Unwanted Rejects - Thrift/Bargain Finds Left Behind: December 2009
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This is the traditional monthly Thrift & Bargain Dumpster™.

A fitting place for discussing rejects and leftovers spotted while thrifting and bargain hunting. If you please: cast those items in the T&B-Dumpster!

Add items you left wherever you were sniffing around. Don't fill the dumpster with truckloads of Monopolies, Trivial Somethings and other regular leftovers. But rather add peculiar items, items that looked as if the cat dragged them in or items that caught your eye in some other special way.
Regular stuff accompanied by a good story is obviously also worth listing. As a guideline, take this into consideration: "Do the thrifters want to know about this?"

This list is also well suited to discuss those should-I-go-back-for-it items. Feedback you will get, from either end of the scale, from 'how could you, you amateur!' to 'best decision you ever made, you are the King!'

In the description, try to mention the state the game was in, the asking price, the location and other details worth knowing about. Oh... and please close the lid behind you. Thanks.

Last month's T&B-Dumpster:
Wear protective gear before opening and be prepared to fend off any scattering rats.
Unwanted Rejects - Thrift/Bargain Finds Left Behind: November 2009


Our GeekGuild:
Please mind the stacks of games. Don't mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze.
The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters thanks you.


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1. Board Game: Ultimate Golf [Average Rating:4.69 Overall Rank:14703]
Michael Kandrac
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Very impressive package of print products, but I've got a couple of golf games already, and that's two too many. It seems this one doesn't succeed very well as a golf simulator, judging by its ratings.

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2. Board Game: Yahtzee: Texas Hold'em [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:14728]
David Henry
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One of these has been sitting on the shelf near me for a few weeks. I'm wait to see if it dips below a buck then i'll grab it for dice.
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3. Board Game: The Peter Pan Game [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Teppo Saarinen
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Looked good on the outside and modestly priced too, but missing about 80% of the bits...
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4. Board Game: Balance [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:13675]
Teppo Saarinen
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Normally I pick up these Ravensburger mini-games, but this one's a dexterity game, so no thanks.

And what's with the rules of these games? I've picked up or at least considered 10+ copies in the past 2 years or so, and only 2 of these still had the rules, though they're generally otherwise complete. Is the paper especially tasty or what?
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5. Board Game: Desperate Housewives Dirty Laundry Game [Average Rating:2.31 Unranked]
Teppo Saarinen
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I'm not THAT desperate, thank you very much. Especially at 8.50€.
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6. Board Game: Razzzia!! [Average Rating:3.25 Unranked]
Teppo Saarinen
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This is a joke lost on foreigners, but had I known that this guy (Ilkka Kylävaara) had actually designed a boardgame too, I would have used a 10-ft. barge pole to check this out, instead of my hands.
 
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7. Board Game: Perfect Timing! [Average Rating:4.55 Unranked]
Teppo Saarinen
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I normally don't pick this up under any circumstances, but something in the box caught my eye and when I took a closer look I found that the whole box front & two sides were completely blistered all over - looked like it was left under a sun lamp or suffered some very violent chemical reaction. Yet they were asking something ridiculous like 5€ for it.

Someone out there should be thanking their lucky stars that they didn't die a horrible flaming death because of Perfect Timing!
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8. Board Game: Fleets [Average Rating:5.35 Unranked]
Bess A.
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Mixed BGG ratings here, out of two, one gave it a 7 one gave it a 2. The components looked neato, but for $8.99 at Value World, that's not very thrifty soblue

I hate it when we have to leave obscure, possibly interesting things behind, but at that price?!?! Not really worth the risk. Asprineye, who was the actual boots-on-the-ground for this mission, thinks that they are just jacking up toy/game prices for the holidays. Scrooges.
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9. Board Game: Tom Clancy's Politika [Average Rating:4.21 Overall Rank:15320]
David Henry
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Found this over in the house wares section of my local haunt. unplayed.
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10. Board Game: Dread Pirate [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:15236]
Rob Rob
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Assaulted by a tape monkey and marked $25. whistle
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11. Board Game: British Square [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:14198]
Michael Kandrac
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Grand Prairie
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This game has caught my eye - a simple plastic abstract with some visual appeal. So lo and behold, I finally find one of these in a thrift in Michigan. It's complete, but on close examination I find that a previous owner had gouged Xs on the board.

Crestfallen, I walked away.

Gg
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12. Board Game: Penguin [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:15358]
Bess A.
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Euclid
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Steve was amazed to see the little Fantasy Flight logo on a box this evening, he approached, cautiously, sniffing the wind for signs of viable prey...

OK not really sniffing the wind, but not daring to get his hopes up either... lo, it is a Knizia of some sort! Lo, it looks cute...

But then, alas, the box is too light... He takes it off its high shelf, opens it... and finds nary a penguin! What greedy seal has eaten all thirty some penguins?!?!

Nature's appetite (toy stealing small children?) can be so cruel.
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13. Board Game: Global Survival [Average Rating:1.86 Overall Rank:15382]
John Crawford
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Renton
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Walked into Goodwill this evening and saw on their $1 toy sale table a stack of games and at the bottom was an AH label. I quickly uncovered this and was walking around with it thinking I struck gold. I wanted to see how high it was rated, so I pulled out my phone and looked it up..,. shake Quickly put it right back where I found it and ran away fast!
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14. Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2037]
Teppo Saarinen
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It hurts me deep inside to leave behind a perfectly good family game by Kramer, but the unavoidable truth is that I have 2 copies already and I can't even get rid of my extra copy...

Would of been 4€, complete with some shelfwear.
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15. Board Game: Emperor of China [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:10302]
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I went to an estate sale today, the house belonged to a friend's neighbor who is a known hoarder. Earlier this year I was handed 2 boxes of books that I've mostly swapped. Yeay, it was going to be great.

Nope. No joy. This was marked $12. I opened it up, and it didn't grab me. A copy of Mastermind was marked $8. An extremely old & musty Yahtzee missing the dice was also $8. Hmmm.

I walked out empty handed. But my friend got a cast iron skillet she's pleased with.
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16. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1557]
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Wife really likes this game, would have liked to pick up this 60th anniversary edition as a stocking stuffer. The box has lots of shelf wear, but no tape monkeys have handled this. All 4 racks are present, no rules, lots of tiles, but a count leads to only 100 of 106. Rules are not an issue, as we own 2 copies already. However, the 6 missing tiles could be harder to replace, since this anniversary edition has a different style of tile that would be easily noticeable in a game.

This stayed at the Madison GW for $1.99. Am I being silly? Are the anniversary tiles easy and cheap to come by, or are the racks worth parting out?
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17. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:704]
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Left this one at a local thrift shop. The box looked ok from the outside, but it was taped shut so who knows about the inside. This shop does not allow inspection of contents nor returns on games and they are vigilante in trying to catch you slitting tape to have a peek.

Since I own a copy and the price was highish at €4.45, I decided to leave it for someone else. They had nothing else worthwhile shelved.
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Michael Kandrac
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This was such a nice copy I passed up yesterday - opened but unplayed, complete down to the ring and the box was excellent. But I balked at the $5.99 price. I don't play Trivia Pursuit (at least not since 1977) but this one has always interested me since I love the books, the movies, the Burger King Gobblets (I've accumulated nine of those) and this would've been nice to have, I suppose.

But it was a three dollar bill too far.

Gg
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19. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1487]
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$12.12, Ohio Thrift. no PEW, just P.U.

At that price I hope it was complete!

The box was open, but once I saw the price I didn't bother to see if it was complete. This is the same store where I bought a complete Khet: The Laser Game for $3 in August.
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20. Board Game: Electronic Stratego [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:7715]
Kent Fletcher
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This one has been at the Murray DI for $2 for the past 2 weeks or so. I think about getting it everytime I see it but I just can't pull the trigger. I think it does ok on ebay but the box is soooo big and I know I don't have a good shipping box to fit it.
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21. Board Game: Monopoly City [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:12682]
Donald Cleary
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$12.99 at GW. $13 bucks? Um, no thanks.
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