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August Kørvell
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Hello!

Spiel'16 will be my first board game con ever, and I am wondering if I need to bring cash for the games I want to buy or if I can pay with card?

Thank you in advance and I'm looking forward to meeting you all in Essen!
 
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Siraggi wrote:
Hello!

Spiel'16 will be my first board game con ever, and I am wondering if I need to bring cash for the games I want to buy or if I can pay with card?

Thank you in advance and I'm looking forward to meeting you all in Essen!
Cash and lots of it!
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Christian Gienger
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Yes, you need to bring cash. There will be a few booths which take plastic, but most don't.
As there's only 2 ATMs (1 might be in the area that's being rebuilt) at the fair, bring that cash in advance or wait for a long time...
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Vincent
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Preorder/prepay what you can. It helps, because most publishers don't accept debit/credit cards.
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Siraggi wrote:
Hello!

Spiel'16 will be my first board game con ever, and I am wondering if I need to bring cash for the games I want to buy or if I can pay with card?

Thank you in advance and I'm looking forward to meeting you all in Essen!


Don't leave home without it!
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Bart R.
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the_vinman wrote:
Preorder/prepay what you can. It helps, because most publishers don't accept debit/credit cards.


Unfortunately, even a fair share of pre-orders have to be paid cash at Spiel. I've done four and none of them asked for pre-payment. I understand it makes their admin a lot easier, but it also means I have to bring a fairly large sum in cash just to pay for my pre-orders.
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Adriaan
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Yup, bring cash.

And make it easy on the little guys and don't only bring 50/100 bills. I believe the ATM at the fair spits out 20s, but I'm not sure, I always brought cash with me and stuck to that budget.
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Fabian Kurek
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ppaddo wrote:
Yup, bring cash.

And make it easy on the little guys and don't only bring 50/100 bills. I believe the ATM at the fair spits out 20s, but I'm not sure, I always brought cash with me and stuck to that budget.


Very good advice! I always think about it but forget to change my cash in small bills before the fair. I have to remember that this year.
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ysirian wrote:
ppaddo wrote:
Yup, bring cash.

And make it easy on the little guys and don't only bring 50/100 bills. I believe the ATM at the fair spits out 20s, but I'm not sure, I always brought cash with me and stuck to that budget.


Very good advice! I always think about it but forget to change my cash in small bills before the fair. I have to remember that this year.


With the rise in game prices over the last couple of years, 50 euro might well become the "small bill"
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Stijn Hommes
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Yep, you need cash. Also, make sure you have the amount you need with you before you arrive, because the line at the ATM is so horrendous that when I saw it last year, I walked back inside immediately and finished the rest of the day with the money I had with me...
 
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Bart R.
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If the line is really bad, it might even be quicker to hop over to the Rüttenscheider Strasse and get cash there
 
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anonymousmagic wrote:
Yep, you need cash. Also, make sure you have the amount you need with you before you arrive,


Luckily the exact amount is perfectly calculable.

Take the amount you want / can afford to spend. Then double it. Note the absence of smileys.
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
anonymousmagic wrote:
Yep, you need cash. Also, make sure you have the amount you need with you before you arrive,


Luckily the exact amount is perfectly calculable.

Take the amount you want / can afford to spend. Then double it. Note the absence of smileys.

You forgot to mention the 25% safety margin.
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
ysirian wrote:
ppaddo wrote:
Yup, bring cash.

And make it easy on the little guys and don't only bring 50/100 bills. I believe the ATM at the fair spits out 20s, but I'm not sure, I always brought cash with me and stuck to that budget.


Very good advice! I always think about it but forget to change my cash in small bills before the fair. I have to remember that this year.


With the rise in game prices over the last couple of years, 50 euro might well become the "small bill"


Not wrong, but every exhibitor except for the really big ones will be happy to see a couple of 5€ bills. And those who did not work with 5€ steps even like coins here and there.
 
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Lorthania wrote:
eddy_sterckx wrote:
anonymousmagic wrote:
Yep, you need cash. Also, make sure you have the amount you need with you before you arrive,


Luckily the exact amount is perfectly calculable.

Take the amount you want / can afford to spend. Then double it. Note the absence of smileys.

You forgot to mention the 25% safety margin.


And the really funny thing is that first-timers think we're kidding shake

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eddy_sterckx wrote:
Lorthania wrote:
eddy_sterckx wrote:
anonymousmagic wrote:
Yep, you need cash. Also, make sure you have the amount you need with you before you arrive,


Luckily the exact amount is perfectly calculable.

Take the amount you want / can afford to spend. Then double it. Note the absence of smileys.

You forgot to mention the 25% safety margin.


And the really funny thing is that first-timers think we're kidding shake



I think it's more about self-control. I never spent twice my budget and stayed a lot under it last year (But yes, 50 € over budget also happened in the past).
 
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Locu wrote:

I think it's more about self-control.


It's a rare kid who has self-control in a candy store

3 signs gamers don't have it :

1) "I bought waaaay too much" is the standard answer to the "what did you buy" question.
2) The line at the ATM
3) the number of people you see carrying half their weight in games.
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
Locu wrote:

I think it's more about self-control.


It's a rare kid who has self-control in a candy store

3 signs gamers don't have it :

1) "I bought waaaay too much" is the standard answer to the "what did you buy" question.
2) The line at the ATM
3) the number of people you see carrying half their weight in games.


Sure I am a little overweight, but I'm not THAT FAT
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A tangentially related tip: Bring pen and paper. Most vendors usually don't give receipts. Write down your purchases directly after you've made them. This helps you keep track of how much you've spent.
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soulbender wrote:
A tangentially related tip: Bring pen and paper. Most vendors usually don't give receipts. Write down your purchases directly after you've made them. This helps you keep track of how much you've spent.


Think about it. Do you really, really want to go down that path ? shake
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soulbender wrote:
A tangentially related tip: Bring pen and paper. Most vendors usually don't give receipts. Write down your purchases directly after you've made them. This helps you keep track of how much you've spent.


My wallet will do this job for me. If it's empty, i should stop buying games...
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Rumblejack wrote:
soulbender wrote:
A tangentially related tip: Bring pen and paper. Most vendors usually don't give receipts. Write down your purchases directly after you've made them. This helps you keep track of how much you've spent.


My wallet will do this job for me. If it's empty, i should stop buying games...

There are ATMs around ...
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I experience Essen in 2013, and was really disappointed that most vendors won't accept credit card or other EFTPOS facilities. Cash is King, the sad thing was that even on the normal stores was similar experience. Here in Australia I go to Aldi, and no worries you pay Visa or Mastercard, no dramas. Over there, I think only the MacDonalds, was accepting cards. At feel like going back in time, as I don't usually carry cash just small amounts and change. So be prepare to trade wood for sheep over there.
 
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Credit cards are fairly widely accepted in general, but at Spiel, the cost for having dedicated CC facilities is probably too high to make it worthwhile for just those four days. It's not ideal to be walking around with a large amount of cash in your pocket, just think it's all for the greater good .
 
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Amiguero wrote:

Over there, I think only the MacDonalds, was accepting cards.


All stores accept cards - only not your CC cards - we've been using debit cards since the mid eighties.

Complaining about this is like me going to Australia totally unprepared and then complaining I can't get cell phone coverage in the outback. When you travel halfway around the world it pays to do your homework.
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