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Henry Richards
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We have a handful of games that my wife and I don't see ourselves replaying, most of which have only been played only once. Just curious what others do with games outside of giving them to the local thrift store.
 
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Julien K
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Sell them to other gamers or game shops usually.
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Play them again until I enjoy them!

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I sell them. EBay (if there's an offer on fees) or the BGG geek market. The games usually find a good home, the buyer gets a good price, and I recoup some losses on a dud/ game that wasn't for my tastes.
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Shove them to the back of the cupboard or jam them down the side of the bookcase. It’s fairly similar to how I dispose of dead bodies too
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Math trade!!!!!!
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Andreu P.
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I sell them for a fair price via gaming Facebook groups or mainly Wallapop, a popular face-to-face buying and selling app in Spain. I guess there may be something similar in pretty much any country...
 
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Step 1: Try to trade them in a math trade
Step 2: Offer them for free to any of my friends (via facebook)
Step 3: Trash it if still nobody wants it (rare, but does happen)

Except if thought the game was really dreadful, then I just trash it right away and save somebody else from wasting time on it.
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I normally try to sell them via a local facebook games market group or via a free advert site that is local to Switzerland. I do mark stuff for trade etc on here, but have never sold anything this way.
 
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Play them 2-3 times, keep them around. If in 2-3 weeks it never comes out. Sell it to someone who might enjoy the game.
 
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Depends on if you have children in school. I would recommend offering to start a board game group. I started one with a running session of 1 month. I taught the students some of the games that didn't have lasting power with my family and had a great time enjoying them with others. We had families in on the last meeting day and then did a raffle to help get great games (but not for us) into the hands of families who would appreciate them!

Now we have a board game club that meets weekly and the students are talking about doing "mentoring" with younger kids to bring more people into the hobby!
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Try to find them a good home, otherwise they get put in a plastic tote, chuck some silica packets in and duct tape it when it is full. Then it goes into storage or a river depending how bad the games are.
 
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Mark the game as "for trade" in your collection.
After, add games in your collection as "want in trade".
Run the "trade manager" to see if you could realise a trade with somebody else.

Good luck.
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govindk wrote:
Play them 2-3 times, keep them around. If in 2-3 weeks it never comes out. Sell it to someone who might enjoy the game.


2 or 3 weeks? More than half of my games (which I like) haven't been used in several months, and I've got a really small collection. If I had to get rid of everything that isn't played every 2 or 3 weeks I'd have no games at all!
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Keep them around.

In a few years you will likely need to move the box for some reason, realize that you completely forgot you had that game and why it was bad, then try it again.

Sometimes board games can be like blue cheese. You grow older, try it again and find out you missed out on it all those years.
 
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Usually I sell them. If I know someone I'm sure to enjoy the game I just give it as a present. Especially if they don't have birthday and there are no holidays near. These presents are the best.

But sometimes I find games e.g. in the basement at my parent's house, of which I think nobody can possibly enjoy them. Then I reuse their material for my own game designs.

So before throwing stuff away - think of your game designer friends!
 
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Seriously, I mark it "For Trade" in my BGG collection and try to find something else I would play.
 
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Goodwill... in fact it is that time of the year to take a look through and see if there's anything I want to get rid of now.
 
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Same thing I do with everything I own: if I haven’t used it for a couple of years, and am unlikely to in the future, I give it away to someone who needs it or might appreciate it.

However, for crappy/damaged games I am considering an alternative: using the components, box and cards as targets for airgun night at the local range.

 
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Hopefully, in the future, not buy them.

I have great cardboard guilt about not liking a game that cost me money. This is not to mention the time it took to research the game and then wait for it to arrive. Then add the time to request missing parts or repair things damaged in transit. Add in the cost to the environment, or hassle of resaling the unwanted game and you get the picture.

May we all only pick future winners.
 
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Sometimes I sell them but as shipping consumes time and money I only do so at the occasional conventions I attend. I imagine that a large game club might offer an alternative. Failing that, I usually just gift them to friends or offer them for a nominal fee (like a couple of pints).

These days I'm extremely parsimonious in game purchases. I won't buy anything without researching it extensively but prefer to further play those I already own. This saves me on clutter as well as money. I've bought nothing since 2016.
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What do you do with games you don't enjoy?


I don't buy them.
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DarkVaati wrote:
govindk wrote:
Play them 2-3 times, keep them around. If in 2-3 weeks it never comes out. Sell it to someone who might enjoy the game.


2 or 3 weeks? More than half of my games (which I like) haven't been used in several months, and I've got a really small collection. If I had to get rid of everything that isn't played every 2 or 3 weeks I'd have no games at all!


I phrased it wrong. If it's a game my wife and I did not enjoy even after 2 plays, then after 2-3 weeks or sometimes a bit more and we just have no interest taking it out then yes, time to give it away - few impulsive purchases. Doesn't happen anymore.
Cause most of our favourites come out very often. Like Concordia, MarcoPolo, etc and recently Glass Road all come out very often.
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I do a lot of print n play, so I cannibalize them for pieces/tokens/cards etc.
 
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Juperdat wrote:
We have a handful of games that my wife and I don't see ourselves replaying, most of which have only been played only once. Just curious what others do with games outside of giving them to the local thrift store.


I buy large game collections, and so get plenty of material I'll never play. I "get rid of them" by:

No-ship math trades at local cons
Sell on BGG Marketplace (with occasional sales on Amazon when games go OOP)
Sell jumbles on eBay
Auction Store at WBC, PrezCon, Congress of Gamers, etc. Conventions
Cannibalize for parts, which I sell for $.10 - $.25 each at my own conventions (my cons draw many game designers)
 
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