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Mindy Basi
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Would you buy a hard to find, out of print game with no box at all (or any game, even if it's still in print)? The game pieces and instructions are there, but the original box is gone.

For the game collectors, has the game completely lost it's value? It's still playable.

Curious what others think about this.
 
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For a hard to find, out of print game, yes. For anything in print, no.
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That is exactly how I got my copy of Warhammer Quest.

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Kwill2 wrote:
Would you buy a hard to find, out of print game with no box at all (or any game, even if it's still in print)? The game pieces and instructions are there, but the original box is gone.

For the game collectors, has the game completely lost it's value? It's still playable.

Curious what others think about this.


If it was wargame, and complete, absolutely. Even in print if the price is right.

You can't play the box.
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If I'm a collector I think the box would be important. If it was just a game I wanted to play then the box wouldn't bother me.
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mtngrown wrote:
Kwill2 wrote:
Would you buy a hard to find, out of print game with no box at all (or any game, even if it's still in print)? The game pieces and instructions are there, but the original box is gone.

For the game collectors, has the game completely lost it's value? It's still playable.

Curious what others think about this.


If it was wargame, and complete, absolutely. Even in print if the price is right.

You can't play the box.
Unless the game is Niagara or a handful of others Where the box is necessary
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For a base game, I would expect a significant reduction on the price. If it was an expansion, I would not care at all.
 
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I'm half way down the road of tossing all my game boxes as I rebox them into plastic sealing tubs of uniform size.
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I don't play the box.
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For collectors, the value will be significantly reduced by not having the box. Of course, punching the bits and even opening the shrink wrap will reduce the value to a collector, as will any spine damage on rules manuals or any damage to the board from opening and closing it.

Would I buy a game without a box? Sure - if someone has Origins: How We Became Human for $50 but no box (all in zip lock bags) I'd jump at that chance. However, this game usually sells $150 to $250 with box, so $50 would be a steal. As a collector, the lack of a box would reduce the value - but I just want to own and play that game someday.

Then again, some games are so rare and valuable that parts sell for significant amounts (examples: Fireball Island and Dark Tower).

For in print games, the same rules apply - first, it would have to be at a discount to justify not buying it from my good FLGS. Without a box, there should be even a bit more of a price reduction. I even want the expansion boxes when I buy used, but I did buy Runewars and its expansion all in the base box only. A slight disappointment, but the price was right.
 
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OOP games, of course I'd buy without a box.

Something in print? If it was priced REALLY cheap, yes. Otherwise probably not.
 
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Multi-Man Publishing have occasionally uncovered parts in their warehouse to put together complete games without the box. And I have one zip-locked Advanced Squad Leader module with a few reference sheets they copied in color on standard paper. I will likely set a low starting bid that would be the same with a box. I'll describe the condition and authenticity and let the market (eBay) decide how much they're worth.
 
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There's a chance you could later find the box here from someone with an incomplete game.
 
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I'd probably buy a new game out of the box before an OOP game.

Usually, because the OOP games I look for are for collecting reasons, as a forever game. I like them as complete as possible.

New games, I just want to play, and most new games have a short shelf life anyway, so a box isn't as important.
 
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MWChapel wrote:
I'd probably buy a new game out of the box before an OOP game.

Usually, because the OOP games I look for are for collecting reasons, as a forever game. I like them as complete as possible.

New games, I just want to play, and most new games have a short shelf life anyway, so a box isn't as important.


That's an interesting perspective! They cut out the lid of the box and taped it to the Plano box ... I think the sleeve everything/pristine boxes crowd would have to turn away about now.

Thanks all for the comments, I enjoyed reading them.

I did purchase the game (for a very reduced price), it's Homesteaders 2nd edition, so if anyone has a box, let me know. =)
 
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MWChapel wrote:
I'd probably buy a new game out of the box before an OOP game.

Usually, because the OOP games I look for are for collecting reasons, as a forever game. I like them as complete as possible.

New games, I just want to play, and most new games have a short shelf life anyway, so a box isn't as important.


If there is an OOP game I'm interested in, it's because I'd like to be able to play it again.

I don't look at buying things (anything) on what it's 'resale' value is. If it was for a 'collection' type thing, then yes I would agree with Mike.
 
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