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David C
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I got a game years back. Never opened it. I break it out the other night and I count the pieces. I'm missing two money pieces. Not that it's a big deal, but, it raises a poll...

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Do you inventory your pieces of games you've bought used?
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Big items (board, large pieces) that one would obviously notice
Items there are less than 10 of
Items there are less than 30 of
Items there are less than 70 of
ALL of the items
All of the cards in the deck
Just the special stuff I can't substitute
All of the money is present (if applicable)
Only the play-critical pieces
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Always, though if it is used I know I am getting it "as is", I don't complain as long as the issues aren't too major.

also w/ Kickstarters. I've found a few issues before,

 
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Full inventory.

Doesn't take but 5 minutes to get the list from the instructions or online, and run through the pieces.
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I inventory even games I buy straight from the company immediately. I have found I was short a piece once in such. The company happy and quickly sent me the missing part.
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Hillean wrote:
Full inventory.

Doesn't take but 5 minutes to get the list from the instructions or online, and run through the pieces.

Try telling that to the traders. The amount of times I've received games with missing components is ludicrous.
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Everything. Otherwise you'll find out down the road when it's too late.
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If I can I check the lot, and if it says complete that is what I expect. Money I am less concerned with (mainly becasue it is not always listed), but I will check if there is a list.
 
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zombiegod wrote:
Hillean wrote:
Full inventory.

Doesn't take but 5 minutes to get the list from the instructions or online, and run through the pieces.

Try telling that to the traders. The amount of times I've received games with missing components is ludicrous.
I would add that for a game like The Struggle of the nations it takes bloody hours.
 
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Immediately, always.

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Thunkd wrote:
Everything. Otherwise you'll find out down the road when it's too late.

...as I have. It's wayyyyy late to do anything about it (really, really, really out of print)

This thread bothers me, because it hadn't occurred to me to inventory any of my games. Now, I'm about to do a good majority of them.
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I do that even for factory-sealed games I buy from stores. And I have had quite a few cases of missing components.
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I always inventory everything, especially from eBay. If they say it is all there, it had better be all there. I do not suffer sellers that falsely advertise.
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no to everything.

i should though.

i've never gotten a game with missing pieces, but i have gotten ones with extra.
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I inventory every single piece as soon as I get a game. Whether that means punching it brand new or having received it in trade.

Plus, when I have all the components in little piles, I like to read how the game is setup and maybe even some of the rules. It lets me know how best to store it, which pieces should be stored together, and whether planos or baggies make more sense.

The box contents organization mini-game comes free with every board game!
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MyParadox wrote:
I inventory every single piece as soon as I get a game. Whether that means punching it brand new or having received it in trade.

This!
 
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MyParadox wrote:


The box contents organization mini-game comes free with every board game!

So true! laugh
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I inventory games i get used, but not new. I also don't typically bother counting stuff like money or life counters or whatever, unless they're limited and its important you have them all our whatever.

Also I bag up/organize everything at the same time.
 
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Comicbookhero wrote:
I always inventory everything, especially from eBay. If they say it is all there, it had better be all there. I do not suffer sellers that falsely advertise.

While I agree that this is good practice and should always be done, I would suggest that missing pieces are not always the result of nefarious intentions. Sometimes these items come from people who simply don't know any better. Honestly, can you imagine how a game with a lot of bits looks to a non-hobbyist? Probably pretty bewildering ("what the heck is a meeple?!") Contacting the seller and trying to work things out civilly, before going straight for the guns, is usually the best for all involved. At the very least, you are more likely to get things resolved that way. Remember, eBay has policies in place that protect both sellers and buyers. I like to give folks the benefit of the doubt, when possible. I mean, people make mistakes sometimes.

I've even used this to my advantage. Once, I bid on an auction in which the actual piece count listed in the game's inventory was incorrect (a misprint in the rules and on the box). The seller did not really know or pay attention to this (despite my question to him on the auction item), but more importantly the other bidders (apparently) did not know it either. I got a rare, OOP game for very cheap this way, as it probably appeared incomplete.

OP: there is a slight flaw in your poll. If one should choose "yes" for "Inventory ALL items," there is no need to answer any of the other questions. Answering them "no" would be technically incorrect, and "yes" redundant.
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Thunkd wrote:
Everything. Otherwise you'll find out down the road when it's too late.

It's a good practice but even if you find something missing (much) later on, I've found that board game companies are pretty exceptional in helping you with missing pieces, even where it's not technically their purview.
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Wilko18 wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
Everything. Otherwise you'll find out down the road when it's too late.

It's a good practice but even if you find something missing (much) later on, I've found that board game companies are pretty exceptional in helping you with missing pieces, even where it's not technically their purview.
Depends on the company. Zman for example, not so much. Either way, good luck getting anything from an Ebay seller down the line.
 
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I inventory everything as soon as it arrives. When I trade, I inventory everything before I post it, and again before I ship...

I got burned once with missing pieces and a slightly damaged box on a BGG auction. The seller's auction said he only played it a few times. When I contacted him, he asked for pictures *SMH* then used the excuse that he never played it, and was just reselling it. He refunded my money for the game, but since I bought multiple items from him, I can't help but feel like I paid in an increased shipping cost because of it.

 
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Inventory everything new or used. With used it's often Caveat Emptor, but at least I know what I have and am not surprised when I do get to play the game.
 
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I just hate (HATE!) it when I purchase a game from anyone and it is not what the seller has said. I don't think some times they get the difference between acceptable and good, just trying to bait us in. I can get by with some counters missing but if the maps are damaged that just pisses me off.
Then charging a lot extra to ship cause it is so valuable, just extra money to cheat us. But as snowman882 said it's often Caveat Emptor. You would think sellers in our hobby would try not to cheat us but making money is the name of our game.

arrrh

 
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I inventory everything I receive, as well as do complete inventories of my items before I accept trades.
 
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bippi wrote:
I got a game years back. Never opened it. I break it out the other night and I count the pieces. I'm missing two money pieces. Not that it's a big deal, but, it raises a poll...
This part doesn't process in my brain. As soon as I get a game, regardless of where it comes from, I open and inventory it. That's part of the fun of getting a new game.
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