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I have some high-value games I want to sell (e.g. original War of the Ring Collector's Edition, Settlers of Catan 3D Edition, Puerto Rico Anniversary Edition) either here and/or on eBay.

My question is; what's the best time of year to sell these to get the highest prices? Part of me thinks between now and Christmas since a lot of people are shopping for things, but on the other hand these are kind of pricey as a typical gift, and people might not want to spend non-gift money during that time.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
 
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you can look at the sales data here on BGG for each game such as for catan 3d...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/pricehistory/thing/...

and see if it goes up and down during particular months

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I think it likely doesn't matter. If someone wants something like that they will buy it.

If they love black friday november's bad. If they love spring vacations spring is bad. If they love conventions summer is bad. Their birthday could be anytime.

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you could always just sell the wotr collectors edition to me too.
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Early spring, when people start getting tax returns, can be a boost - they don't have to worry about spoiling Santa's Christmas surprise, and they have some cash in their pocket.
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The question you're asking simply has no correct answer, and any specific answer you receive will yield an opinion. I suggest putting it up for sale for whatever amount you wish to get, consider offers if they come, and be realistic. The value of a collector's item is determined by what a buyer will pay, not by what the collector wants to sell at. I see games that have been on the market for 9 years! Clearly they're overpriced. Don't be that person if you actually want to part with the items, so says the successful business woman. *smiles*

I wish you all the best!
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I think that between now and New Year's is the best. People are thinking about spending money and having fun. Also people game more in the winter. Some people will have the time between Christmas and New Years off, and that's a great time to get a new game on the table.

Things start tapering off towards spring. Games tend to sell for less over summer, and August is absolutely the worst time to sell. Everyone is on holiday.

At the same time, something as expensive as WotR collector's edition isn't going to follow seasonality as much. Catan 3D and Puerto Rico I can see getting for a gaming S.O. as a gift. WotR not so much because of the price.
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Put them up *right now*.

For WotR in particular, I'd also consider GeekMailing people who "want" it in their profiles.

Every other collectible posts at Christmas. Sellers know that awesome gifts sell at that time.
 
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anytime is a good time to sell a game...the real key is pricing and shipping
 
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AKWA_VQ wrote:
The question you're asking simply has no correct answer


I am sure that is not true.

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and any specific answer you receive will yield an opinion.


That is likely to be true, however one never knows who has studied a problem like this. Good for the OP to ask as there could be a significant variation in prices.

 
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I regularly sell games and I find the best time is between thanksgiving and Christmas. People get crazy bidding for things on ebay.

Another best time to sell a game is if it is Out of Print, before that... :)
 
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kirkbauer wrote:
I have some high-value games I want to sell (e.g. original War of the Ring Collector's Edition, Settlers of Catan 3D Edition, Puerto Rico Anniversary Edition) either here and/or on eBay.

My question is; what's the best time of year to sell these to get the highest prices? Part of me thinks between now and Christmas since a lot of people are shopping for things, but on the other hand these are kind of pricey as a typical gift, and people might not want to spend non-gift money during that time.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!


Put it on the marketplace. It’s about the right person seeing it and there is no specific time collectors are looking.

Throw a BGG auction, lots of collectors look there also.

 
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