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Subject: How Does One Grade the Condition of a Game? rss

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Kurt Keckley
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I am in the process of selling a game but am unsure how to clearly describe the condition of my game based upon the BGG scale of:

New
Like New
Very Good
Good
Acceptable

"New" is self explanatory while "acceptable" is anything not good enough for a "good" rating. So what exactly are the others? If some pieces have slight damage, like soldiers with some small swords with the ends broken off, what does that do to the rating? How about box wear? Does age factor into the equation? Are games, say 20 years old and out of print graded differently from those printed more recently?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
 
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I say you pick the description that best matches your game, then, in the description, describe that condition. Age doesn't matter in terms of condition. It does matter in terms of valuation, in that someone may accept a lesser condition considering the game is old and OOP. Be more honest and up front about condition than you should be, and then you will never have a dissatisfied customer...
 
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OOP games are still on the same scale - somewhere someone has a mint copy of Tactics.

The conditions are delineated on the selling page(the broken swords example sounds like it'd fit into the "good" category):

"It is extremely important that you accurately describe the items that you list for sale. Please use this policy as a guideline for rating the condition of your games. Users not abiding this policy will have their accounts removed from the system.

Board Game Geek Condition Policy:
New - A brand new unused, unopened, and undamaged game in perfect condition. The original packaging and all materials are in brand new condition.
Like New - Game just removed from shrink wrap. No wear and tear, all facets of the game are intact.
Very Good - Very minimal wear and tear. All game materials are present. You would give this item to a friend as a gift.
Good - Minor damage to the box and/or its contents. All game materials are present. Game maybe played once or twice.
Acceptable - Some damage to the box, but the game is still intact. Possible split corner(s) on the box. Maybe missing a non-crucial game piece. Possibly missing rules/instructions, but are available on the web. Scuffing on the game board.
Unacceptable - Major damage to box and its parts. Possibly missing several important pieces. Broken or missing board/box. No rules/instructions, and they are not readily avaiable. Do not sell this game on Board Game Geek. "
 
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Tim K.
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Easy:

Mark it one or two grades up when you are selling. And when you are buying, convince the seller that it's one or two grades down while trying to negotiate a lower price.

It all evens out in the end shake
 
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