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My daughter is headed to China for a couple months. Is it possible for her to buy copies of all those games printed in China so inexpensively that the cost to ship them to me still makes the approach viable?

Would love to have her stuff her suitcase with games to bring back, but no space.
 
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Are you talking about unlicensed copies (not judging, just asking) or legitimate copies of games that are printed for European or US publishers?

If the latter, I don't think they set aside a few to sell in China at cheap prices.
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BookandGame wrote:
Are you talking about unlicensed copies (not judging, just asking) or legitimate copies of games that are printed for European or US publishers?

If the latter, I don't think they set aside a few to sell in China at cheap prices.


Was asking about legit copies. Hmmmm. I guess if I think it through a bit more, why would there be English copies sold in China.

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Make sure she doesn't fall for one of those Chinese knock-offs, like "Power Grin" or "Oprah et Labora".
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robigo wrote:
Make sure she doesn't fall for one of those Chinese knock-offs, like "Power Grin" or "Oprah et Labora".


Those sound awesome.
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You might find it difficult to find legit copies of non-Chinese games in any language in China, actually. Does any foreign company even sell games there?
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I'd ask her to get a Timber Tom knock-off while she is there. That Win-Go Games banner ad shows a picture of Timber Tom by some other name.
 
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Where in China is she going, cos if she's going to Shanghai, well, you can buy anything in Shanghai.

I love Shanghai for shopping.

Or if she makes it to HK, that's pretty good too.
 
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Opposing to the ideas of many, there are legit copies of board games sold in China. Simply because there are Chinese players. And every Chinese do have at least 6 years of English class from 7th grade and may continue to learn it in College. Though the English eduction is not very good, if the English is not very heavy in a game (as in Tales of the Arabian Nights), then, many people can handle it. Besides, there are fans doing a lot of translation. So usually language is not a big issue.

With that being said, you'll have very limited choices if you want to find a cheaper copy in China. The reason is simple, board games are still a little bit expensive for average Chinese. So the population in this hobby is quite limited. Publishing companies in China only started to appear in last 2 years. So not many games are directly published in China. For most boardgames in Chinese market, they are actually printed in China, shipped to US and imported to China in retail price again for sale. So you can imagine what the price is like for those games. As the market is still small in China, the retail price for the games directly published in China is also high. So the price is usually not competitive when compared to the on-line stores in US.

So maybe visit China later for board game shopping. As the economy develops, the market expands every year. I always imagine that when China have an economy good enough, there may be 4 times more players worldwide than now. The price will probably drop worldwide due to the lower unit cost and the number of game will raise.
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robigo wrote:
Make sure she doesn't fall for one of those Chinese knock-offs, like "Power Grin" or "Oprah et Labora".


Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer finds wonderful brand-name electronics like Panaphonics, Sorny, and Magnetbox.
 
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robigo wrote:
Make sure she doesn't fall for one of those Chinese knock-offs, like "Power Grin" or "Oprah et Labora".


Is it a bad thing that I am tempted to search e-bay for Super Transformable Tomas?
 
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wolfchild wrote:
Where in China is she going, cos if she's going to Shanghai, well, you can buy anything in Shanghai.

I love Shanghai for shopping.

Or if she makes it to HK, that's pretty good too.


Actually it is Shanghai!!
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RoamDog wrote:
My daughter is headed to China for a couple months. Is it possible for her to buy copies of all those games printed in China so inexpensively that the cost to ship them to me still makes the approach viable?

No, unless they're pirate copies. You really want to support that market?

Taobao search for Ticket to Ride prices. Note how they're all over the place. The cheap copies are pirated, the expensive ones not.
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robigo wrote:
Make sure she doesn't fall for one of those Chinese knock-offs, like "Power Grin" or "Oprah et Labora".


Is it a bad thing that I am tempted to search e-bay for Super Transformable Tomas?


I want one of those Hillbilly Spidermen.
 
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