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Marc P
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I try to cull the ol' collection every now and then. Most of the time, this amounts to a Goodwill donation, because I'm lazy about trading and shipping and all that nonsense. Even so, there are some games so flawed that I almost feel like it's my public duty to keep them out of circulation, so they stay on my shelf.

Sooo, trashing a game...yea or nay?
 
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Yes, in my younger (pre-BGG days), I have trashed several games in my life. Here's an embarrassing GeekList of my pre-BGG toss aways. Also, I was pretty heavy into RPGs. Then I got married. I started to realize I was spending more time and attention to D&D (and others) than my wife. Not knowing anyone else interested in the stuff, I tossed my entire collection (several hundred dollars worth) into the dumpster. I've been married now for 26 wonderful years, so I don't regret it at all.

Now that I have found BGG, I would rather trade or sell games than to toss them out. The only exception being if the game becomes worn out to the point of un-playability. Then, it's toss away Baby!
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If it's missing pieces or otherwise in poor condition, sure.

Even if I thought I got to impose my taste on other people, there's no reason not to chuck it on the Goodwill pile. If I'm going there anyway, throwing it out is actually more effort.
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I've been known to pick out the shiny bits from a game I don't enjoy before tossing it in the garbage. I don't want the hassle of selling and shipping on BGG/ebay/wherever. Sometimes I'll make a trip to a local store that buys used games but I've never been offered more than 25% of it's value.
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I have recycled a couple of games that I thought were so terrible no one should ever have to look at them, I did try to strip any useful components first but some games didn't even have that.
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Not 20 minutes ago, I threw out a copy of GiftTRAP. Horrible game i would not inflict on anyone else.
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Yes.

Edit: Yea.
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dogzard wrote:
tossed my entire collection (several hundred dollars worth) into the dumpster. I've been married now for 26 wonderful years, so I don't regret it at all.


I mean... you could have just donated them to Goodwill or something... cry
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Yes, I tend to throw away/pimp out parts of games. When we're done with them, they don't have the original parts for a sale. I keep the special components to use for the next one.
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Back in the 70's 80's I've bought, thrown out, rebought, thrown out again, then bought and threw out, Stratego, Life, Monopoly, scrabble, battleship and Clue. I never ever bought those games since.
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Yea!

I've been gag-gifted some real junk - best to toss.

I also recycle most inserts and expansion boxes and have recycled some game boxes for small games I now store in photo cases. The "Boxed Air" geeklist is a good list of games where the boxes should be tossed.

And I have several old games that are in such bad shape that if I do decide to cull them, they'd need to be recycled.
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This one lived up to its name:

National Trash

and was escorted to the curb quickly.
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I recycled Risk: Legacy after we were done with it.

I gave our used Pandemic: Legacy to my 5 year old, so functionally we'll throw it out/recycle it piece by piece.
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I "recycled" a whole Scrabble game and part of another one, along with a few d6's and made a working Unspeakable Words. Had to make a cheat sheet for the letter values, but the homebrewed worked until I bought the actual game.
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I have put several games into the bin, even high-ranked or newly bought ones (but seldom high-ranked and newly bought). I prefer to keep, sell, give away or donate of course. Selling is not easy, it takes effort and skill. Donation to thrift store is only meaningful for mass-market games, not hobbyist games. Give-away is hopeless, everyone I know has too many games already.
 
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Over the years games in bad shape or missing critical components have been thrown away or recycled. Games from my childhood like Fireball Island and Torpedo Run ended up in the trash. I'm sure there were a few others, but those are the two I remember due to their presence on the table.

I have parted out some games. There was a D&D game that I parted out the board to be a secondary (much larger) map for HeroQuest.

If a game is complete and doesn't really have trade/re-sale value, then I'll either give it away or donate it.
 
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lucky henry wrote:

I've been known to pick out the shiny bits from a game I don't enjoy before tossing it in the garbage. I don't want the hassle of selling and shipping on BGG/ebay/wherever. Sometimes I'll make a trip to a local store that buys used games but I've never been offered more than 25% of it's value.
Then perhaps its value is not what you think it is.
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gaaloechild wrote:
I have put several games into the bin, even high-ranked or newly bought ones (but seldom high-ranked and newly bought). I prefer to keep, sell, give away or donate of course. Selling is not easy, it takes effort and skill. Donation to thrift store is only meaningful for mass-market games, not hobbyist games.
Now wait a minute! Thrift stores are where I got 99% of my collection
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Give-away is hopeless, everyone I know has too many games already.
What's that got to do with anything?
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It's not easy for me to get rid of junk. Keeping the nice bits - you never know, right? - helps a bit.
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I trashed a few kids games since I didn`t have the box anymore, and also games like Ludo and Toss the pigs have probably gone that way. Tossing games in my collection now is out of the question! I auction them away. Don`t get too much for it, but the games get a new home, and I get money for som manga and other stuff I want!
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I'll generally charity shop it.

The only exception is games I picked up secondhand with bits missing. I'll just dump those because I don't think it's fair for someone to buy them and be disappointed.
 
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when working at a local thrift store I would toss the cardboard parts, boxes & boards of damaged games or those missing too many pieces to be worth selling (into the recycler behind the store). Useful bits (pawns, dice, discs, chips, paper money, etc) would be salvaged and used to either fill out other games missing pieces or in a cup of parts that we sold for the equivalent of pennies each (or I would just give to the kids who asked).

I have never tossed a hobby/designer game
 
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gaaloechild wrote:
Donation to thrift store is only meaningful for mass-market games, not hobbyist games.

when I was working at Myrorna, we had plenty of hobby games come through. I would mark the price up from the standard 20kr to 50kr and they would sell, no problem
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we have a store that trades just about anything, books, games, instruments, etc. I just took a bunch of games that I could not sell or trade got some decent store credit and donated what they would not purchase from me; mostly small ticket items.
 
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Long ago I threw away Scrimmage, a game that was first publishing Strategy & Tactics magazine #37. I kept the magazine, but not the game. It was widely regarded as the worst game, SPI ever made.

I also donated some party games, like Balderdash to Goodwill, but I don't have the heart to donate Trivial Pursuite to them.
 
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