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G.Daddy.Slim
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I'm trying to consolidate my collection and have quite a few low cost games that I doubt I'll ever play again.. but I just can't seem to trade or sell them either. Most are pretty small footprint, ranging from the size of a deck of cards to 1/4 of a full-size box. IMO, individual game value isn't enough to justify the cost of shipping.

Other than the obvious, "send them to me..." what's should I do with them?
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glouie wrote:
I'm trying to consolidate my collection and have quite a few low cost games that I doubt I'll ever play again.. but I just can't seem to trade or sell them either. Most are pretty small footprint, ranging from the size of a deck of cards to 1/4 of a full-size box. IMO, individual game value isn't enough to justify the cost of shipping.

Other than the obvious, "send them to me..." what's should I do with them?


I tend to donate unwanted games to local places that either distribute them to families in need or sell them to help pay for other county services.

If it is a game that isn't a good fit for families, such as being too complex, I will donate it to the local game store's game library.
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I'd ask around among your friend or gaming group to see if anyone wants to take them off your hands - maybe in exchange for a drink/a meal or something if they take a lot of them.
If that's not an option, donate them to a charity shop (= contributing to a good cause) or maybe a student society or the like (since they have both limited space and limited funds to invest in a collection that still gets a lot of plays).
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Austin Andersen
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Donate them or combine them into one larger box. There is nothing wrong with giving them away if you no longer value them.
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Local auctions. I have two or three game stores in the area that do auctions and many conventions do this as well. You might not get much or you might make more than you think but none the less they are gone. You could also try Half Price Books (they usually don't pay much) or even donate them to good will for tax purposes.
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Always donated them to Samaritans, same as non-games.
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Auction them in the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction (which takes place annually in - help me - November?). You can make people pay for shipping if you don't want to pay for it yourself.
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Nicholas Palmer
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I have some games that stay on the shelf just because I don't have a real incentive to get rid of them. They aren't worth anything. In fact, some I'd probably let go of for just the shipping cost if someone wanted it (like Carpe Astra). But hell, it probably isn't even worth the shipping.
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I will often bundle a few together and use them as a white elephant gift at Christmas parties.
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I've often thought about running a geeklist auction where all games start at $0 (buyer pays shipping) just to get rid of stuff. But I'm too lazy.

If a game's in decent shape I just donate to a charity shop (making sure it really is a charity shop -- there are lots of thrift shops near me that solicit donations but are for-profit enterprises).

If it's in rough shape, I look around BGG to see if anyone wants spare parts and then recycle the rest of the cardboard. I save any fancy bits in my trademarked "Giant Bag of Fancy Bits Too Good to Throw Out Because Someday I Might Use Them (But I Doubt It)."
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jeremy root
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Donate to a local library maybe?
 
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If they're good but just not your thing (or, good but you have a better game for the same niche so this one isn't getting played), bring them to game nights and offer them to people. *Someone* is always just getting started and will be happy for free games, as long as those games are not secretly junk.

If they're not actually good, drop them off at Goodwill and be done with it. Life's too short, etc.

(I have plenty of games I should probably give this treatment to. But the ones I *have* gotten rid of, I've never regretted.)
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Christian K
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I've given away most "specialty"(Munchkin and Zombies!!!) games to not very big gaming friends that enjoyed them, since they aren't likely to own them. Any other "standard"(Monopoly, Life) games that most people have I donate to the Salvation Army or similar place.
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If it's a bad game just get rid of it.
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Theoretically, bundle them into a pick 5 listing in a math trade. 1 Isn't worth shipping but 5 is.
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I give mine to charity shops.
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CDiablo wrote:
I've given away most "specialty"(Munchkin and Zombies!!!) games to not very big gaming friends that enjoyed them, since they aren't likely to own them. Any other "standard"(Monopoly, Life) games that most people have I donate to the Salvation Army or similar place.

I run the toy department of the local Salvation Army thrift store (called Myrorna ("The ants") in Swedish).

Hobby games come in periodically (like 1 or 2 a month maybe) and will usually sell right away, even when I price them a little higher than normal games. However, the absolute guaranteed sellers, as in, rarely make it out of my cart on to the shelf are Monopoly, Risk and Clue. Generally speaking, anything in decent shape will sell eventually. We have a pretty good turn over of games and other than some previously-popular-but-not-so-much-any-more trivia games, we rarely have anything on the shelf more than a couple of weeks.
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I try to find someone in my gaming group that would like it. I would rather give it away to someone who will play it than it collect dust on my self.
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Buy them?

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A local convention collects games to donate them to kids in need. I usually unload a couple of games there each year.
 
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They go to the crawl space in the basement. Some day my heirs will have to deal with all of the stuff.
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You could donate them to your FLGS and and maybe they'd get some love at a board game night. You might even get some store credit.
 
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Trap shooting targets.

But seriously I do bundle auctions. Put them all together in an auction on here/eBay/Craigslist and someone will give you something for them. Local pick-up is even better.
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I post on the Facebook group for our local gaming community, free to a good home.

If nobody takes them after a while, I donate them to our local brewery/bar that hosts game nights and keeps a large number of games on hand.
 
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I give them to Dominos to use for their crust.
 
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