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I am going through chemo right now. In fact it is getting pumped into me at the moment.

We are running out of money and one thing I was looking at was selling some of my board game collection. Most of them can be repurchased someday. And most of them probably aren't worth much.

I did a few forum searches but my Fuzzy brain couldn't find anything. In fact I don't even know if I'm in the right forum.

Do most people ebay? craigslist? or use one of the features of BGG that I have yet to investigate? I'm scared to death of craigslist and ebay, since the world seems to becoming a worse and worse place.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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I would create an auction here in bgg and explain your cause as people may be willing to spend a little more to help a fellow geek in need. It's nice to know your money is actually going to help someone in dire times. Good luck.
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I will second the auction GeekList approach. You can find some great examples here.
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Here's the wiki page that should help:

http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/geeklist_auction#

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I've bought plenty of games from auctions, I agree this is your best option.
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I pray that all goes well for you with this.
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An excellent question and I'll offer my two cents.

I frequently sell and buy on Ebay. It's okay and most times, it suits my purposes. I was thinking at cutting down my boardgame collection and thought about selling / auctioning off my unwanted games. At first, I figure E-bay would be the way to go. However, I did some research and found that most of the tiles I want to sell would have a greater chance of being bought here on the geek as opposed to Ebay.

There are quite a few other benefits too. The community here is wonderful and supportive. If you explain the need for your auction, I think you will find people would be more willing to buy items as opposed to the masses on Ebay. You may even receive offers of assistance or at the very least, well wishes. Also, this is a game site, so you have the comfort of knowing that even the people who may just be casually browsing through your auction are your target audience. BGG also gets 3% of all sales, so it is a nice way to support the site.

In a week or two, I am getting ready to try my first auction on the Geek. I have my Geeklist built and my items prices. I just need some flavor text and a good timeframe before I start (long weekend coming up in Canada. Don't want to start it then.). Strangely enough, I am kind of excited about my auction (Selling things on Ebay makes me grumpy). Since I just want to get rid of my games, my auction angle will be everything starts at a $1. I just hope I can find enough boxes to ship the larger items.

My summary: Try it on the Geek and don't be afraid to ask for help.
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Go for the Geek auction - you'd be selling to an interested and supportive crowd and this site gets some love as well. I just did my first auction and was very pleased with it. Good luck with it all.
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A geeklist auction will be noticed here. But, if you're willing to put up with the hassles, selling on eBay will get you better returns.
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J.L.Robert wrote:
A geeklist auction will be noticed here. But, if you're willing to put up with the hassles, selling on eBay will get you better returns.


Not necessarily. Ebay charges 10%+, BGG 3%. That makes a big difference.
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I was also thinking about selling some things, but was considering using ebay and then linking each auction on the game's page (under the "selling on ebay" section). What does everyone think about that approach? I imagine you'd catch more eyeballs that way, but maybe I'm wrong...
 
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bigthos wrote:
I was also thinking about selling some things, but was considering using ebay and then linking each auction on the game's page (under the "selling on ebay" section). What does everyone think about that approach? I imagine you'd catch more eyeballs that way, but maybe I'm wrong...


You'll get more eyes going through your games here - since people will often be interested in getting more than one of them to reduce shipping costs. It's easier to navigate through everything you're selling here, than to stumble across them in the ebay/game listings.
 
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I have done two auctions on here. I did local only ones. People were very helpful with getting me information on setting up a geek list. If you need help send me a GM. I will answer what I can.


And more importantly, I hope everything goes well for you.
 
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Good luck to you! All the other responses have been very helpful and I second the thought of a Geeklist Auction. They're not hard at all to put together and can raise a lot of money if you have a good cause. If you do end up going this route, please let us know! I'd be very willing to check the auction out.
 
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Is there anyone here willing to put the geeklist auction up for him? If I had any clue how to do it I would volunteer.

I assume he's never sold anything before, and wouldn't know how to start. But, having faced my wife's chemo, I know how difficult even getting the most mundane things done can be.
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Here's an old auction of mine, feel free to copy and paste:

*CLOSED* Indigo Potter's $5 Starting Bid Auction, with discounts for multi-item purchases (Ends Thursday, May 17, shipping from Ithaca, NY 14850, US only)
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Thanks for the great replies and encouragement.

I will end up doing the geek auction, but I think I will have to wait til after I'm completely done with my chemo. It takes a lot just to sit in front of the computer.

However, the chemo is cleaning up my tumor and I will be done in a month or so.

I am always awestruck by the BGG community. It is really hard to understand what someone is going through unless you've been there before. It is nice to see some good from humanity still.

Thanks again.

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You could also look into getting help from the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund.

http://www.jackvasel.org/news/index.html

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dryerflyer wrote:

However, the chemo is cleaning up my tumor and I will be done in a month or so.


excellent news!
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dryerflyer wrote:
I am going through chemo right now. In fact it is getting pumped into me at the moment.


what is chemo
 
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dprijadi wrote:
dryerflyer wrote:
I am going through chemo right now. In fact it is getting pumped into me at the moment.


what is chemo


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemotherapy
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I'm surprised at how few people refer www.kijiji.com. It's local, no shipping. Most people agree to come to your door.

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indigopotter wrote:
dprijadi wrote:
dryerflyer wrote:
I am going through chemo right now. In fact it is getting pumped into me at the moment.


what is chemo


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemotherapy


ah i thought it is a boardgame of some sort
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