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I hope someone could advise me as to where might be the best place to sell boardgames online - I am going through a substantial editing of my collection (200+ games) but not sure of the best way to go about it - bearing in mind that i am based in the UK.
i hope this is the right place to post.
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Well you have to pay 3% here but only if the item sells. You also can communicate with users and bundle the lots in a more targeted way.


On the other hand ebay charges, even if the item does not sell but has way more users.

It's mixed. If you want to sell fast then BGG - if you want max cash then ebay (though if you do a time V Profit calculation it may not be worth it, depends what you have to sell.)

I'd skip the market place as it is quite slow and selling 200 games could take a long while.

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I would upload the list of games you have and allow people to make you offers, ideally for bundles.
I'd post the list on Geekbay. Make sure you keep it up to date - you can include a guide price if you wish(folk may tell you if your price is too high... possibly too low). If you don't wish to send internationally make sure you say so: include UK or EUROPE or etc in the title.

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Then with what is left you could auction the items here (with reserves) individually or as bundles. (You could skip 1 and just do this if you wished. Again depends if time is an issue)

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Then sell what is left on ebay.

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I would also say that there are a lot of UK gamers very frustrated that so many of the sales and auctions on BGG are, quite rightfully, US biased. I, for one, would be very interested in seeing, and hopefully buying, games advertised within the U.K.

Liam's response is as excellent as ever, but games should reach a more appreciative audience through BGG and for the more specialised or valuable game you might be better staying on here. However, it is your choice and if a quick return is needed, then Ebay might be the route to go.

Would be nice to see a list on here however whistlewhistle
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On a related point:

What's the BGG view on listing on ebay, and posting a link, with description, on BGG?
 
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Scorpion0x17 wrote:
On a related point:

What's the BGG view on listing on ebay, and posting a link, with description, on BGG?


That really isn't the accepted manner to do this. eBay sales can be linked to game itself. That way if someone is subscribed to game then they would get notified that a new ebay sale had been linked.
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herace wrote:
Scorpion0x17 wrote:
On a related point:

What's the BGG view on listing on ebay, and posting a link, with description, on BGG?


That really isn't the accepted manner to do this. eBay sales can be linked to game itself. That way if someone is subscribed to game then they would get notified that a new ebay sale had been linked.


OK, I see. That sounds even better. Now to figure out how one does that...
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I'd suggest a slightly different order, although the real answer depends on what you're looking for in terms of what you want to get for the games compared to how keen you are to get rid of them !

I think auctions on BGG in general reach the lowest price. Check the monthly auctions here to see some examples. You can risk starting an auction with a low low reserve price but the game could go for far less than a reasonable price. Set a starting price maybe 20% less than the current rate and you'll be lucky to get any bids... or at least thats my experience. Maybe a low price and a soft reserve so that you can chose to remove the game unless it hits a certain level... might be the most flexible approach.

Personally though I'd start by listing everything on the marketplace. It's free to list, only 3% for he sale, and there is no limit on how long a game can be listed ... so there is nothing to lose and chances are you'll sell some of the games here at a price you can set.

Then, depending on how quickly you need to sell you can either use ebay or run an auction here.

Ebay is hit and miss for boardgames... I like to buy from there as you can often get a price 25% less than the current rate on the marketplace (I recently picked up Walnut Grove for example for about 22 delivered) , However, some games on ebay can go for crazy prices (Collusseum just this week for about 50 quid ? What ??)... I have a feeling that games that are well known (TTR, Dominion, RftG etc) are good to list on ebay but niche games seem to suffer.

Then, after trying all these you can put any games left in a big box and sell to me for a fiver...

Problem solved

 
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Thanks for all the advice - really appreciated - i am in the middle of creating the catalogue of all the stuff I want to shift and will proceed as advised. I have sold a lot of roleplaying and wargame stuff on ebay with some success, but as others have mentioned, the market for boardgames seems less active and therefore more risky - and I would like them to go to a good home!
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Remember there is no risk with the bgg system.

If you don't like an offer don't accept it. Thus no cost. If you auction on BGG set a minimum price as high as you like.

Having looked other other folks comments I do concede that if you are selling items individually ebay is probably quicker.
 
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