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Bob Briggs
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Craigslist?
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Re: Does anyone buy from...
One time I found a guy who lives in my area and bought some. But it's not something I do often.
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Re: Does anyone buy from...
javapuzzles wrote:
Craigslist?


No, I usually use BGG marketplace.

1. Welcome to BGG

2. People browse old forums a lot on BGG. So it's nice to have a more informative title such as adding Craigslist to "Does anyone buy from..."
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Yes, I've picked up a few games (4?) locally off CL.
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Also I notice you own a game store, so in terms of trying to find sources to sell (which is why I imagine you're asking about craigslist):
Most of BGG marketplace is individual users selling used games.
But, I know of at least one store that sells new games via BGG marketplace and I'd imagine it's successful for them since they've been around a while:

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is another storefront that sells games on BGG. I believe it is their only online presence besides an RSS list that lists their games in a way that is a little more accessible.

I'm assuming the cost of the 3% commission outweighs the cost of maintaining a website with inventory concerns, etc., like I've seen from several online game stores, especially as they're going through a web rework.




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I've bought lots of stuff of Craigslist. It's not really any different than buying something out of the newspaper classifieds.

I'd be a little weary of buying from a store off of Craigslist, though. Generally I just look for used games, etc. If I'm buying a new game online, I'm going to use CSI or funagain or something.
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I'm impressed that some people have found something to buy. At least in the DFW area, a search for "board games" on Craigslist is a depressing thing indeed. It picks up lots of Wii's for sale (due to the fitness board so many people have with theirs) and the actual board games it finds are an endless repetition of:

a) (insert popular or not so popular franchise here) Monopoly
b) inane mainstream game like Risk, checkers, chess, Sorry!, etc.
c) party games for the worst party you can ever imagine
d) oddball religious games for kids (wonder why they're getting rid of those?)

I actually had something setup to send all the new ones to me but eventually I gave up. Only one in 50 sales was for games that had some interest to me and they typically didn't match up with my particular want list.
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JohnMunsch wrote:
I'm impressed that some people have found something to buy. At least in the DFW area, a search for "board games" on Craigslist is a depressing thing indeed.


Yeah. Craigslist is pretty hit or miss. I've found one or two interesting games on there, but often it's as you mention. I'll usually look the site over once a month or so.
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Last week I got an i pad 2 for $300 off Craig's. Just gotta be aware of what you're doing and ask a lot of questions before you meet.

/never shop for girlfriends on C/L though, you'll be eaten.
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I do not buy from Craigslist, but I have sold a number times using them. After a year I generally make a listing of the boardgames I want to sell and I get a buyer within a couple weeks. I use Craigslist mostly because I do not have time for the hassle of shipping, tracking, and keeping communication with a dozen people at a time. As a matter of fact, I am going to make several lots here this upcoming week because my collection has grown way over the size I want to have in my room.
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Hi Bob,

You can make money selling games on Craigslist. But it is very location specific.

There are a few game stores in your area who regularly advertise there shops in the toys and games section.

I have found some great rare board games using Craigslist but the gas and time to go and pick them up is a real drag.

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After everything I've heard in the news, I'd personally steer clear of CL.
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zestyonion wrote:
After everything I've heard in the news, I'd personally steer clear of CL.


Yeah, the only way I want to do Craigslist now is to meet the seller or buyer in the closest police station.

There's been a rash of bogus posts where the person was assaulted and carjacked when they went to meet them at a gas station or other place.

I usually meet in a busy parking lot of a McDonald's or some place like that, but the police station will be my choice from now on.
 
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Jumpshelf wrote:
Hi Bob,

You can make money selling games on Craigslist. But it is very location specific.

There are a few game stores in your area who regularly advertise there shops in the toys and games section.

I have found some great rare board games using Craigslist but the gas and time to go and pick them up is a real drag.



And most folks buying on Craigslist want to lowball sellers and get things much more cheaply than MSRP or even the online pricing you'd find at online retailers.

I cannot recommend trying to sell there as a retailer.
 
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I bought a copy of Monsters Menace America for $25 (I think) on craig's list and the guy threw in a copy of Sword & Skull for an extra $5. It was pretty cool.
 
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I was in a thrift store behind someone who had sold some stuff on Craigslist, and the guy paid him in counterfeit bills. He found this out when he tried to buy some things at Goodwill. The cashier caught it right away. Apparently the ink still smeared.
 
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I had acquired several games over a couple of years. But fewer and fewer people are listing games on CL these days.
 
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I would worry more about high value items like jewelry and ipads.

 
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jmiscavish wrote:
I've bought lots of stuff of Craigslist. It's not really any different than buying something out of the newspaper classifieds.


I've bought a few rare family games [couple of Dark Towers being the big 'uns], around a hundred wargames, and an enormous ASL collection off CL over the last 5 years. No one is going to carjack you over boardgames--not even that unpunched copy of A Longest Day.

As someone mentioned, it's location-based. I'm near DC and not all that far from eastern PA (where pension income is tax-free, so many retirees end up there); there are quite a few current and former military who have accumulated wargames over the years. When time comes to downsize their lives and move to that condo overlooking the golf course, they often unload those collections on CL. I've had a lot of conversations where sellers open with "my wife said I'm not allowed to take these and I want them to find a good home..."



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Here I thought Craigslist was like Sweden's Blocket (www.blocket.se), but without all the restrictions on what you sell. Then I read this thread about actually meeting the people and paying cash (or counterfeit bills).

What's up with that? That's like so 1990s. Here you transfer money from your Internet bank account to their bank account and they ship the thing. For large stuff like furniture or cars, you'll have to go and see, but you'll still probably wire the money (at least I would).
 
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tssfulk wrote:
What's up with that? That's like so 1990s. Here you transfer money from your Internet bank account to their bank account and they ship the thing. For large stuff like furniture or cars, you'll have to go and see, but you'll still probably wire the money (at least I would).


Population density? More seriously, some folks on CL will ship (and take Paypal), but it's much more of a local service that just happens to cover most of the US. It really is nothing more than a glorified classified ad system. And until recently, the biggest selling "item" was sex. Craigslist was your 1-stop for all your escort-service needs...
 
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dogmatix wrote:


Population density?...


Which is something Sweden seriously lacks.
 
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I've found a few items on CL for GREAT prices.

Starfarers ($15)
4 AH games:
Adv. Civ
History of the World
Age of Renaissance
Kingmaker
$80 for the 4 above.

But it's total hit or miss on CL.
 
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