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garhkal
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:53 pm    Post subject: Hypothetical gamer buy situation. Reply with quote

Bringing this question over here from one of my ADND sites..

Lets say you have a neighbor who is doing a clear out of the belongings of a son (brother-husband etc) who either is no longer living there or passed away. You are scanning through the box of books and stuff, and come across say a pristine copy of (Insert book) for RPG XYZ. You ask the person doing the 'yard sale' what the cost is, and they say "20 bucks for the box".

Now you KNOW that the book (boxed set, what ever) you have just come across is worth at least 50 bucks ON ITS OWN..

Do you
A) pay her/him the 20, and take it, counting your blessings.
B) pay the 20, but tell the person, that item(s) XYZ are worth a heck of a lot more than that.
C) refuse to buy it, and let them know of the value of the item.
D) Other??

Would it make any difference, if you were actually friendly/knew said neighbor for a while?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it were a random garage sale and I had no idea who the people were, I might even try to talk it down a bit more. I have no objection to scoring a super sick deal.
If you scored that same book on Ebay for 20 would you then offer the seller more?
Also keep in mind that values fluctuate and what might be a great deal today could be the average price in the future. Or worse. (My poor Star Wars toys collection)

On the other hand if it was someone I knew personally I would probably offer a bit more or tell them they could get more than what they are charging.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it was a neighbor, I would probably say, "I don't mind taking this box off your hands for $20, but you probably could do a lot better liquidating it on eBay or something." And (which is quite likely in my neighborhood) if they said that they just didn't want to bother with an auction getting the "market value," I would ask if son/brother/cousin/husband was okay with parting with it. If I knew them, I'd probably buy the box, and then double check with the relevant party and make sure he didn't want to take it back off my hands for the money.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love it. Real ethical questions for gamers.

If the person is not researching the actual worth and just selling it for cheap at a yard sale, they probably don't want to bother with eBay or maximizing profit. They likely just want to get rid of it to downsize. Yard sales are usually intentionally priced to move items quickly, and the prices are usually negotiable. Unless I knew the person who the books previously belonged to, I probably would not consider if the person who the items had belonged to (if still alive) would really want to get rid of it or be mad at their mom/wife/whomever for selling their stuff they left behind.

If didn't know the people having the sale, I honestly would likely tell them that is a good deal, buy the item for the price labeled, but not try to bargain them down further.

In 1994, the mother of my girlfriend at the time was out yardsalin' and randomly found a copy of the original double album Star Wars soundtrack on vinyl in good condition for 25 cents, and she bought it for me. And the records play with minimum crackle! It's hard to explain why, but the album's personal value to me is even more because of who gave it to me, how they found it and how little she paid for it. It is a prized possession (and I would be p!ssed if my wife sold it without my knowledge).
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