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Arya Patel

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Hey! I had this idea about starting a Board Game Rental Service. I would love your input and would appreciate it if you could take this short survey.

I have updated the survey to get a better idea about the issues with buying games and how a rental might work.

https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QctXs982egwGIl

Thanks in advance!
 
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Sean
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Kind of like these guys?

http://boardgameexchange.com/
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Ralph T
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Don't bother. Board games are cheaper than video games (if bought online) and cost six+ times more than video games to ship.
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Lucas Smith
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so you are thinking about a system of subscription, where people pay 18$ a month, to get unlimited games for unlimited time with you paying the shipping??
Sounds like a good deal for the customers, but for you???? (see ralper!)
There are such systems, but I think they are not that popular, mostly due to high shipping cost! If you had a store, where people can pick up a game, (they buy it, but you guarentee them to pay back 90% if they bring it bakc in the next 2 months!)
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Arya Patel

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Thanks for your input! I will discuss this with my team.
 
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Cheryll Gerk
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Board game renting is great to try out if you'll like a game, but we have a board game library for that.

I wouldn't want to ship board games around. Too big and too fragile. Even new games I get delivered often end up with dents. After a few transfers they'd look horrible. Perhaps smaller card-games or stuff you can transfer to more durable storage container. Seems like a lot of work though.
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J C Lawrence
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My primary challenge in game-buying is finding a copy of the game I've already identified. For instance, I've been looking for a copy of Powerrails for many years now and have yet to find a copy. I've been looking for a copy of 1827 Jr for ~5 years now, and the closest I've found is a prototype of an antecedent game.
 
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Isaac Finkelstein
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clearclaw wrote:
My primary challenge in game-buying is finding a copy of the game I've already identified. For instance, I've been looking for a copy of Powerrails for many years now and have yet to find a copy. I've been looking for a copy of 1827 Jr for ~5 years now, and the closest I've found is a prototype of an antecedent game.

My guess is that you are quite atypical as compared to the general gaming public.
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Patrick
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http://www.spiele-offensive.de/ offers something similar: You can rent a game for a week, then buy it or send it back. I don't think the renting part is making them a lot of money, it's - I suppose - just an advertising tool.
I would also guess that shipping would be the downfall of your idea; you are also catering to a pretty small customer base and would have to establish yourself as a somewhat higher priced boutique kind of business which I understand is not that easy.
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