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How to sell your board game collection

Posted Tuesday, 13-Oct-2015

When the time comes to let go of some of your games, there are plenty of ways to make them pay for your next purchase.

 

Contributed by Andrew Knighton

 

There are many reasons you might want to sell board games, even as you keep playing the ones you love.  With a range of different sites offering both general and specialist markets, you can make money back on your old games from the comfort of your home.

 

Why should I sell my board games?

Even for the hard core game fan, there are plenty of reasons you might want to sell board games.

Maybe you’re running out of storage space and want to fit the latest releases on your shelves.  Maybe you have games that haven’t been played in years, and clearing them out will make it easier to find the worthwhile games. Perhaps you want to raise some money to pay for that new Android: Netrunner expansion or the latest version of Carcassonne.

Whatever the reason, it’s probably a struggle to bring yourself to sell board games.  You love your games, you don’t want to let them go, even the unplayed ones.  If you sell games online, it at least takes out a lot of the hassle, making it easier to overcome that resistance.

 

How to Sell Board Games Online

There are plenty of places you can go to sell your games.  Where you choose will depend on how you want to sell, and where you’re already comfortable online.

Amazon and eBay are obvious places to start if you want to sell your games.  Both sites have well-established and trustworthy systems for secondhand sales, and eBay bidding can let you get a great sale price on your game.  On the other hand, the same bidding system can leave you earning next to nothing, and these sites don’t have a specialist audience of gamers.

 

eBay and Amazon tend to have higher selling fees than other sites.
eBay and Amazon tend to have higher selling fees than other sites.

 

Although eBay and Amazon tend to have higher selling fees than other sites, games tend to sell much quicker.

BoardGameGeek provides an audience entirely made up of gamers, and lets you set the price you want.  The downside is that if your game doesn’t sell at the price you ask, it may just end up listed for sale indefinitely.

 

BoardGameGeek charges a 3% commission for selling board games.
BoardGameGeek charges a 3% commission for selling board games.

 

If you’re a Reddit user you can do the same thing using the BoardGameExchange subreddit, a place that draws those looking for second hand games.

 

Sell your board game collection all at once

All of these options involve listing, selling and shipping games individually, which can be a lot of work if you have hundreds or even thousands of games to sell.

Fortunately, there are a few websites that will buy your board game collection outright so that you don’t have to sell and ship each individual game.

Noble Knight Games is the largest board game buyer on the internet.  They often buy thousands of board games each week and have been in business since 1997.  The great things about Noble Knight Games is that they will let you sell board games in bulk to them.

 

Noble Knight Games will buy your entire board game collection outright.
Noble Knight Games will buy your entire board game collection outright.

 

Simply e-mail them a list of the game you’re looking to sell, and they’ll get back to you with what they’re interested in and a price.  Noble Knight Games will also pay for shipping your collection to them.

 

BoardGameCo.com is another retailer looking to buy board game collections.

 

BoardGameCo is making waves in the used board game market.
BoardGameCo is making waves in the used board game market.

 

While they haven’t been selling board games for quite as long as Noble Knight Games, they have a great reputation on BoardGameGeek and offer decent prices for your games.

 

Don’t Let Your Old Games Go to Waste

The old games that you never play might be nice to remember, but you’ll always have the fun (or not-so-fun) memories of playing them. And if you sell board games online then you can turn those old, dusty boxes into funds to buy something new.  It’s easy, so why not give it a go and make some space for new titles on your shelf??

Published by BoardGamePrices.com



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