approve it and reimburse directly to your card, its through citi's price rewind portion of their site.
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18. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2958]
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Getting great deals on BGG Marketplace sales.

Ask for a better deal and you just might get it.
Some sellers, especially those with an old (more than a couple of months) marketplace listing may be open to low-ball offers. Don't waste your time trying this on obvious dealers, like me, please.

Find a local seller
I offer to buy games of interest at a local game night or convention.

Combine shipping
See if the seller has other games of interest. Shipping four games is not much more expensive than one, and saves the seller a lot of labor. Ask for a group discount.

Look for bundled expansions
It's a lot of work to extract an expansion from most games, and many BGG sellers list a game with the expansion for one price. Be sure to click on and check all the offers of a game of interest. I've actually sold expansions for more than I paid for the game WITH the expansion!

Be alert
You can get a BGG alert when a game of interest is added to the Marketplace.

Check the very latest additions
Browse Marketplace entries sorted by most recent. Gamers sometimes offer deals that are FANTASTIC, but you'll have to buy fast.
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19. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2958]
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Asmodee amnesty sales

Once a year (is that right?) Asmodee permits online vendors of its games to ignore its MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) policy, which was created to support Friendly Local Game Stores (FLGS). This policy is what prevents Asmodee titles from being sold at less than the maximum allowable 20% discount. Asmodee titles popular with BGG visitors include 7 Wonders, Arkham Horror, Azul, Carcassonne, Catan, Century: Spice Road, Codenames, Cyclades, Dixit, Eclipse, Galaxy Trucker, Game of Thrones, etc.

A legendary amnesty sale occurred in 2018. According to BGG user https://boardgamegeek.com/user/MentatYP
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Just to give everybody an idea of how MM's ANA MAPP amnesty sale went last year, here's a taste of some of the deals from that 2018 sale:

A Feast for Odin - $30
Agricola: Family Edition - $16
Abyss - $24
Carcassonne: Big Box 2017 - $40
Hyperborea - $16
Mission: Red Planet - $23
Otys - $17
Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 Black - $28
Quadropolis - $17
Ra - $24
Runewars Miniatures expansions - $7.50 and up (more popular and/or higher MSRP titles were more)
Shakespeare - $19
Star Wars: Imperial Assault packs - $4.50 and up
Ticket to Ride: India & Switzerland - $14
Ticket to Ride: Germany - $19
Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails - $28
The Voyages of Marco Polo - $28
Via Nebula - $18.50
XCOM: The Board Game - $25
Yamatai = $18

There were also lower-than-usual-but-not-eye-popping prices on all kinds of expansions for Eldritch Horror, Elder Sign, Descent, various LCGs, etc.--the kind of prices that if you were looking to expand or complete your collections of said games you'd definitely consider jumping on.

AGAIN: there is no guarantee we'll see prices like this at all, let alone for the same titles, and not all the prices were this good. This is just some historical data and cherry-picked prices at that--perhaps some motivation to clear your weekend calendar to be ready for the sale

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The 2019 Amnesty period encouraged Miniature Market to offer a sale starting Sunday, July 14.
 
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BGG virtual flea markets.

Volunteers have created virtual BGG flea markets for many larger cities and their suburbs.


Baltimore, MD (Central Maryland)
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/244376/central-maryland-v...

Columbus, OH
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/231344/columbus-ohio-virt...

Denver, CO
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/237477/boston-ma-virtual-...

Indianapolis, IN
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/244479/indianapolis-india...

Kansas City, KS
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/228939/virtual-flea-marke...

Los Angeles, CA
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/203163/greater-los-angele...

Madison, WI
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/157151/madison-wisconsin-...

New York City, NY
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/198692/nyc-flea-market-tr...

Philadelphia, PA
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/257165/philadelphia-pa-vi...

Phoenix, AZ
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/206784/phoenix-az-virtual...

Portland, OR
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/146056/portland-or-virtua...

San Francisco, CA
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/235572/sf-bay-area-virtua...

Seattle, WA
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/161802/seattle-wa-virtual...

Tucson, AZ
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187182/tucson-only-no-shi...

Washington DC
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/205781/washington-dc-virt...

If I've missed any, you may find them on this Geek List:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/236805/geeklist-virtual-f...


 
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